Magdy Martinez-Soliman
Assistant Secretary General, Director, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, UNDP

Magdy Martínez-Solimán is Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, and UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. He is also UNDP’s senior focal point for the 2030 Agenda and the Co-Chair of the UN Development Group’s SDG Task Force.

Magdy has worked with the United Nations for over 20 years. During that time, he has focused on electoral assistance, public financial management, democratic transitions and national dialogue and was posted in Burundi, Togo, Bangladesh and Senegal. He was UNDP’s Senior Governance Adviser for the 18 West African countries from 2000 to 2003, and until 2006, he was the Practice Manager of UNDP’s Democratic Governance Team at Headquarters. That year, he was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as the first Executive Director of the UN Democracy Fund. From January 2008 until February 2012, he was the UN Resident Coordinator in Mexico and UNDP’s Resident Representative.

A lawyer by training, Magdy was formerly a practicing barrister and Assistant Professor of International Law. He has worked and written on political systems and provided legal counselling in Constitutional and Administrative Law.

In his professional career, he has been State Secretary for Youth in the Spanish National Government, CEO of two public corporations and member of the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games in Barcelona ‘92. He was also Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office, in charge of relations with the Parliament of Andalusia, and elected member of the Municipal Council of his hometown Malaga, the fourth-ranking economic city in the Spain.

Mr. Martínez-Solimán initiated his Law Studies at the University Complutense of Madrid, holds a degree in Law (Juris Doctor) from the Universidad de Malaga and has been a Member of the Spanish Bar Association since 1984. 

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Kevin Jones

Kevin Jones
Co-founder & Convener, Social Capital Markets, SOCAP

Kevin Jones is a serial entrepreneur. Successful seven out of eight times in startups and turnarounds, he has repeatedly built information businesses in emerging technology or finance markets, from aquaculture to b2b internet commerce to social enterprise.

He co created Social Capital Markets, SOCAP, the market at the intersection of money and meaning, to validate the category of social enterprise and impact investing. He has been a successful impact venture capitalist and founded and co-owns four Impact Hubs in the U.S. He is now deeply involved with Neighborhood Economics and the Runway Project, working on the friends and family capital gap for marginalized communities, creating wealth through entrepreneurship.

He has been a columnist for Forbes and started as a country weekly newspaper editor in the poorest county of Mississippi, where his reporting sent the sheriff to Parchman Penitentiary on 53 counts of fraud. Kevin led an unsuccessful malaria project in Mozambique. His photography is in demand in galleries. He is married with two children and two grandsons and lives on a farm on a river near Asheville, NC. He once tried to charm a cobra in Rajasthan and once got in a fight with the Russian mafia. He knew what he was doing with the cobra. He survived both encounters.

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Banny Bannerjee
Founder and Director, Stanford ChangeLabs

Banny Banerjee is Professor of Practice at the Stanford School of Earth Energy and Environmental Sciences. Originally trained as an architect, Banny has graduate degrees in Architecture, Mechanical Engineering and Product Design. He has worked across a broad range of disciplines, yet in recent years his work has focused on global and regional challenges.

He is the founder and Director of the Stanford ChangeLabs, which has been conducting research to develop the theoretical underpinnings and new models towards an advanced innovation methodology, especially directed towards grand challenges such as climate change and water security. He is also Associate Director of Stanford Change.X, a platform for Transformative Leadership and a member of the World Economic Council’s Global Futures Council on Systems and Platforms.
His area of expertise is innovation methodology for large-scale transformations in the context of complex multi-dimensional challenges.  His main focus is in the tension between human and natural systems.  The trans-disciplinary nature of his work, which combines design thinking, applied social psychology, behavioral economics, diffusion theory, and resilience theory is leading to the formation of a new type of innovation: “Innovation of Scaled Transformations.” Banny teaches innovation, strategy, and leadership at Stanford University’s, and leads projects in the areas such as energy security, water security, financial inclusion, climate change, biodiversity, organizational transformation, distributed governance, the future of cities, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Hans Wahl
Director, INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative

Hans Wahl joined the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Initiative in 2007.  He has a background as a human rights activist, educator, and trainer based in Paris, with more than 30 years of experience in economic and political development.

Hans has founded several organizations and small enterprises and is currently co-founder and owner of a community-based tourism enterprise in the High Caucuses. He has studied, written and worked on issues of civil society development, human rights, and capacity building in over 50 countries worldwide.

He recently designed and led a programme of training and capacity-building for paralegals working in post-conflict settings in Africa and established UNESCO’s Poverty and Human Rights Programme that brought the agency’s multi-disciplinary resources to bear on the task of poverty eradication. Previously, he directed an international penal and criminal justice reform training programme for Penal Reform International and held senior staff positions at Amnesty International and regional community development organizations. He has worked as a consultant on strategic planning and organizational change with clients ranging from Siemens, AT&T, and Corning, to numerous small & mid-sized organizations in the US and internationally.

He holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

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Arthur Wood
Founding Partner, Total Impact Capital

Arthur Wood has been an Impact Investing pioneer since 2005 after he joined Ashoka as a Leadership Group member in Washington DC. There he was in charge of one of Ashoka’s core programmes with the brief on “how do you change the way Philanthropy and Social Society are funded?”

Prior to that he worked in the City of London in various analytical, change management and product roles for 20 plus years – his team at Kleinwort Benson winning the award in London for the most innovative product development house from Private Asset Magazine.

In the social sector he is credited with conceptualising the Social Impact Bond, one of the first layered financing structures (the Eye Fund with Deutsche Bank and IAPB). He also spent time working with former regulators (Charity and Banking) in changing legislation in the US for social purpose. His advisory / board posts have included positions: as an expert adviser to the OECD with input into the G8 Impact Investing report; as a member of the World Economic Forum Social Finance and Philanthropic Agenda council; with Big Issue Invest (UK’s second largest Impact Investing entity); and with Ecolint (Switzerland’s oldest and largest International School).

His current focus at Total Impact Advisors involves working with major corporations, NGOs, UN institutions, players such as McKinsey and Accenture, and former regulators on large scale process ideas – such as facilitating the move from bilateral programmatic funding to multi-stakeholder collaborative outcome models, or in changing the terms of trade to the benefit of poorer communities. He was educated at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Jeremy Nicholls

Jeremy Nicholls
Chief Executive, Social Value International and Social Value UK

Jeremy is Chief Executive of Social Value International and Social Value UK, two membership networks aimed at those interested in measuring, managing and accounting for their social value, united by a common vision of changing the way the world accounts for value.

Jeremy is also a director of the FRC Group (a social business based in Liverpool), a member of the IRIS advisory committee, a contributor to the Social Stock Exchange admissions panel, on the ICAEW Assurance Panel, and a member of the Social Impact Measurement Sub-group of GECES for the EU.

He is a regular speaker and writer on social value including ‘There is no business like Social Business’ with Liam Black, a number of SROI guides including the ‘Guide to SROI’, and a column for Pioneers Post.

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Giulio Quaggiotto
Innovation Specialis, NESTA UK

Giulio is an innovation professional. Until recently, he was Nesta’s head of innovation development, responsible for advising international development and public sector organizations on the implementation of their innovation strategies. Prior to joining Nesta, Giulio managed the Jakarta Lab of the UN Global Pulse, a flagship innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General on big data for public policy. He also set up UNDP’s first innovation practice with a focus on Eurasia.

Giulio’s development experience also includes stints at WWF, UN University and the World Bank. His interests include user-driven innovation and the social side of data innovation. Giulio is a regular speaker at international conferences on the intersection of social innovation, technology and international development.


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Alexis Bonnell

Alexis Bonnell
USAID Global Development Lab

Alexis Bonnell is the Division Chief of Applied Innovation and Acceleration in the U.S. Global Development Lab of USAID.

Over her career, Alexis has developed and delivered billions of dollars of humanitarian and development programming in over 25 conflict, post-conflict, and emergency countries, in almost every sector, from education to stabilization, for more than 30 International Bilateral donors, 10 UN agencies, the military, and private sector.

She has held positions with every side of development including as implementers, donors, policy makers, and beneficiaries and is proud of her “360 degrees” of development experience.

Her more than 20 years of experience in management and communications has provided her incredible opportunities to work on/with: Wall Street, “Dot.coms”, the Middle East Peace Plan, Afghan and Iraqi Elections, global emergency response coordination and major logistics operations.

Her focus at the Lab is to help convene and connect people and organizations around the world with the most innovative applications of science, technology, innovation, and partnership to accelerate the end to extreme poverty.

Alexis is leading the team to champion science and innovation into action, and most recently created the new Global Innovation Exchange, an industry-level platform to share all globally relevant development R&D and innovation.  Alexis is also the co-author of “Get Your Dream Job.”

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Mika Pyykkö

Mika Pyykkö
CEO, Sitra Fund, Finland

Mika Pyykkö leads Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA’s impact investing focus area. The focus area’s activities have culminated in an emerging ecosystem that fosters collaboration between the private and public sectors, non-profit actors and funders, in order to bring about positive change for citizens while saving on the cost to society.

Mika has previously worked in leadership positions in organizations such as Finland’s Slot Machine Association from 2008 to 2012, and the Finnish Centre for Health Promotion between 2003 and 2008. He has also worked in Finland and abroad, particularly as a champion of health and well-being promotion and preventative action. In addition, Mika has been engaged in the development of collaboration between the public, private and third sectors. One of Mika’s most public achievements is the Heart Symbol system (food labelling) – he headed its development and launch while working for the Finnish Heart Association between 1995 and 2003.

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Audrey Selian
Co-founder, Artha Networks; Rianta Capital Zurich

Audrey Selian currently serves as Director of the Artha Initiative associated with Rianta Capital Zurich and is a team member/advisor to the Halloran Philanthropies. She has been active in the impact investing sector since 2006, and is founder of Artha Networks Inc., an online impact investment ‘operating system’ platform that is designed to tackle the economics of due diligence around high impact, small scale SMEs/SGBs.

Audrey has a particular interest in high impact sustainable businesses, and has focused on building an investment portfolio in India, while helping find ways to galvanize like-minded ‘impact’ investors. Audrey has a background in management consulting from PricewaterhouseCoopers, and her entrepreneurial experience includes several years spent in business development, marketing and sales at an NSF-funded software start-up called Wireless Grids Corporation.

She currently serves as a trustee for and sits on the board of several non-profit organizations and holds a PhD in Technology Policy & Development Studies from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. She also holds degrees from The London School of Economics and Wellesley College. In 2003-4 she was a doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

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Ahmad Ashkar

Ahmad Ashkar
Founder and CEO,  Hult Prize Foundation, UNDP Innovation Advisory Board

Mr. Ahmad Ashkar is the Founder and CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation – named by TIME Magazine as one of the top five initiatives changing the world. Ahmad specializes in entrepreneurship, innovation, new market entry and global expansion, and is on the advisory board of the UNDP. He is one of the world’s

foremost experts in crowd and venture philanthropy and has been recognized as one of the top 10 entrepreneurs in the Middle East by Gulf Business.

Since founding the Hult Prize in 2009, he has led the growth of the initiative into the world’s largest millennial start-up movement for social good with established offices around the globe, hundreds of campus chapters in over 130 countries and strategic partnerships in place with President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. Ahmad also serves as an adviser to family offices, private and government sector entities across the Middle East and Latin America, where he consults on economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, innovation, crowd science, social entrepreneurship and endowments.  He has regularly appeared as a coach and speaker at the World Economic Forum, United Nations and other notable gatherings.
As a Palestinian-American, Ahmad serves as an independent advisor to the municipality of his hometown of Tulkarm, West Bank, where he is also an active entrepreneur. He is a resident adviser to the economic development department of George Mason University and is a guest lecturer at MIT Sloan, Georgetown and the Hult International Business School – where he earned his MBA in international business and was the 2015 alumnus of the year.

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Toshi Nakamura

Toshihiro Nakamura
Co-Founder and CEO, Kopernik

Toshi is co-founder and CEO of Kopernik, an enterprise established in 2010 that brings affordable technologies to remote communities that need them most. Kopernik was driven by insights from his extensive career in international development, management consulting and academics.

Toshi dealt with governance reform, peace-building processes and post-disaster reconstruction during his ten years with the United Nations in Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, the United States and Switzerland. He initiated Sierra Leone’s Open Government Initiative to increase the accountability of government leadership, and consequently made transparency a priority while building Kopernik.

Prior to joining the UN, Toshi was a management consultant for McKinsey and Company in Tokyo. Toshi was selected as a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader in 2012, and is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development 2014-2016. He holds an LLB from Kyoto University and MSc Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and is a Guest Associate Professor at Osaka School of International Public Policy, Osaka University.

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Erinch Sahan
Head of Private Sector Development, Oxfam

Erinch currently leads the private sector team at Oxfam Great Britain. Since 2011, Erinch has been working at Oxfam to leverage business to tackle poverty and injustice. His work spans programmes (enterprise development) and campaigns (leading the scoring of food companies in the Behind the Brands campaign).

He works directly with companies across sectors to help them understand their poverty impact and to develop new business models.

Erinch’s background is in business (P&G), law (Gadens Lawyers) and government (as development advisor to Australia’s trade negotiation team in Indonesia). He has worked across Asia and Africa, with long stints in Indonesia, Thailand and Kenya. He regularly lectures on sustainable business at various universities, including Cambridge, and sits on a number of advisory committees

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Ozodkhon Davlatshoev

Ozodkhon Davlatshoev
Executive Director, Aga Khan Development Network Global Enterprise Development initiatives in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan

Ozodkhon Davlatshoev is the Executive Director of AKDN’s Global Enterprise Development initiatives in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan – a project managed by Industrial Promotion Services (IPS/AKFED) and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF). Prior to this, between 2015 and 2016, Ozod worked as Chief Executive Officer

of Kulob Petroleum Limited and the Executive Director of Tethys Petroleum Limited representation in Tajikistan – an international oil and gas exploration and production company currently focused on Central Asia and Caucasus. He is also a self-made entrepreneur, the Founder and Director of Shohsotoon LLC, a manufacturer and importer of energy efficient construction technologies in Tajikistan; and a co-Founder and Director of Vantage Point Partners LLC, a real estate, investment and development company based in the UAE and other start-up initiatives.

He began his successful career at AKFED’s Enterprise Support Facility (ESF) part of the core development and execution team that led to establishing of what today is the First Microfinance Bank (FMFB) in Tajikistan. After successful conversion of ESF to FMFB, Ozod joined AKFED’s Project Development office in Dushanbe in year 2000. In 2004 upon receiving his MBA he became AKFED’s Deputy Director for Industrial and Infrastructure Development in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. From 2006 he spearheaded investment and project development activities for AKFED in Central Asia, developing projects in renewable energy, mining, water & waste management, telecommunications, airport infrastructure & management, manufacturing & agro industry.

Mr. Davlatshoev holds a BA in Middle-Eastern Studies (1997) and BA in Economics (1999) from Khorog State University (1997) and Master of Business Administration with specialization in Strategic Planning and Strategic Risk Management from Edinburgh Business School, Herriot-Watt University, UK (2004).

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Penti Pikkarainen

Pentti Pikkarainen
Director, Financial Markets Department, Ministry of Finance

Mr. Pentti Pikkarainen serves as Director General, Financial Markets Department at Ministry of Finance, Finland. Mr. Pikkarainen has been Chairman of the Board for Nordic Investment Bank since June 1, 2014 and its Director since June 1, 2012. Prior to his work at the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Pikkarainen spent over 20 years at the Bank of Finland leading in various capacities across several departments.

He serves on many international committees and is published in several academic journals.

Mr. Pikkarainen received his Ph.D. from University of California at Los Angeles and M.A. in Economics and from the University of Helsinki. He has served as program co-director, lecturer and visiting professor at his alma maters.

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Raphaël Mazet

Raphaël Mazet

Raphaël is the CEO of, a blockchain philanthropy platform used for development impact bonds and other payment-by-results programmes. He co-founded Alice in 2016 as a response to the decline in public trust in the non-profit sector, and has made it his mission to help charities and NGOs raise more funds based on transparency and accountability, while automating impact measurement reporting.

Before Alice, Raphaël spent a decade working in digital campaigning, advocacy and communications in Europe, Latin America and the US.

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Silke Horáková

Silke Horáková
CEO, Czech Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

Silke Horáková,is a private investor and co-owner of Albatros Media, a.s., the largest book publishing company in the Czech Republic. She is also acting as the CEO of the Czech Private Equity & Venture Capital Association. Silke has been supporting the social business sector in the Czech Republic since its beginnings.

As a mentor, lecturer, advisor and jury member of several Czech social accelerator programs, Silke helped to promote the sector and many social enterprises in the Czech Republic. She recently founded the Albatros foundation, helping socially disadvantaged children in education and co-founded a foundation supporting independent journalism. Silke was the first Czech Support Network member of Ashoka, a global organisation promoting social entrepreneurship, and is a member of the Expert panel of the Social Banking Unit of Ceska Sporitelna, a Member of Erste Group. Together with NESsT – an international organization supporting social enterprises in emerging markets – and eight other professionals of the wider private equity community, Silke co-founded and donated to the Czech NESsT partnership in 2015, of which she is acting as an investment committee member. In 2016, she was awarded the NESsT International Venture Philanthropy Award.

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Tina B

Tina Beattie
Global Humanitatrian Lab

Tina Beattie is an expert in developing and implementing clear business and investment practises and motivating the human capital required for implementing these strategies. She is the mother of 5 children, an Australian by birth who reloacted to London in 1998 and now works in Financial Services and Private Equity.

Tina is a Pure Mathematician and Econometrician, whose career started as a Research Analyst in Institutional Investment Banking. She specialised in Strategy, Economics and Quantitative Analysis. When appointed to Head of Research for Australia’s largest IB and Research team, it was due to her proven ability to think at a highly strategic level but implement at a client focused local level. When Global Bank Merrill Lynch acquired McIntosh Securities, Tina was their first “human capital export!” She became Head of Research Management, EMEA, in May 1998 with the team achieving the great success of being voted the No.1 Team, in the No.1 market in the No.1 Bank in the world in 1999 during the technology boom. Ultimately Tina was asked to join the global full service Bank, ABN AMRO as Global Head of Research, Debt and Equity. More recently she has been involved in Private Equity and is Boutique Business builder, The Sandpit, with an expertise in turnaround. She currently consults to the new start up, Global Humanitarian Lab (GHL) in the Humanitarian Sector, heading up the Impact Investment/Blended Finance Think Tank.

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Tina Beattie

Tina Lee Odinsky-Zec
Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM)

Tina Lee Odinsky-Zec is Lecturer and Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at Zagreb School of Economics and Management and a Playmaker at Impact Hub Zagreb. 

For over 20 years, she has taught more than 3000 students in her career working in higher education and professional development in the US, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Poland and Great Britain. She has been the key leader of regional projects to develop entrepreneurship for under-served groups, helping to enhance entrepreneurial skill sets as well as mentoring start-up teams in different phases from launch to growth and maturity.

In 2017, Tina is scheduled to defend her final doctoral thesis focusing on Visualizing Social Entrepreneurship in Croatia: Micro-Meso-Macro Level Analysis.  Her research and teaching focuses on applied creativity and innovation, especially as it can help individuals and organizations anticipate and systematically promote positive social change. She is currently working on issues of inclusion, responsible consumption/production and diversity through cross-sector, cross-border partnerships.

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Mariianne Crary
Founder/CEO, HubSV

Mariianne Crary is the founder and CEO of HubSV, a venture that extends Silicon Valley to operate in high-potential locations around the world with the participation of 300+ Silicon Valley mentors, experts and investors.

Before this venture, Mariianne co-founded Silicon Valley Real Ventures, a real estate investment firm, she has been a co-creator, mentor and advisor to numerous startups, especially cross-border start-ups. In the US, Mariianne has held positions in Oracle and functioned as a consultant in the Venture Capital business in marketing, talent management and optimization. In her prior life in her homeland of Denmark, Mariianne worked for 9 years in the Ministry of Finance in operations, leadership, and organizational development. She was an executive coach with a special interest in the optimization of large systems, where she thrived in multiple large change management projects.

Mariianne is educated in business administration and teaching and is a certified executive coach and organizational development consultant.

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DR. Julia Balandina Jaquier
Founder, JBJ Consult/Author, Catalyzing Wealth for Change: Guide to Impact investing

Julia is an internationally-recognized expert in impact investing with over 20 years of investment management and consulting experience. She has been actively involved in the development of a broad range of impact investment programs and funds, serving as a trusted adviser to major HNW families, foundations, international banks, corporates and the Swiss and UK Governments.

Julia is a member of several Boards and Investment Committees, including at SIFEM (Swiss DFI) and Unilever, and the author of two books on impact investing. She lectures on impact investing at St. Gallen University, and has also spoken at Yale, INSEAD, and Wharton. Balandina Jaquier started her career in 1993 at McKinsey, and subsequently held senior positions at ABB Financial Ser­vices and AIG, where she managed the European direct private equity business. Prior to founding her impact investment advisory in 2010, Julia pioneered and managed one of the first institutional impact investment funds at AIG.

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Luke Disney

Luke Disney
Executive Director, INSEAD Social Innovation Center

Luke Disney is the Executive Director of the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre. Prior to joining INSEAD, Luke spent 13 years as a social intra/entrepreneur, first as part of the ground-breaking partnership between the United Nations World Food Programme and TNT Express which focused on fighting global hunger.

Later he became the Founding Executive Director of North Star Alliance, an award-winning social enterprise uniting more than 180 governments, businesses and civil society actors in an innovative approach to reaching highly mobile populations in Sub-Saharan Africa with essential healthcare services to help stop the spread of HIV and other communicable diseases across the continent.

In addition to his work at INSEAD, Luke is Co-Founder of WorkPact, and a member of the Leadership Team for the Advancing Health Alliance. His current governance roles include the World Healthcare Forum, the University of Amsterdam Faculty of Business and Economics, and Stadsklooster Utrecht.

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Ewa Konczal
CEE Manager, European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA)

As of 2014 Ewa Konczal works as CEE Manager at European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). She is also Executive Director of the first Polish Venture Philanthropy Fund Valores, set up as a joint initiative of the PE/VC community in Poland.

Prior to that, for 14 years, Ewa worked as Poland and CEE Representative for international organization Ashoka Innovators for the Public. Her professional experience also embraces her work in India with Global March Against Child Labor, where she worked with Nobel Peace Award Laureate Kailash Sathyarti, and in Egypt with AIESEC and the Egyptian-Polish Businessman Association that she co-founded.

For nearly 13 years, together with her partner, Ewa has been also running the Magic Mountain Foundation, a social business, located in south Poland, using natural horsemanship (mainly Arabian horses) and mountain sports (rock climbing, mountaineering) in therapy and rehabilitation process with youth and adults with different social and emotional challenges, also intellectually disabled.

Among other recognitions for her work she values most the AIESEC Alumni Entrepreneurship & Leadership Award that was presented to her by colleagues from a student organization.  Ewa has a Masters degree in marketing and management from University of Economics in Wroclaw, Poland.

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Noa Segre
Director of Investor Relations, JVP

Having been part of JVP for over seven years, Noa has held various positions on the investment arm of the fund as well as with the investor relations team giving her a wide scope of experience of the fund’s outreach and activities. After working closely with all the Fund partners, Noa currently holds the position of Director of Investor Relations where she oversees and directs JVP’s day-to-day investor operations.

She has been instrumental in raising capital for a number of the active funds including the most recent fundraise. Noa is active in the Jerusalem Hi-Tech ecosystem and acts as a mentor for a number of technology accelerators in the city, assisting teams and companies with their storytelling, capital raising and investor interactions. Noa is also an active member of a number of Jerusalem’s think-tanks that promote innovation as well as cultural and social entrepreneurship in the city.  Prior to JVP, Noa worked for five years for the US Consulate in Jerusalem. Born in Jerusalem, Noa grew up abroad in a diplomatic family, is fluent in five languages and is an Alumnus of Runnymede College in Madrid, Spain where she majored in Art History and Photography.


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Esben Emborg
Managing Principal Partner, SEAF Caucasus

Mr. Emborg has 25 years of top corporate management, 17 years of which has been in the Caucasus Region. Esben Emborg is the Managing Principal Partner for SEAF Caucasus, a fundmanager who has been in the region since 2006 and has invested close to 100 mil USD in SME businesses throughout the region. Before joining SEAF in 2009, Mr. Emborg was the CEO of SKA Capital, a Caucasus-based investment fund.

Mr. Emborg has been active in the region since 1999, when he served as Regional CEO for Cadbury Schweppes. In late 2001, Mr. Emborg took the position of Regional CEO for Nestle SA, a position he held until 2008. Mr. Emborg took both FMCG companies to market leadership in their core product categories. Apart from his professional career in FMCG he has been very involved in the business climate of the Region advising and leading different organisations. Before Mr. Emborg came to the Caucasus, he served as Regional Director for Kongskilde Industries at their office in Malaysia with the responsibility for the South East Asian market in 1997 and 1998. Prior to that Mr. Emborg worked for four years as Project Manager and Head of the emergency response team at Gram Hansen Holding with headquarters in Copenhagen.

Mr. Emborg, whose parents were Danish and German, graduated with a BA from the Copenhagen Business School. During his career, he has taken several marketing and management programs at the IMD MBA program in Lausanne Switzerland. Mr. Emborg is fluent in English, German, French, Swedish and Norwegian, as well as his native language Danish, plus is proficient in Russian.


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Salah-Eddine Kandra

Salah-Eddine Kandri
Global Head of Education, IFC-World Bank Group

Salah-Eddine Kandri is currently the Global Head of Education leading IFC’s Education Practice since April 2014 out of Dubai. In this role, Salah-Eddine oversees IFC investment program in the education sector globally and across all levels of education. Prior to that, Salah-Eddine was the Regional Manager for Consumer Services for four years covering Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa region (EMENA).

Prior to IFC, Salah-Eddine spent six years at the Islamic Development Bank Group in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in charge of the Infrastructure and ICT private sector division. Salah-Eddine is a Fulbright Scholar and holds an MBA and a MSc. in Finance from the University of Maryland College Park. He also has an undergrad degree in Chemical Engineering from ENIM, Rabat, Morocco.

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Tal Ronen

Tal Ronen
President and Co-Founder, YK Center

Tal Ronen’s name is inextricably intertwined with his role as the visionary and founder of executive and organizational coaching, currently a thriving industry in Israel.

His impressive 25-year career in the field includes coaching high-profile figures, as well as hundreds of executives who’ve gone on to drive the Israeli economy through their leadership and management skills in key private and public sector organizations. 

Tal is a leading coach and innovative game changer specialist. For over 25 years, Tal has delivered high‐impact business coaching, organizational workshops, trainings and motivational corporate keynotes. A highly trained generator and critical thinker, Tal specialized in working with organizations that are committed to becoming market pace-setters, game-changers and change-makers by designing sustainable futures.

Tal is the developer of the Reboot Technology for organizations and the innovator of the YKCenter 4D model, as well as other methodologies such as Democracy 3.0 and the GameChanger Challenge. He established a thriving coaching industry and is an unwavering stand as a champion of peace and sustainability in the Middle East. Mr. Ronen was the Executive Coach of the late Israeli President Shimon Peres from 1990-2005 and contributed to the development of the New Middle East Initiative.

Tal worked with a long list of organizations, such as UBS Bank, McCann Erikson, Arison Group, Intel, Coca Cola, El Al Airlines, TelRad Networks, L’Oreal, Shikun-Ubinui, Keter-Plastic, Miya, Harel Insurance, Nice, Digital, Motorola, Visa Cal, Poalim Bank, Globes, Yedioth Ahronoth, Menora, Migdal, Klal, Tadiran, Discount Bank and the Tel Aviv Municipality to name a few.

Tal has coached and trained more than 750 coaches in his Coaching Academy, and his Executive Coaching & Leadership Program (ECLP) was offered at The Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC).

For the last twenty years, Mr. Ronen has been an international leader in developing models that apply these methodologies to provide Strategic Transformation Acceleration and Reboot Technology (S.T.A.R.T) solutions for organizations of all sizes, including non-profits, corporations, NGOs and municipal authorities.

Mr. Ronen initiated the design and philosophy for The TransFormNation™ Initiative in 2015. The TransFormNation™ model  is the culmination of Tal Ronen’s life work, having spent over 40 years on ongoing personal reboot work, labs, technologies and integration of multi-dimensional thinking that are at the core of the newest models. TransFormNation™ is focused on the development and application of transformation technologies that optimize individual and team performance with great velocity.


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Dmitri Mariassin

Dmitri Mariassin
Deputy Resident Coordinator, UN Armenia

Dmitri Mariassin is the Deputy Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Armenia, appointed on 9 January 2017. In this position, he is responsible for the programme and operations of the UNDP Country Office, an office with some 80 employees and over $14 million in annual budget.

Prior to joining UNDP in Armenia, Dmitri was the Regional Partnership Advisor and Team Leader in the UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy covering the Europe and the CIS region. In this function, he led a team of 20 that supported UNDP’s partnerships with new development donors and partners in the region, including strategic partnerships with Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Romania, Russia and Slovak Republic.

Earlier Dmitri had worked in the UNDP Regional Support Center in Bratislava, Slovakia (2011-2014), the Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS at UNDP headquarters in New York (2008-2011); and in the UNDP Country Office in Moscow, Russia (2002-2008).

Dmitri holds a PHD in Economics from the Moscow State University, a Masters in Public Administration degree from New York University (Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service), as well as a degree in public administration from the Moscow State University and in international economics from the Russian Foreign Trade Academy.

Dmitri is a national of Russian Federation, is married and has two sons.

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Oxana Binzaru

Oxana Binzaru
Investment Manager, Finance in Motion

Oxana Binzaru serves as Investment Manager at Finance in Motion GmbH, an impact investing advisor exclusively focused on development finance. On behalf of public and private investors as well as international finance institutions, Finance in Motion focuses on developing and advising scalable and commercially sustainable investment funds with the primary goal of achieving significant economic, social and environmental impact in emerging markets and developing countries.


Oxana has a background in banking regulation and supervision from the National Bank of Moldova, while her investment management experience includes almost ten years devoted to managing the EFSE investment activities in Armenia, Belarus, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine.

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Karim Samra

Karim Samra
Chief Operating Officer, Hult Prize

As COO of the Hult Prize Foundation, Karim works closely with the CEO to craft the organization’s strategic plan, design and execute education and incubation programs for entrepreneurs, advise startups across stages, manage and run the Hult Prize and lead development and partnership initiatives globally. Karim has more than 15 years of entrepreneurial, financial services and operating experience, spanning multiple geographies.

Previously, he helped scale one of Europe’s first B2B e-commerce marketplaces, and founded a see stage business incubator to promote economic activity. He holds a BA in History from Boston College and an MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business, where he was a merit-based scholarship recipient.

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Pierre Gurdjian

Pierre Gurdjian
President of the Board of Directors, Free University of Brussels

Pierre Gurdjian is the President of the Board of Directors of the Free University of Brussels, one of Belgium’s largest universities. In addition, Pierre has recently joined the RVVZ Foundation as Philanthropy Partner, focusing on the Foundation’s global philanthropic initiatives. RVVZ Foundation seeks to establish innovative and transformative ways to change the world through territory development and educational progress.

Before that, he was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he was active for 27 years. He was the Managing Partner of the Belgian-Luxembourgian office between 2005 and 2012, after which he took the international responsibility of the Human Capital Service Line in EMEA. In this capacity, he served his clients on building personal and institutional leadership capabilities.

He has extensive experience serving clients in industrial and consumer industries on matters of strategy, organization, operations and large-scale transformations across geographies, including post-merger integrations. He is a member of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Pierre has a degree in Commercial Engineering from the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also served as an Armored Cavalry Reserve Officer in the Belgian Armed Forces.

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Bradley Busetto

Bradley Busetto
Resident Coordinator, United Nations Armenia

Bradley Busetto is UN Resident Coordinator in Armenia, where he leads the United Nations system. His focus is on driving innovative new approaches to development, with the citizen as expert in the lead.

Bradley helped found the United Nations first social venture incubator – Kolba Lab – which is now scaling in other countries around the world. He is now developing what would be the UN’s first social venture fund based on the work of the SV incubator.


He also drove major new global partnerships (firsts for the UN) with international finance organizations, including with the European Investment Bank and the Green Climate Fund.

Previously he worked with the UN World Food Programme (WFP), where he served as Deputy Director in Indonesia, leading the response to several emergencies, including the tsunami disaster of 2004-2005. In his long UN career, he has served on the frontline of humanitarian crises in Iraq, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. Busetto also recently led an innovative initiative to develop a new global model to stop chronic malnutrition in children. He also held a leadership role at the Wellcome Trust, the leading health foundation, where he grew its global presence, especially in Asia and Africa. The California native also worked in the private sector, including banking and management consulting.

Specialties: sustainable development, private-public partnerships, humanitarian response; fundraising and advocacy; leading organizational change; international business development.

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