HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands is passionate about empowerment, inter-generational dialogue and social innovation. She is an expert on literacy and sustainability. In 2004 she founded the Reading & Writing Foundation, which has since developed into a 90-strong team working to prevent and reduce illiteracy in the Netherlands and Europe-wide. The Princess is UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development, and in 2012 served as Chair of the EU High Level Group of Experts on Literacy, appointed by the European Commissioner for Education. Princess Laurentien is professionally engaged on sustainability and wildlife preservation. She is President of Fauna & Flora International and Fellow at the European Climate Foundation. She is Founder of the Missing Chapter Foundation, which facilitates dialogue between children and (corporate) leaders with programmes such as the Kids Counsel. Princess Laurentien is also the author of various children’s books, including the Mr Finney series, which are translated into 10 languages. She has won several awards, including the Salvation Army award in the Netherlands for her positive social impact.
Speakers Impact Days 2017
HRH Princess Laurentien of The Netherlands
Otto Scharmer is a Sr. Lecturer at MIT, a Thousand Talents Program Professor at Tsinghua University, and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. Otto introduced the concept of “presencing” —learning from the emerging future — in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge et al.). His book Leading From the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies (co-authored with K. Kaufer) applies the concept of mindfulness to the transformation of capitalism.
Institutional Impact Investor
Paula Goldman leads Omidyar’s global efforts to accelerate the impact investing industry through investments, strategic partnerships, and thought leadership. She frequently serves as an advisor to family offices, high net worth individuals, and foundations seeking to engage in impact investing, and sources co-investment opportunities through these partnerships. In 2014, she acted as Executive for the National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, a partnership with the White House and G7 which helped produce significant policy changes to allow pension funds and foundations to more easily put money to work in impact investing. A movement builder and entrepreneur by training, Paula has extensive experience leading frontier market businesses, ranging from managing an affordable private school in rural India to a micro-enterprise syndicate in post-war Bosnia. Her work was recognized with the Social Impact Award from the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and a Muse Award from the American Association of Museums.
Jacqueline Novogratz is the Founder and CEO of Acumen, a nonprofit that invests philanthropic capital in sustainable businesses tackling the problems of poverty. Under her leadership, Acumen has invested $106 million in 96 companies providing critical goods and services to the poor across Africa, Latin America, South Asia and the United States. In 2016, Jacqueline received the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in social entrepreneurship. Prior to Acumen, Jacqueline founded The Philanthropy Workshop and The Next Generation Leadership programs at the Rockefeller Foundation. She also co-founded Rwanda’s first microfinance institution, Duterimbere. Jacqueline sits on the boards of the Aspen Institute and IDEO.org. Her best-selling memoir The Blue Sweater chronicles her quest to understand poverty and bring dignity to the poor.
Kees Aarts, founder and CEO of Protix, is aerospace engineer and a hobby biologist who has the goal to contribute to a healthy planet for everyone. With Protix he works on the international rollout of a new livestock using insects as a protein source for humans and animals consumption. Since July 2016 Kees is a member of the Global Future Council on Food Security and Agriculture of the World Economic Forum.
Institutional Impact Investor
Tilman Ehrbeck directs several core initiatives at Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm that supports visionary entrepreneurs and their ideas to create opportunities for people to improve their lives. Tilman brings a quarter century of experience in financial services and inclusive business to his role. Based in Washington, D.C., Tilman is responsible for teams that are advancing empowerment in the areas of financial inclusion, impact investing, and property rights. As the partner directing these areas, he oversees Omidyar Network’s investment relationships with a number of private and public sector organizations around the globe. Before joining Omidyar Network, Tilman served as the CEO of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and was a partner at McKinsey & Company serving clients in Asia, Europe, and North America.
Liesel Pritzker Simmons
Family Principal, Impact Investor
Liesel Pritzker Simmons is Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative, a family office dedicated to investing for-profit and non-profit capital to solve social problems. She’s also the co-founder of the IDP Foundation, Inc. a private foundation with a mission to mobilize resources and strategic support to increase educational opportunities
Hans Wijers is currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heineken N.V., Deputy Chairman of the Board of Royal Dutch Shell, Member of the Supervisory Board of HAL, Member of the Trilateral Commission, Chairman Natuurmonumenten and Chairman Supervisory Board Concertgebouw N.V. From 2003 untill 2012 he was the CEO of AkzoNobel N.V. Before joining AkzoNobel he was a Senior Partner and Chairman of the Dutch office of the Boston Consulting Group and served as Minister for Economic Affairs in the Dutch government.
Dr. Kellie Liket (Impact Centre Erasmus) is obsessed with using science and rationality to maximise the impact we have. She is the co-founder of Effective Giving, a community of philanthropists learning together how to apply their unique resources to improve the world as much as possible.
Family Principal, Impact Investor
Mark Sainsbury is settlor and trustee of Mark Leonard Trust, one of the 18 Sainsbury family charitable trusts. He is also co-founder of Europeans for Divest Invest, a movement calling on investors of every type to divest of the fossil fuel holdings and invest instead in climate solutions. He has been a trustee of Ashden Sustainable Energy Awards for 10 years and is also the co-founder of the Sustainable Restaurant Association. Mark chairs the Impact Investment Committee for a number of his families charitable endowments. In addition to his philanthropic work Mark has over 25 years’ experience as both a hotelier and restaurateur. He is co-owner of The Zetter Group and a director of Draft House Holdings. He is also the founder of the multi-award winning restaurant Moro and Grain Store restaurant.
Kelsey Finkelstein is the Chief of Staff and Business Development Manager at D. Capital Partners. She interacts on a day-to-day basis with an extensive network of key clients and partners ranging from private impact investors to family offices. Kelsey also drives D. Capital’s thought leadership and external relations. In 2016, Kelsey led D. Capital’s work within the GIIN task force on “Holding Company structures for impact”, facilitating the demand side needs assessment and articulation of successful case studies and key lessons learned. She is currently supporting the development of the education financing facility called LEAP.
Finance in Motion
Jaspreet has 12 years of experience in development finance and environmental topics. She is currently involved on impact and E&S risk topics for the eco.business Fund, and was responsible for investment origination in Latin America during the initial Fund start-up phase. She is also responsible for building strategic partnerships for the eco.business Fund with standards, research organisations and working groups active in the biodiversity/conservation finance/climate smart agriculture space. She previously supported investment roll-out in MENA countries under the SANAD Fund at Finance in Motion. Prior to this she was at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she focused on providing credit lines for ‘green lending’ at private sector financial institutions. Jaspreet holds an MSc in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and a B.A. (Hons) in Economics from the University of Toronto.
Mareike van Oosting
BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
Mareike van Oosting has been involved with impact investing activities since 2014. She has been in charge of the “Expert Group on Impact Investing” – first at the Eberhard von Kuenheim Foundation and, since May 2016, at the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt. Mareike holds a Master’s degree in Public Economics, Law and Politics. She has published several articles on impact investing in the German foundation sector.
Riëlla Hollander - van de Vondervoort
Riëlla Hollander, lead manager of the Triodos Organic Growth fund, joined Triodos Bank as a fund manager in May 2013. She has over 12 years of acquisition finance experience, heading the acquisition finance team for Lloyds Bank in the Benelux and Nordics, working alongside private equity houses on mid and large-end management Buy Outs in a wide-range of sectors. She holds an MBA from Leuven University.
Ivo is the founder and managing director of onValues Ltd., a Zurich based investment consulting company specialising in sustainable and impact investment strategies. onValues supports a wide range of wealth holders, their family offices and foundations, in implementing sustainable and impact strategies across their entire wealth and for all asset classes. Through our proprietary databases, we regularly monitor over 600 managers providing sustainable investing and 300 managers providing impact investing strategies. He regularly publishes on issues relevant to sustainable ad impact investing.
Institutional Impact Investor
Uli Grabenwarter is Deputy Director at European Investment Fund overseeing EIF’s activities in Impact Investing, Technology Transfer and Venture Capital. Previously he was responsible for EIF’s strategic development for equity and has led the build-up of the Social Impact Accelerator, the first pan-European social impact investing fund-of-funds. From 2010 to 2012 he conducted a research project on impact investing in collaboration with IESE University of Navarra (Barcelona) and the Family Office Circle Foundation in Switzerland, analysing best-market-practice for impact investing in private equity and VC. He is a visiting Professor at IESE University. Until 2010 Uli was Head, Equity Fund Investments at EIF and previously had worked several years at the European Investment Bank and PWC in corporate finance, consulting and audit. He is author of numerous publications on impact investing and venture capital. He holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance of the University of Graz.
Bas van Abel
Bas is passionate about changing the relationship between people and products. By opening up the design processes behind everyday things, he believes that people can re-engage and become active owners of their stuff. This was the inspiration on which Bas van Abel based the model for Fairphone, with which he is opening up systems on a step-by-step journey to making the world’s first fairly designed and produced smartphone.
Anthos Fund and Asset Management
Andreas has almost 15 years’ experience in impact investing and has been Global Head of Impact Investing at UBS. At UBS he was responsible for defining a strategy for the impact investing team, for the whole value chain from origination to fundraising. Prior to joining UBS, Andreas worked for IJ Partners, a family office in Geneva. As Head of Direct Investing Emerging Markets and Impact Investment he was responsible for the investment strategy and for securing several impact investing deals. Andreas has lived and worked in various European and Asian countries. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s in both Economics and Political Science from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
Maria Anne van Dijk
Maria Anne van Dijk is responsible for ABN AMRO’s sustainability risk policy and monitoring compliance of this policy by the bank. The policy describes the social and environmental requirements that ABN AMRO’s clients, in particular corporate clients, need to meet. She is also responsible for the bank’s human rights programme, one of the mainstays of ABN AMRO’s sustainability policy. Maria Anne is convinced that companies and banks should – and can – help solve the problems society faces today, such as human trafficking and modern slavery. And that partnerships with other parties have a key role to play here. Maria Anne van Dijk has worked in various roles in the financial services industry for over 25 years, focusing specifically on sustainability since 2003. She labels herself as a ‘corporate activist’ and gave a TEDx Talk about what drives her in this role in November 2016.
Ahmad Joudeh (1990) was born and raised in Yarmouk, the Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, Syria. His dream was to be a professional dancer. He managed to gain a position with the Enana Dance Theatre, Syria’s main dance company. Ahmad made it his personal mission to teach dancing to orphaned children and young people with Down’s Syndrome at the SOS villages in Damascus, alongside his work as ballet teacher in the Syrian capital. Dutch journalist Roozbeh Kaboly discovered Ahmad in 2016. His documentary for Nieuwsuur “Dance or Die”, about Ahmad’s life has been seen by millions of people. After seeing the documentary the Dutch National Ballet, the Amsterdam High School for the Arts and the Dutch National Touring Opera got together to offer Ahmad contracts to enable him to live, study and work in The Netherlands. Ahmad believes in the power of dance to change lives and hopes that peace will return in Syria enabling him to continue his work in Syria.
Marcel van de Vis Heil
Marcel started to practice yoga in the gym about 18 years ago. Soon after he was hooked did his first teacher training and started to teach. He was the manager of YogaGarden when it opened in 2004, and in 2009 he could take over the studio. Since 2008 he runs his own teacher training program, with colleagues. Marcel teaches Yang (vinyasa) and Yin yoga, and combinations of Yin and Yang Yoga. His yoga is a non-alignment – functional aproach yoga (or personal alignment). Purely focusing on the body of each individual student. His classes are a combination of a physical workout, relaxation and stretching, philosophy, information and fun. He studies, once or twice a year with his teachers Suzee and Paul Grilley, believing that a good teacher is always a student. Besides being a yoga teacher Marcel is a personal trainer. In this field he studied: Fitvak A & B, NASM, Bootcamp instructor, and sports foods.
Land Life Company
Rebekah is a Director at Land Life Company, which seeks to help restore the world’s two billion hectares of degraded land. In this capacity, she develops large scale nature revitalisation projects that address issues of water scarcity, food security, climate change and environmental rehabilitation through Land Life Company technologies. Rebekah manages the United States on behalf of Land Life Company as well relationships with corporates and multinational organisations working to have a positive impact on our environment. Prior to Land Life Company, Rebekah worked as a consultant with Monitor Group on issues of economic development and food security across the Middle East and Africa.
Eric Reynolds is founder and CEO of Inyenyeri, a social enterprise that sells biomass fuel pellets and distributes clean biomass-fueled cook stoves, seeking to eliminate death and disease attributed to toxic emissions from primitive fuels and cook stoves. A serial entrepreneur, Reynolds was previously founder of Nau, an eco-friendly outdoor clothing maker, from 2003 to 2006. He was start-up CEO and chairman of SweetWater, from 1993 until the outdoor business was sold to Cascade Designs in 1997. And he was co-founder, chairman, and CEO of the adventure clothing company Marmot, from 1974 to 1987. Reynolds sold everything to move to Rwanda and start Inyeneri in 2008.
Ad van der Sluijs
Family Principal, Impact Investor
Ad van der Sluijs is a Dutch financial executive with over 25 years of international experience in the profit and non-profit sector. He served his family business in oil trading, transport and storage for 12 years as CFO. In this period he was involved in several take-overs and triple sales growth to EUR 2 billion. In 2003 Ad joined ICCO, a major Dutch NGO for-development cooperation with programs in 50 countries, as corporate controller. Since 2011 Ad has been active as an impact investor on various levels and roles. He is married with 4 children and enjoys travelling, fitness and socialising in his spare time.
As founder and Chief Grower of the award-winning chocolate and conservation company, Original Beans,Philipp Kauffmann is fulfilling his mission that we must replenish what we consume. Business Week lauds the company as “mak[ing] the world better through chocolate” and the world’s best chef, Massimo Bottura, credits it for rekindling his passion for chocolate. Under Kauffmann’s leadership, Original Beans is a pioneer in the luxury food market, taking a holistic approach to quality, which fuses unparalleled pleasure, health and sustainability.