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Annemarie Arens, General Manager, LuxFLAG
Annemarie joint Luxflag as of October 1st, 2014 in the role of General Manager. In her role, Annemarie will promote Luxflag to attract new funds applying for labels and will aim to develop visibility to Luxflag beyond Luxembourg, promoting Luxflag strengths across other fund domiciles. Annemarie is a key player in the Luxembourg Fund industry; chairman of the Alfi Responsible and Impact investing conference working group in addition to her contribution to various Alfi working groups. Prior to joining Luxflag, Annemarie worked 18 years for RBC Investor Services Bank in Luxembourg in senior management positions in charge of Sales, Relationship Management and Client Service. Before that, Annemarie worked 6 years as Product sales with Axa Insurance company in Luxembourg and 5 years as Private Banking Relationship Manager with Berenberg Bank in Luxembourg and in Germany. Annemarie was part of the Executive Committee of RBC Investor Services Bank in Luxembourg and also served as Director in the Board of various fund companies in Luxembourg. She speaks fluently Luxembourgish, French, German and English as well as Spanish.

Szabi Baranyi, COO, Vice President, Audaces Impact
Szabolcs (“Szabi”) Baranyi is COO and Vice-President of Investments at Audaces Impact. He is an entrepreneurial investment and business development professional having lived in 6 countries across 4 continents. Previously, he was a senior investment associate at private equity firm Rioforte in Brazil, responsible for investments and portfolio management in the agricultural and real estate sector. Prior to this, Szabi was employee #1 at Prolifico as part of a team that raised US$10mm for its first-time fund focused on investing in real estate businesses in Brazil. He had started his professional career at HSBC in London in the debt capital markets team, with coverage of emerging economies, especially Sub-Saharan Africa. Szabi has consulted and worked in fintech, edtech, and agritech startups. He designed and developed a new m-health service whilst working at social impact firm BIMA in Uganda. Szabi holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick and an MBA from INSEAD. He speaks fluent English, Portuguese, French, and Hungarian

Maurice Bauer, Secretary General, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
Bauer is a municipal councillor of the City of Luxembourg. He is currently Secretary General of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Before joining, he was for six years Secretary General of CETREL. Previously, he began his training as a lawyer at Schiltz & Schiltz law firm before joining the Dexia-BIL Group as a legal advisor. He is in charge of the X Principles of Corporate Governance of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and member of the CSSF expert group on corporate governance. Maurice Bauer holds a master in law of the University of Strasbourg. During his studies, he worked as journalist at the European Parliament and at the Council of Europe.

Martin Berg, Investment Officer, Climate Change & Environment, New Products & Special Transactions, European Investment Bank
Martin Berg is an investment officer in the New Product and Special Transactions Directorate of the European Investment Bank (EIB) in Luxembourg where he focusses on climate finance and renewable energy transactions. Prior to his current role, Martin coordinated the monetisation activities of the NER300 Initiative for the EIB, which raised over EUR 2 billion to fund carbon capture and storage demonstration projects and innovative renewable energy technologies. Martin joined the EIB from Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) in London. Prior to his time at BofAML, Martin worked at RNK Capital LLC, an environmental investment firm in New York, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. Martin holds an MPA from Columbia University and an MA from the University of Bonn.

Germain Birgen, Directeur, Banque de Luxembourg
With some 35 years of experience in the Luxembourg finance and fund industry, Germain Birgen, a Luxembourg national, is now a Director at Banque de Luxembourg, heading up the business development  for its professional banking services. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director and Head of HSBC Securities Services Luxembourg. Within HSBC, he also was at the initiative of launching an Islamic securities services offering which he headed up on a global level for a number of years. More recently, he led the Client Solutions Europe division within RBC Investor and Treasury Services. Over the years, he has been an active member of various industry bodies among which the Luxembourg Stock Exchange Commission, the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) as well as Luxembourg for Finance (LFF). He is a regular speaker at conferences on various topics including impact finance investing.

Guillaume Bonnel, Head of Impact Investing, Lombard Odier
Guillaume works in the Impact Investing and SRI team of Lombard Odier. He is currently in charge of developing the impact investing offering of the bank and co-manages an Impact investing fund of funds, in the development finance field. Guillaume started his career in Geneva in 2006, where he worked as an Impact and SRI Advisor at BNP Paribas Wealth Management. In 2011, he moved to Cameroon, where he managed the Finance and Human Resource teams of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF Switzerland). He then worked for a microfinance investment fund based in Geneva, from where he performed several due diligences of microfinance institutions in Ghana. Guillaume holds a master’s degree in Management Science from the University of Paris-Dauphine and a Post Graduate Degree in Management from Telecom Ecole de Management, France. He speaks French, English and Spanish.

Isabelle Cabie, Global Head of Responsible Development, Candriam Luxembourg
Isabelle Cabie has been Global Head of Responsible Development at Candriam since 2016. Before, she was Global Head of Sustainable and Responsible Investments at Candriam since 2010. She began her career in 1988 as a university assistant at Namur University in Belgium. In 1992 she moved to Bank Artesia to take up a role as a macroeconomist, and became a fund manager in 1995. In 2003 she became Head of Fixed Income Institutional Portfolio Management at Candriam. In 2007, she was appointed Global Head of Institutional Portfolio Management. Isabelle has a Master’s degree in Economics from Namur University in Belgium.

Sylvain Château, Co-founder and COO, Beyond Ratings
Sylvain Chateau is the COO and co-founder of Beyond Ratings, a financial services company providing augmented sovereign/country risks analysis. Sylvain is an entrepreneur in business intelligence services for the last 15 years. Before Beyond Ratings, he was the CEO and major shareholder of Enerdata, a leading international provider of energy & carbon data and modeling for over 180 countries. He acquired a strong knowledge of energy and carbon markets and developed customized data and research solutions for international clients. Sylvain graduated from ESSEC, and started his career in management consulting at Booz Allen Hamilton and Roland Berger.

Richard Cook, Chief Operating Officer, Social Stock Exchange
After serving in the Army for thirteen years, Richard began his commercial career at Reuters initially running Lipper’s European data operations before moving to the US to take over global product development and delivery. He then moved on to become Chief Operating Office at Citywire where he spent 5 years helping grow a forward thinking and innovative, financial media business. As Operations Director for Centaur Media plc. he was initially responsible for the Legal and Financial divisions before taking over the operational leadership for Business Publishing, where he led the re-branding and relaunches of numerous magazines and digital propositions.
The Social Stock Exchange is a new and unique public market for social impact investment in which the impact of the business for all stakeholders is precisely as important as its financial performance.

Jean-Philippe de Schrevel is the Founder and a Managing Partner at Bamboo Capital Partners. Jean-Philippe has dedicated most of his career to the development of the “impact investing” field of which he is considered to be a global pioneer, having launched 8 investment funds and raised over a billion USD to date. Jean-Philippe’s journey stems from early personal exposure to extreme poverty while travelling, working and living in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. His work objectives are driven by deeply rooted faith and values and an ambition to contribute to solving at scale some of the most critical problems of our planet. Realizing “investments that matter” is the path he has chosen to follow some 20 years ago. Jean-Philippe notably co-founded in 2001 BlueOrchard Finance (a pioneer commercial lender to Microfinance banks) and worked at McKinsey & Co, the UN as well as for various NGOs. He holds a MBA from the Wharton School of Business and speaks fluently French, English and Spanish.

Mark Drewell, Senior Partner, ForeSight Group
Mark Drewell is a thought and action leader at the global interface between business and society. He is a senior partner at the Stockholm-headquartered Foresight Group advising large organisations on how to speed up and leverage change on major ambitions relevant to our times. He has chaired both Stockholm-based World's Children's Prize and Africa's largest environmental NGO, served on the board of the 13 000 strong International Association of Business Communicators, supported of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership as a senior associate and worked with the Aspen Institute to develop their Aspen Global Leaders Network. In 2014 Mr Drewell stepped down from five years leading a global coalition of companies and business schools focused on developing the next generation of globally responsible leaders - the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative.Prior to that he had a twenty year corporate career in Johannesburg headquartered diversified industrial multinational, Barloworld. In South Africa during the transition out of apartheid he co-created a community forum which was replicated in 4000 communities across the country. He has four children between the ages of 10 and 16, was educated at Oxford University and mixes a busy professional life with commitments to a family business and pottering around in boats.

Ravi Fernando, Women go beyond
Dr.R.A.Fernando is an Alumni of the University of Cambridge having Completed a Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration Degree from the European University, Switzerland. He also completed a Diploma in International Management and Advanced Management Program at the INSEAD Business school in (France). He is an Executive in Residence at the INSEAD Social Innovation centre (FRANCE) since September 2010 and Chairman/CEO of Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability Pvt.Ltd. His career with Multi-nationals 1981-2003, Unilever, Smithkline Beecham International covering Africa, Middle East and Asia in CEO/Business Development positons. He was the Operations Director of the MALAYSIA BLUE OCEAN STRATEGY INSTITUTE 2011-2016. In September 2007, he won a “Global Strategy Leadership award” at the World Strategy Summit. In November 2015, he published ‘Strategic Corporate Sustainability – 7 Imperatives for Sustainable business’ (Partridge: Penguin Random House), based on his work at Cambridge University.

Benjamin Firmenich, Managing Partner, Impact Finance Management SA
Benjamin is a member of the Management Committee of Impact Finance Management SA. He is based in Geneva where he is the Head of Investor Relations. He seats at the Investment Committee of the Impact Finance Fund which has disbursed, since October 2011, $92 million in agricultural value chains in Latin America. Benjamin is a member of the Firmenich Sustainability Council and he seats on the next gen committee of the Firmenich family. He holds a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University and a Master of Arts in Political Sciences from the University of Geneva.

Alison Fort, Managing Director Toniic EMEA

Alison Fort is Toniic Managing Director, Europe.  She was acting CEO from December 2015 to July 2016 and led the writing of Toniic’s Millennials & Impact Investment report and co-authored the Toniic Venture Philanthropists and Impact Investors report.  Alison brings over a decade of experience in corporate finance and social finance. She joined Toniic after having led business development at the Social Stock Exchange in London. Alison holds a B.Sc. in Management (Accounting & Finance) from UMIST, Manchester University. She lives outside London with her husband, daughter, and son.

Albert Frendo, Chief Credit Business, Development Officer, Bank of Valletta p.l.c
Albert Frendo is an accountant by profession and holds a Masters in Business Administration, with specialization in Management Consulting, from Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France. Albert currently occupies the post of Chief Credit Officer within the Bank of Valletta Group. His career at the Bank spans over 30 years with wide ranging experience in cost management and financial reporting, risk management and credit finance (both commercial and retail finance). During the last 12 years, he headed the Bank’s Risk Management Division and was later assigned with the management of the Bank’s overall Credit Portfolio, responsible for a number of key credit areas including Corporate, SME, Consumer and Trade Finance, Collections and Collateral Management. During the last years spent as Chief Credit Officer, he was responsible of shaping up the Bank’s Corporate and Retail Finance portfolio. Amongst various initiatives undertaken, he was also the key person involved in the successful launching and management of the first Risk Sharing Instruments (JEREMIE, CIP SMEG and SME Initiative – JAIME), aimed at assisting SMEs in their financing needs. As Chief Officer, Albert sits on a number of Executive Committees including the Bank’s Management Board, Provisions Committee, Asset and Liability Committee (ALCO) and IT Steering Committee.

Patrick Goodman, co-founding Partner, Innpact Sàrl
Established by Patrick in 2007, Innpact provides expert consulting services for the establishment and management support of impact finance vehicles. Patrick has an in-depth understanding of all operational, financial and legal processes of investment vehicles, backed by almost thirty years’ experience in the banking and fund industry. Previous employers include JP Morgan and Citibank in Belgium and Luxembourg. Since early 2003, Patrick has dedicated his career to responsible finance and impact finance, providing structuring and management support services for impact finance vehicles. He is also a board member of a number of impact investment funds. Patrick holds a Master in Business Engineering from the Solvay Brussels School.

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 a Member of the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing created in continuation of the G8 Impact Investing Taskforce in 2015. He is author of numerous publications on impact investing and venture capital and holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance of the University of Graz.

Louise Hedberg, Head of Corporate Governance, East Capital

Louise Hedberg is a specialist in the investment team focusing on integrating Environmental, Social and Governance issues (ESG) in the investment activities.  Louise holds a MSc degree from the Stockholm School of Economics and has completed studies in Sustainable Development and Sustainable Enterprising at the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University. Prior to joining the East Capital group in 2007, Louise worked as the Investor Relations Manager at Dometic Group and as a Financial Communications Consultant at JKL Group, a leading Nordic advisory firm focused on strategic communication. Louise is a recurring speaker on ESG themes, including the Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance and is also the main point of contact for East Capital’s commitment to the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). Louise is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Institutional Investors (Moscow), the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for Russia and CIS, East Capital (Lux) S.C.A., SICAV-SIF and East Capital (Lux) SICAV.

Peter Heijen, CEO, Lend a Hand
Peter is the founder and CEO of social enterprise Lendahand, which he started following an extensive corporate career. Educated as an econometrist, Peter has worked in several positions in the financial industry. After around 10 years, he decided to look for a more meaningful career at which he would contribute to a better world with less poverty. Peter believes that job creation is the most powerful weapon in the fight against poverty. Creating job is performed best by small business but these business oftentimes lack proper access to finance. This is why he found Lendahand; an online finance platform where small business can attract funding from investors in Europe.

Christian Hertz, Chairman of the ALFI Responsible Investing Technical Committee
Christian is a director and head of legal at Luxembourg Investment Solutions S.A., the leading third-party AIFM in Luxembourg. Before joining LIS in 2016, Christian worked 14 years as a private practice lawyer in leading law firms, including 5 years as M&A lawyer with De Pardieu Brocas Maffei in Paris, and 9 years as fund lawyer with Linklaters in Luxembourg. He also worked in London and Hong-Kong. Christian is a member of several industry committees and a regular speaker at industry events. He notably co-chairs the Responsible Investing Committee of ALFI.

Christina Juhasz, CIO, WWB Asset Management
CJ Juhasz is the Chief Investment Officer of WWB Asset Management, a subsidiary of Women’s World Banking, which makes equity investments in inclusive finance institutions primarily in the Women's World Banking network.  WWB Asset Management aims to provide responsible growth capital, along with technical assistance, to women-focused inclusive finance institutions and to demonstrate the business case for investing in women.  CJ is currently responsible for over $50mm in investment capital.  Prior to launching Women's World Banking’s equity investment fund, CJ was the director of the capital markets group, with primary responsibility for promoting network members’ access to commercial sources of funding. Prior to joining Women's World Banking, CJ spent 12 years structuring and marketing international secured and unsecured debt and quasi-equity transactions for banks and financial institutions globally.  From 2004-2007 she served as a director in Deutsche Bank’s fixed income syndicate group in New York.  Previously she worked as a vice president in Deutsche Bank’s capital markets group in London and Merrill Lynch’s capital markets group in New York.  While at Deutsche Bank, she also volunteered her time conducting credit analysis on microfinance institutions applying for Deutsche Bank’s microfinance funds. CJ began her career as a military police platoon leader in the United States Army, serving in Germany and the US.  CJ holds a BS from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from Stanford University.   She is a 2013 Eisenhower Fellowship recipient.

Constanze Kreiss, Senior Project Manager, KfW Germany
Constanze Kreiss is an economist with more than 13 years experience in development finance, both as a consultant in international banking sector projects and working for KfW since 2008. She specialized in financial sector development and launched and managed structured funds in the area of micro-, SME, agriculture, energy and education finance. Until 2013, she was a member of the Board, the IC and the TA Facility of the Higher Education Finance Fund (HEFF). Currently, Ms. Kreiss is a Director of the Regional Education Finance Fund for Africa (REFFA), the Global Climate Partnership Fund (GCPF) and the Fairtrade Access Fund (FAF).

Lachlan Cameron, Head of Energy Finance, Finance in Motion
Mr Lachlan Cameron is Manager of Energy Finance at Finance in Motion, the advisor to the Green for Growth Fund (GGF). The GGF is the first specialized fund to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy in Southeast Europe, the European Eastern Neighbourhood region and in the Middle East and North Africa. He has almost 15 years’ experience as an energy policy advisor in emerging markets and in technical roles in the renewable energy and automotive sectors.

Nicolas Lorne, Director and co-Founder, Waterpreneurs
With a growing concern in the recent years for the most vulnerable and for the conservation of water, Nicolas recently decided to co-found Waterpreneurs - a global initiative that creates greater access to safe affordable water for low income populations. Essentially, Waterpreneurs is supporting the scaling-up of impact investments financing the growth of local water entrepreneurs who are complying with the human rights to water. During his 30 years in business, Nicolas has developed global and practical expertise in: Change Management, Water & Sanitation, Human Rights, Impact Investing, Social Entrepreneurship, Public Private Partnerships and Shared Value Creation. (

Corinne Molitor, Director, Innpact Sàrl
Corinne has been working over 20 years in the Luxembourg financial sector, a.o. as Head of Business Development for institutional clients of Banque de Luxembourg. She developed a strong interest for impact investment funds and is a founding member of EIIL-European Impact Investment Luxembourg. From 2013 to 2016, Corinne was based in Bangkok with her family, working as a freelance consultant for renewable energy and impact investment projects in South-East Asia. Since October 2016, Corinne is a Director of Innpact, a private consulting company fostering innovative and sustainable impact investment initiatives. She co-chairs the ALFI Responsible investing committee and sits on the Board of ADA Asbl, an NGO specialized in microfinance and inclusive finance. Corinne holds a Master in Business management and Economics and a Bachelor in Law from Universités de Strasbourg, France as well as a Certificate in Corporate Governance from INSEAD, Singapore.

Arvind Narula, Owner & CEO, Urmatt Ltd
Arvind Narula, impact investor, CEO and founder of the Urmatt Group, is a pioneer of the organic agriculture industry in Thailand, Argentina and Laos. In over three decades he has developed one of the world’s most successful contract farming models. He has invested in several innovative projects in the fields agriculture and agricultural value added products, and has advised companies globally in organic agriculture. His impact-award winning group companies are focused on benefitting the poorest farmers. As a member of the YPO he served as the chair for S.E. Asia. Arvind speaks seven languages, graduated in Economics from Heidelberg and Paris and the Sasin Institute of the Chulalongkorn University.

Timothy Nuy, Executive Director, MyBucks
Tim Nuy is one of our executive directors. Before joining the Group, he was an Investment Director at ADC African Development Corporation AG (“ADC”) in Frankfurt am Main from July 2011 to November 2014, where he was responsible for acquisitions and disposals, as well as the day-to-day operations of the Mauritian entities of the Group. He was involved in several complex transactions notably with the controlling investment into ABC Holdings Limited, the disposal of RSwitch (Rwanda) and the takeover by Atlas Mara. Prior to joining ADC, Tim worked at KPMG’s Transaction & Restructuring department in Hamburg, Germany. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science from the Maastricht University in International Business Economics and is a CFA® Charterholder. Besides his function as executive director, Tim is responsible for the Group’s business areas risk, M&A and corporate finance, including all debt and equity funding initiatives and expansion in new markets.

Vincent Oswald, Member of the Board of Managers, European Impact Investing Platform
Independent consultant in the impact investing space, he has been active in the impact universe since 2008. He co-founded and served as the CEO of Azure Partners SA, a fund manager specialized in impact funds. Before that, he worked for Blue Orchard Finance as an Investment Analyst and as Head of Investor Relations. Prior to moving to the microfinance sphere, he worked for Credit Suisse in the Central & Eastern European Markets and for BNP Paribas. He has developed a strong knowledge in emerging markets and in impact investing. He also has structured and launched several funds.

Edda Schröder, Founder and Managing Director, Invest in Visions
Mrs. Schröder is Shareholder and Managing Director of Invest In Visions GmbH,a company to promote and create microfinance products for institutional and private clients. Previously Mrs. Schröder held management positions at Schroders and at Fleming Fonds Marketing. After 12 years working in the fund business, Mrs. Schröder decided to combine her long-standing experience from the financial sector with her interest in development finance and started the company Invest In Visions with a vision to create a bridge between money and ethics.

Manuel Tonnar, Deputy Director for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Manuel Tonnar is a Luxembourgish national and has been Deputy Director for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs since 2013. Before joining the MoFA in 2004, he worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP/UNCDF) as a program officer in Vietnam and Mali in the areas of decentralization, private sector development and microfinance. From 1997 to 1999, he worked as a commercial manager for blast furnaces innovation projects at Paul Wurth S.A. Manuel is a member of the Board of Directors of Lux-Development, the Luxembourg Microfinance Development Fund and the Luxembourg Inclusive Finance Network and he is Alternate governor of the International Fund for Agricultural Development . Manuel holds an M.A. in Economics from the Université des Sciences Sociales in Toulouse and an M.B.A. in International Business Management (1997) from the Institut Commercial de Nancy and the Universidad La Salle of Mexico.

Ronald van Genderen, Manager Research Analyst, Morningstar
Ronald van Genderen, CFA, is an analyst on Morningstar’s EMEA manager research team and is based in Benelux. Prior to joining Morningstar in 2013, Ronald was an analyst at the VEB, the Dutch Shareholders Association, where he was responsible for all activities employed by the association regarding mutual funds and ETFs, including developing and maintaining a mutual fund rating and database. Ronald also analysed mutual funds and ETFs and regularly wrote articles about a wide variety of topics relating to mutual funds, ETFs and the asset management industry in general. Ronald holds a bachelor’s degree in management, economics and law. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Huub van der Riet, Head of the Thematic Equity team and Lead Portfolio Manager Global Opportunities, NN Investment Partners Huub is Lead Portfolio Manager Impact Investing at NN Investment Partners. He invests in equities of companies that aim for a social and environmental return alongside a financial return. Huub has been an equity investor at NN Investment partners for more than 16 years. Prior to his role as an Impact investor, he has held several positions within the firm, including Head of Thematic Investing and Head of sector funds. Huub has also worked at Aegon Asset Management and ABN Amro Asset Management. Huub holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the Vrije University in Amsterdam and is an European Financial Analyst (EFFAS).



Updated on 25/04/17  
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