Amit Bouri (US)
CEO & Co-founder Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
Amit Bouri is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the GIIN. His work in impact investing began when he was a strategy consultant with the Monitor Institute. At Monitor he was part of the team that produced the Investing for Social & Environmental Impact report, and he left Monitor to co-found the GIIN in 2009. Amit's other projects at the Monitor Institute included strategic planning and organisational development work for nonprofit organizations and foundations.
Amit previously worked in the private sector as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company. He left Bain to work in global health at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. He also worked in the corporate philanthropy units of Gap Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. Amit holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, an MPA from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.
Ben Thornley (US)
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Tideline
Ben Thornley is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Tideline, a strategic advisory firm in impact investing. He co-leads the firm’s client work, with a focus on research design, business planning, program development, impact evaluation, and thought leadership.
Prior to co-founding Tideline in 2014, Ben was a Managing Director at Pacific Community Ventures (PCV), a non-profit Community Development Finance Institution. He was responsible for growing PCV’s research division, InSight, into a world-class consulting practice, including through partnerships with Duke University, Harvard University, and the World Economic Forum. Ben created the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative at PCV, a network of researchers, investors and policymakers from over 30 countries. He was invited by the White House to make the first expert presentation to the Social Impact Investment Taskforce, convened under the UK’s G8 Presidency in 2013. Ben led PCV’s work evaluating the social and economic impacts of over $25 billion of targeted investments, on behalf of clients including the $300 billion California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), Citi, and Hamilton Lane.
Ben started his career as a financial journalist, working as the New York correspondent and Managing Editor for a number of prominent Australian investment magazines. He later moved into government, directing Australia’s efforts to promote trade and investment in financial services out of the New York Consulate-General.
Ben holds a Master of Public Policy from UC Berkeley, where he taught leadership and political economy under former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich. He is the co-author of The Impact Investor: Lessons in Leadership and Strategy for Collaborative Capitalism (Jossey-Bass, 2015).
abigail noble (US)
CEO, The ImPact
Abigail Noble is CEO of The ImPact, a nonprofit network of families who commit to make more impact investments, more effectively.
Prior to this, Abigail was Head of Impact Investing Initiatives at the World Economic Forum and Head of Africa and Latin America for The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
She is a graduate of Harvard and Tufts, was a Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay, a World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
amit bhatia (IND)
CEO, Impact Investors Council & member of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group
Amit Bhatia is CEO of Impact Investors Council, the Indian representative on the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, and is an award-winning social entrepreneur. IIC is the industry association of all Impact Investors in India, who have cumulatively invested USD 2.5 billion in 350+ social enterprises across financial inclusion, clean energy, healthcare, education, water, sanitation, livelihoods, agriculture & housing.
Amit is also Founder of Aspire, a Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Employability Education firm. Since 2007, Aspire has trained over 65,000 students across 100+ institutions, 51 cities and 18 states. Amit is Winner of John P. McNulty Prize from The Aspen Institute. He is Founder of Aspire Circle, a trust promoting social leadership through Fellowships. Aspire Circle has 100+ eminent Fellows from CSR/Corporate Foundations, Non-Profits, DFIs, Intermediaries, Social Entrepreneurs, Impact Investors, and, Academicians.
Amit has 25 years of management experience and till 2007 served as CEO of WNS Knowledge Services, helping list WNS on NYSE with a $1 billion IPO. Prior to WNS, Amit was the Country Manager of FreeMarkets, Inc. Most notably, Amit founded and led McKinsey Knowledge Centre, the consulting firm’s global research centre.
Amit completed Bachelor’s from Shri Ram College of Commerce; Master’s from Delhi School of Economics with a Gold Medal; Cost Accounting from ICMAI; and Fellowships from The Aspen Institute and Aspire Circle.
WOLFGANG HAFENMAYER (CH)
Managing Director, Challenger73
Wolfgang Hafenmayer is Head of Societal Impact Advisory for Trusted Family. Trusted Family is a high-profile growth business founded on the belief that families can create greater value through increased cohesion between their members.
At the heart of its approach is a purpose-built, modular and secure online platform. This, coupled with its family business expertise, equips TF to deliver platform based advisory services across communication, education and societal strategies - the three key drivers of cohesion to more than 100 families globally.
Wolfgang is also active as Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The FutureMakers. The FutureMakers aims for a world where all investments are made for positive impact.
From 2007-2014, Wolfgang built LGT Venture Philanthropy from scratch, with the financial support of the Princely Family of Liechtenstein. LGT VP is recognized by the industry as one of the global leaders in impact investing. Wolfgang managed a team of 30 investment managers and impact investing advisors on five continents who invested in strongly growing companies with outstanding social and environmental impact. By the end of 2014 around 5.2 million less advantaged people benefitted from approximately 40 portfolio companies of LGT VP. A growing number of clients enjoyed the advice and investment skills of the global LGT VP team with significant local expertise, networks and experience.
Before starting LGT Venture Philanthropy in 2007, Wolfgang gained rich experience in the industry as an investment manager with BonVenture, the first social venture fund in german-speaking Europe and helped set up Forma Futura, a sustainable asset management company.
During a trip around the world he interviewed 230 social entrepreneurs, politicians and scientists in 26 countries and recorded his findings in his book Die Zukunftsmacher/The FutureMaker.
Wolfgang Hafenmayer holds a Masters degree in economics and business administration from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
DAVID WOOD (US)
Director, Initiative for Responsible Investment
David Wood is the Director of the Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
He directs research and field-building work on responsible investment across asset classes, and currently manages projects on RI strategy with pension fund trustees, mission investing by foundations, the changing landscape of community investing in the US, and impact investing and public policy.
David holds a Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University and is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School.