WE'RE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE some of the INTERNATIONAL SPEAKERS who will join us this year
Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Megan Starr is a Executive Director within Goldman Sachs Asset Management focused on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Impact Investing initiatives. Previously, Ms. Starr was the Chief of Staff of The JPB Foundation, a $3.8B private family foundation based in New York City. Ms. Starr earned an A.B. from Harvard College in Environmental Science and Public Policy, magna cum laude with highest honors in field of concentration, and was awarded summa cum laude for her thesis on biological carbon offsets. Ms. Starr earned an M.B.A. and a Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was an Arbuckle Leadership Fellow.
BALLE: Be a Localist
Michelle Long is the Founding Executive Director of BALLE: Be a Localist. Founded in 2001, BALLE’s purpose is to nurture and curate the emergence of a new economy — one that will gradually displace our destructive and failing economy with a system that supports the health, prosperity, and happiness for all people and regenerates the vital ecosystems upon which our economy depends. With a focus on real change within a generation, BALLE works to identify and connect pioneering leaders, spread solutions, and attract investment toward local economies. Previously Michelle was the founding executive director of Sustainable Connections, an organization that prompted NPR Marketplace to call Bellingham, WA, the “epicenter of a new economic model.” A regular keynote speaker, she is also the co-author of Local First: A How-to Guide. Michelle is an advisor to the Schumacher Center for New Economics, was named one of the West Coast’s “top five leading ladies of sustainability” by the Sustainable Industries Journal, and in 2014 was named one of The Purpose Economy 100 for North America.
Bridges Fund Management
Brian Trelstad is a Partner at Bridges Fund Management, a specialist impact investment fund with $1B under management entirely dedicated to impact and sustainable investing. Brian became a partner at Bridges in the fall of 2012 and raised a $65M fund to invest in businesses that operate in or serve underserved communities in the United States in the themes of health, education and sustainability. Until January 2012, Brian Trelstad was the Chief Investment Officer of Acumen, a social investment fund investing in innovative social enterprises in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa delivering critical health, water, energy, agriculture and education services to the base of the pyramid. Prior to Acumen Fund, Brian was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and worked at the Corporation for National Service. He has a BA in Social Studies from Harvard College, an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.
Co-Founder & CEO
Impact Hub Oakland
Konda Mason is a social entrepreneur, earth and social justice activist and spiritual teacher. She is the Co-Founder and former CEO of Impact Hub Oakland, a beautiful inspiring co-working space that supports and connects socially engaged change makers and social entrepreneurs. She is the Project Director of the Runway Project Oakland, a micro-lending fund for African American entrepreneurs intended to close the “Friends & Family” gap funding that is often unavailable to them. Working alongside Michelle Long, she is a co-founder and co-facilitator of The Well-Being in Business Lab, a cross-sector initiative guiding prominent business owners, non-profit leaders and government officials to a deeper level of intention with themselves and their businesses.
Ms. Mason, along with her partners Woody Harrelson and Laura Louie, owned the first home delivery service of organic food in the Los Angeles area and were the first to negotiate an organic food section in a major grocery store in 1997. Along with other “firsts”, Konda, working with a small cadre of activists, managed to stop a coal-fired power plant from being built in Borneo, Malaysia in the world’s precious Coral Triangle. Additionally, Konda leads annual eco-tourism trips to the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador in order to wake people up to become active stewards of this vital earth ecosystem that is being threatened by the extractive oil industry. Konda is also a co-founder of Jubilee, a new initiative of wisdom keepers and wealth holders, focused on joyfully preparing the next generation of investors to meet this moment and to defend the sacred. Konda’s work is fuelled by a passion to witness in her lifetime a world that is environmentally regenerative, spiritually fulfilling, socially just and equitable
President & CEO
RSF Social Finance
Don has served as President & CEO of RSF Social Finance since 2007. He grew up in central New Jersey, and comes from a long ancestry of Quaker farmers and small business people in and around Philadelphia. He graduated from Cornell University with a BA in American History. Don has been a social entrepreneur for many years, growing a for-profit education business, a software company, and a sporting goods manufacturer, in addition to a non-profit, the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies. As leaders in social finance, Don and the team at RSF seek to transform the way the world works with money. In a world where our financial system can be described as complex, opaque, and anonymous, based on short-term outcomes, RSF is constantly asking the question, “How can we model financial transactions that are direct, transparent, and personal, based on long-term relationships?” Under Don’s leadership, RSF’s total assets have grown 40% in the past three years, to over $160 million.
Founder & Managing Director
Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)
Durreen is an investment banker and media executive turned social entrepreneur from Bangladesh. She is the founder of Impact Investment Exchange, the home of the world’s first social stock exchange and the world’s largest private placement platform for impact investing. Durreen also founded the IIX Foundation that focuses primarily on program management of grant-funded projects. To date, IIX’s work has impacted lives of over 10 million people across Asia.
Durreen began her career at Morgan Stanley in New York City and has worked at the likes of Grameen Bank, World Bank, Merrill Lynch, Hearst Magazines, and Reader’s Digest. You can watch her original TED Talk here and see her live at the Impact Investment Summit 2017!
Blue Orchard Finance
Peter A. Fanconi is the Chairman and former CEO of Swiss based BlueOrchard Finance, one of the leading Asset Management companies in the field of Impact investing. Peter demonstrated his entrepreneurial competencies in various positions, including CEO of the Vontobel Private Bank, a Swiss listed bank, CEO of Harcourt Alternative Investments, a global leader in alternative investments and managing partner at PWC. Peter also serves today as Chairman of the Graubündner Kantonalbank (GKB), a Swiss listed bank, as President of ROKPA International Foundation and as Member of the Global Executive Council of the Brandeis University Business School in Boston. Besides lecturing at various business schools, Peter is the co-author of the bestseller Small Money – Big Impact as well as Power to the Poor, both published by NZZ Libro Verlag.
Founder & President
Joy is an internationally-known leader in the field of gender lens investing and sits at the forefront of the intersection between business and social change. In 2002, she founded Criterion Institute, the leading think tank focusing on using finance as a tool for social change. In 2011 she was named one of the 100 most creative leaders in business by Fast Company. Joy has served in multiple leadership roles shaping the development of impact investing, including co-founding Good Capital in 2008 and serving as founding board chair of Village Capital. In 2015 she wrote both USAID’s “Gender Lens Investing in Asia” report and published, “The State of the Field of Gender Lens Investing.” She holds a Ph. D in American History from New York University.
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)
We are excited to share that World Vision have partnered with us to bring to Australia Randall Kempner, the Executive Director of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs. Randall oversees the implementation of ANDE’s extensive program and advocacy agenda, including training programs for investing in emerging-market entrepreneurs, promoting investment opportunities in emerging market SGBs, and developing standardised financial, social and environmental metrics for impact investment.
David Haynes became a Managing Director for Greenmont Capital Partners II at the time of its September 2007 inception and currently represents the Fund on the Boards of Madhava Natural Sweeteners and Door to Door Organics, Inc. For the prior 11 years, he served as founder and CEO of multiple start-ups in California and Colorado. In 1996, David founded AudioBase, Inc., a streaming media company located in Sausalito, California, and served as Chairman and CEO throughout his tenure. During that time, he raised $30 million from strategic and financial investors including Bay Partners, Mr. Charles R. Schwab, Hambrecht & Quist (now JPMorgan Partners), Sony Music Entertainment and Texas Pacific Group. David was responsible for recruiting the company’s Board of Directors including Charles R. Schwab, CEO and founder of Charles Schwab; John Freidenrich, founder of Bay Partners and Gray, Cary, Ware & Freidenrich; and the Board of Advisors including John Sculley, former CEO of PepsiCo and Apple Computers; and G.M. O’Connell, Founder and CEO of Modem Media. David sold AudioBase in 2002. From 2003 to 2004, he worked directly for Mr. Charles R. Schwab to research “edutainment” properties of children with learning differences. David went on to co-found Hybrid Energy Group in 2005, focusing on community-based renewable energy projects. Most recently, he served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Boulder Ventures, a venture capital firm with $300 million under management. Prior to his entrepreneurial endeavors, David worked for Volpe Welty & Co., an investment bank located in San Francisco, and, earlier, for Raymond James Financial and Prudential Securities. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Founding Chairman, Calvert Foundation
Wayne Silby founded Calvert, a $15 billion investment management group noted for their leadership in the area of socially responsible investment. Though he is no longer active in most of the day-to-day business of Calvert, he supervises its private equity activities. Wayne also co-founded Social Venture Network, a group of socially oriented entrepreneurs and investors, and Calvert Social Venture Partners, one of the first socially oriented venture capital funds. He also started the Emerging Europe Fund for Sustainable Investment, a $60 million OPIC private equity fund focused on Central Europe. Wayne chairs ImpactAssets, a $200 million donor advised fund, and SynTao Ltd., a CSR consulting firm in Beijing, China. He has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.