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David de Rothschild

Environmentalist and Explorer, Founder Lost Explorer and the Sculpt the Future Foundation

David de Rothschild is an environmentalist and explorer, and one of the leaders of a new generation of change-makers focused on reigniting collective hope in the future of the planet. In 2006, he founded the Sculpt the Future Foundation and in early 2010, he designed and constructed Plastiki, a fully recyclable catamaran from 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles, which sailed 8,000 miles to campaign against single use plastics. In 2015 he founded his latest initiative, the Lost Explorer, a sustainable lifestyle company that aims to set an industry blueprint for fashion and wellness, giving 100% of profits back to Nature.

Dr. Adrian Fuchs

Transaction Manager, Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship (FASE)

Since March 2017, Adrian strengthens the FASE team as a transaction manager. He studied business economics in Maastricht (BSc.) and London (MA) before receiving his PhD from the University of Hamburg on the subject of impact investing for German charitable foundations (Dr. rer. pol.). Adrian gained relevant project management experience at BonVenture and at the Bertelsmann Foundation. He is driven by the goal to professionalise the impact driven sector.

Petr Vitek

TILIA IMPACT VENTURES CO-FOUNDER, IMPACT HUB PRAGUE, BRNO AND OSTRAVA CO-FOUNDER

Petr co-founded Tilia Impact Ventures, the first Czech impact investment fund. He has been serving on Board of Trustees at NGOs and Foundations (Amnesty International Czech Rep., Vodafone Foundation Czech Rep., Česká spořitelna Foundation). Petr has 7 years of experience at Deloitte consulting, mostly in Strategy, Performance Improvement and Human Capital. Petr served as an interim CFO, and 2 years of experience at Deloitte Audit. As the co-founder, he is responsible for managing Impact Hubs in the Czech Republic where he focuses on acceleration and innovation programs.

Cyril Gouiffes

Investment Manager, European Investment Fund

Cyril Gouiffes is a Social Impact Investment Manager at the European Investment Fund (EIF). He has specialized in impact related activities, specifically in the area of social entrepreneurship and microfinance. Prior to joining the EIF, Cyril gained unique field experience working with microfinance institutions in the Middle East.

Uli Grabenwarter

Deputy Director - Equity Investments, European Investment Fund

In this capacity he oversees EIF’s activities in Impact Investing, Technology Transfer and Venture Capital, with EIF being Europe’s biggest Fund-of-Funds Investment platform in that space. Previously he was responsible for EIF’s strategic development in the equity space and in this context 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 20 months research project on impact investing in collaboration with IESE University of Navarra in Barcelona and the Family Office Circle Foundation based in Switzerland, analysing best-market-practices for impact investing in the private equity and venture capital space. He is a visiting Professor for Private Equity and Venture Capital at IESE University. He regularly publishes articles and white papers on venture capital and impact investing. Uli is also chair of the European Impact Investing Luxembourg think-tank platform (www.eill.lu) and member of several expert groups on impact investing and impact metrics across Europe. Uli holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance of the University of Graz.

Charly Kleissner

Co-Founder Toniic & KL Felicitas Foundation; Board Chair ImpactAssets

Charly Kleissner is an impact investor who argues that Modern Portfolio Theory has to be re-conceptualized to integrate impact. He sees impact investing not as an intellectual exercise, but as an expression of who he really is. Dr. Kleissner co-founded KL Felicitas Foundation, Social-Impact International, the Central European Investment Ready Program, and Hawai’i Investment Ready, which help social entrepreneurs increase their impact. Dr. Kleissner also co-founded Toniic, and the ‘100% Impact Network’, global networks for impact investors.

Lena Gansterer

Partnerships Director, Impact Hub Vienna

Lena Gansterer is part of the management team of the Impact Hub Vienna and responsible for Partnerships & Programs. As a co-founder of the Investment Ready Program, she started the first acceleration program for social entrepreneurs in Austria and Central- and Eastern Europe. She is an expert in impact investment and is one of the organizers of the CEE Impact Day, the biggest regional impact investment conference.

Dr. Heinz Fischer

Former Federal President of the Republic of Austria Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Dr. Heinz Fischer, President of the Republic of Austria 2004-2016, has had an extensive career as a senior representative and policy maker of the Republic of Austria. As Federal Minister of Science and Research and speaker of the Austrian National Assembly for more than 12 years, Dr. Fischer was involved extensively in supporting and advancing the country’s scientific, social and cultural development. After spending almost 30 Years as a senior politician in the Austrian National Assembly, Dr. Fischer retired from his office as speaker in 2004, due to being elected Federal President of the Republic of Austria in the same year. He was re-elected in 2010 and retired in July 2016, after more than 40 Years in public office and two terms as Federal President.

Katherine Milligan

Head of Gender & Diversity, Bamboo Capital Partners

Katherine is a strategic advisor, coach, board member, and mentor to individuals and institutions working to achieve greater social impact. She teaches graduate-level courses on social entrepreneurship at the Graduate Institute of International Affairs and the University of Geneva in Switzerland and is the author of over 17 publications, articles, and blogs published by International Institute of Economics, Stanford Social Innovation Review, MIT journal Innovations, World Economic Forum Agenda, and the Harvard Business School. From 2012 – 2018, she was the Executive Director of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, the sister organization of the World Economic Forum, which supports the largest community of late-stage social entrepreneurs in the world. Katherine received her B.A. from Dartmouth College and her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University where she was the recipient of the Pforzheimer Scholarship for Excellence in Non-Profit Management.

Michaela Seelig

Director for Sustainable Finance and Regional Economic Policy at Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism

Michaela Seelig joined the Austrian Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism as Director for Sustainable Finance and Regional Economic Policy in January 2019. Previously, Michaela worked as climate advisory and finance specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDBG) in Washington DC, where she advised financial institutions and other private sector client companies on innovative climate friendly investments in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Michaela has prior experience working on climate action with governments in the LAC region and on Climate Finance reporting. Before joining the IDBG, she was the Corporate Sustainability Manager at RHI AG, a globally operating manufacturing company and advisor on European and international climate policy at BUSINESSEUROPE in Belgium.

Gabriela Gandel

Executive Director, Impact Hub Global

Gabriela is committed to building organizations and systems that enable people, planet and meaningful visions to thrive. She spent 10 years working as a manager and consultant with a mix of not for profit and for profit global organizations spanning over 50 countries. Currently, she works for the Impact Hub network as a global director, helping build a global infrastructure for catalyzing and scaling social enterprises and change making businesses that address the key issues of our time.

Dr. Christin Ter Braak-Forstinger

Co-founder of Chi Impact Capital

Dr. Christin ter Braak-Forstinger, LL.M. is the founder of PVA Advisory a strategic philanthropy and impact investing advisory firm (founded in 2011) and the co-founder of Chi Impact Capital, a Zurich based asset management firm fully dedicated to impact investing (founded in 2017). She is an advocate of a holistic and conscious approach to investing and a regenerative capital market. Christin has worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the Financial Market Authority Austria, Bank Julius Baer and RobecoSAM Sustainable Asset Management AG in Zurich as well as for Boston based private equity firm Equity Resource Investments (ERI). Christin is the author of peer-reviewed articles and several books, her latest is “Conscious Investing”. Privately, Christin is the co-founder and president of award-winning NGO Braveaurora active in Ghana (founded in 2009). Yoga and meditation form an integral part in her life.