Portfolio: Saturday

Tami Kesselman

Tami Kesselman

A Harvard-trained former Bain consultant and senior advisor to UNDP SDG Impact Finance/UNSIF, Tami frequently works at the highest levels of business, non-profit, and government. A pioneering thought leader in impact investing known for the ‘InvestingSMART/ScalingBEST’ program she developed and has run at Harvard Business School, Yale, UPenn, and entrepreneurship summits at the UN, Tami frequently coaches asset managers, investors, and entrepreneurs on diligencing and scaling initiatives to simultaneously meet financial and impact targets. Often tapped for her ability to connect multiple perspectives, Tami is on the Nexus Impact Investing Steering Committee, an ‘Investable Solutions’ track lead for SOCAP/GoodCapitalProject, Board Chair of AIESEC-US and an emcee for multiple TEDx events.

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Erinch Sahan

Erinch leads Oxfam’s Future of Business Initiative, focused on new ideas around transforming business, and promoting efforts to foster more equitable business structures. Erinch has also led Oxfam’s private sector team, working with companies and campaigning for solutions to the most challenging social issues linked to global business. He has also led on scoring the food companies in the Behind the Brands campaign and subsequently led Oxfam GB’s Food and Climate Campaign Team. Prior to Oxfam, Erinch worked in business (Procter & Gamble) and the Australian government. He holds law and business degrees and has worked across Asia and Africa.

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Colleen Ebbitt

Colleen Ebbitt

Colleen Ebbitt is a senior policy advisor and investment finance specialist in the UK Government Inclusive Economy Unit (GIEU) where she advises government departments on the creation of social investment funds that will lever external investment to tackle social challenges. GIEU is a cross-government team leveraging partnerships with private investment, responsible business, and social enterprises to address complex social issues such as homelessness or health inequalities.

Previously, Colleen was a vice president banker at J.P. Morgan (2007-2016) managing investments for ultra-high-net-worth families and foundations in Switzerland. Colleen was a LGT Impact Ventures fellow at mothers2mothers HIV/AIDs charity in South Africa working on innovate finance including the emerging market’s first Social Impact Bond.

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Claire Mueller

Claire Mueller

Claire is a creative consultant with a background in fashion and advertising. Her vision for sustainable transformation within the worlds’ second most polluting industry brought her across the globe to work with Ananas Anam, who developed the innovative natural textile Piñatex® from pineapple leaf fibre. Made from the byproduct of existing agriculture, Piñatex® takes a new approach to sustainability that encapsulates ecological, social, and economic responsibility within a circular economy model and represents the enormous potential for positive disruption within an unsustainable system.

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www.ananas-anam.com

Gillian Benjamin

Gillian Benjamin

Gillian is a design and strategy professional focused on hastening our transition to a low-carbon economy. She has experience in emerging markets driving projects in healthcare, social housing, and education. She began her career by establishing a social impact design studio creating design, photography, and film projects for social justice organisations in South Africa. She then established a design thinking division for a Cape Town-based non-profit, working on collaborative projects with government to demonstrate how participatory methods can improve public sector service delivery.

Gillian is passionate about improving sub-optimal systems that don’t fully serve people or planet. She is happiest when building more responsive, relevant, and resilient products and services.

Chris Blythe OBE

Chris Blythe OBE

After becoming a management accountant, Chris Blythe worked in a number of financial roles which included Dunlop, Birmid Qualcast, Mitel, W Canning, Corgi Toys, and GKN.

In 1991 he joined the North & Mid Cheshire Training and Enterprise Council based in Warrington. He became chief executive in 1994. For more than 25 years he has been involved in vocational education and training, together with business development. Chris has been chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Building since January 2000.

In the Queen’s 2017 New Year Honours list, Chris received an OBE for services to the ‘Construction Industry and Government’.

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Hannah Darnton

Hannah Darnton joined the Skoll Foundation in 2015 and currently serves as an analyst on the Skoll Awards and Community Team. As an analyst, Hannah focuses on identifying social entrepreneurs with the potential to drive large scale social change and solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Prior to joining Skoll, Hannah worked with multiple anti-human trafficking organizations across West Africa and Southeast Asia. For the three years, she worked as Asia program manager for the San Francisco-based anti-trafficking non-profit, Not For Sale.

Hannah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French from the University of Michigan and a Masters in NGOs and Development from the London School of Economics.

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Emilie Martin

Emilie Martin

Emilie Martin has 13 years’ experience in Anti-Trafficking. In February 2017, Emilie joined the Salvation Army as operations manager, supporting potential victims (PVOT). Her journey started in 2004, and shaped her legal degree where she completed her final year dissertation on this topic. Emilie was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in March 2012. Emilie joined the Home Office in 2009 as a competent authority and asylum case owner. In June 2012, she specialised in trafficking appeals as a senior Presenting Officer.  In 2015, Emilie joined Hestia as service manager. There, she managed over 45 staff, overseeing five safe houses and London’s outreach service, the largest outreach service nationally.

 

Sam Salisbury

Sam Salisbury

Sam Salisbury is a director of Centrica Innovations, where he leads the Innovation Lab. Over the next five years, £100 million will be invested in start-ups, giving Centrica access to technology and entrepreneurial capability. The Labs will provide start-ups with business support and access to Centrica’s customers.

As part of the Innovation Lab, Sam leads the Centrica backed, Ignite fund, the UK’s first impact investment fund with a focus on energy. Ignite has provided £9m of investment to 14 enterprises. Before Ignite, Sam worked in corporate strategy at Centrica and as a management consultant. He graduated from the University of Oxford with a DPhil in Engineering Science.

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Susanne Stormer

Susanne Stormer

Susanne and her team lead an account for Novo Nordisk’s efforts to be a sustainable business, building on the company’s Triple Bottom Line (TBL) business principle.

Susanne joined the Novo Group in 2000. She is member of the International Integrated Reporting Council and member of the board of the Access to Nutrition Foundation. She is adjunct professor of Corporate Sustainability at the Copenhagen Business School and a Berkeley Social Impact Fellow at the UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business.

Susanne holds a Masters in English Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Area Studies, both from Aarhus University, Denmark. She is a graduate of the Stanford Business Executive Programme.

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