Director of Private Sector Cooperation, adelphi
Rainer Agster is a Director of Private Sector Cooperation at adelphi. He is responsible for different work areas of sustainable development in the private sector in developing countries and emerging economies. Over the past 15 years, Rainer Agster has conducted numerous projects in Africa, China, South Asia and the South Caucasus. He is currently focussing on the areas of climate change adaptation, energy efficiency, green finance and sustainability entrepreneurship. As a Senior Project Manager, he is also in charge of all projects for SEED. Thanks to this work, over 150 social and environmental businesses across the globe have been identified and received assistance in their on-going growth. Rainer Agster advises banks in India, Nepal and Turkey on climate protection, energy efficiency and renewable energy. In his project work, he develops interactive approaches to training and consulting, for example on the subjects of support for climate financing, climate protection in businesses, and resource efficiency. In addition, Rainer Agster also designs and facilitates dialogue processes: from strategy workshops in small groups all the way to large participatory conference formats. His clients include banks, businesses, the European Commission, bilateral development organisations and international organisations.
Head Germany/Austria, ResponsAbility Investments AG
Kärim Chatti is Market Head Germany/Austria at ResponsAbility Investments AG based in Zurich. ResponsAbility Investments AG is one of the world’s leading independent asset managers specializing in providing debt and equity financing to non-listed companies with business models that target the lower-income section of the population, thus driving economic growth and social progress. Founded in 2003, responsAbility currently has USD 3.0 billion of assets under management, which are invested in 535 companies in 93 countries. Kärim Chatti’s current responsibilities include: managing new and existing client relationships, implementing marketing and sales activities, representing the company at conferences, symposia and key client events. Prior to that he worked at UBS Bank AG, Donner & Reuschel Privatbank AG, HSH Nordbank AG as well as Bertelsmann Foundation. His professional experience covers the sectors of finance, wealth management, development investing as well as philanthropy.
Senior Program Manager, BoP Innovation Centre
Nicolas is a senior programme manager at the BoP Innovation Centre, specialized in inclusive innovations and strategy development. Nicolas is managing the BoP Inc Inclusive innovation and the Inclusive Business Accelerator programme, and was the programme manager of the 3 Pilots for pro poor innovations programme. A passionate international leader with professional experiences at the intersection of innovation, business and development, he initiates, builds and nurtures partnerships with industrial partners, international organizations, public authorities, NGOs, and social entrepreneurs to develop and scale BoP ventures. He is also a visiting fellow at Nyenrode Business School lecturing on inclusive business and social entrepreneurship, and supervising research developments. Prior to joining the BoP innovation center, he was the deputy manager of the programme “Innovation for Development” and, the co-founder and leader of the ” ICT for Development” market team at TNO, the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research.
Niek van Dijk
Business Development Manager, BoP Innovation Center
Niek van Dijk is business development manager at the BoP Innovation Center, specifically focusing on business development in food & nutrition and in impact finance. Currently, Niek is responsible for developing marketing & distribution strategies with local African agribusiness SMEs and (Dutch) MNCs that sell food products to the BoP. Next to that, Niek is in charge of impact investor relations for the Inclusive Business Accelerator program, that BoPInc is managing together with SNV, VC4Africa and Nyenrode Business University. In this latter role, Niek is actively engaging on a daily basis with impact investors that are continuously scouting new Inclusive Business ventures to invest in. Niek has a masters degree in International Relations, and can tap into a broad array of work experiences, coming from his previous careers in the financial industry and in working for the Dutch government on international development policy.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The FutureMakers
Wolfgang Hafenmayer is a 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, which is recognized as one of the global leaders in impact investing. 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. Previously, he was the executive director of the IT and management consulting firm Consileon and also worked for the consultancy Bain & 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.
Founder and Managing Director, Hystra
Olivier Kayser is the founder and managing director of Hystra, a global boutique consulting firm that works with business and social sector pioneers to design and implement hybrid strategies, innovative business approaches that are profitable, scalable and eradicate social and environmental problems. Hystra has worked with corporations (Unilever, Danone, Total, Orange, Lafarge, eolia), international (IFC, EuropeAid, IADB…) and bilateral (DEZA, DFID, AFD, GIZ) aid agencies, foundations (BMGF, CIFF, Shell Foundation) and social enterprises (d.light, KickStart, SolarEnergie). Hystra’s work has covered Energy, Safe water, Affordable housing, ICT, Nutrition, Sanitation, Mobility, Small Farmers and Distribution & Marketing. From 2003 to 2008, Olivier was a Vice-President of Ashoka. He launched its France and UK operations, and created the Ashoka Support Network of business people (now close to 400 in 20 countries) supporting social entrepreneurs. Before joining the citizen sector, Olivier was a senior partner of McKinsey & Company. Throughout his 18 years as a management consultant in Europe, the US and Asia, he served a variety of clients ranging from a Shanghai state-owned enterprise to a London Private Equity firm, including a US railway, a Korean chaebol and French industrial multinationals. Olivier is the co-author of “Scaling up Business Solutions to Social Problems” published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan.
Farrukh H. Khan
Chief Business Development Officer, Acumen
Farrukh H. Khan is the Chief Business Development Officer at Acumen and member of Acumen’s Management Committee. In his current role, Farrukh is responsible for global business development and fundraising activities. Previously, Farrukh was the Country Director & CEO of Acumen Pakistan, where he was responsible for investing, business development and leadership development activities in Pakistan. Farrukh is an experienced entrepreneur and a leading business and financial advisor who has advised on many landmark transactions, including Etisalat’s $2.6 billion acquisition of PTCL, the largest M&A and foreign direct investment in Pakistan’s history. With over 25 years of senior management and board level experience, Farrukh is the founding partner and former CEO of BMA Capital Management Limited. Under his stewardship, BMA established itself as the leading investment banking group in Pakistan and received several international awards, including the 2010 Euromoney award for the Best Investment Bank in Pakistan. Prior to founding BMA, Farrukh worked with American Express Bank in Pakistan and Deloitte in London. In the past, he has served as President of the Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OICCI), Pakistan Chapter Chairman of the Young Presidents’ Organization and on various private and public sector boards.
Co-founder and Originator, DIVA
Stefan is the co-founder and originator of DIVA: a not-for-profit venture incubator that partners with foundations to co-develop and co-invest in for-profit ventures with multinational corporations that can achieve long-term impact at scale. DIVA aims to catalyze maximum impact by focusing on existing products and services that require innovative business models and partnerships to achieve impact in underserved markets. Concurrently, Stefan is Head of Sustainable Business Development in Novozymes, where he leads a team that pursues radical and high-impact business opportunities. The team serves as an internal incubator that also identifies and develops strategic partnerships to support business development objectives. Prior to joining Novozymes in 2006, Stefan worked with UNDP in Guyana – helping businesses in the region develop profitable solutions to poverty reduction. Stefan holds a MPhil in Development Studies from Cambridge and a MSc in Business Administration and Philosophy from Copenhagen Business School.
Dr. Aline Menden
Co-founder and Managing Director, Endeva
Aline is one of the co-founders and managing directors of Endeva. She is an expert on business models for low- and middle income markets. Over the past ten years, Aline has led and implemented a variety of research and consulting projects for a broad range of organisations, including large companies, NGOs, international organisations, and foundations. Her field experience lies in understanding and assessing the needs of low-income consumers and integrating them into the development of suitable solutions. Aline enjoys bringing people from different backgrounds together for mutual learning and exchange. She has organized and moderated workshops and trainings with diverse participants from both developed and developing countries. Aline holds a Masters in International Business and Cultural Studies and a PhD on “Identifying Low-income Consumers as a Source of Innovation” from the TUM School of Management in Munich, Germany.
Associate Director, FSG
Nina Reichert works with corporate, foundation, and NGO clients in the FSG impact areas of Shared Value, Collective Impact, Global Development, and Education & Youth. Recent projects include working with an insurance company in Sweden on their shared value journey, and supporting a multi-stakeholder approach to rejuvenate the chocolate sector in Côte d’Ivoire. Prior to joining FSG, Nina worked for 6 years at Bain & Company, lastly as Case Team Leader. Her client assignments ranged from portfolio and finance strategies to organizational redesign and footprint management, deployed in various industries such as healthcare, logistics, financial services, consumer and industrial goods. Nina also joined Bain’s Private Equity group for 1.5 years and conducted commercial due diligences for the world’s leading PE funds with a deal size of up to $6B, including complex market and business modeling. In the social investment arena, Nina helped to craft the new portfolio strategy for Germany’s largest impact investing fund.
Investment Manager, Tengelmann Ventures
Franziska Schaefermeyer has been an investment manager with Tengelmann Ventures since 2012. She also co-manages the Impact Investing programme of Tengelmann Social Ventures. Prior to that she had worked in sales and marketing with Materna of Bertelsmann and initiated a business plan competition. Franziska studied Business at the universities of Göttingen and San Sebastián and also holds an MBA from the Berlin School of Economics and Law.
Consultant and Project Manager, Beyond Philantropy
Fabian is a consultant and project manager at Beyond Philanthropy, advising businesses, foundations and individuals on how to maximise the impact of their philanthropic and social investing activities. In this capacity, Fabian has researched and published on the topic of corporate impact investing, particularly in the energy sector. Before joining Beyond Philanthropy Fabian worked in the Business and Development Section of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific with a focus on SME and value chain development. Fabian holds Master degrees in International Affairs and Public Policy from Columbia University and the National University of Singapore, respectively.
Head of B2B Business Development, Solarkiosk
Virginia Taborda is the Head of B2B Business Development at SOLARKIOSK AG, headquartered in Berlin, Germany. She is responsible for the interface with all B2B business partners to bring SOLARKIOSK’s solutions to the base of the pyramid and other underserved communities. Her role in the management team also includes leading a new department to commercialize the solutions.
Virginia has a unique breath and depth of experience having worked internationally for a 100-year-old manufacturer (Rolls-Royce), a bank (CIT), private equity (Terra Firma), small business (Avianor) and entrepreneurs. In these companies, Virginia held sales, asset management, purchasing, business development and senior management roles – always with a focus on developing relationships to foster success and yield results. She delivered billions of dollars in sales in her aviation career.
Virginia has lived in nine cities in five countries including the US, UK, Canada, Brazil and now Germany. While living in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Virginia founded a charity fundraising initiative, contributing to the education of impoverished teenagers in high-risk neighborhoods.
Founder, Good Roots
Dr. Martin Vogelsang is an Impact Investor and Social Entrepreneur with a long-standing career in the banking and strategic consulting business. He spent several years in India setting up an incubator for start-up social enterprises. Martin is the Germany Country Representative of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). In 2015, he launched Good Roots, a Berlin- and India-based impact investment and consulting firm. Good Roots invests patient capital and on-the-ground technical advisory in its portfolio organizations, supporting them in developing and streamlining their business models and creating all-round social businesses to leverage their potential.
Further, Martin is doing consulting assignments in the areas of Capacity Building, Business Design at the BoP and Monitoring & Evaluation. He has a PhD in Business Ethics, Department of Economics from Universität Eichstätt in Germany.
Entrepreneurship Specialist, SEED
Lukas Wieser joined SEED in December 2015 as an entrepreneurship specialist. His former company was voted three times consecutively as one of the best 100 new companies in Austria. He is passionate about sustainability and innovation and has more than six years of management experience, including five years of leading a gastronomic and cultural venture and the creation of an organic beer brand in Austria. His activities focus on creating environmentally sustainable and inclusive business models with a high degree of innovation. He is co-founder of an online platform for short term rentals in Austria. Lukas Wieser is fluent in German and English and received the Alumni Award 2015 of the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems. He holds a Bachelor degree in Tourism and Leisure Management from the IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems and a Master in Social Entrepreneurship from the Hult International Business School in San Francisco and London. So far, Lukas Wieser has worked and studied in six different countries.