Her Excellency Andrea WIKTORIN, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Armenia, Head of Delegation
Doug Miller is an American who has been in the financial services industry, primarily private equity since the 1970s [now retired]. Most of his business career he spent working out of London. His efforts were primarily Europe, Asia and occasionally Middle East and Latin America.
He’s been engaged heavily in philanthropy for the last 30+ years and was the Founder/Chairman of both EVPA  and AVPN . He’s presently Chairman of IVPC, which is facilitating similar networks in both Africa and Latin America.
His first trip to Central and Eastern Europe was in the early ‘70s and included Russia, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Ukraine and the former Yugoslavia.
Doug has provided financial support for the Central European effort since inception through his private family foundation.
He’s a huge believer in collaboration as it brings different perspectives, different connections and different sources of capital.
Erik is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Equitin – an investment company focused on developing market leaders in Poland. Erik is a pioneer in private equity in Poland and CEE. He was part of the founding team of Oresa in 1995 and built it into one of the leading private equity firms in the lower mid-market segment. Erik has made more than 25 investments in the region including successes such as Medicover, Trinity, Librus, Intersource and La Fantana.
Neven Marinovic is co-founder and executive director of Smart Kolektiv, a leading Serbian organisation in the field of CSR and social entrepreneurship, and director of the Responsible Business Forum – business network established with the aim to mainstream CSR in Serbia.
Neven gained formal education at the department for production and management – Faculty of Drama Arts, Belgrade, and informal thru numerous education programs throughout Europe and USA including Harvard university course for non-profit management and leadership. Neven co-founded a number of social enterprises in Serbia, and was among the initiators of various programs that support social and young entrepreneurs ranging from incubators, training programs to financing schemes and advocacy coalitions.
The Foundation “Our Future”
Has a higher education in economics, a graduate of the M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, an economist. PhD in Economics. Holds an MBA (the Graduate School of International Business of the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation).
Has extensive experience in financial structures, banking. At the Foundation “Our Future” she is responsible for ensuring the effective activities of the company in the implementation of commercial, social-commercial and charitable projects, as well as for the promotion of infrastructure projects.
The Foundation of regional social programs “Our Future” (http://nb-fund.ru/) is the first organization to start developing social entrepreneurship in Russia. The Foundation was founded in 2007 on the initiative of a prominent businessman Vagit Alekperov and over the years of its existence has become one of the few organizations in the world that provides comprehensive support to social business – from financial to consulting one. Within the framework of the Project Competition “Social Entrepreneur” (http://konkurs.nb-fund.ru/), the Foundation supported 310 projects from 59 regions for a total amount of 780 million rubles. Funding is provided in the form of interest-free targeted loans.
To help social businesses enter the wider market, the Foundation, together with “LUKOIL”, launched the project “More than a Purchase” in 2013 (http://nepokupka.ru/). Since then, the products of social entrepreneurs have been sold in mini-markets at gas stations. Since 2014, the Social Entrepreneurship Laboratory (http://lab-sp.ru/) has been operating on the basis of the Foundation, which conducts webinars and thematic courses. The teachers of the Laboratory are outstanding Russian experts in the field of social entrepreneurship.
For its contribution to the development and promotion of social entrepreneurship, the Foundation presents the Award “Impulse of Good” (http://impulsdobra.ru/), which is awarded to social entrepreneurs, representatives of public organizations, heads of government agencies and specialized departments, journalists, media and higher educational institutions of Russia.
The Foundation also publishes its own and translated literature, maintains an information and analytical portal “New Business: Social Entrepreneurship” (http://nb-forum.ru/), develops educational programs and legislative initiatives in the field of social entrepreneurship, holds forums and conventions.
Alan Barbieri is currently the Head of Programmes at The Human Safety Net, Generali’s Foundation. He oversees a portfolio of 50+ programmes implemented in 23 countries and leads on the development of strategic partnerships.
A programme Portfolio Manager with about fifteen years’ experience designing and driving multiple social impact projects of €100m+, Alan has been focusing his efforts on entrepreneurship, startup support and early childhood development across NGOs and private sector.
With a long-lasting passion for social impact, Alan worked for non-profits and purpose-driven consulting firms in all geographies, setting up a Foundation in South Africa. In 2019, he finally landed at the The Human Safety Net, on what he defines ‘the most challenging and exciting position of my career’, which also brought him back to his native country, Italy.
Father of three boys, Alan loves spending time in nature with his family and exploring the beauties of northern Italian landscapes.
Alessia is the Head of the Knowledge Centre at EVPA, where she is responsible for research activities, content development and data collection. Since 2014, she co-authored publications, practical cases, and articles on venture philanthropy, impact measurement and management, impact strategies, the European impact ecosystem, tailored and hybrid finance.
Thanks to her research, she prominently contributed to the EVPA narrative around investing for impact, and she is invited to speak at international conferences and gives guest lectures (e.g. INSEAD Business School in Paris and Solvay Brussels School Economics & Management).
She also started the EVPA initiative “Foundations Along the Spectrum of Capital” in collaboration with the European Foundation Centre, which she now co-lead. She collaborates with the International Venture Philanthropy Center and Latimpacto to strengthen the social impact ecosystem across Latin America.
Alessia was a blue book trainee at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, specifically working on social enterprises and SMEs market assessment and on funding opportunities to support social investment.
Alexandra van der Ploeg is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP globally. Alexandra is responsible for setting the strategic direction of CSR focused on bringing to life SAP’s higher purpose of “helping the world run better and improving people’s lives” through strategic partnerships and programs that deliver sustainable social impact and long-term business value. In this function, she also oversees corporate giving, volunteerism and the development of multi-stakeholder partnerships for which Alexandra has a particular passion.
Alexandra joined SAP in 1999. She started with SAP Switzerland in charge of management development and over the course of the next ten years held various managerial positions in Human Resources. Moving into the CSR organization in 2010, Alexandra developed and managed various global CSR programs, such as building an infrastructure for social business in Haiti and the development of a range of pro-bono volunteering program, e.g. the SAP Social Sabbatical Portfolio. Alexandra also serves on the advisory council of IMPACT 2030 and is part of the Leadership Council of the Realized Worth Institute. She holds an MBA from Henley Business School in Great Britain.
Andreja has more than 15 years’ experience in social finance and social enterprise in Europe, the Western Balkans and recently the Eastern Neighbourhood. She holds a Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Pedagogy. In addition, she has undergone various training programmes in Communication, Supervision, Psychotherapy, Project Cycle Management, and Quality Assurance. She is an experienced manager, lecturer, advisor and evaluator for social enterprises with excellent teamwork, communication and intercultural skills for quality consultancy to complex cooperation projects. She recently initiated and is now running an elective course on Social Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb. Prior to that, she led her own social enterprise after years of experience implementing social enterprise and civil society strengthening projects in the Western Balkans. She was Sustainability Manager for Central Europe at NESsT for five years. and prior to that, was NESsT Croatia Country Director.
Anja-N. Koenig is a social investment, entrepreneurship and sustainable development expert as well as a trained facilitator in collaborative innovation and system change processes with close to 20 years of professional experience in the DACH region, (Central and Eastern) Europe, MENA, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Until 2018 she supported entrepreneurship development in emerging countries at Swisscontact Foundation in Zurich. In 2015, she co-initiated and led Finance for Change at the Impact Hub Berlin to promote and encourage the use of finance for impact amongst philanthropic funders, investors and financial institutions. Between 2010 and 2014 she researched on ways to strengthen the social investment market in Turkey supported by Rockefeller Foundation and Mercator Foundation before designing and leading the JP Morgan Chase Foundation Social Investment Programme at the Entrepreneurship Centre of Sabanci University in Istanbul. She also worked with Financial Advisory Services of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Frankfurt including in the impact evaluation of German Development Bank KfW and with Transaction Services of PwC in Nairobi. She came to Kenya in 2004 as a long-term government advisor appointed by German Development Agency GIZ after spending several years with an economic consulting companies in London advising public and private sector clients on public private partnerships, infrastructure finance and policy reforms in emerging markets.
Since 2015 she is co-host of the Impact Investing Roundtable Berlin, engaged with Germany’s Federal Initiative for Impact Investing (BII), host of an online DACH impact finance group on LinkedIn and pro bono jury member at Start Social Germany. She holds an MBA from University Mannheim/Germany, a Diploma in Political Science and Economics (IEP Science Po Paris/France) and a Post Masters Certification in Development Studies (GDI, Germany). She obtained additional leadership and facilitation qualifications inter alea from the Presencing Institute at MIT (Theory U), the Generative Facilitation Institute and the LEAD Academy both in Berlin.
Anna has 20 years of professional work in the field of development of non-profit organizations (strategy building, effective government, project management, fundraising, etc.) and social entrepreneurship. After 10 years of leading of Ukrainian Philanthropists Forum, the largest association of charity organizations of Ukraine, she became a co-founder of International School for Social Entrepreneurs SELab and in 2017 has founded SILab Ukraine, which is focusing on development of the ecosystem for social entrepreneurship in Ukraine. More than 20 social entrepreneurs have launched their activities with support of SELab School within the last 4 years.
She works actively with Ukrainian Government and local municipalities to build an ecosystem for social entrepreneurship on local and national levels. In January 2020 SILab Ukraine became a co-founder of Ukrainian Social Venture Fund, the first Ukrainian foundation, which is focusing to support local social startups.
Anna is a member of the Boards of the Ukrainian Women’s Foundation and Child Well-being Fund, Ukraine. A graduate of the City University of New York Local Philanthropy Development Program and the Global Women in Management: Advancing Women’s Economic Opportunities Program, Plan Int., USA. Basic education – Faculty of Cybernetics, Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv.
CEO – Impact Hub Yerevan
Ani is the CEO of Impact Hub Yerevan. While in her twenties, she was coordinating construction crews in post-soviet Armenia, a strictly man-only industry, a challenge in adaptability and leadership that really shaped her. The collective effort contributed building the “Tumo Centre for Creative Technologies” in Yerevan, a non-profit landmark project providing free education, fostering skills and creativity at the intersection of art and technology.
Ani holds a Master’s degree in “Project and Enterprise Management” from “University College London” (UCL), which opened up doors for her to move beyond the world of construction into the new territory of social innovation.
She started working with Impact Hub Yerevan board members as programs and events manager in 2015. In 2018, she got promoted as Chief Program Officer focusing mainly on international programs and supervising local incubation/fellowship programs. In 2019, she was invited to be the CEO of the organization.
What makes her excited is to see social innovators coming to Hub with ideas, and graduate as they become operational and grow, as well as when connections made result in new projects. Her passion, skills and experience come together when designing, developing and implementing meaningful projects. Being part of the Impact Hub network, gave her the opportunity to focus on the long term impact and sustainability of such projects.
Trainer and facilitator.
Coordinator of the Social Entrepreneurship Department in EcoVisio, Moldova.
Has coordinated one more international project of Erasmus+ program “SE: Tools & Trainers” and as the result has contributed to the final Toolbox of the educational games with 2 created games for social entrepreneurship education.
Bella Nestorova leads the Centre of Expertise on Civil Society at the European Commission’s DG NEAR. She steers EU policy support for civil society in the Neighbourhood and Enlargement countries, and oversees the portfolio of civil society projects in the Eastern Neighbourhood. Previously, Bella led EU cooperation with the countries of the Eastern Neighbourhood in the areas of climate change, energy, energy efficiency, environment, and transport, and with the counties of Central Asia in the areas of good governance and rule of law. Before joining the European Commission, she worked on international cooperation and sustainable development at the International Food Policy Research Institute, the United Nations, and the International Monetary Fund.
Cătălina Papari is a Policy Associate at EVPA. She was a trainee at the European Commission in DG Regio, starting to specialise in inter-institutional European relations and audit, mainly focusing on the simplification of the Cohesion Policy and ERDF.
Previously, she followed a MSc in Economic Policy at the faculty of Law, Governance and Economics from Utrecht University and a BSc in International Business and Economics from Bucharest University of Economic Studies. She was always passionate about institutional economics and the evolution of public-private dynamics regarding socio-economic policies. During her studies she conducted research on education policies, impact evaluation, and projects scale-up mainly in Central and Eastern European countries with the final goal of creating more policy evidence. In the long-run she strives to contribute with her knowledge to a more efficient global economy with better social outcomes and reduced poverty gaps.
Policy officer for Social entrepreneurship, Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL), European Commission
Dana works at the DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission, in a team that is focusing on social economy and social enterprise finance. Currently most of her time is dedicated to the preparation of the upcoming European action plan for the social economy. She is notably working on measures to facilitate access to finance for social enterprises, develop social finance markets, build the capacity of social economy stakeholders and enhance awareness and visibility of social enterprises.
Her academic background is in International Economic Relations and Social Sciences, topics that she studied and researched at the Academy of Economic Studies of Bucharest and the University of Trieste.
Daniel Nowack is Managing Director at Yunus Social Business. Daniel works with corporate partners to inspire purpose-driven innovation and transformation of value chains through social business initiatives. Together with partners such as MAN Truck & Bus, Melitta or Merck, Daniel and his team develop Joint Ventures with corporations to solve social or environmental problems through business means.
Through various roles in startups and the impact ecosystem, Daniel connects the dots between science fiction and social fiction. He is a former CFO to various startups, a Senior Partner at the innovation agency Lumen Partners, a founding member of a German faith-based investment club, a mentor for Google Launchpad and Founders Institute as well as a lecturer for Lean Startup at University RheinMain and Fresenius University of Applied Sciences.
Investment Director, Central and Eastern Europe, Luminate
Olena Boytsun leads investment activities in Central and Eastern Europe for Luminate, a global philanthropic investment organization that is part of the Omidyar Group, established by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay. Olena brings over 17 years of investment and management experience to her role, having worked and studied in Europe, Asia and the US. Olena is a member of the Steering Committee for Civitates fund, a philanthropic initiative for Solidarity and Democracy in Europe, is a member of the Supervising Board of the Aspen Institute Kyiv and serves as a jury member at the start-up Seedstars competitions for CEE countries. Olena leads Diversity of Capital and Impact Investing club with the aim to transform the financial funding system in the CEE region toward more flexible and effective capital. In 2021 Olena founded the communication group Tech&Society that unites diverse group of experts for researching questions of the impact of technology on the society.
Ewa Konczal joined EVPA in May 2014 as the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Manager. Ewa is spreading the knowledge about venture philanthropy and social investment in CEE.
She manages the first Polish VP Fund Valores, inititiative of PE community in Poland. Ewa has over 15 years of experience in social entrepreneurship as Representative of Ashoka in Poland and as Ashoka Director for Central and Eastern Europe.
Prior Ashoka, Ewa worked in India with Global March Against Child Labor, and in Egypt with AIESEC and Egyptian-Polish Businessman Association. She has set up the Magic Mountain Foundation, using mountain sports and natural horsemanship as tools for change for people with disadvantages. Ewa is the recipient of the AIESEC Alumni Entrepreneurship & Leadership Award. Has Master in Marketing and Management.
Head of Digital Transformation, MAN Truck & Bus AG
Country Director at NESsT Poland
Filip leads investment strategy for a portfolio of high impact social enterprises in Poland and Romania as Country Director at NESst Poland from 2019. He oversees the due diligence process, developing investment packages and supporting the investees to scale up their social businesses.
Previously worked at TISE in Poland as a Senior Loan analyst in the department of social enterprises. Filip is also a member of the evaluation committee decisive for grants award at Foundation for Social and Economic Initiatives (FISE) in Warsaw and an economic expert at the Social Enterprise of the Year Competition of the name of Jacek Kuroń.
Filip has a master degree in political sciences from Jagiellonian University in Krakow and completed post graduates studies on cooperative banking and social economy in Brescia, Italy.
NESsT invests in social enterprises that create quality jobs for underserved communities while sustaining the planet. NESsT raises philanthropic and impact investing capital to support the poorest communities facing isolation, discrimination, and lack of jobs skills or education. Since its launch, the organization has trained over 17,000 entrepreneurs, supported over 1200 social enterprises and invested in close to 200 that have created over 70,000 quality jobs benefitting 700,000 underserved individuals in emerging market countries. Learn more at: www.nesst.org.
Florian joined EVPA in March 2020 as Training Academy Coordinator. He previously worked as project and training manager in Brussels for a European federation of social & health care service providers, and before that as programme manager for a foundation in Vienna in the field of intercultural dialogue.
He holds master degrees in European Studies (KU Leuven) and Educational Science & Theology (University of Graz, Austria & University of Sibiu, Romania).
Gianluca Gaggiotti is Research Manager at EVPA, where he is directly involved in several research activities, with a specific focus on data analysis and content development of several research-related initiatives.
Gianluca joined EVPA in 2017, where he has developed an in-depth knowledge on the impact ecosystem and all the actors involved in it. Gianluca has previously worked as a Research Assistant for several project related to development and social network economics at Bocconi University.
He holds a Master degree in Economics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University with a thesis on the effect of terrorism on political outcome in the US.
Gulnara Ismailova is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of Education HUB in Azerbaijan. Education HUB have demonstrated their capacity to engage in highly relevant advocacy action but have also highlighted their potential to do more and better. She has vast international experience in social programs development, civic education facilitation and coaching. She strongly believes that promoting social entrepreneurship helps to increase active youth participation in the social development of Azerbaijan. She conducted more than 100 training for 5000 participants. Gulnara mainly focuses on the empowerment and development of young women from rural parts of Azerbaijan.
Irene Basile is a policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where her work is focused on social impact measurement for the social economy. Since 2017, she also contributed to the OECD Social Impact Investment initiative and, more broadly, policy research on the contribution of private finance to the sustainable development agenda. Previously, she has worked for 10 years as external evaluator on European and national development cooperation programmes.
Jorgos is the Marketing and Communications Director of EVPA. He brings in more than 20 years expertise in journalism, public relations, marketing, branding, internal and external communications.
His assignments include managerial positions at UNDP, the European Free Alliance-European Political Party, PR agencies and private corporations in Greece, the Balkans and beyond. He was also the Director of the Balkan Youth Foundation, a regional non-governmental organization focusing on youth empowerment through social investment in the region of South East Europe.
Jorgos has worked for various national, regional and European media outlets, including the BBC and the Austrian Press Agency. He is an Extraordinary Fellow at the University of Vienna (Institute for Communication Science) and also holds a degree in Print & Digital Media from the London School of Journalism.
Social Banking Development Manager, Erste Group Bank
In the past, Johann has contributed to several financial inclusion projects in the field of micro-finance and social enterprise finance for Erste Group Bank AG.
Currently Johann is supporting his colleagues at Erste Bank Hungary and BCR (Banca Comerciala Romana) to implement the Social Banking initiative locally and grow their up and running activities. As well he is managing the Hungarian SEEDS (Social Enterprises Establishment and Development) program which helps Social Organisations to transform into a Social Enterprise and is co-funded by the European Commission and ERSTE Foundation.
Kristine Kandelaki has 7 year experience in the civic sector. She holds a position of Civil Society Development Program Manager at the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG). Her main sphere of action is provision of Organizational Development Services as well as training programs to non-profits and social enterprises. Along with capacity building expertise she has extensive experience in managing donor funded projects.
One of the beloved spheres Kristine works on with great enthusiasm is Social Entrepreneurship. Currently, she acts as a manager of the Collaborate for Impact project implemented together with EVPA and other partner organizations. Kristine holds Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Master’s degree in Work and organizational psychology.
Programme Manager at the IKEA Social Entrepreneurship at Inter IKEA Group
Lisen is the Programme Manager for IKEA Social Entrepreneurship. She has been in the field of sustainability and social impact the past 15 years and truly believes that entrepreneurship can be a strong force for positive social and environmental development.
She is a trained Kaospilot and has next to the economic bachelor degree, a master in global studies conducted in Germany, Argentina, India and Thailand.
At IKEA she has worked with human rights and labour migration in South East Asia, with strategic business planning for global range developments and between 2013-2017 she the Sustainability Manager for IKEA Netherlands.
IKEA Social Entrepreneurship
IKEA Social Entrepreneurship is all about making a positive impact. By working with pioneers and pathfinders who use their business as a way to make everyday life better for those who need it most, we strive towards a more equal and inclusive society.
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people, and we believe those lives are truly better when they’re lived sustainably. For us, it’s about balancing economic
growth and positive social impact with environmental protection and renewal. So, our mission overall is to meet the needs of people today without compromising the needs of future generations. This means rethinking and inspiring changes in lifestyle and consumption, as well as adopting new ways of working. Because the more people we reach, the bigger impact we have in helping the many create a better everyday life.
Magdalena Czuchryta, Manager of Social Economy Department in TISE since August 2020, previously Senior Analyst in the same Team for 4 years, 2009-2015 Manager of Social Economy Support Centre in the Foundation for Social and Economic Initiatives (FISE), responsible for trainings and grants for individuals or organisations willing to develop social economy entity, 2004-2008 recruitment consultant in international corporations. My background is in social and cross-cultural psychology. Knowledge from that field is quite frequently in use – as a social economy team in TISE we are focused on financial data, but always add peoples’ dreams, attitude and motivation to the equation.
Marta is the founder of INSPIRED, niche consulting and advisory consultancy, specializing in environment, sustainability, and governance (ESG).
Founder of INSPIRED, niche consulting and advisory consultancy, specializing in environment, sustainability, and governance (ESG). Communications and sustainability expert. She gained her strategic and management experience while working at public relations and 360 marketing agencies – Publicis Consultants Rowland, MSL and Walk Group. She planned and managed 90+marketing campaigns for more than 60 brands and dozens of strategic sustainability projects for leading firms and stakeholders engagement processes. Alumni of Swedish Institute Management Program in Corporate Responsibility (Stockholm, Sweden), Kozminski University in Responsible Business Strategy (Warsaw, Poland) and Executive MBA at Imperial College Business School (London, UK) candidate.
Michał Radziwiłł has 30 years’ experience in various areas of finance and audit. He has worked for audit firms (Deloitte & Touche and Mazars) as well as international corporations. In 2000, Michał joined TISE as its CEO (until September 2019), then the private equity arm of the bank BISE. Since 2006 Michał has actively contributed to the creation of CoopEst (a fund for financial institutions with social mission in Central & Eastern Europe) and the development of its investment activity. Currently, while continuing as the Manager of CoopEst, he holds the position of General Manager of a pilot social venture capital fund, FKIS, launched by TISE thanks to the contribution of the European Social Fund. Michał graduated from the Economics and Finance Department at Institut d’Etudes Politiques – Sciences Po Paris in 1991 and from the Department of Applied Linguistics at Warsaw University in 1988. Bilingual Polish/French, Michal speaks English, Russian and German.
Lead Manager for External and Internal Communications, DOBRA Foundation, Belarus
Project Manager for Collaborate for Impact in Belarus
Nadya has 14 years of experience in journalism (worked in newspaper since she was 14 years old), 5 years of experience in media management, 1 year in PR and communications and 1 year in Project Management. She holds a Master of Science in Philology. In addition, Nadya has undergone various training programs in Media Management, Project Management, Marketing, Communications. Nadya is an experienced media manager, journalist, and media consultant for projects.
Nadya has been working in DOBRA Foundation since January 2020. She is PR-manager for business direction of the Foundation – The Global Compact Network Belarus. She also works with Communications and organizes some business processes for DOBRA Foundation.
Nazareth has been working in sustainable business for more than ten years. He started working in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility in Armenia in 2008 and managed sustainability projects at Orange Armenia for four years before shifting to a career as an independent consultant in several countries. Since 2015, he has worked with more than fifty non-profit organisations seeking to transform into social enterprises, as well as the donor organisations that have supported the growing field of social entrepreneurship in Armenia and the region. He also teaches university-level courses and runs training sessions on a range of business topics. Nazareth holds an Executive MBA from the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT) in Berlin and a post-graduate certificate in sustainable business from the University of Cambridge.
Community Investment Coordinator at HSBC Bank Armenia CJSC
Nora joined HSBC Bank Armenia cjsc in 2013 and has been managing the community investment portfolio since 2014.
Nora has been responsible for the development, planning, delivery and implementation of Sustainability projects in accordance with HSBC’s standards across Armenia. Nora works closely with different departments acting as subject matter expert in community investment.
Over the last seven years, on top of the locally funded projects, Nora managed to secure funding for more than 15 projects from Global initiatives to support local charities implementing impactful programmes for the benefit of the Armenian community.
Nora holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance from the California State University of Northridge.
Olesea Ghedrovici is heading the policy component within the project “Economic policy advice to the Moldovan Government”, implemented by GIZ Moldova with the financial support of the Governments of Germany and Switzerland. The project represented by Olesea Ghedrovici provided expertise to the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure in the elaboration of the Regulation of the National Commission for Social Entrepreneurship and supports the Ministry and the SMEs Development Organization of Moldova (ODIMM) in the development of the dedicated National Programs.
Petr has 7 years of management consulting experience in Strategy, Performance Improvement and Human Capital at Deloitte. Petr served as CFO. As their co-founder, he is responsible for managing Impact Hubs in the Czech Republic with a focus on acceleration and innovation programs that accelerate 100+ finance-first and impact-first projects annually. He has been serving on Board of Trustees at NGOs (e.g. Amnesty International) and Foundations (Vodafone Foundation Czech Republic, Česká spořitelna Foundation). He has co-founded an impact investment fund Tilia Impact Ventures. He hopes to visit the universe one day and to become a child or a woman for an hour.
Chief Executive Officer, EVPA
Roberta joined EVPA as CEO in September 2020 from Novartis where she covered international roles in strategy, business operations and market access. More recently, at the Novartis Foundation, she led a collective impact initiative for cardiovascular health in low-income urban settings, building multi-sector private-public partnerships and working with social enterprises on the journey to scale and financial sustainability.
Roberta is a purpose-driven visionary leader with an inclusive leadership style. She brings over 20 years of international corporate and management consulting experience. She started her career in marketing in consumer goods, worked in retail in the UK, served clients globally leading large change/ transformation programs with McKinsey&Co. Over 10 years ago Roberta transitioned into the healthcare and the not for profit sectors, motivated by a desire to improve access to care in high and low resources settings.
Sara is EVPA’s Training Manager. She joined EVPA in 2017 to structure and to further develop the Training Academy activities, after more than ten years working as a project and impact manager and as a trainer in the social impact field.
Before,Sara provided secretariat support to the Italian Advisory Board to the SocialImpact Investment Taskforce established under the UK’s Presidency of the G8 and she is today the Secretary General of Social Impact Agenda per l’Italia, the Italian network for impact investing. She is a graduate in political philosophy and holds a master’s degree in management of social enterprises from Bocconi Business School.
Sofia is the manager of the social entrepreneurship support program at Navstrechu peremenam since 2017, participated in the organization of 5 Selections for social entrepreneurs, conducted 5 cycles of Incubation programs for social entrepreneurs for 45 participants, and acceleration programs for 260 participants, manager of the program “Reach for Impact Investments”
Sophie is leading market building efforts in France and Europe namely with European Corporates to help various practitioners like foundations and impact investing funds scale their impact. Based in Paris, Sophie supports members in their work, fostering valuable connections, facilitating peer learning, providing training as well as enabling the co-creation of projects.
She is also part of the National Advisory Board for Impact Investing in France and various local networks. She sits on the Board of a few non-profit organizations like PHI TRUST Incubator, ARTICLE 1 (Education), SIMPLON (Coding school) and is part of the Expert Committee of SANOFI Espoir Foundation.
Prior joining EVPA in 2016, she occupied several senior positions at BNP Paribas: in charge of the Wealth Management strategy for Philanthropy, Impact investing & Social Responsible Investment and as an Investment banker for more than 15 years structuring fund raising for strategic Corporate & Institutional clients in Europe, Brazil and Asia (Shanghai).
Tatiana was graduated from Moscow State University in the Psychology Department. She holds a PhD in developmental psychology.
After 15 years in Academia, she joined the non-profit sector as a director of NGO School Foundation. Her expertise and professional interests are in the field of development social purpose organization (theory of change, impact management, strategy, and fundraising). According to Russian Reporter magazine, she was one of 100 most recognizable influencers in Russia in 2009.
In 2011 she was lucky to meet Reach For Change Sweden and fell in love with the idea of unleashing the power of social entrepreneurship for the better life of children and youth. Under her leadership, R4C program has launched in Russia, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, and Croatia.
In 2015 Tatiana became the co-founder of Navstrechu Peremenam Foundation and since that is a Chair of the Foundation Board.
Tatiana is a Board member of the Russian National Fundraising Association, Board member of the Bulgarian Foundation Promyanata.
Tatiana likes to work with students and run courses in social finance, fundraising, and social entrepreneurship in HSE and Moscow State Psychological and Pedagogical University
Vera Egreja Barracho has an advisory role and is responsible for special projects at Portugal Social Innovation Mission Unit, a government initiative aimed at promoting social innovation and stimulating the social investment market in Portugal that mobilizes around EUR 150 million from the European Social Fund. Vera is an international relations professional with 15 years of work experience in Europe and beyond, including several years in Brussels as EU funds project manager working with business incubation, innovation and entrepreneurship; in Brazil as partnerships broker at the United Nations Global Compact supporting the launch of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs; and as policy and partnership lead at the Aga Khan Foundation Portugal driving community-led social innovation projects including the set-up of one Social Impact Bond. Founder of the Brussels Innovators Lean In Circle, Mentor at the UN movement HeForShe Lisbon and MP at the Health Parliament Portugal. Vera is a social impact enthusiast, foresight learner and globetrotter by accident.
Vasyl Nazaruk works for WNISEF as Impact Investing Program Manager from April, 2015.
Mr. Nazaruk is founder of “All Ukrainian Resource Center of Social Entrepreneurship Development “Social Initiatives” in 2012
Since 2002, Vasyl has been Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work in National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” on project management, volunteer management and social entrepreneurship
Vasyl completed the Training of Trainers course “Skills for Social Entrepreneurs” and worked in the NGO sector from 1998 until 2003
Vasyl received a M.S. Degree in Ecology from National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1998