Ronald Cohen.jpg

Sir Ronald Cohen

The "Father of Impact Investing"


Sir Ronald Cohen is a pioneering philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator. He is recognized as the father of impact investment and European venture capital, and is driving forward the global Impact Revolution. He serves as Chairman of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, the Impact-Weighted Accounts Initiative at Harvard Business School, and The Portland Trust. He is a co-founder and former Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide, a global private equity firm. He is also a co-founder of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel, co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and former co-founding Chair of Big Society Capital. Oxford and Harvard educated, Ronnie was born in Egypt and left as a refugee at the age of 11, when his family came to the UK. He is now based in Tel Aviv, London and New York. He is the author of IMPACT: Reshaping capitalism to drive real change, which was published in 2020 by Penguin Random House and is a Wall Street Journal Best Seller. 

Marco Duso_profile pic.JPG

Marco Duso

Partner at BCG and Co-Founder of BCG Green Ventures


Marco Duso is a Partner in the BCG Climate practice, based in London. He recently co-founded BCG Green Ventures to create and accelerate future green unicorns. He is also part of the founding team of the BCG Center for Climate and Sustainability in London and led the topic of corporate climate action at the World Economic Forum in 2019-20. 

Allison Dring.jpg

Allison Dring

Co-Founder and CEO of Made of Air


Allison Dring is CEO and Co Founder of Made of Air, a company that produces carbon negative materials to actively reverse climate change. Made of Air was named the Falling Walls 2020 Science Start Up Breakthrough of the Year and listed in Cleantech’s 50 to Watch . Allison is an experienced entrepreneur, initiating climate positive technologies and applying them to real world building applications.

Previously, as Co Founder of Elegant Embellishments, she invented and manufactured proslve370e, an award winning facade module that reduces urban air pollution.

She is a veteran speaker on topics involving technology and the environment, including a 2013 TEDx Berlin talk entitled "Ornament & Climate", which launched the idea of storing carbon in buildings. She is a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader, and serves as Advisory Board Member for Creating Urban Tech Berlin and the The Lifeboat Foundation.

Henry Philipson.jpeg

Henry Philipson

 Director of Marketing & Comms, Beringea


Henry leads marketing and communications for Beringea in the UK, working closely with the investment and fundraising teams.


Henry also advises the portfolio on PR and communications, and he leads the Beringea Scale-Up Academy, an annual series of workshops and webinars for portfolio companies. Henry has also led Beringea’s work on ESG, including co-founding ESG_VC, an industry initiative to help portfolio companies improve their ESG performance.


Henry previously advised VCs, founders, and financial institutions on communications campaigns at Seven Hills, a London-based agency. Henry read History at the University of Durham and holds an MPhil in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge.


Elias Papaioannou

Co-Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development at LBS


Elias is a Professor of Economics at the London Business School, co-directing the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development. As a CEPR Research Fellow, he is a Managing Co-Editor of the Review of Economic Studies.

He holds an LL.B. from the law school of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the London Business School. 

His research covers international finance, political economy, economic history, growth and development. He has published in leading peer-refereed journals, among others, in Econometrica, the Review of Economic Studies, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, and the Journal of Finance.

Elias was the inaugural 2013 European Investment Bank Young Economist laureate. His research has been recognized with the 2005 Young Economist Award by the European Economic Association and the 2008 Austin Robinson memorial prize by the Royal Economic Association for the best paper published in the Economic Journal. In 2018, Elias received a European Research Council (ERC) consolidator grant for research on African economic history.


Rajesh Chandy

Academic Director of the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development. Professor of Marketing at London Business School.


Rajesh received his PhD in Business Administration in 1996 from the University of Southern California. In 2018, Rajesh was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

Much of Rajesh’s current research is at the intersection of business, innovation, entrepreneurship, and development. His recent projects have covered the impact of business skills among micro-entrepreneurs in South Africa, novel financing approaches in Ghana, property rights in slums in Egypt, innovation among farmers in India, highways and private education expenditures in India, and using big data for development outcomes.

During 2006-2008, Rajesh served as a member of the US Secretary of Commerce Advisory Committee on Measuring Innovation in the 21st Century Economy. He has provided advisory and executive education services to Carrefour, Novo Nordisk, Nordea, Rabobank, Toshiba, St. Jude Medical, 3M, Philips, Commonwealth Microfinance Limited, Futuredontics, Telenor, Vodafone, World Economic Forum, and the US and UK governments, among others. He serves as an Independent Director on the board of Laurus Labs Limited, a publicly listed pharmaceutical company.


Dima Sayess

Strategy& Partner


Dima Sayess is a Partner with Strategy& and the lead of the firm’s Ideation Center in the Middle East. She has more than 15 years of experience in consulting in the region.

Dima joined the firm in 2020 to lead the Ideation Center in its mission to advance the interests of the Middle East region through research, design-thinking labs, capability-building programs, and participatory platforms. Her past experience includes time spent as a member of the Strategy& government and public sector practice between 2008 and 2014, where she managed and contributed to numerous projects focused on socioeconomic and human capital reforms.

In addition to her client work, Dima has co-authored multiple reports, including · The trends shaping the UAE’s youth sector after the COVID-19 pandemic · Time to future proof: A blueprint for holistic urban resilience · Reinventing the Gulf region: Putting local economies, citizens, and innovation first · The future of healthcare has arrived: How Middle East healthcare players can respond · The social investment paradigm: From protective to proactive states · Destination Middle East: Boosting the region’s position in global tourism.

Headshot_Attila Yaman[36].png

Attila Yaman

Clinton Health Access Initiative


Attila Yaman manages health workforce strategy and investment at the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI). He works closely with governments to develop and advise on strategies to strengthen national systems for health workforce planning, training, deployment, management, and financing, with the goal of empowering governments to mobilise and align private, bilateral, and multilateral development assistance investments with national priorities. Attila spent three years in Monrovia, Liberia, working on post-Ebola recovery and health system strengthening. Attila has also lived and worked in Rwanda, Bolivia, the US, and the UK, and holds a B.A. in global affairs and development economics from Yale. 

Photo_Nena Stoijkovic.jpg

Ms. Nena Stoijlkovic

Under Secretary General: Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization  


Ms. Nena Stoiljkovic began her mandate as Under Secretary General for Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in October 2020. 

Ms. Nena Stoiljkovic has been working for more than 30 years on global development issues such as climate change, gender, and fragile and conflict-affected situations including through her previous role of Vice President for Asia and Pacific for the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

Ms. Stoiljkovic has promoted development finance innovation in a variety of leadership roles at IFC including efforts to build a new architecture for development finance with other institutions, governments, and the private sector. She helped shape the World Bank Group strategy, working with the International Development Association on a pioneering private sector window to catalyze greater private investment in low-income and conflict-affected countries  


Elizabeth Carlson

Chief Sustainability Office at Tricon International


Elizabeth Carlson is Tricon’s Chief Sustainability Officer, focused on developing and driving forward the company’s sustainability strategy and initiatives. Her background is in corporate responsibility, economic development, and environmental and social impact in both non-profit and private sector organizations with experience across the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and Asia. Before joining Tricon, Elizabeth worked in various sustainability-related roles on construction and engineering projects in the oil, gas, and mining industries, most recently leading global sustainability at McDermott International. She holds a B.A. in International Studies and Russian from the University of North Carolina and a M.Phil in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge. 


Michael Garstka

Partner at Bain & Co and Chairman of LEYF 


Michael is a senior partner with the global management consultancy Bain & Co. at its London office. He works with a select set of senior executives and shareholders on strategy-driven corporate transformations and turnarounds. He works extensively in the telecommunications and energy/utility sectors. He has lived and supported clients in the UK, continental Europe, Asia and the United States. He is an elected member of Bain & Company’s global partner Compensation and Promotion Committee and a former elected member of the firm’s global Board of Directors. 


Sara Rajeswaran

 Director of External Affairs, British Venture Capital Association (BVCA)


Sara Rajeswaran is the BVCA’s Director of External Affairs. Prior to joining the BVCA in 2021, she worked in the UK Government as Special Advisor to the Environment Secretary. Before her time in government she was Executive Director for Government Affairs and Devolved Nations at the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry; Associate Director at Edelman; Deputy Head of the BME Research Unit at Policy Exchange; and Chief of Staff to the CEO and Strategy Adviser to the Chairman of Network Rail.

Prior to that Sarah spent 4 years working for the Conservative Party in opposition as their Transport Special Adviser. Sara has co-authored A Portrait of Modern Britain with Rishi Sunak and was researcher to Professor Alison Wolf for her book The XX Factor: How Working Women Are Creating A New Society.

Sara originally trained as an opera singer at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and she maintains her passion for the performing arts as a Trustee of Sedos and Chair of London Drama Societies.

Luisa Alemany.png

Luisa Alemany

Associate Professor of Management Practice at London Business School


Luisa Alemany is an Associate Professor of Management Practice at London Business School and the Academic Director of its Institute of Entrepreneurship and Private Capital.  She was formerly at ESADE Business School and as a Visiting Professor at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She is a Fellow at St Hugh’s College (U. Oxford).  Her main areas of interest are Entrepreneurial Finance and Venture Philanthropy.  She seats in the investment committee of Oxfam’s Enterprise Development Program and Fond-ICO Next Tech in Spain and in the advisory committee of FMO, the Dutch development fund. Her book, together with J. Andreoli, “Entrepreneurial Finance: The Art and Science of Growing Ventures” (Cambridge University Press, 2018), was the first European textbook in the topic and was awarded.

She holds a degree in Economics and Business, awarded by Universidad Complutense de Madrid, a MBA from Stanford University and a PhD in Economics and Business from Universidad Complutense. 


Nick Hughes, OBE

Founder of M-Pesa, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer of M-KOPA. Executive Fellow at Wheeler Institute for Business and Development


Nick Hughes has been at the forefront of mobile commerce activities in emerging markets for over 15 years, pioneering digital fintech solutions that solve real problems. He is the co-founder and Chief Product Officer at M-KOPA, the first company to launch pay-as-you-go clean energy services in Africa. M-KOPA has won multiple awards for its innovative business model and today has reached over 850,000 customers in East Africa, predominantly rural households. In 2015, Nick initiated M-KOPA Labs to provide a innovation pipeline to the core business, an initiative that took M-KOPA from providing solar home systems to TVs, fridges, financial services and most recently smart-phones.

Nick was previously Global Head of Payment Solutions at Vodafone Group, where, in 2003, with UK government matched funding, he started the ground-breaking mobile payment service M-PESA, delivering it across multiple Vodafone territories over the period to 2009.

Holding a PhD in Applied Science and an MBA from London Business School, Nick has also won The Economist’s Innovation Award for Social & Economic Impact for his work on M-PESA. In 2017 Nick was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to ‘innovation in Africa.

Dean Francois.png

François Ortalo-Magné

Dean of London Business School


François Ortalo-Magné is the ninth Dean of London Business School, a position he has held since August 2017. In this role, his focus areas include academic research and its impact, learning innovations and alumni engagement, and inclusion, striving for gender parity and greater socio-economic and ethnic diversity. His research on the economics of land and housing markets has been published in leading academic journals. Prior to his appointment at London Business School, Dean Ortalo-Magné was the Albert O. Nicholas Dean and Robert E. Wangard Professor of Real Estate at the Wisconsin School of Business. His first academic appointment was at the London School of Economics.


Edie Greaves

Head of International Policy @ the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK


Edie Greaves is the Head of International Policy at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK. She is spearheading the UK’s efforts on the upcoming Nuclear Roadmap and is leading most of the UK’s work on key intergovernmental engagements including those with USA and Canada. Prior to her work in the public sector, Edie accumulated more than eight years of experience in the private sector. She served as the Strategy Director at WPP, a global company which more than 100,000 employees over 110 countries. She also worked as a strategist with Team Nike in Shanghai and Blue State Digital in New York. Edie graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. 

Sam Creme.jpg

Samantha Creme

Director of Strategy & Business Development at LEYF

Social Enterprises - The Innovation with Potential to Deliver Transformative Impact

Sam joined LEYF in April 2021 to lead the Strategy and Business Development Teams. Prior to joining LEYF, Sam worked at both operations (Stroud International) and strategy (Bain & Co.) Consulting firms. At Stroud, Sam supported manufacturing, mining and chemicals companies to improve their operational effectiveness and financial performance. At Bain & Co., Sam worked in the Private Equity team on commercial diligences and also partnered with clients to integrate sustainability into their core strategy to lead their respective industries in the energy transition. Sam was also an active member of Bain’s Social Impact leadership and worked on a number of pro-bono consulting projects for UK education charities.

Peter R.png

Peter Roberts

Director of Climate and Strategy at H2GreenSteel


Peter is the director of climate and strategy at H2GreenSteel, a company on a mission to undertake the global steel industry’s greatest ever technological shift by eliminating almost all CO2 emissions from the steel production process. Prior to working for H2GS, Peter worked in a number of roles in the energy industry including the development of projects focusing on Carbon Capture and Storage, and was a manager at Bain & company as a leader in the Carbon Transition Impact area, supporting companies to realise the value from the energy transition.


Nick Andreou

Associate Partner at Big Society Capital and Founder of Impact Edge Consulting


Nick works part time at Big Society Capital (BSC), and part time running Impact Edge Consulting, an advisory company. At BSC Nick has worked on, and managed deals totalling >£25m and supports the BSC venture portfolio as an advisor on impact strategy and delivery. He runs strategic impact projects with venture managers including Balderton, Eka, Ada, and Connect. At Impact Edge, he works with top tier startups and startup investors to leverage impact as a source of value. 

Prior to this, Nick worked in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in East Africa and academia. He holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham and an MBA from Oxford’s Saïd Business School. He is also a guest speaker on the MBA programmes at the University of Oxford and LBS. 

Simon Meldrum.jpg

Simon Meldrum

Innovative Finance  


Simon is responsible for developing alternative financial instruments to unlock private capital in support of the Red Cross Red Crescent’s mission. He co-chairs the Humanitarian Finance Forum. Prior to this, he managed a £45m blended social investment fund at Access Foundation, and chaired the Investment Committee of Community Impact Partnership until 2020. He has significant experience in social/impact investing, following a career in banking and international capital markets where he advised and arranged all types of investments. He was awarded a scholarship for his MBA at London Business School and is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.

Esteban Headshot.jpg

Esteban Abad

Partner at Atypical Partner


Esteban has been a partner at Three Hills Capital Partners since 2019. He has 20+ years’ experience in credit markets and sustainable investing, having worked at Barclays, Indigo Capital and Generation Investment Management, where he was a member of their pioneering sustainability-focused private credit fund. Esteban has also been advising the City of London Corporation on green finance and sustainable investing since 2017. He has a Bachelor of Science from LSE and a MA from the Catholic University of Louvain, both in Economics.


Jeff Skinner

Executive Director of the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Private Capital


Jeff Skinner is Executive Director of the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Private Capital at LBS. He teaches on several entrepreneurship courses at the School and leads many of the co-curricular activities supported by the Institute, including all competitions, the London Entrepreneurship Review and the TELL Series. 

Prior to joining the School, Jeff was commercial director at University College London (UCL), where he built its Technology Transfer division – including the creation of two seed-funds and new units to stimulate consultancy, industry engagement and spin-out creation. He co-founded more than 30 technology-based spin outs that collectively raised more than £30 million in first round capital. He also introduced management education for engineers and created the first Research Masters Programmes at UCL.

Jeff remains deeply involved in technology commercialisation through teaching, consulting and speaking around the world. He chairs the Review Committee of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals –the global technology transfer professional body – and is past president of the leading UK and European Technology Transfer Associations (PraxisUnico and ASTP Proton).

Simon Milton_1[97] 2 Large.jpeg

Simon Milton

Founder Pulse and Trustee of the Social Business Trust


Simon is passionate about how organisations navigates purpose and profit. He founded Pulse in 2002 to help organisations engage more effectively with their key internal and external audiences around a clear purpose and envisioned future. Simon recognised that without clear support and engagement from their key stakeholders, business will always struggle to perform and remain relevant. 

From his work in the financial sector (Permira, LGT and Schroders) to large corporations (BP, Dow Chemical and Tata Steel) and businesses operating in the social enterprise space (Moneyline and SBT), Simon is grounded in the practical realities of running a business that needs to motivate the workforce, build customers loyally and deliver profits to investors. His work has taken him from the boardroom to the deserts of post-conflict Iraq.

Simon is founder and trustee of the Social Business Trust which was set up ten years ago to bring together leading businesses to help scale social enterprises.

Pulse became a B Corp in September 2019. In 2021 Simon set up MovingBeyond that brings together businesses, investors, policy makers and civic society to accelerate the energy transition.


Gemma Curtin

Curator at the Design Museum


Gemma Curtin is curator of Waste Age - What can design do?  An exhibition presented at the Design Museum from 26 October, 2021 - 20 February 2022 that exposed our current 'take, make and waste' economy and explored how designers are transforming our waste into a valuable resource and developing new materials, designs and systems to reduce waste and its impact on our planet.  Gemma Curtin, has curated and co-curated many exhibitions at the Design Museum covering contemporary architecture, product design and fashion.  These include Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers (2020); Ferrari - Under the Skin (2017); Designers in Residence - Identity (2013); Kenneth Grange - Making Britain Modern (2011); John Pawson - Plain Space (2010); David Chipperfield – Form Matters (2009); Industrial Facility (2008) and Manolo Blahnik (2003).  She was also curator of Designs of the Year in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Previously Gemma worked at the National Museum of Wales and the City of Edinburgh Museums.

Gemma Cotton.jpg

Gemma Cotton

Bain & Company


Gemma Cotton is a partner based in Bain & Company’s London office. She is a leader in the firm’s Financial Services and Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) practices. In her role at Bain, Gemma primarily advises clients across financial services and TMT on customer strategy, with deep expertise in driving customer-led growth through Net Promoter Systems, digital transformations and omnichannel excellence.She also works extensively with the firm's Social Impact clients, using professional expertise to drive social good.