PARTNERS

Become a partner

The Foundation greatly appreciates the contributions of all its partners who share the commitment to building a stronger investment community and advance the foundation’s mission.

At its core, the foundation is a knowledge and exchange platform where every participant should feel at ease and freely exchange ideas and contacts in an effort to learn and discover. As such, we only consider a select number of sponsors who believe in the spirit of the event. The goal is to create lasting partnerships, and we approach each partnership with thoughtfulness. Due to the independent and non-commercial nature of the Forum, promotion of products, services or activities during any event or digital platform is prohibited.

Event partner

ACE & Company (“ACE”), founded in 2005, is a global investment group specialized in private investments with total assets of over $1.5 bn across three investment strategies and investment solutions. Headquartered in Geneva with offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, and Cairo, ACE’s global presence brings the company in direct contact with sourcing partners, investment firms, as well as entrepreneurs and provides investors unparalleled access to a network of opportunities. ACE is uniquely positioned to understand the needs and challenges facing private investors today and exclusively partners with stakeholders that have shared investment criteria and objectives. Through leveraging ACE’s broad investment knowledge combined with best-in-class execution, ACE aims to actively improve investment returns by adding strategic value to both its portfolio companies as well as sourcing partners. ACE is regulated by the Swiss Financial Supervisory Authority FINMA in Switzerland.
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Citi Private Bank is dedicated to serving worldly and wealthy individuals and families, providing customized private banking across borders. With more than $450 billion in global assets under management, the franchise serves clients in over 100 countries. Citi Private Bank helps clients grow and preserve wealth, finance assets, make cash work harder, safeguard assets, preserve legacies, and serve family and family business needs. The firm offers clients products and services covering capital markets, managed investments, portfolio management, trust and estate planning, investment finance, banking and aircraft finance, as well as art and sports advisory and finance.
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WITH THE SUPPORT OF JETFLY

Jetfly is a fractional ownership program of Pilatus aircraft and has its headquarters based in Luxembourg. Initially created in 2000, the company was purchased by Cédric Lescop and Maxime Bouchard in 2010 and currently employs 275 staff, out of which 130 are pilots. Jetfly has 250 co-owners who have access to its fleet of 23 Pilatus PC-12 and 2 Pilatus PC-24 aircraft. They are the only private operator in Europe able to land on 3 000+ airports and small airfields. Jetfly is the launch partner in Europe and first commercial operator of the world’s first super versatile jet – The Pilatus PC-24
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CBH COMPAGNIE BANCAIRE HELVÉTIQUE SA

CBH Compagnie Bancaire Helvétique SA is an independent, family-owned, private bank with a long-standing Swiss banking tradition dedicated to wealth management, for both private and institutional clients. CBH BANK offers bespoke services in Portfolio Management, Wealth & Tax Planning and Credit & Banking Services. CBH’s Headquarter is located in Geneva and the bank leverages its international footprint through four booking centers : Geneva, London, Hong-Kong and Bahamas.
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WITH THE SUPPORT OF JETFLY

Jetfly is a fractional ownership program of Pilatus aircraft and has its headquarters based in Luxembourg. Initially created in 2000, the company was purchased by Cédric Lescop and Maxime Bouchard in 2010 and currently employs 275 staff, out of which 130 are pilots. Jetfly has 250 co-owners who have access to its fleet of 23 Pilatus PC-12 and 2 Pilatus PC-24 aircraft. They are the only private operator in Europe able to land on 3 000+ airports and small airfields. Jetfly is the launch partner in Europe and first commercial operator of the world’s first super versatile jet – The Pilatus PC-24
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Become a partner

The Foundation greatly appreciates the contributions of all its partners who share the commitment to building a stronger investment community and advance the foundation’s mission.

At its core, the foundation is a knowledge and exchange platform where every participant should feel at ease and freely exchange ideas and contacts in an effort to learn and discover. As such, we only consider a select number of sponsors who believe in the spirit of the event. The goal is to create lasting partnerships, and we approach each partnership with thoughtfulness. Due to the independent and non-commercial nature of the Forum, promotion of products, services or activities during any event or digital platform is prohibited.

EVENT partner

ACE & Company (“ACE”), founded in 2005, is a global investment group specialized in private investments with total assets of over $1.5 bn across three investment strategies and investment solutions. Headquartered in Geneva with offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, and Cairo, ACE’s global presence brings the company in direct contact with sourcing partners, investment firms, as well as entrepreneurs and provides investors unparalleled access to a network of opportunities. ACE is uniquely positioned to understand the needs and challenges facing private investors today and exclusively partners with stakeholders that have shared investment criteria and objectives. Through leveraging ACE’s broad investment knowledge combined with best-in-class execution, ACE aims to actively improve investment returns by adding strategic value to both its portfolio companies as well as sourcing partners. ACE is regulated by the Swiss Financial Supervisory Authority FINMA in Switzerland.

Robert Reistetter

Managing Partner

Rob co-founded Iron Path Capital in 2021, co-leads the firm’s private equity execution and leads Iron Path’s internal operations. Prior to founding Iron Path, he was a Principal with Quad-C where he spent nearly 14 years on deal teams that invested over $750 million of equity. Rob was one of two senior professionals that established the healthcare vertical at Quad-C and he also led the specialty chemicals initiative for seven years.  Rob currently serves on the boards of Capitol Pain Institute, Emergence Health and Versant Diagnostics. 

His investment experience at Quad-C includes companies such as Boulder Scientific Company, Prism Vision Group, Retina Group of Washington, VMG Health, Compassion First, Dental Care Alliance, Towncare Dental, NuSil Technology and Royal Adhesives & Sealants. Prior to joining Quad-C, he worked at JLL Partners where he evaluated and executed private equity investments in various industries.  Prior to JLL Partners, Rob was with J.P. Morgan Chase in the Leveraged Finance Group where he focused on providing senior and subordinated debt financing for a broad range of leveraged buyout transactions.

Rob holds a B.S. degree in Finance & Accounting from Ithaca College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Fiona Frick

CEO of Unigestion

Fiona Frick is Chief Executive Officer of Unigestion and has more than 30 years’ experience in the asset management industry.

During more than a decade in this role she has developed a high profile in the international asset management industry and academic circles as a respected speaker on economics, financial markets and the rise of sustainable finance.

Fiona is a frequent commentator on financial markets for Bloomberg TV and CNBC and is a regular speaker at conferences such as FT Climate Capital Live, the Milken conference, Fund Forum and the Investment Week Sustainable Investment Festival. She also gives lectures at universities such as IMD Business School, Imperial College London and Oxford around the evolution of asset management and the impact of sustainability.

She serves on the boards of Swiss Sustainable Finance and Sustainable Finance Geneva and is also a member of the EMEA committee of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments. Fiona has been recognised by the financial industry on numerous occasions as one of the most influential women in European finance.

Fiona started her career as a fundamental analyst at Unigestion, covering traditional asset classes in the 1990s. During her early career, she worked as an investment manager responsible for high yield and convertible bond funds and in 1995, led the development of the company’s equity activities. As Head of the Equities team, she was responsible for the development of an innovative approach for managing equities based on the Minimum Variance anomaly, which was then implemented into the firm’s investment solutions. Fiona was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company in January 2011.

Fiona holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (I.S.G.) in Paris and graduated with a degree in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Dijon. She has also completed a number of executive education programmes at the IMD Business School in Lausanne.

Adam Said

Chief Executive Officer and Cofounder

Adam Said is co-founder and CEO of ACE & Company (ACE), based in Geneva and
established in 2005. During his tenure, Mr Said has overseen the growth of the company to over $1.1Bln in total assets run across its five offices globally. A member of ACE’s Board of Directors, he chairs the firms’ Executive Committee, and is deputy-chair to several Investment Committees.

Mr Said has overseen investment transactions in over 50 private companies and as many private equity funds in several jurisdictions. He currently holds Board position member in several private companies, Limited Partners Advisory Committee, and previously served on public company Boards. Mr Said previously worked at Unifund, a single-family office, and China International Capital Corporation. He received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor degree from Babson
College.

A Swiss National of Egyptian descent, Mr Said remains socially engaged as Board member of the Fondation pour Geneve, Board member of the Britghter Vision foundation, Board member of the GIFF Foundation, President of the GVA^2
association, member of the Human Rights Watch Geneva Committee, member of Children Action committee, member of Cercle du Grand Theatre, member of the ImPact initiative, and past member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Guillaume Pousaz

Founder and CEO

Fuelled by the desire to enable businesses to create better payments experiences for their communities, Guillaume founded Checkout.com in 2012. Over the last decade, the company has delivered high-performance payments solutions to thousands of large enterprise merchants, and has grown to more than 1600 people in 19 countrie —although he still describes it as being in ‘chapter zero’.

Growing up in Switzerland, Guillaume was fascinated by street art (seen in our offices), technology and numbers—and started programming at the age of eight. This mix of creativity and logic laid the foundation for his future career and ultimately for building the preferred payments partner for digital businesses around the world. In 2021, employee reviews put Guillaume on Glassdoor’s list of top UK CEOs.

Guillaume studied at Ecole Polytechnique and HEC Lausanne. As a philanthropist, his current focus is on improving access and outcomes in education. He is also a keen startup investor and a mentor for the Endeavor network. When not traveling to one of Checkout.com’s offices, he lives in Dubai with his wife and three children.

Ingrid Betancourt

2022 Presidential Candidate of Colombia, Colombian Senator (1998-2000) anti-corruption activist and an example of courage and survival

Ingrid Betancourt is a French Colombian activist, writer and Colombian presidential candidate known for her crusade against corruption, violence and environmental degradation. In February 2002 she was taken hostage by the Colombia’s terrorist group FARC and rescued on July 2, 2008. She has received multiple international awards including the French Legion d’Honneur and was nominated to the Nobel Peace Prize for her commitment to democratic values, freedom and tolerance. She is a bestselling author translated into more than fifteen languages. Her memoir Even Silence Has an End (2011) is being adapted into a film. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford.

John McCall MacBain

Founder of the McCall MacBain Foundation & Pamoja Capital SA

John McCall MacBain, a Canadian citizen from Niagara Falls, is the Founder and Chair of the McCall MacBain Foundation and President of Pamoja Capital SA, its investment arm.  Since its formation in Geneva in 2007, the McCall MacBain Foundation has committed over $500 million of charitable donations for scholarships and education, health and the environment, especially climate change, in Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Africa.  

From 1987 to 2006, Mr. McCall MacBain was the Founder, President and CEO of Trader Classified Media which was the world’s leading classified advertising company.  Starting with the purchase of three small publications in Montréal in 1987 at age 29, he grew the Auto Trader and Buy and Sell businesses across Canada.  He also developed classified advertising businesses with over 350 print titles and 50 internet sites in 24 other countries, including France, Argentina, USA, Mexico, Australia, Italy and Spain.  After its IPO in 2000, Trader Classified Media was publicly traded on NASDAQ and the Paris Euronext Stock Exchange.  In 2006, he successfully sold Trader Classified Media and set up the McCall MacBain Foundation.

Mr. McCall MacBain is a Rhodes Scholar and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, an M.A. in Law from the University of Oxford and an Honours BA in Economics from McGill University.  He also holds honorary doctorates from McGill University, Dalhousie University, Monash University, the University of Ottawa and Brock University.  At McGill University, he was President of the Students’ Society as well as Valedictorian.  While at Oxford, he was Co-Captain of the Varsity-winning Oxford University Ice Hockey Club. 

As President and CEO of Pamoja Capital, John runs a team of entrepreneurial investment professionals based in three offices across the globe. He currently devotes a significant amount of his time to philanthropic activities.  In addition to his role as Chair of the McCall MacBain Foundation, he is also the Second Century Founder of the Rhodes Trust and was Chairman of the 110th Rhodes Anniversary (Oxford, England).  He is also a Director of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation (Cape Town, South Africa).  He is also a co-founder and the Founding Chair of the European Climate Foundation. Mr. McCall MacBain is currently the Chancellor of McGill University. Mr. McCall MacBain is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Mr. McCall MacBain is an avid skier, ice hockey player, cyclist, swimmer and has completed four marathons.  He is also a commercial land and seaplane pilot.  

Lauren Bush

Founder & Chief Brand Officer of FEED

Lauren Bush Lauren is the Founder and Chief Brand Officer of FEED, a social business and impact-driven lifestyle brand whose mission is to “create good products that help FEED the world”. In 2004, Lauren had the opportunity to travel with the UN World Food Programme as a Student Spokesperson. While visiting communities in Central America, Asia, and Africa, Lauren witnessed firsthand the realities of poverty and hunger that so many face all over the world. Using this experience as an inspiration, Lauren conceptualized the idea for FEED by designing the initial FEED 1 bag which, when purchased, feeds one child in school for one year. She founded FEED in 2007 and since then FEED has helped provide over 120 million meals through non-profit giving partners globally and in the US. 

For her work with FEED, Lauren has received multiple awards including Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2009 and one of Inc. Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2010. Lauren also routinely speaks at global conferences that focus on business, philanthropy, and the issues of hunger and poverty. Examples include Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, Forbes Women, Women in the World, Atlantic Ideas, and Aspen Ideas.

Yanis Varoufakis

Former Minister of Finance of Greece

Yanis Varoufakis is a member of Greece’s Parliament and parliamentary leader of MeRA25, the Greek political party belonging to DiEM25 – Europe’s first transnational paneuropean movement. Previously, he served as Greece’s Finance Minister during the first six months of 2015.

Varoufakis read mathematics and economics at the Universities of Essex and Birmingham and subsequently taught economics at the Universities of East Anglia, Cambridge, Sydney, Glasgow, Texas and Athens where he still holds a Chair in Political Economy and Economic Theory. He is also Honorary Professor of Political Economy at the University of Sydney, Honoris Causa Professor of Law, Economics and Finance at the University of Torino, Visiting Professor of Political Economy at King’s College, London, and Doctor of the University Honoris Causa at University of Sussex.

He is the author of a number of best-selling books, including Another Now: Dispatches from an alternative present (London: Bodley Head, 2020), Adults in the Room: My struggle against Europe’s Deep Establishment (London: Bodley Head, 2017); Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A brief history of capitalism (London: Bodley Head, 2017), And the Weak Suffer What They Must? Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability (London: Bodley Head and NY: Nation Books, 2016); and The Global Minotaur: America, Europe and the Future of the World Economy (London: Zed Books, 2011,2015). His academic books include Economic Indeterminacy (London: Routledge, 2014); Foundations of Economics (London: Routledge, 1998); and Rational Conflict (Oxford: Blackwell, 1991).

In his own words, Varoufakis was “thrust onto the public scene by Europe’s inane handling of an inevitable crisis”. In January 2015 he was elected to Greece’s Parliament with the largest majority in the country and served as Greece’s Finance Minister (January to July 2015). During his term he experienced first hand the authoritarian inefficiency of the European Union’s institutions and had to negotiate with the Eurogroup, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Varoufakis resigned the finance ministry when he refused to sign a loan agreement that perpetuated Greece’s debt-deflationary cycle. 

In February 2016 Varoufakis co-founded DiEM25, the Democracy in Europe Movement –  Europe’s first transnational movement. In March 2018 DiEM25 founded MeRA25, its Greek political party. Led by Varoufakis, MeRA25 entered Parliament with nine MPs in the July 2019 General Election.

For more information on Yanis Varoufakis visit: https://yanisvaroufakis.eu

For his Ted Global talk click here

For more information on DiEM25, click here

For more on MeRA25 in English, click here. For the party’s Greek website, click here.

Patrick Aebischer

Vice-Chairman of GESDA (Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator), Former President of EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne), Chairman of the Novartis Venture Fund (NVF) and Senior Partner at +ND Capital

Patrick Aebischer is the vice chairman of GESDA, the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator. He is the former president of EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (2000 – 2016). He presently serves on the board of Nestlé, Logitech and Polypeptide Group and previously Lonza. Patrick Aebischer is a senior partner at +ND Capital and chairman of the Novartis Venture Fund. He is the founder of four biotechnology companies. He serves on the scientific advisory board of the Institut Polytechnique Paris, the Italian Institute of Technology, Sabanci University, the Singapore Health and Biomedical Sciences International Advisory Council (HBMS IAC) and the National Research Council of Singapore. Prior to joining EPFL Faculty, Patrick Aebischer was a faculty member of the University of Lausanne and Brown University. He studied Medicine and Neurosciences at the University of Fribourg and Geneva in Switzerland.

Julian Teicke

CEO & cofounder of Wefox​

Julian Teicke is the CEO and cofounder of Wefox, a full-stack digital insurance company
driven by a simple purpose – to make people safe and prevent risk. This is achieved by
reinventing insurance at scale using technology.

Julian launched wefox in 2015 as a digital platform connecting brokers to their customers
and insurers. In 2018, Julian launched wefox Insurance which is Europe’s first fully-digital
insurance carrier and Germany’s fastest growing insurance company. Since launch the
company has doubled its revenues every year to reach USD$100M in 2020 and achieve
profitability. wefox Group is Europe’s leading digital insurance company. The business has
600 employees serving more than 600,000 customers. In 2021, wefox raised a series C of
$650m – a world record for an insurtech and giving the company a market valuation of $3b.

Prior to wefox Group, Julian co-founded ‘DeinDeal’, the largest e-commerce platform in
Switzerland, which established a dominant market position and was successfully sold to an
international media company. He sits on four other boards and advisory committees for
companies. He became a board advisor for Doctorly in November of 2017. In November of
2014, he became a founding member and advisor for EMPAUA. In 2017 he became a
mentor for a company called Kenjo, and the same year he became a mentor for a business
called HeartSpace.

Awards
Julian has received several honors and awards for his accomplishments in business. He is
one of the top five European insurtech CEOs and in the top 25 fintech CEOs in Europe. In
2020, Julian was named “HSG Founder of the Year”. He was also named the one to watch in
2020 in the finance and insurance industry. He was also named a Swiss e-Commerce
Champion and received the Swiss e-Commerce award for two years consecutively in 2013
and 2014.

Julian gained recognition as a young executive and successful entrepreneur who reached
great heights of success before the age of 40. He received a “40 under 40” award from
Capital Magazine. He was named the number one insurtech influencer and received a
Diamond award from Digital Insurance Agenda.

Passions
The tech companies that he has founded or co-founded have made big contributions to
streamlining insurance as well as other industries. He is one of the main players in the news
age that is delivering enhanced technology along with the Internet of Things.

Julian also founded a non-for-profit organisation called “Healthy Together” in April 2020. This
non-profit European tech alliance was formed at the start of the pandemic to help Europeans
stay safe by supporting the design and launch of the “Corona-Warn-App”, which has already
been downloaded 25 million times.

In 2020 Julian joined the Leaders for Climate Action group where he and several other
entrepreneurs get together to share ideas and resources to deal with the climate crisis. They
lobby for effective legislation for policymakers to help protect the delicate ecosystem of our
planet.

Julian is also the youngest-ever serving board member of the Jewish Museum of Berlin.

Julian is married with one daughter. He lives in Berlin.

Matteo Renzi

Former Italian Prime Minister

Matteo Renzi has been the Senator of the electoral college of Florence since 2018. In his political experience he has served as Prime Minister of Italy from February 2014 to December 2016 and as Mayor of Florence from June 2009 to February 2014. He was the youngest prime minister in the history of the Italian Republic.
With his government’s economic policies, Italy has went from -1.7% of GDP to + 1.6%.  His “JobsAct” bill created 1.2 million new jobs.
Foreign investment, the export of Italian products, tourism, the trust of consumers and companies all grew during his government as had never happened since Italy’s adoption of the Euro.
Renzi led the European council with the Italian presidency in the second half of 2014. He participated in numerous international meetings including three editions of the G20 (Australia, Turkey, China) and three editions of the G7.
He signed the Paris agreement on environmental sustainability and climate change.
He tackled the migration crisis as a Prime minister by proposing the Migration Compact in Europe and the Sophia operation named after the little girl saved at sea by Italian volunteers.
He signed the law on the recognition of civil unions, multiplied state investments against poverty by 100, led the only Italian government with gender equality between women and men.
Renzi is the author of numerous publications and of a television series on the cultural, financial and artistic beauty of Florence aired in 2018-2019 on the Discovery platform.
Renzi graduated in law from the University of Florence.  Since 2017 he has taught a course at Stanford University at their Florence headquarters entitled “The challenges of Europe”.
He is a member of a number of advisor boards.
He was a leader of the Italian catholic scout.
He is married to Agnese and has three children.

Bruno Giussani

Writer and Commentator

A writer and commentator, Bruno Giussani is the global curator of TED and the coorganizer and lead curator of TED’s climate initiative, Countdown. He joined TED in 2005, and produced the first TEDGlobal conference that year in Oxford. For 12 years, he was the organization’s European director and member of its senior team, curating and cohosting a number of events, curating hundreds of talks (including, famously, two by His Holiness Pope Francis) and participating in the definition and implementation of TED’s international strategy.

Giussani is also the chairman of the annual Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH), the world’s leading event of its kind, and an advisor to Science Gallery Venice and to other idea-sharing initiatives.

Prior to joining TED, Giussani was head of online strategy at the World Economic Forum, a senior adviser to the Atlantic Council, a JS Knight Fellow at Stanford University, and the cofounder of three internet companies.

Giussani’s writings have been published in print and online outlets in Switzerland (where he lives) and across the world, including the New York Times (for which he wrote the Eurobytes column from 1996 to 2000). He has also authored and coauthored several books. In January 2016 he received the “SwissAward/Person of the year” prize.

Marco De Benedetti

Managing Director & Co-Head of Carlyle's European Buyout Group

Marco De Benedetti joined Carlyle in 2005 and is currently a Managing Director and Co-head of Carlyle’s European Buyout Group, particularly focusing on branded consumer goods. Prior to joining Carlyle, Mr. De Benedetti was the Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Italia. Mr. De Benedetti was the Chief Executive Officer of Telecom Italia Mobile from 1999 until its merger with Telecom Italia.
Mr. De Benedetti currently also serves on the boards of directors of Moncler SpA, Twin-Set SpA, Irca S.p.A., Forgital S.p.A., Comdata SpA, Design Holding S.p.A., Praesidiad Ltd., Hunkemoller N.V., CIR SpA, END Ashworth and Parker Limited and GEDI S.p.A.

Sylvain Chagué

Mr. Chagué is a founding member and the CTO of Dreamscape Immersive. Engineer by training, specialized in image processing, computer graphics and motion capture technologies, he is the instigator of the award-winning VR platform powering the company’s immersive experiences. He is also a founder of Artanim, a multidisciplinary motion capture lab based in Geneva, which keeps working on cutting edge innovations and improvements to the VR platform. He oversees technology development with a strong focus on pushing the limits of immersive virtual reality.

Noor Sweid

General Partner of Global Ventures

Noor is passionate about enabling disruptive technology companies and their emerging market founders to solve real problems while changing the world with measurable impact. Noor is a founder, investor, and operator. Identified by Forbes magazine as one of the “World’s Top 50 Women in Tech”, Noor’s previous roles include CIO at The Dubai Future Foundation, and founder of ZenYoga studio chain (acquired by Cedarbridge). Furthermore, Noor was the first Arab woman to scale, IPO and operate a public company in the MENA region, listing Depa on the NASDAQ Dubai and the London Stock Exchange (DEPA:DU) for US$1.1. billion in April 2008.

In addition to board roles on Global Ventures’ portfolio companies, Noor is Chairperson of the Middle East Venture Capital Association and Director for MIT Sloan and TechWadi. Noor is also the independent Chairperson of the board for Clue Health.

Noor holds a bachelors’ degrees in Finance and Economics from Boston College, an MBA from MIT Sloan, and began her career as a Biotechnology and pharmaceutical strategy consultant in the US. She is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and is recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Gabrielle Rubenstein

Cofounder of Manna Tree

Gabrielle “Ellie” Rubenstein is Co-founder and CEO of the private equity firm Manna Tree. Manna Tree makes growth equity investments in companies that improve human health through nutrition. Ellie works with global family offices and research partners to connect Manna Tree’s mission of improving human health to capital while ensuring the firm is an innovator in a rapidly evolving investment category.


As a member of Manna Tree’s investment committee, Ellie co-leads fundraising. Ellie ensures the firm’s investments meet the criteria of improving human health through advancements in scientific research. Manna Tree’s five investee companies range from producers of eggs, beef, and plant-based food tech ingredients to indoor farming.

In addition to her role at Manna Tree, Ellie is a philanthropist through her family office, Mission Ingredients. With a focus on improving population health, Ellie supports organizations and initiatives that create positive change. This includes local food production, ingredient research, outdoor wilderness youth education, and military health and recovery programs. The combination of Ellie’s investment and philanthropy activity has attracted other families and institutions to impact investing that creates health and wealth.


Ellie earned her MS in Agriculture Economics from Purdue University, her MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business where she was a Tobias Fellow, and her BA in Sociology from Harvard University where she was a Varsity ski racer. Ellie earned a graduate certificate in Mind-Body Wellness from UCLA’s Center for East-West Medicine and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

Ellie is an avid hunter and angler and spends her free time on the shores or in the woods of Alaska and Colorado.

Anouk Schoors

Investment Manager, The Nest Family Office

Ross Iverson

Cofounder of Manna Tree

As Chief Investment Officer, Ross co-chairs Manna Tree’s investment committee and drives the firm’s investment strategy through his leadership of Manna Tree’s Global Investment Solutions team.

Ross has built his career around balancing investment decisions, market expansion, and leadership within organizations to reach optimal scale.  This mindset landed Ross on the Worthy 100 list in 2021 as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country building firms that are making a difference.    

His experience growing investments came originally as an operating President where he scaled his firm 400%, and exited to a private equity investor in 2009.  His industry leading efforts placed him on the Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing firms in his category due to an innovative mortgage program he co-developed with two of the nation’s leading publicly traded homebuilders.     

In 2009, Ross founded an advisory firm Strategic Architect, where he worked closely with over 20 companies annually, each with between $5M and $500M in revenue. He counseled the C-Suite and family offices on investment decisions, market expansion strategies, and how to scale teams and operations.  

Ross has trained 5,000+ leaders on implementing strategies linked to cash flow, debt structures, sales strategies, and marketing plans to unlock growth. Clients have included: the PGA Tour, Vail Resorts, DOW, and the University of Colorado.

Ross earned his finance degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an Executive Leadership Scholar at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, and a Financial Management Certificate from Cornell University.  He has volunteered at the University of Colorado to help launch the first-ever leadership certificate program, and has been active in supporting the school through experiential leadership retreats in Vail, serving as an advisor for the Natural and Organic MBA program, and supporting students to develop a values-based approach in business. 

Outside the office, Ross loves to share nature and longevity hacks with his friends and family; he is an avid hiker, skier, biker, and fly-fisherman. 

Daisy Mc Andrew

Freelance radio and TV presenter, reporter and writer

Daisy Mc AndrewDaisy McAndrew is a freelance radio and TV presenter, reporter and writer. She has recently signed a new contract with NBC News as “Royal Commentator”. She is an accomplished and experienced corporate facilitator add moderator, having compered countless awards and conferences for a wide variety of clients – including many large multinationals, banks and trade bodies. McAndrew regularly presents shows on TalkRadio, London Live and has recently been presenting Radio 4’s The World Tonight.

She can be seen commenting on politics for the BBC and ITV most weeks as well as reviewing the papers for BBC News and Sky News. She presented her own daily election show for London Live TV in 2016. McAndrew left ITV News to go freelance in early 2013 after a very successful seven years during which time she was their most senior female reporter, having been Chief Political Correspondent, Economics Editor and Special Correspondent. As Economics Editor she reported on the credit crunch and recession from all over the world. As well as reporting for ITV News she also presented their Lunchtime and Weekend News and ITV’s Moral of the Story.

Before joining ITV McAndrew presented the BBC’s Daily Politics and was BBC Breakfast News’ Political Correspondent.
McAndrew was the host of the O2 Business Show on LBC 97.3 in 2013 which was a weekly discussion with leading British business experts.

Rob Callahan

Portfolio Manager of ACE & Company’s Buyout Co-Investment Program

Rob Callahan is the Portfolio Manager of ACE & Company’s Buyout Co-Investment Program and is based in the firm’s New York office.  He is also a Senior Managing Director at Unifund, Inc, a single-family office headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.  Previously, Mr. Callahan enjoyed a multi-decade career as a direct private equity investor at Bain Capital, Olympus Partners and LCatterton. 

Mr. Callahan began his career as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company and an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.  Mr. Callahan received a BBA in Finance, summa cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he was a Tuck Scholar with High Honors.

Charles Lorenceau

Managing Director ACE & Company’s London office and leads ACE’s Angel and Early Stage Partners strategy

Charles Lorenceau is the director of ACE & Company’s London office and leads ACE’s Angel and Early Stage Partners strategy. Before joining ACE he was a financial analyst at Royal Bank of Canada. He has an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor degree from Babson College. Charles is the lead on ACE’s angel, early stage and Venture Opportunities, navigating the global tech ecosystem. He is in Silicon Valley four times a year, and work closely with some of the most talented entrepreneurs and leading incubators such as Y Combinator, Techstars, Seedcamp and Expa.

Scott Mraz

Cofounder Iron Path Capital

Scott co-founded Iron Path Capital in 2021, co leads the firm’s private equity execution and leads Iron Path’s “Full Immersion” program. Prior to founding Iron Path, he was an executive at NuSil Technology, a global leader in specialty materials for healthcare and aerospace applications. During his tenure as President of NuSil, Scott led the team that diversified the company into new market segments including electronics, personal care and drug-delivery and grew internationally by expanding in Europe and building a business in Asia.

Scott currently serves on the boards of Boulder Scientific Company, Emergence Health and Versant Diagnostics. He previously was an executive advisor to New Mountain Capital and a member of Quad-C’s executive advisory board. He has sourced and executed several private transactions in the specialty industrials sector, including New Mountain Capital’s acquisition of Gelest in 2017 and Quad-C’s acquisition of Boulder Scientific Company in 2019.

Prior to joining NuSil, Scott was an investment professional at Quad-C and Apax Partners, where he evaluated and executed private equity investments in various industries. He also previously held investment banking roles at Merrill Lynch in M&A and Bank of America in
Leveraged Finance.

Scott holds a B.S. degree in Finance and Accounting from Ithaca College.

John Messamore

Cofounder and Managing Partner of SilverTree Equity

John Messamore is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of SilverTree Equity. John is primarily responsible for deal origination, due diligence, valuation, transaction execution, operational improvements, and portfolio monitoring.

John has deep investing and transaction expertise. Prior to co-founding SilverTree Equity, John was an investment professional at Advent International where he focused on the software, technology, business services and industrials sectors. John previously served on the boards of Unit4 NV, FinancialForce, Inc. (observer), Equinova (related to Nexi S.p.A.), and ICE S.p.A. Prior to Advent, John held positions at Evercore Partners, Roark Capital Group and Lazard.

John is a British and U.S. national. He graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia with B.S. in Commerce, where he received the Edgar F. Shannon award for distinguished leadership and academic achievement.

Jan De Schepper

Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Swissquote Bank SA

Jan De Schepper started his marketing career in 2000 at Carlsberg Breweries. He joined Saatchi & Saatchi in 2004 and became a driving force of the agency’s stunning rise in Switzerland, winning and supervising clients such as Orange, SEAT, Carlsberg and Nestlé.

In 2008, he entered McDonald’s Switzerland to lead the food and family marketing team and to initiate the digital transformation. Jan graduated the Executive MBA program of the University of Geneva in 2013 as best in class. In 2015, he joined Swissquote Bank to head the marketing department.

Jan was awarded “Publicitaire de l’année 2019”, the same year that he was promoted to Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. In his current role, he is steering the Sales, Marketing, Product Management, Customer Care and Investment Products departments at Swissquote. Jan is further a board member of the Association of Swiss Advertisers (SWA/ASA).

Harlin Singh

Global Head of Sustainable Investing at Citi Private Bank

As Global Head of Sustainable Investing at Citi Private Bank, Harlin Singh works across Citi’s investment divisions to develop and embed a global framework along the full spectrum of sustainability — Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) integration, Socially Responsible, Thematic and Impact investments — to ensure the integration of sustainable practices aligns with Citi’s best thinking on portfolio management, research and asset allocation. Harlin is an observing member of the Global Investment Committee and oversees Investing with Purpose, the Private Bank’s sustainable investing platform. She is also a representative on Citi’s Net Zero Task Force to help Citi reach its goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

Prior to joining Citi in 2017, Harlin served as Associate Director of Innovative Finance at the Milken Institute, where she brought together private and public sector leaders to design and recommend investment structures to address funding gaps in the social sector. Prior to the Milken Institute, she spent over five years as a Capital Markets and Foreign Exchange Specialist, advising ultra high net worth individuals and family offices at Deutsche Bank and Citi.

Harlin began her career at Lehman Brothers, where she spent six-plus years working with high net worth individuals, corporations, hedge funds and private equity firms on complex foreign exchange transactions.

Harlin received her undergraduate degree in Finance from Rutgers University and her Masters in Public Administration from New York University. She also served as an Adjunct Professor of Impact Investing at USC’s Marshall School of Business. She holds FINRA Series 7, 31 and 66 licenses.

Anita McBain

Managing Director at Citi Research, heading EMEA ESG Research

Anita McBain is a Managing Director at Citi Research, heading EMEA ESG Research. She joined Citigroup from M&G Investments where she was Head of Responsible Investment & ESG across equities and fixed income. Prior to M&G, Anita led Sustainability Research for an Impact fund focused on mitigating climate change, tackling deforestation and delivering alignment to the SDGs.

Earlier in her career Anita held various buy-side and sell-side roles as a credit analyst. Anita holds an MSt in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge, an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, and a BSc in Computer Systems from City University, London. She most recently submitted her MSt thesis on the integration of biodiversity loss into the investment process.

Jason Channell

Managing Director Head of Sustainable Finance Citi Global Insights

Jason Channell, Managing Director, is Head of Sustainable Finance within Citi’s Global Insights division, designed to provide thought leadership content and insight to the full breadth of Citi’s client base.

Having joined Citi in 2011, Jason previously built and led Citi’s Sustainable and Responsible Investment Research team from within Citi Research, taking it to #1 ranked around the world in the Institutional Investor Survey. He started his career at Fidelity Investments as a financial analyst, and prior to joining Citi in 2011, he built Goldman Sachs Alternative Energy & Cleantech coverage globally from 2005.

As well as his universal exposure to institutional investors around the globe over the last 25 years, he has advised countless CEO’s on sustainability & finance, from global mega-caps to VC startups, across every industry from energy to fintech. His knowledge and experience has led him to present to numerous governments, policymakers, supranationals and regulators around the world on sustainability, from developed economies such as US Senate Energy & Finance committees in Washington, to frontier and emerging markets such as Jordan, as well as DFI’s and supranationals such as the United Nations, and to institutions as diverse as NASA and the Vatican.

Jason is the lead author of some of Citi’s most-read thought leadership GPS reports, covering all aspects of sustainability from the UN SDG’s to Infrastructure, to the widely cited ‘Energy Darwinism’GPS series. He has worked closely on joint publications with academic institutions such as the Oxford Martin Business School and Cambridge University’s Judge Business School Centre for Risk Studies, and with leading sustainable finance experts such as Mark Carney, and his publications are on the required reading lists for many academic institutions.

Jason features widely in the international media in print, on-line, and on TV. He holds a degree in Engineering Science and Management from the University of Durham.

Alex Miller

Managing Director at Citi Research

Member of the Citi Research Executive Committee. Member of the Citi Global Perspectives & Solutions Editorial Committee. Alex joined Citi Research in 2017 and is responsible globally for leveraging Citi Research’s comprehensive industry group & super-sector research.

He is responsible for coordinating Citi’s Thematic Research and ESG Research product, which is consistently recognised in the top rank of the annual Institutional Investor survey.He has a First Class Honours degree in Oriental Languages from Oxford University.

Tania Beckett

Presenter of BBC World News’ Business Live and the business news on Radio 4’s Today

Tanya has worked in broadcasting and the media for over twenty years. She started out at the FT, then went to work for CNBC, Sky News, CNN and since 1998, the BBC.

She has worked on a variety of programmes on BBWorldNews, the Newschannel, Radio 4 and BBC1 and BBC2 including The Inquiry, Our World, Working Lunch, Today, World Business report, Newsnight and World Business Report. 

She also spent 3 years living in and reporting from New York for the BBC.

Tanya also works with the World Bank, EBRD, EIB, ADB, Chatham House, the Somali Government and the British Foreign Office in matters relating to trade and communication.

She is currently writing and presenting the weekly BBC current affairs radio documentary ‘The Inquiry’ and presenting news programmes for BBCWorld TV.

Tanya has a degree from Oxford University in Metallurgy and Materials Science and spent 5 years as an investment banker in Frankfurt and London. She speaks fluent German, good French and some Spanish.

Claude Kamga

Investment Leader of the Climate team at Blue Earth Capital

Claude is the Investment Leader of the Climate team at Blue Earth Capital, a global impact investment firm incubated and built up with the support of Partners Group.

Prior to joining Blue Earth in 2021, Claude was a Director at Wendel, where he led investments in the fields of education and financial inclusion. Previously, he was a member of the private equity and infrastructure teams at KKR, focusing on energy transition, sustainable agriculture and the electrification of the transport system. Claude started his career at Credit Suisse in Mergers & Acquisitions.

Claude received an MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a BCom in Economics & Finance (First Class Honours) from McGill University.

Anna-Liisa Goggs

Managing Director of Creo EMEA

Anna-Liisa Goggs joined CREO in January 2020 as Managing Director, EMEA. As a successful entrepreneur dedicated to supporting impact businesses she is passionate about leveraging networks and partnerships to help scale climate solutions and broaden climate finance. Prior to joining CREO, Anna-Liisa developed and managed a flourishing results-focused curriculum and investor matching programme for over 250 social enterprises in the Middle East involved in health, climate and education sectors, among others.

Alongside this, Anna-Liisa is a highly experienced corporate lawyer, accomplished in corporate finance transactions, M&A activity and IPOs. She has also supported several large family businesses as in-house counsel and helped them set up foundations and develop ESG investment strategies. Anna-Liisa holds an MBA with the Open University (England). She is a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales and holds a BA Law with French from the University of Sheffield (England). Anna-Liisa is based in London.

Ian Goldin

Former Vice President and Head of Policy, World Bank and former policy advisor to Nelson Mandela

Ian Goldin is the Oxford University Professor of Globalisation and Development, the Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Technological and Economic Change and the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School. Ian previously was World Bank Vice President and the Group’s Director of Policy, after serving as Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Advisor to President Nelson Mandela. Goldin has served as Principal Economist at the EBRD and Director of Programmes at the OECD Development Centre.
Goldin has a BA (Hons) and BSc from the University of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a MA and DPhil from the University of Oxford. Goldin has been knighted by the French Government and has published 21 books, including Age of Discovery: Navigating the Storms of Our Second Renaissance; Development: A Very Short Introduction; The Butterfly Defect: How Globalisation Creates Systemic Risks and What to Do; Divided Nations: Why Global Governance is Failing and What Can Be Done; Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future; and, Is the Planet Full? He is the lead author of the Oxford Martin School Citi Report Migration and The Economy. He is the author and presenter of the 2018 BBC Series After the Crash and the 2019 BBC Series: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence.
He has been a non-executive Director on numerous boards, including CDC Plc, Implenia AG, Metropolitan, Old Mutual and Skandia, chairing and serving on a wide variety of Board Committees. He is an Honorary Trustee of Comic Relief and the Chair of the Econ initiative to modernise the teaching of economics.
Goldin lectures at Oxford, Harvard, Tsinghua and other top Universities and provides advisory and consultancy services to a wide range of governments and leading global companies. In addition to be a highly acclaimed speaker, Goldin leads strategy discussions at the Boards of leading global companies and facilitates major conferences. His recent speaking engagements include the opening keynote at Google Zeitgeist, at the Microsoft CEO forum, at TED, and for the past 21 years has provided keynotes at the WEF Davos meetings