President of the jury
Sophie Robin is a founding partner of Stone Soup Consulting, a company focused on enhancing the social impact of organisations. Previously, she worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation as the Liaison Officer with Civil Society Organisations for Latin America and the Caribbean. Sophie also worked for several NGOs and served as CEO for the Portuguese NGDO Platform. Within Stone Soup Consulting, she has been specialising in scaling up strategy for social initiatives, as well as social impact, advising social entrepreneurs and VP organisations on how to measure, monitor and report on their social impact. […].
Paula Almansa is an entrepreneur, mentor and business angel with a background in Finance and Social Entrepreneurship. Among other, she co-founded Impact HUB Madrid and FromTheBench games, a leading developer of sports manager applications, where she currently is in charge of Corporate Development.
She is an Associate Professor of Negotiations and Conflict Resolution Abilities at Instituto de Empresa where she previously taught Entrepreneurial Social Responsibility.[…]
Olivier de Guerre
Olivier de Guerre co-founded GT Finance/Cristal Finance in 1987 before joining Credit Suisse Asset Management in 1998 as a Managing Director. In 2003 he founded PhiTrust in order to support families and foundations in the implementation of financial, social and philanthropic strategies, believing that investors have responsibility through their financial and social investments. He has long-standing experience in asset management at the level of families/foundations or institutions, in particular through assisting them with their investment strategies. Olivier is a Board member of Finansol, EVPA and the Philippson Foundation. He is also the Chairman of PhiTrust Active Investors and PhiTrust Impact Investors.
José Tomás Frade
José Tomás Frade is currently working as a freelance consultant in the water and sanitation sector throughout the world, with a particular focus on developing countries. He is currently in charge of coordinating the national strategy of the Portuguese water sector for the period 2014-20 at the invitation of the Government. Mr Frade worked for 24 years in the Projects Directorate of the European Investment Bank, from which he retired in November 2012. As Deputy Director and Head of the Water and Environmental Protection Division since 2000, he was responsible for managing a team of water specialists which, for over 10 years, has appraised and monitored all the projects in the water sector financed by the Bank in more than 80 countries. […]
Rémy Jacob is a former Director General at the European Investment Bank and was the first Dean of the EIB Institute (2012-2014). Born in France in 1950, he studied business and management at the École Supérieure de Commerce et d’Administration des Entreprises de Dijon, France.
He joined the Finance Directorate of the European Investment Bank in 1973. During his 39-year career at the EIB, he held a series of senior positions including four years as Director of Information Technology, five years as Director of General Affairs, five years as Deputy Secretary General, and five years as Director General of the Strategy and Corporate Centre.[…]
Meredith Niles is an Investment Director at Impetus Trust, where she co-leads on the Impetus for Reducing Reoffending Initiative, supporting the scale-up of charities and social enterprises working with offenders to turn around their lives. Prior to joining Impetus, she was an Executive Director in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. Meredith serves as the Treasurer of Booktrust and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Hestia Housing and Support and of Toynbee Hall. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Institute of Directors. Meredith holds a BA with Highest Distinction and Highest Honours from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MSc from the London School of Economics.
Johannes Weber began his career as an entrepreneur and, among other things, founded and developed a career service for those with high potential. Following this he worked for a mutual fund company and became managing director in 2006. After a successful IPO of the holding company, Johannes became involved with PANDA Investment Management, an investment company with a focus on sustainable investments and a former partner of the World Wide Fund for Nature. Johannes sold PANDA Investment Management in 2008 and funded the Social Venture Fund in 2009. He is able to converse in five languages and was part of the NATO Kosovo Forces (KFOR) in Pristina in 1999. […]