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. […]
Olivier de Guerre
Olivier 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. […]
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.
Enrico Testi started managing the Research Lab ARCO (Action Research for Co-Development), in 2009. Since 2011 he has also been the Director of the Yunus Social Business Centre University of Florence, a centre founded in partnership with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus. In 2012 he started a pilot programme to create an enabling eco-system for social entrepreneurship and social innovation in Pistoia called “Social Business City Program”. In 2013 Vita, a non-profit magazine, included him in the list of the top 100 innovators in Italy. In 2015 he helped kick-start the activities of Candidate Social Business City Barcelona. In 2015 he is among the 1000 Italian innovators selected by Audi Innovative Thinking.
Bernd Klosterkemper has been working in finance and management for over ten years. After completing his law degree, and then doctorate, at the University of Bayreuth, he began his career at McKinsey & Company. With a primary focus on financial institutions and change management, he was a project manager in Germany, the Netherlands and Malaysia. Before moving to the Social Venture Fund, Bernd Klosterkemper was CEO of the finance and property service provider PlanetHome AG, which he has been actively involved in since the company’s opening in 2000. He later took over the management and helped PlanetHome Group become the leading B2B-Partner in the placement and financing of private properties, with over 500 employees in 80 locations in Germany and Austria.