Dimitri Goulandris – Investment

Dimitri is Managing Partner of Cycladic Capital LLP, which he established in 2002 to focus on making public and private investments in small and medium sized companies, predominantly in Europe. He is the founder and a board member of three companies: GEAR, the leading Indian equipment rental business; Knightsbridge Schools International, now rolling-out international schools in emerging economies and MonuRent Limited, West Africa’s first organized equipment company. He serves on the boards of Teleplan International NV and Journey Group plc and also sits on the Council of the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Previously, Dimitri set up and ran the European operations of the private equity firm Whitney & Company, and spent eight years at Morgan Stanley in the private equity group, both in New York and in London.

Dimitri has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Electrical and Information Sciences from Cambridge University. He lives in London with his wife Christina and his two children.

Deepak Madnani - Investment

Deepak is a serial entrepreneur with a successful track record in starting up and growing businesses. He started Solar Exports Ltd in 2001, growing the company to a team of 30 with offices in Hong Kong and throughout China. The company provides organized China buying services to retailers and importers around the world, focusing on design sourcing, product development, production management and quality control. He has lived and worked in Hong Kong, China, Chile, India, Poland and Czech Republic. Prior business experience includes venture capital, technology, design, import, retail, outsourcing, manufacturing, licensing and product development.

Deepak’s interest in sustainability has led him to the creation of Sustasia (www.sustasia.com) in 2009, a forum and e-platform where entrepreneurs come together to educate themselves and discuss the current business issues, challenges and solutions surrounding sustainability. He is also a member of the founding committee of the Lung Fu Shan Environmental Concern Group, an advocacy group for the protection of HongKong’s natural environment.

Deepak grew up in Hong Kong and Switzerland and graduated from Georgetown University, Washington DC in Finance and International Business. He speaks English, Spanish and conversational Mandarin. Deepak is married with two children and lives between Dubai and Hong Kong.

Tim Radjy - Investment

Tim is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Alpha Mundi Group and a Trustee of the Global Exchange for Social Investment.

He previously worked for Morgan Stanley Capital International and for UBS, from 2000 to 2007. In 2004, he became a founding member of UBS Philanthropy Services, providing the bank’s wealthiest international clients with guidelines on foundation governance, NGO selection and impact evaluation. Tim also spent time in Bolivia in 2006 to review the Swiss Development Agency’s microfinance program and help it spin off into an independent foundation.

Tim holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Geneva and a Private Banking Diploma from UBS. He is a Swiss citizen with Bolivian and Iranian roots, and is fluent in English, French and Spanish and conversational in German and Italian.

Simon Reading - Investment

The Most Hon. the Marquess of Reading served with the 1st Queen's Dragoon Guards before entering the city. He has devoted his career to service in NGOs, charities, financial institutions and corporations.

He has held, amongst others, the following positions: Member of London Stock Exchange, Member of Lloyds, Director of Westminster Oil Ltd, Director of The Anglo-Brazilian JVC, Director of The Flying Hospital and Director of Mertens House, St Petersburg. He has served on numerous Boards including The University of Gloucestershire, Dean Close School, the Prison Fellowship and CURE International (both in the UK and in the USA).

He is a trustee of Care for the Children, China. He also served in the House of Lords between 1980 and 1999. He is married to Melinda with whom he has three children and two grandchildren.

Carole Escaravage - Impact

Through her work and personal interests, Carole has become highly cognizant of the issues and challenges of social entrepreneurship, and has published papers and articles on the subject.

Carole has been focused on supporting micro-entrepreneurs in the Middle East for many years now. She was responsible for opening and then directing the Planet Finance office in Egypt over a 3-year period, and was most recently Director of the Planet Finance office in Dubai. Planet Finance is an international organisation dedicated to fighting poverty through the development of microfinance. From her base in the Middle East, Carole’s successive missions have focused on the provision of financial services to the underprivileged in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

In 2010, she became a Life Coach, conducting coaching sessions with social entrepreneurs to help them set and achieve the impact objectives that are integral to their business. With a view to democratizing coaching tools and creating more impact in her work, she recently founded Coach4good (www.coach4good.org). This group of leaders and professionals supports Arab youth, women and entrepreneurs via a bespoke and innovative nurturing system./p>

Coach4good is the first initiative to provide a free coaching service in the Middle East, dedicated to those who cannot afford sessions at market price. Arab leaders, educators and businessmen and women, many of who participate directly by providing inspirational tips and mentorship support with a view to complementing coaching sessions, support Coach4Good. Carole has developed a tried and tested methodology that acts on personal growth and is able to give citizens of the Middle East a real feeling of confidence and clarity in their lives, careers and businesses.

Carole graduated from ESC Business & Management School in Nantes, France. She is married with 3 children and lives in Dubai. She speaks fluent French, English and German.

Farahnaz Karim - Impact

Farahnaz is the founder and CEO of Insaan Group, a philanthropy fund that connects philanthropists and corporations to impactful social enterprises around education and entrepreneurship in the monsoon region, with an initial focus on South Asia and East Africa. Farahnaz has over 10 years of development experience in management, humanitarian programme design and implementation, fund raising and strategy. This experience includes practical field and policy exposure in several development contexts including Tajikistan, Palestine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Pakistan, India and five years on the ground experience in Taliban and post-Taliban Afghanistan.

Her most recent assignments included a management position within the Afghan governmental structure and a Country Director assignment for one of the largest non-profits in Afghanistan. During this period, Farahnaz focused on rural development, support to education, water and sanitation and cultural revitalization. Prior to returning to Afghanistan, she played a co-founding role in a private management consulting start up in Italy.

Farahnaz earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she focused on development economics and social entrepreneurship; a Master’s degree in International Relations from Hautes Etudes Internationales (HEI) in Geneva; and a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in Political Science and Modern Languages at McGill University in Montreal.

Farahnaz, a French, Malagasy and Canadian national, is fluent in French, English, Spanish, Italian and has knowledge of Gujarati and Persian. She enjoys playing the piano and riding. She is married, has two children and lives in Dubai. She is also an Instructor at Zayed University, in Dubai, where she teaches Humanities and has taught the first course on social entrepreneurship at the College of Business.

Véronique Veyrassat - Impact

Véronique Veyrassat is a senior social responsibility professional.

Véronique is a Partner at African Resources Capital a private equity advisory firm active in the SADC region. She is responsible for the social and environmental impact of transactions, particularly in the healthcare sector.

Véronique is founder and Managing Partner of 360° Impact (3sixtyimpact.com), a boutique impact investment firm that aims at identifying, nurturing and growing a pipeline of early stage social entrepreneurs in the clean energy, education and health sectors in Southern Africa.

She is also a member of the Foundation Guile Engagement team. The Swiss Foundation Guile aims to help its portfolio companies to implement their Corporate Responsibility strategies and its engagement policy is guided by the UN Global Compact Principles.

Before these assignments, Véronique held a number of senior line positions in prominent non-profit organizations. Of note, she was the Director of Aide et Action Switzerland (supporting education in developing countries) between 2004 to 2007, and directed the Foundation for the International Red Cross (ICRC) between 1999 and 2004.

Véronique is Swiss. She holds a Master of Arts from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (IHEID), Switzerland.

She is married with two children and after 4 years spent in the UAE, is now based in Cape Town, South Africa.