This EVPA webinar will be looking in details at the key findings of our latest Industry Survey, actively engaging experienced practitioners and fostering a lively discussion!
How much do European Investors for Impact invest? Which type of investees and grantees do these venture philanthropy and social investment (VP/SI) organisations support and which financial instruments do they use? Which geographies and sectors are they active in? How do they apply the core practices of the VP approach (i.e. tailored financing, non-financial support and impact measurement and management)?
If you want to know the answers to these questions, don’t miss the upcoming EVPA webinar on January 23 (15:00 - 16:30 CET)! During this lively discussion, you will get an overview of the key results of our new Industry Survey and you will learn more from experienced practitioners.
Based on data collected from 110 leading organisations in the VP/SI sector, "Investing for Impact | The EVPA Survey 2017/2018" is the prominent study that explores where and how European VP/SI organisations deploy resources to support social purpose organisations.
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Katinka Leiner has been heading Ferd Social Entrepreneurs since its establishment in 2009. She was at the board of EVPA for 5 years and is a long standing board member of The Social Capital Fund in Denmark. Ferd SE is primarily investing in social entrepreneurs in Norway, with a broad array of investment tools ranging from grants to loans, SIBs and equity. Katinka has a Masters degree in engineering and was previously for 11 yrs the Director of Strategy and Communications at Innovation Norway, the Norwegian governmental body for industrial development and entrepreneurship. She has also held political positions in Oslo as a Labour Party member.
Jelena joined SI¬≤ Fund in November 2017 from international impact investor Oikocredit, where she managed investments in Eastern Africa. Prior to that, she worked for the European Commission and Dutch government. Jelena holds an MSc in Econometrics from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a Master in Microfinance from Solvay Business School in Brussels.
Franz Karl Prüller has been with DIE ERSTE Foundation since 2005, first as Programme Director for the Social Development Programme, since December 2012 as Member of the Executive Board and from 1.1.2015 to the end of 2016 as CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of the Foundation. From 2017 he assumed the position of Senoir Advisor to the Board of ERSTE Foundation and the Savings Bank Group in Austria.
Franz Karl currently serves also on the Supervisory Boards of Zweite Sparkasse in Austria and good.bee Credit, a microfinance institute in Romania as well as on the Steering Committee for the European Fund for the Balkans. He also is a member of the advisory board of good.bee Holding. He also serves a vice-president of the board of the Network of European Foundations as well as member of the Governing Council of the European Foundation Centre
Patrice Schneider started his publishing career as a journalist reporting from conflicts in Central Asia in the 1980s.
Following a 20 years career in publishing (Time Warner Group, Lagardère Active) and working for the World Economic Forum, he now works for the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) which invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies.
Since 1996, MDIF - a seven consecutive years' winner of the ImpactAssets 50 awards - has invested more than $170m in 113 independent news businesses in39 countries and has returned US$ 46.9m to investors. For Patrice, the impact investment in quality information is the cornerstone of any open and dynamic democracy.
He is also a Board member of EVPA.
With almost a decade of experience in the social investment space, Alessia is the Head of Knowledge, Community and Market Development at EVPA. As part of her role, she is responsible for research activities, content development, data collection, community engagement and market building.
Alessia co-authored publications, practical cases, and articles on topics such as venture philanthropy, impact measurement and management, impact strategies, the European impact ecosystem and tailored and hybrid finance. Thanks to her research, she prominently contributed to the EVPA narrative around investing for impact, and she has been invited to speak at international conferences and give guest lectures at European Universities and Business Schools (e.g. Nova School of Business and Economics, Luiss - Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli, INSEAD Business School in Paris, Solvay Brussels School Economics & Management).
Alessia also started the EVPA initiative "Foundations Along the Spectrum of Capital" in collaboration with Philea, which she now co-leads. She cooperates with EVPA's sister organisations in Latin America, Asia and Africa (IVPC, Latimpacto, AVPN and AVPA) to strengthen the collaboration among actors active in the global impact ecosystem, by sharing learning, facilitating the exchange of experiences and contributing to scale successes across regions. Alessia was a blue book trainee at the European Commission, Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs, specifically working on social enterprises and SMEs market assessment and on funding opportunities to support social investment.
Gianluca Gaggiotti is Research Manager at EVPA. He focuses on data analysis and content development of several research-related initiatives.
Gianluca joined EVPA in 2017, and since then has developed an in-depth knowledge on the impact ecosystem and all the actors involved in it. Gianluca has previously worked as a Research Assistant for several project related to development and social network economics at Bocconi University.
He holds a Master degree in Economics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University with a thesis on the effect of terrorism on political outcome in the US.