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Joining forces to generate social impact

EVPA is a diverse team of passionate people, sharing a common vision on venture philanthropy and social investment. Meet our team members and discover their specific expertise.

Board of Directors

Madeleine Clarke

Madeleine Clarke

— Chair

Madeleine Clarke is Founding Director of Genio, an Irish NGO that brings government and private/philanthropic funders together, in order to develop better ways to support disadvantaged people to live full lives in their communities.


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Markus Hipp

Markus Hipp

— CEO

Markus Hipp is the Executive Director of the BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Breuninger Foundation, a board member of the Paretz Foundation, a founding director and member of MitOst e.V., as well as a member of the Advisory Council of the nonprofit betterplace Foundation and of n-ost.

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Massimo Lapucci

Massimo Lapucci

— Secretary General

Massimo Lapucci is the Secretary General of the Fondazione CRT, a foundation of banking origin based in Turin. He is also the Secretary General of Fondazione Sviluppo e Crescita – CRT, a foundation primarily focused on venture philanthropy and impact investing. 

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Caroline Mason

Caroline Mason

— Chief Executive

Caroline Mason is Chief Executive at the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, Caroline was Chief Operating Officer at Big Society Capital and Charity Bank. She was also the co-founder of Investing for Good, a social investment advisory firm and one of the first Community Interest Companies.

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Patrice Schneider

Patrice Schneider

— Chief Strategy Officer

Patrice Schneider started his publishing career as a journalist reporting from conflicts in Central Asia in the 1980s.

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Steven Serneels

Steven Serneels

— Executive Board member

In 1992, Steven Serneels started his own company: S&V Management Consultants, specialised in supply chain and operations strategy. As a business entrepreneur, and together with his business partner Peter Verstraeten, he grew the company to about 100 people with offices in Europe and US, working with senior management of medium and large companies. 

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Xavier Thauron

Xavier Thauron

— Director

Xavier Thauron has a 25 years experience in private equity after five years as SME banker, first in charge of growth capital in the PE structure of the French Banque Populaire Group where he was sponsor of the European Business and Innovation Network (EBN), then Head of Risks at Natixis Private Equity with a large diversified and international portfolio in Europe, Brazil, India and China.

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Pieter Oostlander

Pieter Oostlander

— Board co-opted

Pieter Oostlander is founder of shærpa and CEO of shærpa fund management. His professional background is in finance. He worked initially in auditing and later on in the position of CFO, for various international organisations.

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Filipe Santos

Filipe Santos

— President

Filipe Santos is President of “Portugal Inovação Social” (Portugal Social Innovation), a government initiative created in January 2015 with the mission of promoting social entrepreneurship and creating a market for social investment in Portugal. 

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Katinka  Greve Leiner

Katinka Greve Leiner

— Director of Ferd Social Entrepreneurs

Katinka Greve Leiner has been the Director of Ferd Social Entrepreneurs since its establishment in 2009. Leiner came from the position as Vice President of Innovation Norway. She was in charge of the Entrepreneurship area when Innovation Norway was established in 2002, also featuring in an entrepreneurial TV-show "Skaperen" (a Norwegian twist on the "Dragons Den").

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Jane Newman

Jane Newman

— International Director

Jane is International Director of Social Finance UK. Social Finance is a not for profit organisation that partners with government, social sector organisations and the financial community to find better ways of tackling social problems.

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Chief Executive Officer

Bernard Uyttendaele

Bernard Uyttendaele

— CEO

Bernard Uyttendaele joined EVPA as new Chief Executive in August 2016. Uyttendaele knows both the non-profit and business worlds. He started his career as Credit Manager and Treasurer at Otis Elevator Company in Belgium and France before becoming CFO and Deputy Director in the Netherlands.

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Community & Market Development Team

Daniel Rostrup

Daniel Rostrup

— Business Development Director

Daniel Rostrup is based in London and leads the Community & Market Development team, spread across Brussels, Paris, Berlin and Warsaw. 

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Christina Wu

Christina Wu

— Community Manager

Christina Wu joined EVPA in May 2016. Before, she worked in marketing communications at the British Columbia Council for International Education in Canada.

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Ewa Konczal

Ewa Konczal

— Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Manager

Ewa Konczal joined EVPA in May 2014 as the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Manager. Ewa is spreading the knowledge about venture philanthropy and social investment in CEE. 

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Dr. Martin Vogelsang

Dr. Martin Vogelsang

— Germany Country Representative

Martin Vogelsang joined in February 2016 and is based in Berlin, where he works for EVPA part-time. He is also the co-founder of Good Roots (Berlin) and Social Synergy (Mumbai, India), two impact investment organisations cooperating in investing patient capital and capacity building into early-stage social enterprises, thereby developing their business models.

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Sophie Faujour Le Bon

Sophie Faujour Le Bon

— France Country Representative

Sophie Faujour Le Bon is a French national and joined EVPA in April 2016. She brings with her more than 25 years’ experience in banking industry, acquired in Europe (Paris and Geneva), North (NY) & South Americas (Brazil) and Asia (Shanghai and Seoul).

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Valeria Balzarini

Valeria Balzarini

— Community and Market Development Intern

Valeria joined the EVPA team as Community & Market Development intern in October 2016.

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Communications Team

Linde Wolters

Linde Wolters

— Communication Manager

Linde Wolters is a Dutch national and joined EVPA in May 2014. She has over six years of experience in communications in both the private and non-profit sectors. 

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Bogdan Selaru

Bogdan Selaru

— Communications Analyst

Bogdan Selaru joined the EVPA team as an intern in February 2016. He holds a Bachelor in Communication and Public Relations from the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania. 

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Knowledge Centre Team

Priscilla Boiardi

Priscilla Boiardi

— Knowledge Centre Director

Priscilla Boiardi joined EVPA in April 2014 as Research Manager and became EVPA's Knowledge Centre Director in April 2016. Priscilla has more than 8 years of research experience, first as a Research Associate at the Vlerick Business School and then as a PhD candidate at the Catholic University of Leuven.

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Alessia Gianoncelli

Alessia Gianoncelli

— Research Associate

Alessia Gianoncelli is EVPA’s Research Associate since August 2016. She has previously worked at EVPA as Research and Policy Analyst and as Project Analyst. 

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Caroline Cornil

Caroline Cornil

— Dissemination Manager

Caroline Cornil has been EVPA’s Dissemination Manager since June 2016. She started out at EVPA in 2013-2014 as a Communication Intern. She was also employed in other membership organisations in Brussels and worked as a freelance translator. 

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Margherita Winter

Margherita Winter

— Research Analyst

Margherita Winter joined EVPA Knowledge Centre as an intern in July 2016. She holds a Master Degree in International Studies of Development and Cooperation with a thesis on Microfinance. 

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Operations Team

Els Depoortere

Els Depoortere

— Operations Director

Els Depoortere is in charge of the operational running of the Association and manages the Annual Conference & Gathering of Leaders.

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Dirk de Boer

Dirk de Boer

— Head of Finance

Dirk de Boer joined EVPA as Head of Finance in September 2016.Dirk has got over 20 years of professional experience in Finance,mainly in Business Control, Internal Control and Management with international, commercial companies in Belgium, France and Holland.

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Natasha Medvedeva

Natasha Medvedeva

— Finance & Reporting Manager

Natasha Medvedeva joined the EVPA team as a Community intern in March 2014. She has an MSc in International Business Economics and Management from the KU Leuven/Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel.

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Policy Team

Elinor de Pret

Elinor de Pret

— Head of Policy

Elinor de Pret joined EVPA in March 2014, after almost ten years working in Public Affairs for the European Commission in China and with a consultancy in Brussels. 

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Simon Ott

Simon Ott

— Policy Analyst

Simon Ott joined the EVPA team as an intern in January 2016. He holds a Bachelor in Socioeconomics from Friedrich-Alexander Universität in Nürnberg, Germany and a Master in European Studies and International Relations from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. 

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