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Board of Directors

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Andrew Muirhead

Following a successful career in Banking Andrew has been involved in the UK Philanthropic sector since 1993, appointed Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland in 1997 and currently with Inspiring Scotland. It was his passion for the Not-for-Profit Sector and the effective use of money and other resources that led him to travel for much of 2006 and consider various models from throughout the world which sought to create social change. This learning led him to found Inspiring Scotland; a venture which was launched in January 2009 to develop innovative responses to major social challenges through the provision of money and skills. Since 2014 Andrew is Executive Vice Chairman at AVPN.


Anne Rannaleet

Anne Holm Rannaleet is a Trustee and Executive Director of IK Aid and Relief Enterprise Ltd (IKARE Ltd), a venture philanthropy fund, and Senior Advisor in Public Affairs to IK Investment Partners Ltd, a leading European private equity firm. Ms. Rannaleet is part of the team that built IK since its inception in 1989 and retired as Partner in January 2008. She previously worked in the Corporate Finance Department of SEB/Enskilda Fondkommission in Stockholm and for the Finance Department of Atlas Copco AB, as well as for Peugeot Sweden. Ms. Rannaleet holds an MSc. (Econ.) in International Economics from the University of Uppsala. She is a member of the Public Affairs Executive as well as the board  of EVCA, the ESMA Stakeholder Group and serves on the Swedish Securities Council.


Hedda Pahlson-Moller

Hedda Pahlson-Moller is a full time Business Angel focusing on Social Investing. She sits on the boards of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN), Luxembourg Business Angel Network (LBAN), Luxembourg Microfinance and Development Fund (LMDF), EVPA, Chameleon Invest seed capital fund and The Impactory, a co-working space for entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs she co-founded in Luxembourg. Hedda is Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Sacred Heart University and teaches Social Innovation & Social Enterprise at Luxembourg University as well as Strategic Management and Business Policy at European University.

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Katinka Greve Leiner

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, heading Strategy and Communications. 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"). Leiner was previously a Communications Consultant, and head of Public Affairs in Burson-Marsteller Norway. She has also been a Political Advisor for the Labour Party's Parliamentary group, and senior engineer in the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate. She graduated in 1991 as a civil engineer in Electric power from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Currently she is also a board member at The Scientist Factory, The Change Factory and Den Sociale Kapitalfond (the Social Capital Fund in Denmark).


Markus Hipp

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 non-profit betterplace Foundation and of n-ost. Markus has served as a lecturer at Czech universities, before taking up positions in the marketing and publishing industry. From 1998 to 2006, he worked for the Robert Bosch Foundation, including as the director of the Berlin office.

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Olivier de Guerre

In 1987, along with a partner, Olivier created GT Finance/Cristal Finance before joining Crédit Suisse Asset Management in 1998. He was the Managing Director of Crédit Suisse Asset Management.In 2003, Olivier developed PhiTrust Endowment Fund with the objective of supporting families and foundations in their financial, social and philanthropic strategy, believing that investors have actual responsibility through their financial and social investments. Olivier has a long-standing experience in asset management at the level of families/Foundations or institutions, in particular through assistance in their investment strategies. Olivier is a board member of the PhiTrust Endowment Fund and the Philippson Foundation.


Patrice Schneider

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 three consecutive years winner of the ImpactAssets 50 awards - has invested more than $125m in 91 independent news businesses in 31 countries and has returned US$ 18.2m to investors. For Patrice, the impact investment in quality information is THE cornerstone of any open and dynamic democracy.

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Pieter Oostlander

- Chairman

Pieter is the founding Partner of Shærpa. His professional background is in accountancy and finance. In that field, he has had various top-level functions, including the position of CFO, for international organisations. Nine years ago, he switched to the Venture Philanthropy sector. As a director of Noaber Foundation he managed the service organisation which ultimately was the foundation for Shærpa. The decision to switch resulted from his ambition to make societal impact and value creation (in addition to creating shareholder value) a significant part of his professional live. The objective of these professionally structured activities is to realise positive changes for the wicked problems in society. He sees it as “marrying the soul of philanthropy with the spirit of venture capital”, and his work with Shærpa is dedicated to doing exactly that. As a board member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA), he actively pursues to further professionalise venture philanthropy in the European arena. Pieter is also a member of the board of directors of SRoI Network and the chairman of Social Alpha Investment Fund.