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.
Seán Coughlan is Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. Seán’s previous experience includes that of product manager, entrepreneur, teacher and researcher having spent time working and studying in Ireland, Portugal and Turkey. Seán also holds a number of other board and advisory positions including: Chairperson of The Wheel (the co-ordinating body for the community and voluntary sector in Ireland), Director of the European Venture Philanthropy Association, member of the Advisory Group of the Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship, member of the Leonardo Group of the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, member of the Social Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Task Force and member of the Advisory Group of SI-Drive (an EU Social Innovation project).
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.
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 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.
John Kingston is currently Chair of the Association of Charitable Foundations in the UK. He was the founder Director of CAF Venturesome at the Charities Aid Foundation. The organisation was recognized as Britain’s Most Innovative Charity 2007 in the Third Sector/Royal Bank of Scotland Charity Awards. John worked for 3i Group for 15 years, before moving to Save the Children UK in 1990, as director with responsibility for fundraising/marketing. He is a non-executive director of Big Society Capital.
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.
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.