After 20 years in the Private Equity industry, including at Pantheon Ventures where he was a Partner until 2009, Serge Raicher decided to focus on his philanthropic activities and more particularly on the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) which he co-founded and has presided over since 2008. Serge seats at the Venture Philanthropy Fund’s Investment and Management committee of the King Baudouin Foundation in Brussels and is a member of Toolbox a.s.b.l. Serge holds an MBA from INSEAD.
Seán Coughlan is Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Social Entrepreneurs Ireland. Seán previous experience includes that of product manager, entrepreneur, teacher and researcher having spent time working in Ireland, Portugal and Turkey. Seán is also the Chairperson of The Wheel, the co-ordinating body for the community and voluntary sector in Ireland, and sits of the boards of the European Venture Philanthropy Association and the Glasnevin Educate Together National School. He is a member of the Advisory Group of the Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship and a member of the Leonardo Group of the Science Gallery, a Trinity College Dublin initiative where art and science collide.
Javier Echarri is former Secretary General of EVCA, the European Private Equity & Venture Capital Association. Previously he was the Director of both Retail and Institutional Banking at ARGENTARIA bank (now BBVA) from 1995. Mr Echarri began his career in the automotive and specialist engineering industries. He has also held the position of Secretary General at the Spanish Chamber of Commerce for Benelux. Current engagements include non-executive board positions at the European Federation of Junior Enterprises (JADE), the Asia Pacific Venture Capital Association, buyout firm GED, and the secondary exchange platform Triago X.
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 the chair of the Big Society Bank interim investment committee. He 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 was also awarded an OBE in the UK’s New Year Honours 2010 for services to the voluntary sector.
Deirdre Mortell is the Co-Founder and CEO of The One Foundation. Prior to this she worked in the voluntary, nonprofit sector in Ireland for 12 years, in high growth environments across a range of Irish and international issues.Recently, she was Director of Fundraising, Communications and Advocacy with Barnardos, Ireland’s leading children’s organisation from 1998-2003. Prior to that, she headed up fundraising for Oxfam in Ireland Deirdre holds a Bachelor in Communication from University College Cork and MPhil from Trinity College Dublin. Deirdre is Chair of Headstrong and holds Board seats on Barnardos, Philanthropy Ireland and European Venture Philanthropy Association. She has also held the Chair of the Irish Charities Tax Reform Group (ICTRG), a network of charities and voluntary groups in Ireland.
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.
Pieter is the Managing 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. Eight years ago, he switched to the 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 social impact and value creation (in addition to creating shareholder value) a significant part of his professional activities. The objective of these professionally structured activities is to realise positive changes for the wicked problems in society. He often states that his ambition is to “marry a venture capital approach to societal goals”, and his work with Shærpa is dedicated to doing exactly that on a daily basis. As a board member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA), he actively pursues to further professionalise venture philanthropy on the European arena. Pieter is also a member of the board of directors of Social Alpha Investment Fund of Alpha Mundi.
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.