Meet our team

Meet our team
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.


Chief Executive Officer

Steven Serneels

Steven Serneels

— EVPA CEO & Board Member

Steven is CEO of EVPA and chair of EVPA’s Corporate Initiative. During his career, he has been working over 20 years with both executive teams of corporates to reshape their strategies towards an inclusive business, and social entreprises, to create impact at scale.

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Community & Market Development Team

Christina Wu

Christina Wu

— Head of Community

Christina Wu joined EVPA in May 2016. In 2006, she co-founded a charity, Global Agents, which makes seed investments globally in early stage social enterprises. More recently, she worked in South Africa as the Business Operations Manager for SPARK Schools, a portfolio company of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund.

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Nicolas Lahaye

Nicolas Lahaye

— Community Associate

Nicolas Lahaye joined EVPA as an intern in the Community and Market Development team in June 2019. He studied public relations and communication at the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve. He got into the soci(et)al impact field at Lita.co where he volunteered for a few months during the summer of 2017.

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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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Sophie Faujour Le Bon

Sophie Faujour Le Bon

— Head of Corporate Initiative Development & France Country Manager

Sophie is leading market building efforts in France and Europe namely with European Corporates to help various practitioners like foundations and impact investing funds scale their impact. Based in Paris, Sophie supports members in their work, fostering valuable connections, facilitating peer learning, providing training as well as enabling the co-creation of projects.

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Martijn Blom

Martijn Blom

— Manager for Benelux & Impact Funds Initiative Coordinator

Martijn joined EVPA in 2020 as the Manager for Benelux and coordinator for the Impact Funds Initiative. In the past years he was active an impact investment practitioner at Hivos Impact Investments, where he was responsible for investor relations at the Hivos Food & Lifestyle Fund.

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Anja Koenig

Anja Koenig

— DACH Representative

Anja-N. Koenig is a social investment, entrepreneurship and sustainable development expert as well as a trained facilitator in collaborative innovation and system change processes with close to 20 years of professional experience in the DACH region, (Central and Eastern) Europe, MENA, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Peter Cafferkey

Peter Cafferkey

— Representative for the UK and Ireland

Peter is the EVPA representative for the UK and Ireland since 2019. In addition, he is the CEO and Founder of Boncerto – a social good consultancy working with individuals, corporations and not-for-profits to help increase their effectiveness and enable them to do good, better.

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Lucia Badea

Lucia Badea

— Community and Market Development Intern

Lucia joined EVPA as Community and Market Development Intern in January 2020 after graduating in International Politics and Diplomacy at the University of Padova, Italy.

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Marketing and Communications Team

Jorgos Papadakis

Jorgos Papadakis

— Marketing & Communications Director

Jorgos joined EVPA in August 2019 as Marketing and Communications Director. He brings in more than 20 years expertise in journalism, public relations, marketing, branding, internal and external communications.

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Caroline Cornil

Caroline Cornil

— Creative Manager

Caroline has been working at EVPA since June 2016, creating different formats (leaflets, videos, success stories website) to help increase the dissemination of the material produced by Knowledge Centre.

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Paul Bertrac

Paul Bertrac

— Digital Marketing Manager

Paul Bertrac joined EVPA in May 2019 as Digital Growth Lead to develop acquisition through digital channels and grow our community of venture philanthropists & social investors.

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Training Academy

Sara Seganti

Sara Seganti

— Senior Manager - Training

Sara is EVPA's Training Manager. She joined EVPA in 2017 to structure and to further develop the Training Academy activities, after more than ten years working as a project and impact manager and as a trainer in the social impact field.

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Florian Tuder

Florian Tuder

— Training Academy Coordinator

Florian joined EVPA in March 2020 as Training Academy Coordinator. He previously worked as project and training manager in Brussels for a European federation of social & health care service providers, and before that as programme manager for a foundation in Vienna in the field of intercultural dialogue.

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Knowledge Centre - Research

Alessia Gianoncelli

Alessia Gianoncelli

— Head of Knowledge Centre

Alessia Gianoncelli is Head of the Knowledge Centre at EVPA, where she is responsible for research activities, content development and data collection. She also leads the EVPA initiative “Foundations Along the Spectrum of Capital” in collaboration with the European Foundation Centre (EFC), and is EVPA’s liaison with the International Venture Philanthropy Center (IVPC) to strengthen the social impact ecosystem in Latin America and Africa.

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Gianluca Gaggiotti

Gianluca Gaggiotti

— Research Associate

Gianluca Gaggiotti is EVPA's Research Associate. He joined EVPA as Research Intern in November 2017. Gianluca has previously worked as a Research Assistant for several project related to development and social network economics at Bocconi University.

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Arnau Picón Martínez

Arnau Picón Martínez

— Research Analyst

Arnau joined EVPA as a Research Intern in February 2019. He holds a Msc in Economic Development from the University of Glasgow and a Bachelor Degree in Journalism from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

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Ludovica Piergiovanni

Ludovica Piergiovanni

— Research Intern

Ludovica joined EVPA as Research Intern in March 2020. She holds a Master degree in Management Engineering from Politecnico di Milano with a focus on Sustainable Operations Management and Social Innovation. Before joining the team she collaborated with Engineers without borders in Milan for the creation of a Social Enterprise in Albania.

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Lonneke Roza

Lonneke Roza

— Expert Consultant - Corporate Initiative

Lonneke is an Academic Researcher within the Rotterdam School of Management and specialises in employee engagement in Corporate Social Responsibility. Within her research, Lonneke holds a keen interest in community involvement strategies.

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Karoline Heitmann

Karoline Heitmann

— Corporate Initiative Manager

Karoline is a young professional driven by her passion and curiosity for creating social impact with business relevance. She joined the European Venture Philanthropy Association’s (EVPA) Corporate Initiative in 2018.

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Nicolas Malmendier

Nicolas Malmendier

— Corporate Initiative Intern

Nicolas joined EVPA as Corporate Initiative Intern in March 2020. During his studies in Germanic Languages at Université Catholique de Louvain, he analysed subjects such as globalization, neoliberalism and postcolonialism in a literary context.

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Policy Team

Bianca Polidoro

Bianca Polidoro

— Policy Manager

Bianca is EVPA’s Policy Manager, she joined EVPA in February 2019. Previously she worked as EU Policy Advisor for CEE Bankwatch Network in Brussels, mostly focusing on the Multiannual Financial Framework 2021-2027. In particular on Invest EU, European Regional Development Funds (ERDF) and Cohesion Funds.

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Cătălina Papari

Cătălina Papari

— Policy Associate

Cătălina Papari joined our Policy department as a Policy Associate in April 2020. She was a trainee at the European Commission in DG Regio, starting to specialise in inter-institutional European relations and audit, mainly focusing on the simplification of the Cohesion Policy and ERDF.

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Operations Team

Gunther Volkaert

Gunther Volkaert

— Head of Finance

Gunther Volkaert is EVPA’s Head of Finance. He joined in February 2020.

He holds more than 25 years of experience in Finance and Administration. Prior to joining EVPA, he worked in the entertainment sector, as Finance Director at Universal Music Belgium (for 14 years) and Finance Controller at 20th Century Fox Film Benelux (for 6.5 years), among others.

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Natasha Medvedeva

Natasha Medvedeva

— Senior Manager Finance & Reporting

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 Brussels.

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Agata Zaza

Agata Zaza

— Office Manager and PA

Agata joined EVPA in March 2019. Prior to that, she worked in the cultural and social sectors, spending 3 years in Istanbul and traveling around the Middle East. She is still involved in artistic initiatives aiming at spreading knowledge and cultural awareness. Her new mission now at EVPA is to support her colleagues and contribute to meaningful impact investing.

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Fatma Sallabi

Fatma Sallabi

— Community & Finance Associate

Fatma Sallabi joined EVPA team as a Conference Assistant & Customer Happiness Officer in July 2019 and is now Community & Finance Associate. She has a Bachelor degree in Environmental science & Biotechnology from Qatar University. She finished one year of the Molecular Biology Master program in Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and now she is switching her path to focus more on what she like, where she is now finishing her Master of Management in VUB as well.

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