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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.

Chief Executive Officer

Steven Serneels

Steven Serneels

— EVPA CEO a.i. & Board Member

In 1992, Steven started his own company specialized in Supply Chain and Operations Strategy. As business entrepreneur, he grew the company before selling it in 2008.

In 2011, he joined Ashoka Global in Washington as strategic advisor, focussing on how citizen sector organizations and corporations can work together successfully.

He was appointed CEO a.i. of EVPA in April 2018.

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Community & Market Development Team

Jamy Goewie

Jamy Goewie

— Community and Market Development Director

Jamy is a serial social entrepreneur and launched two initiatives around youth-entrepreneurship in Africa and Asia where she and her team already tried out ways of impact investing. 

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Christina Wu

Christina Wu

— Community and Impact Measurement Manager

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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Ewa Konczal

Ewa Konczal

— Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) Manager, EVPA

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, EVPA

Martin Vogelsang joined EVPA in February 2016 and is based in Berlin, where he works part-time for EVPA. He currently is the interim Project Manager of the German National Advisory Board for Impact Investing. He is also the co-founder of Social Synergy (Mumbai, India), an impact investment organisation cooperating in investing patient capital and capacity building into early-stage social enterprises. 

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Sophie Faujour Le Bon

Sophie Faujour Le Bon

— France Country Representative

Sophie Faujour Le Bon joined EVPA in April 2016.  Sophie is spreading the knowledge of Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment in France and Portugal. Lately, she has taken a broader role in on boarding European Corporates in EVPA Corporate Initiative. She is also very active in market building efforts locally through her contribution to the National Advisory Board for Impact Investing in France.

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Alice Millest

Alice Millest

— UK/Ireland Country Representative

Alice is representing the UK and Ireland markets, and is responsible for building relationships with you, as leaders of foundations and social impact investment funds, philanthropists and angel investors in this region.

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Tina Roshdi

Tina Roshdi

— Project Officer

Tina Roshdi joined EVPA in March 2017. Previously, she worked in project management at Oksigen Lab, a Belgian incubator and research lab for social entrepreneurship, and later at Ashoka Belgium where she was in charge of the search and selection program of system-changing social entrepreneurs. 

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Julie Desmet

Julie Desmet

— EVPA Community and Market Development Intern

Julie joined the EVPA Community and Market Development team in March 2018 after working as an external consultant for the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. She studied Governance and Leadership in European Public Health at Maastricht University, building on her study of Biomedical Sciences at the KU Leuven.

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Communications Team

Ioana Traista

Ioana Traista

— Communications Manager

Ioana joined EVPA in April 2017 with a strong desire to raise awareness about venture philanthropy. Before EVPA, she worked as Communications and Fundraising Manager for PACT Foundation, a community development organisation in Romania. 

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Knowledge Centre and Policy Team

Priscilla Boiardi

Priscilla Boiardi

— Knowledge Centre and Policy Director

Priscilla Boiardi is EVPA's Knowledge Centre and Policy Director, leading the research, policy, training and dissemination activities of the association. Priscilla is also an advisor on numerous EC-funded projects and she is part of the OECD Social Impact Investment Experts Group.

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Sara Seganti

Sara Seganti

— Training Manager

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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Lena Vasilopoulou

Lena Vasilopoulou

— Training Academy Officer

Lena joined EVPA as a Training Intern in December 2017. She holds a MSc in Educational Sciences from KU Leuven and a BSc in Chemistry. 

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Alessia Gianoncelli

Alessia Gianoncelli

— Research Manager

Alessia is EVPA’s Research Manager. She re-joined EVPA in August 2016 as Research Associate after having previously worked as Research and Policy Analyst and as Project Analyst.

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Gianluca Gaggiotti

Gianluca Gaggiotti

— Research Analyst

Gianluca Gaggiotti joined EVPA as a Research Intern in November 2017. He has previously worked as a Research Assistant for several project related to development and social network economics. 

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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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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 Research Associate

Karoline joined EVPA in March 2018. She holds a MSc in Global Business and Sustainability from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Karoline is keen on helping corporate social investment vehicles to achieve greater social impact through her research.

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Matteo Mascolo

Matteo Mascolo

— Public Affairs Manager

Matteo is Public Affairs Manager at the EVPA where he works across policy, advocacy and communication. Apart from his job, he offers pro bono advice for The Good Lobby, a pioneering civic startup committed to assist civil society organizations and grassroots in the pursuit of their public interest goals.

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Operations Team

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 Brussels.

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Ilaria Savoini

Ilaria Savoini

— Office Executive Assistant

Ilaria Savoini joined EVPA in May 2018. Before, she worked in various European level associations (representing among other employers and trade unions) and consultancies in different roles and functions.

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