Membership Committee

Membership Committee

The purpose of establishing Committees and Task Groups is to ensure that we have good robust governance of EVPA and that we progress to meet our objectives by harnessing expertise and experience to complement that of the CEO and executive team.


Chair of the Membership Committee

Chris West

Chris West

— Co-founder and Director, Sumerian Foundation and Sumerian Partners

Chris is currently a co-founder and Director of Sumerian Foundation and Sumerian Partners. In these roles, he both advises high net worth individuals, institutions and corporates (on how to maximise the impact of their programmes), and manages philanthropic capital (with a focus on deploying venture philanthropy to help social enterprises transition to scale in the UK and in Africa).

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EVPA Membership Committee

Dr. Markus Freiburg

Dr. Markus Freiburg

— Founder & Managing Director

Together with Ashoka, Markus has founded the Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship (FASE) in Germany. FASE helps leading social enterprises across Europe in raising hybrid growth capital so that they can scale their social impact.

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María Ángeles León López

María Ángeles León López

— Founder, Open Value Foundation and Global Social Impact

A trained economist with a 20-year track record at Telefónica, María Ángeles is the co-founder of Open Value Foundation, a non-profit with a hybrid model between traditional philanthropy and private capital investment. She is also the creative mind behind Global Social Impact, an Impact Investment Funds Manager designed to offer a more efficient and impactful way to support the most disadvantaged.

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