June 05, 2020

EVPA Newsletter June 2020 - Foreword by our Chair Filipe Santos

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Dear EVPA members and Investing for Impact contributors,

2019 was a very successful 15th anniversary year for EVPA. Our membership grew to include over 300 members, we offered improved knowledge and training services, organised our largest and most impactful annual conference to date, and established ourselves as a leader in the investing for impact ecosystem. More importantly, these efforts helped ensure that more funds and expertise reached social entrepreneurs and social innovators to increase social impact. Read more about our initiatives and successes in our 2019 annual report. My appreciation goes out to the EVPA team, superbly led by our CEO Steven Serneels, for their dedication and all these achievements.

To build on this success, I am very pleased to announce that Roberta Bosurgi has been selected by the Board as the new CEO of EVPA, after a thorough recruitment process initiated last year. Roberta’s combination of corporate leadership and philanthropic work, as well as her ability to craft alliances and her desire to contribute to the investing for impact space, will serve EVPA and our community very well. Roberta, who is currently a senior executive at Novartis and has had leading roles at the Novartis Foundation, will start her CEO mandate on 1st September. With Steven Serneels agreeing to assume the role of Chair of the Board in September, EVPA will have the strong leadership it needs to be an active contributor to the potency of the investing for impact ecosystem.

I also want to extend a note of appreciation for the outstanding service of the board members who stepped down this year, after finishing their fifth mandate: Madeleine Clarke, who additionally served as Chair of the Board for three years at a pivotal phase of EVPA’s development, and Jane Newman, who also served as Chair of the Membership Committee. I am also pleased to announce the appointment of four new board members: Chris West, Saskia Bruysten, María Ángeles León López and Christian Haenel. It is my honour to work alongside my committed board colleagues to better serve EVPA members and our community of investors for impact.

2020 was expected to be another strong year with many valuable developments when COVID-19 hit and changed our lives and communities dramatically. Our focus now goes to adequately supporting our members in ensuring the impact of their work, while acting in alignment with other networks to strengthen a vibrant investing for impact ecosystem to be able to address the societal problems that the pandemic is causing. I can assure you that EVPA will remain at the forefront of these efforts.

We stand united in these difficult times. With my best regards to all,

Filipe Santos

Chair of EVPA Board of Directors

Dean of Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics

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