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 Marine Bressand, Head of the ‘Fonds du 11 janvier’, French Foundation Centre 

Marine is currently working for the French Foundation Center in Paris as responsible for the “Fonds du 11 janvier”. She previously has been working to establish a non-profit foundation in NYC, which aims to improve living conditions for children in NYC, as well as being an assistant teacher at Université La Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III. She is involved as an associate at Sunsglow in trainings for governments and civil society groups on legal and judicial reform, respect for human rights and the enhancement of good governance across national borders, time zones and language barriers. Marine is a member of the Paris and the New York Bars. She studied at Université Pantheon-Assas, Paris II, and graduated cum laude from Fordham Law School, in New York where she studied comparative law, European law and international relations and for which she was the recipient of the William Michael Treanor Award.



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 Tufyal Choudhury, Lecturer in international human rights law, Durham University 

Tufyal Choudhury joined Durham Law School in 2000. He is a graduate of SOAS and Cambridge and was called to the Bar as a member of Inner Temple. He was previously a research associate at the Cambridge University Centre for Public Law. He teaches international human rights law at Durham Law School. He is also a Research Associate at the University of Oxford Centre on Migration, Policy and Society, a senior policy advisor to the Open Society Institute’s At Home in Europe Project and a member of the EU Network of Experts on Violent Radicalisation. His research and publications cover the areas of racial and religious discrimination, integration, human rights and counter terrorism, contributing to advancing both academic and public policy debates. He has provided briefings on issues relating to his research to the European Union Parliamentary group on anti-racism and diversity, the OSCE, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has held national level advisory positions to government, research institutions, NGOs, Charities and other bodies.



 Thomas Dermine , Consultant on Social Impact Bonds at ACTIRIS

Thomas Dermine is currently an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company in Brussels where he focuses on advising public and financial institutions. From 2011 to 2013, Thomas led research on alternative funding mechanisms for the social economy at the Harvard Kennedy School, including the potential of Social Impact Bonds in European welfare states. In early 2014, Thomas coordinated a partnership with the Belgian government and private investors to issue the first Social Impact Bond in Belgium to provide innovative employment services to young individuals. Thomas is a member of the Friday Group, a Belgian think-tank, Altius Society an Oxford-based research group and of the Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum.





Epaminondas Farmakis, Managing director, Solidarity now

Epaminondas Farmakis is the Managing Director of Grants and Operations in Greece at Solidarity Now. Prior to this he was the President and CEO Elpis S.A, an advisory body for philanthropists. He was the Chief Operating Officer for 8 years at Stavros Niarchos Foundation, where he also worked for 6 years as a senior program officer. He has also worked for Merill Lynch, Gaurdian Technologies International and as a research associate in the United States senate. His areas of expertise include fundraising and grant implementation; global investment; project management; event management and public relations. He has studied in both Washington and Lee University and Georgetown University.





Giovanni Garcea – Directorate General for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets, European Commission

Giovanni is a policy officer in the asset management unit of DG FISMA (Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union) at the European Commission.
He is in the team responsible for the European Long Term Investment Fund Regulation, the European Venture Capital Funds Regulation and the European Social Entrepreneurship Funds Regulation. As such he is closely involved with the development of the more detailed level 2 rules.
He has extensive policy experience in EU financial instruments having worked for 3 years in the unit dealing with the financing of innovation, competitiveness and employment policies of DG ECFIN (Economic and Financial Affairs) in Luxembourg.
Before joining the European Commission he worked as portfolio manager for an Italian asset management company. He studied economics and finance in Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. Giovanni is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.




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Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive, ShareAction

Catherine is Chief Executive of Share Action, a UK-based NGO that promotes responsible investment by pension funds and other institutional investors. Prior to this, she was the founder and lead organiser of West London Citizens, a broad-based alliance of member communities who work together for the common good. Earlier in her career she was Senior Researcher at the New Policy Institute. Catherine is a board member of Green Alliance, sits on the Investment Committee of Trust for London, and is a Trustee of the Scott Trust.  She was a Member Nominated Trustee of The Pensions Trust (the multi-employer pension scheme for the UK’s not-for-profit sector) for five years. She also served for four years on The Pensions Trust’s Investment Committee. Catherine holds a First Class BA in Modern History from Oxford University and an MSc in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics. In June 2011 Catherine was named a ‘Rising Star of Corporate Governance’ by Yale University’s, Millstein Centre. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.



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Richard Jenkins, Head of Policy, Association of Charitable Foundations

Richard Jenkins is a Head of Policy for the UK Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF) and an independent researcher and consultant in the charity sector. He has been board member of a grant-making endowed charitable foundation and Chief Executive of an educational charity. He is the author of publications on the governance of charitable foundations, with specific reference to the use of their endowments and has spoken on the subject at conferences in Europe and North America.
As a UK Civil Servant, Richard developed programmes to support the infrastructure of the charity sector in England. Richard holds a UK Law Society accredited certificate in mediation and a practitioners certificate in facilitation from The Institute of Cultural Affairs (UK). He is a graduate of the University of Oxford, and has further graduate and post-graduate degrees and qualifications from the Universities of Dundee, Leeds and Roehampton.

Goran Jeras

Goran Jeras, Cooperative Manager, Cooperative for Ethical Banking

Goran Jeras is currently working as a Cooperative Manager for the Cooperative for Ethical Financing in Croatia (Co-op is a member of Federation of European ethical and Alternative Banks – FEBEA) on the foundation of the first ethical bank in Croatia. After studying physics in Zagreb, Goran moved to The Netherlands and began working as a consultant for large financial institutions. For 7 years he was designing software solutions for various clients and analysing and developing risk models compliant with new regulatory framework. Frustrated with the behaviour and failings of commercial banks and an economic system unable to ensure fair distribution of wealth, sustainable development and the needs of people in general, in 2010 he started researching and developing alternative financial and business models for local communities based on the principles of economic democracy, trust, collaboration, solidarity, protection of commons and sustainable use of resources. In 2013 he moved back to Croatia and together with a team of experts from various fields began the process of creating an ethical bank based on an innovative scalable and replicable open-source platform. The aim being to become a financial backbone of the solidary economy and sustainable development in Croatia. Since July 2015, Goran has been a member of GECES (EC Expert Group on Social Entrepreneurship).




Tehmina Kazi, Director, British Muslims for Secular Democracy

Tehmina Kazi is an experienced campaigner and senior charity manager, with a track record in human rights and democracy-building. She has been the Director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy for over 6 years. She was the co-executive producer of the documentary “Hidden Heart” about British Muslim women who marry outside their racial and religious communities. She has also worked as a consultant for the “Faith and Free Speech in Schools” project. For two years she took part in BBC’s 100 women. This series explored the roles and successes of women in the 21st century. She has also worked as a project officer on the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

She studied Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and was also an Eric Lane Fellow at the University of Cambridge.




Gilles de Kerchove, EU Counterterrorism Coordinator, Council of the European Union

Mr. Gilles de KERCHOVE was appointed EU Counter-terrorism Coordinator on 19 September 2007. In this function, he coordinates the work of the European Union in the field of counter-terrorism, maintains an overview of all the instruments at the Union’s disposal, closely monitors the implementation of the EU counter-terrorism strategy and fosters better communication between the EU and third Countries to ensure that the Union plays an active role in the fight against terrorism. Before that he was Director for Justice and Home Affairs at the Council Secretariat.

He is also a European law professor at the Catholic University of Louvain, the Free University of Brussels and at Université Saint Louis-Brussels.

He was deputy secretary of the convention that drafted the charter of the fundamental rights of the European Union from 1999 to 2000. He has also published a number of books on European law.




Avila Kilmurray, be Director of Policy & Strategy, Global Fund for Community Foundations

Avila Kilmurray was born in Dublin, Ireland, and has lived and worked in Northern Ireland since 1975. She was educated in University College Dublin (BA – History & Politics); the Australian National University (MA – International Relations) and Queens University Belfast – PhD in Governance and Certificate in Social Welfare Law). Avila was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Queens University Belfast in Social Sciences. Avila has held a range of positions over the years, including Development Officer with the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action; Project Coordinator of the Rural Action Project (NI) and Women’s Officer with the Amalgamated & General Workers’ Union (Ireland). Between 1994-2014 she has been employed as Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, recently leaving that position to join the Global Fund for Community Foundations as Director – Policy and Strategy with the Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy.
Avila was a founder member of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and served on its negotiating team for the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement. She has been active in the Women’s Movement in Northern Ireland since her involvement in establishing Derry Women’s Aid in 1978, to provide shelter for victims of domestic violence. Avila has written extensively on Community Action, Women’s Issues and Peacebuilding. She is a member of the Board of Conciliation Resources and also was appointed to the Board of the Heritage Lottery Fund (Northern Ireland).




 Bassma Kodmani, Executive Director, Arab Reform Initiative

Bassma Kodmani is the Executive Director of the Arab Reform Initiative, and Associate Professor of International Relations at Paris University. She served as senior adviser at the French National Research Council, Senior Research Fellow at CERI-Sciences Po, adviser to the Académie Diplomatique Internationale and Senior Visiting
Fellow at the Collège de France.

From 1998 to 2005, she served as head of the Governance and International Cooperation program at the Ford Foundation office for the Middle East. From 1981 to 1998, she established and directed the Middle East Program at the Institut Français des Relations Internationales (IFRI) in Paris.

In 2011-2012, she took a leave to serve as head of Foreign Relations and spokesperson the Syrian National Council. She is the co-founder and treasurer of the Initiative for a New Syria specialized in relief and education for Syrians.

She holds a PhD in Political Science from Sciences-Po in Paris. She has authored and edited books, reports and articles on conflicts, political and security reforms and religious authorities in the Middle East. Kodmani is a member of the Advisory Boards of several international and Arab institutions. She holds the distinction of Chevalière de la Légion d’Honneur of France.


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Andreas Krüger, Chairman of the Board, Belius Foundation

Andreas Krüger is currently the Chairman of the Board of Belius Foundation, which which supports policy makers, urban administrations, users and civic initiatives. They foster opportunities in the fields of urban quarters and their development; especially for culture, the arts, education, collaborative economy, social innovations. He is also Managing Partner of Belius GmbH, a Berlin consulting firm that works for a creative economic city and project development. He is an expert in communication, mediation, economic intelligence, creative industries, and sustainable urban planning. He is the moderator of the round table for property policy at the Berlin parliament and a member of the full assembly of the chamber of commerce in Berlin. He studied environmental design, economy and communication in Berkeley, Göttingen and Berlin and holds a degree in communications management.

Leo Van Loon

Leo van Loon MsC, Founder & CEO Buzinezzclub and Managing Partner, PopVox

Since its 2005 foundation, Leo’s PopVox has coached over 1,000 youngsters in starting up their own companies, garnering a great many successes. This eventually led to the launch of a special startup programme and ecosystem for dropouts, named “Buzinezzclub”,  that focused on furthering Leo’s vision by supporting youths that would otherwise lack access to the finance, coaching and network possibilities necessary for their success in becoming self-sufficient entrepreneurs. Leo is also a founding partner and director of the European Creative Business Network. Alongside this Leo has been a representative for the Dutch government in several EU workshops and is an acknowledged international speaker.



Caroline Mason CBE, Chief Executive, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Before joining Esmée, Caroline was Chief Operating Officer at Big Society Capital and preceding that, Charity Bank.  Caroline was also the co-founder of Investing for Good, a social investment advisory firm and one of the first Community Interest Companies. Before joining the social sector, Caroline had an eighteen-year track record of creative and innovative product development in the financial services sector.  With Reuters, she managed the global development of real-time news and television services and then pioneered the introduction of web technology products.  She also had her own consulting company, working with several financial institutions to develop new business and products including an electronic brokering service and a global wealth management business for a private bank. Caroline is a Board Member of Social Enterprise UK, Ethex and of EVPA (European Venture Philanthropy Association).






Baroness Onora O’Neill, Philosopher and Chair of the UK Government Equality and Human Rights Commission

Onora O’Neill combines writing on political philosophy and ethics with a range of public activities.  She comes from Northern Ireland and has worked mainly in Britain and the US.  She was Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge from 1992-2006,   President of the British Academy from 2005-9, chaired the Nuffield Foundation from 1998-2010, has been a crossbench member of the House of Lords since 2000 (Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve).  She currently chairs the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission and is on the boards of the Medical Research Council and of the Banking Standards Board.  She   lectures and writes on justice and ethics,   accountability and trust,   justice and borders, as well as on the future of universities, the quality of legislation and the ethics of communication.




Marie-Anne Paraskevas – Senior Policy Officer, Directorate General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Marie-Anne Paraskevas is a Senior Policy Expert at the European Commission (EC). She studied Law and Political Sciences at the Athens University. After a postgraduate course on European Law at the College of Europe in Bruges, she joined the Legal Service of the EC in 1980. Since 1995, Marie-Anne has been working in the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, firstly on gender equality issues and as from 2004 on issues relating to social inclusion and the fight against poverty. In September 2011, she took up the coordination of the team working on the transnational dimension of the European Social Fund. As from January 2013, she has been also in charge of other files which include the horizontal principles of the ESI Funds, in particular the European Conduct on Partnership and territorial cooperation as well as for issues relating to social inclusion, including social economy and social entrepreneurship, and social innovation..



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Patrice Schneider, Chief Strategy Officer, Media Development Investment Fund

Patrice Schneider started his publishing career as a journalist reporting from conflicts in Central Asia at the end of the 1980s. Before joining MDIF in 2002, within the AOL Time Warner Group he served as Managing Director of Netscape Europe overseeing its eight European websites: UK, Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Denmark and Sweden. In 1998, before joining AOL Time Warner, Patrice was a Senior Adviser for the World Economic Forum (The Davos summit). From 1994 to 1998 he was Deputy Managing Director at Hachette Filipacchi Medias – the leading French publishing group and owner of Elle, Paris Match and other internationally renowned magazines. He is currently a Board Member of European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA). Previously Patrice served as Director at the World Association of Newspapers in Paris. He is a graduate of the Institut d’études politiques (Sciences Po) in Strasbourg and McGill University in Montreal. Patrice is based in Zürich.



Luc Tayarts de Borms, Managing Director, King Baudouin Foundation

Luc Tayarts de Borms is the Managing Director of the King Baudouin Foundation, one of the largest foundations in Belgium. He has been heavily involved in the European Foundation Centre as a former President, Vice-President and Treasurer. He has also been involved in the Council on Foundations, the Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation, the European Policy Centre, the European Cultural Foundation, the European Venture Philanthropy Association, The Hague Club and GuideStar International.

He has a Master’s Degree in Moral Sciences from the University of Ghent.






Karen E Wilson, Senior Fellow Bruegel and OECD

Karen Wilson has been working at the OECD since 2009 where her work has focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, finance, and most recently social impact investment (see publication:

Karen is also a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, an international economics think tank based in Brussels, an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School at Oxford University and a Visiting Lecturer at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. She is a Board Member and Advisor of the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER), and serves as an expert on the European Commission Horizon 2020 Access to Risk Finance Advisory Group and on the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on the Creative Economy. She is also a member of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) Policy Committee.

Karen was a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation from 2008-2012 and is the Founder of GV Partners in 2004. Earlier, Karen worked with international venture capital firm, Index Ventures, and before that was part of the senior management team at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Global Initiative at Harvard Business School. Her earlier experience includes investment banking and consulting.

She received, with honors, a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.