Brian S. Berkopec is currently COO and head of investing & business building at Impact Republic. Impact Republic is a brand strategy and investment group focused on the business of human elevation. IR builds, incubates and invests in purpose driven consumer facing brands & companies together with third party clients and partners — global leaders in philanthropy, business, media and entertainment, personal development, and education. Most recently, Brian was Venture Partner at ImpaKt Capital and Partner at Openbox where he built the impact investment portfolio by investing financial and human capital into early stage social enterprises including Purpose, Speakaboos, TriLinc Global, SJF Ventures, Cambodia Living Arts and ByKids. Previous to Openbox, Brian restructured Chesapeake Corporation’s European operations for its private equity owners Irving Place Capital & Oaktree Capital.
Brian started his career working in microcredit Latin America.Brian completed a M.S. from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, and a B.A. in International Affairs & Political Science from Macalester College where he is also a Trustee Emeritus. He currently serves on the board of Purpose Global, TriLinc Global and Anna Deavere Smith Works at The Aspen Institute.
Francis J. Calcagno has an extensive background in providing financial advisory services to middle market private and public companies, including mergers & acquisitions, financing and strategic joint venturing. Currently, Mr. Calcagno serves as a Managing Director of Pickwick Capital Partners, an investment banking boutique specializing in providing financial services to middle market companies and third party marketing services to the investment management community. He is head of the firm’s Energy, Power & Sustainability Group. Prior to becoming a principal at Pickwick Capital Partners in 2010, he held Managing Director positions at Dominick & Dominick and Deloitte & Touche LLP, as well as senior positions at C.J. Lawrence/Morgan Grenfell and Bankers Trust Co.
Mr. Calcagno has also held board positions with several private and public companies, both domestic and international. He holds an MBA in Finance from Washington University (St. Louis) and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Dave Chen is the founder & CEO of Equilibrium Capital Group, an investment firm focused on building a portfolio of asset management companies, each executing a unique investment strategy in the area of sustainability. Dave was a General Partner at OVP Venture Partners, which focused on early stage tech venture investing from 2000 to 2007. Prior to OVP, Dave founded GeoTrust (acquired by VeriSign 2006), founded The Ascent Group, was Vice President Marketing at Mentor Graphics, an associate at McKinsey & Company, and was an early team member in 1978 at Solectron.
Currently Dave serves as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s Portland Branch, Governor-Appointed Chairman of the Oregon Innovation Council, Board member of National Collegiate Inventors & Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), Board member of The Freshwater Trust, Board member of B Corp, and Faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is the former Chairman of the Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI). Dave is also a founder of Patton Valley Vineyards.
J. Alex Hartzler is Chairman of the Board of both MEDA Investments, Inc. and Sarona Asset Management. He has been active in the impact investment arena for many years and is a founding investor of MicroVest, Inc. Alex was Executive Vice President and a partner of Webclients.net from 2000 until the company’s sale to ValueClick, Inc. in June 2005. Prior to that, Alex was a corporate attorney with Buchanan Ingersoll, P.C. Alex is currently the managing partner of WCI Partners, LP, a real estate development company that he founded in 2005, along with his former partners at Webclients.net, and also advises several companies in the internet marketing sector.
Alex is a graduate of Penn State University with a B.A. in Economics, holds a J.D. from George Washington University Law School and was a Fulbright Scholar in Cologne, Germany. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Ten Thousand Villages, an international handicraft distributor and retailer.
Bill Marvel is Managing Director at private wealth management firm Baldwin Brothers. He is involved in the management of the firm’s private and alternative investments and is a member of the leadership team for the sustainable investment platform, Arjuna Capital. Bill has extensive experience in environmental and social impact investing and investment management, helping to scale responsible and sustainable investments. His focus has been making sustainable investing a mainstream opportunity for individuals, families and institutions. Bill co-founded GreenTech Research LLC, one of the first clean energy hedge funds. He was Chief Operating Officer at SCA Group, a multi-billion dollar family office. Bill earned an MBA from Boston University and a B.S. in Business Management from Ithaca College. Bill serves on several local non-profit boards, and is a member of the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment and Investors’ Circle.
Mark D. Minevich is the founder and President of Going Global Ventures, a New York based private investment and strategic advisory firm that prepares companies to deal with the complexities of the 21st century global economy. Mark’s background includes 20 years’ experience in strategy and consulting for the global technology markets. He currently focuses on sustainability analytics, green IT initiatives, green investing, Smart Cities, Smart Buildings, Smart Grids, energy management, efficiency and automation issues. Mark is also an influential authority on technology and particularly the role of the CIO/CTO in private wealth, social networking, impact investing and innovation.
Previously, Mark was CTO and Strategy Executive at IBM and has held various management, technology and strategy roles at BTM Corporation, Deutsche Bank, Qwest Communications, Geotek, Comcast and USWEB/CKS. From 2006 to 2010, he was a founder, chairman and director of the Billion Minds Foundation and Club, a global sustainability and knowledge foundation think tank and private wealth club. He is a recipient of the prestigious Albert Einstein Award for Outstanding Achievement and World Trade Leadership Award by World Trade Centers and WTCA. Mark holds a B.S. from Montclair State University and an MBA from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Iqbal Z. Quadir is the founder and director of the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which promotes bottom-up entrepreneurship in developing countries. His childhood exposure to the conditions in rural Bangladesh combined with his later venture capital experience in New York led Iqbal to recognize that the ensuing digital revolution could facilitate the introduction of telephony to 100 million people living in rural Bangladesh. In the 1990s, he founded GrameenPhone, which provides effective telephone access throughout Bangladesh and became Bangladesh’s largest telephone company, with net income of $250 million in 2006.
For four years, Iqbal taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, focusing on the impact of technologies in the politics and economics of developing countries. In 2005, he moved to MIT. His particular research interest is in the democratizing effects of technologies in developing countries. Iqbal has appeared on CBC, CNN and PBS and has been profiled in feature articles in The Economist, Boston Globe, Financial Times and The New York Times, as well as in several books. The World Economic Forum, based in Geneva, Switzerland, selected him as a “Global Leader for Tomorrow.”
Michael Strong is the co-founder (with John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market) and Chief Visionary Officer of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes Conscious Capitalist solutions to world problems. He frequently speaks and writes on issues related to entrepreneurial and capitalist solutions to global challenges. Michael’s work is featured in academic journals (The Journal of Business Ethics, Economic Affairs, Critical Review,etc.), specialty publications (Microfinance Insights, Policy Innovations, Carnegie Ethics, etc.) and in media reaching popular audiences (The New York Times, Bloomberg, The Huffington Post, RealClearPolitics,etc.). Michael is also the lead author, along with Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Hernando de Soto, Co-chair of the U.N. Commission on the Legal Empowerment of the Poor, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, and others of Be the Solution: How Entrepreneurs and Conscious Capitalists Can Solve All the World’s Problems.
Prior to founding FLOW (the predecessor organization to Conscious Capitalism, Inc.), Michael spent 15 years in K-12 education, where he founded a charter high school ranked the 36th best public high school in the U.S. He is the author of The Habit of Thought: From Socratic Seminars to Socratic Practice and has consulted for hundreds of schools and universities around the world. He was educated at Harvard, St. John’s College and the University of Chicago.
Magatte Wade is a serial entrepreneur who was raised in Senegal, educated in Germany and France, and began her entrepreneurial career in the U.S. She is the founder of Adina World Beverages, a beverage company based originally on a Senegalese hibiscus recipe. Today Adina beverages are sold at major grocery chains across the U.S., including Whole Foods Market, Wegmans and Safeway. Some speculate that Adina is the most prominent U.S. consumer brand founded by an African entrepreneur. Her current project is The Tiossano Tribe, Inc., a high-end skin care products line based on indigenous Senegalese recipes.
Magatte writes and speaks for many audiences, including presentations at MIT, Columbia, Furman, Babson and articles for The Huffington Post. She is on the boards of several non-profits that support African causes, including Afropop Worldwide, the SEEDS Academy, AllforAfrica.com and ASNAPP. She is fluent in, and conducts business in, Wolof, French and English.
Robert F. Williams has worked in the Wealth Management, Private Equity and Merchant Banking industries for the past 27 years. His breadth of experience spans the financial sector, from private equity investor to merchant banker to corporate governance specialist and enterprise manager. Bob’s expertise is equally broad, particularly in alternative assets ranging from private equity fund management to real estate investment companies. His relational expertise and role as a trusted professional has put him in positions of leadership with significant fiduciary responsibility. During his career, Bob has arranged and placed over $1 billion in total financing for more than 50 companies. Over his 27 year professional career, Bob has had the opportunity to review more than 3,000 companies all in need of financial, governance and/or strategic assistance.
Bob has also advised Closely-held Enterprises and Ultra High Net Worth families. His experience encompasses the management, financing, acquisition and sale of privately owned and family-held enterprises of all sizes. Bob earned his B.A.s in Business Administration/Economics and Philosophy from Furman University and his MBA in Finance from Case Western Reserve University.