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Leaders of innovation:


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Nathalie Molina Niño


An entrepreneur, builder capitalist (at O³) and tech globalization veteran focused on high-growth businesses that benefit women and the planet. She was named among People Magazine’s 2019 most powerful Latinas. Prior to founding her previous venture, she launched Nely Galán’s education venture, Self-Made, and was CRO of PowerToFly, the fastest growing hiring platform for women in tech and beyond.

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Marcel Fukayama

Executive Director, Sistema B

He is an Impact Entrepreneur, Cancer Survivor and Cathedral Builder. Co-Founder of Din4mo with objectives to empower entrepreneurs that solve social problems and to develop innovative structures that drive capital to both low income families and social enterprises. Co-Founder of Sistema B Brazil to strengthen the B Corp community and redefine success in business.

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Michelle Arevalo

CEO and Co-Founder, IMPAQTO

Michelle is a human rights lawyer from the University of Oxford and a specialist in public policy and social enterprises from the University of California Berkeley. She founded Asylum Access Ecuador and was the Asylum Access Operations Director for Thailand and Tanzania. She was Regional Director for HURIDOCS for technology in human rights and also General Manager of TECHO Ecuador.

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Carolina Suárez

CEO, LatImpacto

She is co-leading the strategy to establish the Latin American Venture Philanthropy / Social Investment network, based on the success of the European Venture Philanthropy Association and the Asian Venture Philanthropy Association, to transform and advance the practice of venture philanthropy and social investment across the Region, with the ultimate goal of creating more positive social and environmental impact.

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Carla Vernón

Growth Leader, P&L

Accomplished executive and a Trustee of Princeton University. Widely known for her successful 22-year career at General Mills.  As a Corporate Officer and President of the General Mills Natural and Organic Operating Unit, Carla executed one of the food industry’s most admired acquisition integrations while propelling them to be environmental sustainability leaders. Her leadership contributed to General Mills becoming the second largest maker of natural and organic branded foods in the US and a planet thought leader in regenerative agriculture. Carla has been recognized as one of the: Top 25 Women in Retail, Most Influential Women in Corporate America by Savoy Magazine, and Top Five Latinas in America.

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Rosa Madera

Founder, Empatthy

Mother, social entrepreneur, Empatthy founder.  She leads an organization with social purpose that promotes  and works with social investment, venture philanthropy and impact investment. Passionate about impact. She is Responsible Leader for BMW Foundation network, Active member of: WINGS  Unidas por Todas, Ambassador of HER GLOBAL IMPACT, Synergos senior advisor .

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Juliana Rubio

Senior Coordinator, ANDE

Political scientist from the University of Maryland in the USA, with a master's degree in international development from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Juliana has more than nine years of experience working with international organizations such as the International Monetary Fund, and private companies, NGOs and public organizations in the US, Guatemala, Turkey and Colombia. Since November 2018, she has served as Senior Project Coordinator for the Andean region of ANDE, a global network of almost 300 organizations that support entrepreneurship and small growing companies (PEC).

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Philip Harding

Co-Founder and CEO, ImpactJunkie

Philip is helping entrepreneurs and investors solve the biggest, hairiest, most audacious problems in the world as co-founder and CEO of IMPACTJUNKIE. IMPACTJUNKIE empowers adventurous doers to “go change some lives today” through creative impact projects, investment deals, and support with a global network of entrepreneurs and investors.

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Celina de Solá

Co-Founder, Glasswing

Celina is a social entrepreneur and co-founder of, an organization that addresses the root causes and consequences of poverty and violence through education, health, and community development initiatives in 10 countries. Celina has 20 years of experience in international development, including work in conflict zones and disasters. She’s an Obama Fellow; Skoll Awardee; Fellow of Ashoka, and LEGO Reimagine Learning; as well as a Tallberg Global Leader.  Celina holds master’s degrees in social work and public health from the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard. 

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Joshua Haynes

Founder and Managing Partner, Masawa

Over the past 20 years, Joshua has led at the intersection of innovation, technology, and social impact. He has worked for both the US and Swedish governments, managing a portfolio of $190 million in innovative social impact funding in emerging and frontier market countries targeting poverty alleviation, civil society, human rights, and technology.

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Santiago Peralta

Co-Founder, Pacari

Since 2008, when he started export its chocolate bars, revolutionized the industry in Latin America, through the creation of a model transparent innovation in manufacturing "tree - barra ”, social responsibility and direct trade with certified organic farmers. Recognized for five consecutive years as the “Best medium export company ”, by the Federation of Exporters from Ecuador, Pacari chocolates are now sell in more than 37 countries, around the world.

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Jezyka Gonzalez

Strategic Alliances Coordinator, Alterna

Founder of Enviromental Group., a consulting startup with the vision of linking young-motivated experts and entrepreneurs to provide advice and support that allow new projects, organizations, and companies to promote the concept of sustainable development. Jezyka has experience in public policy, natural resources management and conservation, water, education, innovation and entrepreneurship. Currently Strategic Alliances Coordinator at Alterna, a regional social innovation platform that promotes the development of conscious entrepreneurs and social impact investment for a more sustainable region.

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Fiorella Velarde

Regional Network Director, Six Seconds

Throughout the years, Fiorella has attained a number of advanced certifications that have empowered her to be an ally in the transformation of others, starting with herself.  In her actual role, as Regional Network Director Six Seconds LATAM, she encourages growth and connection of her vast network, by leading several initiatives and enrichment programs that empower other coaches and facilitators in Latin America.

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Mario Guajardo-Céspedes

Sr Software Engineer, Google



Mario's current work focuses on applied machine learning in Ray Kurzweil's research group at Google AI --- where they are finding new ways to use deep learning to model language and conversations. It also focuses on artificial intelligence (AI) for social welfare and machine learning fairness efforts. More recently, he has focused on strengthening the AI ecosystem in Latin America as an AI advisor to the Accelerator Google For Startups in Latin America, as well as advisor to the Google AI challenge for social impact.

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Juan Esteban Velásquez - Candelo

Artist and Social Leader, Co-Founder Hip Hop Evolución y Arte

Considers himself a resilient and persistent person. Co-founder of the Hip Hop Evolution and Art Corporation, which dedicates to working with children and young people, through artistic training, by promoting life skills and education for peace. Member of the hip hop group Filantropía Crew, participant of the Audiovisual Film_Antropia collective. He is also part of the Peace Youth Network RedAcción de Paz led by the Mi Sangre Foundation, a member of the Global Shapers, the youngest community of the World Economic Forum.

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Daniel Álvarez-Torres

Chief Technology Officer, IBM Ecuador

Architect of Business Solutions specialized in the Financial Services industry. He has a history of more than 20 years in the technology sector and currently holds the position of Chief Technology Officer at IBM Ecuador. Self-taught and technology enthusiast, Daniel has held various positions at IBM and participated in multiple projects that have allowed him to gain practical experience in areas such as SOA, BigData, Cloud Computing and Business Analytics.

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Renata Truzzi

Director, NESst Brazil

Responsible for developing the portfolio of social impact enterprises and thought leadership activities in Brasil as the Country Director of
NESsT. Leading the work of NESsT in Brazil, generating impact on dignified employment through the investments of NESsT Empowers
and NESsT Biodiversity Incubator flagship programs.

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Jonah Wittkamper

Co-Founder and President, Nexus Global

Co-Founder and President of NEXUS, the Global Governance Philanthropy Network and the Healthy Democracy Coalition as well as convener of the Amazon Investor Coalition. NEXUS is a global network of young investors, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs. Drawing from the experiences of NEXUS, the GGPN works to increase and improve investments in international cooperation and the Healthy Democracy Coalition manages an inter-generational community for cross-partisan philanthropic learning and collaboration. Jonah has organized global networks of donors for nearly two decades, inspiring new charitable investing from many of the world's wealthiest families.

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Karla García Teruel

Founder, Growth Empowered

She partners with social entrepreneurs, leaders, teams, and individuals to shift perspective, manage change, overcome challenges and harness opportunities to obtain the growth, impact and fulfillment they seek. Karla is also a partner at Spectron Desarrollo, a family office based in Mexico, where she has been active in leading the impact investing initiatives with her family. Karla has studied and worked in 9 countries. She holds an MSc in Coaching Psychology from University of Sydney, an MBA from INSEAD and a BA from NYU in Psychology and Sociology.

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Eduardo Verástegui

Actor, Producer, Executive and Philanthropist

In 2016, he received an Honorary Doctorate Degree by several International Organizations for his leadership and humanitarian contributions. Eduardo is currently producing two new films; “Sound of Freedom” which dives into the global issue of human trafficking through the true story of a former CIA agent (scheduled to be released during 2020), and “Mary” the historical and biblical chapter of the killing of the innocent during the reign of king Herod (scheduled to be released during 2021).

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Laura Ortiz Montemayor

Founder, SVX México

Laura is an entrepreneur, mom, co-creator of the impact investing ecosystem in Mexico and Latin America, and founder of SVX Mexico. Before starting he had experience in banking managing funds, portfolio investment and assets for treasuries and high net worth families. Laura has educated more than 500 investors and 200 entrepreneurs in impact investing and has given lectures on Regenerative Economics and climate finance in several countries.

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Federico Bellone

Regenerative Agriculture Advisor

My current professional ambition is on large scale systems change for regeneration, and in finding ways in which we can effectively collaborate and scale systemic nature based solutions to climate change, primarily in Latin America, but drawing on international best practice too. Currently I do this through collaboration with the COP26 High Level Champions and the Climate Ambition Alliance, as well as through advising on global strategy to Sistema B and the BCorp movement, with a substantive focus of low carbon resilient food systems as a major climate drawdown pathway.

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Eduard Müller

President and Principal, Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional

I believe every person has the opportunity to help change the world. Many of us have the responsibility in doing so. This belief led me to a significant change in my life and career, moving away from veterinary medicine to found the University for International Cooperation (UCI), responsible for guiding the development of innovative educational programs and methodologies to reach professionals globally that want to acquire competences to make changes in current development trends. I have been promoting regenerative development, based on rethinking our approaches to environment, economy, society, culture, policy and politics and, spirituality, and how to integrate these six pillars using holistic approaches.

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Luana Génot

Founder and Director, ID-BR

She works as a lecturer and project manager on race and ethnicity, gender equality and entrepreneurship in various states of Brazil and in countries such as the United States and France.
She was selected as a UN delegate during the World Conference on Youth in Sri Lanka in 2014.


Claire Wathen

Director, Skoll Foundation

Claire cultivates the Skoll network to connect leaders across regions and issue areas. Claire works with connectors and partners to intentionally bring new voices into the network and accelerate social change. Prior to Skoll, Claire managed the San Diego Zoo’s internal innovation lab under the CFO. An alum of Seth Godin's altMBA and John Paul the Great Catholic University, she is an Expert Member of The Wellbeing Project, and advises impact organizations on network building and growth strategies.

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Irene Arias Hofman


She leads IDB Lab since January 2018. IDB Lab, as the innovation laboratory of the IDB Group, mobilizes financing, knowledge, and connections to cocreate experimental projects and support entrepreneurs with a potential for impact at great scale, benefiting populations that are vulnerable due to economic, social, or environmental factors.  Her focus has been on innovation, venture capital, and fintech.

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Alex Pryor

Co-Founder, Guayakí

Alex has taken on the challenge of regenerating 60 thousand hectares of Misionera Forest in Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay and creating more than 1,000 jobs with a decent salary for the year 2020. The company works including producers of certified organic yerba mate and under the shade of native species of the Misionera Forest.

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Daniela Peralvo

Co-Founder, IMPAQTO

Director of IMPAQTO Labs, an accelerator of impact entrepreneurship, member of the Google for Startups network. Member of UNLEASH + Innovation Advisory Board. League of Intrapreneurs catalyst. Builder of the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem in the region.

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Alan Wagenberg

Director of knowledge Management, LatimImpacto

He has more than 15 years of experience advising multinationals, multilaterals and unions in regards to strategy and sustainability. He has also advised the colombian government in the design and implementation of programs regarding entrepreneurship and vocational orientation for populations in vulnerable situations.

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Natalia Oberti Noguera

Founder and CEO, Pipeline Angels

Dubbed "The Coach" by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder & CEO of Pipeline Angels. Pipeline Angels is changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women and non-binary femme social entrepreneurs. Natalia is also Creator & Host of Pitch Makeover, a podcast on pitching and investing that spotlights startups launched by women, non-binary people, and men of color. Magazine selected Natalia as one of "The Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs of 2016," included her in their list of "25 Latinas Who Shine in Tech," and Women's eNews recognized her as one of 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for 2012. StartOut, a network of LGBTQ entrepreneurs, honored Natalia (a cis queer Latina) with the 2017 Nixon Peabody Trailblazer Award.

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Cecilia Foxworthy

Chief Programmes and Innovation Officer, Agora

She has spent over a decade leading and consulting impact enterprises for strategic growth and innovation across the globe, with a targeted focus on the Americas. Her experience spans business strategy, design research and organisational change for youth development, healthcare, agriculture, microfinance and women’s economic empowerment initiatives.

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Lina Rossi

Regional Chapter Manager, ANDE

Has over 12 years of experience in the small growing business sector. She is the Manager of the Andean Chapter of ANDE and is a founding partner of Grupo Impacta S.A.S., a strategic consulting and impact evaluation company. Lina has also acted as an independent consultant for various institutions such as Fundación Bavaria S.A., Corporación Excelencia en la Justica, an NGO focused on justice issues, and the Universidad del Rosario.

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Florencia Friedman

Co-Founder, Cacao Laboratory

Cacao Laboratory is a New York-based social good company that honors the tradition and integrity of ceremonial Cacao founded by a brother-sister duo. Through uniquely curated Cacao blends, Cacao ceremonies and educational offerings, Cacao Laboratory bridges ancient intelligence and practices with the modern world. We focus on regenerative agricultural practices, food integrity, and going beyond fair trade.

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Diana Gutiérrez

Manager, Global Programme on Business for Gender Equality

With a decade of experience with the United Nations including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Colombia as the Inclusive Economic Development Project Manager, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) as Expert in Project Formulation and Finances in the design and implementation of the Colombia’s Food Security Observatory and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), as Economic Adviser for the M&E system of alternative development programs.

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Anika Horn

Impact Ecosystem Builder, Social Venturers

Anika Horn is on a mission to help change agents build purpose-driven careers, organizations, and ecosystems without losing themselves. Anika takes advantage of her global network to make visible the construction of ecosystems for social change, as a contributing editor for Impact Boom (Europe and the US) and Ecosystem Builder Hub (where she directs the national campaign Unsung Ecosystem of Ecosystem Building). He worked with high-growth startups in the nationally recognized Lighthouse Labs acceleration program and spearheaded the B Corp movement in Virginia as B Keeper.

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Carla Barbotó

Co-Founder, Pacari

In 2002, she began her stage as an entrepreneur. Carla and her husband Santiago Peralta wanted to form a company of which they will be proud when they grow up. Both had ambitions to create a business with principles of sustainable development and a social focus. In the process they became passionate about cocoa and seeking to provide a product with added value, Pacari Chocolate was born.

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Leonardo Maldonado

General Manager, Gulliver

Serial entrepreneur, focused on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. He has specialized in the implementation of these processes within companies and institutions, and during the last 10 years, he has focused on the acceleration of entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems throughout Latin America.

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Joshua Freedman

CEO and Co-Founder, Six Seconds

Joshua leads the world’s first & largest network of emotional intelligence practitioners and researchers; Six Seconds has offices and representatives in 25 and works in over 150 countries.  He co-developed Six Seconds’ EQ Certification Training which he has delivered on five continents as master-trainer to thousands of professionals. Freedman is author of the international bestseller, At the Heart of Leadership, and many more.  He’s part of the faculty for the Summer Principals Academy (SPA) at Columbia University’s Teachers College; he’s also cocreator of the world’s largest social emotional learning program, POP-UP Festival – in partnership with UNICEF World Children’s Day.

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Daniel Roth

General Partner and Founder, JumpScale

Daniel is an experienced social entrepreneur, movement strategist, and integrative healthcare professional focused on sustainable development, indigenous cultural revitalization, and healing arts. Over the last two decades, he has launched over a dozen non-profit organizations, campaigns, and coalitions. Prior, he served as Director of the Cornell Campus Sustainability Office, started New York's first car-share business, and served as a Board Member of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development.

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Luis Fernando Laranja

General Manager, Kaeté Investimentos

Kaeté Investimentos is an independent asset
manager focused on sustainable investments - renewable energy, forestry, agriculture,
food products, cosmetics, recycling and waste treatment, education.  Currently, Luis
Fernando manages an Investment Fund (US$ 40 million) dedicated to investments in the
Amazon region. He is founder of Guaraci Agropastoril, one of the largest Organic Dairy
Farm in Brazil.

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Xymena Salado

Ecosystem and Awareness Manager, The Wellbeing Project

Working for TWP has allowed her to blend two of her largest passions: well-being and social change.

Before joining The Well-Being Project, Xymena worked at ASHOKA (France), Ford Foundation (Mexico y Central America), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) head quarters in Paris.  

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Domingo Peas

Leader, Achuar Nation of the Amazon and COFENIAE

Along with his uncle, Domingo played a key role in 1991 in creating the first governing organization that united and represented all of the Achuar people in Ecuador. That organization, now known as NAE, helps defend their territory and ensure that their forests remain pristine. It also works to preserve Achuar culture and ensure their right to self-determination. He has a Degree in Education.  Currently he works as Coordinator of the Initiative of Sacred Basins, in CONFENAIAE and AIDESEP of Peru.

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Ramón Torre Cañal

Director, Iniciativa IDEA

For four years, Ramón has established a new regional ecosystem formed by the sectors of impact investing, advertising, digital media and technology, from which he has promoted innovative programs such as IDEA Start, which seeks to discover, incubate and accelerate companies social and sustainable organizations to achieve impact on reproductive health and rights in Latin America through the transfer of knowledge.

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Brian Weinberg

Consultant and Advisor

Brian Weinberg  is an experienced operator (for companies $500k - $5 million in revenue) and investor (about $100 million in debt/equity deals) with a decade plus history working in philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, and impact investing.  For the last 5 years, he has deep dived into all things regeneration (economics, agriculture, culture, finance, human development) as a consultant and advisor with several recognizable leaders and organizations in the regenerative movement.

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Santiago Álvarez

Co-Founder and Managing Parter, ALIVE Ventures

Santiago is co-founder and Managing Partner at ALIVE Ventures, an Acumen sponsored impact investment fund dedicated to invest in early growth and high impact companies across Latam. Previous to ALIVE, Santiago was an Investment Manager at Bamboo Capital Partners overseen investment across Latam and also worked in London for the private equity fund ACTIS, where he was focused on investments in the energy sector in Africa and Latin America. Santiago also worked on the launch of the Adobe Capital impact fund in Mexico and for many years was a consultant for Stratco, one of the leading consulting firms in Colombia.

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Lucía Villavicencio

Innovation Lead at, IMPAQTO

She has worked with different NGO's, International Organizations and private companies in a range of projects concerning gender, LGBTIQ folks, migration and refugees, and social innovation. Currently, Lucía is working with IMPAQTO as Innovation Lead and with the Duolingo Spanish Podcast as external producer. Through her work Lucía explores how our different identities, social narratives and the stories we tell about ourselves and others allow us to innovate, be drivers for social justice and technological advancement. As well, Lucía is currently teaching classes.

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Julio Ayca

Managing Partner, Andes Impact Partners

Julio has 15 years of experience investing in and scaling SMEs in Latin America. Julio is the Managing Partner in charge of Portfolio Management at Andes Impact Partners (AIP), a recent spin-off of Grassroots Business Fund (GBF). AIP will manage the new Andes Plus Fund (APF), to be launched in Q4.2020.  At GBF Julio was Portfolio Manager and Senior Investment Officer. In addition to supervising the portfolio companies, Julio searched for investment opportunities, participated in the structuring and negotiated terms.

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Rossie Turman

Chair, International Finance,  Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Serves on the Board of Directors of Council of Urban Professional and is a Trustee of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law. He has previously served on the Board of the New York City United Way and as a member of the Committee for the NY City Bar Association’s Vance Center. Also, he is the former Vice Chair for the Trustee Board of the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church of Harlem, NY. Mr. Turman is Banking partner at Skadden, a leading global law firm, advising corporations, financial institutions and government entities on their most complex, high profile matters. He counsels companies and other business entities in transactions from “cradle to grave.” He actively mentors start-up founders in his roles as attorney, investor and community and business leader. He has been the longtime advisor to multiple companies, in some cases counseling them as they grew from emerging company to public company status. He has advised companies on IPO’s, going-private, serial acquisitions, and in-court and out-of-court restructurings.


Shaun Paul


Now leading his fifth social enterprise devoted to financing sustainable rural livelihoods and nature conservation in Latin America, is a commercial partnership between Mexican forest communities and pine chemical industry to plant 12 thousand hectares of native pine trees to triple Mexico’s supply of pine resin that is transformed into green chemistry ingredients for diverse industries globally.



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