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Antonis Schwarz is an activist and philanthropist of Greek-German origin and driven by the ideas laid out in the Guerrilla Foundation’s mission. He has used his inherited wealth to support a variety of social causes since 2011. As an impact investor, Antonis has invested in Bonventure, Goodwell, Sun Funder, Patamar Capital, African Clean Energy, Awamo, the Media Development Investment Fund, Kois Invest, Circularity Capital and the Social Venture Fund. He also is a MCE Social Capital double-guarantor. Antonis co-founded Vouliwatch, a Greek parliamentary monitoring organization that aims to increase political accountability.
Romy was the Program Director of The DO School’s Venture Lab (2011-16) where she supported over 120 social entrepreneurs from around the world to kick-start their for- and non-profit projects. At the DO School, Romy also developed and ran one of the first MOOCs on social entrepreneurship, reaching thousands of participants. She still consults incubators in the social entrepreneurship and social innovation space to develop their educational programs. Romy obtained her PhD in Business-Society Management from the Rotterdam School of Management for which she conducted several months of field research in Orissa, India on the emergence of a transnational anti-mining movement. Romy teaches university courses in corporate social responsibility and business ethics.
Ivan has over ten years of experience in campaigning & movement building with a diverse mix of collectives, NGOs, philanthropic foundations & academic institutions. He has managed anti-extractive industry projects in West Africa & Latin America and worked in community organising in India, Indonesia and South Eastern Europe. He's spearheaded campaigns & events for Oxfam, Greenpeace, People and Planet & Impact Hub, conducted research for the University of Cambridge and University of Göttingen, and evaluates programs for Ashoka, EPIM, Bosch & NEF. Ivan is location independent, and when not busy at work he can be found reading Emerson, Seneca or Tolstoy in a hemp hammock somewhere near a waterfall.
Julia has studied Philosophy with a focus on practical ethics and Political Philosophy. She always had the goal of contributing to a more open, inclusive and just society. She has lead & curated the musical scholarship (Goethe Talents) for several years with upcoming artists from across the world. Julia got even closer to Systemic Change work when she started working for the Earthbeat Foundation three years ago, an organisation striving for major reform & more fair processes in gold mining. As project manager she is primarily responsible for Earthbeat's project in Uganda, in which the organisation offers support to a community of gold miners in setting up sustainable livelihoods as an alternative to destructive and hazardous mining practices. She frequently travels to East-African countries and supports a strong network of activists and social entrepreneurs.
Paolo is an active impact investor dedicated to generating positive social and environmental impact by committing 100% of his portfolio to investments that are consistent with a clean, fair, and prosperous society. He has a Masters degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he led the Business & Government student council. Prior to this, Paolo worked as a bond trader for Goldman Sachs in London, as CFO for Doctors Without Borders in Haiti, and as a corporate sustainability and business and human rights consultant for Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) in Hong Kong. Paolo is a founding member of the Synergy Social Ventures Future Funders investment group, providing venture philanthropy capital and capacity building support to social enterprises across Southeast Asia.