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Antonis Schwarz is an activist, philanthropist and impact investor of Greek-German descent 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. In 2013, Antonis co-founded Vouliwatch, a Greek parliamentary monitoring organization that aims to increase political accountability. You can find out more about his work on the Good Move Initiatives website.
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.
Iva holds a PhD in urban planning & her areas of research include the commons, new models of governance, urban transformation and self-organisation. In 2010 she co-founded one of the first Belgrade-based collective active in the field of urban resource management and issues of urban commons, called Ministry of Space. In 2018 the collective formed the Institute for Urban Politics. She is a member of INURA, European Commons Assembly, CitizensLab, FundAction, and Regional network Kooperativa.
Julie studied medicine and health economics at Heidelberg University, with a diploma in tropical medicine from the Tropical Institute in Hamburg & a doctorate on malaria vaccine research, at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital’s Medical Research Unit in Lambaréné, Gabon. The impact investing world grabs most of her attention and as CEO of POLLEX GmbH, Julie spends most of her time hunting down impact investments across all asset classes for foundations and private investors who wish to invest their money in a sustainable way.
Anton studied law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. After finishing his two-year legal traineeship at the higher regional court of Munich, he has worked as a venture capital lawyer (at CMS Hasche Sigle). In the impact sphere, his core fields of interest are human rights, environment and education. Through his early encounters with Ashoka fellows (through the FBN-Ashoka partnership), he has become aware of the contagious power of activists ands social entrepreneurs and how their efforts can lead to groundbreaking and indispensable policy changes at national and international levels. Anton’s motivation is to support grassroots movers, shapers & doers with legal and strategic guidance to reach the tipping point for sustainable and equitable future societies across the globe.
Steph comes with several languages, a masters degree in International Relations as well as a research & journalism background. Testing her wings she first worked in Nepal, to then hike throughout South America and eventually get stuck in Romania. There she organised grassroots action against destructive proposals & coordinated the ‘Save Rosia Montana!’ campaign which brought to life unparalleled citizen engagement in a post-communist Romania. For her contributions she was awarded the 'Goldman Environmental Prize' in 2005. Testing citizen engagement at a transnational level, she then worked on EU-wide campaigns such as the latest reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and later managed Stop TTIP/CETA European Citizens Initiative. Stephanie now is the European coordinator for the Open Progressive Engagement Network (OPEN).