Josephine joined the Social Finance Initiative at Ashoka in August 2013, specifically to incubate and manage the Hybrid Finance Accelerator. She sits on a few advisory Board including Triodos Private Banking division, a foundation, and a family office, to share her insights on the impact investment and social finance field. She graduated with honours from Brown University with a B.A. in Development Studies, focusing her thesis research on the perception of risk in the emerging UK social finance field. She has previously worked at Shared Impact, which provides intermediation services for the range of stakeholders in the social investment field. She also founded SEEED student steering committee to organise an annual conference that brings social enterprise support organisations across the US together to share best practice.
Ashoka South Asia and South East Asia
Rajesh works at Ashoka with the Strategic Resources team and partnerships development team. With the goal of building infrastructure for the social space, he is responsible for partnerships with individuals, corporates and institutions for Ashoka and its Fellow network. He comes with strong expertise in pitching and fund-raising. Rajesh has raised significant funds, on behalf of Ashoka from large foundational global organisations and therefore well-versed in the pitch making sessions and requirements of potential SE’s.
Ms. Sumitra Pasupathy is the Country Director of Ashoka Singapore and Malaysia; as well as a social entrepreneur and a co-founder of Playeum, The Children Centre for Creativity. Sumitra is also the social entrepreneur in residence at INSEAD, The British Council, Lien Foundation ELEVATE Fellow, RSA Fellow, District Councillor of the South West Community Development Council, Singapore. Sumitra has over 20 years of experience in the creativity and innovation space with a particular emphasis on making systemic change in the field of learning, creativity and young people. Sumitra is a trained as a Chemical Engineer from Cambridge (MEng) with an MBA from INSEAD with several patents, awards and a deep rooted passion for the children, change-making and skills development.
Mark has joined raiSE Singapore (Singapore Centre for Social Enterprise, www.raise.sg) to manage and grow their investment portfolio. The portfolio encompasses a number of loans to and investments in social enterprises. He will spend 50% of his time in this new role, helping to scale social enterprises.
The remainder of Mark’s time is spent to manage his family office direct investment portfolio, an advocate for impact investments in Asia through participation in the Toniic community and as a part-time consultant at Empact (a Singaporean based social enterprise) providing ‘CFO-type’ services to Empact’s clients.
Mark has over 5 years experience in private equity following his 15 years experience in investment banking. Mark was head of a China-Australia team for an Australian private equity company, based in Beijing. Mark’s investment banking experience has been with leading firms such as Macquarie Bank, ABN AMRO, and Babcock & Brown, and has led large and small transaction teams across a number of industry sectors and in many jurisdictions, including Australia, the United States and China.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance. Mark is also a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Mark has, and continues to be, involved in assisting charitable organisations, mentoring emerging entrepreneurs, and advising and supporting a range of social enterprises. Mark is a Board Member of Halogen Foundation, a Singapore IPC charity.
Nir has over 15 years of diversified high-tech and telecom experience as a startup
entrepreneur, as a senior level telecom executive and as an economist in the Israel
Antitrust Authority. Nir holds a BA in economics and business from Ben Gurion University.
Nir is Co-founder and CEO of TechForGood, an Israeli organisation focused on growing
and investing in entrepreneurs that do imaginative use of technology to tackle social
inequalities. TechForGood operates an exclusive acceleration program for social-tech
startups. This program uses the Startup Nation’s best practices to educate the next
generation of social startups. TechForGood also manages a social-tech seed impact fund.
Recently TechForGood launched TechForGood Asia in Singapore, aiming to boost the
social-tech ecosystem while implementing Israeli high-tech methodologies into Asian
Robert is Managing Director of Impact Investment Exchange Asia (IIX), an organization dedicated to matching impact investment capital with enterprises creating positive social and environmental impact. Based in Singapore, IIX has been a pioneer in promoting impact investment in Asia. Robert is currently leading IIX’s efforts to launch a $50m impact investment fund – the IIX Growth Fund – to invest in impact enterprises in underserved markets of South and Southeast Asia. Robert is also a member of the board of Impact Investment Shujog, a non-profit with a mission to strengthen, deepen and expand the impact that impact enterprises create in poor and vulnerable communities.
Before joining the impact investing movement, Robert spent nearly 20 years in the traditional capital markets as an advisor and investor, most recently as head of Asian private equity for Marathon Asset Management, a US$12 billion alternative investment manager. Before that, Robert was head of investment banking, Asia ex-Japan, for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein. Robert began his career at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse.
In addition to his work at IIX and Shujog, Robert is Senior Advisor to Asian Tiger Capital, an innovative financial services firm in Bangladesh offering research, advisory and asset management services. Robert is co-author of the chapter on “Social and Environmental Exchanges” in New Frontiers of Philanthropy, recently published by Oxford University Press. Robert is a member of the advisory group for the Navigating Impact Investment Project, and has acted as a judge for various social enterprise business plan competitions, including the Global Social Venture Competition in Berkeley, California and the Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing. Robert has lived in Singapore since 2004 and is a member of the President’s Challenge Social Enterprise Awards Committee.
Robert received his B.A. magna cum laude from Princeton University and his J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania. Robert has lectured on M&A as an Adjunct Professor at the Singapore Management University.