Partnering for Global Impact is fortunate to have the support of esteemed, selected individuals, who share a passion in our mission and help to build support for our efforts around the world. Each is a successful global citizen who has made a personal commitment to philanthropy, social impact and to the success of the event. We would like to thank them for their active engagement. The Ambassadors for PGI 2013 are:
Stephen is a private investor with interests in impact investing, education and mental health. For 30 years he was involved in the family retail business. He then became interested in Impact investing, creating the Andromeda Fund. After exiting the fund in 2007 he founded Willows Investments, using his personal assets to fund and support promising ventures with a social mission. On the philanthropic side he is trustee of NTYE (Network for Teaching Young Entrepreneurs) and chairman of NFTE Germany, as well as a number of non-profit organisations. Next to his business interests he is a passionate jazz musician and enjoys a variety of sports.
Catalina Escobar is a Colombian woman, a wife and mother of two children. Catalina began in the field of banking, but in 2001 she created what would become her passion and greatest life project: The Juan Felipe Gomez Escobar Foundation. This followed two tragic and painful personal experiences in the year 2000. The foundation provides healthcare to the most disenfranchised communities in Cartagena, including impoverished young mothers, infants and children. Her active participation in this field has made Catalina a recognized entrepreneur with a great social sense and spirit, and an example of positive leadership in Colombian society. Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, awarded her with a National Merit Award Order in 2011 and the following year she was selected along with 25 other women to be part of the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Partnership. She was also acknowledged as one of the top 30 Colombian Leaders in 2012 by Revista Semana, and voted a Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2012. Catalina is a member of the Sovereign Order of Malta and an Ashoka Fellow.
Belinda Fleischmann is the Founder of ZYNYA Consulting, which focuses on building strategic alliances between the commercial, the philanthropic and the NGO communities. Based in Zurich, but operating globally, Belinda successfully connects CEOs, heads of organisations and philanthropists with viable ideas and solutions. She particularly specializes in the fields of water, health, education and clean energy. Clients include the UBS Optimus Foundation, Husk Power Systems, United Waters International, Operation ASHA, Project WET Foundation, HealthPhone and Lumni.
In the past decade, Belinda has worked on four continents. Her experience ranges from setting up a children’s shelter in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with the Aziza Foundation (2007-8), conducting research for the report “Water for Growth and Development in Africa” published by the World Water Council (2008), designing donor travel for philanthropists with Elevate Destinations (2009), and launching the online publication The Global Urabanist (2009-11).
Apart from her extensive experience in international development, Belinda Fleischmann has joined the Board of the Dr. Carlo Fleischmann Foundation, which is committed to the preservation and education of photography as an art form. She is a co-founder of Green Buzz, a network of 800 Zurich professionals intent on advancing the sustainability agenda. Most recently she has joined the Toilet Hacker tribe and the Advisory Board of the FACE Africa Foundation.
Belinda holds a BA in Government from Smith College and an MSc in Urbanization & Development from the London School of Economics & Political Science.
Michael co-founded Eirene with John Kluge. Eirene is a firm focused on building for-profit, for purpose and venture philanthropy endeavors that tackle problems affecting at least 1 billion people. It focuses on caregiving, sanitation, education and design led innovations. Michael was an early adopter of the Grameen Bank when it was a fledgling organization starting out on its big mission. He co-created the volunteer platform at Room to Read, which went from 12 volunteers to over 10,000 across 56 cities helping to raise funds that helps bring literacy to over 6.7 million children. Michael is a founding member of the global Sanitation Hackathon, an Eirene alliance with the World Bank in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has also built wellness ventures in Europe, Africa and the Americas as an entrepreneur. Michael started out in banking at Morgan Stanley in New York and London and has lived in Rio de Janeiro where he spent time collaborating with brilliant change agents and social entrepreneurs. Michael is the co-author of Charity and Philanthropy for Dummies, 2013 and is a frequent speaker and lecturer. Michael is on the advisory board of the Stan Lee Foundation (he is a self-confessed comic geek) and also serves on the advisory board of Giving Water and World Blu.
Jack broke the global taboo of toilet and sanitation by putting the issue centre-stage in global media through his unique mix of humour and serious facts.
After attaining financial independence at the age of 40 as a businessman, he decided to devote the rest of his life to social work.
Realising the need for a global body on the subject, Jack created the WTO in 2001 as a global network and service platform for toilet associations, academia, government, UN agencies and toilet stakeholders to learn from one another and leverage media and corporate support that in turn influenced governments to promote sound sanitation and public health policies. Today, WTO is a growing network of 235 organizations in 58 countries. WTO has a commitment from President Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative to promote market-based sanitation and to launch the BOP HUB, a global business platform for the poverty marketplace. Jack heads the Base of Pyramid (BOP) entrepreneurship drive at the World Entrepreneurship Forum.
Jack has received numerous accolades and awards including; Schwab Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006, Schwab Fellow of the World Economic Forum, Ashoka Global Fellow, Asian Development Bank Water Champion, Time Magazine Hero of the Environment in 2008, and Asian of the Year by Channel News Asia in 2009 and by Reader’s Digest in 2011.
In January 2012, his film “Meet Mr Toilet” premiered at Sundance Film Festival.
Amer Vohora is an Advisor at Rothschild Bank in Zurich. He is responsible for international clients with a focus on families and family offices from the UK and emerging markets.
Before joining Rothschild, Amer was a Partner in FIO Partners AG, a multi-family office in Zurich from 2010 to 2011 where he was responsible for merchant banking (incl. impact investments) and advising UHNW families.
Prior to moving to Switzerland from London, Amer spent almost a decade advising entrepreneurs and family businesses in private equity and M&A at First Capital where he was a Vice President from 2000 to 2010. He had a particular focus on water, sustainability and energy efficiency. At First Capital he held two roles in both First Capital and First Ventures, the fund management arm of First Capital which represented a wealthy German family on their private equity investments.
Amer studied Manufacturing and Management at Cambridge University as a post-graduate and earned a Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Commerce from Birmingham University, including a year spent at Kansai University, Osaka, Japan.