Rodney Schwartz is CEO and Founder of ClearlySo, with a background in equity research, management, investment banking and venture capital. Joining Wall Street in 1980, he rose to become the number one ranked financial services analyst at PaineWebber and then held senior management posts at Lehman Brothers and Paribas, before leaving the sector in 1997 to found the fintech-oriented VC firm Catalyst. A pioneer in the impact investment marketplace, he transformed Catalyst into a social business consultancy, which in 2008 morphed into ClearlySo, a business designed, “to help create 100 Justgivings”. This seemed an exciting new style of company, which achieves significant impact as well as great financial returns. Rodney also teaches Impact investing at the Said Business School (Oxford) and the ESMT (Berlin), and is Former Chair of Shelter, The Green Thing, Spacehive and Justgiving, in addition to having served on many fintech. He holds an MBA and BA from the University of Rochester and has four adult children.
Robyn is co-founder and CEO of Apolitical, an award-winning peer-to-peer platform for government. Used by public servants in 140 countries, Apolitical’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of government by helping public servants find and share solutions to the hardest problems facing our societies. Previously Robyn co-founded OneLeap, a London executive education company, and a Southern African non-profit teaching coding to vulnerable youth. She has written an acclaimed memoir about growing up in Botswana. She is an ambassador for the Access to Medicine Index, an advisor to the Responsible Mining Index, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Gates Scholar. She has a BSc in Bioinformatics from Auckland and a Masters in Bioscience Enterprise from Cambridge.
Patrick is a founder and Partner of the Environmental Technologies Fund.
Patrick has worked in venture capital since 1985. He was instrumental in founding 3i’s venture capital practice, and later became the founding Managing Director of its Silicon Valley operation. Before this, he was a research engineer for GEC and Marconi Space Systems.
He was a member of the Executive Committee and Board of EVCA from 2007 to 2010, during which time he also chaired the Venture Capital Committee.
Patrick has a Ph.D. in Electronic Engineering from UCL, London.
Hans Stegeman is Head of Research and Investment Strategy, which assesses the companies for the Triodos Sustainable Investment Universe. He joined Triodos Investment Management in February 2017 and prior to that, has acquired over twenty years of experience as an economist, working on different fields of macroeconomics, long-term forecasting and scenarios, strategy and circular business models. Before joining Triodos, he worked at Rabobank, CPB (the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis) and labour union ABVAKABO. Hans Stegeman studied Economics at Maastricht University and works on a Phd in Circular Economy.
Tim Westwell is a co-founder of Pukka Herbs. Founded 15 years ago in Bristol, UK, Pukka has become globally recognised and respected for its herbal teas, wellbeing supplements and pioneering approach to sustainable business practices.
Tim discovered the magic of herbs after an issue with his own health gave him reason to look for a more natural alternative. Around the same time, he began searching for a happier, more conscious life following a career break after various roles in sales and marketing. So in 2002, he placed an advert in a local magazine looking for a like-minded business partner who shared his passion for nature and desire to contribute to a more positive world. It was through this advert that Tim met herbalist Sebastian Pole. Whilst Sebastian formulated the teas in his kitchen, Tim ran “the office” from his spare bedroom and together they launched three organic herbal teas and never looked back.
As Managing Director, Tim, together with Sebastian, has led Pukka’s incredible growth. The organisation has been doubling in size every two years for the last eight and Pukka’s teas are sold in over 40 countries, with forecasted revenues of circa £50m this year. Despite this growth, Tim and Sebastian remain true to their original vision of connecting people to the power of plants. Whilst profit fuels our purpose, we’ve ensured our values flourish.
Today Pukka donates 1% of its sales to environmental initiatives and is certified by one of the highest fair trade standards in the world, Fair for Life. Pukka became a B company in 2016 signalling its ongoing commitment to people, plants and planet.