Graham was appointed Chairman of the Board in the summer of 2013.
Ever since visiting Nepal and India in 1981 Graham had wanted to work in international development. So, ten years ago he quit his business career and decided to “retrain” for a new career by completing an MsC in Development Economics at SOAS. Since then, he has worked in a variety of roles with SME and Microfinance organisations in sub-Saharan Africa, Nepal and the poor states of North India, with a personal goal of helping these companies become sustainable and help their countries’ economic development.
Graham’s first career was in business. He was a founder partner of Permira and a member of the firm's management board as it grew into one of the world’s leading private equity firms, with over $20bn under management. Prior to that he worked for Bain & Co.
Graham studied Law and Economics at Cambridge University and has an MBA from INSEAD, one of the world's leading business schools, where he is a visiting professor. He also works with several charities, including Sir Edmund Hillary’s Himalayan Trust UK, where he serves as Chairman, and has volunteered for them for over 35 years.
Appointed in September 2014, Wim Borgdorff is senior advisor and co-founder of AlpInvest Partners, a private equity investment management firm with €37 billion of fund, co- and secondary investments under management. Wim is a non-executive board member of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, a long-standing Dutch privately endowed charity dedicated to early child development globally.
From 2000 to 2013 Wim was head of fund investments at AlpInvest Partners which became part of The Carlyle Group in 2011. He is currently a senior advisor to the firm and a member of the investment committee. In 2008 he defined the AlpInvest ESG policies and made AlpInvest an early subscriber to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment.
Prior to AlpInvest, Wim founded ABP Investments’ alternative investments unit. Previously he was a Managing Director at ING Real Estate.
Wim received an MSc cum laude from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Appointed in May 2010, Valentine Chitalu is an entrepreneur in Zambia and southern Africa specialising in private equity and local private sector development.
Before becoming an entrepreneur in 2004, Valentine worked for CDC Capital Partners in London and Lusaka, focusing on identifying investment opportunities in southern Africa and portfolio management in Zambia and Malawi. Valentine was formerly Chief Executive Officer at the Zambia Privatisation Agency where he was responsible for the divestiture of over 240 enterprises. He worked for KPMG Peat Marwick in the UK and Meridien Financial Services in Zambia in his early career.
Valentine is Chairman of the Phatisa Group, a US$300 million private equity fund manager, focussing on the food and housing sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Valentine continues to be at the forefront of promoting both local and foreign investment into Africa and he holds several board positions in Australia, South Africa, the UK and Zambia and is a Chairman of Zambian Breweries, MTN (Zambia) Limited and Albidon (Zambia) Limited.
Valentine is a UK qualified accountant and holds a Masters Degree in Development Economics from Cambridge University.
Appointed in April 2015, Professor Samuel Fankhauser is Co-Director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics.
He is also an Associate Director at the economics consultancy Vivid Economics. Previously Sam served as Deputy Chief Economist and Director, Policy Studies, at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Prior to that he worked at the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility.
Sam has studied Economics at the University of Berne, the London School of Economics and University College London.
Appointed in December 2014, Michele Giddens is a Partner and Co-Founder of Bridges Ventures, a specialist fund manager dedicated to sustainable and impact investment. She has over 20 years of experience in impact investment and international development finance.
Prior to co-founding Bridges in 2002, Michele spent 8 years with Shorebank Advisory Services (now Enclude). She ran small business lending programmes in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, advised on microfinance in Bangladesh, the Middle East and Mongolia and worked on the US community development finance sector. In the early 1990s, she was with the International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group. Whilst there she worked on international joint venture investments during the process of private sector development in Eastern Europe.
Michele was an adviser to the Social Investment Task Force and Chair of the Community Development Finance Association (CDFA) between 2003-2005. She has recently been appointed as Chair of the UK National Advisory Board to the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, as established by the G8.
Michele has a BA Honours in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University and an MBA from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Appointed in September 2014, Keki Mistry is the Vice-Chairman and CEO of Housing Development Finance Corporation in India. HDFC has been a pioneer in the housing finance industry over the last 25 years and has helped provide thousands of Indians with financial assistance to own a home.
Earlier in his career Keki was a consultant to CDC to help evaluate the operations of mortgage financial institutions in Asia.
He holds a number of directorships in India, including Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, HCL Technologies Ltd and Torrent Power Ltd.
He is a fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.
Appointed in July 2016, Laurie Spengler is President & CEO of Enclude, a global advisory firm dedicated to building inclusive, sustainable and prosperous local economies.
Laurie has over 25 years’ experience in strategy and transaction services, specifically capital raising, M&A, and private equity transactions. She has developed a particular expertise in structuring and launching investment vehicles that align different types of capital to allow operating enterprises, financial institutions and funds to generate positive social, environmental and development outcomes while delivering appropriate financial returns.
Previously, Laurie was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group. She also worked as an attorney White & Case. Among her active board engagements are the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and she has recently been appointed to the UK National Advisory Board to the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group, as established by the G8. Ms Spengler is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Laurie has a JD from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University