Senior Advisory Council
A business entrepreneur turned social entrepreneur, Geoff is the founder of Unitus Equity Fund – the first privately-funded microfinance venture equity fund – and former CEO of Unitus Capital. Geoff has been involved in 11 start-ups, including dot-coms, microfinance institutions and commodity trading. He currently serves as CEO of White Hat Ventures. Davis has a master’s degree in public policy and development economics from Harvard University, and is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Stanford University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leader awards.
Frank Levinson, Ph.D., is a technologist with experience in fiber optic components, communication networks, optical sensing, and various parts of “clean tech”. He serves on a number of corporate boards and is an active venture investor. Frank was the inventor on more than 40 patents in the areas of networking, optical communications and optical components. Today, he is managing director of Small World Group, which invests in start up companies and non-profit ventures. Before this, he founded Finisar Corporation, which today is the largest fiber optic component and subsystem supplier in the world. Over the past decade, Frank has worked philanthropically with a number of scientific groups including the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, SETI Institute, University of Virginia, Butler University and Grace College.
Sanjiv is currently Managing Director at Phoenix Advisers, a boutique advisory and principal investing firm. Prior to this he spent 11 years at Citigroup, where he was, variously, Head of the Asia Pacific Corporate Bank (APCB), Investment Banking and Head of Equity Capital Markets from 1997 until 2008. Sanjiv also spent over ten years in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs, in New York, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He holds a BA in economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, a post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, and a Master of Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Misra is a member of the Board of Trustees of Singapore Management University and the National University Health System.
Kalpana Raina is the managing partner of 252 Solutions, LLC, an advisory firm. Formerly, Ms. Raina was an Executive Vice President with The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. During her eighteen-year career at the bank, she held a variety of leadership positions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She has expertise in finance, creating alliances and partnerships, extending operations globally, and cross-cultural management. Ms. Raina has a Master’s degree from McMaster University, Canada and undergraduate and graduate degrees from Punjab University, India. She currently serves on the board of directors of RealNetworks, Inc. (NASDAQ- RNWK), John Wiley & Sons (NYSE-JWA), Information Services Group (NASDAQ-III), and The World Policy Institute (WPI). She also serves on several Advisory Boards. She is a member of The National Association of Corporate Directors, a Co-Chair for Asia for Women Corporate Directors and a past member of The US-India Business Council.
Mona Sinha is a Member of the Board of Impact Investment Shujog. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of Smith College, representing Smith in the Asia Pacific region. Mona began her professional career as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, followed by a marketing career at P&G and Unilever, during which she restructured the Asia Pacific operations of Elizabeth Arden. Most recently, she worked on a project for Goldman Sachs Asia on the development of Asian leadership. She holds a BA magna cum laude from Smith College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa; and an MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Columbia University. In New York, she served as a Trustee to All Souls School and Girls Learn International, is a patron of the Science and Nature Program at the American Museum of Natural History and a founding member of Family Benefit at the Asia Society. She is also an Advisory Director to Breakthrough, a human rights organization based in the US and India.
Operational Advisory Council (IIX)
Melissa Brown, Director of IDFC Global Alternatives (Hong Kong) Ltd.
Melissa is Director of IDFC Global Alternatives (Hong Kong) Ltd., which provides services to an Asia-focused fund of funds backed by India’s IDFC. She was previously Executive Director of the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia, which provides research to financial institutions on sustainable investment issues. Up until 2003, Melissa was Managing Director, and Deputy Head of Asian Research at Citigroup/Salomon Smith Barney. She is currently a member of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Listing Committee.
Rob has led a highly international career spanning Asia, Europe and the US. He spent 11 years with Monitor Group, a strategy consulting firm, where he ran the London office and led the retail financial services practice. After leaving Monitor Rob built three private- equity backed companies including a technology investment firm that was acquired by Seymour Pierce, a mortgage bank that was bought by Citigroup, and a corporate lending vehicle backed by TowerBrook Capital Partners. Since 2009 Rob has focused on independent consulting and executive coaching. He works pro bono as a coach and advisor to the CEOs of several Social Enterprises in the areas of low-cost housing, education and micro-finance. Rob was educated at Stanford University’s School of Engineering and the Harvard Business School.
Lucy Carmody, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Responsible Research
Lucy is co-Founder and Executive Director of Responsible Research, an independent research and advisory firm which focuses on Environment, Social and Governance issues in Asia. Previously she was Director of The CSR Practice, a consultancy that advises on ethical investment, corporate philanthropy and governance in Asia.
￼Ho Yew Mun, Former Executive, DBS Bank
Yew Mun was Managing Director of Equity Capital Markets, Global Financial Markets, at DBS Bank until 2005. In 2001, he was also seconded to DBS Asia Capital Ltd as Head of its Hong Kong, Equity Capital Markets team. He has extensive experience in the listings and securities markets, both in Singapore and regionally, from China to India. Prior to joining DBS, he was Senior Vice President and Head of Securities Trading Division at Singapore Exchange (SGX). His regulatory experience included heading the Listing Department of the then Stock Exchange of Singapore (SES) for seven years. Yew Mun holds a Master in Business Administration degree from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.
Jonathan Jenkins, Director of Ventures, UnLtd
Jonathan Jenkins is CEO of The Social Investment Business, the largest lender in the UK social investment market. He has over 15 years experience in fundraising for SMEs from his City career, which included time at a UK merchant bank, and culminated in his role as managing director of Plus Markets, a stock exchange created by his family to enable access to capital for smaller companies. In his time at Plus, over 500 companies raising over £1bn. He joined UnLtd in September 2008 as Director of Ventures, specifically tasked with creating the investment readiness programme and team, to meet the clear requirement for such intermediary support within the social investment market. He went on to launch UnLtd’s seed coinvestment programme in May 2011.
Alfie Othman, Founder and Managing Director, Ikhlas Holdings Pte Ltd
Alfie is one of Singapore’s most experienced social entrepreneurs. He is the Founding Director of the Social Enterprise Association Singapore, as well as Founder and Managing Director of Ikhlas Holdings Pte Ltd – a notable social enterprise in Singapore. Alfie brings to IIX his extensive background and knowledge accumulated over 12 years in corporate banking and board-level management in local non-profit organizations.
Jack Sim, Founder, World Toilet Organization
Jack has broken the global taboo on discussing toilets and sanitation and has legitimized it for mainstream audiences. In 2001, Jack created the World Toilet Organization (WTO) as a global network and service platform bringing together various toilet associations, academia, government, UN agencies and toilet stakeholders to learn from one another and leverage media and corporate support that in turn influences governments to promote sound sanitation and public health policies. Jack has been recognized as an Ashoka Global Fellow, and by TIME Magazine as one of its 2008 “Heroes of the Environment.” He sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils for Water Security and for Social Entrepreneurship.
Sue has devoted much of her career to government service, philanthropy, and non-profit management. Most recently, Sue was with The Rockefeller Foundation, serving first as Special Assistant and Director of the President’s Office, and upon moving to Asia in July 2008, as Interim Director of the Foundation’s Asia Office based in Bangkok. Prior to joining the Foundation, Sue was a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC, New York, and Tripoli, Libya. Sue has served on the State Board of Directors for Special Olympics New Jersey, the National Selection Committee for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, and as both staff and volunteer for a range of other charitable causes and ￼organizations. Sue holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics from Princeton University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in South Korea.