Meet the Speakers
Justin Fulcher is the Founder and CEO of RingMD – a global healthcare communications platform based in Singapore. He is working to bring access to affordable healthcare to everyone. RingMD is a healthcare network designed to connect patients with the very best doctors around the world through digital products – an app, remote-diagnostics wearable technology and a chatbot. A serial entrepreneur, Justin took up coding at age 7, launched his first business by 13, and has been acting as a mentor to startups at both Founder Institute and Startup Chile.
Mr. Shuichi Ohno was appointed as the President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in 2017. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director at the Nippon Foundation and led various initiatives including social impact investment, corporate engagement, and international cooperation as the Executive Director in charge of the Social Innovation. He was Japan’s sector representative of Social Impact Investment Taskforce. He worked for the trading house Marubeni Corporation for almost thirty years. An Economist by training, he worked for various economic and development organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and World Bank during his time at Marubeni. Mr. Ohno is a graduate of Kyoto University.
Kongkiat Kespechara developed a management information system that is focused on the information needs of small hospitals in rural areas. His software, Hospital OS, is an open source technology that is enabling hospitals to use their limited resources more effectively and to design new and improved services, addressing the health needs of disadvantaged populations. He is currently on the Board of Directors team at Bangkok Hospital in Phuket. Mr. Kespechara explains his career choice as result of his experience as a teenager, when he visited a doctor who handed over a prescription without examining him or even listening to his complaint.
Anders H. Liers is Executive Chairman of Nordic Impact, and co-founder of Katapult Future Fest. He strongly believes that we all must be responsible members of the society we live and operate in. Anders has a long track record for commercializing technology in international environments, recently as President & CEO in Enoro. Anders is actively engaged in gender diversity. He works to give the opportunity for girls and women to create their own future. He works with education for underprivileged girls in India, through Naandi Foundation. Anders also works on solving migration challenges for women in Norway through Seema.
Manuel Bueno Vera
Manuel is Rare’s Director for Sustainable Markets and Finance, where he helps manage and develop Rare’s global and regional market interventions, and innovative financial mechanisms to infuse capital into Rare’s sustainable markets work. He is currently Acting Fund Manager for Rare’s Meloy Fund, a $20M impact-investing fund focused on sustainable fisheries in Indonesia and the Philippines. Manuel has a strong background in SME equity, debt and grant impact investing transactions focusing mostly in agribusiness, manufacturing and financial institutions in Latin America, Asia, US and Africa. He holds a Master of Research in Business from Tilburg University (Netherlands) and a B.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Abhilash Mudaliar serves as Research Director. He is responsible for shaping and implementing the GIIN’s research strategy and program. Before GIIN, Abhilash had over seven years of experience in social enterprise, impact investing and international development research, including time as a microfinance consultant at Unitus, an impact investor at Elevar Equity, and a social entrepreneur within Hippocampus Group. He began his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company. Abhilash has earned Honors degrees in Arts and Commerce (specializing in Political Science and Finance, respectively) from the University of Melbourne and, more recently, an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School, where he received the Raymond Vernon Award.
Karen is a Senior Policy Expert at the OECD. She has also served as a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation since 2008. She is currently a Board Member and Advisor of the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER) and serves as a member of the European Leadership Council for Harvard Business School. She is the author of “Financing High-Growth Firms: The Role of Angel Investors”.
Rajeev Kumar Gupta
Rajeev Kumar Gupta is the Deputy Programme Manager for the Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) programme in ASEAN, at United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). Rajeev has over 18 years of experience in technical advisory and programme development roles, with a particular focus on financial services for the poor and livelihoods. Prior to UNCDF, Rajeev worked for more than a decade with BASIX, a livelihood and financial inclusion promotion organisation in India, where he was involved in range of financial inclusion interventions, in setting up the first State level livelihood mission based on PPP model, and heading the international consulting work in countries in South Asia, South-East Asia and Africa.
James Soukamneuth is currently the Impact Investing Partnership Director for Investing in Women Initiative. With over 15 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, he possesses a broad and diverse background across the development field (in such areas as urban planning, food security, agriculture, economics, finance, microfinance, mobile money, trade, and investment). As a former Foreign Service Officer (Private Enterprise) with USAID, James excelled during tours in the Philippines and West Africa, where he received a number of awards and distinctions for his extensive economic programming. A Lao-American, James holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering; a Master’s degree in Development Planning; and a Ph.D. in Political Economy – all from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Laura serves as the Program Adviser for GOGLA’s ‘Facilitating Access to Finance’ program. The objective of the program is to help increase investments in the sector that will allow it to scale up and accelerate the development of the off-grid market, leading to more people benefiting from clean, sustainable and economically viable off-grid lighting and electrification. Before GOGLA, Laura worked at Arc Finance, where she oversaw staff training and consumer education efforts and led Arc Finance’s conferences and workshops on innovations in financing off-grid clean energy. Laura holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews, as well as a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University.
Virgilio (Perry) C. Rivera, Jr.
Mr. Rivera has been with the Ayala Group for more than 20 years and has held appointments with Ayala Corporation. He is responsible for shaping public policy, formulating regulatory strategies, mitigation of regulatory risk, regulatory compliance and stakeholder relations. He is also the President of several newly formed subsidiaries of Manila Water since 2009. Mr. Rivera is a Managing Director of Ayala Corporation, one of the Philippines’ oldest and largest conglomerates. Mr. Rivera holds two university degrees in Economics and Behavioral Science from University of Sto. Tomas. He also completed a graduate level course work on M.S. Economics from De La Salle University. In 2011, Mr. Rivera completed the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School.
Mr Ashran Dato’ Ghazi is currently the CEO of MaGIC, Malaysia. A graduate of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA in Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance & CIS), Ashran started his career in the Oil & Gas sector with Petronas MITCO. He is a well-known figure in the local and regional entrepreneurship ecosystem and has been leading many organizations namely; Chairman, New Entrepreneurs Foundation (myNEF); Chairman, myHarapan; President, Malaysian Association of Bumiputera ICT Industry & Entrepreneurs (NEF); and Deputy Chairman, Global Innovation & Entrepreneurship Foundation. In addition, he also served as an Advisory Board Member to Malaysian SME Development Academy (MASMED) as well as a Board Member for SME Corp.
Jack Knellinger is an entrepreneur with a lifelong commitment to impact. He co-founded Capria, a global investment firm accelerating the flow of impact capital. He has over a decade of experience as a social innovator launching and leading new ventures across multiple sectors and geographies. In 2014, Jack was selected to join Social Enterprise Alliance’s inaugural nationwide “50 under 40″ cohort sponsored by American Express supporting emerging leaders.
Kofi Owusu-Boakye is the Private Capital Advisor for East Asia, and the Asia Bureau’s ASEAN Economic Affairs officer, providing interagency coordination and Washington support for RDMA’s ASEAN economic connectivity programs. Kofi joined the Asia Bureau in October 2014, after over a decade of experience in development finance, originating and overseeing development finance transactions for USAID through the Agency’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) in East and West Africa and as the team leader and senior investment officer for DCA’s Asia and Middle East team. Originally from Ghana, Kofi has an MBA with a finance concentration from the University of Maryland, College Park’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, and undergraduate degrees in Economics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
Belinda Tanoto is Director of Tanoto Foundation, where she focuses on improving access to quality education and empowerment opportunities that contribute to poverty reduction. She is also a member of Apical Group’s Management Board. Apical Group is one of the largest exporters of palm oil in Indonesia. She received her bachelor’s degree Magna Cum Laude in Finance and Political Science from University of Pennsylvania in 2007 and Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School in 2014.