YANN BORGSTEDT FOUNDER, PRESIDENT AND UK TRUSTEE “Be the change you wish to see in the world. May this citation, widely attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, inspire and guide all of us in changing the world.”
Yann Borgstedt is a Swiss entrepreneur and philanthropist. Born and raised in Geneva, he pursued his studies in the USA.
ARNAUD MOUROT BOARD MEMBER – SWITZERLAND “The world needs innovative social entrepreneurs, who have the capacity to provide effective responses to major societal challenges. Their success rests on a close collaboration with organizations that have the ability to assist and guide them through each and every step of their development. That is what the Womanity Foundation does with professionalism and engagement, and the reason why...
FELIX BOLLMANN BOARD MEMBER – SWITZERLAND Felix Bollmann has been a leading actor in the world of cultural tourism, public service media and humanitarian aid in Switzerland and beyond for over 30 years.
In the 1980s, Mr Bollmann moved into the humanitarian field with the Swiss Development Corporation, before entering into the arena of public service media management...
AUDREY SELIAN BOARD MEMBER - SWITZERLAND Audrey Selian is a driving force in the sustainable investment and social development fields, worldwide. Ms Selian started her career in management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, with a few short stints within the ITU, telecoms-focused agencies at UN. In 2000, she pursued her interest in technology policy and development, completing a PhD at Tufts University...
DR MAXIMILIAN MARTIN BOARD MEMBER - SWITZERLAND “I believe that social entrepreneurship can make an exceptionally powerful contribution to achieving the pattern change required to enter a genuinely gender-equal world. When the founder of the Womanity Foundation first reached out to me with his vision in 2005, I was delighted to mobilize my know-how, networks, platforms and students to assist him in building Womanity’s programmatic work.” READ MORE
STEFANIA AVANZINI BOARD MEMBER – SWITZERLAND Stefania is a Director at Ashoka, co-managing the Swiss office since June 2018 and is mum of
Stefania has more than 10 years of experience in Marketing and Social Innovation in Africa and
in Europe. She graduated...
JOHN REA BOARD MEMBER - SWITZERLAND John Rea, born in Belfast N. Ireland in 1952. He was educated at Belfast Royal Academy, and graduated with Honors in Law at Queens University Belfast and was enrolled as a solicitor in the N. Ireland Supreme Court in 1978. He practiced for a number of years in the UK and then worked in banking...
ZIAD TABET UK TRUSTEE Ziad Tabet is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Amakor Capital. He has over 20 years’ experience in finance. Prior to founding Amakor Capital, Ziad ran for over 7 years, as the sole portfolio manager, the event-driven fund at Jabre Capital and managed the segregated event-driven book within Jabre Capital Multi-Strategy Fund. READ MORE
RUTH SZABO UK TRUSTEE - SECRETARY Ruth Szabo has worked as in-house legal adviser for international not-for-profit organisations, including the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the GAVI Alliance, for over 18 years. Since 2012, she has been an independent legal consultant providing services to international organizations and their employees in the areas of organizational development, governance and workplace conflicts.
RANAJOY BASU UK TRUSTEE - CHAIRMAN Ranajoy Basu is a Partner at Reed Smith and the Co-Chair of Reed Smith’s India practice. He is dual qualified in England and India. His areas of practice include structured finance, securitisation, derivatives, debt capital markets and debt restructurings. He has significant experience in renewable energy project bonds, particularly solar bonds and solar securitisations.
AASTHA GURBAX UK TRUSTEE Aastha is Senior Banker and Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank in London, responsible for leading Entrepreneurial Client Coverage at JP Morgan Private Bank. Aastha is responsible for client advisory, discretionary, credit relationships and is responsible for developing business principally in the Ultra High Net Worth International Market in the UK both for principals and family offices. READ MORE
NATALIE PINON UK TRUSTEE – TREASURER
Natalie Pinon graduated from the London School of Economics and Sciences-Po Paris. In 2013, she joined Social and Sustainable Capital (UK) from the Charities Aid Foundation, where she had managed the global philanthropy advisory practice working with philanthropists and investors to help them achieve their social impact objectives.
MAURICE OSTRO UK TRUSTEE
Maurice is a serial entrepreneur in commercial and charitable spheres looking for innovative solutions to complex problems. His businesses have a commitment to positive social impact and he also uses his commercial perspective to create sustainable charitable activities. Maurice has created a number of companies in fields ranging from gemstones, ice cream, food manufacturing, media and logistics for the aviation industry.