I have spent my career either building, turning around or taking to scale large, complex enterprises with impact at their core and a commitment to innovation.
Over the years, I got to lead unique, action-packed operations in some of the world’s most challenging environments. I have been at the center of initiatives that turned around traditional non-profit platforms into industry-leading innovators and I have successfully founded and scaled up technology start-ups focused on unlocking entirely new categories of impact financing and delivery models.
My portfolio during this time included humanitarian missions as well as things like supporting transition during peace-keeping operations in East Timor or DR Congo, starting up operations & leading a UN agency in Somalia, or turning around and taking to scale country operations for a leading global public health organization in Mozambique.
I have also founded, been involved with & took to scale various start-ups as well as a global social enterprise that facilitates access for people on under-served markets to impact services and products and rewards them for making positive choices.
In refugee camps early in my career I saw people rigging slow, expensive dial-up modem to ancient copper lines to keep in touch with their families far away. The cloud, the mobile and the smartphone promptly redefined what was possible with little resources in critical, emergency environments. I have learned to always be on the look for emerging technology, even if at first it seems gimmicky, fanciful or expensive.
Currently I am setting up Proof-of-Impact – a global, blockchain-powered platform that will allow anyone to structure, verify and fund impact at scale. I am also supporting a new-generation global Swiss-based fintech company in their ambitious mission of building the global markets of the future and democratizing the world of finance.
I also do some investing and advisory work for impact-minded startups and select projects. I get excited by bold, unreasonable initiatives and will go out of my way to support those that catch my fancy.