Patricia Chin-Sweeney

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Patricia
Last Name
Chin-Sweeney
Patricia Chin-Sweeney
Job Title
Director, I-DEV International
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Patricia oversees I-DEV Africa’s operations as well as the global Insight team, which advises SMEs and corporations , as well as development organizations and foundations, on emerging markets business and economic development strategy. Patricia has consulted on market-based solutions to poverty, CSR and business growth throughout Africa and Latin America. She is also a member of the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs’ East Africa Steering Committee.

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Prior to joining I-DEV, Patricia worked in investment banking, consulting and corporate social responsibility at the Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG) in New York. Patricia received her B.A. in Environmental Science from Barnard College/Columbia University, and her Masters in Business Administration from New York University’s Stern School of Business and INCAE- Costa Rica, where she studied Global Business & Entrepreneurship.

Alex Bashian

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Alex
Last Name
Bashian
Alex Bashian
Job Title
Senior Investment Manager, Invested Development
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Alex Bashian is the Senior Investment Manager for Invested Development, an impact fund investing in early stage companies focused on innovations in alternative energy, sustainable agriculture, and information and communications. Alex leads new investments in the alternative energy space, provides portfolio management services to existing investees, launched and currently oversees the firm's Nairobi, Kenya office, and developed the firm's first venture debt investment strategy.

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Prior to joining Invested Development, Alex served as an energy expert and access-to-finance consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank, and an energy analyst at Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers, where he focused on de-regulated electricity markets, renewable energy systems, and sustainable investing. During the course of his work Alex has lived and worked abroad for over 3 years, mainly in East Africa.

Alex received his BA in Environmental Science with a minor in Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and received his MPA in Energy & Economic Policy from Columbia University.

Jason Spindler

First Name
Jason
Last Name
Spindler
Jason Spindler
Job Title
CEO & Global Managing Director, I-DEV International
Expertise

Jason Spindler leads I-DEV's global team, vision and strategy. Jason has
over a decade of experience in global finance, venture capital, business
management and industry development in both developed and emerging markets.
Jason is a former investment banker from Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup. He
later joined the private equity arm of turnaround specialists AlixPartners.
 Jason then moved from New York to Peru where he served as a business and
 economic development volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps and later helped 
launch a farmer-owned agri-business that today is an industry leading,
 multi-million dollar enterprise.  


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Jason has advised Fortune 500 Companies and leading impact sector
 organizations including Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Grupo Bimbo, Ashoka,
 Acumen Fund, the Grassroots Business Fund, and the Inter-American 
Development Bank on emerging markets investment and business strategies. He 
has been recognized as a leader in the impact investing and social
 entrepreneurship sectors and is a recipient of the prestigious Reynolds Fellowship for Social Innovation and the Helton Global Human Rights
Fellowship.  



Jason has a Juris Doctorate from New York University, with a specialization
in Fund Structuring and Social Entrepreneurship. He also studied South Asian
 social entrepreneurship & development policy at the National University of
 Singapore's International Law Program and received his B.B.A. in 
International Finance and his B.A. in International Development Economics
 from University of Texas-Austin.

Kent Glenzer

First Name
Kent
Last Name
Glenzer
Kent Glenzer
Job Title
Associate Professor (MPA/MBA), MIIS
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Kent works at and on the intersection of power, hegemony, social change and organizational and inter-organizational dynamics, particularly in Aidland north, south, east, and west.  He’s held global leadership positions with CARE and Oxfam -- where he led strategic planning, organizational learning, development, accountability, and evaluation units – and has a joint appointment at MIIS in the Development Practice and Policy (DPP) and MBA programs.  Recent consulting partners have included the U.S. Army, Ford Foundation, Geneva Global, Save the Children US, Food for Peace, and Free the Slaves.  He is on the Board of numerous organizations and initiatives, including the Management Assistance Group, International Initiative for Social Sustainability, and IFAD’s Participatory Impact Assessment and Learning initiative.  Kent also is an associate editor of the Action Research Journal and co-editor of the forthcoming Third Edition of The Handbook of Action Research.

Amit Sharma

First Name
Amit
Last Name
Sharma
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Job Title
Co-Founder, Empowerment Capital
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Mr. Sharma is currently engaged in several global initiatives that bring together his efforts in markets, comprehensive risk management and international development.  He is leading the formulation of a new investment vehicle, Empowerment Capital, focused on income generative scalable enterprise for the global poor—leveraging the power of institutional capital to support market-viable poverty alleviative commercial solutions.  

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Separately, he is assisting in the development of an inter-disciplinary network of experts that delivers shared solutions to multi-faceted global risk challenges to private, public, non-profit and development institutions.  The Risk Assistance Network and Exchange, or RANE, is a for-profit enterprise operating in the broad public interest.

Previously, Mr. Sharma served as the Deputy Director and Head of Operations and Strategy for Command Global Services (CGS), a Washington DC-based advisory firm led by former Deputy National Security Advisor, Juan Zarate.  In this role, he coordinated teams of investigators, financial forensic experts, analysts and legal professionals, to assist sovereign and private sector clients in the areas of stolen asset investigations, recovery and repatriation activities, international legal intervention, anti-corruption, transparent management of sovereign assets, strengthening of financial regulatory and enforcement capabilities, and engagement with foreign governments and financial markets participants. 

Prior to joining CGS, Mr. Sharma worked as the Chief of Staff for Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc. the American investment banking and brokerage unit of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, and as Head of Project Management for the firm’s International Business Unit.  In this capacity, he assisted in the growth of the U.S. branch’s primary/corporate finance and secondary sales and trading operations, as well as growing product capability with its sister institutional bank, the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi.

Before heading to New York, Mr. Sharma worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary, Robert Kimmitt and advisor to the Senior Treasury team, led by Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson.  He worked closely across the Government’s interagency and with foreign Finance Ministry and Central Bank officials, to advance U.S. economic policies, including: financial sector regulation (and reform), tax policy, combating illicit finance, economic sanctions, and international investment policy and security.  He also helped coordinate the daily work-flow and operations across the Department’s core offices of Domestic Finance, International Affairs and Financial Enforcement, and its multiple bureaus.

Before joining the senior team at Treasury, Mr. Sharma was a senior advisor in the Department's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, where he focused his efforts on issues related to illicit finance, and the use of economic and financial tools to combat national security threats.  His portfolio included the development and expansion of international anti-money laundering / counter-terrorist financing (AML/CFT) regimes and the application of targeted financial and economic sanctions.  He served as a financial expert to international fora dedicated to these issues, and traveled extensively to areas in South, Central and East Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Russia to engage senior government and private sector officials.

In addition to these opportunities, Mr. Sharma has held various consulting roles including for boutique financial services companies, domestic non-profit organizations and international development firms focusing on sustainable development in emerging market economies.  He teaches regularly on issues related to security policy, counter-terrorism finance, risk, and the activities of commercial enterprise and financial markets in a changing international economic and security environment.  Mr. Sharma was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia, where he met his wife, Thayer Tomlinson, a fellow volunteer, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. 

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Paul Breloff

First Name
Paul
Last Name
Breloff
paul.breloff_f
Job Title
Founder and Managing Director, Accion Venture Lab

Courses: Diligence Process and Decision in Impact Investment

Expertise

Paul Breloff founded and manages Venture Lab, an Accion-sponsored seed stage investment initiative focused on the world’s most innovative financial inclusion startups.

He conceived, built and lead all facets of global seed investment and portfolio management activities for Venture Lab, having sourced, analyzed and negotiated investments in India, Kenya, Mexico, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and the U.S. Paul has has also secured funding partnerships from Rockefeller Foundation, Gates Foundation, and CGAP, and advisory relationships with a range of other leaders in the financial inclusion space.

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Yuwei Shi

First Name
Yuwei
Last Name
Shi
yuwei_shi
Job Title
Dean, Graduate School of International Policy and Management

Courses: Designing an Innovative Business Model

Expertise

Dr. Yuwei Shi is Dean and Professor of Strategic Management at the Monterey Institute. An expert in competitive strategy and early-stage venture business model development and evaluation, he has published over three dozen papers in peer-reviewed journals and a number of books and book chapters. He has taught MBA and doctoral programs in nearly a dozen universities across the globe, and won the Excellence in Teaching Award at the Monterey Institute and the Allen Griffith Teaching Award.

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Dr. Shi is Founding Director of the Frontier Market Scouts Fellowship Program, and currently serves as a board director for Sanghata Global, a U.K. public charity, and the World Bee Project, a U.K Community Interest Corporation. He has fifteen years of experience building successful programs and companies at the Nanyang Business School, Andersen Consulting, PeerView, Scholarly Exchange, China Economic Daily, Bain & Co, and Indachin. Dr. Shi earned his Bachelor of Engineering degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Master of Comparative Law from the Dedmen School of Law at Southern Methodist University, and PhD in international management from University of Texas at Dallas School of Management.  

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Regular Faculty

Ross Baird

First Name
Ross
Last Name
Baird
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Job Title
Executive Director, Village Capital

Courses: Introduction to Social Enterprise and Impact Investing and Scouting and Developing a Winning Social Venture

Expertise

Ross developed the Village Capital concept in 2009, and has led the development of programs worldwide. Before launching Village Capital, he worked with First Light Ventures, a seed fund focused on impact investments. Prior to First Light, Ross worked on the development of four education-related start-up ventures: the Indian School Finance Company in Hyderabad, India; the National College Advising Corps in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and two ventures using technology to promote civic participation.

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Ross has a MPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and a BA from the University of Virginia, where he was a Truman Scholar and a Jefferson Scholar.

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Adjunct Faculty

Miguel Granier

First Name
Miguel
Last Name
Granier
Miguel Granier
Job Title
Founder and Managing Director, Invested Development

Courses: Due Diligence Process and Decisions in Impact Investment

Expertise

Miguel Granier is the Founder/Managing Director of Invested Development (ID), a Boston-based impact investment management firm. Before founding ID, Miguel, was the founding Investment Manager for First Light Ventures and founder of MCAP Consulting. He began his career in social enterprise as a loan officer for ACCION New York and has also worked for the insurance giant Fidelity National Financial in New York and Delter Business Institute in Beijing, China. 

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