Global Impact Leaders

The Global Impact Leaders, from the Sorenson Impact Institute, is a diverse and inclusive network of impact practitioners and thought leaders working toward positive social and environmental impact around the world. The network was formed to recognize, elevate and amplify the contributions of those working to solve the world’s most pressing social and environmental problems.

What's next in Impact Report

What’s Next in Impact

To understand the current state of impact and the challenges and trends shaping our future, the Sorenson Impact Institute turned to our community of cross-sectional Global Impact Leaders, as well as experts on our team.

In this unique report, these thought leaders and impact practitioners share their unique perspectives on how the world of impact is changing, predictions on what’s to come, and suggestions on how we can work together to achieve a sustainable, resilient, and thriving future.

How are members selected? What are the criteria?

The inaugural members of the network have been invited by experts at the Sorenson Impact Institute who have taken into account the significance of their contribution and work in the impact space. This inaugural group will help shape the future of the network, criteria for membership, overall goals, and direction of the annual impact survey. Future members of the network will be nominated by existing members and invited following in-depth review and consideration by experts at the Sorenson Impact Institute.

What sectors are represented?

Impact Investing

Impact Finance and Banking

Impact Strategy, Measurement

ESG

Gender Lens and Inclusive Investing

Business and Entrepreneurship

Media

Government, Policy & Law

Foundations, Non-profits and NGOs

Education, Academia, Research

Thought Leadership

Technology

“The field of impact is rapidly expanding. This new network is designed to further accelerate that growth by bringing together established and new voices in the field from across a broad range of sectors. At a moment in world history when this work has taken on a heightened relevance and urgency, our goal is to facilitate conversations and collaborations that lead to action and ever greater impact.”

Matthew Bishop
Sorenson Impact Institute Senior Fellow & Inaugural Chair of the Global Impact Leaders

Matthew Bishop

Meet the Global Impact Leaders

Reuben Abraham

Reuben Abraham

CEO, Artha Global
Rosemary Addis

Rosemary Addis

Founding Managing Partner, Mondiale Impact
Alex Amouyel

Alex Amouyel

President & CEO, Newman's Own Foundation
Bertrand Badre

Bertrand Badre

Managing Partner & Founder, Blue Like an Orange Sustainable Capital
Zubaida Bai

Zubaida Bai

President & CEO, Grameen Foundation
David Bank

David Bank

Editor & CEO, ImpactAlpha
Matthew Bannick

Matthew Bannick

Former Managing Partner, Omidyar Network
Naina Subberwal Batra

Naina Subberwal Batra

CEO, Asian Venture Philanthropy Network
Georgie Giner Benardete

Georgie Giner Benardete

Founder, Align17
Matthew Bishop

Matthew Bishop

Senior Fellow, Global Impact Leader Founder & Inaugural Chair, Sorenson Impact Institute
Ruma Bose

Ruma Bose

Chief Growth Officer & Head of International, Clearco
Amit Bouri

Amit Bouri

Co-Founder & CEO, The Global Impact Investing Network
Margot Brandenburg

Margot Brandenburg

Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation
Robert Brown

Robert Brown

Senior Fellow, Sorenson Impact Institute
Howard W. Buffet

Howard W. Buffet

Associate Professor & Member of University's Committee on Socially Responsible Investing, Columbia University
Catherine Burnett

Catherine Burnett

Allie Burns

Allie Burns

CEO, Village Capital
Mark Campanale

Mark Campanale

Founder & Executive Director, Carbon Tracker Initiative
Sarah Chen-Spellings

Sarah Chen-Spellings

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Beyond the Billion
Esha Chhabra

Esha Chhabra

Economist, International Monetary Fund
Calvin Chin

Calvin Chin

Managing Partner, E14 Fund
Matt Christensen

Matt Christensen

Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing, Allianz Global Investors
Sir Ronald Cohen

Sir Ronald Cohen

President, The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment
Jamie Cooper

Jamie Cooper

Chair & President, Big Win
Ron Cordes

Ron Cordes

Co-Founder, Cordes Foundation
Phyllis Kurlander Costanza

Phyllis Kurlander Costanza

President & Co-Founder, OutcomesX
Dame Elizabeth Corley

Dame Elizabeth Corley

Chair, Impact Investing Institute
Mekaelia Davis

Mekaelia Davis

Director of Black Family Economic Mobility, Ballmer Group
Sasha Dichter

Sasha Dichter

Co-Founder & CEO, 60 Decibels
Temple Fennell

Temple Fennell

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Clean Energy Ventures
Alex Friedman

Alex Friedman

Co-Founder & CEO, Novata
Rachel Gerrol

Rachel Gerrol

Co-Founder & CEO, NEXUS Global Summit
James Gifford

James Gifford

Managing Director & Head of Sustainable and Impact Advisory, Credit Suisse
Kate Goodall

Kate Goodall

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Halcyon Venture Partners
Brigit Helms

Brigit Helms

Executive Director, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Jessica Jackley

Jessica Jackley

Founder & CEO, Alltruists
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson

US News Editor, Financial Times
Nigel Kershaw

Nigel Kershaw

Co-Founder & Chair, The Big Issue Group
Charly Kleissner

Charly Kleissner

Co-Founder, Toniic
Amy Klement

Amy Klement

Managing Partner, Imaginable Futures
Raj Kumar

Raj Kumar

President & Editor-in-Chief, Devex
Olivia Leland

Olivia Leland

Founder & CEO, Co-Impact
Jessica Long

Jessica Long

CSO & Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners
Peter Lupoff

Peter Lupoff

Principal, Lupoff/Stevens Family Office
Ben McAdams

Ben McAdams

Senior Fellow, Sorenson Impact Institute
Clara Miller

Clara Miller

President Emerita, The F. B. Heron Foundation
Rebeca Minguela

Rebeca Minguela

Founder & CEO, Clarity AI
Bhakti Mirchandani

Bhakti Mirchandani

Managing Director of Responsible Investing, Trinity Church Wall Street
James Mwangi

James Mwangi

CEO, Equity Group Holdings PLC
Maggie Neilson

Maggie Neilson

Founder & CEO, Global Philanthropy Group
Trevor Neilson

Trevor Neilson

Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO, WasteFuel
Christian Novak

Christian Novak

Managing Partner, FMA / Professor of Practice, McGill University
Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli

Founder & Executive Chair, African Food Changemakers
Jean Oelwang

Jean Oelwang

Founding CEO Virgin Unite, Co-Founder Plus Wonder, Collaborations Architect
Tracy Palandijian

Tracy Palandijian

Co-Founder & CEO, Social Finance
Chintan Panchal

Chintan Panchal

Founding Partner, RPCK
Deval Patrick

Deval Patrick

Co-Director, Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership
Nancy Pfund

Nancy Pfund

Founder & Managing Partner, DBL Partners
Andi Phillips

Andi Phillips

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Maycomb Capital
Jacques-Philippe Piverger

Jacques-Philippe Piverger

Founder, Chariman & CEO, GoodLight Capital
Johanna Posada

Johanna Posada

Founder & Managing Partner, Elevar Equity
Vikas Pota

Vikas Pota

Founder & CEO, T4 Education
Aunnie Patton Power

Aunnie Patton Power

Co-Founder, Impact Finance Pro
Cliff Prior

Cliff Prior

CEO, Global Steering Group
Liesel Pritzker Simmons

Liesel Pritzker Simmons

Co-Founder, Blue Haven Initiative
President Taylor Randall

President Taylor Randall

President, University of Utah
Eric Rice

Eric Rice

Senior Fellow, Sorenson Impact Institute
Imogen Rose-Smith

Imogen Rose-Smith

Managing Director, Confluence Partners
Jeff Rosenthal

Jeff Rosenthal

Co-Founder, Summit
Delilah Rothenberg

Delilah Rothenberg

Co-Founder & Executive Director, The Predistribution Initiative
Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild

Founding & Managing Partner, Inclusive Capital Partners
Dimple Sahni

Dimple Sahni

Managing Director Multi Asset Impact Investing, Anthos Fund and Asset Management
Debra Schwartz

Debra Schwartz

Managing Director Impact Investments, MacArthur Foundation
Fran Seegull

Fran Seegull

President, U.S. Impact Investing Alliance
Premal Shah

Premal Shah

Founder & President, Kiva
Durreen Shahnaz

Durreen Shahnaz

Founder & CEO, IIX AND IIX Foundation
Greg Shell

Greg Shell

Managing Partner, Head of Inclusive Growth Strategy, Goldman Sachs
Randy Shumway

Randy Shumway

Founder & CEO, Cicero Group
Shamina Singh

Shamina Singh

Executive Vice President Sustainability, Mastercard
Elaine Smith Genser

Elaine Smith Genser

Board Member & Advisor, Joint SDG Fund
Jim Lee Sorenson

Jim Lee Sorenson

Chairman, Sorenson Impact Foundation
Laurie Spengler

Laurie Spengler

Founder & CEO, Courageous Capital Advisors
Noor Sweid

Noor Sweid

Founder & Managing Partner, Global Ventures
Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

Chair of Editorial Board, Editor-at-Large, Financial Times
Jonathan Tower

Jonathan Tower

Managing Partner, Arctaris Impact Investors
Rekha Unnithan

Rekha Unnithan

Global Head of Private Equity Impact, Nuveen
Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson

Senior Advisor, Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity
Arthur Wood

Arthur Wood

Founding Partner, TOTAL Impact Capital and Equity4Humanity
Shu Dar Yao

Shu Dar Yao

Founder & Managing Partner, Lucid Capitalism
Bill Young

Bill Young

Founder, Social Capital Partners