• Joseph Curran

    Joseph graduated from Santa Clara University with a double major in Political Science and History. Before arriving at Impact Amplifier, Joseph was a Global Social Benefit Fellow with Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. As a fellow he worked with Tugende, a social enterprise that finances income generating assets for entrepreneurs in East Africa. He developed a research plan to measure Tugende’s social impact, conducted research in Uganda for 7 weeks with an interdisciplinary and intercultural team, analyzed the data, and composed a report for its investors and a set of recommendations for the enterprise. Joseph built upon his research with Tugende to write a thesis entitled “Microcredit 3.0: The Potential of Financing Business Assets for Financially Excluded Entrepreneurs.

  • Nora Praher

    Nora obtained a MSc in International Management at IESEG in Paris, which she concluded with a consulting project for a sustainable fashion brand in Vietnam. Prior to joining Impact Amplifier, she worked as a management consultant within the Strategy and Regulatory practice for Deloitte in Luxembourg, where she focused on the Private Equity industry. Originally from Austria, she has gained extensive international experience and is now fluent in German, English, French, Russian and Spanish. At Impact Amplifier, Nora has been working on the development of impact measurement & management frameworks and is focusing on leading entrepreneurs through the investment readiness process and preparation of investment cases for investment committees.

  • Folu Okunade

    Folu holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining Impact Amplifier as a fellow, Folu worked as a management and technology consultant across 3 countries, primarily focused on large scale process improvement solutions within the financial services and banking sector. Folu’s interests lie at the intersect of macroeconomic growth, entrepreneur empowerment, business development, impact investing, and technology-led social innovations.

  • Eric Fishel

    After completing his MBA at the University of Chicago, Eric worked at Wells Fargo Securities for seven years where he was a Vice President of corporate high yield bond research on a top ranked team focused on the U.S. telecom, media and cable sectors. Prior to his MBA, Eric worked at Morgan Stanley where he managed a middle office equity group and developed a new team in Mumbai, India. Eric also has a MA in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a BS in Finance from the University of Maryland. He has been to more than 50 countries and volunteered for a microfinance organization in Argentina as part of a more than year long backpacking trip around the globe.

  • Karina Shah

    After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in India, Karina worked in the valuation team at PwC and an early-stage VC, both in Bangalore, India. At PwC, Karina worked on valuation engagements for startups, investment funds, and large listed public companies. While at the early-stage VC, Karina worked closely with startups including deal sourcing and screening, potential investment due-diligence and portfolio management. Additionally, Karina was also a Fellow at Digital Desh, an initiative that aims to uncover how the Internet is changing the way the “next billion” in India live and do business. Insights from her recent journey to Orissa will be published as a coffee table book. Karina is also a Fellow at The Good Food Institute tasked with the creation of a Startup Manual for India. The Good Food Institute focusses on the promotion of the ecosystem around clean meat and plant-based alternatives to animal products

  • Ari Lew

    Ari graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences. He has also spent time at the University of Cape Town and London School of Economics studying sustainable development and environmental economics. Before joining Impact Amplifier, Ari interned for FS Investors, a private equity group where he gained exposure to impact oriented deals across multiple sectors and geographies. At Impact Amplifier He will be conducting impact assessments for Nando’s and helping early-stage impact startups make their investment case.


  • Rory Shepard

    Rory graduated from Georgetown University where he received his BSBA in Finance and Management from the McDonough School of Business. At Impact Amplifier, Rory focuses on structuring investment cases and implementing growth strategies for early-stage, high-impact companies across the energy, sustainable transport and health sectors. Prior to Impact Amplifier, Rory spent three years as an Analyst in the Global Power, Energy & Infrastructure group at Lazard, where he advised on over $35 billion of transactions across the regulated utility, merchant generation and renewable energy verticals.

  • Will St. Amant

    After graduating from Stanford University in 2015, with a degree in Human Biology, where his main focus was Global Health and Infectious Disease, Will worked as a management consultant for Bain & Company in San Francisco. At Bain, Will performed analyses and project management for Fortune 50 clients in healthcare, tech, retail, and media industries. Functionally, he worked primarily in strategy, performance improvement, and organization redesign. Additionally, he has launched and scaled clinics and led international business development for a dialysis start up, Africa Healthcare Network, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

  • Ben Elconin

    Ben holds dual master’s degrees in economics and international relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Prior to joining Impact Amplifier, Ben worked for Pencils of Promise as operations manager of the organization’s office in Laos. He now works for the Jefferson Awards Foundation in New York City.

  • Katelyn Diggs

    Katie graduated with BSc in Environmental Science with a concentration in Applied Ecology from the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University. Prior to joining Impact Amplifier, Katie worked with the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship as a Global Social Benefit Fellow. As a fellow, she assisted Sistema Biobolsa, a social enterprise based in Mexico City, in scaling their operations to serve new markets overseas. At Impact Amplifier, Katie has taken a hands-on role in Nando’s PERi Farms Impact Assessment, and is helping to create growth strategies and investment cases for early-stage high-impact social enterprises of various impact sectors.

  • Yasmin Venema

    Yasmin graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a BSC in Economics and a BSC in International Relations and Politics. Prior to joining Impact Amplifier, Yasmin worked as an Analyst on the Global Securitized Products desk at Citigroup where she underwrote and executed over $15bn in ABS bond issuances, and structured over $10bn in secured warehouse facilities. At Impact Amplifier, Yasmin has been focused on conducting due diligence and investment readiness assessments on social enterprises across various industries as part of the Google Impact Challenge South Africa.

Past Fellows

  • Andreas Fransson

    After graduating with a Masters from University of Cambridge in 2011, Andreas joined a UNDP team in Shanghai developing a framework to assess social and environmental impact of south-south business ventures, mainly involving China and countries in Africa. He then joined H&M in 2012 seeking a fast-paced career in an industry with the potential of creating employment opportunities and revenue for developing countries. He now runs Fair Frank, an ethical shoe company.

  • Anny Kang

    Anny holds a double Msc in Finance, Financial Engineering & Risk Management at Bocconi University in Milan and Imperial College Business School in London. She worked previously at Citigroup Hong Kong as Pan-Asia Equity Sales & Corporate Access analyst and International Refugees Tokyo as fundraising strategy volunteer. Currently she is involved in acceleration process of clean energy and social retail startups and the seed funding launch strategy.

  • Felix Philipp

    Felix obtained a double MSc in International Management and Sustainable Business and is currently a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Business researching leader’s roles in the emergence of Shared Values. Felix was part of the Health Tech Accelerator Programme where he drives the curriculum and programme development to scale high potential enterprises. Felix now works for Impact Amplifier.

  • Hannah Greene

    Hannah was awarded a Masters of Science in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and is currently broadening her understanding of the social impact spectrum by entering the Corporate Social Responsibility space in New York City. Originally from Washington, DC, she studied Political Science as an undergraduate and recently worked with the United Nations Foundation’s political advocacy efforts.

  • Jo McDonnell

    Jo has 10 years experience in the environment and development sectors, working in Africa and Europe in social policy, strategy and finance. At Impact Amplifier, Jo co-ordinated the Green Pioneer Accelerator programme which aimed to help 12 impact entrepreneurs to secure investment. She read an M.A in Biological Sciences at Cambridge University (UK), and worked as a Sustainability Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

  • Keith Clark

    Keith graduated with a double Bsc in Finance and Accounting from Rutgers Business School. At Impact Amplifier, Keith took a hands on roll in accelerating companies in the healthcare and retail space, preparing them for their first round of investment. Outside of the office, he enjoys sport and spending time in the gym. Prior to the fellowship at Impact Amplifier, he began his career as a business development associate at SS&C GlobeOp in 2017.

  • Manuel Rosas Vázquez

    Manuel graduated with a BSc. In International Relations at BUAP, Mexico. Currently he is reading an Msc. in Public Policy with a Diploma in International Affairs and International Political Economy at the Willy Brandt School of Governance in Germany. Manuel’s current role at Impact Amplifier is researching potential grant funding for smallholder farmers to support a sustainable agricultural supply chain project in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.

  • Michel Shehadi

    Michel completed is MBA at Georgetown University in 2017. His career began at a business development consultancy where he provided strategic planning advice to over 10 start-up companies and then moved on to open two popular fast food chain restaurant franchises in Mexico City. He then founded Inaya, an importer, distributor, and retailer selling home décor and accessories. He is now an associate at McKinsey & Company, Mexico.

  • Omar Seguel

    Omar is currently undergoing an Msc. in Management Engineering with Diploma in Sustainable Operations and Social Innovation at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. As part of Impact Amplifiers advisory services, Omar’s role is to design and develop a mobile agriculture solution to support ethical supply chains.

  • Salma Elhadi

    Salma is pursuing a Masters in Sustainable Development in Egypt, which allows her to understand the innovations required to facilitate impact investing. Joining Impact Amplifier has been an eye-opening experience for Salma on both impact investment and the African continent.

  • Tessa Brock

    Tessa obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) in Cape Town and following that, she worked for a year in communications, with environmental or social impact business clients. She studied further and graduated with a PG Dip (cum laude) in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University.

  • Tiago Gomes

    Tiago’s career began as a financial planning analyst in the medical industry in Brazil. He then worked for Standard Charted Bank for five years, primarily in project finance specialising in the oil, gas and infrastructure sectors across America, Asia and Africa. His expertise lies in risk analysis, financial analysis and financial modelling. In 2017, he began his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

  • Trace Welch

    Trace completed his MBA at Columbia Business School in 2017. He began his career in Investment Management, focusing on due diligence across asset classes, portfolio construction, and security valuation; he is also a CFA and CAIA Charterholder. Before joining Impact Amplifier, Trace led a consulting project for an international nonprofit mapping innovation ecosystems in Emerging Markets, served as a Fellow at the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, and advised a mobile startup based in Kenya as it raised venture capital funding.


  • “My experience with Impact Amplifier was simply unparalleled, and I am certain that I’ll refer to my time here for the rest of my career. This firm sees opportunity where others would see an obstacle, and works towards mastery where many would be intimidated. The African continent presents a complex set of problems to practitioners of social impact, but this close-knit team works towards efficiently and effectively solving them. Was such an honor to be a part of this work!”

    – Hannah Greene, 2016

  • “Working for Impact Amplifier has been one of the most exciting experiences I have undertaken. The wide range of services and solutions offered for both bootstrapped and more advanced social ventures makes for a challenging, motivating and inspiring environment. I highly valued the opportunity of joining a team with great expertise and diverse experience who were always on hand to help with anything needed. A great experience to learn about the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa and to immerse yourself in the wonderful, vibrant, dynamic city that is Cape Town. For sure, a unique and challenging life experience. One I’ll never forget!”

    – Omar Antonio, 2016

  • “Impact Amplifier has helped me gain valuable work experience and industry specific knowledge, which, I know, has given me a huge head-start in my career. In business; experience often trumps the books!”

    – Tessa Brock, 2016