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Team

Our team comprises experts with long-term experience in venture capital, corporate finance, catalytic and blended finance, social entrepreneurship, philanthropy and impact assessment.

Bjoern Struewer

Bjoern Struewer

Bjoern Struewer is founder and CEO at Roots of Impact. After leaving the traditional finance sector, he dedicated his work to financing and scaling high-impact social enterprises globally. He created Roots of Impact with the objective to shape the market for impact investment and blended finance in a way that capital for social impact makes a real difference. Bjoern has more than 25 years of experience in the finance sector including 12 years at Credit Suisse – lastly as Managing Director. He regularly speaks on impact investing and social finance and is engaged at lecturer, advisor and mentor at renowned business schools and universities such as the Harvard Kennedy School. Bjoern is member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Venture Philanthropy and Social Investments. He is an active impact investor and member of various investment committees and advisory boards. He also serves as Senior Advisor to Ashoka on social finance and is co-founder of the Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship (FASE).

Prof. Dr. Barbara Scheck

Prof. Dr. Barbara Scheck

Prof. Dr. Barbara Scheck is a Professor for Entrepreneurship at the Munich Business School. Before that she lectured Social Investment at the University of Hamburg. Her research focuses on the financing of social enterprises, impact and mission-related investing and impact assessment. She holds a Diplôme de Grande Ecole and MSc from the European School of Management where she studied International Business Administration in Paris, Oxford and Berlin and a PhD from Technical University Munich. She is a member of the EU’s GECES subgroup on impact measurement in social enterprise and the Impact Measurement Working Group of the Social Impact Investment Task Force established by the G8.

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Maxime Cheng (as of May 2017)

Maxime Cheng is programme manager of the Social Finance Academy, building the eduction platform and curating both the online and on-site educational experience in the field of social finance. Before joining the team, Maxime built an impact measurement and evaluation database at Impact Hub (Global), as well as advised mission-driven organisations and policy makers on the subject. She also worked with start-ups creating digital contents on the topic of business model design and leadership training, establishing data analysis processes to drive UX and product development. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Hertie School of Governance and investigated the design process of impact indicators of Social Impact Bonds in Europe in her final thesis. She worked as a marketing officer at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council after graduating from her Bachelor in International Politics and History from Jacobs University Bremen.

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Dr. Rory Tews

Dr. Rory Tews is programme manager at Roots of Impact where he is responsible for impact assessment and guiding social entrepreneurs on impact generation, incentives and measurement. He currently manages a multi-year blended finance project in Latin America, has authored several articles, and has co-developed a new impact optimisation approach. Rory has won several awards for his academic work and recently completed his PhD, conducting a socio-cultural analysis of the emergence of social entrepreneurship in the broader institutional framework.

Christina Moehrle

Christina Moehrle

Christina Moehrle is advisor at Roots of Impact. Since 2010 she focuses on impact investing, social finance and social entrepreneurship and works with several pioneers in the impact investing field. Her career spans more than 15 years in the finance industry, having been partner and investor relations manager at international venture capital firm Star Ventures and director of structured products at Deutsche Bank Trust AG, where she was responsible for venture capital and private equity offerings to Deutsche’s high net worth clientele. Christina holds a Master degree in business administration from the University of Mannheim (Germany) and is member of the German journalist association DFJV.

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Dr. Andrés Cardona

Dr. Andrés Cardona is advisor at Roots of Impact for social impact assessment and network analysis. He works at the intersection of science and business applications using the tools of network analysis and computer-based simulation. He obtained his bachelor in economics from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, one of the top universities in Latin America. After working as a consultant helping companies in Colombia prepare for a free trade agreement with the USA, he moved to Germany were he completed a masters and a PhD degrees in sociology. As a researcher at the University of Bielefeld he focused on understanding the causes of social inequality in markets, families, and social networks.

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Patrizia Baffioni

Patrizia Baffioni is Operations Manager at Roots of Impact, ensuring rigorous quality management and supporting the team in project management and implementation. Before joining the team she worked for over two years for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, first as Communications Expert and then as Project Assistant where she was working on technical cooperation projects in Chad, Benin and Haiti. She is an engaged member of the international network for social entrepreneurs, MakeSense, and in 2015 was elected as member of their Governance Board. Patrizia studied and worked in several countries across Europe, namely in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Austria, and speaks fluently four languages. She holds a Bachelor degree in International Economic Relations and a Master in Business Administration. Her final thesis focused on social impact measurement in social enterprises.

Robert Bronn

Robert Bronn

Robert Bronn is a graduate student at the University of Frankfurt am Main in political theory. In 2012 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science at the Univerity of Regensburg. His scientific work currently focuses on theories of ethics and justice. As intern at Roots of Impact he is supporting the research activities, impact measurement & reporting and data management.