We build on cross-sector expertise
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 is founder and CEO at Roots of Impact. He has more than 20 years of experience in the finance sector, including 12 years at Credit Suisse, most recently as a Managing Director. After leaving the banking industry, he dedicated his work to designing and implementing effective solutions for financing social impact at scale. With his team at Roots of Impact he develops pioneering solutions and platforms such as Social Impact Incentives (SIINC) and the Social Finance Academy. He is Senior Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at University of Zurich and mentor at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Impact Investment for the Next Generation Program. Bjoern is member of various investment committees and advisory boards. He serves as Senior Advisor to Ashoka on social finance and is co-founder of the Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship (FASE).
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 is advisor at Roots of Impact and mainly designs impact finance content for onsite and online education. Since 2010 she is active as a freelance writer, journalist and communications expert in impact investing, social finance and social entrepreneurship. Besides Roots of Impact, she works with several pioneers in the field on publications, communications and knowledge dissemination, for example for the Financing Agency for Social Entrepreneurship (FASE) and Ananda Impact Ventures. Her career spans more than 15 years in the finance industry, among others as a partner and investor relations manager at venture capital firm Star Ventures and director of structured products at Deutsche Bank subsidiary DB Trust AG. There, she was responsible for venture capital and private equity fund placements to Deutsche Bank’s high net worth clientele across Germany. She is also active as a pro bono advisor to a blockchain-based validation and investment platform for developing countries. Christina holds a Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Mannheim and is member of the German journalist association DFJV.
Maxime Cheng is programme manager of the Social Finance Academy, building the education 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 also 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.
Patrizia Baffioni is project manager at Roots of Impact focusing on Impact-Linked Finance and impact assessment. In particular, she leads and facilitates the open platform initiative for Impact-Linked Finance and manages projects in vocational skills development and ecosystem building. Before joining the team, she worked for over two years for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), first as communications expert and then as project assistant, and was involved in technical cooperation projects in Chad, Benin and Haiti. Patrizia studied and worked in several countries across Europe, namely in Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Austria, and speaks four languages fluently. She is a member of the Global Shapers, a youth community of the World Economic Forum. She is currently finalising her second master in Development Finance at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management, focusing in her thesis on how to accelerate and scale Impact-Linked Finance.
Sana Kapadia is Impact Investment Manager at Roots of Impact. She is bringing a rich global background in impact investing, venture capital, equity research, and social entrepreneurship to the team. Sana spent the first half of her career in traditional finance and then transitioned to the social impact space, with roles at mission venture fund Renewal Funds and social impact accelerator Spring Activator. At Spring, she continues to support impact entrepreneurs in scaling their impact and raising investment as a part-time Chief Impact Officer. Recently honoured as a “Business in Vancouver Top 40 under 40” winner, she is also a co-founder of the RAISE Collective, a community of female investors and founders changing the gender ratio in investment. For Vancouver-based Active Impact Investments she acts as a gender lens and deal flow advisor. Sana holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada and a Masters in Development Studies from Erasmus University in the Netherlands.
Eren Foerster is office manager at Roots of Impact. She is responsible for administration, accounting and customer relationship management. Eren is a tax assistant by training as well as a foreign language correspondent in English and French. Before joining the Roots of Impact team, she worked at international law firms as assistant for partners specialized in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and private equity. During her employment in several tax consultancies as well as in public and private sector organizations she gained experience as a commercial clerk in departments like human resources, accounting, customer relationship, administration and was working with financial reports & analysis, tax related matters as well as translations.
Dr. Thomas Scheuerle
Dr. Thomas Scheuerle is scientific advisor at Roots of impact for impact management. He works as a consultant for innovation management and corporate venturing with a focus on sustainable business innovations. Previously, he was at the Centre for Social Investment at the University of Heidelberg where he contributed to several research and advisory projects in the field of social entrepreneurship and social impact investing. Trained in economics and social sciences at the Universities of Heidelberg, Mannheim, St. Gallen and Philadelphia (UPenn), his work focuses on how to leverage market mechanisms to achieve social and ecological goals. In his PhD thesis at the University of St. Gallen, he analyzed cross-sector business models in the field of new sustainable mobility solutions.
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.
Ben West is a working student and programme assistant at Roots of Impact. Before joining the team, he has been active for three years in research and development advisory firms in Afghanistan, promoting best practices in monitoring and evaluation and impact assessments for development projects. Since leaving Afghanistan, he has started a master’s degree of public policy at the Hertie School of Governance, where he specializes in policy analysis. Prior to this, he studied political science and French at the University of Oregon, where he graduated with a BA in 2013.