Judges at the 2015 Competition Finals

Fish 2.0 is pleased to announce the judges for the Competition Finals in November. We selected judges based on their experience, knowledge and interests in impact investing and entrepreneurial businesses. These judges have years of investment experience on average and work with both equity and debt instruments and range from venture capitalists to sector-specific impact investors.

They are also interested in a wide range of investment structures, stages of business development, exit strategies, and geographic regions. We are honored and excited to have these judges with us for both days of the Competition Finals. We look forward to hearing their questions for Fish 2.0 businesses and their decisions on the winners of the Fish 2.0 competition.


    • Kate Danaher, RSF Social Finance. Kate Danaher is a lending manager at San Francisco–based RSF Social Finance, an impact investing pioneer that has provided loans and grants to social enterprises since 1984. Kate focuses on RSF’s food and agriculture portfolio, where her work includes business development and strategy for the lending program, PRI portfolio, and integrated capital funds. RSF has financed more aggregators and distributors of regional and sustainable food than any other organization in the country, and Kate is deploying RSF’s financial tools to build more-resilient regional food systems and high-integrity supply chains. She is working to expand RSF’s support into the sustainable seafood arena. Kate is a frequent speaker on investment in sustainable food and agriculture. She received her MBA through the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise program at Colorado State University.(Judge for Track A)

    • Jana Dombrowski, Rabobank. Jana Dombrowski joined Rabobank in April 2006 and has over 20 years of banking experience. As Relationship Manager, Jana covers corporate clients from Rabobank’s San Francisco office. Her client base includes seafood and value-added seafood companies throughout the US and West Coast food processors, produce suppliers, and farm inputs manufacturers. Prior to joining Rabobank, Jana was in charge of credit research at SVB Asset Management. From 2001 to 2004, she was a vice president in ABN AMRO’s Global Technology Banking Group, focusing on a client base that included software, IT services, semiconductors, and consumer electronics companies. Following completion of the Bank of Boston Credit and Capital Markets Training Program, Jana began her lending career covering clients in the transportation, defense, and multinational sectors. Jana received a BA in finance and economics from Simmons College. (Judge for Tracks B and C)

    • Ian Dutton, Nautilus Impact Investing. Ian Dutton founded Anchorage, Alaska–based Nautilus Impact Investing LLC in 2015 to improve returns from social investments. Nautilus is currently partnering with private investors, philanthropists, and government and international development organizations on fisheries management, climate adaptation, and indigenous community conservation and development projects.

       

      Ian previously served in executive leadership roles with Rasmuson Foundation, the Alaska SeaLife Center, The Nature Conservancy, and the University of Rhode Island. He has designed and led high-impact natural resources management and social development programs throughout the US, Australia, and Asia Pacific countries. Several of those programs pioneered new approaches to shared impact monitoring and evaluation. Ian holds a PhD in geographical sciences from the University of Queensland. He is an adjunct professor in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and chaired the North Pacific Research Board from 2009 to 2012. (Judge for Track A)

    • Joe Hankins, The Conservation Fund. Joe Hankins is Vice President of The Conservation Fund, which he joined in 1992 to develop aquaculture, sustainable rural economic development, and technology outreach in Appalachia. Today he leads an internationally recognized research and consulting program focused on water reuse technology in food production. He is known for bringing a biologist’s eye and an entrepreneur’s passion to modern issues in conservation. Joe also is director of fund’s Freshwater Institute and a founding board member of the Natural Capital Investment Fund, a source of capital for socially and environmentally responsible businesses. He is active in local and regional workgroups focused on the strategic importance of water, community water infrastructure planning, and lifecycle assessment. Joe holds an MS in environmental biology from Hood College and a BS in general science from Purdue University. (Judge for Track A)

    • Margot Kane, Calvert Foundation. Margot Kane leads strategy development, fundraising, and implementation of Calvert Foundation new investment initiatives that target key impact areas such as women’s diaspora engagement in development, the environment, and the revitalization of American cities. Previously, Margot managed a $75 million loan portfolio, originated and underwrote transactions, and developed investment strategies for Calvert Foundation’s loan portfolio. After working in international development at Pathfinder International in Boston and Ethiopia, Margot developed an interest in social finance through working at Walden Asset Management and NCB Capital Impact. Margot has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a founding principal of a $1.5 million student-run social investment fund, and a BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a 2013 PLACES Fellow with the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. (Judge for Tracks B and C)

    • Dr. Charly Kleissner, 100% Impact Network, KL Felicitas Foundation, Toniic. Charly Kleissner has over 14 years of experience as an impact investor. He co-authored Solutions for Impact Investors: From Strategy to Implementation, published in 2009, providing a road map for the design and implementation of a portfolio strategy to impact investing. Charly co-founded KL Felicitas Foundation, Social-Impact International, and the Central European Investment Ready Program, all of which help social entrepreneurs worldwide accelerate and increase their impact. In Evolution of an Impact Portfolio: From Implementation to Results, published in 2013, KL Felicitas Foundation demonstrated that impact investors can construct a 100 percent impact portfolio and achieve competitive financial returns in all asset classes.

       

      Charly also co-founded Toniic and the 100% Impact Network, global networks for active impact investors. He serves as the chairman of the advisory board of the Global Impact Hub and as the board director and chairman of the investment committee of ImpactAssets. Charly, based in Big Sur, California, has over 20 years of experience as a senior technology executive in Silicon Valley. He has held executive and senior engineering management positions at Ariba, Digital Equipment Corp., Hewlett-Packard, and NeXT. He earned his MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Technology, Vienna. (Judge for Tracks B and C)

    • Lisa Kleissner, KL Felicitas Foundation, Toniic. Lisa Kleissner is the president of the KL Felicitas Foundation, a family foundation she co-founded with her husband, Charly, in 2000. KL Felicitas Foundation is dedicated to supporting programs that enable social entrepreneurs worldwide to develop and grow economically sustainable, scalable enterprises with high measurable social impact, and to advocating the foundation’s impact investing strategy. Lisa is a frequent speaker, advocate, and author on topics related to leveraged and holistic approaches to philanthropy and impact investing. She is a co-founder and treasurer of Toniic, a global impact investing platform; a co-founder and board member of Social-Impact International, an incubator of capacity-building programs for social enterprise; and a co-founder of Hawai’i Investment Ready, a capacity-building program for indigenous and island social enterprise.

       

      The World Economic Forum named the KL Felicitas Foundation one of two foundations providing portfolio investment leadership in impact investing in the US. The foundation recently received the BNP Paribas Grand Prix Prize for Philanthropy for its work in impact investing, and New Philanthropy Capital listed it as one of 10 top philanthropic innovations. (Judge for Track A)

    • Paul Matteucci, US Venture Partners. Paul Matteucci is an operating partner at US Venture Partners (USVP), a pioneer of venture capital that has helped make Silicon Valley a leader in IT technology and health care innovation. He is also the founder of Feeding 10 Billion (not affiliated with USVP), a nonprofit initiative focused on building a robust ecosystem of information and people to help entrepreneurs start and grow food-system businesses. With a passion for creating jobs and mentoring startup teams, Paul has helped a generation of entrepreneurs learn how to execute during difficult times. The best of them learn to use challenges as a catalyst for innovation and for creating cultures that are accountable, cash-efficient, resilient, and focused.

       

      At USVP, Paul has led or co-led investments in Livefyre, 3Ware (sold to AMCC), Trovix (sold to Monster), PlaceIQ, Swoop, and others. He has also served on the boards of dstillery, 4info, and Homestead (sold to Intuit). Paul’s current interests on the technology landscape include Internet services, mobile computing, audience measurement and aggregation, data storage, and data analytics. At Feeding 10 Billion, Paul advises startups and works with public and private institutions to develop programs for entrepreneurs under a new accelerator program called Food System 6. (Judge for Tracks B and C)

    • Amy Novogratz, Aqua-Spark. Amy Novogratz, Managing Partner of Aqua-Spark, is the creator of the organization’s big vision and the role it can play in the expansion of the industry. She is an accomplished leader skilled at identifying and executing remarkable ideas. For a decade, she led the TED Conference’s annual TED Prize, working with some of the world’s smartest leaders and thinkers to turn their ideas into impactful global initiatives. Amy is recognized for her unique ability to orchestrate complex collaborations that quickly reveal results, and she has directed over 20 international collaborations across a spectrum of sectors including science, technology, conservation, art, health, and education. Among her high-profile TED Prize successes are Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, artist JR’s Inside Out Project, and Bono’s One.org. To achieve each initiative, Amy managed a core team to facilitate partnerships with some of the world’s most recognized individuals, organizations and corporations. Prior to joining TED, Amy was part of the founding team of the Social Policy Action Network in Washington, DC, and led content production for a TV and web entity that facilitates collaboration among global youth. (Judge for Track A)

    • Mitchell S. Presser, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.Mitchell S. Presser leads the US mergers and acquisitions practice at the multinational law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, focusing on global business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyouts, for international corporations and financial institutions. From 2006 to 2013, Mitchell was a founding partner of Paine and Partners LLC, a private equity firm managing a $1.2 billion fund focused on investing in food and agribusiness. Previously, he was a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he concentrated on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, leveraged buyouts, corporate governance, and securities law matters.

       

      Mitchell serves as a member of the board of directors of Destination XL Group Inc. He previously served as a member of the boards of directors of Eurodrip S.A., WireCo World Group, Capital Z Asset Management LLC, R360 Environmental Solutions, Sunrise Holdings (Delaware) Inc., and Icicle Seafoods Inc. He is a graduate of New York University and received his JD from Yale Law School. (Judge for Tracks B and C)

    • Mike Velings, Aqua-Spark. Mike Velings is the founder, managing partner, and the driving force behind Aqua-Spark, a Netherlands-based global investment fund for sustainable aquaculture that combines a healthy financial profit with environmental and social impact. A lifelong entrepreneur, Mike has spent decades jump-starting a range of successful businesses. Among other ventures, he co-founded Connexie, which has helped catalyze a professional employment industry across the Netherlands. Mike uses his business background to support environmental and social engagement. He understands the potential for business to create durable solutions to complex world problems. With this in mind, Mike founded A-Spark: an investment company that assists entrepreneurs across the globe in realizing their visions of a startup with a world-changing element. Through A-Spark, he has invested in a broad range of ventures over the years in both the developed and developing world. Mike serves on several boards and is also a member of the Chairman’s Council of Conservation International and an Honorary Global Marine Fellow. (Judge for Tracks B and C)