Mentoring Program

At the first G20 Inclusive Business Workshop in Berlin a mentoring program was launched. Through this program the G20 Challenge winners receive support from experienced mentors, ranging from the CEO of one of the biggest microfinance network to the manager of a leading social investment fund.  Mentors are carefully selected due to the main challenge the G20 winners face in the process of scaling and replicating their business models. The winners have the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences with their mentors, and to develop concrete strategies for expanding their businesses.

Meet our Mentors

 

Sam Bernards, is a creative, strategic leader, currently serving as the Chief Innovation Officer of 7 Revolutions, Inc.  He has more than 16 years of experience creating strategic business and systems value for retail, financial and start-up companies. As the former Senior Director of Innovation for Walmart’s Strategy and Business Development team, Mr. Bernards lead all phases of innovation and development of the next generation of WalMart stores (Walmart Express) and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with an MBA in Supply Chain & Strategy from the Marriott School of Management, where he was named Hawes Scholar. Mr. Bernards also served as the President of the NW Arkansas chapter of the BYU Management Society, and as the Chair of Walmart’s Asian & Pacific Islander Resource group.  He is fluent in Italian & English with international business experience in Milan, Italy and Munich, Germany.
kavita_prakash_mani Kavita Prakash-Mani, is Head Food Security Agenda at Syngenta – one of the world’s leading companies with more than 25,000 employees in over 90 countries dedicated to the purpose of bringing plant potential to life. She is responsible for establishing a strategic agenda that embeds food security and sustainability into business activities across Syngenta globally and developing innovative business models to create additional value for the company while contributing to sustainable development. The current focus of her work is working with smallholder farmers to improve their productivity and profitability, and on environmental sustainability of agriculture.She is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Food Security and Nutrition. She was previously Vice President for Client Services and Emerging Economies at SustainAbility, a strategy consulting firm and think tank, where she focused on the Food and Beverage sector and on Emerging Economies. Previous to that she worked with the World Resources Institute in Washington DC. Ms. Prakash-Mani holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
Rupert Scofield, FINCA International President and Chief Executive Officer, is an agricultural economist with 40 years of experience in the developing countries of Africa, Latin America, Eurasia and the Greater Middle East. He also serves as President and CEO of FINCA Microfinance Holdings, LLC, a first-of-its-kind, socially-responsible investment partnership for microfinance, formulated to strike the right balance between attracting capital needed for expansion and protecting the integrity of FINCA’s charitable mission. Mr. Scofield co-founded FINCA in 1984 with John Hatch, and has served as its President and CEO since 1994. Under his leadership, FINCA has grown from 60,000 clients and a loan portfolio of $5 million to a true global presence serving more than 950,000 low-income women and men across five continents with a loan portfolio exceeding $500 million. A practitioner at heart, he is actively involved in the management of FINCA’s operations, and is also a frequent keynote speaker. As author of The Social Entrepreneur’s Handbook: How to Start, Build and Run a Business that Improves the World, Mr. Scofield seeks to inspire the next generation of microfinance leaders and social entrepreneurs. For more information on Mr. Scofield, please visit www.rupertscofield.com or follow him on Twitter @RupertScofield
Ingo Weber brings more than 20 years of international experience in M&A, Private Equity and Strategy in the insurance and financial services industries. He is Investment Committee Member of LeapFrog Investment, one of the world’s largest impact investment funds. Most recently, he was responsible for global corporate development activities at Swiss Re. He spent many years with GE Capital in a variety of leadership roles, including leading the Business Development/M&A activities for GE Insurance Solutions across Europe and Asia. Prior to that, he served as Investment Director for Softbank`s European Venture Capital fund and as Co-Head of a Swiss-based financial services company. He started his career in Arthur Andersen’s Financial Institutions Group and Corporate Finance team, after earning a Masters Degree in Business Administration and Finance. Mr. Weber is CFO and COO of a listed financial services firm and board member of a German insurance company.

 

 

 

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