Uli Grabenwarter is Head of Strategic Development-Equity at the European Investment Fund, and in this context is currently building up a new business line dedicated to Social and Impact Investing. Prior to that he conducted a 20-month research project on impact investing in collaboration with IESE University of Navarra in Barcelona and the Family Office Circle Foundation based in Switzerland.
He also is a visiting Professor for Private Equity and Venture Capital at IESE University and teaches the module on Alternative Investments for the Post Graduate Programme of Sacred Heart University.
Prior to his research project on impact investing Uli was Head of Equity Fund Investments at EIF after having worked for several years at the European Investment Bank and at PriceWaterhouseCoopers in corporate finance, project finance, finance consulting and auditing. He shared many of his thoughts and observations on the private equity and venture capital industry in the bestselling Euromoney book “Exposed to the J-curve – Understanding and Managing Private Equity Fund Investments” and numerous articles and white papers and co-authored the recent research publication “In search of gamma – an unconventional perspective on Impact Investing” (IESE Publishing 2011). Uli holds a Master’s degree in Business and Finance from the University of Graz.
Valérie Arnold is an Audit partner and Impact Investing Leader. She is responsible for promoting the “Asset Management” practice. She has been supervising the Asset Management Task Force and has been particularly involved in the proposals linked to Social Responsible Investment (SRI), with a specific focus on Microfinance.
Valérie Arnold has a professional experience of more than 20 years in the audit of investment funds, more specifically in the alternative funds like Hedge Funds and Private Equity.
She holds a Master’s degree from University of Strasbourg (France) and is a “Réviseur d'Entreprises agréé” since 2006.
Laurent Capolaghi assumes manager responsibilities for audit and advisory services to some of Ernst & Young’s major Private Equity and Impact Investing clients. Certified Public Accountant and IFRS accredited, Laurent has specialized in Private Equity and banking assignments since he started his career with Ernst & Young in 2005.
He also coordinates Ernst & Young’s internal Impact Investing initiative and is a member of the Responsible Investing Committee of the Association of the Luxembourg Investment Fund. He represents the firm in the Microfinance and LuxFlag (ESG and Social Impact) working groups which aim at assisting and promoting relevant labels for investment vehicles.
Laurent is also a permanent instructor at the Institut de Formation Bancaire Luxembourgeois (‘IFBL’) and at the International Faculty for Executives (‘IFE’).
He holds a Master in Finance with major in auditing and accountancy from the Ecole Superieure Sciences Commerciales Angers, (ESSCA – France) and a DECF (Diplome d’Expertise Comptable et Financière) from the Academie de Nantes (France).
Anne Contreras is Of Counsel with Arendt & Medernach.She specializes in microfinance and social impact projects and advises specific domestic and international clients on the corporate and regulatory aspects of the creation, structuring and distribution of microfinance investment funds and social impact funds, as well as on the structuring and follow-up of investments in and technical assistance programs to microfinance institutions and other social businesses.
She has been a member of the Luxembourg Bar since 1998.
Anne chairs the board of directors of the European Microfinance Platform (e-mfp) and co-chairs the Responsible Investing technical committee at the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry (ALFI) focusing on microfinance and social finance. She participates in several other initiatives such as Luxflag, the European Impact Investing Luxembourg.
Prior to joining the Luxembourg Bar, she worked as a lawyer at the Paris Bar from 1994 to 1997.
Anne Contreras holds a Master's degree in law and a postgraduate degree (DEA) in international private law and international commercial law from the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (France).
Marc Elvinger has been a partner with Elvinger, Hoss & Prussen since January 2000, when he joined the firm after having conducted an individual practice for ten years. He has been a member of the Luxembourg Bar since 1985. "Maître en droit", he further holds a post-university degree (DEA) in international conflict law (Strasbourg) and another in international development law (Paris).
He has extensive experience in commercial and civil litigation as well as in international arbitration. He also has a wide practice in administrative law and litigation, including matters such as public procurement, immigration law, urbanism and environment.
Apart from litigation, he practises contract, company and banking law on a regular basis. He has published on a wide variety of matters relating to, among others, human rights, administrative law, banking law and construction law, etc.
He was a member of the "Council of the Luxembourg Bar" and chairman of the "Young Bar Association".
Philippe is in charge of the Private Equity offering at Banque de Luxembourg, a.o. of BL Private Equity Fund Sicav SIF. Philippe worked 12 years as consultant in financial services and investment funds with Accenture and 7 years in investment funds, mostly private equity at Banque de Luxembourg. He holds a MSc. in Management from Paris Dauphine and a Post Graduate Master in International Management from the University of Lausanne.
Laura Foschi is currently Head of Research&Development department of ADA a Luxembourg non-governmental organisation that promotes inclusive finance worldwide. She has been the general director of the international microfinance vehicle Consorzio Etimos for 5 years and she has coordinated and delivered training and technical assistance of microfinance programmes for more than 10 years.
She has been member of the board of director of FEBEA (European Federation of Ethical and Alternative Banks), vice president of the Regional League of Cooperatives in Italy and she is member of the Ethical Committee of Coop Adriatica (the biggest Italian consumer’s cooperative). She also collaborated with European and Italian universities and in particular with the University of Parma where she taught Micro Finance Economics and where she has been board member of the Master on Finance for Development. She additionally worked as a consultant for UN agencies such as CEPAL (Comission Economica para America Latina y Caribe) as well as European commission funded programmes. She has written publications on social banking as well as inclusive finance and she participated as an expert at several international meetings. Her main areas of interest are social and ethical aspects of financial intermediaries, impact and inclusive finance, sustainable development.
Co-founder of Innpact, Arnaud has more than twelve years experience in the financial sector services. Arnaud worked four years as consultant in financial services and investment funds with Accenture and two years working as business risk manager and project manager at the Banque de Luxembourg.
He holds a MSc. in Management from the Louvain School of Management in Belgium and a Master in Microfinance from the Solvay Business School, Brussels (the European Microfinance Programme).
Christine Gregoire is the Product Development Manager at European Fund Administration for whom she has worked since 1999. Her previous roles include Client Relations Manager in the Commercial Department and Section Head of Fund Accounting. Prior to joining EFA she worked for Kredietrust Luxembourg, IB Consulting Luxembourg and Law Firm Faltz & Elvinger.
Currently Christine is also a board member of SOS FAIM and has participated in missions to Burkina Faso, Cameroun and Ethiopia. She completed her Bachelor degree in Executive Secretariat at Institut Cardijn Lorraine in Arlon, Belgium.
Nicolas is a partner within the audit department and has over 13 years of professional experience. He has specialised in financial services, and more specifically in investment funds: UCITS, hedge funds, alternative funds and specialized investment funds (SIF).
He is the leader of our SIF taskforce as well as of our Sustainability initiative in Luxembourg. He is an active member of ALFI, specifically in the UCITS VI Steering Committee, the Responsible Investing Committee, the LuxFLAG Environment Label Working Group and the Luxembourg Impact Investing Platform Working Group.
Nicolas started his professional career in a Luxembourg Big4 and specialised in auditing local and international financial services companies. From 2001 to 2004, he took a three-year secondment in Australia to deepen his international investment management knowledge. Nicolas has a master degree in business affairs (Ingénieur commercial) and a postgraduate degree in analysis, controls and auditing from the HEC-Ulg, Université de Liège (Liège, Belgium). He is also a registered auditor (Réviseur d’entreprises agréé) and a Chartered accountant (Expert comptable) in Luxembourg.
Kaspar Wansleben is the Managing Director of LMDF. Before joining LMDF, Kaspar has been involved in microfinance since 2006 as a member of the credit committee of the finance program of MFIs: LUXMINT, managed by ADA. He also worked at the Intenational Labour Organisation (2002) and at PlanetRating (2004).
Kaspar is a visiting lecturer at the University of Luxembourg on social entrepreneurship and a board member of MFX Solutions Inc, the provider of currency risk solutions to the microfinance sector.
Kaspar Wansleben is chartered accountant and joined KPMG in 2005 where he was specialized during 6 years in the industrial and financial sectors as advisor in finance and auditor. He graduated in Business and Finance from the Euromed in Marseille and the University of Bremen. He is of German nationality and has lived in many Asian countries.
Jane Wilkinson is an audit partner at KPMG Luxembourg with 20 years of professional experience focusing on the audit of private equity, venture capital and investment fund sectors in Luxembourg. Jane also particularly focuses on SRI funds including impact investing and microfinance funds.
Jane is leading KPMG Luxembourg’s Climate Change & Sustainability Team with experience within investment sector (ESG analysis, SRI investments), Sustainability reporting (GRI etc), is responsible for KPMG Luxembourg's Corporate Responsibility Programme and is Director of the KPMG Luxembourg Foundation. Jane is chairwoman of the ALFI Responsible Investing Market Intelligence working group and has been instrumental in the development of the Luxembourg Fund labelling agency SRI fund labels. Jane is a registered auditor in Luxembourg (réviseur d’entreprises agréé) and a UK chartered accountant.