Michael Aceti (Chief Financial Officer): Mike has over 20 years of experience in senior finance and operations roles. He has extensive startup experience which includes his roles as CFO of Innosight, a consulting firm founded by Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen and Head of Finance and Administration at Blend Therapeutics. Mike also serves as the CFO of The Boston Society, an internationally recognized non-profit that organizes applied scientific workshops and conferences. He received a BA in Economics from Saint Lawrence University and an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago. Mike has volunteered his time assisting seniors, coaching youth sports, tutoring kids and adults and on his town’s finance committee.
Aaron Arnoldy (Co-Founder & COO): Aaron worked in the Dominican Republic for five years, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer focused on community economic development. Later, he managed the sustainable development programs of Fundacion Tropicalia, a private nonprofit that carries out the CSR strategy for a $2 billion tourism investment. Most recently, Aaron worked with Ashoka to launch social enterprise initiatives in Haiti. Aaron is a magna cum laude graduate in Banking & Finance from the University of Missouri, and holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. He speaks fluent Spanish and is conversational in Haitian Creole.
Kaveh H. Azimi (Co-Founder & CEO): Kaveh has extensive experience in small business development in Haiti and the DR. For two years, he directed a program for Haiti’s largest microfinance institution, Fonkoze. Before that, Kaveh trained and supported micro- entrepreneurs as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. He’s worked for the Inter-American Development Bank and consulted for Enterprise Solutions to Poverty and Leopard Capital. Kaveh has degrees in Economics and International Relations from UC Davis and holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University. He speaks fluent Spanish and Haitian Creole.
Legal Counsel: Clifford Chance US LLP is one of the world’s leading law ﬁrms, with 35 ofﬁces in 25 countries and some 3,400 legal advisers.
Bruce Atkins: Mr. Atkins has been working in private equity and alternative investments since 1996. Previously, he was the Director of Investments and Business Development at Alternative Investment Capital in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to AI Capital, Mr. Atkins was Vice President - Alternative Investments at AIG Investments in New York and Tokyo. Mr. Atkins earned an MBA in Finance and Multinational Management from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in Asian Studies from Hobart College.
Dick E. Cavanagh: Mr. Cavanagh is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and was the school’s Executive Dean from 1987-1995. For over a decade he was CEO of The Conference Board. Earlier, he was a partner of McKinsey and Company, Inc., where he coauthored the bestselling management book, The Winning Performance, published in 13 national editions. He also held Presidential appointments in the Carter Administrations Office of Management & Budget. Mr. Cavanagh serves on corporate and nonprofit boards and was the Chairman of the Educational Testing Service (ETS). His teaching interests center on entrepreneurship and corporate governance.
Nathalie Kylander: Ms. Kylander is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and Senior Research Fellow at Harvard's Hauser Center. Her prior work experience includes several senior marketing positions in both the private and public sectors. She holds a BSc in Biochemistry, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a PhD from Tuft's Fletcher School. Ms. Kylander has written numerous case studies in the fields of International Marketing and Nonprofit Branding and has published a case book on Nonprofit Brands as well as several articles on Nonprofit Brand Equity. Her most recent research focuses on the role of nonprofit brands and the emergence of the forth sector.
Claire C. Pierre, MD (Co-Founder): Born and raised in Haiti, Claire has worked there for many years. She has worked across sectors, with the government, donors, and the private sector, playing key roles in initiatives such as the UN Special Envoy with Bill Clinton, the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission, and Haiti’s Global Investors’ Conference. A summa cum laude graduate of Howard University’s BS-MD program, Claire has consulted for the World Bank, Partners in Health, and holds a position at Harvard Medical School. She speaks fluent French and Haitian Creole, and is conversational in Spanish.
Aun Rahman: Mr. Rahman is currently a Research Fellow in the CSR Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School, where his research focuses on impact investing and building market based solutions to poverty. Prior to this, Mr. Rahman was the founding Country Director of Acumen Fund Pakistan where he led the build-out of Acumen’s first impact investing portfolio. He was also a member of Acumen’s global portfolio leadership team and led its global housing portfolio. Mr. Rahman holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School where he was a Mason Fellow, and a BA from the University of Chicago. Originally from Karachi, Mr. Rahman lives in Belmont, MA with his wife and son.
Matthew Rhodes-Kropf: Mr. Rhodes-Kropf is an Associate Professor in the Entrepreneurial Management Unit at Harvard Business School, and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Currently, Mr. Rhodes-Kropf teaches courses on Venture Capital and Private Equity in the MBA elective curriculum and in executive education programs. He was formerly the Daniel W. Stanton Associate Professor of Business at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
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