Niall O’Cathasaigh

Niall is a founder and partner of ManoCap, a private equity fund management company that has been making equity investments in small to mid-cap enterprises in West Africa since 2006. He has lived in Sierra Leone since 2004, initially working as the Financial Controller for GOAL Sierra Leone, and since November 2005 on the development of ManoCap.

Niall is a qualified management accountant (CIMA) with an industry background. He has previously worked as an Accounting and Finance manager for Apple Computer at their European Headquarters and as Accounting Manager for the French subsidiary companies of Avery Dennison.

Niall established and exited his own business in Ireland before training to become an accountant.

Liesbet Peeters

Liesbet Peeters is a founding partner at D. Capital. She advises foundations, development institutions and private investors on impact investing and innovative finance in emerging markets.

She has particular expertise on structuring financing facilities that combine public and private stakeholders in tackling development challenges across multiple sectors. Her experience includes advising a number of health- focused foundations on developing more sustainable funding solutions for diseases like malaria and HIV, advising a large donor on setting up a new global education fund to enroll out-of-school children, and advising numerous private family foundations on structuring impact investing vehicles to invest in SMEs in Africa & Latin America. Prior to joining Dalberg, she founded an investment advisory firm, Lapiluz Advisory Services, based in Belgium and London. She was previously the CFO/Investor Relations Manager with Capricorn Venture Partners in Belgium; an Investment Officer with the Grassroots Business Fund at the IFC. Liesbet has an MBA from MIT and a Master’s degree in Commercial Engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.

François de Borchgrave

I joined Toniic because it allows me to become a more efficient impact investor: reaching more deals, being surrounded by smart and experienced people sharing their perspective, being connected to relevant local resources to support the investment process and making sure there is fun in the process!

Having previously worked for Excite, The Boston Consulting Group’s e-commerce practice, and Belgacom’s small business division, François de Borchgrave completes the trio of Belgian entrepreneurs who founded Smarterwork in 1999. Meeting co-founders Bruno Monteyne and Jan van Den Berghe at Harvard, François has been instrumental in setting up Smarterwork’s US operations and in developing strategic partnerships.

François has a background in telecoms and e-commerce with experience gained at Belgacom (Belgium’s national telecoms operator), Excite and The Boston Consulting Group. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Dr. Maximilian Martin

I joined Toniic because I am convinced of the power of networks of trust, where likeminded people come together to do things they could not accomplish alone. To improve the state of the world in ways that matter, we need to make impact the common denominator of our investment and real economy activities.

Maximilian Martin is the Founder and Managing Director of Impact Economy SA, a social finance and strategy firm in Lausanne, Geneva and Buenos Aires. Impact Economy provides research, knowledge and executive education, strategy advisory, governance and financial services to enable individuals, institutions and companies to participate fully and meaningfully in the current transition to the new paradigm of sustainable capitalism or “impact economy”.

Max also serves as Founding Faculty in Residence at Ashoka U and Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of St. Gallen. He previously served as Founding Global Head and Managing Director of UBS Philanthropy Services, Head of Research at the Schwab Foundation as well as Senior Consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Max created the first university course on social entrepreneurship in Europe, the first philanthropic services and social finance department for a bank in Europe and the UBS Philanthropy Forum, and coined the term “impact economy”. He has participated in numerous projects and innovations in the social finance space and authored over one hundred articles on social entrepreneurship, social business and philanthropy, corporate responsibility, impact investments, and related topics.

Eva Foust Yazhari

I’m a member of Toniic because great business solutions that yield tremendous social change can’t get off the ground without a community of investors committed to funding them. We can be vastly more impactful when we intelligently put our minds, money and hearts together.

Eva Helene Yazhari co-founded Beyond Capital Fund as a way to combine her professional skills and dedication to a socially conscious lifestyle. Throughout her career, Eva has been involved in investment management and business development in both non-profit and corporate settings.

Most recently, Eva spent five years at EnTrust Capital Inc., an asset management firm, as a Vice President focusing on investment due diligence. Eva and her team leverage their professional backgrounds to invest “beyond capital”- ensuring that they are supporting legitimate and viable social businesses and attracting top-tier pro bono resources for social entrepreneurs.

Eva is currently based in Los Angeles, yet is also active in the impact investing community in Switzerland.

Mike Velings

I’m a Toniic member because I believe in the value of a strong and professional network that connects open-minded entrepreneurs and investors. Innovative ideas and solutions come from inspired people that work together with joy, passion and common sense.

Mike naturally combines successful entrepreneurship and social and environmental engagement. He is concerned for the planet and it’s inhabitants, and believes that commercial business can create durable solutions to complex world problems.

With that in mind he founded A-SPark, a company with an impassioned team that identifies, selects and invests in (means for) projects and ideas that are commercially interesting and preferably good for the planet, its inhabitants and future generations.