IISLA embodies the philosophy and story of the founder, a former investment banker and hospitality and tourism management consultant based in London and Manila with particular focus on eco and sustainable developments projects around the world.
Having witnessed and experienced abject rural poverty as a child, her personal goal is to help bridge the gap between the wealthy and the poor. Raised in a remote farming community in the Philippines and educated in London she collaborates with global, national and local NGOs, government bodies, philanthropists, investors, and large companies to effect positive change where needed.
She loves travelling and her adventures around the world resulted in her working on a number of projects in remote destinations and got closer to her rural roots. She not only got involved and volunteered in poverty eradication projects of various NGOs, she also invested her own money and built a personal portfolio of impact investments in Europe, Asia and Africa.
Her experience as a child, coupled with her passion for food and exploring the world, underpins her investment philosophy: she invests in social businesses that not only solve world problems but also ones that touch her heart and connect her to rural destinations: sustainable food production, social and impact tourism, renewable energy, technology and infrastructure, and transport & logistics.
Jennifer is an impact angel investor and is a passionate advocate of sustainable livelihood projects as a means to eradicate rural poverty. She personally invests in small businesses and start-ups, and takes board advisory roles in larger organizations that help transform and improve the lives of people in rural communities.
Jennifer is co-founder, angel investor, former CEO and Chairperson of Inspired Ventures (www.inspiredventures.co.uk), a UK B-Corporation social impact travel platform; co-founder, angel investor and board member of the Philippine dairy company, CalaBoo (www.calaboo.com) and Greek premium olive oil producer (www.ofdreamsandknowledge.gr); angel investor to pioneering UK social enterprise in healthy food, Aduna (www.aduna.com); and investor in the UK social impact investment bank, ClearlySo (www.clearlyso.com).
Jennifer also gives her time on pro-bono basis and is advisor to selected social projects. She also represents selected brands as ambassador and speaks in various events around the world.
Tom is a climate finance professional working at the Green Climate Fund (GCF) based in Songdo, South Korea. The GCF was established within the UNFCCC to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to combat climate change. Tom specializes in de-risking climate investments to mobilize capital from the private sector.
Previously he has worked in affordable housing investments at Bank of America in Washington DC, and as an accountant at Deloitte. He has a CPA and MBA, and a passion for impact investing and social entrepreneurship which led him to connect with Jennifer and IISLA as advisor.
Paolo is an impact finance and social entrepreneurship professional based in Medellin, Colombia. Actually acceleration manager at RutaN (https://www.rutanmedellin.org/en/) the leading Colombian innovation agency, where he promotes the development of world-class biotech companies and serves as board member of the Medellin Health City Cluster. Previously CFO of Suyo (https://www.suyo.co/) a leading fintech providing legal property formalization to the underserved, and Associate at Impact Finance (www.impact-finance.com).
Passionate about sustainable agriculture and responsible tourism, Paolo’s goal is to support the development of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in Colombia and to create more transparent and equitable value-chain in frontier markets.
Meluchi A. Rivera is Research Director at a local fund management firm. Her expertise lies in corporate research and valuation.
Meluchi’s interest in inclusive development was honed early, from her years at high school and university when she tutored public school children in English and Cathechism. Throughout her career, initially as a business journalist, then through 20+ years as equities analyst at foreign investment banks, she would involve herself in outreach programs benefiting marginalized communities, orphanages, public schools and hospitals. Her more recent collaborative projects entailed overseeing the fundraising for several Gawad Kalinga villages, wherein modest but beautiful homes were built for inner-city informal dwellers in Quezon City and Intramuros.
She sees IIsla as the embodiment of her passions; a vehicle to enable her to help grassroot enterprises become viable and self-sustaining. It’s a win-all situation for which she gladly lends her energy and expertise.
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