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Saskia Bruysten

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A leader in the social business movement, Saskia co-founded Yunus Social Business (YSB) together with Nobel Peace Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus. YSB Funds invests in social businesses in developing countries with affordable financing and growth support. Their portfolio of social businesses provides employment, education, healthcare, safe water and clean energy to over 13 million people worldwide. YSB Corporate Innovation partners with established corporations to help them use their core competencies to address social problems. 

Saskia is ranked amongst the Top 100 women in Social Enterprise by Euclid Network and has been awarded the Vordenker Award 2020 by BCG and Handelsblatt, the BOLD Woman Award 2020 by Veuve Clicquot and Capital’s Young Elite 2017, 2018. She is a member of the Young Presidents Organisation and an advisory member of Zeit magazine’s Green Council. 

Together with the World Economic Forum she co-initiated the COVID Alliance for social entrepreneurs spanning 80 leading impact-first organizations and networks. Saskia was appointed to the EU Commission’s expert group on social business and has advised on Ban Ki-Moon’s UN MDG Advocacy Group as well as Richard Branson’s B-team. She has lectured at several universities and events, including the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative. She co-authored a report with the Boston Consulting Group on the experiences of building large-scale social business joint ventures with corporations. 

Prior to YSB, Saskia was the Co-CEO of the Grameen Creative Lab and a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Munich and New York. She holds an MBA from the European Business School in Germany and an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Saskia holds a German and Canadian citizenship.


Dr. Greg Munro

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Dr Greg Munro has a background in Public Health, local government, and has wide international development experience having worked as a senior local government official in South Africa, as a long-term consultant to a World Bank project supporting three large Global Fund programmes in Lesotho, and based in Kenya, leading capacity development for government and civil society across multiple countries in Eastern and Southern Africa within the UNAIDS technical support facility. He subsequently joined the international NGO sector where he led capacity development for civil society across 40 countries and managed significant global development contracts, supporting some of the most marginalised and vulnerable sectors of society. In 2016 he joined the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) in London as Secretary-General, supporting local democracy and decentralisation in the 54 Commonwealth nations.

In April 2021 Greg was appointed as Director of Cities Alliance, a partnership hosted by UNOPS, which seeks to address the challenges of urban poverty and informality, particularly in secondary cities. Based in Brussels, Cities Alliance also implements programmes through three country offices.

Greg has worked with many stakeholders in the urban development field, also participating in the Global Task Force for Regional and Local Government.  He served for many years as an Honorary Lecturer at the Africa Centre at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and has a number of publications and thought pieces relating to his fields of interest and expertise. 



Donella Rapier

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Adrian Merryman

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Adrian has served in senior leadership positions in investment banking, venture capital, technology-focused businesses and non-profit microfinance.

Since retiring from the business world in 2003, Adrian has focused on addressing poverty in fragile regions by developing microfinance banks that provide economic opportunities to the most vulnerable. He currently serves as Chief Development & Impact Investment Officer of VisionFund International, a global microfinance network operating in 28 less developed countries across Africa, the Asia Pacific Rim, Latin America and Eastern Europe. While with VisionFund he has also served as CEO of VisionFund Cambodia and of VisionFund Tanzania. Prior to joining VisionFund, Adrian served as CEO of Opportunity International, which operated in 35 less developed countries. 

Adrian has also served as CEO of Screen plc, as Chief Investment Officer of Interregnum plc, as CEO of Temenos Systems S.A., as Head of European Investment Banking for CIBC Oppenheimer Corp., and as an investment banker for Merrill Lynch & Co.. Adrian has also chaired and served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards. 

Adrian has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and BA from Swarthmore College. He resides with his wife and children on Cape Cod.