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Ezgi Barcenas

March 22, 2022 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Ezgi Barcenas

AB InBev’s global sustainability strategy and ESG reporting. In her role, she oversees the leading brewer’s efforts to build environmental resilience and promote inclusive growth across its value chain. Since joining the company in 2013, Ezgi has held key roles within the Corporate Affairs and Procurement functions. She most recently served as the Global Vice President of Sustainability. Prior to joining AB InBev, she worked in international trade, public health and international development. Born in Cyprus, Barcenas holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a master’s degree in Environmental Health from Harvard School of Public Health and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Tariq Fancy

March 22, 2022 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Tariq Fancy

Tariq Fancy previously served as the Chief Investment Officer for Sustainable Investing at BlackRock in 2018 and 2019, where he was responsible for the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations across the investment activities of the world’s largest asset manager.

He currently serves as CEO of Rumie, an education technology non-profit that he originally founded in 2013. Rumie uses innovative and free mobile-based microlearning to close learning gaps and today reaches learners in over 200 countries, including allowing Afghan women and girls to learn safely from anywhere in local languages through mobile phones. Rumie is a graduate of Y-Combinator and is the subject of business school case studies by INSEAD and Harvard Business School.

Tariq began his career in Credit Suisse First Boston’s technology-sector investment banking group in Silicon Valley in 2001. In late 2003, he joined New York-based private equity firm MHR Fund Management, where he focused on distressed and special situations investing and became the firm’s youngest partner in 2006. From 2010 to 2012 he helped build out and invest new strategies at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).

Tariq holds an honours BA with distinction from Brown University, an MBA from INSEAD and a Masters in Economics and Public Policy from Sciences Po Paris. Tariq has been featured in such media outlets as Bloomberg News, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Independent, The Globe and Mail, Mother Jones, The Economist, Reuters, FT, MSNBC, ABC, among others.

Tariq has also written a three-part series “The Secret Diary of a Sustainable Investor”  which you can find using the following links ( Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)




Sir Ronald Cohen

March 22, 2022 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Sir Ronald Cohen

Sir Ronald Cohen is a pioneering philanthropist, venture capitalist, private equity investor, and social innovator, who is driving forward the global Impact Revolution. He serves as Chair of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment, The Portland Trust and The Impact-Weighted Accounts Initiative at Harvard Business School. He is a co-founder and former Executive Chairman of Apax Partners Worldwide, a global private equity firm. He is a co-founder of Social Finance UK, USA, and Israel; and co-founder Chair of Bridges Fund Management and former co-founding Chair of Big Society Capital. He graduated from Oxford University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is the author of the Wall Street Journal Best Seller IMPACT: Reshaping capitalism to drive real change. (Download book here)