Harvard Social Enterprise Conference > Redefining philanthropy

Mark Kramer

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Mark Kramer' Bio
Mark Kramer is a leading researcher, writer, speaker and consultant on philanthropy, business strategies for social impact, and impact investing. He is best known as the co-author of seminal articles in Harvard Business Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review on Creating Shared Value, Collective Impact, and Catalytic Philanthropy.

Mark co-founded FSG in 1999 with Professor Michael Porter, now a 150-person global social impact consulting firm, that includes the Shared Value Initiative, the Collective Impact Forum, and Talent Rewire. In 2021, Mark stepped back from active management at FSG to create an impact investment firm, currently in formation.

Mark also serves as a Senior Lecturer at Harvard Business School, a member of the Aspen Philanthropy Group and an advisor to Kimberly-Clark, Maple Leaf Foods and Nestlé.

Previously, Mark served as President of the private equity firm Kramer Capital Management. He is a graduate of Brandeis University, The Wharton School, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Ankur Vora

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Ankur Vora' Bio
Ankur Vora leads the Foundation Strategy Office at the Gates Foundation. His team support creation and evaluation of BMGF’s strategies, as well as exploring new paths to impact that align with the foundation’s missions.

Prior to that, he was the director of programs at The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) in London where he oversaw a cross-cutting portfolio of programs focused on health, nutrition, education, and climate change across Africa and South Asia, and led CIFF’s efforts in designing and performance managing investments with grantees.

He also served as principal at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he focused on healthcare, financial services, and social impact projects. Before that, Ankur was a lecturer of Economics at the University of Chicago. He also worked briefly at Goldman Sachs, the Industrial Development Bank of India, and the Bhabha Atomic Research Center in India.

Ankur holds a PhD in Economics from The University of Chicago, along with a Masters in Economics and Bachelors in Computer Science from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani, India. He currently sits on the boards of Innovations for Poverty Action and Global Health Labs.


Rita Thapa

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Rita Thapa' Bio
Rita founded and led Tewa (1995/2001), the Nepal Women’s Fund and Nagarik Aawaz (2001/2009) the peace-building initiative. She envisioned the Tewa Center and brought it to fruition, leading all related fundraising campaigns for the same (2011 – 2017). Since 2018, Rita has been coordinating Nagarik Aawaz’s “Peace Building Memorial & Learning Center” initiated in Nawal Parasi in the center south of Nepal. Rita’s training and ongoing practice has been in the area of women’s advancement, local philanthropy, and peace-building. Rita has served as Chair on the Boards of the Global Fund For Women & the Global Fund for Community Foundations among others.

Currently she is helping to envision and give momentum to the Inter-generational Feminist Forum in Nepal.


Alex Cortez

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Alex Cortez' Bio
Alex is a Managing Partner at New Profit, a Boston-based national venture philanthropy. His work is focused on funding and scaling parent power and systems change in education, innovative whole school models, and how those models create platforms to widely share their best content and practices. In 2019, Alex launched a web-based set of tools and resources for practitioners and funders on parent power in education and how to use measurement to maximize impact: www.parentpowerined.org.

Alex serves on the Massachusetts State Board of Higher Education and the nonprofit boards of Innovate Public Schools in California, Valor Collegiate Schools in Tennessee, 4.0 Schools in New Orleans, and Saga Education in Boston. Alex is also a Pahara Aspen Education Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Prior to New Profit, Alex served as Chief of Staff, Strategy and Execution at KIPP Houston, as a Regional Director of Growth and Sustainability at the KIPP Foundation, and as a Manager with the Bridgespan Group. Alex started his career in for-profit management consulting, working for clients in financial services, telecommunications, private equity, and state government.
Alex has published works on mergers and collaborations in the nonprofit space, nonprofit best practices in being data-driven and mission-focused, and multiple articles on how philanthropy can support enduring parent power and systems change in education.

Alex has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BS in Political Science from Columbia University. Originally from New Orleans, he currently resides in Brookline, MA.


Silvia Bastante de Unverhau

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Silvia Bastante de Unverhau' Bio
Silvia Bastante de Unverhau is the Chief Philanthropy Officer of Co-Impact, focusing on partnerships and strategy. In this role, she develops partnerships and helps to mobilize philanthropy to support Co-Impact’s goals. She is a global philanthropy expert and senior advisor, with over 20 years of experience working across the business, non-profit, international development, and government sectors. She is a regular writer and speaker on philanthropy and has been quoted by leading publications, including the Financial Times and Forbes.

Silvia is the former Global Head of Philanthropy Advisory at UBS where she led a team of specialists helping wealthy families realize their philanthropic aspirations. Prior to that, she was an Associate Partner at the global strategy consulting firm Monitor Group and also worked for the Organization of American States and Amnesty International, among others. Silvia holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Harvard Kennedy School.

Originally from Lima, Peru, Silvia has visited and worked in over 70 countries across five continents. She lives with her husband and two children in Zurich.