EBAN Impact

EBAN Impact is the home for all EBAN members interested in impact investing and social entrepreneurship. The Community aims to raise awareness on impact investing, share best practices and build paths and partnerships between EBAN and other players in the impact investment space.

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  • Juan Alvarez de Lara

    Chairman of EBAN Impact, EBAN Board Member and CEO of Seed&Click

    Juan is running an impact investing fund in Deep tech & Deep science to fund IP, Proof of Concept and Spin-offs raising from the most universities, research centers, scientific and technological Parks.

  • Martijn Blom

    Chairman of EBAN Impact & Senior Investment Relations Manager at Hivos Impact Investments

    Martijn Blom is social entrepreneur and informal investor. Co-founder of De Investeerdersclub and co-author of the ‘handboek informal investment’ (in Dutch) that was released in 2012.

    Together with his business partner he participates in several successful social impact ventures. Most striking being Nazava Waterfilters in Indonesia, serving bottom of the pyramid, growing at fast rate and recently being awarded a prestigious Tech Award in Silicon Valley. He is currently advising on the setup of a Social Impact Fund and indirectly involved with the introduction of Ashoka to the Netherlands.

    Martijn is a popular speaker and writer on the themes of impact investment en informal investment in general. With the De Investeerdersclub he has been involved as active partner at several organizations and contests, like “Growing SME’s”, “Village Capital”, “Make it happen” and “Get in the Ring”.

  • Huseyin R Demirhisar

    BiD Capital Partners CEO and Co-founder

    Huseyin R. Demirhisar, is a renowned investor, advisor and entrepreneur with a professional career, spanning corporate finance, family office/private equity, venture capital, and investment banking. He is a globally recognised expert and influencer in the impact investment and development finance domains. He is currently the CEO/ Founding Partner of Bid Capital Partners/ BiD Network, impact investment advisory and management firm with offices in Africa and Benelux focusing on cross border investments and development finance. Before BiD Network, he founded Angel Wings Ventures, investment firm serving to institutional clients and family offices. Before his entrepreneurial activities, Huseyin led investment and portfolio management activities at Royal Dutch Shell Group- M&A and Treasury, ING Wholesale Bank- Structured Finance Power and Utilities, PYMWYMIC- Dutch impact investment HNWI coop, and AmsterdamPark Capital Partners- Dutch Family Office/ PE.

    Amid his active engagements in the investment ecosystem, he has a proven track record as a business leader with organisational transformation and deal making skills. In addition to his Board Member role at EBAN, Huseyin serves as a Senator of Rwanda at WBAF, and took founding member roles at Associations such as European Chamber of Commerce Rwanda, and Circular Economy for Africa in his pursuit of supporting emerging country entrepreneurship. He is married with two children and enjoys spending his time with his family as an active member of his community. Huseyin holds an MSc in Banking and Finance from the University of Stirling, UK.

  • David van Dijk

    ABAN Director General

    David van Dijk is co-founder and Director General of ABAN, the African Business Angel Network, a non profit association founded early 2015 to catalyse early stage investing in Africa. He is also Managing Director of Stichting IGNITE, a non-profit organization supporting entrepreneurs in conflict affected countries and he is part of the Investment Committee of the IGNITE Fund. He is a member of the Impact Investment Committee of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN). In addition he manages the mentorship program of VC4Africa, the largest online community of entrepreneurs and investors dedicated to building game changing companies on the continent. Prior David worked for Dutch shipping company Nedlloyd and Danish shipping company Maersk managing and setting up (occasionally closing down) companies in Egypt, West Africa, Russia / former CIS, India and the US. David holds degrees from the University of Oregon, Nijenrode, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & Clingendael, Netherlands institute of International Relations.

  • Meri Helleranta

    Board Member at NFBAN

    Meri Helleranta is a vocal advocate for cost-effective investments that create measurable social benefits for the disadvantaged. During her 14 years with the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank she designed and executed health and social sector programs in both Africa and Latin America. As an investor, she is part of the Rising Tide Network (RTE3 Europe) and as an avid public speaker, she has focused on encouraging entrepreneurs and other investors to find their passion in social development. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Eastern Finland.

  • Janne Jormalainen

    Chairman Emeritus of Finnish Business Angels Network

    Janne Jormalainen is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. He is active in the angel investment scene in Northern Europe, he has invested to over twenty high tech and education companies. He is chairman of the board in six companies and chairman of the board of the Finnish Business Angel Network, FiBAN. He is a frequently heard speaker in conferences and seminars.

    Janne made his early career in a large corporate environment, then moving to entrepreneurship. At Nokia, he was in charge of multiple functions and businesses; managing for example the mobile accessory, IoT and wearables business unit with 860 M€ in annual revenues. He has lived and worked in the USA, Europe and Southeast Asia. Since 2005 he has been working as an entrepreneur in multiple industries and founded several companies. In 2015 he sold SPU, a company producing energy efficient building materials, to Kingspan Plc.

    Janne holds a master’s degree from Tampere University of technology. He considers himself as a resident of the world with his current home in Espoo, Finland. He is passionate about the opportunities technology and entrepreneurship can bring to the human race.

  • Jacopo Losso

    EBAN Director of Secretariat

    As the Director of Secretariat, Jacopo tracks issues of strategic importance to the early-stage investing ecosystem. He also strives to identify opportunities to influence the EU decision making processes, working closely with industry’s stakeholders to promote the excellence and expertise of EBAN’s Board Members to the European audience. Jacopo is also responsible of the coordination and implementation of EBAN’s activities in EU funded projects. Being the first contact point of the Association, he is also looking after members’ interests and helping ensure they obtain best value from their membership. Jacopo holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Thanks to his education and his strong academic background both in marketing and in financial management, Jacopo has a successful track record with international work experiences. He is a native Italian speaker and perfectly bilingual both in English and Spanish.

  • Hedda Pahlson-Moller

    Managing Partner at Tiime

    Hedda Pahlson-Moller is a full-time Business Angel focused on impact investing at the seed capital stage through OMSINT (Omnisource International). She sits on the boards of the European Business Angel Network (EBAN), the Luxembourg Business Angel Network (LBAN) and Chameleon Invest, a venture capital fund. Ms. Pahlson-Moller is adjunct professor of Entrepreneurship at Sacred Heart University’s Jack Welch College of Business for Executive MBAs.

    She is currently active in building a co-working space and community for entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs called ‘the Impactory’, based in Luxembourg.

    Hedda has an MBA from Copenhagen Business School, an M.A. in Political Economics from Lund University and an undergraduate degree from Brown University. She is also currently enrolled at Nyenrode University’s executive PhD programme.

  • Stephan Peters

    Managing Director at SANZARU Group

    As Managing Director at SANZARU Group, Stephan runs investment portfolios using equity, debt as well as alternative strategies, seeking positive economic, societal and environmental impact as a sustainable investor.

    Stephan is Partner & Head of Sustainable Finance at TIIME, an impact advisory and advocacy company, where he advises banks, funds, and family offices on their investment strategy and their sustainability practices.

    Stephan is also a Non-Executive Director with mandates in the Financial Services, Technology, Communication, and Food & Beverage sectors. He leverages his extensive blue-chip advisory experience across Europe and the Emerging Markets, where he has acted as a senior advisor to CxOs and Boards in resolving strategic dilemmas and navigating transformational change.

    Stephan is a frequent speaker, panel and jury member at conferences and events across Europe. He mentors and coaches entrepreneurs, business leaders and fund managers on a (mostly) pro-bono basis. He also teaches and provides training on sustainability, responsible investing, early-stage investing, entrepreneurship, go-to-market strategies, etc.

    Stephan holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University, and is a CFA Charterholder.

  • Cécile Sevrain

    Program Officer of EBAN Impact & Co-founder at Tiime

    Cécile is a project manager working on various assignments.

    She is the Community Manager of LBAN (Luxembourg Business Angel Network) and the coordinator of the EBAN (European Business Angel Network) Impact Investing Committee. She used such opportunities to feed her interest for social and environmental projects and impact investing as a whole.

    Cécile is also the cofounder of Tiime (www.tiimeisnow.org), an initiative aiming at increasing awareness / access to socially responsible opportunities, delivering sustainable social impact projects, connecting a community of like-minded individuals and organizations and empowering social purpose actors, such as social enterprises/entrepreneurs, individuals, etc, with the relevant knowledge and tools. Tiime’s vision is a world where social impact is consciously and systematically embraced by organisations and individuals alike.

    Before that Cécile has been an International Tax Manager working within Deloitte’s M&A practice for 7 years.

    Cécile also had the opportunity to volunteer for 6 months at the Food Bank of NYC.

    She holds a master degree in business and tax law from Lyon University (France) and speaks English and French.


  • Lev Dolgatsjov

    Estonian Business Angels Network

  • Joan Miquel Pique

    Managing Partner at Famara Ventures

    Joan is an entrepreneur, coach, and angel investor with 25-year professional experience in different environments (government and institutional, corporate, business). He is an Economist (University of Barcelona) with a Certificate of Business Excellence (University of California, Berkeley). Joan is a constant learner, and also he likes to turn complex things as simple as possible.
    His main talents are related to strategy, creativity, building deep relationships, and the curiosity to always keep learning.
    Joan is currently involved in the development of businesses and people through Executive Coaching, consulting, and also promoting new projects as an entrepreneur, with venture capital and angel investors.


  • Gert van Veldhuisen

    CEO at BiD Network

    Gert is a driven serial entrepreneur and committed impact investor. After successful exiting the first company he started, he became an angel investor. Gert reinvesting part of his profit into social impact businesses in Angola, Ghana and Indonesia, all introduced to him through BiD Network. Gert entered BiD Network as CEO in 2016 and is a strong believer of the entrepreneurial spirit and investment potential of so many committed and inspirational entrepreneurs in (East-) Africa.






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