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Mark Campanale
Senior Adviser

Mark has 25 years’ experience in sustainable financial markets with expertise in ecosystems services (principally forests) and sustainable asset management, covering both public and private strategies

He conceived the “Unburnable Carbon” capital markets thesis

Mark has expertise in financing of companies and funds investing in ecosystems services/sustainable agriculture & forestry, renewable energy, clean tech and other social impact sectors.

  • One of first sustainable investment analysts in City of London (from 1989) and co-founder of sustainable investment businesses at: Jupiter Asset Management – Ecology Funds (1989-94) NPI (National Provident Institution) Global Care Funds (1994-1999) AMP Capital – Sustainable Future Funds (2000-01) Henderson Global Investors – Industries of the Future Fund (1999-2007)
  • The Rainforest Foundation (UK), Hon. Treasurer (2004-ongoing)
  • Indo African Agricultural Capital Ltd., Director (ongoing conduit for capital into sustainable agriculture)
  • Founder & Executive Director of the Carbon Tracker Initiative
  • Co founder Director of the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association (UKSIF) (1990-2008)
  • Member of the Steering Committee of UNEP Finance Initiative (1999-2003)
  • BA in Politics & Economic History (University of York) and MSc in Agricultural Economics (Wye College, University of London)

e:   mcampanale@consiliumcapital.co.uk

Robert Binyon
Senior Adviser

Robert has over 20 years’ experience in impact investment in the private sector and in development finance

He has been based in Asia during much of his career and has particular expertise in Asia and Africa

Currently non-executive Chairman, Director or Senior Adviser of a range of companies and funds focussing on impact investing and the SME/Micro finance sector

  • Morgan Grenfell Group – Board Director (from 1985) and Head of Asia Pacific (1988-91)
  • Tokai Bank Europe – Chief Executive (1991-94)
  • Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC) (1994-2003) – Head of Financial Markets Department responsible for investments in SME-focused funds and financial institutions, established the Commonwealth Private Investment Initiative (CPII) launching four funds including Comafin Fund for Africa and SARF fund for South Asia which were pioneers in attracting private sector investment funds into private equity investment in emerging economies, subsequently Managing Director for Asia Pacific
  • Aureos Capital (2003-13) – Chair of SME funds operating in South Asia, South East Asia, China, Central Asia, Malaysia and Brunei
  • Fina Banking Group (2003-11) – Chairman or non-executive director of banks in East Africa
  • Independent Director of various companies in India and Mauritius (2003-11)
  • Director of Schroders Asia Pacific Fund PLC (2000-15)
  • Chairman of Lakeshore LLP, a private equity fund, and of Khronos Advisory Ltd, both based in Thailand
  • Director of the Vietnam Infrastructure Limited fund
  • Deputy Chairman of Monk Fruit Corporation based in Guilin, China
  • Director of Khushhali Bank Pakistan
  • Senior Advisor Incofin Investment Management, a fund management group specialised in investing in microfinance institutions in developing countries
  • Chairman Impact Advisory Council of the Asia Impact Investment Fund managed by UOB with Credit Suisse as Impact Advisor
  • MA degree in Modern History (Christ Church, Oxford)

e: rbinyon@consiliumcapital.co.uk

Alice Chapple
Senior Adviser

Alice has 30 years’ experience working with development finance institutions and foundations to identify ways to sustainably improve livelihoods, particularly through agriculture, energy and financial services.

Currently non-executive Chairman, Director and Senior Adviser of a range of companies and funds focusing on these areas.

  • Founder and Director of Impact Value
  • Senior adviser on impact to the Private Infrastructure Development Group, FSD Africa, AgDevCo, Ignite Fund, Smart Pension and others
  • Independent Chair of CDC’s ‘CDC Plus’ Committee
  • Trustee of the Shell Foundation
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Sainsbury’s Foundation
  • Adviser to DFID on private sector evaluations
  • Non-executive Chair of Investor Watch
  • Governor of the Walcot Foundation
  • Director of Sustainable Financial Markets at Forum for Future (2006-12)
  • Worked at CDC as an investment analyst and then on environmental and social issues and development impact (1989-2004)
  • Chartered accountant (ACA)
  • MA in Economics (Trinity College, Cambridge)

e: achapple@consiliumcapital.co.uk

David Pollock
Managing Director

David has 30 years’ experience in advising companies and investment funds in financing transactions through public markets, private equity and debt issues.

He has expertise in emerging markets debt and equity financings (India, Latin America, Middle East & North Africa)

  • Morgan Grenfell (now part of Deutsche Bank) – member of founding Equity Capital Markets team advising European companies on IPOs, equity & equity-linked issues
  • HSBC James Capel (now HSBC Investment Bank) – main Board Director & Head of International Equity Capital Markets.   Led team raising equity capital in IPOs and follow-ons for major companies and investment funds in Europe, India and Latin America (shares, GDRs, ADRs and convertible bond issues)
  • Equinox Capital – Director, Head of Corporate Finance.   Advised UK and US unquoted technology and healthcare companies on raising private equity early stage growth capital
  • Consilium Capital – Founder & Director
  • Co-founder and Director of AcceleratorIndia Limited, a cross-border business development company for technology-intensive businesses
  • Member of Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs
  • BA degree in Literae Humaniores (Oxford University)

e: dpollock@consiliumcapital.co.uk

Martin Poulsen
Senior Adviser

Active in private equity, SME finance and emerging markets for 20 years

Experience in private equity fund management, fund selection and capital-raising

Has worked in many parts of the industry and has developed an excellent international network amongst industry participants

  • Managing Director of Acacia Sustainable Business Advisors
  • Co-CEO of the Moringa Partnership, an agroforestry sector oriented fund manager (2012-2016)
  • Chief Private Equity Officer at the African Development Bank (2009-2011)
  • Led European Investment Bank (EIB) private equity investment activities in sub-Saharan Africa and in European renewable energy (2003-2009)
  • Member of the founding team of Kennet Capital, one of Europe’s leading early-stage technology venture capital firms (1997-2002)
  • Has served as a member of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) Africa Council
  • Master’s degree in manufacturing engineering, BA degree in general engineering (Cambridge University)
  • Fluent speaker of English, French, Dutch and German
  • Based in Switzerland (close to Geneva)

e: mpoulsen@consiliumcapital.co.uk

Gloria Vargas
Senior Adviser

Gloria has 25 years’ experience in investment banking, investment structuring solutions and fund raising across different markets and geographies

  • Private Investment manager and consultant (2015-Present): Worked on several emerging market projects in sectors including microfinance and fintech managing acquisition, start-up and fundraising activities
  • Credit Risk Consultant for a leading global credit rating agency’s Latin American affiliate (2011-Present): Independent voting member for Bolivian corporate & structured credit rating committees
  • Better World Finance, Founder & Managing Partner (2009-2014): Investment & consultancy firm focused on financial structuring for impact investment programs
  • Merrill Lynch, Managing Director (2005-2009): Co-head of structured debt business for France, Spain and Portugal corporate and public sectors
  • JP Morgan, Senior Vice President (2000-2005): Lead structured currency and interest rate business for France, Belgium and Portugal corporate and public sectors
  • MBA ESADE, Master International Management Thunderbird School of Global Management (Arizona State University), BS Economics & BA French George Mason University. Singularity University Alumna (inaugural class)
  • Fluent speaker, English, Spanish, French

e: gvargas@consiliumcapital.co.uk

Bertrand Beghin
Senior Adviser

Bertrand has 20 years’ experience in capital markets, equity derivatives and in the last 10 years in impact finance

His expertise extends across social finance, early stage impact ventures and private markets impact funds

Experience in working with profit-with-purpose start-ups, not-for-profit social enterprises and fundraising for impact funds across geographies in sectors including green energy, environment, agriculture, fintech and health

  • ChangeSquare (2018-2020): worked on Series A / Series B fundraisings for several profit-with-purpose companies and for impact funds in sectors including green energy, healthtech, agtech and fintech in Europe, Asia and North America
  • Numbers for Good, Co-founder & CEO (2012-2018): advised and raised capital for over 300 UK charities and social enterprises, structured some of the world’s first SIBs (Social Impact Bonds) and set up and managed a health incubator programme in partnership with UCL
  • Deutsche Bank, Director (1998-2008): Strategic Equity Transaction Group
  •  Senior Fellow at Finance Innovation Lab (since 2008)
  • Bilingual French and English, spoken Dutch
  • BSc in Computer Science (University of Bristol) and MSc in Management Science and Operational Research (Warwick Business School, Warwick University)

e: bbeghin@consiliumcapital.co.uk