Samantha Caccamo – Founder and CEO
Born in Bologna, Italy, Samantha Caccamo holds a BA in Journalism with a Minor in Asian Studies from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles. She became interested in Grameen’s Microcredit and Social Business after reading Professor Muhammad Yunus’ books and attending some of his lectures in Europe. She then began to actively support his work and his new model of capitalism based on microcredit and social business to eradicate poverty. She visited Bangladesh several times to participate in intensive training programs at Grameen Bank and immerse herself in the Bangladeshi culture. She learned face to face the benefits of Professor Yunus’ methods in the field to empower the poor and build an inclusive system for them which provides not only microcredit loans without collateral but also healthcare, education, housing, technology and above all the chance to live a dignified life. She has over ten years experience working for NGOs and private companies.
“Together we can nourish the seed of selflessness which is inherent in all of us.” SC
Renato Ferri Pacini – Associate Partner and Senior Consultant
Founder of Excellence Consulting, Milan, and head of Practices Insurance and Finance. More than 10 years of experience in management consulting at major financial, banking and insurance institutions. Assisted large national and international groups in the study, setting and operational implementation of strategic projects and developed specific skills in Insurance and Banking. Degree in Economics, Bocconi University, Milan.
Anna Maria Argentieri – Fundraising and Partnership Coordinator
Italian-born Anna Maria received her Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Warwick, Coventry. During her undergraduate, she held the position of President of the Warwick branch of the Young European Movement, and Treasurer of the Warwick European Society. After having collaborated with different non-governmental organisations in Italy, France and Greece, she joined SBE as Fundraising and Partnerships Coordinator. She is convinced that implementing the social business model around the world could be an effective way to improve the life of the least advantaged people and contribute to the creation of a more ethical and sustainable world.
Miryam Sohm – Web & Social Media Manager
Miryam Sohm was born and raised in Bellinzona, Switzerland. She is currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a specialization in public communications at the Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) in Lugano. Miryam is determined to give her contribution and use her skills for activities that benefit other people and not just herself. She is passionate about working to make the world a better place, respecting people and the planet. When Miryam saw the opportunity to collaborate with SBE, she took it without hesitation. SBE’s vision and mission match perfectly her values and beliefs.
Keabetswe Boccomino – Marketing and Communications
Keabetswe is a Journalism graduate from South Africa. She has experience working in the journalism and communications fields, and is currently studying towards her Masters in Intercultural Communication at the Universitá della Svizzera Italiana. Keabetswe is passionate about people and loves working with organizations that are committed to putting human dignity and values at the core of their practices.
Alessandro Carughi – Financial Analyst
Alessandro was born in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. While he was attending the Bachelor in Business Management at the Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, he acquired experience as Finance and Legal Advisor in an international student association AIESEC. His main focus is Public and International Organizations in sectors such as Healthcare, ITC and Public Policies. Alessandro’s aim is to have a positive impact in our society, and he strongly believes social businesses are the key to make it possible. Currently he is finishing his MSc in Economics and Communication, major in Public Management and Policy at Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) in Lugano.
Katia Vitale – Freelance Graphic Designer
Katia is a Swiss graphic designer with an International reputation. She has developed Social Business Earth’s logo and the Social Business Conference logo. She worked on many projects for Vogue magazine. In addition, she is a talented painter with a focus on non figurative art. She works for SBE on call whenever we need to develop brochures, event programs and other materials.
Isidora Turnaj Elhart – Financial Advisor
Isidora was born in Novi Sad, Serbia. She holds a Master’s degree in Computational and Applied Mathematics from University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Informatics. Her main interests are focused on mathematical models in finance. In the world where almost half of the population lives on less than $2.5 per day, poverty remains an unsolved issue. Isidora believes that social businesses can contribute to solving social and environmental problems and can establish social and economic stability. Isidora was CFO at SBE for nearly two years, until August 2015.
Matej Mitev – Web and Digital Marketing Specialist
Matej was born in Veles, Macedonia. At the age of 17 he left to study in the United States where he graduated from Lindenwood University with a degree in Interactive Media & Web Design. His experience working with digital advertising agencies and his passion for anything related to the digital world led him to build his expertise in digital marketing. He developed a thriving online community from 0 to 100 thousand followers within less than 2 years. Currently he is finishing his MSc in Management & Informatics at Università della Svizzera Italiana (USI) in Lugano.
Bill Barber – Social Business Advisor
Bill Barber is an impact investor, social business mentor and advisor. He is also a member and advisor of the Purpose Investment Network. To date he has trained hundreds of early and growth-stage start-ups, social businesses, investors, entrepreneurs and corporations seeking the selection of global social ventures. Mr. Barber is a 6-time California entrepreneur. He has worked closely with many private, impact and social ventures as CEO, investor, board member and advisor for over 25 years. In addition, he has participated in the private funding of startups and growth-stage ventures with angels, VCs and corporate investors. He has been teaching internationally on the topics of entrepreneurship, innovation, environmental management, decentralization of production and social business in the US, Israel, and Europe.
Daniel Goldstein – Social Business Fund Advisor
Daniel Goldstein, since 1994, has been advising UHNW families across Europe and in the United States on their liquid investments, businesses, structuring, direct real estate investments, family dynamics, yachts, concierge services and philanthropy. For 15 years, he was director of a global Single Family Office principally located in Europe and with activities ranging across Europe, the US, Africa and India. Before, he was the investment analyst on a two-person team managing a $1.25B portfolio for a US family foundation. He has spoken at and Chaired numerous family office, investment, family business and philanthropy events around the world. He is a founding Board member of several international non-profit organisations.Before entering the family office field, Daniel worked in finance in both the private and public sectors in the US. He graduated from Colgate University and earned two Master’s degrees, an MBA in Finance and an MS in Science and Technology Studies, both with honours.
Sabri Nazir – Translator – Bangladesh
Sabri is our intern on location in Bangladesh. He was born and raised in Bangladesh and he is our official translator from Bangla to English. He is a true believer in poverty eradication through social business. Himself and a few friends offer computer training to the poor in Dhaka in a computer centre they established. In addition, Sabri works as a part-time interpreter in the International Department of Grameen Bank.