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
Isidora Turnaj Elhart – Senior 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.
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.
Miriam Chiesa- Web & Social Media Manager
Miriam Chiesa was raised in Ascona, Switzerland. She is currently writing her Master’s thesis in Media Management at the Università della Svizzera italiana in Lugano.
After working on several projects related to content design both at university and in the labor market she is excited to give her contribution and use her skills to collaborate with Social Business Earth.
Miriam supports the social business model and is convinced it allows to reduce poverty, solving different social problems and improving the quality of people’s life.
Ivan Zuppardo- Financial Analyst
Ivan Zuppardo was born and raised in Muralto, Switzerland. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics with a specialization in Management from the Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano. He is currently studying for his Master’s degree in Public Management and Policy at the same university.
He has previous experience as an accountant in a trust company.
He believes the current economic system should be led by social and environmental responsibility and so he seized the opportunity to work for SBE.
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.
Katia Vitale – Freelance Graphic Designer
Katia 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.
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.