Impact Hub DC
419 7th St NW,
Washington, DC 20004
Ben became convinced of the power of small business to transform poor communities in Mexico, where he co-founded CityGolf Puebla, a miniature golf course and family recreation center. After working as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Office of Management and Budget, he left to attend business school and launch Agora Partnerships. Since graduating in 2005, Ben has been named a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneur, a BMW Foundation Young Leader, and an Ashoka Fellow. He was a Social Venture Network Innovation Award honoree in 2009 and named one of 2010’s top 40 under 40 development leaders in Washington, DC. He earned an MBA from Columbia University, where he was awarded the inaugural alumni social innovation award, and an MSFS with distinction from Georgetown University. Ben has a BA with high honors from Haverford College, where he co-founded Tres Nacos Quesadillas Delivery and the Lighted Fools improv troupe. A native of Cambridge, Mass., Ben lives in Washington, DC with his wife and three children.
Robert has over 15 years of experience working at the intersection of government, business, and non-profit organizations to build innovative cross-sector partnerships that drive social change and economic prosperity around the world. He spent several years with the U.S. Department of State serving in the Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships and managing the impact investing portfolio to advance the Department’s economic statecraft agenda through pioneering private sector engagements. Robert has also worked with USAID structuring public-private partnerships and with Booz Allen Hamilton increasing industry competitiveness in emerging markets. More recently, he spearheaded FleishmanHillard’s shared value work by establishing the Shared Impact Lab, a collaborative process for co-creating market-driven solutions to social and environmental challenges. Robert holds a B.S. in International Affairs from Georgia Tech with a focus in Chinese studies and an MBA from Georgetown University with an honors certificate in International Business Diplomacy from the School of Foreign Service.
Jesse is currently Director of New Initiatives at Agora Partnerships, where he leads partnership building, fundraising efforts, and is a member of the entrepreneur recruitment team. Before joining Agora, Jesse worked on a range of international development projects in East Africa, was a political reporter for a newspaper in South Carolina, and was the co-founder of a start-up focused on using social media to market emerging musicians in North Carolina. He also worked in a small-business development project called Africa B2B that distributed low-interest loans to companies in Uganda.
Erin brings with her 10 years of experience in corporate finance, consulting and renewable energy in the US, Latin America, and Asia. Before Agora she worked in investment banking for Deloitte in Chile and prior to that led the finance team at a renewable energy startup, BrightSource Energy, in California. She has taken companies through acquisitions, IPOs, raising hundreds of millions of dollars, and in some exciting cases, running out of money. Erin has worked with microfinance borrowers in India and entrepreneurs of Startup Chile, but without a doubt the highlight for her has been working with the passionate entrepreneurs of the 2015 Agora Accelerator. Being an Agora Consultant this past year was an enriching experience and she is excited about leveraging her background to make next year one of the best.
Anastasiya’s expertise is in providing catalytic capital and advice on financial strategy to businesses ranging from early stage start-ups to multinational corporations. Anastasiya has successfully completed the Agora Fellowship, advising 5 social enterprises in South America in business strategy and preparing for investment. Prior to joining Agora, Anastasiya managed due-diligence, underwriting and structuring of loans to social enterprises at RSF Social Finance and served as the Finance Content Adviser for the GSBI Accelerator. Anastasiya began her career in Corporate & Investment Banking with Wells Fargo. Anastasiya holds a Master’s in International Finance and Economic Development from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, and a B.S. in Finance from Santa Clara University. Anastasiya is originally from Ukraine, and enjoys visiting friends around the world, dancing, yoga and rock-climbing.
Elle brings a range of experience in nonprofit management. Most recently, she spent three years working with Ashoka on operations and financial management. She earned her MBA and MA from the Heller School at Brandeis University, with a focus on nonprofit management and international development. Elle also hold a BA in Political Science from Bates College. She enjoys yoga, hiking and triathlons.
Maria was born and raised in Nicaragua in a family of entrepreneurs where she witnessed first hand the endless potential of a well-run business. While pursuing her MBA at Hult International Business School in San Francisco she had the opportunity to work in strategic projects with high tech startups and venture capitalist partners, experiencing both the passion and pragmatism that every new business must strive to balance if it is to be successful. Prior to her MBA, she worked as a financial auditor at PwC Nicaragua and PwC Panama. She has a BS in Accounting and Marketing. In her free time she likes to dance, do yoga, learn new languages, and experience new cultures.
Brian is an engineer by training, accelerator manager by profession, and traveler by passion. He loves collaborating with entrepreneurs driven to achieve the world as it should be in areas of urban innovation, education, and agriculture. In 2016, Brian was an Agora Consultant supporting growth strategy with 4 tech startups in South America and the Caribbean. Prior to Agora he has co-created Minnesota’s first impact incubator and angel impact investing ventures (catalyzing $1 million+ in investments), managed water infrastructure projects in Kenya and Uganda, and led socio-economic research programs in rural Nepal and India. Brian is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum and holds degrees in civil engineering and sustainable development from the University of Minnesota and Utrecht University.
Kira has been working for several years as a Consultant designing inclusive financial products for underserved populations in Latin America. She has provided market research services for microfinance institutions in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Dominican Republic as a Professional Service Provider certified by Microsave Africa Organization. Kira served for several years as an Executive Director for a microfinance institution in Nicaragua associated with Vision Fund International. She was also was a Manager of a loan portfolio and the risk capital operations for Agros International Organization in Central America and Chiapas-Mexico. Kira received her MBA in Business from the INCAE Business School, which Harvard Business School founded and technically supervises. She enjoys learning from entrepreneurs and dancing with her daughter.
Cecile has experience in programs supporting women-led start-ups and social businesses both in France and internationally, notably through international organizations, NGOs and a corporate philanthropy in the luxury sector. She is passionate about promoting people who are making a difference in the world. Cecile graduated with a MA in Peacebuilding from the Institute of Political Studies of Lille, France. Outside of work, Cecile enjoys exploring the world backpacking and meeting new people..
Elysa brings a wide range of experience in marketing and communications. Prior to joining Agora, Elysa worked in communications at a political and corporate consulting firm and served as media director for a fair wage start-up committed to empowering Guatemalan communities. Elysa holds a BA in International Area Studies with a focus in Sustainable Development from Washington University in St. Louis. In her free time, she enjoys travel, hiking, and painting..
Roger graduated with honors from Thomas More University in Managua, Nicaragua with a degree in Political Science and International Relations. He also holds a diploma in Youth Leadership. Roger worked at the Nicaraguan Export and Investment Center where he witnessed the importance of helping small and medium enterprises to grow. He is now happy to be working with Agora to support social entrepreneurs and accelerate positive impact in society.
Stann has over four years of experience in non-profit organization and advocacy. Originally from Jamaica, Stann joins Agora through the Atlas Corp Fellow program. Stann has worked as a research assistant for Princeton University while living in Spain, an afterschool program coordinator in France, and interned at the PeaceJam Foundation in Michigan. Stann received a Master’s Degree in Political Science Research from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain and a BA in International Relations, French, and History from Kalamazoo College. He is passionate about global/public policy, international travel, diplomacy, political analysis, and law.
Asst. Professor at Northwestern University School of Law
Executive Director of Strategy at JPMorgan
Executive Director of the Adam J Weissman Foundation
Co-Founder and CEO at the Indigenous Designs
Founder and CEO at Agora Partnerships
Lecturer, Entrepreneurial Programs at Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
Distinguished Diplomat in Residence at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars; Former Mexican Ambassador to the United States (2007-2013)
General Partner at Aperture Venture Partners
Ricardo Terán Terán
Co-Founder at Agora Partnerships
Adriana Sanchez Guzman
Founder at Sikuali Founder and Partner at PAD Asesores
CEO at Green Squids
Partner at Spectron and Interim CEO at Catapulta
Luz Maria De la Mora
Executive Director at WEConnect International
Founder and CEO at Startup Mexico
Victor Hugo Lopez Aranda
Executive Director at FONDESO
Managing Director at Pioneer Capital Partners
President and Managing Director at Fabretto
Frank Matus Aguirre
Country Director at Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua
Founder and CEO of Inventtus International Corporation; President Grupo Roberto Terán
Ricardo Terán Terán
Co-Founder at Agora Partnerships; Founder and CEO of Nuve Technologies
Impact Hub DC
419 7th St NW,
Washington, DC 20004
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