CSFPN: Power Breakfast October 27, 2017 (9-10 am)

Luke Apicella, Manager at Prudential Impact Investments

2017-10-27 - Luke ApicellaLuke Apicella is a manager with Prudential Impact Investments, where he is focused on growing the portfolio to $1 billion through origination and asset management. With over a decade of impact investing experience, he covers numerous relationships, industries, asset types, and impact objectives. Apicella also serves on the boards and committees for several portfolio companies including a REIT, a community development finance institution, and a local start-up. Transactional highlights include a state tax credit fund for solar project developments, a co-investment with a leading private equity fund in a high-growth sustainable consumer goods company, and an investment in a private equity fund focused on affordable housing.

Apicella joined Prudential in 2007 as an impact investor in the Office of Corporate Social Responsibility. In his current role, he performs valuation, forecasting and reporting tasks with a view toward providing investment recommendations based on social, environmental and financial impacts. He graduated with an M.Sc. from Columbia’s Sustainability Management program in 2015. He also holds an MBA from New York University and a BS from Syracuse University.


CSFPN: Power Breakfast October 12, 2017 (9-10 am)

Paul Ellis, Founder of Paul Ellis Consulting

Paul EllisPaul Ellis is the principal and founder of Paul Ellis Consulting, where he helps financial advisors develop and enhance their approaches to ESG investing capability. He also currently partners with Gitterman Wealth Management on educational events, investment strategies and consulting services and is a featured financial columnist for Financial Advisor Magazine. His interviews have included leaders in impact investing from Morgan Stanley and US Trust. Paul was a certified financial planner and franchise advisor with Ameriprise for 23 years and holds a JD from Tulane Law School.

In this exclusive dialogue with members and guests of CSFPN, Paul will focus on the energy sector and related risks and opportunities that are projected to produce significant technological challenges and catalyze capital markets activity for several decades.

CSFPN: Power Breakfast September 28, 2017

Divine (Victor D. Lombard), CEO & Founder of BLAK Fintech

Divine is a disruptor in every sense of the word. A former drug dealer, and Hip-Hop/Rap recording artist turned “techpreneur”. He appeared on the tech community radar in 2014 when he reached out to billionaire and famed Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ben Horowitz, Co-Founder of Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), on social media via Twitter, and the two eventually became friends.

With only an 8th grade formal education and no tech background, a year later, Divine officially entered tech when he founded his first financial services and technology startup, BLAK Fintech (BLAK). BLAK is an acronym that stands for Building Leverage Acquiring Knowledge. BLAK builds affordable tech-driven personal financial and banking products with a focus on the financially excluded and disadvantaged Unbanked and Underbanked.

His extraordinary story of meeting Ben and entrepreneurial journey that followed, has been featured via such media outlets as Tech Crunch, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur, Inc., The Karen Hunter Show on SiriusXM Urban View, Breaking Banks with Brett King and American Banker. He has been featured at numerous events focused on diversity and inclusion in tech. This year, he was selected as a keynote speaker by Georgia State University’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute’s Russell Center, for their inaugural Influential Speaker Series, and for the annual event, France Fintech: Revolution held in Paris.

Being a formerly incarcerated individual, Divine is now an advocate against mass incarceration and for criminal justice reform. He is a brand ambassador for The Last Mile organization. As an inspirational speaker, Divine now utilizes his life story and journey of redemption to inspire others worldwide. He is currently writing a book and recently had a screenplay completed on his life for a feature film.

CSFPN: Power Breakfast May 5, 2017

Hervé Duteil, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Finance
BNP Paribas

05-05-17 DuteilHervé P. Duteil has spent most of his career with BNP Paribas in New York.  For over 20 years, he specialized in trading derivatives and managing capital market activities, spanning across commodity, currency, fixed income and electronic markets.  In 2014, he was appointed Regional Coordinator for Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Finance in the Americas, bringing a strong focus on promoting client dialogue around sustainability issues and developing tailored financing solutions or responsible investment products.  In 2016, Mr. Duteil led BNP Paribas’ efforts to close its first Social Impact Bond and regularly spoke on behalf of the Bank on a variety of sustainable products, including vanilla and equity-linked green bonds.

Mr. Duteil holds a Master in Business Administration with distinction from the Harvard Business School, a Master of Science from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor in Mathematics & Physics from the University of Paris.

CSFPN: Power Lunch April 27, 2017

Jean Marie Masse, Global Head and Chief Investment Officer
International Finance Corporation

04-27-17 MasseMr. Masse joined IFC in 1994 and brings 25 years of direct investment experience, with a focus on banking, insurance, funds, asset management and specialty finance across Europe, Russia & CIS, Africa, Asia and Latin America. A strategic thinker with a global contact network, he demonstrated an ability to find solutions to complex investment situations, including series of value-creation debt and equity investment strategies during economic crisis in Asia (1998-2001) and Europe (2009-on going). Mr. Masse is currently overseeing a global portfolio of equity and quasi equity invested in emerging markets financial institutions, with a focus on creating shareholder value and exiting investments. He is leading a key IFC strategic initiative to mobilize funding to mitigate climate change via fixed income markets solutions, at scale. Mr. Masse’s counterparts include senior banking executives, investors (institutional, strategic, private), investment bankers, fund managers, executives from multilateral organizations and governments.

Mr. Masse holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from INSEAD, an Ingénieur Agronome diploma (Master of Science degree-equivalent) from a leading engineering school in France, and is an IFC Global Leadership Program alumni. He received a record 26 World Bank Group Performance Awards for Outstanding Achievements, and regularly represents IFC in global forums and with the press.