September 19, 2017

UNSIF High-Level Advisory Board

Introduction to HLAB


The UNDP SDG Impact Finance (UNSIF) High-Level Advisory Board (HLAB) is designed to provide strategic advice to UNSIF on the most important challenges, opportunities and decisions of the initiative.

HLAB would help UNSIF strengthen its understanding of related social impact investment and development financing topics, thereby broadening its horizons, improving understanding of market dynamics, risks and return frameworks and future drivers of social and economic growth to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The role of the HLAB is to make recommendations to the UNSIF on a wide-range of strategic decisions. Each year the Advisory Board will hold one physical meetings to review progress, address strategic questions, and plan for the coming year.



Ms. Hilde Schwab

Chairperson and Co-Founder
Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Switzerland

Ms. Hilde Schwab joined her husband Klaus Schwab when he created the World Economic Forum and in 1971 she organized the first Annual Meeting; she is adviser and project manager for numerous activities, including in arts and culture. In 1998, together with her husband, she created the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. She is Member of Advisory Boards of a number of organizations, including International Bridges to Justice, Global Dignity, and La Chartreuse de Neuville.


Mr. Neil Shen Nan Peng

Founding and Managing Partner, Sequoia Capital China Rotating President and Director, China Entrepreneur Forum Chairman of the Board, Yale Leadership Center in China

Mr. Neil Shen is the Founding Managing Partner of Sequoia Capital China, where he has been ranked as one of the country’s top venture capital investors for much of the past decade. He was also the co-founder of the Chinese travel site giant Ctrip and Home Inns. Shen had previously worked at Deutsche Bank Hong Kong, Chemical Bank, Lehman Brothers,

and Citibank in various investment banking areas. He is the Board Chairman of Yale Leadership Center in China, Director of Yabuli China Entrepreneur Forum (CEF), Vice Chairman of VC Funds Committee of Asset Management Association of China, Governor of Our Hong Kong Foundation, Member of Hong Kong Financial Services Development Council, Trustee of Brookings Institution, Trustee of Asia Society, Rotating President of Future Forum in 2016, and Trustee of Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

HLAB Members


H.E. Mr. Marc-André Blanchard

Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations

Prior to his appointment as Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Marc-André Blanchard was the chairman and CEO of McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada’s most prominent law firms, where he advised companies on strategic issues and public policy issues. In 2013, Canadian Lawyer named him one of the 25 most influential lawyers in Canada, and Catalyst Canada awarded him the Entrepreneur Recognition Award for his leadership in matters of diversity. He is also actively involved in his community in a variety of capacities. He sits on the board of directors of the Conference Board of Canada, the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer, the WoodGreen Foundation, and the Glendon College Advisory Board. He is an active member of the Université de Montréal’s Centraide campaign, the United Way Toronto, and the Young Presidents’ Organization.


Dr. Jed Emerson

Founder, Blended Value Group,
Advisor to the Sterling Group, Hong Kong

Dr. Jed Emerson is a widely recognized, international practitioner and thought leader on impact investing, performance metrics and sustainable nance. As originator of the term blended value, he has spent over two decades exploring how capital investment strategies may be executed to create multiple returns. He has also held faculty appointments at Harvard, Stanford and Oxford business schools and has written extensively on impact investing, social return on investment and related areas. As Founding Director of both Larkin Street Services and the Roberts Enterprise Development Fund (REDF), a founding board member of Paci c Community Ventures and the first senior fellow at Generation Investment Management, he has spent his career helping expand capital options for asset owners.


H.E. Dr. Talal Abu Ghazaleh

Chairman and Founder, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization, TAG-Org, Kingdom of Jordan

H.E. Dr.Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman of Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization (TAG-Org), has wide-ranging interests and has made seminal contributions in professional services, Intellectual Property, education, knowledge economy, and information technology. His past leadership roles reveal his long and engaging career with business-related international development organizations and forward-thinking business projects in the Arab world. He had created a unique hybrid a for pro t private rm with a mission statement to “contribute to the socioeconomic development of the Arab world.” Talal Abu-Ghazaleh also served on the board of the UN Global Compact and as Chairman of the UN Global Alliance for ICT and Development. He is currently Chairman of the Arab Coalition of Services and a member of the WTO Panel on Defining the Future of Trade.


Dr. Charly Kleissner

Co-founder, TONIIC, 100% Impact Network
KL Felicitas Foundation and Social-Impact International San Francisco, CA, USA

Dr. Charly Kleissner is an impact investor. He believes that the deeper meaning of wealth is to make a positive contribution to humanity and the planet. He sees impact investing not as an intellectual exercise, but as an expression of who he really is. He co-founded KL Felicitas and Social-Impact International, which help social entrepreneurs worldwide to accelerate and increase their impact. He also co-founded Toniic and the 100% Impact Network, global networks for impact investors. Dr. Kleissner is Chairman of the Board at ImpactAssets and serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Hub Company.


Dr. Li Zhenxi

Chairman, Baoshang Bank
President of Supervisory Board, Asian Financial Cooperation Association
Executive Chairman of the Joint Committee on Reputation Risk Management, China Banking Association

Dr. Li Zhenxi is the chairman of Baoshang Bank, a senior economist, a financial expert who is granted the Special Government Allowances of the State Council and the member of the Committee of the 11th Inner Mongolian People’s Political Consultative Conference. For decades, he has been dedicated to bringing equal financial inclusion to SMEs and households in China. He won the extensive awards for his special contribution to the economy and the society, including Pioneer of Social Responsibilities and Annual Figure of SME Financing. Moreover, Dr. Li has published more than 30 papers in journals contributing his insights to the leading academia.


H.E. Dr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith

Minister of Finance
Government of The People’s Republic of Bangladesh


H.E. Dr. Abul Maal Abdul Muhith is a renowned economist and diplomat. He served as the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Pakistan Civil Service Association and as Economic Councilor of the Pakistan Embassy in the US. He was also appointed as the Secretary of Planning and Secretary of the External Resource Department of Finance and Planning Ministry. After serving under several government positions, he was appointed as Minister of Finance in January 2009. Prior to his appointment, he also held positions at the Ford Foundation, the International Fund for Agricultural and Development, the World Bank, and the United Nations.


H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr

Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Cairo Governorate, Arab Republic of Egypt

H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr was sworn in as the Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation on September 19, 2015. She earned her Professorship from the Supreme Council of Universities. Throughout her academic career, she published over 60 research papers, technical reports and books merging her technical and practical expertise in various development-related fields. She has been a member of the Economic Development Council of the Presidential Office and played a role as Lead Economist at the World Bank. She has managed funds exceeding US$ 4.3 billion that were injected into the Egyptian economy in the areas of economic reform, economic policy development, small and medium enterprise (SME) development and social housing.



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