TEAM

 The Management Committee is composed of the three Managing Partners.

Benjamin Firmenich

Managing Partner in charge of Investor Relations

Benjamin joined Impact Finance in 2010, he is in charge of the relations with investors. He is based in Geneva and manages a portfolio of investments in Western Europe and Latin America. He's also a member of the Firmenich Sustainability Council and he co-initiated the Geneva Nexus Salon, a local meetup of the Nexus Global Youth Initiative.

He is an environmental science and social impact analysis specialist. He was sent in 2008 by Wetlands International to Indonesia to assess the total economic value of a mangrove ecosystem and he took part in an emission-modeling project at the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands. Since he started working for Impact Finance, Benjamin has visited over 50 impact enterprises.

Benjamin holds a Master of Science in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Geneva.

Cédric Lombard

Managing Partner in charge of Investments

Cédric is a co-founder of Impact Finance and is responsible for the investments. He opened an office in Colombia in 2013 from where operations in Latin America are supervised. Cédric has co-founded Symbiotics and BlueOrchard Finance, two leading microfinance investment managers. In both he was responsible for analysis and investments. Over the last decade he has visited and analyzed over 600 companies working with the BoP in 30 developing countries, extending over USD 500M in loans. In 2007, he co-founded Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG), an association promoting responsible investing in Switzerland and was the vice-chairman until 2011.

Cédric holds a Master of International Relations from the Graduate Institute for International Relations in Geneva.

Fabio Malanchini

Managing Partner in charge of Finance

Based in Milan, Fabio is a co-founder of Impact Finance. He is the head of finance of the management company and he is in charge of a portfolio of investments in Southeast Asia, Central America and Western Europe. 

He co-founded both Microfinanza, and MicroFinanza Rating. As Executive Director of the latter, he led the company to become the largest specialized rating agency in the microfinance sector, with more than 130 assessments per year, 6 offices worldwide and a staff of 25. Fabio has been active in the field of microfinance for 15 years. He has rated companies in more than 40 developing countries

Fabio holds a Master of Science in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan.

Giovanni Battista Rossi

Operations Manager

Giovanni Battista is Operations Manager for the Impact Finance Fund. Based in Milan, he joined the company in March 2014. Giovanni Battista oversees the entire investment process and the transactions. He is also responsible for the liaison with service providers in Luxembourg.

Prior to this experience, he attended Bocconi University in Milan. He was also visiting student at the London School of Economics (LSE) and at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Giovanni Battista holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and a Master of Science in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan.

Alizé Aversano

Investment Analyst

Alizé joined Impact Finance in August 2016 as an investment analyst after accomplishing 6 months of training. She is mainly in charge of our investments in Peru but is also involved in different projects in Colombia and Ecuador in sectors such as coffee, cacao, Andean grains and fresh fruits.

Previously, she worked for 2 years as an Associate Investment Advisor at Symbiotics Group, handling the negotiation and communication processes between microfinance institutions in the East Asian region and investment funds. She also supported investments in agricultural value chains, health, education, renewable energy and clean cookstoves. Prior to that, she was a consultant for a think tank specialized in ITC for development and published a report on the impact of mobile telephony on human and economic development.

Alizé holds a Bachelors in Management from Warwick Business School and a Masters in Development Management from the London School of Economics.