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The GIF team across London, Washington D.C., Nairobi and Singapore is comprised of investors, economists, and development experts who are committed to harnessing the power of innovative and market-driven approaches to tackling the greatest challenges facing the developing world.

Executive

Avinash Mishra

Chief Investment Officer and Head of GIF Growth

Avinash leads GIF's risk capital investment team and heads GIF Growth, GIF's new returnable capital investment vehicle. He shares oversight of the GIF's finance function with our CEO, ensuring...

Cillian Moynihan

General Counsel

Cillian Moynihan oversees the legal and ESG teams and functions at GIF. He is responsible for structuring and negotiating all GIF’s investments around the globe, managing all existing investments, fundraisings...

Joseph Ssentongo

Acting CEO

Joseph Ssentongo holds the overarching responsibility for GIF’s mission: identifying and funding innovations capable of transforming the lives of people living on less than $5 a day. Prior to being...

Full Team

Alessandra Buonfino

Senior Advisor

Alessandra is a Senior Advisor at GIF and responsible for GIF’s strategy on climate. She has been working at the nexus of government, investment and not-for-profits for over 15 years...

Alix Peterson Zwane

Senior Advisor

Alix Peterson Zwane served as GIF’s CEO for eight years, shaping our organisation from its inception as a flagship UK-US project mobilising aid funding into high impact innovations and guiding...

Avinash Mishra

Chief Investment Officer and Head of GIF Growth

Avinash leads GIF's risk capital investment team and heads GIF Growth, GIF's new returnable capital investment vehicle. He shares oversight of the GIF's finance function with our CEO, ensuring...

Ben Potgieter

Junior Legal Counsel

Ben Potgieter supports the legal team on governance matters relating to GIF and our portfolio, as well as general commercial matters, and legal issues arising in relation to portfolio companies...

Christina Holzmüller

Operations Manager

Christina is the operations manager at GIF. Previously she carried out the role of policy adviser, as part of the team supporting the CEO. Before joining the team, Christina worked...

Christoph Sieker

Investment Associate

Christoph joined GIF as an Investment Associate in May 2024. He previously advised large international private equity funds on commercial investment deals, supporting clients on both investment and exit strategies...

Cillian Moynihan

General Counsel

Cillian Moynihan oversees the legal and ESG teams and functions at GIF. He is responsible for structuring and negotiating all GIF’s investments around the globe, managing all existing investments, fundraisings...

Eugene Gikonyo

Investment Associate

Eugene Gikonyo is an investment associate in the Risk Capital team at GIF. Previously, he worked at Global Partnerships’ Social Venture Fund as an investment analyst. His duties included portfolio...

Francesco Valente

Investment Director, Risk Capital

Francesco is an Investment Director on the Risk Capital team at GIF. Prior to joining the team, Francesco was an advisor at Volta Capital (prior D.Capital, Dalberg Group) where he...

Garry Mulgrew

HR Business Partner

Garry is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has worked in HR across Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Asia Pacific; and North America...

Georgiana-Maria Groza

Office Manager & Executive Assistant

Georgi is the Office Manager and Executive Assistant at our GIF London office. She has considerable experience as an Office Manager and Executive Assistant within different industries. Georgi moved to...

Grace Kapustianyk

Analytics Associate

Grace is an Associate in the Analytics team with experience in public health, clinical research, and project management. Her work at GIF includes providing analytics support on pipeline and portfolio...

Joseph Ssentongo

Acting CEO

Joseph Ssentongo holds the overarching responsibility for GIF’s mission: identifying and funding innovations capable of transforming the lives of people living on less than $5 a day. Prior to being...

Juliet Odindo

Analytics Associate

As an Associate in GIF’s Analytics team, Juliet plays a crucial role in identifying investment opportunities and measuring the impact of our existing portfolio. She leverages her experience in social...

Karyna Greenidge

Business Integrity Analyst

Karyna holds the position of Business Integrity Analyst, supporting the Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Executive in performing ‘Know Your Customer’ operations across GIF's portfolio and pipeline deals. Before joining...

Kathi Hanifnia

Investment Director

Kathi Hanifnia is an Investment Director. She joins GIF from Beam, a social enterprise that helps homeless people into high-quality training and jobs, where she worked on a government commissioned...

Katie Carrasco

Head of Environment, Social Responsibility & Governance and Gender Co-Lead

Katie leads GIF's Environmental, Social responsibility and Governance (ESG) function, conducting ESG diligence across our portfolio. Katie also leads our Indo-Pacific office and relocated to Singapore in 2022. Katie is...

Ken Chomitz

Chief Economist

Ken Chomitz comes to GIF after a distinguished career in research and evaluation at the World Bank. An innovator in applied economics, he has published pioneering work in the economics...

Kippy Joseph

Senior Advisor

As Senior Advisor, Gender, Kippy Joseph brings 20 years professional experience to strengthen GIF’s commitment to supporting innovations that benefit women and girls, and aim to address gender inequality. Concurrently...

Lily Steele

Investment Director

Lily is an Investment Director at GIF. Previously Lily worked with early stage social ventures based in Kenya and Madagascar, providing advisory and business development services, as well as capital...

Liz Agase

Environment, Social Responsibility & Governance Director

Liz holds the position of Environment, Social Responsibility, and Governance Director at GIF. She is responsible for conducting ESG diligence across GIF's investment pipeline and portfolio. Before arriving at GIF...

Malcolm Spence

Managing Director, Grants

Malcolm Spence is Managing Director of the Public Sector team at GIF, sourcing, evaluating and managing investments with a public sector pathway to scale. Before joining GIF Malcolm was Head...

Rosie Ensor

Policy and Government Relations Advisor

Rosie manages donor relationships and fundraising at GIF, as well as supporting the running of the CEO’s office. Before joining the team, Rosie worked for the British High Commission in...

Sarah Richardson

Senior Advisor

Sarah Richardson oversees GIF's communications and engagement strategy. She has more than 20 years’ experience delivering creative and innovative campaigns and communications in both the private and public sector. Sarah...

Shreya Das

Investment Associate

Shreya is an Investment Associate on the Grants team at GIF. She previously led business development, digital marketing and strategy research for a B2B social enterprise in the agribusiness sector...

Temi Phyllis Pratt

Policy and Government Relations Advisor (maternity cover)

Temi manages donor relationships and fundraising at GIF. She has a background in grant management and donor partnership through her role at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)...

Tenzing Peldun

Investment Associate

Tenzing is an investment associate on the Risk Capital team at GIF. She previously worked with Vitas Group, which operates a network of microfinance institutions (MFIs) predominantly in the Middle...

Teresa Bosibori

Investment Associate

Teresa is an Investment Associate on the Grants team at GIF. Prior to joining GIF, Teresa led resource mobilisation, partnerships and contributed to advocacy and research on Gender and Energy...

Thomas Cole

Policy and Government Relations Advisor

Thomas manages donor relationships and fundraising at GIF, as well as supporting the running of the CEO’s office. Thomas has close to 15 years’ experience working on international issues: He...

Tom Mason

Head of Finance

Tom Mason oversees GIF's finance function, including statutory and regulatory reporting requirements, oversight of the financial control environment, and managing the monthly reporting cycle. Tom qualified as a chartered accountant...

Vineet Bewtra

Senior Advisor

Vineet Bewtra is a Senior Advisor to GIF. He was responsible for leading Omidyar Network's education-related investments across Africa, and also led their involvement in the European impact investing &...

Our board of directors

GIF is governed by a Board of Directors that brings together world-leading academics, impact investors, thought leaders, and development experts from across the public and private sectors. The GIF Board is responsible for oversight of our strategy and performance, and holds us accountable for how we work.