Meet the team

The IMP Team operates out of a UK non-profit, dedicated to building and applying consensus for best practices in impact management.

The IMP core team works across offices in the UK, USA and Philippines, supported by an invaluable group of consultants and advisors who contribute to a range of experiences and perspectives.

The IMP Team is legally hosted by Bridges Insights, an independent non-profit set up by Bridges Fund Management, exclusively for the purpose of building the market for sustainable business and investment. 

Cecilia Pessanha

Practice and SDGs Lead

Cecilia Pessanha

Cecilia Pessanha

Cecilia Pessanha

Practice and SDGs Lead

Ceci leads the IMP’s work on impact management practice and the SDGs, as well as strategic engagements in Asia. This involves working to provide streamlined guidelines on what good impact management and measurement processes look like for investors, corporates, social enterprises and foundations, amongst others. She also helps organisations measure their impact against the SDGs by ensuring that impact is experienced by those who are most underserved.

Prior to the IMP, Ceci worked for the International Finance Corporation, advising governments in the structuring of Public-Private Partnerships across Latin America. She also worked for the Lemann Foundation in Brazil, where she conducted a market analysis to implement best practices in grant making; and for Shekere, a Kenyan consumer goods distribution enterprise, where she developed a last mile sales and distribution strategy in four Kenyan cities.

Ceci holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from PUC-Rio and a dual MBA/MPA degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Born and raised in Brazil, Ceci has lived in Mexico, the United States and Kenya. She is now based in the Philippines, working on her diving and karaoke skills with her husband, Gio.

Talk to me about: Principles of impact management practice and the SDGs; impact management in Asia.

Clara Barby

Chief Executive

Clara Barby

Clara Barby

Clara Barby

Chief Executive

Clara oversees the strategic direction of all the IMP’s activities and facilitates key relationships across its broad community of collaborating organisations.

Clara is on secondment from Bridges Fund Management, where she led the firm’s impact strategy throughout the investment cycle and across all fund types. In addition to growing impact through Bridges’ own funds, Clara led the firm’s research and development efforts to promote the growth of the wider sustainable and impact investment sector.

Prior to Bridges, Clara focused her career on investing in sustainable businesses – most recently on the management team of a healthcare chain in India and Acumen portfolio company. Clara previously worked for Acumen’s Capital Markets team where she played a lead role in designing an innovative investment vehicle and later co-led the Acumen energy portfolio.  Clara grew up in the Bahamas and has lived and worked in Colombia, the USA, Kenya, India, France, Myanmar and London.Clara holds a BA (Hons) in Greats from Oxford University and an MBA from INSEAD.

Claudia Coppenolle

Exec Director, IMP+ACT Alliance

Claudia Coppenolle

Claudia Coppenolle

Claudia Coppenolle

Exec Director, IMP+ACT Alliance

Claudia is responsible for the IMP+ACT Alliance, a partnership-driven sustainability data and technology programme for the public good. Incubated in the Impact Management Project (IMP), the programme is exploring how the use of technology can enable large scale impact classification of investment products.

Claudia joins the IMP from Deutsche Bank where the programme was initiated as part of an Intrapreneur Initiative. She combines 10 years’ experience of having worked in the banking and Fintech space, with the insider view of what it means to found (and fund) your own business. She is passionate about emerging technologies and sustainability, and how the connectivity of both can drive social innovation and create new business opportunities.

Claudia is an inaugural cohort member of Money20/20’s 2018 Rise-Up Female leaders program, a leading voice in Fintech and has served as a mentor and advisor for various ‘Tech for Good Initiatives’ including SheCanCode and the DB Hackathons for Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity.

She holds an BA in Economics from the University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Claudia lives in London, and together with her husband and two daughters enjoys exploring the country-side in the UK as well as abroad.

Talk to me about: Interesting tech for social good initiatives – and toddler meals my toddler will actually eat.

James Hicks

Impact Data Lead

James Hicks

James Hicks

James Hicks

Impact Data Lead

James engages with investors who are interested to learn about, and apply, the IMP norms to their investment processes. He also works on the IMP incubated data and technology programme, the IMP+ACT Alliance.

He joined the IMP through the On Purpose Associate Programme, a leadership and career transition programme for mid-career professionals interested in social and environmental impact. Whilst on the programme, James also gained experience managing software development projects at Lightful, a tech-for-good company.

Prior to this, James worked in asset management at M&G Investments. He specialised in private equity and worked on a team investing in mid-market buyout funds. He was involved in all stages of the investment process and travelled extensively to conduct due diligence on funds primarily in Europe and Asia.

James holds a first-class BA (Hons) in Economics from Durham University.

James is based in London but is sure to get into the countryside whenever possible for some kind of adventure sport or, sometimes, a triathlon.

Talk to me about: Mapping the impact of your portfolio; impact data and technology.

Jo Fackler

Engagement Lead

Jo Fackler

Jo Fackler

Jo Fackler

Engagement Lead

Jo is responsible for the IMP’s outreach across its Practitioner Community, and overall engagement with the IMP’s Strategic Partners and Advisory Group. She also oversees the IMP’s broader communications efforts.

Jo began working part-time for the IMP from September 2018 whilst studying an MA in Globalisation, Business and Development at the Institute of Development Studies. Having now completed her studies, Jo is now a full-time member of the team.

Jo’s former work experience includes project and communications management for Impact Ventures UK, and marketing and events management for the UK Wealth and Asset Management division at Berenberg. She has long been interested in the power of business to create positive social and environmental change, moving her to become a B Leader for B Corp and co-founder of the Social Pop Up, a regular meet-up for anyone interested or working in mission-driven business.

Alongside her MA, Jo holds a BA in French at the University of Leeds, which took her to Bordeaux for a year.

Jo lives in Brighton but works regularly in London. She is happiest when by the water, cooking for friends or travelling overseas.

Talk to me about: Collaborative projects, partnerships, and how to get more involved with the IMP.

Mike McCreless

Head of Investor Collaboration

Mike McCreless

Mike McCreless

Mike McCreless

Head of Investor Collaboration

Mike provides support to investors as they adopt the IMP norms, and leads the Impact Frontiers initiative – a forum for supporting investors in pioneering new ways to quantitatively and holistically integrate impact alongside financial risk and return in investment practices.

He was previously Head of Impact at Root Capital, where his article “Toward the Efficient Impact Frontier” was featured in the Winter 2017 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. He previously consulted for Monitor Company and conducted research for Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter.

Mike holds an MBA with Distinction and an MPA in International Development from Harvard University, as well as a BA from Yale University.

In a previous life, Mike was a violinist, pianist, and orchestral conductor, and now lives outside of Boston with his wife and two daughters.

Talk to me about: Putting the IMP consensus into practice in your own organisation.

Olivia Prentice

COO and Head of Content

Olivia Prentice

Olivia Prentice

Olivia Prentice

COO and Head of Content

Olivia is responsible for all content co-created with the IMP Structured Network, which involves overseeing its development of joined-up impact measurement and management standards. Olivia also leads operations across the IMP.

Olivia has been with the IMP since its launch in 2016. She is experienced in designing impact measurement and management approaches across diverse geographies, asset classes and for a range of audiences, including wealth managers, investment managers and corporates. She has co-authored a number of reports illustrating best practice impact measurement and management in practice, and regularly delivers training on this topic through global academic institutions and industry membership networks.

Prior to this, Olivia led Bridges Fund Management’s impact management strategy in the UK across all fund types (growth equity, social impact bond, social enterprises and property). She previously worked for CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution, and with the DFID Impact Fund.

Olivia has an MA in International Relations from King’s College London, and a BA (Hons) in History from Durham University.

Olivia is from London but is currently based in New York. She has also previously lived in Tanzania.

Talk to me about: The work of the IMP Structured Network and the IMP consensus.

Spencer Powell

Performance Lead

Spencer Powell

Spencer Powell

Spencer Powell

Performance Lead

Spencer oversees the performance workstream for the IMP Structured Network. This involves building consensus on the measurement of positive and negative impacts that matter most to people and planet, and formulating the ideal disclosures for said impacts that are globally comparable.

Prior to joining the IMP in August 2019, Spencer most recently worked as the Finance Manager for a publicly traded mining company. His stint in the corporate world made him keenly aware of the responsibility that organisations have towards measuring and managing their impact. This experience triggered his decision to pursue an MBA with a focus on social impact at IE Business School. During the programme he worked as a Consultant in Johannesburg with Emzingo where he created an investment evaluation framework for a local impact investor.

Spencer was previously a Senior Accountant/Consultant with KPMG’s Toronto office in the Energy and Natural Resources Group, where he became Chartered Professional Accountant and legacy Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) accredited.

Alongside his MBA, Spencer holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting from McGill University.

Spencer is currently based in London but originally from Toronto, and recently lived in Madrid where he completed his MBA. When not working on his Spanish, Spencer likes to spend time scuba diving and cycling.

Talk to me about: Impact measurement and disclosure – and why accountants can save the world.

IMP Advisors

IMP Advisors

IMP Advisors

IMP Advisors

IMP Advisory Group representatives
Anna Snider, Merrill Lynch
Catherine Flockhart,
Baillie Gifford
Caroline Bryant
, Porticus 
Cliff Prior and Jeremy Rogers, Big Society Capital
Tim Crockford,
Hermes Investment Management
Christine Looney, Ford Foundation
Erin Castellas
, Impact Investment Group
Jacob Knoterus, FMO
Jonathan Bailey, Neuberger Berman
Kelly Glaser-Scott
, UK Department for International Development 
Lila Preston, Generation Investment Management
Louise Scott and Tom Beagent, PwC
Piet Klop
, PGGM
Robynn Steffen
, Omidyar Network
Roshni Bandesha, LeapFrog Investments
Urmi Sengupta, MacArthur Foundation

Advisors to the Chief Executive
Bob Eccles, Visiting Professor of Management Practice at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Clara Miller, President Emerita of the Heron Foundation
Lisa Hall, Fellow-in-Residence at The Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation

 

IMP Consultants

IMP Consultants

IMP Consultants

IMP Consultants

Amanda Feldman, Engagement Consultant
James Taylor, Communications Consultant
Jeremy Nichols, Framework Consultant
Sara Olsen, Valuation Consultant