Meet the team
The IMP Team operates out of a non-profit, dedicated to building and applying consensus for best practices in impact management.
The IMP core team is from a wide range of countries, including the UK, Norway, USA, Canada, South Africa, and Romania. We are 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.
Clara oversees the strategic direction of the IMP’s activities and leads its technical facilitation across a broad community of collaborating organisations.
Clara has led the IMP since inception in 2016 and is on secondment from Bridges Fund Management, where she previously led the firm’s sustainable and impact investing strategies across all fund types. Clara also led the firm’s research and development efforts to promote the growth of the wider sustainable and impact investment sector.
Prior to Bridges Fund Management, 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 renewable energy portfolio.
Florina is responsible for administrating the day-to-day operations for the Chief Executive and IMP team, ensuring that everything is running smoothly.
Before joining the IMP in November 2019, Florina was part of the Corporate Services team at Deutsche Bank, working as an events manager.
Florina was born in Romania and graduated from the Romanian American University with a Bachelor’s degree in European Economic Studies.
She moved to London in 2010, which she continues to love and now calls home.
Talk to me about: Meeting up with the team, climate change and why veganism is a great idea!
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 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 started as a part-time communications consultant to the IMP in September 2018 whilst studying an MA in Globalisation, Business and Development at the Institute of Development Studies. Having completed her studies in 2019, Jo is now a full-time team member.
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 businesses to create positive social and environmental change, moving her to become a B Leader for B Corp and to co-found the Social Pop Up, a regular meet-up for individuals 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
Liv is on secondment to the IMP, leading the IMP’s facilitation on digitisation. She also chairs the IMP’s Non-financial Digital Transformation Working Group, an initiative aiming to determine if and how non-financial reporting lends itself to structured data using the open international standard for digital business reporting, XBRL.
As the co-founder of XBRL and the XBRL International consortium, Liv works globally with leading market regulators, accounting associations and institutions. She has held several speaking engagements on financial and business reporting standards, its benefits, potential applications and adoption in corporate governance and social responsibility reporting. Liv has also held several leadership positions related to XBRL, including as a member of the IFRS XBRL Advisory Committee, the XBRL International Steering Committee and the XBRL Standing Committee.
Liv has authored one of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)’s most successful professional courses, “Accounting System Technology for the 21st Century”, and published numerous articles for international publications and journals. She is an editorial board member of the “International Journal of Disclosure and Governance”, as well as the co- and contributing author to several books, including “XBRL for Dummies”, and the “Governance, Risk and Compliance Handbook”, “The Landscape of Integrated Reporting,” and “Effective Auditing for Corporations”.
For the past 10 years, Liv has also been the Senior Director of Strategic Customer Initiatives at Workiva Inc., which has served over 70% of fortune 500 companies and more than 200 EU companies with their statutory reporting requirements.
Liv is a long-standing member of the IMA and is an Advisory Board Member to the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Albany. She is Norwegian and currently based in Amsterdam.
Talk to me about: How we can make nonfinancial data fit for purpose in the digital age
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.
With a background in emerging markets and multi-asset classes (including listed equities), Monique’s work at the IMP is to help investors link their impact management processes to a system of standards used to assess their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Monique also works with institutional investors as they look to transition capital allocation investment processes that increase positive impact in emerging markets, while maintaining client risk-return targets.
Monique has been an integral part of developing the capital markets system in South Africa by contributing to the development of impact management and SDG-related targets. She is a Trustee of the South Africa National Advisory Board for the GSG, a board member of the Southern Africa chapter of the African Venture Philanthropy Alliance, and part of the 12th cohort of fellows for ASPEN’s African Leadership Initiative SA.
Monique was previously the Head of Investment Project Development at the Public Investment Corporation, where she focused on linking macroeconomic drivers with impact investment strategies to optimise asset allocation decisions across different asset classes. This pioneering research linked the impact themes of the SDGs to country specific priorities in South Africa.
She completed her Finance and Business Strategy degree with Honours at the University of Cape Town, is CFA certified and holds a Corporate Finance certification from London School of Economics.
Monique has lived in Cape Town and Johannesburg for most of her life, where she has been a local preacher of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa; and 2020 will see her move to Hertfordshire, UK.
A co-founder of the IMP, Olivia has worked since the project’s inception to facilitate market consensus on sustainability and impact measurement, management and reporting. She focused on leading the development of best practices for investors, such as defining approaches for integrating impact considerations into traditional portfolio construction norms. Now, Olivia oversees the work of the IMP Structured Network of standard-setting organisations; providing technical support to all Members in their efforts to coordinate and co-create content. Olivia also manages the IMP’s internal operations.
Olivia is on secondment from Bridges Fund Management, where she was previously Director of the firm’s impact strategy throughout the investment cycle and across all fund types. Prior to this, Olivia worked in emerging market impact investing at the UK’s Development Finance Institution, CDC, and with the DFID Impact Fund.
Olivia has experience advising both investors and corporates on designing sustainability impact measurement and management approaches across diverse geographies and asset classes. She has authored several publications on this topic, and regularly delivers training for global academic institutions and industry membership networks.
Olivia has an MA in International Relations from King’s College London, and a BA (Hons) in History from Durham University. She is currently based in New York.
Talk to me about: How enterprises and investors can use existing standards for measuring and managing impact
Spencer oversees the performance workstream for the IMP Structured Network. In this role, he provides technical assistance to the Network Members that are setting sustainability standards for measuring and reporting impact. This is part of a collective effort to articulate the components of a comprehensive corporate reporting solution that would connect financial and sustainability GAAP.
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 for a local impact investor.
Spencer was previously a Senior Accountant with KPMG’s Toronto office in the Energy and Natural Resources Group, where he specialised in acquisitions, consolidations, valuations, and public offerings. During his time at KPMG 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 in Montreal.
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 hiking and cycling.
Talk to me about: Impact measurement and disclosure – and why accountants can save the world.
IMP Advisory Group representatives
Catherine Flockhart and Edward Whitten, Baillie Gifford
Damian Payiatakis, Barclays
Jeremy Rogers and Philipp Essl, Big Society Capital
Kelly Glaser-Scott, UK Department for International Development
Salman Mahdi and Benjamin Alka, Deutsche Bank
Chantal Korteweg and Dietske Simons, FMO
Margot Brandenburg and Sayiddah McCree, Ford Foundation
Grace Eddy and Lila Preston, Generation Investment Management
Christine Chow, Hermes Investment Management
Amy Orr, Heron Foundation
Erin Castellas, Impact Investment Group
Wim Bartels, Serena Brown and Simon Appleby, KPMG
Roshni Bandesha, LeapFrog Investments
Urmi Sengupta, MacArthur Foundation
Anna Snider, Merrill Lynch
Kotaro Sueyoshi and Yuri Imai, Mizuho
Bob Bancroft, Nathan Cummings Foundation
Jennifer Signori, Neuberger Berman
Chris Jurgens, Omidyar Network
Piet Klop, PGGM
Caroline Bryant, Porticus
Louise Scott and Tom Beagent, PwC
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
Amanda Feldman, Engagement Consultant
Caroline Røstadli, Data Standards Consultant
James Taylor, Communications Consultant
Jeremy Nicholls, Framework Consultant
Sara Olsen, Valuation Consultant