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ROBERT R. FILIPP (President)

Founder of IFF, lawyer, entrepreneur, former United Nations official, currently CEO in the private sector. Robert was Head of Innovative Financing at the Global Fund and is known for his pioneering work in innovative financing for development with governments, international organisations, philanthropic foundations and the financial sector. He was at UNDP, GEF, the World Bank and advisor to governments, international organisations and civil society organisations.


Co-founder of IFF, MD and MBA, inventor, book author, currently CEO in the private sector leading collaborative food innovation projects at The Plant in Chicago. Leonard has extensive experience in impact assessment, entrepreneurial finance and life sciences innovation and is published widely in these areas. He was Executive Director at INSEAD, Managing Editor of the Journal of Medical Marketing, a senior advisor to the WHO, the Global Fund and in the financial industry.


MD,  former politician, United Nations Under Secretary-General for Innovative Financing for Development, known internationally for his role in creating the first global solidarity levy on air tickets raising billions for global health (UNITAID). Philippe was first an cardiologist, then joined politics as Mayor of Lourdes and Toulouse and was over 11 years cabinet minister in France, including Minister of Health and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chair of UNITAID and remains an effective voice for global solidarity and innovative financing for development. 


Lawyer, former politician and an internationally well-known non-profit executive, currently Chair of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience (GCERF). Carol was Chair of the Global Partnership form Education (GPE), Executive Director of UNICEF, Director of the U.S. Peace Corps, President of the New York City Council and early in her career held positions in investment banking at Bear Sterns and Morgan Stanley. 


Lawyer, MBA, investment professional and CEO of Sudarksis&Partners and on the Board of the sovereign wealth fund of Kazakhstan. Georges was the first CIO of the Abu Dhabi Investment Investment Authority (ADIA), at ING Bank and Credit Lyonnais.  He is knows as a pioneer of the the funds of fund investment strategy and a specialist on sovereign wealth funds advising many governments and government-linked funds. Georges was instrumental in the DowJones Global Fund Index and the innovative ETF strategy for the Global Fund.  


MD, MBA, Professor of Global Health Systems at Harvard University, Faculty Chair of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership Program. Rifat was Chair of Stop TB, member of the executive management team and a senior director at the Global Fund, Professor of International Health Management at Imperial College London and is known for his expertise in health systems and innovation with more than 350 scientific publications, as Commissioner in 10 Lancet Commissions and advisor to governments and the WHO.


Legal Counsel

Attorney-at-Law and Partner at van Stiphout Avocats in Switzerland. As the legal Counsel for the foundation, Titus manages the relationships with the Swiss regulatory bodies, the auditors and all other statutory matters.  He is an expert in Swiss business law and in EU trade law.



Vice President

Entrepreneur and finance executive (HEC Paris), CEO of Fluent SA and company director in the private sector. Edoardo was at BNP Paribas and Total, and has an extensive network in banking, commodity trading, asset management, insurance. For IFF, he is the lead on product structuring and risk transfer mechanisms.


Vice President

Communications expert, former United Nations official, “Gugu” was Communications Director at IRENA, at UNDP, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and has an extensive network in environment and development. For IFF, she is the lead on public-private partnerships.


Vice President

Entrepreneur and investment professional, advising clients focused on the Middle East & Africa. Senior Board Director at CY. Talk S.A., a Swiss fintech. Antoine was Vice President at Lloyds TSB, Manager at Citibank International. For IFF, he is the lead on impact investment.



Entrepreneur, architect (Harvard), former professional footballer, Donaldson is a man of many talents. He is currently advising clients on business development, cryptocurrency and digital transformation with a focus on Africa, the Middle East and Asia.  For IFF, he is taking the lead co-branding and social marketing.

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