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As part of the Open Society Foundations, our diverse and inclusive staff is passionate about cultivating a more democratic, equitable world.

Leadership

  • Scott Abrams
    Director of Impact & Partnerships
    New York
  • Balgees Barendilla
    Balgees Barendilla
    Administration & Operations Manager
    London
  • James Beaver
    Director of Finance
    New York
  • Catherine Cax
    Acting CEO
    London
  • Nicole Stallworth
    General Counsel
    New York
  • Investment Team

  • Jordan Barnes
    Jordan Barnes
    Associate Principal
    London
  • Daan Besamusca
    Associate Principal
    London
  • Dominique Brillon
    Dominique Brillon
    Executive Assistant
    New York
  • Stefano Cappanari
    Associate
    London
  • Jean Hughes
    Jean Hughes
    Executive Assistant
    London
  • Abubakar Ketemon Lewano
    Principal
    Nairobi
  • Stephanie Lucas
    Stephanie Lucas
    Program Analyst
    New York
  • Qasim Raza
    Associate Principal
    London
  • Laura Renaud-Studer
    Senior Associate
    London
  • Zoe Tipler
    Zoe Tipler
    Program Analyst
    London
  • Impact Investment Committee

  • Kofi Adjepong-Boateng
    Kofi Adjepong-Boateng is a founding partner of the Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund and a senior advisor to Credit Suisse AG’s Wealth Management Division. In 1995, he co-founded First Africa as a joint venture with S.G. Warburg and following the sale of First Africa, Kofi joined Standard Chartered Bank as a vice chairman.
  • Maija Arbolino
    Maija Arbolino is responsible for oversight of all financial operations at the Open Society Foundations, including budget, management reporting, grants management, and accounting. She joined the Open Society Foundations in 1995, first working as the controller for national foundations and managing the audits for the various U.S. foundations. She was promoted to director of finance and then chief financial officer.
  • Dawn Fitzpatrick
    Dawn Fitzpatrick joined Soros Fund Management as the chief investment officer in April 2017. Prior to joining SFM, she was the head of investments for UBS Asset Management, where she managed active, passive, and systematic equities and fixed income portfolios, its investment solutions, and O’Connor hedge fund business, and served as a member of the UBS Wealth Management Global Investment Committee.
  • Luther Ragin Jr.
    Luther Ragin Jr. is the retired president and chief executive officer of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). Prior joining the GIIN he served as vice president for Investments at the New York-based FB Heron Foundation for 10 years. He oversaw the Foundation’s $300 million endowment, steadily increasing the impact investing allocation to more than 40 percent, while maintaining competitive, risk-adjusted total financial returns.
  • Vera Songwe
    Vera Songwe is the executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Previously, she was the International Finance Corporation’s regional director for Western and Central Africa. Songwe is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institute with the Global Economy and Development and Africa Growth Initiative, and a member of the African Leadership Network.