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Empeal is hosting a live webinar on the 21st of January to discuss the realities of impact assessment with an expert panel of speakers.

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Empeal is hosting a virtual webinar series on the 21st of January at 2pm in hope to give rise to further conversations surrounding impact assessment and the impact it can have on start-ups and SME’s. We believe that shining a light on this topic can not only help encourage positive, measurable social and environmental impact, but also make startups and SMES’s future ready. For this conversation we will be joined by a highly experienced panel of speakers. This includes Jens Peers, CIO Sustainable Equities for Mirova US. We will also be joined by Faye Drouillard, founder of WakeUp Capital, a venture impact fund focused on sustainable and inclusive businesses and Catherine Moroney who is the Head of Business Banking, AIB Bank Ireland.

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Catherine Moroney

Currently Head of Business Banking Market at AIB Bank; President of Dublin Chamber of Commerce 2020 & 2021 & Council & Board Member; Fellow of the Institute of Bankers, Member of DCU National Centre for Family Business Advisory Board and former Chair of AIB Corporate Finance & Non-Executive Director of Aviva Health.

-Awarded International Leader of the Decade in Financial Services 2018 at the WEF, New Delhi, India (& 2020)-Awarded Irish Businesswoman of the Year 2018 by In-Business.-Awarded Top 25 most powerful women award (Ireland) by WXN 2017-Awarded Business Bank of the year (B&F) 2015 & 2019 (CI).

An experienced and customer focussed financial and banking services executive, mainly in the Irish market (with UK, USA and European Client Corporate Banking experience) across Corporate & Retail Business Banking, Corporate Finance, Strategy and Portfolio Management.

Faye Drouillard

A former social entrepreneur unwilling to accept the status quo, Faye Walsh Drouillard is Founder & General Partner of WakeUp Capital based in Ireland, an impact venture fund investing in sustainable and inclusive early stage companies. She backs visionary founders tackling complex social and environmental challenges in the areas of sustainable food and agriculture, health equity and inclusive fintech and edtech.

Following work in a law firm and in politics in California, she served as Executive Director of Freedom Writers Foundation, an education enterprise through its feature film release “Freedom Writers” by Paramount Pictures. Consultant and investor in numerous start-ups, funds, social enterprises and foundations in the US and Europe, Faye is an ecosystem builder and promoter of the practice of impact investing and a more inclusive economy.

Angel investor via HBAN, Angel Academe. Member of TONIIC and GSGII Taskforce Ireland. Founder of The Giving Circles of Amsterdam and Ireland. Board observer: MagGrow; Board Member of The Community Foundation for Ireland, Philanthropy Ireland and ChangeX. B.A.: University of Washington; MBA: UCLA Anderson School of Management.

Jens Peers

Jens Peers is the current CEO and CIO of Mirova U.S.

Jens Peers has been part of Mirova/Ostrum AM since 2013. Previously Head of Environmental Equities at Kleinwort Benson Investors, Jens Peers is a thematic investment expert with 22 years of experience. At Kleinwort, he developed and managed several thematic strategies (demographic and environmental), including water, agribusiness, and clean tech. Jens joined Mirova in 2013 as CIO Sustainable Equities, and has been portfolio manager on the Global Sustainable Equity strategy since its launch in 2013.

Jens has considerable international experience and has extensive knowledge of consultants’ and clients’ needs. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences on environmental, water, and agricultural themes.

Jens holds a master’s degree in Applied Economics from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is also a CFA® Charterholder and is a certified CEFA (Certified European Financial Analyst of the BVFA/ABAF - Belgian Association of Financial Analysts).

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