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Dipa Sharif

Director of Catalyzing Investments,
AV Ventures

Dipa Sharif works on scaling ACDI/VOCA’s impact investing and blended finance initiatives as part of AV Ventures, a for-profit subsidiary of ACDI/VOCA. Prior to joining ACDI/VOCA in 2019, Dipa worked as an independent impact investment consultant for clients such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Millennium Challenge Corporation, and WaterEquity. She also cofounded the Women Impact Investing Network to foster collaboration, leadership, and knowledge building opportunities for women in the impact investing space. Dipa holds an MBA with a focus in quantitative finance and economics from New York University and a BBA with a focus in finance and information systems from The George Washington University.

Timothy Rann

Managing Partner,
​Mercy Corps Ventures

Timothy is an entrepreneur and investor focused on emerging markets with experience leading businesses and investment funds that endeavor to address major social inequalities and climate change. He brings over a decade of experience in the field with 35+ emerging markets startup investments across the capital continuum and four exits to-date.

Tim serves as the Managing Partner at Mercy Corps Ventures, a seed stage impact fund that invests up to $500,000 (equity / quasi equity) in innovative start-ups. Tim manages the full investment cycle for Mercy Corps Ventures in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and SE Asia, with a particular focus on Agriculture, including AgTech, AgFinTech, Traceability / Provenance, Geospatial Tech, and Precision Ag.

Chad Sachs

Director Latin American Fund,

Chad Sachs is the Director of the Latin American Fund at NESsT. NESsT provides both donations and more flexible, patient debt capital to enterprises that are improving the livelihoods of vulnerable populations in Latin America and Eastern Europe. The Latin American fund currently is aiming to help companies that have revenues between $150K and $2.5MM and that are looking to raise between $50K and $500K. Chad has over 15 years of experience working in the impact investing sector. Before joining NESsT, he founded several renewable energy companies that worked to accelerate the adoption of solar and wind projects, raising over $1.1 billion in financing for renewable projects. Chad holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and Bachelors in Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Ryan Williams

Operating Partner,
NextWorld Evergreen

Ryan Williams is an Operating Partner with NextWorld Evergreen – A growth equity firm for conscious consumer brands .  He applies an ESG lens to create value by building scalable sustainability frameworks that preserve the purpose, mission and values of portfolio brands.   In close collaboration with the investment team and portfolio CEO’s , Ryan develops strategies, prioritizes programs, and identifies metrics that maximize impact and protect authenticity during profitable growth.  He leverages best practices across the portfolio and supports responsible operations that maximize social and environmental impact.