Social-Impact International was founded by Eric Archambeau, Charly Kleissner and Peter Wheeler in 2004. Eric, Charly and Peter came together around the core belief that social entrepreneurs play a key role in changing the world.
Social-Impact Initiative was founded in 2004 to help address a gap in professional development opportunities for social entrepreneurs. After a comprehensive field study including extensive interviews with many social entrepreneurs, academics, funders, and other experts, Social-Impact International developed a program that combines mentoring with skills training and access to capacity building and funders. The original founders of Social-Impact International want the program to be a global initiative that takes a local approach. Social-Impact International is always searching for new partners and powerful, inspiring social entrepreneurs.
Social-Impact International launched its first program in Hyderabad, India in June 2006. Since then, the program moved to Mumbai and is rapidly expanding under the leadership of strategic partner Dasra.
Eric Archambeau is one of the three visionary founders of Social-Impact. He is the Chairman of Quadia, a Swiss wealth and investment Management Company dedicated to impact investing, creating tailored investment strategies and portfolios directed at key social and environmental challenges. Eric is also the Founding Director of the Social Entrepreneurship Program at INSEAD and General Partner at Wellington Partners, a European Venture Capital firm focused on early stage Internet and Clean Tech investments. Eric Archambeau also enjoyed success as an entrepreneur in Silicon Valley as Co-Founder and CEO of RightPoint and Trading Dynamics after spending the first part of his career in the semiconductor and EDA industry. He has an MBA from Santa Clara University as well as several electrical engineering and computer science degrees from Grenoble University, Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Ecole Centrale de Lyon in France.
Dr. Charly Kleissner is a philanthropic entrepreneur utilizing his high technology background in his venture philanthropy. He is co-founder of the KL Felicitas Foundation and the Social-Impact initiative, helping social entrepreneurs worldwide to accelerate and increase their social impact. Dr. Kleissner serves on the Advisory Board of multiple not-for-profit companies like the Acumen Fund, Global Social Benefit Incubator, Alliance for a New Humanity, and The Global Philanthropy Forum. He is also an advisor to multiple social venture capital funds, like Micro Vest and Acumen Capital Market.
Dr. Kleissner earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Vienna and has over twenty years of experience as a senior technology executive in Silicon Valley. He is now focusing on breaking down the barrier between the for-profit sector and the not-for-profit sector by creating social enterprises as hybrid business structures, insisting that both vehicles can be effective for achieving social change.Dr. Kleissner earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Vienna. He authored two software patents and published numerous articles. Dr. Kleissner received the ‘Distinguished Alumnus’ award from the University of Technology, Vienna.
Lisa Kleissner is the President of the KL Felicitas Foundation, a family foundation co-founded with her husband, Charly, in 2000. KL Felicitas Foundation is dedicated to supporting programs that: empower rural communities and families through sustainable economic and social change; enable social entrepreneurs worldwide to develop and grow economically sustainable, scalable enterprises with high measurable social impact, and; advocate the Foundation’s sustainability, mission, and social investment strategy with foundations and socially minded individual investors.
Lisa is a frequent speaker, advocate and author on topics related to leveraged and holistic approaches to philanthropy and impact investing. She is a co-founder of Toniic, a global impact investing platform; executive board member of The Philanthropy Workshop West, a trans-formative donor education program; and co-founder of Social-Impact International and co-founder of Hawaii Investment Ready.
Raised in Hawaii, Lisa attended the Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawaii at Manoa graduating with a BArch in Environmental Design. She was Vice President of an architectural firm in Hawaii doing work in Asia and the Pacific Basin and held project management positions at Apple Computer and Borland. Prior to co-founding the KL Felicitas Foundation, she was the president of The Kleissner Group, providing full service high-tech and bio-tech facility solutions for start-ups in Silicon Valley.
Peter Wheeler is one of the three visionary Co-Founders of Social-Impact and has played a significant role in shaping the field of philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. He has previously served as a Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and was Founder of New Philanthropy Capital, which aims to increase the quality and quantity of resources available to the charitable sector. He currently serves as Chair of IP Value and futurebuilders, and he is a trustee of Charity Technology Trust and Kids Company. Peter has spent considerable parts of his career in India, including leading the Goldman Sachs initiative in India from 1994 and establishing its joint venture with Kotak Mahindra