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We have a field-leading team of finance and gender-focused investing experts

WoWE has assembled a field-leading team from across capital markets with extensive track records in financial innovation and sustainable finance. The team has over 60+ years working in the investment industry including with venture capital, private equity and asset management companies as well as institutional asset owners.

Patience has more than 20 years in debt and equity investing and has made ground-breaking contributions to the development of gender-focused investing.

She is widely recognized for driving innovation and building sustainable global investment programs including the creation of the Banking on Women platform at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and leading the fixed income business with a current portfolio of $3BN+. Her achievements in gender focused investing include co-developing the first ever Gender Bond issued on the Uridashi market and co-developing the $600 million Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Fund. 

Patience has dedicated her career to finding ways to use the levers of finance to create a more equal world. A seasoned investor, she has worked alongside investment leaders across the globe to catalyze investment in undercapitalized communities in ways that recognize all people as essential drivers of our global economy. 

In 2018, she founded Women of the World Endowment focused on centralizing women as economic, environmental, and social changemakers while delivering market-rate, risk adjusted returns and impact at scale. 

She recently co-authored The XX Edge: Unlocking Higher Returns and Lower Risk, where she makes the business case for a new paradigm of gender-focused investing where more women are placed in decision-making roles and able to optimize their skills across all capital markets—leading to higher returns for individual investors and greater economic growth. 

Patience serves on the Boards of MIO Partners and Intelligent Medicine Acquisition Corp (Nasdaq: IQMDU). She is a member of Apollo Global Management, Inc.’s Impact Advisory Committee; serves on the Investment Committee of Align Impact; is an investor in Purple Arch Ventures; She serves on several advisory committees including, As You Sow’s Prison Free Funds and Racial Justice Initiative as well as Emerging Sun LLC, a company she co-founded in 2005. Patience holds a JD from the Pritzker School of Law and an MBA from Kellogg at Northwestern University.

Team

Dr. Ruth Shaber

Founding Board Member

Ruth Shaber MD is the founder and president of the Tara Health Foundation, which promotes health, well-being and opportunity for women and girls through innovative…

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Takuro Kimura

Founding Board Member

Takuro Kimura spent over 30 years in investing with impact in emerging markets from International Finance Corporation (IFC) and financial institutions in the private sector.…

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Lili Forouraghi

Founding Board Member

Lili Forouraghi, CFA is Managing Director with BlackRock where she has held several roles over the past 17 years, in the firm’s asset management and…

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Lesley Ndlovu

Advisory Council Member

Lesley is currently the CEO of the African Risk Capacity “ARC” Ltd. ARC Ltd is a specialist insurance company that provides parametric insurance coverage to…

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Junko Yoda

Advisory Council Member

Junko has over 25 years of experience in managing investment portfolios and building sales and trading businesses in global investment banks. As a member of…

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Kwame Lewis

Advisory Council Member

Kwame has nearly two decades of experience in financial services focused on investment management. Kwame is seen as a leader within the private equity industry…

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Philippe Sachs

Advisory Council Member

Philippe is the Deputy CEO of Kido Education, a company leveraging a unique network of international nurseries and virtual preschool offerings to deliver quality early…

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Atul Mehta

Advisory Investment Committee

Atul Mehta is an investor and adviser with a focus on emerging markets companies and funds. He is also a Senior Advisor at the RockCreek…

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Melanie Levy

Advisory Investment Committee

Melanie has over 20 years of experience in private equity taxation, mergers and acquisitions and fund structuring. She is the Global Head of Tax and…

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Jeffrey Nasser

Advisory Investment Committee

Jeff is a Managing Director at Strategic Investment Group, focused on manager sourcing, monitoring, and selection across private equity, venture capital and real estate. He…

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Mindy Posoff

Advisory Investment Committee

Mindy Posoff is a senior financial services professional with expertise in strategic development, operational due diligence, and institutional sales and marketing. She has more than…

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John Berger

Founder's Circle

John Berger, CFA, serves as Chief Operating officer of WoWE. John's career began with 17 years as an investment banker after which he left Wall…

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Maria Skuratovskaya

Founder's Circle/Advisor

Maria has deep rooting in public capital markets and a 20+ year track record of building portfolios and introducing new products across sectors and geographies.…

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Jennifer Buckley

Founder's Circle/Advisor

Jennifer leads SEAF’s global women’s economic empowerment & gender equality investments. Prior to joining SEAF, she spent 20 years in private equity building and expanding…

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Kavita Patel

Founder's Circle/Advisor

Kavita is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Kavita worked in BlackRock’s Financial Institutions Group advising investment teams of…

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Jessica Robinson

Founder's Circle/Advisor

Jessica has an extensive background in financial services, she set up Moxie Future to engage with and empower female investors to grow their wealth through…

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Siobhan Cropper-DesAnges

Founder's Circle

Siobhan has over 14 years of investment experience, including 10 years at the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. She successfully executed over…

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Lily Wang

Founder's Circle

Lily is a strategy and management consultant, working specifically with financial services organizations across the United States. With a focus in both finance and technology,…

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Katie Hoff

Founder's Circle

Katie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama with a BS in Human Resource Management and focuses in Management Communication and Computing Technology…

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Pooja Eppanapally

Founder's Circle

Pooja is a financial services professional passionate about using the power of capital to drive social and environmental change. She had deep experience conducting due…

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Angela Lumanau

Founder's Circle

Angela Lumanau is a financial services professional passionate about the power of capital to drive sustainable impact at scale. She has a 15-year track record…

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Jennifer Brooker

Founder's Circle

Jennifer leads Women of the World Endowment’s strategic marketing and communications programs to build and scale our brand and hit key fundraising goals. She is…

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Amanda Progress

Founder's Circle

Amanda graduated her Bachelor’s degree from North Central College with a focus on Human Resources and Corporate Accounting in 2008.  In 2013, she graduated from…

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Safo Ngunga

Founder's Circle

Safo has an undergraduate degree with majors in finance and economics from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. This was complemented with varied experience…

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Malia Xie

Founder's Circle

Malia is a mission-driven professional with experience in grant investing, impact investing, project management, and strategic planning. She started her career at PwC where she…

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The XX Edge: Unlocking Higher Returns and Lower Risk

Seasoned executives and investors Patience Marime-Ball and Ruth Shaber demonstrate the new paradigm where women are at the center of investing as agents and actors—not just as beneficiaries.

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Women of the World Endowment is an investment nonprofit focused on centralizing women as economic, environmental, and social changemakers while delivering market-rate, risk adjusted returns and impact at scale.

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