Fair Trade


December 6, 2017  

  2:30 – 3:45 PM PST

An Entrepreneurs Story

Behind the scenes of the Global story of Change

What does it take to enable Fair Trade?

December 6, 2017 

2:30 – 3:45 PM PST

Dave & Tasha

Dave is CEO and co-founder with his wife Tasha, of Village Artisan.They are lovers of Jesus, adventure, and those who have never heard of Him. This passion took them to India, embedded them in a community, and birthed Village Artisan. By His grace, Village Artisan is a growing fair trade company that empowers women, brings dignified work to men and raises families out of the cycle of poverty.

They currently have 2 sites and over 150 employees. As it keeps growing he sees his role as an opportunity creator for those who are starting out. With this in mind, they have started the Village Artisan network. This is the network of folks who are building on the social enterprise model they created to enter new needy communities in North India. Teaching, training and deploying people to new locations, sometimes within the Village Artisan network and sometimes outside, is a way to multiply the impact of the model they began.

BWAM NW 2017

BWAM NW 2017

We had a wonderful event in Seattle-Tacoma sharing about Social enterprise and Impact Investing. Our Speakers Gloria Nelund, CEO of Trilinc Global and Dr Kim Tan serial entrepreneur and Co-founder of Transformational Business Network were inspirational and spoke from a wealth of experience in the field.

Our shark tank like event called  ‘Eagles Nest’ had three presenters: Janice pitched for a Furniture Business in PNG, Blake for a Crossfit Gym in Kona and Rob who for a ferry in Nigeria. After some deliberation from our panel of experienced business leaders, Janice was received a loan to start the furniture making business in Papua New Guinea. We wish her all the very best in this new venture!

Gloria Nelund

Gloria Nelund

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer – TriLinc Global

Gloria Nelund co-founded TriLinc Global after a rewarding career as one of the most successful and visible executives in the international asset management industry. She is responsible for leading the Company’s high-level strategy and directing its growth since its founding in 2008. Gloria brings to TriLinc Global more than 30 years of experience in executive management of multi-billion dollar financial institutions, as well as deep expertise in the creation, sales and distribution of investment products.

Most recently, Gloria served as CEO of the U.S. Private Wealth Management Division at Deutsche Bank, the world’s fifth largest financial institution. In this capacity, she held fiduciary responsibility for more than $50 billion in investment assets, including more than $20 billion in emerging markets and credit instruments. In addition to her role as divisional CEO, Gloria served as the only female member of the Global Private Wealth Management Executive Committee.

Gloria has been a pioneer in the development of social impact products. She was instrumental in making Deutsche Bank a leading institutional supporter of microcredit, creating multiple programs to help Private Wealth Management clients learn about and invest in the sector. Gloria also served on the Board of the Deutsche Bank Americas Community Development Group, with responsibility for providing loans, investments and grants to targeted organizations throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Gloria also served as Managing Director of Scudder Kemper Investments prior to its purchase by Deutsche Bank. While at Scudder, she supported the development and growth of one of the industry’s first socially-responsible investment (SRI) products.

Prior to her tenure at Deutsche Bank, Gloria spent 16 years as an executive at Bank of America/Security Pacific Bank, most notably as President and CEO of BofA Capital Management, Inc., an investment management subsidiary managing $35 billion in assets for both retail and institutional investors. In addition to managing fixed-income and equity mutual funds in the U.S. and internationally, Gloria’s division was responsible for managing assets on behalf of public funds, common trust funds and corporate funds.

In addition to her activities with TriLinc, Ms. Nelund is an Independent Trustee of the Victory Funds, a mutual fund complex with more than $32.9 billion in assets under management. She is a life-long supporter of development-oriented philanthropic causes. She has volunteered as a teacher of at-risk youth in the Los Angeles Unified School District and the YMCA of Los Angeles. Gloria currently sits on the board of multiple not-for-profit organizations and actively supports entrepreneurship research and education. She is an active speaker and guest lecturer on Impact Investing at conferences and several top business schools, including Columbia, Georgetown, Wheaton, Kellogg, Stanford and MIT.

Dr. Kim Tan

Dato Dr. Kim Tan is the founder Chairman of SpringHill Management Ltd (UK), a fund management company in biotech and social venture capital investments. Dato Kim is the Chairman of the NCI Cancer Hospital (Malaysia) and a board director of a number of companies in Malaysia, India, the UK, South Africa and the USA. He is an advisor to a number of government agencies in Asia on biotechnology and is a board member of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Life Science Forum. He is the Chairman of the West Surrey & North Hants Innovation and Growth Team (UK). Kim Tan has a PhD in biochemistry and was the recipient of a PhD scholarship and four post-doctoral fellowships from the Medical Research Council (UK). He is the inventor of sheep monoclonal antibodies and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Kim Tan is the co-founder of Transformational Business Network, the UK charity with social transformational businesses in developing countries, including the Kuzuko Game Reserve (South Africa) and the Hagar Social Enterprise Group (Cambodia). He was a former director of Saracens Rugby Ltd (UK) and the former Chairman of Jubilee Action, the UK-based human rights organization working with street children in India, Africa, Philippines and Brazil.

Mr Cameron Denny MBA, FCCA, FCMA, MCT, MCIPS

He is a qualified Accountant with additional qualifications in Corporate Treasury and Procurement, as well as an MBA. He has worked in such blue chip companies as Nabisco, Nynex and Cable and Wireless, as well as being trained in KPMG. He spent 15 years in the Telecommunications industry, which included a period with one of the largest telecommunications companies in France, Intercomm, subsequently part of UPC, Europe’s largest cable communications company. Prior to joining SpringHill he worked in the Public Sector. He has worked in the Middle East, the Caribbean, the USA, France and the UK. He has a degree in Biology specialising in Microbiology.