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Web chat: Daniela Barone Soares


This week's lunchtime masterclass is with Daniela Barone Soares, chief executive of Impetus Trust, a venture philanthropy organisation that accelerates the growth of innovative charities and social enterprises fighting economic disadvantage.

Born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Daniela long been committed to finding innovative ways to break the cycle of poverty and create opportunities for the economically disadvantaged.

She has a Bsc in Economics from Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Most of her career has been in private equity and venture capital, with BancBoston Capital, Citigroup in Brazil and Goldman Sachs in New York.

Daniela worked at Save the Children in the UK before joining Impetus Trust as Chief Executive in June 2006. The Trust invests in ambitious charities and social enterprises in order to help these organisations grow with innovative methods from private equity industry, so they can help many more people living in poverty. Its award-winning model has helped Impetus-backed organisations increase the number of people they help by an average of 30% a year.

In 2008, Daniela was chosen for the Independent on Sunday "Happy List" as one of the top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live. Daniela is a member of the Business Advisory Council at Said Business School at Oxford University and a trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation, the UK government's £125 million fund to raise the educational attainment of the most disadvantaged pupils in the UK. She also sits on the advisory board of Big Society Capital, the UK's first social investment bank.

Do you want to know how to build an ambitious team that delivers real impact? Or perhaps you're working in the charity or voluntary sector and want tips on how to grow and innovate your business. Whatever your question, join our live chat with Daniela at 1pm this Friday in the comments section below.



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