A native from The Netherlands, Sander Otten studied Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. While doing research in Mexico for his academic thesis, he became captivated by the Latin American continent, where he spent the next 10 years, mostly in Guatemala, Peru and Ecuador. While living in these countries, Sander collaborated with local indigenous movements for whom he did research on mining companies and gave training on the rights of indigenous peoples. In 2012 Sander has taken part of the project of Source International as Project Manager. In 2014 he returned to The Netherlands, where he currently works as a Programme Officer for Dutch peace movement PAX. His hobbies are running, hiking, cycling and working in his garden.
Sander is the chair of the Board of Source International. He is in charge of coordinating Board’s activities.
Julie Imig is a management and strategy consultant with expertise in strategic planning, finance, operations and marketing. She received her MBA from Kellogg School of Management and worked with the Boston Consulting Group in New York and London. She started her own practice in Warsaw, Poland working with venture capital portfolio companies before moving to Boulder in 2001. She now specializes in fast growth companies in interim c-level roles and growth and strategy work. Julie has two daughters and two St Bernards.
Komala Ramachandra is the South Asia Director at Accountability Counsel, where she supports communities facing human rights violations caused by development projects. She has worked closely with communities and civil society organizations on protecting natural resource rights in India, Nepal, Peru, and Mexico, among others. Komala holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in Political Science and Economics from Northwestern University.
Chet Tchozewski is the founder and president of the RTC Impact Fund, a full-spectrum social and environmental impact fund designed to provide access to capital for mine-impacted communities around the world who seek to harness their natural resource endowments for sustainable development.
In 1993 Chet founded the Global Greengrants Fund — an international environmental foundation designed to make small grants to grassroots environmental groups in developing nations around the globe. He also co-founded Grantmakers without Borders (now EDGE Funders) in 2000 and that same year was on the initiating committee of the Global Philanthropy Forum. He currently serves as the Boards of Director of the Chino Cienega Foundation, the Voqal Fund, the Council on Foundations, CDR Associates, and the Sustainable Development Strategies Group.
Chet has been active with dozens of NGOs worldwide including activist, donor and scholarly groups and he has participated in global events as diverse as the World Social Forum in Davos, Switzerland and the World Economic Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Prior to founding the Global Greengrants Fund, Chet served as the Executive Director of Greenpeace – Pacific Southwest regional office in San Francisco from 1989 to 1993. He served on the staff of the American Friends Service Committee – Rocky Flats Project in the 1970s and 80s, and co-founded the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center in 1983.
Chet lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Susan Carabello their daughter, Tian.
Armando Laborde is now Associate Vice President for Social Initiatives at Tecnologico de Monterrey, a university with more than 100 thousand students and with the mission to educate students to become entrepreneurial leaders with a human purpose.
Before joining Tecnologico de Monterrey, Armando was the director for Ashoka Mexico and Central America from 2006 until 2015 and co-director for Ashoka Latin America from 2012 until 2015.
Armando Laborde was strongly linked to the microfinance movement in Mexico. He was the first Executive Director of ProMujer México from 2002 to 2006 and part of the founding team of FinComun, Community Financial Services, where he worked from 1994 to 1999. He was also involved in the fair trade movement by implementing a program of trading coffee in the Biosphere Reserve, El Triunfo, in Chiapas, México.
Armando is a biochemical engineer and holds an MBA in Business Management from the Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresa.