Our Founders

PAUL VAN ZYL, Co-founder, Chief Creative Officer

A winner of the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Paul served as the Executive Secretary of South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission and co-founded the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), an international human rights organization based in New York City. Paul is also co-founder of Maiyet, a modern, ethical luxury fashion brand that celebrates and cultivates traditional design and culture by partnering with global artisans.

ROWAN FINNEGAN, Co-Founder, Building & Business Development

Founder of Regenerative Investment, a US-based sustainability-focused impact fund, Rowan was an early adopter of mission related and impact investing. His focus in both investment and philanthropy includes purpose driven companies and cradle to cradle initiatives spanning sustainable energy, infrastructure and food systems, alongside gender lens investment, the arts, and community building. Rowan led the development of a family office, working on multi-generational family businesses, philanthropy, and investment practices. Rowan received Le Grande Diplome in cuisine and patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, working at Le Bristol when it earned its third Michelin star. He later returned to education to broaden his understanding of sustainability and studied Economics and Sustainable Development at Columbia University in NYC with a focus on poverty and inequality in high income countries.

ROWAN FINNEGAN, Co-Founder, Building & Business Development

Founder of Regenerative Investment, a US-based sustainability-focused impact fund, Rowan was an early adopter of mission related and impact investing. His focus in both investment and philanthropy includes purpose driven companies and cradle to cradle initiatives spanning sustainable energy, infrastructure and food systems, alongside gender lens investment, the arts, and community building. Rowan led the development of a family office, working on multi-generational family businesses, philanthropy, and investment practices. Rowan received Le Grande Diplome in cuisine and patisserie from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, working at Le Bristol when it earned its third Michelin star. He later returned to education to broaden his understanding of sustainability and studied Economics and Sustainable Development at Columbia University in NYC with a focus on poverty and inequality in high income countries.

NICK HAMILTON, Co-Founder, Chair of Finance Committee and Fundraising

Managing Partner, Laurasia Capital Management, a Singapore-based investment firm focused on investments in real estate, infrastructure and special situations which have a social impact. Previously Nick was the Asia Pacific CEO of Standard Bank Group and prior to that held the same position at UniCredit Bank. Nick was also a founding partner of CapAsia the largest infrastructure fund in SE Asia. After 25 years in investment banking and asset management focused mainly in Asia and Africa, he began to focus more on for-profit investments that had positive social outcomes.

Over the last 5 years the scale and focus of these investments have included direct investments with Asia based family offices in several businesses with social impact including, among others, the Latitude Hotels group in east sub Saharan Africa with a focus on providing first class hospitality and high quality local employment and particularly women’s empowerment.