Laurie Spengler

Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director

Appointed in July 2016. Laurie is an impact investment banker, board member and a recognised contributor to the impact investing industry.

She has over 25 years’ experience in international development with a focus on strategy, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions. Laurie has developed particular expertise in structuring and launching investment vehicles that align different types of capital to allow operating enterprises, financial institutions and funds to generate positive social, environmental and development outcomes while delivering appropriate financial returns.

Laurie is CEO of Courageous Capital Advisors, LLC, an impact investing advisory firm dedicated to generating outsized positive impact by providing targeted strategy, transaction advisory and governance services. Laurie is also a Founding Partner of Mondiale Impact, a firm focused on governance for shaping sustainable and impactful investment. From 2006 to 2019, Laurie was President and CEO of Enclude, a global advisory firm dedicated to building inclusive, sustainable and prosperous local economies. Previously, Laurie was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group and worked as an attorney at White & Case.

Among her current board engagements, Laurie serves as a Non-Executive Director of Lendable Inc. BRAC Uganda Bank Limited, and SIFEM, the Swiss Development Finance Institution. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the UK Impact Investing Institute, serves as Global Ambassador to the Global Steering Group on Impact Investing and is Senior Fellow and Advisory Council member at Casei3 at the Fuqua Business School. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Laurie has a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University.