Board of Directors and Advisors
Candice Beaumont is the Chief Investment Officer at L Investments, a single family office with an endowment style portfolio of public and private equity. She is also an Advisory Board member of the Family Office Association, a global membership organization exclusive to single family offices and families of significant wealth, and also serves on the Steering Committee of the Yale University School of Management College of Family Offices, NYU Stern Family Office Council as well as the Princeton University Council of Family Offices and Endowments. Candice serves on the Advisory Board of Salsano Group, a family office & private equity conglomerate, and New Frontier Bio, a private investment arm of the Kennedy family. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of numerous private equity firms including DFSA regulated i2BF Venture Fund and remains committed to community and philanthropic causes and serves on the Board of Directors of Most Valuable Kids, and Care for Kenya. Ms. Beaumont worked previously at Lazard Frères executing over $20 billion of merger and acquisition advisory assignments, and in private equity at Argonaut Capital. She completed Global Leadership & Public Policy for the 21st Century at Harvard Kennedy School and obtained a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Miami, graduating first in her class with a major of International Finance & Marketing. Candice was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014 and is a former professional tennis player.
Sanjiv is an entrepreneur and a philanthropist, driven to develop relationships to make a difference in peoples lives. As a former merchant marine captain, he held a reputation for innovation and by adding value to programs and services for all of his clients. With a professional attitude and approachable style, Sanjiv has a highly successful background and track record in heading service-oriented environments, demonstrating the utmost care to those he works with. Valued for strategic leadership and insights, relationship building expertise, solutions-oriented mindset, dedication to customer service excellence, and effective communication and collaboration skills. He also has an exceptional ability to motivate, inspire and mentor teams. Sanjiv currently has a thriving Functional Health & Nutrition practice within a wholistic realm that utilizes cutting edge tools from HeartMath, Neurofeedback and Meditation. He is a gentle soul who knows how to get down to business and he gets results!
With humble roots, this small town girl from Penticton, British Columbia knew she was destined to make a greater impact in the world. Daleela began her venture from Canada to New York eight years ago, initially, moving to NYC to study, paying her tuition as a day trader and financial journalist for AOL. During this time, Daleela dedicated her time as volunteer to assist with development projects around the globe. Her humanitarian efforts extend to diverse relief projects in Haiti, where she contributed to building transitional shelters for thousands of people affected by the earthquake, a missions trip that delivered food rations to impoverished communities in the slums of Kampala, Uganda and finally a life changing trip to Kenya. When Daleela arrived in Kenya at age 23, she was shocked by the living conditions of families in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. She spent every day trying to understand the underlying issues of this intense poverty. She met with women’s groups that bound together in order to sustain their families through joint businesses – sewing, tailoring, selling produce on the street, making school uniforms. They were talented, ambitious and clearly the breadwinners, yet lacked an understanding of their rights and opportunities.
Women were forced into prostitution or ‘survival sex’ in order to support their families due to a lack of schooling or job training. Women had double the rate of AIDS compared to men and domestic violence is an institutionalized and culturally embedded problem. Nearly 84% of women claimed domestic violence committed by intimate partner or sexual violence perpetrated by non-partner. Living in the Kibera district, Daleela watched their struggles firsthand, experienced the broken family structure and the weight placed on a women’s shoulders to provide for her family.
Their determination to ensure the health and safety of their families and engage in micro businesses with little training or capital inspired her. Daleela reached out to her network in NYC, while working closely with the local community in Kibera to start Care for Kenya and the Kuwawezesha Wanawake vocational training program, creating a comprehensive approach to women’s empowerment. The pilot project was built with and for the local community and serves as a holistic example to address this cyclical problem of gender inequity and discrimination towards women.
In her past role at NATO Defense College (NDC) in Rome, Italy, Daleela focused on a variety of strategic security topics and modern economic solutions, yet was most passionate about the NDC’s conference for United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, a landmark international legal framework that addresses not only the inordinate impact of war on women, but also the pivotal role women should and do play in conflict management, conflict resolution and sustainable peace. Daleela studied business at Stonybrook University and international relations at the American University of Rome.
Ambassador Jalang’o The new Permanent Representative of Kenya, Bob Francis Jalang’o, presented his credentials to Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 2001. Prior to his appointment, from 1999, Mr. Jalang’o served as the Vice-Chairman of the African Group of Ambassadors to United Nations agencies in Rome. That post also included duties as the Chairman of the African Group’s Candidatures Committee, as well as the Group’s Chairman for 2000. In 1997, Mr. Jalang’o was appointed Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations agencies in Rome, as well as its Ambassador to Italy, Greece and Poland. While in Rome, he was part of Kenya’s delegation to two biennial conferences of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He also worked with the World Food Programme (WFP) and served as a member of the Executive Board of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Mr. Jalang’o’s diplomatic career began in 1993, when he was appointed Ambassador to Zambia, Malawi and Botswana. That same year, he also served as one of the ambassadors to the Common Market for East and Central Africa (COMESA), headquartered in Lusaka. Over the next two years in that capacity, he played an active role as the former Preferential Trade Area (PTA) was transformed into the COMESA common market. In 1997, he was part of Kenya’s delegation to the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Commonwealth of Nations. From 1988 to 1992, Mr. Jalang’o served as a member of Kenya’s Parliament. During that time, he served on a number of committees, including the Select Committee to investigate ethnic clashes in Kenya, as well as the Public Accounts Committee. From 1970 to 1988, Mr. Jalang’o was employed in various capacities by three international corporations. From 1970 to 1974, he worked at Business Machines Limited, Kenya. In 1971, he joined Caltex Services Mid-Africa. During his five years there, he served as the Superintendent of Computer Systems Programming. From 1978 to 1988, he worked at Caltex Oil, Limited. While there, he served as the head of the Regional Information Technology Department. Mr. Jalang’o received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and Physics from Makerere University in Uganda in 1970. That same year, he received a certificate in Computer Programming form the Olivetti Computer Centre in Florence. He is a member of several professional groups, including the Kenya Institute of Management and Computer Security Institute of the United States.
Marissa Kim is a lawyer and entrepreneur in the blockchain and cryptocurrency space. She is a co-founder of ARK, which brings innovative blockchain companies to market and advises companies on accessing new capital markets through sales of cryptocurrency tokens (ICOs). She is passionate about the potential for this new funding mechanism to provide more equal access to the capital markets for female entrepreneurs and enin markets outside of traditional “start-up” hotspots, like Silicon Valley. Previously, she represented major financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies in all aspects of public and private company transactional practice, focusing corporate finance, public and private offerings of stock, M&A and the formation of hedge and PE funds at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP in New York City. Marissa has been involved in impact-oriented businesses for most of her career, including advising Grameen Bank at Skadden and advising several social impact finance companies.. She is based in San Francisco now and previously lived in New York.
Chelsey Lepage is an experienced Program Manager and brings experience designing, implementing and evaluating international development projects in Africa, Europe and Asia. As part of UNICEF’s global Innovation Team, she has spent the past seven years leading projects in the areas of civic participation, youth engagement, social entrepreneurship, renewable energy, mobile-based data collection and vocational training. In early 2018, she will join Reboot, a New York-based social impact firm, where she will continue working on issues of inclusive governance and accountable development both domestically and in conflict-sensitive environments abroad. Chelsey is keenly interested in new models of public-private partnership and the spaces where emerging technologies and active citizens collide. With a background in Peace and Conflict Studies, she brings additional expertise in human-centered design, advocacy, systems thinking, partnerships and adaptive management.
Ariane Sommer has worked as a contributor and columnist for many of the German markets most prominent newspapers and magazines. Her work has international exposure in publications including Die Welt, Welt am Sonntag, BILD, taz, Interview Magazine, Vogue, Bunte, Gala, Cosmopolitan, Emma, Playboy, Emotion, InStyle and BILD. She has been featured as an expert on lifestyle, culture, health and wellness on all major German TV networks as well as US Fox News and has hosted numerous TV shows broadcast in the German speaking markets. She is a critically acclaimed author with books published in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. She has been featured as an author in all major German language publications (including Die Welt, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, BILD, Stern, Focus, TAZ, NZZ, VOGUE, GQ, Bunte, Gala, Cosmopolitan, emotion) as well as TV networks (amongst other ARD, ZDF, RTL, Sat1, Pro7, Arte, SRF1). Ariane Sommer is the author of “Lieben lassen”, a dark love story written in the alternating perspectives of the female and male protagonists. She also co-authored the edgy and widely successful short story collection “Foreign Affairs”. Her guide to personal style and etiquette, “The Bible of Behaviour” was an immediate success in the German market. The clever, hilarious and socially relevant insights of Sommer broke the barriers of the more traditional books of the genre and was hailed as “The style guide for the Sex and The City generation.”
ERWIN BENEDICT VALENCIA
Erwin Benedict Valencia is in his third year as the Director of Training and Conditioning for the New York Knicks Basketball Club (NBA), leading the team’s medical and performance staff. Raised and educated in the Philippines, Erwin is the first Filipino to be on the medical staff for both an NBA and MLB teams. Prior to joining the Knicks, he served as the Rehabilitation Director of the Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Club (MLB) for eight seasons. In 2013, he co-founded the socially-responsible global education company KINETIQ, providing grassroots and “next step” knowledge in sports medicine, wellness and performance art to institutions around the world with no readily access to it. He simultaneously founded The Grasshopper Project, a mentorship program for future thought-leaders and change agents in the world of movement. In 2015, founded the social initiative #BeyondMedyo to bring awareness to underserved youth of the Philippines about the changing landscape of possible successful industries they can get into beyond what culture dictates as “normal”. He remains the Director of Medical & Performance Services for Baseball New Zealand, a Sports Physical Therapy Expert for the Philippine Physical Therapy Association, and is a consultant to several international professional, national and Olympic teams. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from the University of the Philippines-Manila, a Masters of Education in Athletic Training & Sports Medicine from Plymouth State (NH) University, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree with a concentration in Manipulative Therapies from the University of St. Augustine. He fulfilled requirements for post-graduate fellowships at Yale University and Regis University, and is currently completing an Advanced Diploma in Coaching (Executive & Leadership) at New York University. Erwin begins every day in GRATITUDE – and has made it his personal mission to serve as an inspiration to young Filipinos everywhere. It is this ever present feeling of gratitude and passion to serve others that has brought Care For Kenya in his life, finding himself visiting Kenya to experience this giving attitude first hand, and drawing him to want to contribute more to the ripple effect already in place.