Economic Development

Announcing the 2023 Class of Finance Leaders Fellows

June 27, 2023  • Finance Leaders Fellowship

On June 8, 2023, the Finance Leaders Fellowship (FLF) introduced the 2023 class of Finance Leaders Fellows. The 2023 Class joins more than 100 Finance Fellows around the world who are committed to forging a new cultural paradigm in the finance industry—a paradigm that marshals the industry’s global influence to address urgent societal challenges and promote sustainable economic growth. Moreover, they join a wider community of over 3,500 values-based leaders in over 60 countries as part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).

From Toronto to Kuala Lumpur, Las Vegas to Riyadh, the 23 Fellows of FLF’s 2023 class arrive at the foothills of their fellowship journey with high hopes and open hearts, poised to leverage their platforms and crystallize their purpose in pursuit of systems-level shifts in the industry and society. Representing a diverse range of markets, sectors, and perspectives within the finance ecosystem, the Fellows will embark on a two-year leadership journey led by the Aspen Institute that challenges them to reflect on their responsibilities as industry leaders, cultivate deep commitments to values-driven leadership, and launch a social impact venture that moves them from success to significance in service of a better world.

“The finance ecosystem is a bedrock that sits beneath communities big and small, affecting lives and livelihoods in every corner of the world. We believe the global finance industry needs the imagination and leadership of these Fellows to recreate itself to be a force for good and belonging,” said Vanderbeck, Acting Executive Director of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and Vice President of the AGLN. “It is in this spirit that we enthusiastically welcome this group of daring leaders to the Finance Leaders Fellowship and AGLN as they prepare to make meaningful contributions to the future of the industry— and we are thrilled to accompany them in their endeavors.”

From the Global Financial Crisis to the European Sovereign Debt Crisis to ongoing blockchain volatility, market events of the twenty-first century have exposed the need for systemic change in the finance industry and magnified the role finance leaders play in creating it. Through individual and collective impact initiatives, the 2023 Class of Finance Fellows will pursue systems-level solutions to entrenched industry and societal challenges, such as closing the racial wealth gap; providing access to affordable housing; addressing the industry-wide gender gap; bridging the digital divide; adopting ethical, responsible, and sustainable investing practices; and promoting fair and inclusive lending practices.

The 2023 Finance Leaders Fellows are: 

Rukaiyah Adams, Chief Executive Officer and Investor, 1803 Fund, Portland, OR, United States

Jane Ambachtsheer, Global Head of Sustainability, BNP Paribas Asset Management, Toronto, Canada

Amit Anand, Founding Partner and Managing Director, Jungle Ventures, Singapore, Singapore

Carsten Coesfeld, Chief Executive Officer, Bertelsmann Investments, Gütersloh, Germany

Brian Grossman, Managing Director, Head of Business Development and Product Strategy, BlackRock Impact Opportunities, BlackRock, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, United States

Dawson Her Many Horses, Managing Director, Head of Native American Banking, Wells Fargo & Company, Las Vegas, NV, United States

Samara Hernandez, Founding Partner, Chingona Ventures, Chicago, IL, United States

Suyi Kim, Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Private Equity, The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Toronto, Canada

Kristi Mitchem, Most Recently Chief Executive Officer, BMO Global Asset Management, Bank of Montreal, Wellington, FL, United States

Neamul Mohsin, Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Oxford University Endowment Management, London, United Kingdom

Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn, President and Group Chief Executive, Permodalan Nasional Berhad, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Gunnar Overstrom, Partner, Corsair Capital, New York, NY, United States

Kyung-Ah Park, Head, ESG Investment Management and Managing Director, Sustainability, Temasek, New York, NY, United States

Alex Paul, Global Co-Head, Financial Institutions Group, HSBC Bank plc, London, United Kingdom

Mia Pittman, Chief Risk Officer, Federal Housing Administration, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC, United States

Alex Popa, Most Recently Partner and Portfolio Manager, The Capital Group, Bucharest, Romania

Kamal Quadir, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, bKash Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson, Founding Partner, Include Ventures, Washington, DC, United States

Dianne Sandoval, Head of Markets, Asset Classes, and Portfolio Strategy, Public Investment Fund, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Benjamin Savage, Partner, Clocktower Group, Santa Monica, CA, United States

Nimisha Srivastava, Head of Investments, North America, WTW, Charlotte, NC, United States

Shundrawn Thomas, Founder and Managing Partner, The Copia Group, Chicago, IL, United States

Jonathan Turner, Partner, Accel Partners, London, United Kingdom

The Finance Leaders Fellowship is developing a global community of values-based senior finance leaders driving industry change to power societal progress, now with 126 Fellows across 22 countries. Using the Aspen Institute method of text-based dialogue, and building upon the Institute’s commitment to values-based, action-oriented leadership, the program encourages selected Finance Fellows to consider values and perspectives necessary for effective leadership in finance and in society at-large. The Finance Leaders Fellowship was co-founded in 2016 by Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow, Ranji Nagaswami, and Aspen Institute Trustee, Chris Varelas.

The Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) is a growing, worldwide community of more than 3,500 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from over 60 countries who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their creativity, energy, and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. Because of their demonstrated accomplishments and abilities, they have been selected to join one of 13 geographic or sector-specific AGLN Fellowships around the world.  For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute is a global nonprofit organization committed to realizing a free, just, and equitable society. Founded in 1949, the Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the most important challenges facing the United States and the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the Institute has a campus in Aspen, Colorado, and an international network of partners. For more information, visit