AlphaMundi Foundation supports the portfolio companies of AlphaMundi Group in South America and Africa. Currently, we are active in Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania.
To catalyze and scale investment in social enterprises that seek to improve the lives of the poor.
The AlphaMundi Foundation (AMF) was founded in 2016 as a response to the growth of the AlphaMundi Group (AMG). Since its inception in 2008, AlphaMundi Group has endeavored to be a pioneer and thought leader in impact investing, understanding the importance of providing more than just capital to early stage social ventures. AlphaMundi Foundation is intended to fulfill AMG's need to formalize early stage technical assistance for its portfolio companies and to improve key areas of impact measurement in order to to help scale the impact investing industry. Historically, AMG had already been supplying ad-hoc technical assistance to select portfolio companies with shared financing from partners, third parties, and portfolio companies.
AlphaMundi partners believe that poverty is a multidimensional problem, necessitating a multisector approach to investment and technical assistance that addresses several key Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the United Nations in September 2015. Please visit Activities to learn more about the specific approaches used in our work.
Managing Director and Board President
Lisa Scheible Willems is the Managing Director of AlphaMundi Foundation. Prior to helping establish AlphaMundi Foundation, she joined AlphaMundi Group in 2013 as an Investment Director for Africa. Previously, she was Director of Investments at the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation where she was a member of a three-person team responsible for overseeing all aspects of management of the USD 550 million endowment and played an integral role in building a new investment process. In the impact investing space Lisa has worked with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an emerging market fund of funds sponsored by the US Government and Grassroots Business Fund, an impact investment fund in Washington, DC. Beyond her investing experience she spent four years working as a management consultant in New York predominantly at Oliver Wyman. Beyond her work at AlphaMundi, Lisa has traveled extensively and worked with social entrepreneurs in Ghana, Honduras, Tanzania, and the Dominican Republic. She holds BAs in Economics and Public Policy from Duke University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Christine is the Director for the AlphaMundi Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., USA. Previously, she was an internal strategy consultant with the United Nations Foundation (UNF), where she co-led an organization-wide systems and business processes review and developed recommendations to improve operational efficiencies. In her role, she also led the compliance, procurement, finance and operational start-up for new initiatives hosted at the Foundation. Prior to joining UNF, Christine worked as a Program Manager at ACDI/VOCA, where she oversaw a $48 million portfolio of agriculture supply chain development programs. She has relevant experience in Mali, Kenya, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Peru, and Jamaica. Christine holds a BA in International Relations from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She speaks English, Spanish and conversational Arabic.
Megan W. Lu
Megan is a Fellow at AlphaMundi, based in Washington DC. Previously, she worked as a strategy consultant at a boutique social impact consultancy for clients such as UNICEF, Gates, and NGOs. She also served as product manager for an early-stage social enterprise designing sustainable agriculture tech, helping grow the number of users from under 20 to 400+. Her research experiences include the widely-cited Policy Uncertainty Project, which tracks political uncertainty to performance of major world economies, as well as health and education field studies at Stanford's d.school, and humanities research at University of Cambridge, King's College. In her spare time, she created the PhilanthroPics project, which combines photography with supporting microfinance in developing nations. Megan holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University, where she will also be pursuing an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
The AlphaMundi Foundation team is also often supported by the AlphaMundi Group team.