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Dr. Charly Kleissner

Dr. Charly Kleissner is an impact investor. He believes that the fundamental and deeper meaning of wealth is to make a positive contribution to humanity and the planet. He insists that the best impact investments integrate financial return and social/environmental impact. And he argues that Modern Portfolio Theory has to be re-conceptualized and re-envisioned to seamlessly integrate positive impact into a Total Portfolio Theory. He sees impact investing not as an intellectual exercise, but as an expression of who he really is.

Dr. Kleissner co-founded KL Felicitas Foundation (www.klfelicitasfoundation.org), Social-Impact International (www.social-impact.org), and the Central European Investment Ready Program (www.investment-ready.org), which help social entrepreneurs worldwide to accelerate and increase their impact. KL Felicitas Foundation recently demonstrated, that impact investors can construct a 100% Impact Portfolio and achieve competitive financial returns. Dr. Kleissner co-founded Toniic (www.toniic.com) a global networks for impact investors and the ‘100% Impact Network, a global group of asset owners dedicated to 100% impact, currently representing over $4 billion in assets that are actively moving into impact.

Dr. Kleissner serves on the Advisory Board of the Global Hub Company (www.the-hub.net), and as Board Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee of ImpactAssets (www.impactassets.org).

Dr. Kleissner has over twenty years of experience as a senior technology executive in Silicon Valley. He held executive and senior engineering management positions at Hewlett-Packard, NeXT, RightPoint, and Ariba. Dr. Kleissner earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Vienna.