Rob Gardner is an investor and entrepreneur committed to delivering financial freedom in a world worth living in. As Director of Investments at SJP, he invested more than £150 billion of clients' wealth. He is a board director and investor in Rebalance Earth. Which is a global ecosystems platform for valuing and investing in nature to help reverse climate change and biodiversity loss whilst creating economic prosperity for local communities. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded Redington, mallowstreet and the charity RedSTART.
Sarah Teacher comes to the Institute from Lendlease Europe where she served as Social Impact Investment Manager within its European Investment Management business. Sarah was responsible for developing the impact investing strategy at Lendlease and supporting the development of impact investing propositions.
Prior to her work at Lendlease Sarah worked in roles at the intersection of social impact, sustainability and private capital – be that corporate investment or philanthropic. She was a Consultant at Sancroft International (2013-2017), an international sustainability consultancy focused on the social, environmental and ethical risks faced by major businesses; an Associate at On Purpose, a one-year programme for early-career professionals identified as future leaders in social enterprise (2012-13); and Director for Next Generation Philanthropy at the Institute for Philanthropy (2006-2010), leading workshops for philanthropists interested in increasing the impact of their giving.
Sarah graduated from Lady Margaret Hall College, Oxford, in 2005 with a first-class degree in Modern History, and obtained an MPhil in Development Studies from Clare College, Cambridge in 2011. She serves as a Director of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and its European Chair.
Outside of work Sarah spends most of her time in North London playgrounds chasing her kids. When relieved of childcare responsibilities she loves to go on long walks in big nature, read great books, see art shows and watch theatre.
Ru is Director & Co-founder of three initiatives aiming to accelerate social and environmental change. Rewired.earth, his core focus, seeks to rewire the financial markets, so that they will properly reward an organisation's positive impact on people and the planet. Working collaboratively with individuals, activists, governments and business, it is building a shared language for sustainability; giving everyone a voice, and businesses a reason to change.
Having delivered the first Olympic Ceremony to be co-produced by a group of individuals with learning disabilities, as well as a number of initiatives for the City of London and Green Finance Institute, Ru works on programmes and campaigns that don't just raise awareness, but actually deliver long-term change.
In a previous life, Ru helped build a FTSE250 tech and training business across Europe and then North America, finally ending up on Wall Street, much to his father’s disgust.
When not growing rewired.earth, producing films with Growing Happy, or campaigning alongside Harry at 6 Percent & Rising, Ru can be found supporting the amazing Chickenshed Theatre.