At a glance

Systemic Investing

"the application of systems thinking to addressing societal problems through the strategic deployment of diverse forms of capital, nested within a broader systems change program and intended to transform human and natural systems."

Our Purpose

The TransCap Initiative exists to improve the way sustainable finance is purposed, designed, and managed so that money can become a transformative force in building a low-carbon, climate-resilient, just, and inclusive society. We believe that the key to accomplishing this vision is to inspire and enable investors to leverage the insights and tools of systems thinking and complex systems science for addressing the most pressing societal challenges of the 21st century.

Our Mission

The TransCap Initiative is a think-and-do-tank at the nexus of real-economy systems change, sustainability, and finance. Our mission is to build the field of systemic investing, a new investment logic for funding systems transformation. We do so by building a collaborative innovation space for developing, testing, and scaling systemic investing through research and prototyping and by nurturing a global community of practice.


Impact-oriented families are uniquely positioned to pioneer systemic investing because they can deploy different forms of capital: market-rate and concessional investments, philanthropic grants, and political and social capital. The ImPact is partnering with the TCI to help families become more strategic, creative, and collaborative in their impact investing activities.
Sam Bonsey, Executive Director, The ImPact
The TransCap Initiative's white paper has been a key reference point for us to rethink our approach to financing innovation efforts, and, more broadly, to our programmatic work on fostering system change.
Giulio Quaggiotto, ex Head of Strategic Innovation, UNDP
Pension funds can embrace a broader vision of their fiduciary duty, one that also focuses on improving the future living conditions of their beneficiaries, while generating attractive returns and increasing portfolio resilience. One way to do this is by investing closer to home. We are partnering with the TCI to bring systemic investing to the most impact-minded institutional investors.
Ralph Kretschmer, Managing Partner, EBG Investment Solutions
Conventional approaches to sustainable finance fail to appreciate and respond effectively to the systemic nature of the world’s greatest challenges. For capital to make a difference, we require an entirely different investment logic. We need tools and frameworks to fund deliberately chosen portfolios of strategic experiments that test different pathways for the sustainability transition, develop investable options and the new economics of regenerative places, value chains, and industries.
Kirsten Dunlop, CEO, EIT Climate-KIC
Cities will invest hundreds of billions over the coming decade in pursuit of their sustainability transitions. At the moment, they rely on outdated institutional structures, decision-making frameworks, and investment practices. The Centre for Public Impact is partnering with the TCI to help cities become much more systemic in how they frame the challenge of climate change mitigation and go about addressing it through finance and investments.
Adrian Brown, Executive Director, Centre for Public Impact



  • Ivana Gazibara

    TransCap Initiative

    Ivana Gazibara
    A futures and systems change expert with more than 15 years of experience in sustainability strategy and innovation, Ivana oversees prototyping at the TransCap Initiative. She has previously led Forum for the Future’s futures practice, overseeing thought leadership projects, strategic foresight work with partners, and internal and external horizon scanning networks. Ivana has also incubated and led The Futures Centre, the only open, participatory futures platform focused on tracking and making sense of change with the purpose of advancing a sustainable future. Prior to that, she was part of SustainAbility’s emerging economies team, working to build the organisation’s practice in India and Brazil. Ivana has an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto.
  • Dr Jess Daggers

    TransCap Initiative

    Dr Jess Daggers
    Jess has developed a career at the intersection of practice and academia. She holds a PhD in political sociology from the University of London, and was previously the Impact Director in Nesta’s Impact Investments team. Jess has a decade of experience as an independent impact measurement consultant and researcher, completing projects for clients including Fair for All Finance, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, the Nesta Future News Fund, and the Equality Impact Investing Project. She is the author of numerous papers and articles, including a paper in the British Journal of Sociology, and a foundational landscaping study of research into impact investing, published with Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. She recently co-authored an article for SSIR on Systemic Investing for Social Change.
  • Andre Ticoulat

    TransCap Initiative

    Andre Ticoulat
    Andre Ticoulat is a Research & Investment Associate at the TransCap Initiative and works across a number of diverse projects - from research to client-facing asset advisory and methodological development. He is driven to work for a more equitable, sustainable and humane world. Andre works from the assumption that humanity is facing unprecedented, complex challenges and believes a fundamental mindset and behavioural shift is required to nudge systems toward positive transformations. Academically, he has dedicated his research to behavioural economics, through studies that investigate the impact of economic policy on social dynamics. Andre has a BA in Economics and International Relations from the University of British Columbia and holds certificates in Circular Economy and Bio-Economy from Delft and Wageningen Universities. He has previous work experience as an investment advisor, public equities trader and in venture capital.
  • Magdalena J. Schneider

    TransCap Initiative

    Magdalena J. Schneider
    Magdalena J. Schneider is co-leading the TransCap prototype in Switzerland. She strives to change systems by forging alliances for impact at the intersection of society, business, academia, and public institutions. As Director for Strategy & Multi-Stakeholder Alliances at European Commons, Magdalena explored key success factors for, and major risks emerging from, the implementation of the European Green Deal in three Austrian regions. Until 2019, she co-led the strategy, fundraising, and communications efforts of euforia, a Swiss NGO for youth mobilization with a community of volunteers in over 20 countries across 3 continents. Earlier, Magdalena had worked for almost a decade in the European Banking sector (BNP Paribas, Paris/Credit Suisse, Zürich). Magdalena holds a BSc from Italy’s Bocconi University and an MBA from Switzerland’s St. Gallen University (HSG).
  • Hannah Paterson

    TransCap Initiative

    Hannah Paterson
    Hannah brings 8 years of experience in philanthropy, community activation, field building, and social impact work to the TransCap Initiative in order to support the growth of a community of practice around systemic investing. Across a variety of roles in philanthropy, most recently at the UK National Lottery Community Fund, she has designed and developed a wide range of funding programmes and managed an extensive portfolio of complex and systemic grants. Hannah is also the founder of the Participatory Grantmaking Community, which has grown to include over 1,500 funders seeking to understand and embed approaches to grantmaking that devolve decision-making power to the communities they aim to serve. She started her career in the social sector, with a particular focus on disabled people's rights and psychological support for students. Hannah holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Manchester.
  • Johannes Tschiderer

    TransCap Initiative

    Johannes Tschiderer
    Johannes Tschiderer is a Research & Investment Associate, focusing on the analytical work related to the TransCap prototype in Switzerland. In addition to his work at the TransCap Initiative, he leads the student-run sustainability consultancy Student Impact, which works with impact- oriented start-ups and SMEs, and he is engaged in the design and facilitation of novel course formats at the nexus of business and sustainability at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Johannes holds a BA in Business Administration and an MA in Banking and Finance, both from the University of St. Gallen, and he completed programs related to systems change at Climate-KIC and Collaboratio Helvetica.
  • Dominic Hofstetter

    TransCap Initiative

    Dominic Hofstetter
    Dominic Hofstetter is the Executive Director of the TransCap Initiative. He initiated and incubated the TransCap Initiative when he was the Director of Capital and Investments at EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest climate innovation initiative, where he was responsible for building the organization’s nascent investment function. Before joining EIT Climate-KIC in 2015, Dominic had worked as an entrepreneur at the renewable energy start-up Electrochaea, as a private equity investor at Hudson Clean Energy Partners, and as a finance professional in the institutional asset management division of Credit Suisse. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and an MSc from the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford.
  • Ida Uusikylä


    Ida Uusikylä
    Ida Uusikylä works as an Innovation Officer at UNDP Viet Nam, where she is focused on strategic innovation. Ida has experience in emerging technologies, institutional reforms, complexity science, and innovation policy. She has worked on projects related to governance innovation, sustainability, and circular economy and has lately been driving the work at UNDP’s country office in building capabilities in innovation, systems approaches, sensemaking, and portfolios. Ida holds a master’s degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Helsinki.
  • Florian Egli

    ETH Zurich

    Florian Egli
    Florian Egli is a senior researcher at ETH Zurich, where he completed his award-winning doctorate on investments in renewable energies in 2020. He also serves as a Senior Associate of foraus, the grassroots Swiss Foreign Policy Think Thank, which he helped initiate and develop. Florian has co-founded various initiatives such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shapers in Bern,, and the ETH Energy Blog. He regularly comments on foreign and climate policy issues in the media and moderates workshops using design thinking and system thinking techniques. Previously, Florian has worked for think tanks, in the public sector, and for consultancies and start-ups. He studied economics in Bern, Geneva, and Toulouse.
  • Andy Kerr

    EIT Climate-KIC

    Andy Kerr
    Andy Kerr leads the UK and Ireland activities of EIT Climate-KIC – Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership. He focuses on supporting whole systems innovation—coordinating interventions on different levers of change, from early-stage business support to investment models and regulatory innovation—to help cities, states and regions deliver resilient, zero-carbon goals. This work has focused on building an investment mindset and developing blended public-private finance models to mobilise the financial capital required to transform places in the coming decade. As part of this, he coordinates the Innovation Working Group of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)-hosted Climate Financial Risk Forum. Previously, Andy was founding Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) at the University of Edinburgh, and he worked in the private sector, helping develop emerging environmental and carbon markets and advising organisations on how to respond to the climate imperative.
  • Stephanie Frick

    TransCap Initiative

    Stephanie Frick
    Stephanie Frick is the Innovation Lead of the TransCap Initiative (TCI). She is a social innovator and system change expert challenging the existing paradigms of innovation. Stephanie brings more than 12 years of experience across sectors working at the intersection of sustainability strategy and innovation with the mission to not only treat symptoms, but the root causes of today’s great challenges. Until recently Stephanie has been the Executive Director of the Competence Center for Social Innovation at University of St. Gallen (CSI-HSG) leading strategy and business development and overseeing international cross-sector innovation and research projects. Prior to this, she co-developed the platform for Social Entrepreneurs in Switzerland (SENS) where she initiated and led the Social Impact Accelerator (SIA) and worked for multiple years as sustainability professional in the food system leading sustainability strategy development (Migros) and international innovation projects (Fairtrade). She holds an MSc in Management Technology and Economics and a BSc in Environmental Sciences from ETH Zurich.
  • Genevieve Mortimer

    Regen Melbourne

    Genevieve Mortimer
    Gen manages projects that identify strategic approaches to achieve systems change in the real world. Her career spans impact assessment, research, stakeholder engagement, and sustainability, applied across a variety of sectors including mining, forestry, finance, and energy. She is the Systemic Capital Lead at Regen Melbourne, supporting the development of systemic investing practices.
  • Tom Osdoba

    EIT Climate-KIC

    Tom Osdoba
    Tom Osdoba serves as a senior advisor to cities as part of EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s top innovation community on sustainability and climate change. Previously, Tom led a management consultancy focused on sustainability strategies, social enterprise, and new business development, working with several cities and local governments around the world. From 2013 – 2016, he led Enterprise Community Partner’s efforts to make all affordable housing sustainable. Before that, Tom acted as the first managing director of the Center for Sustainable Business at the University of Oregon, as the sustainable economic development manager for Portland, OR (2007-2009), and as Vancouver’s first sustainability director. His work in Portland led to the creation of the Portland Sustainability Institute, which is now EcoDistricts. Tom holds an MA in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
  • Kate Wolfenden


    Kate Wolfenden
    Kate Wolfenden is an independent advisor, writer, and non-executive director, specialising in the design, build, and analysis of systems interventions. She is Co-Founder of 103, a climate-action focused Dark Matter Labs collaboration. She is also Interim-Chair of Future Planet, Advisory Board member for Innovator Capital, and strategic advisor to Landscape Finance Labs. Clients and projects include the design of a new ca. $100 million early-stage systemic venture fund for the World Bank's Climate Investment Funds, co-founding Project X (a WWF-UK founded industrial sustainable innovation accelerator), co-development of innovative finance mechanisms with Innovator Capital, and support in the development of the Transformational Capital Initiative at EIT Climate-KIC.
  • Ralph Kretschmer

    EBG Investment Solutions Ltd.

    Ralph Kretschmer
    Ralph Kretschmer is the Founder and Managing Partner of EBG Investment Solutions Ltd. and Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of VERIT Investment Management AG, an asset management and fund management company specialising in sustainable real estate in Zurich. Ralph boasts 30 years of experience in Sustainable Finance and Investment and, until 2008, was the initiator and co-head of the Credit Suisse Environmental Business Group (EBG). Previously, Ralph served as a Director in Investment Banking (Corporate Finance, M&A) at Credit Suisse in London and Zurich. Ralph holds a M.A. HSG, University of St. Gallen; Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
  • Josh Sorin

    Centre For Public Impact

    Josh Sorin
    Josh Sorin is Global Director for Climate Action at the Centre for Public Impact (CPI), where he built and leads an initiative that supports cities across the globe in driving the urgent transformation required to build zero carbon resilient cities. Prior to this role, Josh built and led CPI’s Government Innovation program in North America, where his team worked with hundreds of cities and counties across the world, and established partnerships with leading philanthropic and civic sector organizations. Before joining CPI, Josh led projects in KPMG's Public Sector practice where he advised clients on strategy, change management, program design, innovation, and data/analytics. His engagements focused primarily on the energy/climate, healthcare, and finance industries. Finally, outside of his "day jobs", Josh co-founded an education startup that is now owned by the University of Arizona, and a non-profit supporting the third-largest public health system in the U.S.
  • Krispin Romang

    Swiss e-Mobility

    Krispin Romang
    Krispin Romang is the director of the Swiss electro mobility association Swiss eMobility. He has been working on the future of mobility, in particular electric propulsion, for over a decade. He coordinated the nationwide fast charging project, was responsible for the Swiss charging network platform and represents the interests of electro mobility in various committees and commissions. He also serves as secretary of the parliamentary group on electro mobility. In addition to his function as managing director, he was responsible for policy development at the Mobility Academy for many years. Before that, he was a business developer at TCS. During his career, Krispin Romang also gained experience in the IT, security technology and banking sectors. He lives with his family in Herrenschwanden near Bern.
  • Luc Tschumper

    Swiss eMobility

    Luc Tschumper
    Luc Tschumper is the deputy director of the Swiss electro mobility association Swiss eMobility, and is chiefly responsible for at-home and at-work charging solutions. Luc studied economics and computer sciences and has built both experience and passion for mobility and innovation in roles that involved account, project and innovation management.
  • Todd Barker

    Meridian Institute

    Todd Barker
    Todd Barker has dedicated his career to environmental policy and sustainability. He currently serves as the CEO of the Meridian Institute, a 25-year-old non-profit consultancy that serves as a trusted third party supporting diverse stakeholders in addressing complex and controversial societal issues. Previously, he had worked as a Senior Associate at The Keystone Center, as a Research Fellow at the US EPA, and as a Physical Science Technician at the US Forest Service. Todd has a B.S. in History and an M.S. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan.
  • Kaj Lofgren

    Regen Melbourne

    Kaj Lofgren
    Kaj is the CEO of Regen Melbourne, a platform for ambitious collaboration, in service of Melbourne. Powered by an alliance of more than 160 organisations, Regen Melbourne is the host of a portfolio of bold projects that are moving Melbourne towards a regenerative future. Kaj is also the Entrepreneur in Residence at Small Giants Academy, where he collaborates on the Academy’s education and storytelling initiatives, including the Impact Safari program and the Mastery of Business and Empathy. A Civil Engineer by training, Kaj holds a Master's of Economic History from Lund University and has previously worked in social enterprise, impact investment, and community development with Engineers Without Borders.
  • Nicole Barling-Luke

    Regen Melbourne

    Nicole Barling-Luke
    Nicole is an experienced strategist, designer, and deliverer. She is the Portfolio Lead at Regen Melbourne, bringing a critical and joy-informed approach to activating organisations and citizens in Greater Melbourne. Nicole identifies as both a social innovation generalist and facilitation enthusiast. She has previously worked with global practitioners to improve the public sector's capability, creativity, and courage.
  • Alison Whitten

    Regen Melbourne

    Alison Whitten
    Alison is the Research Lead at Regen Melbourne. She coordinates the RM Lab, a collaborative research hub with activities across three streams: project-specific action research, systems-level explorations, and collective measurement. Alison has a background in urban resilience, international development, and strategy consulting, with global experience in local government and the private sector. She holds degrees in Systems Engineering and Urban Planning.
  • Sam Bonsey

    The ImPact

    Sam Bonsey
    Sam Bonsey is the chairman of the TransCap Initiative's supervisory board. His principal professional engagement is as Co-Founder and Executive Director of The ImPact, a global network of families committed to making more impact investments more effectively. Sam is also a member of the board of directors and chair of the investment committee of Keller Enterprises, a family office committed to values-aligned investing. In 2015, Sam was recognized by Forbes as a “30 Under 30” Social Entrepreneur. In 2010, Sam co-founded the 2Seeds Network, an incubator of community-driven development projects in Tanzania. In 2019, 2Seeds merged with Spark Microgrants, on whose board Sam now serves as vice-chair. Sam graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in History and Literature, focused on African postcolonial studies and Swahili. Sam happily resides in Paris with his wife and son.
  • Tania Rodriguez Riestra


    Tania Rodriguez Riestra
    Tania has worked for more than 15 years on large-scale social and environmental impact projects. She is the CEO and co-founder of CO_, driving the organization’s strategy and growth to mobilize non-financial and financial capital toward reducing inequality and climate change in Latin America. The verticals of CO_ include CO_Platform, a launching platform for social and environmental impact initiatives; CO_Capital, an impact investment fund manager with the aim of moving more capital towards innovative impact enterprises in Latin America; and CO_360, a consulting and advisory arm helping large companies move towards best-in-class practices in sustainability, impact measurement, and regenerative practices. Tania currently sits on the boards or advisory councils of Latimpacto, The ImPact, CIMED, and Flux Financiera.
  • Adam Wolfensohn

    Encourage Capital

    Adam Wolfensohn
    Adam Wolfensohn is the Managing Partner of Encourage Capital. Previously, Adam was managing director at Wolfensohn Fund Management and also managed the Wolfensohn family office cleantech and environmental markets strategies. He produced the climate change documentary Everything’s Cool, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. From 2002 to 2003, he worked with Conservation International to create a market for carbon credits from avoided deforestation projects. Adam is a trustee of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Yad Hanadiv, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and Bang on a Can. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Adam earned a B.A. from Princeton University and a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
  • Jason Jay, PhD

    MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative

    Jason Jay, PhD
    Jason Jay, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative. He teaches executive and Master's-level courses on strategy, innovation, and leadership for sustainable business. He has helped secure MIT Sloan's position as a leader in the field of sustainability through teaching, research, and industry engagement. Jason's publications have appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, California Management Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Greenbiz, and World Economic Forum. With Gabriel Grant, he is the author of the international bestseller Breaking Through Gridlock: The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World. Jason also works as a facilitator for companies, organizations, and business families, supporting high-quality conversation and shared commitment to ambitious sustainability goals. His clients have included EFG Asset Management, Novartis, Bose, Environmental Defense Fund, BP and the World Bank.
  • Kirsten Dunlop, PhD

    EIT Climate-KIC

    Kirsten Dunlop, PhD
    Kirsten is the CEO of EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s foremost climate innovation initiative. Her career spans academia, consulting, banking, insurance, strategy, design, innovation, and leadership. Prior to roles in Second Road, KPMG and Suncorp in Australia, Kirsten had worked in the UK and Italy for 15 years in financial services, consulting and academia, including as the leader of Generali Group’s Innovation Academy, where she pioneered work in strategic risk management and strategic innovation. She is a member of the AIT Strategic Research Advisory Board, EJP Soil Advisory Board, EAT Foundation Advisory Board, High-Level Missions Advisory Board for the Innovation Fund Denmark, and UK Government EEIST Senior Oversight Group. She is also one of 16 experts at the European Commission Economic and Societal Impact of Research and Innovation (ESIR) expert group, providing independent advice on how future EU research and innovation policy can best support sustainable development and the European Commission’s priorities.
  • Anna Muoio

    New Capitalism Project

    Anna Muoio
    Anna Muoio is a social impact leader and system change strategist. As Founder of The Theory of We, she continues her work helping groups build shared strategies, coordinate action and shift systems, aligned behind a shared vision for what’s possible and a smart plan for moving towards it. In 2020, Anna launched and is now Co-Lead of the New Capitalism Project (NCP), a collective system change effort to reimagine capitalism. The NCP Lab, launched in 2022, serves as a space for supporting leaders in incubating and implementing systemic interventions as members of a powerful change collaborative. For eight years, Anna led the Aligned Action practice at Monitor Institute by Deloitte where she pioneered large-scale collective problem-solving methods which integrate network theory, systems change and collective strategy. Anna speaks regularly at conferences on the power of aligned action to drive social change. She has been a guest lecturer at Yale School of Management, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • Ingrid Burkett

    The Griffith Centre for Systems Innovation

    Ingrid Burkett
    Ingrid Burkett is Professor and Director of Griffith Centre for Systems Innovation. She is a social innovator, a maker and a big picture thinker. She draws experience from fields as diverse as finance, social work and design, combining them in a focus on systems innovation. Ingrid has a passion for innovating the ‘boring’ – underlying civic and institutional capabilities and infrastructures to enable society to co-create positive futures. Her significant achievements have left a lasting impact on communities worldwide in areas as diverse as poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability and community resilience. Her ability to convey complex ideas in an accessible manner see her contributing extensively to the discourse on systems innovation both as a speaker and bridge-builder between academia and real-world practice. Her research and work have contributed to the design of policy and processes across many fields including procurement and impact investment.
  • Alex Hannant

    The Griffith Centre of Systems Innovation

    Alex Hannant
    Alex Hannant has extensive and varied experience in the fields of sustainable development, enterprise, and innovation. He is now focused on bringing a systems lens to the design of governance, networks, financing approaches, and change processes. Alex is an Executive in Residence at The Griffith Centre of Systems Innovation, a Director at Pocketknife, and serves on the Boards of B Lab Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand and Social Enterprise Australia. Previous roles include: Co-Director and Professor of Practice at The Yunus Centre (now GCSI), Griffith University (AUS), CEO of the Ākina Foundation (NZ), Director of Programmes at LEAD International (UK), and Head of Partnerships at the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (UK).
  • Alban Yau

    MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative

    Alban Yau
    Alban Yau is a graduate student in the MIT System Design & Management program. He is currently working on a research project of systemic investing at the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative and as a teaching assistant in System Dynamics for Business and Policy. Alban has been a systems mapper and system change facilitator since working at Omplexity, where he was responsible for the sense-making of complex systemic challenges and facilitating multistakeholder dialogue. Prior to MIT, he had also worked as an entrepreneur at a Taiwanese social innovation incubator AlphaTeam, and as a project manager at a circular economy consultancy REnato lab. Alban holds a BSc in Material Science and Engineering from the National Taiwan University.
  • Danny Almagor OAM

    Small Giants

    Danny Almagor OAM
    Danny Almagor is co-founder (with his wife Berry) and the Executive Chair of Small Giants, a family office, and Australia’s first B-Corporation, dedicated to creating social and environmental change through business, education and storytelling. He is a genuine leader in the Impact space having been involved in the creation of over a dozen for profit and non-profit organisations including Engineers Without Borders Australia, The Sociable Weaver Group, and Impact Club. He also founded and Chairs the Impact Investment Group, was the driver behind the creation of Sentient Impact Group, and in 2020, admits the global pandemic, transitioned Small Giants’ existing education, storytelling and media efforts into a dedicated not-for-profit accelerator, education, and media initiative called Small Giants Academy. Danny facilitates many of SGA’s programs including the year-long Mastery of Business & Empathy (MBE) which extends and reimagines the traditional MBA, as well as Impact Safaris which combine transformational leadership and travel experiences. Danny was the inaugural Social Entrepreneur in Residence at RMIT and has been recognised through many awards including a Churchill Fellowship, the Hal Taussig B Corp award and the Medal of the Order of Australia.
  • Brendan Lehan

    New Capitalism Project

    Brendan Lehan
    Brendan Lehan is a strategist and advisor helping leaders and organizations to achieve greater impact through growth, adaptation, and more effective collaboration. He is currently the Co-Lead of the New Capitalism Project, a collective system change effort to reimagine capitalism and catalyze collaborative ideas towards transformation. For the last decade he has helped organizations to develop robust strategies to tackle complex social issues like education inequality, climate change, financial inclusion, and many others. He collaborates with leaders to make sense of complexity and uncertainty by developing a more systemic understanding of the issues, considering the networks of organizations at play and their organization's role in context, and learning to adapt over time. Previously, Brendan was a part of the Monitor Institute by Deloitte, the firm's dedicated social impact strategy practice. He holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
  • Dr Anna Stünzi

    Research Fellow, University of St. Gallen

    Dr Anna Stünzi
    Anna Stünzi, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Researcher and Lecturer at the University of St. Gallen. Her research centers around the green transformation of the economy. She explores the role of finance and policy to transform and develop new businesses and behaviors aligned with climate and wider sustainability goals. One important part of her research analyzes international climate finance flows to support developing countries in building resilient and sustainable economic systems. Anna has a background in psychology and economics, and she received her doctorate at the Center of Economic Research at ETH Zurich. Over the past 10 years, she has been engaged in translating scientific findings and recommendations to policymakers, in particular in her role as the president of the Swiss think tank foraus (2019-2023). At the TransCap Initiative, Anna is exploring how to leverage the principles of systemic investing for more strategically coordinating capital flows across different societal actors at the national level in Switzerland.

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There is a window of opportunity. An opportunity to rethink value in the 21st century, reimagine the purpose of capital markets, and test new paradigms, structures, and practices of investment. Yet while the time to act is now, how exactly financial capital needs to be deployed to build a low-carbon, climate-resilient, just, and inclusive society remains largely unclear.

So we invite challenge owners, systems thinkers, innovation practitioners, investment professionals, ecosystem shapers, and creative voices to join us in figuring out how to deploy financial capital in service of a prosperous and sustainable future for all.


Challenge Owners

Do you represent an ambitious city council, regional or national government, multilateral institution, foundation, or another organization with a mandate to transform a human or natural system?

Contact us to learn more about systemic investing and funding architecture in service of your climate action plan.


Are you an asset owner, an investment advisor, an asset manager, or a financial intermediary looking to explore the next frontier of sustainable finance?

Reach out to learn more about systemic investing and to discover investment opportunities.


Are you working on a novel idea, concept, space, method, strategy, tool, structure, philosophy, or metric relevant for building the field of systemic investing?

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Who We Are

The TransCap Initiative is a think-and-do-tank operating at the nexus of real-economy systems change, sustainability, and finance. We operate as a multi-stakeholder alliance coordinated by a backbone team and comprised of wealth owners, innovation leaders, system thinkers, research institutes, and financial intermediaries. Our community is open to anyone committed to our cause and values.

Why We Exist

We exist to improve the way sustainable finance is purposed, designed, and managed so that money can become a transformative force in building a low-carbon, climate-resilient, just, and inclusive society. We believe that the key to accomplishing this vision is to inspire and enable investors to leverage the insights and tools of systems thinking and complex systems science for addressing the most pressing societal challenges of the 21st century.

What We Do

Our mission is to build the field of systemic investing. This means developing, testing, and scaling an investment logic at the intersection of systems thinking and finance. We do that by convening a multi-stakeholder alliance to develop a knowledge and innovation base, test novel concepts and approaches, and build a community of practice.

Our core ideas borrow from the disciplines of systems thinking and complex systems science, challenge-led innovation, human-centred design, new economic frameworks, and financial innovation. Our experiments are contextualised in those place-based systems that matter most for human prosperity—such as cities, landscapes, and coastal zones—as well as in value chains and other real-economy systems. We hope that our work produces knowledge and insights, methods and tools, and a self-organising community of inspired and enabled change makers.

The places and value chains we intend to transform act as centres of gravity for our work. In each of these systems, we will work with challenge owners, communities, innovators, investors, and other stakeholders to design, structure, and finance strategic investment portfolios nested within a broader systems intervention approach.