Ash Sharma

VP of Entrepreneur Director, Sustainable Investments and Corporate Responsibility

Ash is the Director of Sustainable Investments and Corporate Responsibility at Kind Capital. He has 20 years of experience working at and advising multi-nationals and banks in North & Latin America, Asia and Europe and in positions of sustainability, innovation, investor relations, ESG, corporate responsibility, global business development, corporate finance & strategy, digital communications, brand & marketing, and technology for impact. Ash is also the Executive Director at Amala Paradigm, a sustainability advisory firm for HNWIs and Executives at private and public corporations, foundations, start-ups, non-profits and accelerators. He creates strategic partnerships and advises on ESG and sustainability integration, impact investments, corporate venture capital, diversity, equity & inclusion, global opportunities in multi-asset class sustainable investments, gender lens investments, philanthropy and the Arts in partnership with leading non-profits, multi-nationals and foundations. Previously Ash worked at Standard Chartered Bank, Shinsei Bank, Daimler-Chrysler Aerospace, and Scotiabank where he leveraged core business, sustainability and philanthropic activities to create inclusive and sustainable markets. He has implemented in-house corporate projects as a pioneer or lead sponsor in over 60 countries in partnership with other leading firms and institutions, including Microsoft, Qualcomm, Sanofi, Toyota, J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Korea First Bank, The Body Shop, Yahoo!, Wipro, China Unicom, The World Bank, The United Nations, Palo Alto Research Center, MIT, IIT and national and local governments. As a banker focused on sustainability and engagement, Ash has been part of small, high-impact teams that integrated microfinance and high-growth ventures into business lines, workplace practices, and community investments in twelve countries; managed high-profile visual and performing Arts projects for wealth management and retail clients; created a growth culture around ESG that led to the launch of eight sustainable investment funds, including in healthcare, renewable energy, agriculture, infrastructure, mobile and universal design & access; succeeded gaining inclusion into the Dow Jones Sustainability Global & Asia-Pacific Indices; and managed USD4 billion in diverse, global capital market issuances to completely reset a bank’s corporate finance and investor strategy. 

Ash is a Monbukagakusho scholar and holds a MBA from the International University of Japan and a B.A. Honors in European Studies in Arts, Culture & Languages (French, German & Spanish) from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. He completed his undergraduate studies as a scholar at Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin, Germany, University of Western à Trois-Pistoles, Quebec and Universidad de Alicante, Spain. He speaks six languages, including Hindi, and has worked in North America, Asia and Europe. Ash works with his family on access to healthcare and empowering women, senior citizens and youth.

Mission-Driven Executive Team

Diverse in experience, united in mission. The Kind Capital team brings 100+ years of combined experience across industries and leadership roles, authentically mission-driven to leverage our skills to catalyze positive sustainable impact while driving financial returns for our partners & investors. We have experience working with early stage companies through large Fortune 500 conglomerates across the full spectrum of asset classes, including structuring program-related investments (PRI), mission-related investments (MRI), social impact bonds (SIB) and income share agreements (ISA).

John Duong

Founder & CEO

Dr Jason Buchanan

Venture Partner and SWOT Team

Debbie McKeon

Partner and Senior Advisor, Strategic Partnerships

Kimberly M. James

Director, Head of Metrics & Evaluation

Thomas Hornbeck

CTO and Venture Partner

Lori M. Ruffin

VP of Entrepreneur Services

Grace M. Kataoka

Partner, Impact and ESG Investing Research and Advisory

Ash Sharma

Director, Sustainable Investments and Corporate Responsibility

Jenna Fuentes

Community Engagement Manager

Advisory Council

Andre Bennin

Jennifer Oertel

Melanie Audette

Joe Fuller

Rich Krygiel

Thomas Terdjman

Ted Mitchell

Sonal Shah

Karen Tay

Meredith Finn

Senior Workers of Talent (SWOT)

Joy Profet

Superpower: COO & Comms

Ray Wilburn

Superpower: Finance & Compliance

Keith Aikens

Superpower: Comms, Racial Equity

Marissa Lowman

Superpower: Product & Innovation

Isaac Segal

Superpower: EdTech, Entrepreneurship, Management

Lucia Weathers

Superpower: Strategic Comms

Maria Del Toro

Superpower: Philanthropic Fundraising, Strategy, & Management

Jocelyn Sargent

Superpower: Philanthropy, Racial Equity/EDI, Leadership
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