WHAT WE DO
We believe Business is the greatest influencer of events in our world and as such has the greatest capacity to transform our world for the better. To do this, Business must at all times be Conscious Business.
Conscious Business is holistic in vision, inclusive in economics and empathetic in action. All these attributes and more are incorporated within the United Nations's Sustainable Development Goals, the only Universally accepted framework within which citizens, businesses, NGOs and governments can collaborate to make our world a better place for all.
We provide consultancy services on the SDGs, assisting organizations to implement or enhance sustainability strategies and improve their humanistic contributions internally with staff and globally with Humanity and Planet Earth.
We also promote social and green projects that enable a better world for all through conferences and events aligned with the SDGs.
Finally, when an opportunity arises, we will devise and initiate SDG projects with the purpose of implementing them through operational partners worldwide. When these projects require funding, we can also facilitate their funding, directly or through investors aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals.
When SDG projects require research work that will result in development of credible SDG solutions, we will also provide funding for such research activities. For SDG project research and development funding in collaboration with universities, indirect costs are not accepted.
When a PI/PD plans to leave an organization during the course of a grant, the organization has the prerogative to nominate a substitute PI/PD or request that the grant be terminated and closed out.
In those cases where the PI/PD’s original and new organizations agree, SDG Foundation will facilitate a transfer of the grant and the assignment of remaining unobligated funds to the PI/PD’s new organization. This should normally be done with a tripartite agreement (involving SDG Foundation, the PI/PD’s original organization and new organization), or by a subaward arrangement (in certain circumstances) between the PI/PD’s original and new organizations, subject to SDG’s consent.
WHO WE ARE
We are a team of like-minded social entrepreneurs from different backgrounds who want to create significant, transformational impact in our world.
Our collective experience establishes capacity across renewable energy, insurance, government, sustainability, real estate, ethical finance, financial technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning, inclusive economics and gender equality, to name but a few sectors.
If you feel our vision and mission is aligned with your trajectory, and believe you would like to join our team, please contact us at and let's explore partnership, collaboration or employment.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Theo Cosmora - Founder , Director
Theo is a designer of transformative technology for good. He is a pioneer of Social Business models for 18 years, was given a UN Award in 2012 for his contributions to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and is the inventor of the $1 Smartphone and of the SDG Blockchain Ecosystem.
Theo’s MDG experience created an awareness on why the MDGs were not fully met, covering lack of mainstream engagement, silo-based contributions, exclusion of business and industry, and lack of inclusive, sustainable economics and funding.
Theo applies his experience to developing an integrated financial collaboration ecosystem for the SDGs that will accommodate all SDG stakeholders through inclusive economics models and advanced and scalable distributed ledger technologies such as new blockchains and graphs.
A former Decathlon champion, Theo enjoys the company of progressive minds, assists executives with simple travel fitness, supports social entrepreneurs and promotes conscious living.
Sacha is a dedicated sponsor of SDG Foundation and advises on public policy matters and strategic partnerships.
Sacha's specialties include International, EU and national Public Affairs, government relations, advocacy, parliamentary relations, communication, networking, trade body representation, event organisation, internal and external communication, EU decision making process, Senior Executives engagement and positioning strategy, development policy, grant making and project management.
Currently Sacha is also Director of Public Affairs (Group level) at Walgreens Boots Alliance.
Suvi is a sponsor of SDG Foundation and works on establishing strategic government and corporate partnerships.
Suvi was Finland’s Minister of Communications responsible for media and telecommunications 2007-2011 and previously Minister of Culture responsible culture, youth and sport, 1999-2002. She served as Member of Parliament of Finland 1995-2011. She advocated the work of the Broadband Commission as ITU's Special Envoy and was additionally Commissioner in the Broadband Commission 2010-2015. She chaired the Ubiquitous Information Society Advisory Board for the Government of Finland in 2007-2011.
Suvi is also an Advisory Board Member for Telit Communications PLC, a global leader in IoT enablement and Chair for NxtVn Finland, a developer of open-access, carrier-neutral and multi-tenant Data Center parks.
Robert Levin is CEO of Emerging Star Capital, LLC, and also is the founder of Transclick, Inc., a Technology Pioneer member of the World Economic Forum with over 14 million downloaded multilingual AI clients in 192 countries.
Robert helps SDG Foundation establish strategic financial, technology and business development partnerships while at the same time facilitating investment in our SDG initiatives.
Robert has expertise in applying innovation in machine learning (AI) to finance and other enterprise verticals, macro-economics applied to global asset allocation, alternative beta strategies, hedging portfolio risk, as well as private equity/VC in emerging technologies including cybersecurity, Blockchain and artificial intelligence.
He is an inventor, best-selling author, public speaker and holds one issued US patent. He is also a strategist in global macro, emerging markets and technology investments. He was trained at Salomon Brothers and was a top strategist for 2 hedge funds, reporting to Paul Tudor Jones at Tudor and Louis Bacon at Moore Global. Robert is a Tech Laureate of the Tech Museum of Innovation and has won the Gold Edison Award for Innovation in mobile apps, is a member of the AlwaysOn Mobile 100 (top 100 mobile companies) and the AlwaysOn Global 250.
Neil is a sponsor of SDG Foundation and advises on social funding strategies and growth focused partnerships. He is an IBM Master Inventor and World Wide Leader in the IBM Watson Group. With over 15+ years of experience in business and over 25 patents to his name, he works with Global Fortune 500 clients, government organizations, and high growth business partners to ideate next generation products/solutions powered by Watson.
His work experience spans multiple industries including healthcare, life sciences, retail, travel and transportation, energy and utilities, automotive, telecommunications, media/communication
Graham is a sponsor of SDG Foundation and is responsible for establishing strategic partnerships and business development in emerging markets, specifically in Asia and Africa.
Graham is the founder and Group Managing Director of MicroSave and pioneered much of the market-led approach practised by MicroSave.
He has over 30 years of experience working with banks, MFIs, telecoms, MNOs, regulators and international funding agencies in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
Graham also oversees our work in the areas of Digital Financial Services; Training; Knowledge Management; Research; and Responsible Finance. During his time as the head of MicroSave in Africa, he spearheaded work to transform both Equity Bank and Kenya Post Office Savings Bank, and collaborated in the design and initial testing of M-PESA.
Graham now heads several teams working on digital financial services solutions for banks, mobile network operators and MFIs in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Ross is an active supporter of the SDG Foundation.
Ross is a proven business executive and startup expert, playing an instrumental role in the management and development of global projects over a 25-year career. With 10 years working as CFO of Coal at Glencore, Ross built up a critical understanding of energy processes. His strategic, commercial, and financial insight is a driving force for SDG Foundation projects as well as his personal project GRID Powr which in turn is part of the SDG Energy ecosystem platform.
Ross contributes to refining financial modelling for SDG Foundation projects as well as SDG projects advised by SDG Foundation
Caterina has 10+ years of professional and international experience across several functions in the reinsurance industry and with this background has developed a Blockchain insurance strategy for SDG. She is now working on a Blockchain-based energy insurance solution to support SDG Foundation's SDG Energy initiative.
Her past roles in the insurance sector include underwriting, actuarial and natural catastrophe modeling. Important task were to quickly extract the most important information from large amounts of data and communicate the findings to clients and relevant parties, then working them into custom solutions.
Currently Caterina is involved in projects around automation & machine learning aiming to make insurance more transparent and affordable using Blockchain methods. She is also involved in philanthropy, equality, mentoring and projects related to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Simon works with SDG Foundation to scope and design our investment strategy and business investment presentations.
He is the Managing Partner & Founder at The Growth Partners, Clevis Research, Folienhelfer, Associate Works and Telescope Capital.
He is a market research believer and business development practioner. With 10years+ experience in management consulting, he helps build start-ups and manages M&A processes and business development projects.
Laura works with SDG Foundation on our business model and funding deck. She is the COO of Folienhelfer, a Professional Services Company that offers to create and rework professional presentations and business graphics.
From sales/funding pitch deck, to business plan, market analysis, marketing material or presentations for speeches and lectures - she acts as a professional partner that delivers high-class investment decks, presentations and business info graphics.