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Lisa Ashford

Director and CEO

Lisa is a leader in the impact investment space and has over 20 years experience in energy and environmental markets. Lisa is highly motivated, a strategic thinker and has a strong commercial and business development background.

Lisa is currently Director and CEO at Ethex, which is a leading ethical & positive investment platform in the UK and Founder/Director of Lendahand Ethex: Energise Africa, a platform raising investment for solar businesses expanding their PAYGO schemes in Sub Saharan Africa.

Combined they have raised close to £100m from retail investors to do good.

She accompanied the PM on the recent trade mission to Africa representing best in class UK businesses in Fintech and renewables. Lisa is also active on the working groups initiated by the government to build a culture of social impact investing in the UK. 

Before Ethex, Lisa worked as a freelance consultant for a number of start-ups and international sustainable businesses. Prior to this, Lisa held senior commercial roles at EcoSecurities, one of the largest providers of carbon finance in the world, from its AIM listing through to its acquisition by J.P. Morgan in early 2010. Here she helped to finance hundreds of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects around the world.

Before EcoSecurities, Lisa worked for a number of years in Financial Services primarily setting up and developing exchange and clearing facilities for commodities, specifically UK/European power and gas in liberalised energy markets. She was instrumental in the design, build and operation of the world's first 24x7 trading platform, UK Power Exchange, holding senior positions at OM Gorup (now NasdaqOMX) and Amsterdam Power Exchange (APX).

Lisa was recently awarded the PWC scholarship as outstanding female candidate to study for an executive level Diploma in Financial Strategy at the Said Business School, Oxford University. Lisa also holds an MSc in Environmental technology from Imperial College.

Lisa is a regular media commentator and writer on ethical investment, featuring on Ian King Sky News, BBC World, CityAm amongst others.  

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