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Georgie Benardete

Chief Fundraising Officer

Georgie Benardete is a global expert in impact investing, with extensive experience as an entrepreneur, investor, and thought leader.. 

As the ESG Venture Partner for Athena Capital, Georgie is responsible for deal flow and investment decisions to bring climate tech companies to the public markets. As CEO of Align17, she created &  led a private digital platform where clients can access vetted Impact Investing opportunities alongside some of the world’s top investment groups. 

Georgie’s career spans from Wall Street at JPMorgan Latin America Investment Banking, to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and consulting at Coopers & Lybrand in the US and Argentina. She is Chairwoman of the Fourth Sector Group, and Board Emeritus of the Global Entrepreneurs Council of Ted Turner’s United Nations Foundation. Benardete co-founded, Turkey’s largest green portal, and is part of Al Gore’s Climate Project as a speaker on climate change.

Georgie is a founding member of the Fast Company Impact Council and sits on the Investment Committee of Belle Capital. She is an advisor to the Joint European Development Initiative, and served in the Advisory Board of the WEF’s Young Global Leaders. Georgie is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She received her Masters in Science of Foreign Service, with honors, from Georgetown University, and was Magna cum Laude in her BA from the University of Puerto Rico.  She has coursed executive programs in Harvard’s Kennedy School and Oxford.