Dr. Katrin Kaeufer serves as the president and executive director at the Presencing Institute. She also oversees the research activities at PI. She is Senior Research Fellow at the Community Innovators Lab (CoLab) at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Her research focuses on leadership, social transformation and socially responsible banking. Kaeufer earned her MBA and Ph.D. from Witten/Herdecke University, Germany. Her dissertation on Socially Responsible Banking was published as a book. She has consulted with mid-sized as well as global companies, non-profit organizations, the World Bank and with the United Nations Development Program in New York. She is also co-founding member of the Presencing Institute. Her recent book (2013) which she co-authored with C. Otto Scharmer is titled “Leading from the emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies”.
Martin Kalungu Banda is a consultant in organisation and leadership development, a facilitator of innovation and change; trainer, coach and author. He is faculty for the Presencing Institute, and for HSBC Next Generation Development, HRH Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference for Leaders, and University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. Martin works with business, government and civil society leaders globally. He advises the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative as thinking partner to Chiefs of Staff and Heads of State, including 3 years as Special Consultant to the President of Zambia. He has led collaborative innovation on diverse issues: Heart surgery costs (India & UK); Sustainable cities (London & Shanghai); Water shortage (Middle East & UK); Carbon emissions (UK & India); and the Coral Triangle tuna industry.
Dayna Cunningham is Executive Director of the MIT Community Innovators Lab. Prior to CoLab, as Program Director of the ELIAS Project, an MIT-based collaboration between business, NGOs and government, she worked with leaders using profound innovation processes to create multi-sector initiatives for economic, social and environmental sustainability. Before that, Dayna worked as an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation supporting efforts to explore changing racial dynamics and new conceptions of race in the U.S., as well as civil rights legal innovation. Prior to the Rockefeller Foundation, Dayna worked as a voting rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, litigating cases in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and elsewhere in the South, and briefly as an officer for the New York City Program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Dayna is a 2004 graduate of the Sloan Fellows MBA program of the MIT Sloan School of Management. She has an undergraduate degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and a juris doctor degree from New York University School of Law.
Sonia Reinhardt acts as Senior Advisor HR at GLS Bank, Bochum/ Germany. Sonia studied Southeast Asian Studies & Indonesian in Germany and Singapore and gained a banking diploma in Bonn, Germany. In the last years, she put her focus on HR topics, receiving advanced education in the area of systemic coaching, organizational development and transactional analysis. Sonia worked in the area of providing sustainable finance for the last 10 years. Starting in Banda Aceh/ Indonesia where she worked 2,5 years with a local development bank implementing a new microfinance product for the local economy. She entered GLS Bank in 2010 working on implementing a microfinance scheme in Germany together with the Ministry of Social Affairs. In coordination with Katrin Käufer, Sonia is responsible for managing the GABV Leadership Academy and the Human Development Group.
Lily Steponaitis is a Program Associate at the MIT Community Innovators Lab and the Presencing Institute (PI). Her work focuses on just and community organized banks, economic democracy, and the new economy. In 2016 she researched and co-developed a MITx Massive Open Online Course with Dr. Katrin Kaeufer about just banking. The MOOC was the first of its kind in the field and has reached over 13,000 participants in 160+ countries. Prior to her fellowship appointment, Lily received her B.A. in Economics and Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 and her Masters in City Planning from MIT in 2014.
Alice Maggio is an advocate for non-profit, place-based currencies and strong local economies. From 2012 to 2017 she worked at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics, starting as an intern and growing into her subsequent role as the Director of Programs and the Executive Director of BerkShares, the Berkshire region’s local currency. Her work has focused on educating people in her own community and around the world about the role local financial tools and institutions can play in the development of more vibrant, just, and sustainable economies. Alice received her B.A. in Sociology and French from Wesleyan University in 2010 and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University.