Dinese Hannewald, CEO
Dinese Hannewald is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Grace Impact gUG, a not-for-profit enterprise platform that seeks to catalyze the social impact investing sector by connecting capital with scalable and sustainable for-profit and non-profit social enterprises. She is also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Grace Advisory GmbH, a leading independent corporate finance boutique specializing in cross-border transactions across Europe, the United States, and Asia. Over the course of a 30-year investment banking career, Dinese has forged strong relationships with C-level executives at global corporations and built an international network of debt and equity funding sources including venture capital funds, private equity groups, hedge funds, banks, and other financial institutions.
At Grace Impact, Dinese invests her personal assets in various philanthropic and social impact projects along with donations from others. She is responsible for selecting social impact investments for investment and philanthropic projects for grants and pro-bono support. Dinese works to collaborate with like-minded investors and supports the social impact space to accelerate growth and to increase the success of larger social impact ventures.
In March 2017, Dinese bacame 50% shareholder of Social Impact Recruiting gUG (SIR), a not-for-profit company that actively supports the integration of refugees and migrants into German society. SIR designs and delivers various programs and workshops that facilitate a connection between refugees/migrants and employers.
Dinese’s interest in social responsibility and volunteerism stems from an early age. Both of her parents were volunteers in the Peace Corps and local non-profit community organizations in the 1960s and 1970s and remain philanthropic today. As a high school student, Dinese took an active role in tutoring economically disadvantaged children in New York City and also during her college years in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 1999 to 2004, she was President and Vice President of the MIT Club of Germany e.V. During her tenure she doubled the number of dues paying members and personally organized a Biotech Conference which drew 140 attendees from Europe and the US and raised more than € 35,000 in scholarship funding.
Since November 2014, Dinese has been a Member of the Board at AMREF Health Africa Deutschland / Flying Doctors (www.amrefgermany.de). As winner of the Bill and Melinda Gates Global Health Award, AMREF is the largest African-based NGO that delivers health services to over 30 countries in Africa. In 2015, Dinese became a patron at the American Academy of Berlin, a non-profit organization in the US and Germany that fosters greater understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Germany.
In November 2016, Dinese became a Board Member of SolarWave AB (www.solarwave.se a for-profit social impact company that develops, sells and operates high quality solar-powered water purification systems.
She has also been an active member of Children for a Better World e.V. (Germany) and Grace Advisory was a sponsor for their Join and Help Events from 2007 to 2012, which raised more than €100,000 annually.
Prior to launching Grace Advisory GmbH and Grace Impact UG, Dinese was a Director at Apax Partners in Munich. She has also worked with Morgan Grenfell in Frankfurt, and with Bankers Trust and Goldman Sachs in New York.
Dinese holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Business Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and International Business Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is a native speaker of English, fluent in German, and possesses working proficiency in Spanish.
Peter R. Dahlen, Chairman of the Board
Peter is Managing Director of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Sweden where he is responsible for executing AmCham’s mission to promote US-Swedish trade and investment and US commercial interests in Sweden, creating a strong brand and cultivating high-level business relationships with member companies and policy makers.
Prior to joining AmCham, Peter was Director of Business Development and Public Affairs at TransLegal, an advocate for Americans abroad, and a sought-after speaker on US law, public policy and politics. Peter has worked on several political campaigns as a fund-raiser and senior staffer and previously served as a United States Senate Counsel. He has an insider’s understanding of Washington, DC and is a regular lecturer at the Stockholm University Law Faculty.
Throughout a career in law, public policy, public affairs and business development animated by core values and sound judgment, Peter has been an advocate for positive social impact. He connects businesses that deliver social value with investors seeking social and financial returns and as such fits naturally into the impact investing arena.
Peter received his J.D. from the Catholic University of America and a Master’s in European Intellectual Property Law from Stockholm University.