Board of Trustees

Green Shoots Foundation is a charity and therefore governed by a Board of Trustees. Green Shoots Foundation Trustees have a wide range of experience in international development, microfinance, investment banking and other activities.

Maria Largey

Maria has spent the last five years working with microfinance organizations to promote financial inclusion in the developing world. She is the Microfinance Investment Manager for CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution. Prior to that, she was the Head of Investors Relations at Agora Microfinance Partners LLP, a microfinance investment company based in London, and before that was the Director of Philanthropy and Strategic Partnerships at Opportunity International, a UK microfinance charity.

Before joining the development sector, she was a Vice President at JPMorgan Asset Management in both London and New York where she was responsible for providing investment solutions to international banks, insurance companies and fund providers.

Maria holds a BSc in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has completed International Finance courses at New York University. Maria is an American national.

Maria chairs the Board of Trustees of the charity.



Dr Nathalie Dang

Nathalie is Medical Director for Europe at ViiV Healthcare, a pharmaceutical company 100% dedicated to HIV.

Nathalie spent a number of years in medical communication and then joined Pfizer as the senior Medical Manager for Europe, responsible for medical strategy development, phase IIIB/IV clinical plans and investigator initiated research for maraviroc, the first in class CCR5 inhibitor.

Nathalie has an MD from Paris VII Xavier-Bichat University, a Master of Strategy and a degree in Statistics. Nathalie is a French national.

Nathalie co-chairs the Board of Trustees of the charity.

Deborah Hutchinson

Deborah, a banker with 20 years of experience is a partner and the COO of Channel Capital Advisors LLP. Channel Capital Advisors LLP is a UK based investment management firm focusing on the management of portfolio credit transactions and structured finance activities. It was established in late 2006 by a number of leading credit risk management professionals and a consortium of European commercial banks to provide credit risk management services.

Prior to that, Deborah worked for Rabobank International and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Deborah is a British national.

Deborah is an ACA and heads the charity’s Audit & Finance Committee.


Prof Jürgen Rockstroh

Jürgen is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Bonn and has been Head of an HIV outpatient clinic since 1995. He is an investigator from various protease inhibitor studies and has considerable experience with various antiretroviral drug regimens and clinical trials for treatment of HIV and hepatitis co-infection. He has been elected chair of the KAAD (German Clinical AIDS Working Group) since 1998.

Jürgen’s department treats the world’s largest cohort of HIV-infected haemophiliacs. His research interests encompass protease inhibitor therapy, including dual regimens, the course of HIV disease in haemophiliacs, HIV/HCV co-infection, and cytokines and apoptosis before and after antiretroviral therapy. He is a prolific speaker at international conferences and has published more than 100 articles and book chapters.

Jürgen, MD, is a German national.

Achim Kram

Achim has 15 years experience in international sales and marketing within the media and entertainment industry. Previously, Achim held the position of General Manager Sales and Marketing Europe with Gemstar TV Guide, a global media and technology licensing company.

He is the founder of the Optimist World, a social network dedicated to daily good news, inspiring stories and a forum for charities, corporates and individuals. He is also vice chairman and a trustee of the Ethiopian Education Foundation, a charity he co-founded.

Achim has a German business degree and is a German national.

David Ruiz

David is a partner at Serone Capital Management and is responsible for portfolio investments and execution. David has been principal focused, purchasing and managing distressed investment opportunities and portfolios across Asia, South America and Europe for the past 12 years.

He has been working in various capacities for a number of different institutions including; CarVal U.K. Ltd (CVI), JPMorgan Real Estate Structured Finance / Principal Finance, and GE Capital’s Global Financial Restructuring team.

David’s previous roles included business management, strategy, deal sourcing, transaction underwriting, structuring and pricing, as well as contract negotiations, asset and portfolio management. David has been involved in the purchase of over USD 25 billion in assets across asset classes.

David has a B.S.B.A. and a Master in International Business. David is a Spanish and French national.