With the launch of Building Banking on Values, a new VoiceAmerica radio series I’m hosting that goes behind the scenes to tell the stories of the people, passion and positivity within the values-based banking and financing sector; I thought to introduce you to some of our guests. Listen to the show episodes right here!

Meet Blake Goud: Chief Executive Officer, RFI Foundation, A Think Tank for Responsible Finance (Global)

Blake Goud is the CEO of the RFI Foundation, a non-profit working to identify a neutral, non-partisan and universal value proposition that encourages convergence of responsible finance practices. By highlighting the shared standards around principles that govern the sector, Islamic finance will contribute to a more diverse and representative thinking around the growth, trajectory and development of responsible finance.

Blake was Chief Research Officer for ME Global Advisors where his focus was on MENA financial sector development and the growth of the Islamic economy. He was responsible for leading ME Global Advisors’ research efforts as well as advising on the content of the events connected to this research. His primary areas of interest are global Islamic banking, capital markets, and opportunities to increase financial inclusion in Islamic finance through crowdfunding and microfinance.

Blake has nearly a decade of experience researching Islamic finance and working in the financial sector in a compliance and investment officer role for a small US-based investment advisor and broker-dealer. Prior to joining Middle East Global Advisors and RFI Foundation, he was the Community Leader for the Thomson Reuters Islamic Finance Gateway. At Thomson Reuters, he conducted research and analysis on Islamic finance and the Islamic economy, crafted discussion points and drafted white papers for large-scale events and one-on-one sessions with leaders of the Islamic finance industry including IILM roundtables in London, UK and Washington, DC and was a principal author of the GIES 2013 Review following the Global Islamic Economy Summit organised in collaboration with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre.

His published research includes papers on Islamic microfinance, renewable energy microfinance and public finance using an Islamic alternative for tax increment finance. He received his B.A. in Economics from Reed College in 2003. Learn more.


Meet Diego Isabel La Moneda: Founder and Director of the Global Hub for the Common Good – Driving Systemic Change

Diego defines himself as a social entrepreneur and a change-maker. He is specialised in new economics, social and political innovation, participatory democracy, sustainable development and business management and he has extensive experience working both with private companies, public institutions and governments.

He is Founder and Director of the Global Hub for the Common Good  an open and participatory think-do tank that brings together people and organisations who are working to co-create a new economy that is more sustainable, people-oriented and aimed at the common good. They advise both private and public organisations and the Global Hub is also the promoter of the first Global Forum “New Economy and Social Innovation” – NESI – that will take place in Málaga (Spain), 19-22 April 2017. NESI will be a meeting place for international networks, businesses, NGOs, local governments, universities, activists and people who are co-creating a new economy and catalysing systemic change.

He is also one of the international promoters of the Economy for the Common Good, a social movement founded by Christian Felber that works towards an economic system, which places the Common Good at the center of all economic activity

Diego is author of the book Yo Soy Tú: Propuesta para una Nueva Sociedad (Octaedro, 2013), co-author of Dentro de 15 años (Lid, 2014) as well as an international speaker. He studied Environmental and Forest Engineering and has an MSc in Global Governance and Ethics from the University College of London.

Watch the video. Community Talk: Economy for the Common Good



Don’t forget to tune into Building Banking on Values. My VoiceAmerica radio show airs on Thursdays 15:00 PDT on the Business channel. Learn more.

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