María Laura Tinelli is the Director and Founder of Acrux Partners, an impact investment intermediary and market developer focused on Latin America. She founded and heads the Impact Investment National Advisory Board for Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. Together with Social Finance UK and the Interamerican Development Bank she has structured the first Social Impact Bond for Argentina, and now acts as the SIB Performance Manger. Together with relevant stakeholders she has co-created the Latin American Outcome Payments Network to promote and adapt the use of the instrument in the region and create a community of practice. In 2019, she was elected as Board Member for the Global Steering Group on Impact Investment where she serves representing Latin America. Since January 2020, she is an advisor to the SDG Impact initiative under UNDP.
She has previously worked for the Principles for Responsible Investment as Head of Global Networks, advising investors and regulators on ESG incorporation from Asia to South America; and in different roles within the development sector both at Christian Aid UK and Doctors Without Borders.
She has an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London; a Degree in International Relations from Belgrano University in Argentina, and has completed graduate programs on: Finance for ESG Professionals at the University of Saint Andrews Scotland, and Private Equity Programme at Said Business School, Oxford University. She is a guest lecturer at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina, in sustainable finance and impact investment at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels. She routinely lectures on specialized executive level courses on impact and responsible investment; and has been a member of the jury in several impact and responsible investment awards both for investors and entrepreneurs worldwide.
María Laura has published several papers related to responsible and impact investment in specialised media, developed the Impact Measurement guide for Sustainable Entrepreneurs for the Argentina Ministry the Environment (2019) and has written among others one of the chapters in the Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment and the Cambridge Handbook of Institutional Investment and Fiduciary Duty published in 2015.