Rod Schwartz

Rod Schwartz

Rod Schwartz

Founder and CEO, ClearlySo

Rod’s background in equity research, investment banking and venture capital makes him an unconventional but authoritative champion for impact investment. Joining Wall Street in 1980, he rose to become the number one ranked financial services analyst at PaineWebber and then held senior management posts at Lehman Brothers and Paribas, before founding the FinTtech venture capital firm Catalyst.

At Catalyst, Rod became passionate about innovative successful businesses that also make the world a better place. A pioneer in this impact investment marketplace since 1999, he launched ClearlySo in 2008 which raises investment for high-impact entrepreneurs and impact investment funds. Today ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank, and has helped more than 100 clients raise more than £108m in investment capital by leveraging its extensive network of high-net-worth individual and institutional investors.

Rod teaches impact investment at the Said Business School (Oxford) to MBAs and in the Executive Education programme and also lectures at other leading European institutions. He is a regular sector commentator and writer. Former Board Chair of Shelter, JustGiving and Spacehive, he has also sat on many boards. He holds an MBA and BA from the University of Rochester.