Ethica's Focus

Across its engagements and investment positions, Ethica focuses its work on industries and companies looking to make a positive impact on the world, regardless of how large or how small.

Underlying Ethica’s principles is a desire to deliver sustainable strategies that ensure all people, regardless of their economic means, have access to quality care and equal opportunity.

Ethica has experience across various sectors of commerce and philanthropy.  Its team members have held several Senior Management and Board of Director positions and worked with some of the world’s largest family groups, global investment banking/private equity platforms, NGOs and public/private endowments. 

Ethica's Founder & Advisory Board

Tamer N. Makary
Founder

  • Tamer is a sector agnostic, accomplished strategy advisor and social advocate, with extensive emerging market experience. He is committed to evolving donor dependent programs and advancing standalone socially sustainable business models.

  • He has held several Senior Management and Board of Director positions and worked with some of the world’s largest family groups, global investment banking/private equity platforms, NGOs and Family Endowments. He has long served to deliver sustainable strategies that ensure all people, regardless of their economic means, have access to quality care and equal opportunity.

  • In 2018, Tamer was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader as an acknowledgement of his passionate focus on the growing intersection between the worlds of commerce and philanthropy.

  • In his earlier years, as an investment banker, Tamer successfully advised a number of blue-chip families, multi-national corporations and financial sponsor groups on developing and implementing their global strategic acquisition and financing plans. Of particular relevance, was his focus on originating and executing a number of cross border mid-market transactions, across major frontier and emerging markets.

  • Tamer current serves on the Board of Trustees of the Samuel S Fels Foundation, a private independent foundation with a commitment to improving conditions and opportunities for marginalized communities within the City of Philadelphia.

  • He also serves as Vice President of Fundraising, at the Africa Eye Foundation, a Geneva based NGO. The Africa Eye Foundation was created to promote better eyesight and source, train and build local capacity, through the establishment of a network of nonprofit subspecialty eye hospitals (the first of which, in Cameroon), across Sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Tamer acts as a Board Advisor to Impact4All.org, a platform designed to host a multi-level, universally accessible tender, transaction and e-commerce facility (I4A.exchange), built for all participants within the ecosystem of renewable energy and resource management investments.

  • He graduated in 2001, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & History, from Columbia University.

 

Alexandra Franzos
Associate

  • Alexandra brings 15+ years of global project management, administrative, operational and execution experience, where she has continued to develop and refine her communication, organization, research and supervisory skill set, within the wider investment banking, corporate & entrepreneurial sectors.  Over the span of her career, she has worked in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and more recently, the United States advising and supporting leading multi-nationals, Universities, NGOs and High Net Worth Individuals. 

  • Much to do with her calm disposition, a methodical approach and equipped with an uncanny ability to rally and inspire a diverse set of resources around finding a collective solution, Alexandra is never fearful of jumping headfirst into complex problems.

  • To date, she has - and continues to - contribute to the establishment and operations of Sub-Saharan Africa’s first ever non-for-profit sub-specialty eye hospital (based out of Cameroon), focusing on stakeholder management, reporting and governance.  She also currently spearheads an effort to deliver affordable eye care services to Indonesia’s most marginalized communities.  Alexandra currently and actively supports a number of other existing and new landmark projects in key emerging markets, across the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.

  • She prides herself on growing and preserving long term relationships and is driven by a selfless desire to serve.  Her deep-rooted passion for humanity and sustainable impact underlies her tireless dedication to building social enterprises, which cradle the nexus of commerce and philanthropy. 

 

Djimon Hounsou
Advisor - Entertainment & Communication

  • Djimon is a two-time Academy Award-nominated actor for his work in Ed Zwick’s Blood Diamond and Jim Sheridan’s In America.

  • In 2017, Hounsou appears as Bedivere in Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword, stars as Denver in Michael Carney’s Same Kind Of Different As Me and is currently voicing Sumo in Blazing Samurai, an Open Road Films’ animated comedy feature.

  • Hounsou is producing and developing a slate of feature films and documentaries via his company Fanaticus Entertainment. Through Fanaticus and Djimon’s role with Ethica, Hounsou has a clear commitment to bettering Africa by using his accumulated knowledge, influence and storytelling ability. Fanaticus recently released their first documentary In Search Of Voodoo about the traditions that define West Africa, the Continent, and the African Diaspora (Cuba, Brazil, Haiti, Argentina, U.S., etc.). The film shows how this way of life has been misrepresented and diabolized in Western culture.

  • In 2006, Hounsou received an NAACP Image Award, a National Board of Review citation and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for his role as a forced laborer who discovers a rare gem in BLOOD DIAMOND, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. For his performance as an artist afflicted with AIDS in IN AMERICA, Hounsou garnered an Independent Spirit Award, was named 2004’s ShoWest Supporting Actor of the Year and shared an ensemble SAG Award nomination.

  • Born in Benin, West Africa, Hounsou moved to Paris at the age of 13 to pursue a Western education. As an adult, he was discovered by fashion designer Thierry Mugler and subsequently modeled for and appeared in several iconic music videos for legendary photographer Herb Ritts and director David Fincher. Small film roles followed before Hounsou’s breakthrough performance as Cinque, the African who leads an uprising to regain his freedom in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad (1997). Hounsou earned a Golden Globe nomination and a NAACP Image Award for the part. He later shared a SAG Award nomination as a member of the cast of Ridley Scott’s Academy Award-winning Best Picture Gladiator.