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.
 

Angelica Fuentes
Advisor - Retail, Gender Equality & LATAM

  • Angélica Fuentes is a Latin American businesswoman and impact investor who has committed her life to gender equality. She has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of Mexico’s most influential women, and by Refinery 29 as one of the 11 most influential women working for gender parity.
  • Ms. Fuentes was appointed CEO of Grupo Imperial in 1992 at the age of 29. She positioned the company as a top player in Northern Mexico’s energy sector. Under her leadership, Grupo Imperial’s nearly doubled its annual growth rate from 5% in 1992 to 9.5% in 2005.
  • Ms. Fuentes served as President of the Mexican Natural Gas Association from 1996 to 2000, and as President of the Business Energy Network of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Agreement (APEC) from 2002 to 2004. From 2007 to 2015, she served as CEO of Grupo Omnilife-Angelissima-Chivas. Under her leadership, the company became one of the top 100 corporations in Mexico.
  • She currently serves on Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership; is member of the Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council of UN Women; is a Global Advocate for the UN Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign; co-chairs the PVBLIC LATAM regional platform; is member of the Latin American Program Advisory Board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center; and is member of the Global Dignity's International Council of Advisors.
 

Michael H. Beedles
Advisor - Technology & Innovation

  • Mike has worked in the high tech industry for over 25 years. His expertise began with Operational Engineering experience developed while attending college and throughout his management career at United Parcel Service (UPS).
  • During the last 15 years, having focused on high tech international companies, across diversified industries and sectors, Mike has driven success through acquisitions involving Fortune 500 companies.
  • Mike draws on his experience in Logistics Engineering, Information Systems Engineering and Sales and Marketing to lead with innovation. He is most recently co-developing and launching futuristic technologies with Intel and SoftBank Robotics.
  • As a serial entrepreneur, with IPO experience, he is focused on major startup technology companies that have specialized in Information Technology services for various verticals.
  • Mike’s previous company was acquired by SATO Holdings Corporation, a public company traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, with a current market cap of ~US$1bn.
  • As a recognized Thought Leader in his industry, Mike has spoken on the subject of technology at MIT, Harvard, and most recently in May of 2017, launched the new “Pepper” Robot in partnership with SoftBank Robotics and Pillsbury Institute at Cornell University.
  • He majored in Automation Robotics and also completed Michigan State University’s ELI Broad graduate School of Management/Office of Executive Programs in Supply Chain. 
 

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.