Green Festival Speakers

R. Paul Herman


CEO + Founder Chief Investment Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Series 65 Investment Adviser Representative. Paul invented HIP (Human Impact + Profit) in 2004 to connect forprofit investments that delivered high human impact with investors seeking the same. Since then, Paul and the HIP team have launched and currently manage the HIP 100 Index (SM) portfolio (a sustainable substitute for the S;P 100); advise and manage the wealth of individuals, highnetworth families, and foundations; and also consult to corporate clients, like WalMart and NIKE, on how to be more HIP. In addition, the HIP Scorecard ratings and rankings have been featured in Fast Company magazine in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Paul's new book, The HIP Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World is published by John Wiley ; Sons, and was a top 20 business book bestseller in April 2010 for Inc. magazine / 800ceoRead.com.

Paul's financial expertise began with his Wharton School finance degree and work at McKinsey ; Co. developing incentive regulation for energy companies and regulators, as well as strategic improvements for Fortune 500 corporate clients and government. At eBay founder Pierre Omidyar's Network, Paul designed investment strategy that also enabled high human impact, including venturebacked growth companies. Paul's first pioneering venture reached 30,000 customers by creating a permissionbased online debit card and financial system for families, teens and kids, a $200 billion market including shopping, saving, investing and donating.

Paul's own HIP investing includes companies in microfinance, organic food, renewable energy, affordable health care, and B2B systems. Paul is an Investment Committee member of the Patient Capital fund, a member of Investors Circle, and an advisor to Net Impact.

Paul is also a peer expert for InterfaceRAISE, an adjunct professor teaching MBAs at Thammasat Business School in Bangkok, Thailand, and a visiting lecturer for MBAs, including the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco.