Partner, Veris Wealth Partners
Anders Ferguson is a founding principal, Veris Wealth Partners, and leads the company’s strategy, marketing and business development. Veris is a social enterprise advisory and pioneer in impact investing, serving families and foundations who care as much about investment performance as using their wealth to positively impact society. Anders is a seasoned entrepreneur and financier building companies and non-profits across the broad sustainability sector since 1978.
In 2000, Anders went on retreat to a rural village on the border of Tibet and China where he witnessed firsthand the very serious environmental impacts of an ascending Chinese economy. All the good work of the small and medium-sized sustainable companies he advised were no match for what was occurring on a global scale. Anders knew he needed to engage Global 1000 business leaders in the next phase of his life’s work. With this in mind, he co-convened the Spirit in Business world conference and NGO that brought together executives and the Dalai Lama exploring the intersection of sustainability, leadership, mindfulness and business performance. It was the beginning of a journey that continues to this day.
He is a co-founder of the Dalai Lama Fellows and Chair of Friends of The Oberlin Project, Oberlin College, He advises The Democracy Collaborative and Evergreen Cooperatives initiative in Cleveland, OH, and served as a director of the National Cooperative Business Association and Foundation. Anders graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in History and Environmental Studies. He lives with his family in Leyden, MA.