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Silvia Bastante

Managing Director, Co-Impact


Silvia Bastante de Unverhau is a global philanthropy expert and senior advisor, with close to 20 years of experience working across the business, non-profit, international development and government sectors. Silvia works with Co-Impact as Managing Director focusing on partnerships and strategy.
She is the former Global Head of Philanthropy Advisory at UBS where she led an award winning team of specialists helping wealthy families realize their philanthropic aspirations. Her advice encompasses the full spectrum - from developing philanthropic strategies, scaling up successful models, to maximizing impact, and covers further areas such as impact investing. In that role, she created and developed the largest community of billionaire and UHNW philanthropists and social impact investors, the Global Philanthropists Community, with over 400 members worldwide.
Prior to joining UBS, she was an Associate Partner at the global strategy consulting firm Monitor Group where she worked with national leaders, business executives and social entrepreneurs on social change and strategy. At the beginning of her career, Silvia held management roles at the Organization of American States in Washington DC, the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London, and the Office of the President of Peru.
Silvia serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zurich. She also serves on the Board of the I AM WATER Ocean Conservation Foundation, a global organization fostering ocean conservation through human experience both as a non-profit and social mission business.
Silvia graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science with a B.Sc Government and Economics and holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. Silvia brings a unique and global perspective to her work. Originally from Lima, Peru, she has visited and worked in over 70 countries across five continents.

Regional Focus

Central and Southern Asia, South America, Southeast Asia, Central America, Middle East and North Africa, West and Central Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa