Empower Program for Social Entrepreneurship

Program History

 “Along with its partners, The Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University commits to prepare new generations of critical thinkers for effective and principled leadership, ready to act as global citizens in addressing the world's most pressing problems.”

Empower and the Clinton Global Initiative

The Empower Program for Social Entrepreneurship was launched in 2007 at the Clinton Global Initiative, and it is funded by a five-year grant awarded to the IGL by Angelos Metaxa (A’91) and Javier Macaya (A’91).  The two founders joined forces to establish a learning and practical experience platform to engage Tufts students in social entrepreneurship.

As a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment, the IGL’s commitment entrusted $250,000 over five years to its new Empower program, providing students with an educational platform to understand and to experience how social entrepreneurs are able to conceptualise and apply innovative management, organisational practices and financial tools to empower disadvantaged individuals and communities throughout the world. 

For more information about The Empower Program for Social Entrepreneurship as a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment click here.

Founding Sponsors

Javier Macaya is the founder and CEO of the New York- and London-based investment bank Athelera, LLC, which he established in January 2000. Throughout his career Mr. Macaya has represented clients in transactions valued over $20 billion, acting as financial advisor to many leading companies, entrepreneurs and family groups throughout the Americas and Europe in the telecommunications, consumer products, media, retail and financial services industries. Mr. Macaya's career in investment banking goes back to 1991, when he joined JP Morgan's investment banking group in New York. Prior to founding Athelera, he had been a co-founder, partner and managing director of Violy, Byorum & Partners LLC, a Latin American-focused investment bank based in New York. Prior to VB&P, he worked at James D. Wolfensohn Incorporated, where he was a founding member of the team responsible for building the firm's Latin Amercian investment banking practice. Mr. Macaya received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Quantitative Economics from Tufts University in 1991. He is a native of Spain and is married with three children. He is a director of Digitel S.A., Corporación GEO S.A. de C.V., MPG USA, MiCash Inc., and Fun & Basics S.A.

Angelos Metaxa is a Founding Partner of Capital Management Advisors Group ("CMA"). CMA oversees over US$ 2.3 billion in alternative investments, specializing in multi-manager hedge fund portfolios. CMA has made over 100 investments in hedge funds and actively monitors approximately 600 hedge funds. As of February 2006, CMA became a subsidiary of EFG International ("EFGI"). EFGI is a global private banking group offering private banking and asset management services, headquartered in Zurich and with assets under management over US$60 billion. Before leaving to found CMA in 1999, Mr. Metaxa ran a family office allocating assets to third party investment managers. In 1998, Mr Metaxa worked as a hedge fund analyst with Global Asset Management in London. From 1991 to 1997, Mr. Metaxa worked as a fixed income and foreign exchange trader with SBC Warburg in London and New York. He holds a BA in Economics from Tufts University.