The Max Stenbeck Charitable Trust honours the life and legacy of entrepreneur and philanthropist Max Stenbeck.
Max Stenbeck was a passionate believer in technology for good, as well as an advocate for equal opportunities and for the rights of vulnerable children. The Max Stenbeck Charitable Trust will continue to give back in his legacy.
Sophie StenbeckSophie Stenbeck is a Co-Founder and General Partner of Max Ventures. Max Ventures is an early stage venture fund that focuses on digital health, digital media and digital commerce. Sophie has been an avid impact investor, with a focus on sustaining and improving the environment, for the last 15 years. She has extensive experience investing globally. Earlier in her career, she worked in the media and political sectors both in Los Angeles and New York. Sophie sits on the board of directors of Penske Media Corporation, one of the world's leading publishing and media organizations with over 30 brands.
In addition, Sophie is a dedicated philanthropist through the Sophie Stenbeck Family Foundation, focusing on child rights, education and the fight against trafficking. She is a co-founding board member of the Swedish Queen’s World Childhood Foundation and the Chairman of the Stenbeck Stiftelse, a family foundation based in Sweden. Sophie co-founded the Child10 Awards that annually honor and support social entrepreneurs from around the world who fight the trafficking of children.She received a B.A. in English and American Literature from New York University and studied entrepreneurial finance under the guidance of UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Hugo has a lifelong commitment to ice hockey and has invested in several Swedish sport clubs over the years. Within his sport engagements Hugo has also initiated and run philanthropic ventures in aim to improve the conditions for youth in Sweden. Hugo is also board member of the Stenbeck Family Foundation since 2018.
Gregory de HayduA native of New York City, Gregory attended Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. During their first year, Gregory and Max were placed on the same floor of the freshman dorm where they became fast friends. They grew and cherished that friendship over many years of travel and adventure. Subsequently, Gregory earned a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Today, Gregory is Executive Vice President of Christine Valmy, Inc., where he oversees day-to-day operations including strategy and growth initiatives. Previously, Gregory was Vice President at York Capital Management, specializing in distressed credit investments for both corporate and sovereign opportunities. Prior to that, Gregory lived in Los Angeles working for Tennenbaum Capital Partners and for Rothschild, Inc. in the Restructuring Group in New York. Outside of work, Gregory enjoys reading and staying active, playing tennis, running and ice hockey.
Sara Damber is one of Sweden’s most prominent social entrepreneurs, a passionate change leader with experience from civil society, politics and business, and the founder of four different NGOs.
In 1997 Sara founded Friends, a Swedish NGO which has grown to become the largest organisation in Scandinavia working against bullying and discrimination in schools. A little more than 10 years later, she teamed up with international investment group Kinnevik to establish Reach for Change, an organization that provides support to social entrepreneurs across the world who fight to make life better for children. To date, Reach for Change has supported more than 1,000 social entrepreneurs in 18 countries across three continents.
In addition to her career as a social entrepreneur, Sara has led a number of management projects within Swedish government and public institutions on local, regional and national level. Sarah also published the book "En handelsresande i godhet", which explores the evolution of Swedish civil society and her personal journey within the sector.
Jay Hull is a Portfolio Manager for friends and family. He researches industries and public companies to find businesses with under-appreciated prospects. He lives in Beijing, China with his wife and two children. He grew up on Long Island, NY where he met Max.
Jay believes Max had a profound impact on his life. Max was Jay’s best friend, from early in life. Max encouraged Jay on his entrepreneurial endeavors. Jay eventually adopted, with his urging, Max’s enviable reading habit. Jay fondly remembers Max as a wise soul, high in empathy, who cared dearly for his family, friends, and young ones the world over.
Previously, Jay worked in private equity for a subsidiary of China Investment Corporation, China’s sovereign wealth fund. Prior to that, he was a Finance Manager focusing on financial planning and analysis (FP&A) and investor relations for China Hydroelectric Corporation, a NYSE-listed company. Prior to that, he founded Hull Research, a consulting business helping companies analyze their financial and operating performance, building financial models and helping with their business plans. Jay earned a BA in Economics from Colorado College.
Jay is passionate about entrepreneurship, lifetime learning, reading, health, and golf.