Who We Are

The ImpactAssets team brings several decades of experience in impact investing, innovative financial services, philanthropy and wealth management.

Karl “Charly” Kleissner, Ph.D.

Charly Kleissner is an impact investor. He believes that the deeper meaning of wealth is to make a positive contribution to humanity and the planet. He sees impact investing not as an intellectual exercise, but as an expression of who he really is. 

Dr. Kleissner co-founded KL Felicitas Foundation, Social-Impact International, the Central European Investment Ready Program, Hawai'i Investment Ready, as well as Toniic and the '100% Impact Network', global networks for impact investors. Dr. Kleissner serves as a full member of The Club of Rome, as Chairman of the Board at ImpactAssets, on the Board of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and on the Advisory Board of Chi Impact Capital, the Global Hub Company, Industree Foundation, SETup, the Katapult Fund, and the UNSIF High-Level Advisory Board

Dr. Kleissner has over twenty years of experience as a senior technology executive in Silicon Valley working for companies like NeXT and Ariba. Dr. Kleissner earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Vienna.

Dr. Kleissner has been featured in media outlets worldwide including The Sydney Morning Herald, Real Leaders, Tiroler Wirtschaft, Pioneers Post, Barron's Penta, Barron's, Private Equity International, Market Magazine, Trend, Forbes, The Economist, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Die Wirtschaft. View examples of recent speaking and media engagements here