Anna has worked in the non-profit area for 10 years, with a long-term specialization in major gifts. In Australia she raised money for the environment, and for international water and sanitation projects. At UNICEF in Geneva she worked globally to build capacity in major donor fundraising and has been directly involved in raising more than $20m in pledges for UNICEF. Alongside this, she recently completed a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development, fuelled by an interest in human behaviour and a blithe disregard for sleep.
With a background as a book publisher, Anna also has a strong grasp on marketable narrative, creating a vision and how to deal with tense negotiations — all useful skills for a major donor fundraiser. Anna is currently based in Bangkok as UNICEF’s regional partnerships specialist, working across the Asia-Pacific region.
Arfat is a passionate fundraiser and a social enterprise development professional with 25 years of experience working with nonprofits on the sustainability and institutionalization of giving. He has been a professional fundraiser since 1995 and started his own consultancy in 2002, which is considered a pioneer in fundraising models. He helped the paradigm shift in the thinking and giving pattern in his country, which is considered one of the most active philanthropic countries in Asia.
To date, more than 40 organisations that change lives have had transformational impact through his expertise. He addressed each organisation’s immediate funding needs through the use of fundraising “best practices” and proactive strategic counsel. His past and current partners include some of the largest and oldest medical institutions in Asia.
Arfat has been an active contributor in different social enterprise forums including Harvard, Oxford, Stanford and the Lahore University of Management Sciences Pakistan. His latest venture in this chain of transformation was the establishment and heading of the Resource Development Department at the Karachi School for Business & Leadership (KSBL) – an affiliation of University of Cambridge, London – where he served as director of resource mobilisation.
Arfat devised and implemented an innovative fundraising model that has generated millions in much needed funds helping thousands of deserving people. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences and hopes to create a much larger impact with his model for other Third world countries.
Beth is an internationally recognised thought leader in networks, social media, data, and nonprofit leadership. She has more than 35 years working in the non-profit sector in capacity building and has facilitated trainings for non-profits on every continent in the world (except Antarctica). She is an in-demand keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. Named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of BusinessWeek’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media,” Beth was visiting scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation from 2009 to 2013, and is adjunct professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Education. Her past and current clients include Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Gates Foundation, Brainerd Foundation, Knight Foundation, Knight Digital Media Center, Edutopia, HHS, and others. She is the author of the award-winning “Networked Nonprofit” books and published the “The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Impact without Burnout.” She’s also the author of the Beth’s Blog, one of the longest-running nonprofit blogs in the US.
With a degree in Systems Engineering and a 30-year track record in strategy and communications, Bill has a developed unique perspective on transformational change. He was an engineer at IBM when the personal computer was introduced to the world, and regional director of a global internet company at the dawn of the “connection” revolution. Today he helps organizations—from UNICEF to Project HOPE, from The Oprah Winfrey Foundations to The World Food Programme transform their approach to strategic decision-making, communications, and fundraising. Bill’s commitment to social impact is deeply rooted his experience growing up in the developing world.
Borie is a young, enthusiastic fundraiser working with and for people she likes, and causes she admires. Starting out as a fundraiser working for World Vision and UNHCR, she now runs the Korean office of DTV Group, an international fundraising direct response TV (DRTV) and film agency. She loves helping good causes raise money cost effectively.
Over the last five years, Borie has set up and launched a multimillion dollar (DRTV) programme at UNHCR and a small-scale but extremely successful programme at Concern as an insider. She has also helped WWF, Oxfam and Amnesty successfully launch and expand their DRTV programmes at DTV Korea.
She works for charities with various beautiful causes, and works with the best performing call centre and media agencies.
Courtney is a global connector and social entrepreneur focused on accelerating ecosystems, social innovation and applied design thinking through her work as a consultant and educator. She’s lived in Central and South America, the US and Southern Africa, yet for the past five years she’s been Asia-based working in the social impact sector as a university lecturer and the co-founder of DSIL. She is a current Vital Voices Fellow, faculty member at the Thammasat University Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship Program, the Amsterdam-based THNK School of Creative Leadership for in-company programs and she volunteers her time as an advisory board member to the Frontier Innovators DFAT program. Since 2016 she has also worked with the MIT International Development Design Summits, by co-leading in the Colombia, Thailand and Australia programs. From 2006-2014 she also served on the Executive Committee of the of the Swiss-based NGO, World Alliance of YMCAs as a global representative of the North America region. Previous to co-founding a US social enterprise dedicated to creating a hub for closed loop systems and sustainability entrepreneurs, she worked with Ashoka’s Full Economic Citizenship initiative in Washington, D.C.
Emily is Co-Owner and Director of Strategy & Analysis at Daryl Upsall & Associates, where she specialises in supporting non-profits from around the world with planning for international growth, new market entry and optimisation of global fundraising strategies. Her global view of fundraising comes from working on projects in over 30 markets across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, with both large international and smaller national organisations. Her prior experience was in international investment and expansion strategy planning with private-sector consultancies of Accenture and Deloitte.
Fiona loves fundraising. She’s been doing it for 18 years and is still smiling. As a fresh-faced twenty-something Fiona found her passion for fundraising on the phones and behind a database at WWF-Australia. Some 18 years later she is a mountain worshipping, animal lover who shows up to work every day as the Fundraising Strategy Director for Pareto Fundraising Australia & New Zealand. With hands on practical experience she is a most sought after strategic fundraising adviser, planner, mentor and consultant. Fiona brings to the party her love of data and the insights it provides to help drive the development of her speciality areas of donor acquisition, donor retention, regular giving, and integrated campaigns. As a speaker and trainer Fiona is enthusiastic and passionate. She draws on best practice methodologies, insights from leading the Pareto Benchmarking program (which analyses the giving behaviours of donors to over 100 charities each year) as well as her experience from working with hundreds of charities from across Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Europe and North America.
Godi is currently the regional individual giving manager of The Fred Hollows Foundation HK. She has an academic background in statistics, and a passion for contributing to community in fundraising and direct marketing. Godi has developed strong relationships with different NGOs, which allow her to keep up to date with industry trends. She specialises in applying her expertise and market knowledge to developing individual giving programs. She is also a board member for the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Hong Kong Chapter, the first Hong Kong scholar to attend the AFP Fundraising Conference in the US, and an active member of the Hong Kong Face-to-Face Alliance.
Hema has been working in fundraising, storytelling and content creation for seven years. She is as comfortable with a pen as she is with a camera. She will share the secrets of building stories from the ground up. Hema is a copywriter, has a background in film and television production with a focus in cinematography, and has worked on television programmes, documentaries and narrative films in her native Malaysia and in the United States. Prior to joining UNICEF’s Global Fundraising Engagement Team, Hema worked for UNICEF in Malaysia, the Philippines and Ethiopia, creating content that has been widely shared through global channels.
Jack has been a successful businessman since age 24. He retired at age 40 to become a social entrepreneur, and his journey found him acting as a champion for the dignity, rights and health of the vulnerable and poor worldwide.
Jack discovered that toilets were often neglected and grew concerned that the topic was often shrouded in embarrassment and apathy in Singapore — talking toilets was taboo! – and felt this led to the neglect of restrooms island wide. In 1998, he established the Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS) to raise the standards of public toilets in Singapore and around the world.
Through RAS, Jack’s vision was to put Singapore on the “world map” by taking the initiative to provide clean public toilets. As Jack began his work in Singapore, he realized there were other existing toilet associations operating in other countries. To create synergy among those associations, he founded the World Toilet Organisation (WTO) in 2001 and the World Toilet College (WTC) in 2005.
Jack’s work has garnered him many awards and honors: He was given the Singapore Green Plan Award by Singapore’s National Environment Agency (NEA) for his contribution to the environment in 2004, and named Time Magazine’s Hero of Environment in 2008. In 2006, Jack was invited to launch The German Toilet Organisation in Berlin, and he is a founding member of the American Restroom Association. In 2007, he became one of the key members to convene the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA), comprised of more than 130 organisations active in the sanitation sector. Jack is also an Ashoka Global Fellow and sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils (GAC) for Water Security and also the GAC for Social Entrepreneurship. He is also the founder of UN World Toilet Day (19 November).
Jason Noble leads corporate engagement for Crossroads Foundation and is president of Crossroads Global Village (US) Limited. Prior to Crossroads, Jason was an emerging market investor with a focus on Asia. He leverages his investment background to co-develop mutually beneficial relationships between companies and communities. Jason holds a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Arizona. He lives in Hong Kong with his wife and four boys
Fundraising is a passion and avocation for Jerry. He conceptualised and created THE JOY OF GIVING mission which has now inspired Giving Tuesdays, The Joy of Sharing, The Joy of Giving week and other giving initiatives around the world. Jerry also started the concept of Direct Giving Agencies in India and today through Direct Giving Agencies on India causes (including UN organisations like UNICEF and INGOs like Save The Children, Plan, Greenpeace, CRY, CONCERN) are raising over 1000 crores Indian Rupees ( USD 150 mn. approx) per annum. Jerry has worked as a Fundraising Consultant and Coach with several international NGOs like GreenPeace, ChildFund, Amnesty International, Plan International, Save The Children, AnimalAid, Aide et Accion, Medecins Sans Frontiers, The Leprosy Mission, Public Health Foundation of India, Hemophilia Federation and Grassroots NGOs like WOTR, Dalit Voluntary Association Foundation, Biswa, Deepalaya, BNVGN, Parivaar and several other small NGOs and CBOs across India. Besides producing and promoting EK ALAG MAUSAM the first Bollywood movie to mainstream the need of dignity of people living with HIV, Jerry also co-produced the first crowdfunded movie in the world , I AM that addressed 4 social issues single parenting, communal conflict, criminalisation of homosexuals and child sex abuse. Jerry comes with a lot of passion for fundraising and believes that Fundraisers are the most important cause ambassadors and deserve to be given their true space in the sun.
Jerry’s purpose in life is to enable each one of us to discover the hero in me, by inspiring you to unleash your infnite potential to change your life and in turn to change the world for the better. I change to change India and the world is Jerry’s simple mantra. Jerry is a internationally celebrated and much sought Leadership Coach, Management Consultant, Motivational / Inspirational Orator and Master Storyteller.
As a Life and Executive Coach Jerry has worked with several CEOs/CXOs, a few politicians and young parliamentarians and movie & sport stars. Jerry recently signed the biggest and most unique publishing deal in India for 12 crores with his bestselling Karma Kurry – Te hero in me book series and decided to give all the royalties to social causes. Jerry is also a firebrand crusader, champion for change, social activist, philanthropist, UN advisor and missionary entrepreneur who conceptualized and created huge global movements like The Joy of Giving, Right every Wrong, Karmaveer Global Awards, Swachh Bharat Mission and REX-not just talks , ideas for action- the first and wisdom sharing and culturetainment event. Jerry has enthralled audiences ranging from corporate executives to world leaders, teachers, parents, students and entrepreneurs around the world in conferences organized by the World Economic Forum, UN, Rotary International, World Aﬀairs Council, US Consulate and several Ivy league Institutes. Jerry is the first author who was signed up as a brand ambassador for several exclusive brands. Jerry is also the only Leadership Coach who is exclusively invited by the Armed Forces of India to be em-paneled as their visiting faculty and lecturer to coach officers in the Army, Navy , Air-force and other security bodies.
Jo Garner is the director of strategic grants and a founding member of Queensland’s first women’s giving circle, Women & Change. Strategic Grants works with non-profits across New Zealand and Australia to build effective grant seeking strategies and has worked on successful philanthropic grants and government tenders ranging from $5000 to $50M. Jo has been a professional fundraiser since 1994 and started providing professional grant services to charities in 2002. In 2017 she won the Arthur Venn Fundraiser of the Year Award. Over the years, Jo has identified key areas where non-profits need assistance and advice when establishing, reviewing and building an effective grants program. Jo is also a regular conference presenter on the grant-seeking process at conferences and facilitates regular workshops for individual charities as well as the sector at large.
Jonathan is leader, communicator and creative problem solver working at the intersection of social change and digital technologies. With a background in design and user experience, he enjoys bringing new and unexpected perspectives to bear on chronic poverty, inequality and social exclusion in Africa and South Asia. A collaborator who specialises in creating and facilitating partnerships in both the private and public sectors, he has contributed to projects that have launched in more than 40 countries and reached tens of millions of people.
Joseph has more than 23 years of experience in marketing, resource mobilization, program development and management, creative and innovative enterprise planning, training and capacity building, grassroots communication and implementing social development projects in various countries in the Asia Pacific region and Africa.
He is a promoter of corporate social responsibility and provides leadership for social enterprises and social businesses. As area director for development for the Asia Pacific region of Habitat for Humanity, Joseph facilitates strategies in the region to build the organisation’s resource base. He also extends his time to other NGOs as an honorary advisor on resource mobilization strategy development and training. Joseph is a graduate of the Asian Institute of Management, Manila, and the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
Jun Mo has been working as Country Manager at Concern Worldwide Korea since June 2015. South Korea office is the first Asian branch of 50 years old Irish humanitarian aid agency, Concern Worldwide. As the first country manager, he has set the whole organization from fundraising to donor journey. Prior to take up this current role in Concern Worldwide, he has dedicated his whole career for developing non-profit sector with expertise in strategy, management, and fundraising over 17 years. He has worked at various organizations such as international NGO (Habitat for Humanity Korea), international organization (International Vaccine Institute), universities, hospitals, foundations and NGOs. His keywords are international development, social change, global citizenship, and humor for all.
Kait Sheridan manages the community of Global Leaders and digital communications for #GivingTuesday. Kait first joined 92nd Street Y’s Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact team in 2013, where she worked on #GivingTuesday, the Social Good Summit, 92Y Fellowship programs, and other strategic initiatives. In 2016, Kait’s personal life took her to the UK and then Asia, where she continues to work on #GivingTuesday with a focus on expanding the Global Leader community. She has worked on a number of award-winning social media campaigns, leadership programs, and strategic initiatives with NGOs around the globe, and advises a number of startups and companies on their corporate CSR and fundraising programs. Kait currently lives in Hong Kong.
Dr. Piriyarangsan has been the national director of the Community Children Foundation Thailand since 2000. CCF Thailand provides assistance to over 95,000 children and its through sponsorship program helps 50,000 needy children in Thailand with support from both the Thai and international communities. Under Dr. Piriyarangsan’s leadership, CCF Thailand has gone from being dependent on funds from partners overseas to being largely funded by Thais. Today CCF Thailand raises over $US12 million through its local fundraising program, which is over 85 percent of the organisation’s funding. Dr. Piriyarangsan is also board secretary on the National Council for Child and Youth Development Under the Royal Patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.
Kathleen Kelly Janus is a social entrepreneur, author and lecturer at Stanford University. As an expert on philanthropy, millennial engagement and scaling early stage organizations, her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Tech Crunch and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is the co-founder of Spark, the largest network of millennial donors in the world. Based in the heart of the Silicon Valley, her bestselling book, Social Startup Success, features best practices for early stage nonprofit organizations based on a five-year research project interviewing hundreds of top-performing social entrepreneurs.
Katy is an experienced alternative educator, trained coach and well-versed practitioner who has had the great privilege of traveling the globe to serve all sectors to teach the process of Human-Centered Design (HCD) / design thinking. In everything she does, she intentionally encourages diverse groups to come together to collaborate in ways that can move them forward faster by listening deeper than ever before. In fact, she started a company around this.
For the last four years, Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership (DSIL) has been re-writing the possibility of new narratives for international development that have embedded stories of HCD coming alive in local contexts, focusing on Southeast Asia. Through HCD, individuals, teams and companies organically solve complex problems or create richer programs and products by including everyone, from donors to the people benefiting from the services.
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Liu Yan is an award-winning social entrepreneur who has been advocating the new way of working and learning since 2004. In 2016, Liu Yan cofounded School of Gumption with Jack Sim, aiming to develop youth and young professionals to drive change with heart and entrepreneurial dare. She established China’s first coworking center Xindanwei listed by Fastcompany as “The World’s Top 10 most innovative company in China”. She was part of the founding team of Xinchejian, the pioneer of Asia’s maker movement. Liu Yan was also the cofounder and chief curator of China Australian Millennium Project (C.A.M.P), a unique 100-day incubator program designed to train, mentor and empower emerging young Australian and Chinese leaders and entrepreneurs. She is also an experienced design thinking facilitator and program designer.
Maitra has more than 12 years’ experiences in fundraising, and communications and management, and has successfully built and implemented fundraising programs for major domestic and international NGOs in Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam. She was the Fundraising Development Advisor for WWF Greater Mekong and Deputy Director of Fund Development and Communications for SOS Children’s Villages Asia. Currently, she works at Save the Children Indonesia as Fundraising, Marketing, and Communication Director.
With a mission to contribute to Indonesia’s resource mobilisation’s development, Maitra also co-founded FriendraisingID with three other professionals in fundraising and communication in 2015. Together they support local and international NGOs in developing fundraising, change management, and communication strategies.
Marco is an expert in peer-to-peer fundraising, bringing together a unique expertise and hands-on experience of digital fundraising, strategic insights, marketing and how to raise money from large numbers of people.
Before becoming an independent consultant, he worked for eight years at JustGiving, the leading P2P fundraising platform that has raised $4.5 billion for good causes in 164 countries. During that time he shaped the online fundraising of some of the world-leading digital fundraising campaigns such as Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and has helped to raise tens of millions for charities annually.
Marco is passionate about helping charities build capacity and take advantage of technological innovations to raise more money and reach more people.
He is a board member of The Resource Alliance and was the chair for the organisation’s Fundraising Online web conference.
Martin is one of Australia’s most respected fundraisers and presenters. Fascinated by why people do what they do, Martin has conducted more than 40 research studies into donor behaviour and helped over 100 not-for-profits to develop effective strategies driven by powerful insights.
Mary Lynn (ML) is an unapologetic fundraiser, communications professional and shameless idealist with more than 25 years of experience creating compelling and award-winning actionable content. She loves it when the good guys win. (Hint: You are the good guys.) As global fundraising engagement manager at UNICEF in Geneva, she helps shape the narrative for fundraisers and has led storytelling missions to at least 17 countries. Along with colleagues around the world, ML helped drive a central galvanizing moment for UNICEF on 20 November 20 2017 (World Children’s Day), with a story that resonated in 140 countries, was re-tweeted by the Pope and trended #2 on Twitter globally.
Michael has been a fundraiser for 30 years and has worked with hundreds of social impact and charitable organizations in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. He’s an expert in fundraising innovation and integrated fundraising – especially in the use of digital technologies and their effective integration with traditional and new fundraising methods. He had a hand in creating some of the first digital fundraising tools and campaigns in the late 1990s.
Michael is the author of “The Fund Raiser’s Guide to the Internet” and “The Nonprofit Guide to the Internet” and the editor of “Internet Strategies: Best Practices for Marketing” and “Direct Response Fund Raising: Mastering New Trends for Results.” He was a founding board member of the Washington-based e-Philanthropy Foundation, and the founding foundation chair for the first global charity online lottery, globelot.com. He has helped to found, and chair, the industry-leading Integrated Marketing Advisory Board, a collection of leading fundraising agencies and other related industry associations.
Michael is a current board member of the The Resource Alliance and was the first chair for the Resource Alliance’s Fundraising Online web conference.
Based in Singapore, Nikki is the CEO of SimplyGiving (www.simplygiving.com), Asia’s leading online giving website. Established in 2010, with offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong, SimplyGiving works with over 65,000 donors and fundraisers and 1,400 Charities, Social Enterprises and Individuals across 20 markets to maximise the ability to donate and fundraise for a cause you care about by combining the power of social media and technology
Nikki holds a Master’s of Science in International Business Economics, a Bachelors of Arts with Honours in Politics and International Economics and a Diploma in Financial Planning.
An accomplished public speaker at events across Asia Pacific and in Europe, Nikki is a Board Member for The International Churchill Society, a member of The United Nations Committee for Women – Singapore, a member of and speaker for The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN) and a speaker and member of RSM Woman on Boards Network.
As the Executive Director, Payal ensures The Resource Alliance India is sharply focused on delivering relevant, high-quality services to the non-profit sector. Payal has a deep appreciation of innovative social change models, having worked in India’s dynamic social entrepreneurship sector for over a decade. She has held senior-level positions including serving as Executive Director at the National Association of Social Enterprises, India (NASE) and Director – Social Entrepreneurship at the Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation. Payal has a Master’s degree in communications and many films to her credit. Passionate about telling stories of human endeavour, her films have dealt with issues around social change and community development.
Pushpa founded GuideStar India (www.guidestarindia.org) in 2009, after 18 years of scaling innovative organisations, including a decade of experience in the financial services sector. She works tirelessly with NGOs to embrace transparency and enhance their capacity to access philanthropic resources. Having vetted more than 6,000 NGOs, Pushpa brings rare insights into India’s complex and diverse NGO sector. Pushpa has conducted numerous multilingual NGO workshops across India, explaining in simple and practical terms the why, what and how of legal compliance and financial transparency. She advised the Charity Commissioner of Maharashtra for digitisation and online administration of charities. Earlier, Pushpa was the COO of GiveIndia, supporting the scaling up of NGOs on India’s first online giving portal. Pushpa is on the Advisory Council of GuideStar US and CII’s Advisory Group & Task Force for its india@75 initiative, Probono Unplugged. She is an MBA Gold Medalist and a Senior Global Fellow of the Synergos Institute, NY.
Reem is a graduate of the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a BA in journalism & mass communication (minor in psychology) and an MA in journalism research & mass communication. She has more than 26 years work experience with NGOs and INGOs such as UNDP, The Help Center, AUC and UNHCR. She is a leading expert in fundraising in the Arab world and since 2015 in Southeast Asia.
In 2013, Reem joined the PSFR Unit of UNHCR as an advisor on Arab and Islamic philanthropy to the SEMEA manager, then joined the PSP MENA team before her current job as senior advisor on leadership giving – global strategic partnerships in the PSP Global team. She also manages PSP’s high-level titles and leads on several HNW and UHNWIs relationships in MENA and Asia.
Over the years, Reem has been involved in several think tanks that addressed poverty alleviation, gender equality, sustainable human development, equal opportunitie, and workshop and training delivery with governmental and private sector entities. Reem also implemented short-term contracts to support establishments ensure governance and include human development in their operational plan.
Roshan has spent his life questioning the status quo and has built a career around connecting global citizens to solve social problems across boundaries. He co-founded the Amani Institute, a new model of higher education that develops people who seek careers of meaning and impact, with these values in mind. The seeds of Amani were cultivated while Roshan worked with Ashoka for a decade, where he designed and launched five new programs and managed two other global projects. These included Ashoka’s Peace Initiative (supporting social entrepreneurs in conflict zones) and the Globalizer program (helping social entrepreneurs scale up their innovations).
Raised in Bangalore, India, Roshan has a master’s in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, a bachelor’s in international political economy from Davidson College (a degree he self-designed) and a certificate in creative leadership as one of the founding participants of The Amsterdam School for Creative Leadership. He has guest-lectured at over 20 universities in the United States and Europe, including Harvard, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins SAIS and HEC Business School Paris, and is currently a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council on Behavioral Science.
Roshan delivered the Commencement (graduation) speech at the University of San Diego in May 2015 and a TEDx talk at TEDxAmsterdamEd in April 2016. His writing has been published in Forbes, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, MIT’s Innovations Journal, India Today, as well as in the recent book, Dream of a Nation. Roshan has studied and worked on every continent (aside from Antarctica, where he hopes to travel next) and is a hopeless cricket junkie. He is the author of two books: Such a Lot of World, a novel, and Your Work Begins at No, a collection of essays on social impact education.
Rupali grew up in India on naval bases and considers herself a naval brat. At 20, she set off for the distant shores of Canada in pursuit of educational excellence in business and finance. Armed with a BBA (Trent University, liberal arts school) and an MBA (Carleton University, school for suits), she followed a traditional pathway of working in banking and finance, considering herself to be a serial banker. After nearly 12 years of a successful track record, she returned to India and suddenly found the world was quite literally her oyster.
She accidentally fell into major donor fundraising and has never looked back. Though like many a fundraiser there are days when she wonders what possessed her to move into this role. She enjoys setting up successful major donor fundraising verticals in organisations, especially in challenging markets and for contentious causes. In the recent years, being the busybody that she is, Rupali has started to dabble with organisational development and feels that major donor fundraisers can play a much bigger role.
In her spare time she loves experimenting with cuisines, travel with her husband and giving unsolicited fashion advice.
Samantha is the managing director and co-founder of Percolate Galactic, a global creative studio based in Jakarta, Indonesia. As Indonesia’s first B Corporation, Percolate Galactic is leading the way for socially responsible entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia while disrupting the status-quo in the advertising and marketing industry. With clients that span the globe, and work that’s been featured on six out of seven continents (they’re coming for you, Antarctica!), Samantha and her team of creative misfits are taking over the world one .GIF at a time.
Sania has been a development sector practitioner for the last 13 years, including as head of fundraising and corporate partnerships for WWF-Pakistan. She keeps exploring the science of fundraising in the Asia Pacific region with a keen eye on modern trends and tools of funds generation.
Sania strongly believes in engaging youth as the agents of change and cultivating them into future followers and donors. She is currently supervising international outreach and corporate affairs of a higher education development project of the Government of Pakistan. She provides consultation to many leading local NGOs on fundraising strategy.
Using traditional vehicles of fundraising in immensely innovative ways is her key to success, and that’s exactly why she remains keen to share her knowledge among fundraisers for the greater good.
Seri is is an aspiring social do-gooder and looking to harness the power of human creativity and play to ignite growth, innovation and social impact. Her journey with the School of Gumption is an ongoing part of her commitment to share, learn, grow and contribute to the social sector. She has been a branding person and a design thinker for the past 15+ years, she is also a LEGO Serious Playmaker/ Facilitator. Seri has been an active volunteer at Singapore Girls Home – a home for youth at risk and currently Muhammadiyah Welfare Home (Singapore) and work alongside the founder of Singapore’s first B Corp, Bettr Barista (2013) in building brand culture to around changing lives through coffee.
Serrie is a branding and communications professional for social change organisations. She was most recently the communications lead at the Li & Fung Foundation, the corporate foundation of Li & Fung and the Fung Group, where she was responsible for the strategy and execution of inspiring a culture of purpose in over internal 40,000 stakeholders. Previously, Serrie was the marketing communications manager at Mother’s Choice, a charity serving pregnant teenagers and children without families, where she spearheaded a major rebrand and led initiatives to position Mother’s Choice as the organisation of choice for clients and supporters, and thought leader in the sector. She also co-founded Synergy Social Ventures, a nonprofit supporting startup social ventures in Southeast Asia and China. Serrie is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper Community, a network of young people selected for their talent, potential and commitment to make a difference in their community.
Previously: Senior manager, communications, campaigns and events, Li & Fung Foundation; marketing and communications manager, Mother’s Choice.
With 30 years of experience in the sector and as a past chair of the Resource Alliance, Usha is a celebrated speaker, connector and consultant on non-profit management, fundraising and philanthropy. Usha is Founder of Usha Menon Management Consultancy, which works exclusively with social-purpose and government entities across Asia & the Pacific in the areas of governance, leadership and fundraising. Her multi-country client list include charities, arts/ health/ education organisations, think-tanks, UN entities, International NGOs, social enterprises, philanthropists, capability building organizations, amongst others. She has helped organisations to transform their income sources drastically expand, especially through individual giving, philanthropic and impact investments and corporate engagement. She brings a wealth of multi-country experience, expertise and insights on leadership, management and fundraising. Her blog, “Asian NonProfit Insights”, is read and translated across the globe.
With a background in finance and a foregrounding in genius. Varun is the founder and CEO of Asia’s largest crowdfunding website, Ketto. He was born and brought up in Mumbai and did his schooling in Jamnabai Narsee School and college in Narsee Monjee. Having always been interested in the financial sector, he went on to do a couple of financial programs that included chartered financial analyst (CFA) and financial risk management (FRM).
Varun volunteered extensively in the non-profit space while in college, having worked with . He worked NGOs such as The Akshara Foundation and Care India. He’s also an alumni of Dasra Social Impact, which gave him a deep understanding of the way NGOS work and the issues they face.
Recently, Varun was named top entrepreneur in Forbes Magazine’s 2017 30 under 30 issue.
Vikram is a highly driven fundraiser with over eight years of experience in senior roles in the fundraising industry, with expertise in donor acquisition through direct mail, telemarketing and F2F fundraising. Combining a data-led approach with highly developed leadership skills and a strong track record of growing income, Vikram also has been recognised in the industry as an expert in individual giving. He currently is the acquisition manager with The Fred Hollows Foundation and has worked with Australia for UNHCR, Amnesty International and Pareto Fundraising.
Vincent has over a decade of experience in Operations and Client Relationship Management and has assumed high level positions such as
Program Director and General Manager for private companies.
He has also implemented projects in collaboration with organizations such as DEG, ADB, GIZ, USAID and UNIDO, to name a few.
Wajiha has been a part of the development sector for 15 years as a communication and management strategist. She has a passion for storytelling that she used to bridge the gap between the non-profits partners she worked with and corporations wanting to do good.
As part of a pioneering social enterprise platform developing nonprofit fundraising models, she had the opportunity to work closely with non-profits in multiple causes. She has worked with multiple organisations all over Pakistan as a board member and advisor, innovating, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change. She has originated concepts for the needs of those who serve and those who deserve.
Wajiha is also the co-founder of a social enterprise dedicated to corporate social responsibility. She has worked with multiple national and international corporations, as well as foundations, by helping them create a wider impact. She has also written & read papers on social enterprise and the dynamics of corporate response to philanthropy at Oxford University, London in collaboration with London South Bank University. She is also part of a coalition of social enterprises working to train the upcoming generation of fundraisers, where she has worked with teams of five non-profits.
As a tech and business enthusiast, Wayne is always on the lookout for interesting innovations and strategies that serve to create, explore, optimise, bridge and share. Previously the co-founder of Techsailor, a digital company specialising in social, mobile and location-based (SoLoMo) solutions, he helped to run and grow the business until it was acquired by TO THE NEW Digital, where he continued to lead the marketing services division in Southeast Asia for another two years. Currently with Asia P3 Hub, Asia’s first multisector partnership incubator, Wayne is in the process of consolidating everything he has accumulated in the past decade, as well as exploring new possibilities.
As founder and CEO of With Intent, an international consumer marketing agency, Woodrow has a long history of building top consumer brands. Woodrow has helped companies and brands to define strategies, develop new business and expand their markets. In the non-profit sector he has conducted research and analysis of individual giving behaviours; engaged with thousands of charities regarding fundraising strategies and trends; and has engaged millions of donors on topics related to giving and volunteering through traditional and social media.
Pesh is a chartered accountant working in the UK with Crowe Clark Whitehill, which has been recognised by independent surveys as the leading provider of audit and related services to charities. He has been working in the UK for over 35 years, and he writes and lectures internationally on matters facing NGOs and Civil Society. He is an acknowledged expert in the field and a thought leader in areas of financial management, financial reporting, effective governance, strategy, risk management, and performance measurement.
Pesh is a past board member of the Institute of Risk Management and a special advisor to the Charity Finance Group, an umbrella body in the UK with more than 1,350 charities in membership, managing over £21.1 billion.