Reem has more than 20 years’ experience working in local, regional and international NGOs in the Middle East. She also has extensive experience in resource mobilisation and donor relations. Reem is currently conducting doctoral research on ‘applied social identity approach to sustainable charitable giving’ with special focus on the MENA region.
She 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. Reem works as a Global Senior Officer for Strategic Partnerships Development (Leadership Giving) at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She is based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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.
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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.
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.
Tharum is a communications specialist with proven media pitching skills and media outreach experience, as well as a strong record of placing high-impact stories in media, key regional newspapers, broadcast, and blogs. He’s a curious, tough, quick-witted, entrepreneurial individual. He creates and drives compelling narratives, campaigns, and announcements around clients’ businesses. He currently works at Kokitree, a Phnom Penh-based digital marketing company.
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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 Hallows Foundation and has worked with Australia for UNHCR, Amnesty International and Pareto Fundraising.
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.
Asha is chief innovation officer and director of the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y, which was recently named one of the 10 Most Innovative Nonprofits by Fast Company. She leads #GivingTuesday, the annual day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as well as a portfolio of global, digitally driven initiatives including 7 Days of Genius, the Social Good Summit, the Ben Franklin Circles, and the Women in Power Fellowship. She is the recipient of the 2015 Social Capital Hero Award, was named a 2016 Woman of Influence by New York Business Journals, and is a Forty over 40 Women to Watch honoree. Asha serves on the board of directors of TheGuardian.org, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing civil discourse and issues-driven journalism, and she is a non-resident Fellow at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Based in Singapore, Nikki is the CEO of Simply Giving, Asia’s leading online giving website. She is passionate about making fundraising easier through the community by combining the power of social media and technology to allow for anyone to become a powerful advocate for the causes they care about. Prior to Simply Giving, Nikki held several regional executive roles within market-leading tech organisations including managing director, Asia Pacific, for JustGiving the largest charitable fundraising platform in the world, and director of sales in Europe, Middle East and Africa for Expedia. An accomplished public speaker at events across Asia Pacific and in Europe, Nikki is an advisory panel member for The Resource Alliance; a member of The Singapore Committee for UN Women and The Asian Venture Philanthropy Network; a speaker and member of RSM Woman on Boards Network; a speaker and contributor to the Think Tank and Current Affairs forum – The Sydney Institute; and a member of Executive Woman of Australia and The Fundraising Institute of Australia.
Marco has 15 years’ experience working with charities, using digital technology to increase fundraising income and deliver effective online communications. These include flagship charity campaigns such as Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life event. He is passionate about helping charities to build capacity and take advantage of technological innovations.
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Godi is currently the regional individual giving manager of The Fred Hollows Foundation HK. His professional accomplishments include being:
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.
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.
Fiona is a committed fundraising strategist with a thorough understanding of the needs of fundraising organisations. Her flair for employing big-picture thinking without sacrificing the detail, combined with a high level of creative problem solving, sees her much sought after by her charity clients. With 15 years of experience in direct marketing and fundraising, Fiona has spent the past 11 years working with Pareto Fundraising’s charity partners, globally devising better ways to recruit and communicate with donors, with a focus on developing sustainable individual giving programs. Obsessed by uncovering insights and defining problems, Fiona always follows through by asking the right questions and working tenaciously to find the right answers. Her keen understanding of the donor audience and use of behavioural analytics informs all her strategic work. An enthusiastic and passionate presenter, she is great fun and totally committed to doing the best for her clients and their beneficiaries.
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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.
Right after finishing college, Roshan turned down a traditional job to work in the social sector. Ten years later, he co-founded Amani Institute to help others do the same all over the world – build lives and careers where they don’t have to choose between making a living and making an impact. The Amani Institute creates new ways of educating professionals interested in building careers of meaning and impact, with the right blend of knowledge, skills, experience and networks needed to be successful in their careers. Roshan firmly believes that as more and more people commit to working with purpose, we will solve our social problems, improve how business is done, and lead fulfilling lives.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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