William Kamkwamba was born August 5, 1987 in Dowa, Malawi, and grew up on his family farm in Masitala Village, Wimbe, two and half hours northeast of Malawi’s capital city. The second eldest of Trywell and Agnes Kamkwamba’s seven children, William has six sisters, Annie, Dorris, Rose, Aisha, Mayless, and Tiyamike.
William was educated at Wimbe Primary School, completing 8th grade and was then accepted to Kachokolo secondary school. Due to severe famine in 2001, his family lacked the funds to pay the $80 in annual school fees and William was forced to drop out of school a few months into his freshman year. For five years he was unable to go to school.
Starting at 14, rather than accept his fate, William started borrowing books from a small community lending library located at his former primary school. He borrowed an 8th grade American textbook, Using Energy, which depicted wind turbines on its cover. He decided to build a windmill to power his family’s home and obviate the need for kerosene, which provided only smoky, flickering, distant and expensive light after dark. First he built a prototype using a radio motor, then his initial 5-meter windmill out of a broken bicycle, tractor fan blade, old shock absorber, and blue gum trees. After hooking the windmill to a car battery for storage, William was able to power four light bulbs and charge neighbors’ mobile phones. This system was even equipped with homemade light switches and a circuit breaker made from nails, wire, and magnets. The windmill was later extended to 12 meters to better catch the wind above the trees. A third windmill pumped grey water for irrigation.
Subsequent projects have included clean water, malaria prevention, solar power and lighting for the six homes in his family compound; a deep water well with a solar powered pump for clean water, a drip irrigation system, and the outfitting of the village team Wimbe United with their first ever uniforms and shoes. Since receiving their sun and wind-themed uniforms, the team has been on a winning streak that has brought the village together with pride.
The windmill project drew many visitors from kilometers around, including Dr. Hartford Mchazime, Ph.D., the deputy director of the MTTA, the Malawian NGO responsible for the community library. Mchazime brought press, including The Malawi Daily Times, who wrote a long story. Soyapi Mumba and Mike McKay, engineers at Baobab Health Partnership in Malawi blogged about the article, and news of William’s inventions reached Emeka Okafor, program director for TEDGlobal, a prestigious gathering of thinkers and innovators. Okafor searched quite diligently to find William and invite him to the conference as a fellow. William’s presentation led to additional mentors, donors, and companies supporting his education and further projects.
William graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014 and started his tenure at Ideo.org as a Global Fellow. William’s time at Ideo focused on Human Centered Design and sent him around the world working on projects ranging from sanitation in India to gender-based violence prevention in Kenya. He is now working with WiderNet to develop appropriate technology curriculum that will allow people to bridge the gap between “knowing” and “doing”. WiderNet will distribute the content through eGranaries around Malawi and across the continent.
Adrian Sargeant is Executive Director of The Philanthropy Centre Ltd. He was formerly Director of the Institute for Sustainable Philanthropy and the first Hartsook Chair in Fundraising at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Adrian is also an adjunct Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Visiting Professor of Fundraising and Philanthropy at Avila University in the USA and the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Adrian was named to the prestigious Nonprofit Times Power and Influence List in 2010. He is passionate about growing philanthropy and heightening the quality of the donor experience.
Ailbhe is a long-time feminist and LGBT activist who has fought many political campaigns in Ireland. She played a central role in the victorious referendum campaign for lesbian and gay marriage equality in 2015. A veteran pro-choice campaigner, in 2013 she had co-founded the Coalition to Repeal the 8th Amendment – a broad civil society platform – to fight for the removal of the near-total ban on abortion inserted in the Irish Constitution in 1983. The Coalition went on to become one of the three pillars of ‘Together for Yes’ which led the national referendum campaign for repeal of the 8th amendment and the right to abortion in May 2018. The referendum was carried by a stunning 66.4% majority in one of the highest ever referendum turnouts in Ireland. ‘It was the most extraordinary moment of my life’ she says. Ailbhe was a senior academic at University College Dublin, where she was founding head of Women’s Studies. She has published widely on feminism, politics and culture.
Aiste has worked in the non-profit sector for almost 11 years, leading Management and Fundraising strategies. She is a pioneer of corporate and individual fundraising in Lithuania with a focus of donor experience. At this time, she is active Managing Director of Red Noses Clown Doctors in Lithuania, still passionate about opening new fundraising possibilities in Eastern Europe and bringing fundraising and management in the region to the next level of quality.
Ajay is an organisational development specialist passionate about supporting the growth and sustainability of civil society organisations globally to increase their social impact. With significant contributions in the social impact and public sectors he brings a breadth of experience to support the development of organisations in the areas of strategic planning and overhaul, income generation for sustainable growth, leadership development, and governance. The portfolio of his work has ranged from large international institutions to smaller community based organisations, supporting them to review and re-engineer their strategic interventions and maximise impact. At the Resource Alliance he leads on the delivery of the Emerge programme, which has to date built the fundraising capabilities of human and environmental rights organisations, including in Lebanon, Tanzania, China, USA, India, Switzerland, UK and Honduras. He has held non-executive director positions with national and international charities and with the UK’s National Health Service, and headed up a charitable foundation that invests in training and developing healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Ali has been helping charities and campaigning organisations reach their goals and change the world for over a decade now. She specialises in creating strategies that build communities, make connections, and inspire people to take action. Right now, Ali leads the planning and strategy team at Open, a fundraising-focused creative agency in London, where she works with amazing charities to transform their fundraising programmes to meet the needs of the modern donor. Prior to joining Open, Ali worked at international agency Blue State Digital, where she created campaigns for clients from as wide ranging as the Labour UK Party, Lloyds Bank, and Google. She’s also worked in-house at Shelter, Tate, and English Heritage. Ali is wildly enthusiastic about the opportunity for the fundraising sector to engage with new generations in new ways, and desperately impatient for change to start happening – 2019 really is time for action.
Alice L. Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE is the founder of GoalBusters, providing hands-on, comprehensive fundraising leadership for small to medium sized nonprofit organizations. Alice has nearly 30 years of experience in the philanthropic sector, focusing on strategic and development planning, board development, annual giving, nonprofit operations and small shops.
Alyssa Sweetman specializes in strategy and execution of influencer and live-stream charity fundraising targeting millennials and Gen-Z. Many charities still rely on mailers or cold calls to engage their audience, but NGOs must evolve their strategy to target the new generation of digital consumers. Alyssa acts as the liaison to unite NGOs and live streaming content creators.
Atsuko has been fundraising internationally for over 10 years, with experience in Thailand, USA, and Japan. She is currently the COO and Head of Fundraising at Japan for UNHCR with programmes in digital, direct mail, telemarketing, face to face, middle donors, legacy, fundraising communication, and leadership giving with corporations, foundations, and major donors. Her expertise is focused on raising the life time value of donors through journey mapping and data analysis of donor development and stewardship. Previously, she also directed programmes on leadership giving, government-donor relations, and financial management. Her portfolio ranges from the establishment of small non-profit organisations in the US, to securing multi-year funding for local community-based organisations lead by migrants and refugees in Mae Sot, Thailand. With an academic background in International Relations and Intercultural Communication, her fundraising priorities include community empowerment, grassroots organising, and the delivering of local voices directly into the minds and hearts of contributing donors.
Beate runs fundraising agency b.bold out of Oslo, Norway. She’s a fundraising strategy allrounder, but particularly specialises in digital fundraising: non-profit web design, content strategy and social media, and she loves to share what she learns along the way. Before starting her own company, Beate headed digital fundraising at the Norwegian Cancer Society for six years. This is where she discovered that her big passion in life is a well-designed donation form.
Belina has served the NGO sector for the last decade and has been fortunate enough to gain her fundraising experience at three of South Africa’s oldest and largest NGO’s, first serving Youth at Risk in the capacity of the Head of Fundraising for Girls & Boys Town SA and then as the Senior Fund Developer for Child Welfare where she spent her time working for orphaned, vulnerable, abandoned and abused children. The empowerment of women is also a cause that is very close to her heart and her work there also enabled the essential service of an Economic Empowerment and Life Skills Centre for women in impoverished urban areas. She considers herself an advocate for the voiceless and believe that every living being has the right to a life free from suffering, cruelty and neglect.
Belinda began her work in the animal welfare sector 5 years ago as the Communications, Education and Resource Development Manager for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA. She believes that her work in the NGO sector enables her to contribute to the formation of human and social capital in South Africa and she sees her daily efforts as an investment in the future of South African families, communities and the economy. Belinda is a published poet, a qualified Internal Auditor, a WITS Business school graduate, has a partially completed BA degree in Criminology and most recently become a qualified “Alternative Parent”. Most importantly, she is both humbled and inspired by the overcomers of the world who have left her, a woman forever changed. She has seen the suffering and she can never look the other way again.
Begoña Laviña is a sociologist passionate about mass engagement for social and environmental causes. With 6 years’ experience in several Latin American counties, she’s convinced that data science is the key to any engagement strategy and that it is time to apply it to fundraising for non–profits.
Ben is the Head of New Corporate Partnerships at the NSPCC. He has spent over a decade in fundraising. In the last six years he has won several million pound partnerships for the NSPCC including some of the UK’s biggest charity partnerships like O2 Telefonica, Santander, Lidl, Morgan Stanley and many others. His career includes major giving, plus three years as a Fundraising Training Manager, over-seeing the learning of more than 300 fundraisers and delivering training programmes himself. He has repeatedly been voted one of the 50 most influential fundraisers in the UK and in the ‘top 25 under 35’. Today Ben splits his time, either focusing on helping the NSPCC secure multi-million pound strategic partners or coaching, training and speaking to thousands of fundraisers.
Bernard is director of =mc, a management consultancy working worldwide for ethical organisations. He has written six award winning books on fundraising and social change. His most recent, with Omar Mahmoud, Head of Global Knowledge at UNICEF International, is Change for Good: Behavioural Economics for a Better World. He has advised many of the world’s leading INGOs on strategy including UNICEF, UNHCR, IFRC, ICRC and MSF. Recently he’s raised money to refurbish France’s most famous monument, for a museum to house the world’s largest dinosaur in Argentina, and to save the last 800 great apes in Africa.
Brian Fitzgerald is founder and co-director with Tommy Crawford of Dancing Fox, a creative agency specialising in mischief, magic, and mind-bombs for artists and activists, helping to craft transformational stories for a more beautiful world. He spent 35 years with Greenpeace in roles as varied as deckhand and canvasser to hot air balloon pilot and communications director. His resume proudly lists arrest for US Federal trespass at ground zero of a nuclear weapons test. He pioneered digital campaigning at Greenpeace International, and collaborated in campaign and communications strategies that shifted the environmental practices of governments, corporations and entire sectors.
Brian is CEO of Bloomfield Health Services in Ireland, a mental health charity since 1812. Specialising in psychiatric services to people with severe and enduring mental health conditions and in neuro-psychiatric services to people with neuro-degenerative diseases, including specialist Alzheimers services and Ireland’s only dedicated Huntington’s disease unit. Brian is the former CEO of Pieta House, the centres for the prevention of suicide & self-harm and bereavement support. Perhaps best known for bringing Darkness Into Light from an Irish fundraising event, to a global movement for suicide prevention, Brian won the Irish Marketer of the year award for 2017 for his leadership of Darkness Into Light across the globe. Brian has significant international experience, having worked as Director of Children’s Services with Rainbow Project International in the Republic of Zambia and as the founding Executive Director of Depaul in the USA.
As principal and sole practitioner for Structured Empathy, Brian provides training and consulting services for donor and customer experience design, beginning with journey mapping. He is a twin-degree professional engineer based in Toronto, but happily travels globally.
From 2010 to 2017 at Oracle, he introduced thousands of people to customer experience design using journey mapping for B2C & B2B customers, employees, donors, volunteers, students, citizens, suppliers and partners. He has led 50+ multi-customer events and facilitated custom engagements for 100+ organisations including DuPont, McDonald’s, Bosch, Cisco, Citibank, CIBC, Sun Life, Air Canada, Fairmont Hotels, Indigo, and Pearson.
In 2013 Brian began adapting the methodology for supporting the not-for-profit sector, presenting at conferences in Orlando, Toronto, Montreal and New York, and culminating in being voted best new speaker at the 2015 International Fundraising Congress (IFC) in Amsterdam. This exposure led him to engage with the UNHCR and others.
In 2018 with Structured Empathy he has conducted engagements with the UN Refugee Agency (in Washington, London, Madrid, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Bonn, Rome, Beirut, Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo and Sydney), Save the Children (London), Resource Alliance (Amsterdam), World Animal Protection (Copenhagen), Allianz, Capital One, Inertia Engineering, CMHC, York Region, and the Geneva Centre for Autism.
Bryan has over 30 years‘ experience working in technology, marketing and fundraising, beginning as a software developer before spending many years as an agency Planning Director, and then heading-up Strategy & Consumer Insight at Cancer Research UK. In 2009 he set up his own strategy consultancy, Strategy Refresh, to help non-profits take a fresh approach to their strategic thinking. While his work is not all digital-focused, much of his time is spent helping organisations make more effective use of digital engagement in support of beneficiary programmes, communications, campaigning, and fundraising, as well as helping clients understand and investigate the real-world potential of emerging technologies.
He works with organisations all around the world including: Barnardo’s, Fundacja Akademia Organizacji Obywatelskich (Warsaw), International Committee of the Red Cross (Geneva), International Society of Nephrology (Brussels), Save The Children UK, Save The Children Italia, Shelter, Stroke Association, and UNICEF. A regular speaker at international conferences and in-house skillshare events, Bryan is also a visiting lecturer at Cass Business School, City of London University.
From being a conscientious objector in cold war Germany to driving the creation of the Civic Charter, Burkhard Gnärig has been a civil society activist and manager for over four decades. Burkhard has been CEO of terre des hommes Germany, Greenpeace Germany and Save the Children International. In 2007, Burkhard founded the International Civil Society Centre and has been its Executive Director until March 2018. Burkhard has been board chair or board member of organisations in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, India, Korea and Japan. In 2015 Burkhard published “The Hedgehog and the Beetle”, a book on disruption and innovation in the civil society sector. Today, Burkhard works for citizen participation and gender justice. He is the co-founder of FAIR SHARE of Women Leaders, a campaign launched on International Women’s Day 2019 aiming to increase the number of women leaders in civil society organisations. With his company TransformationLead Burkhard provides advice on transformational leadership, governance and management.
A fundraiser, researcher and specialist in philanthropy, Chris teaches fundraising at the University of Barcelona, consults on “major donors” with international NGOs and, as a day job, manages the philanthropists programme at Pallapupas, the Barcelona-based healthcare clown organisation. He is the author of three books on fundraising and philanthropy, including “How Philanthropy is Changing in Europe”, the 2017 book that tracks the dramatic changes in the ways that people of wealth give, and invest, in social purpose organisations. Chris works – day to day – with philanthropists, family offices and private bankers, helping them and their clients to develop new reasons for giving to Pallapupas, a mid-size NGO with just under €1m in income. His second year with the organisation (2018) saw an 80% increase in giving by ‘major donors’, with more than €350,000 raised from donors.
Craig loves helping charities improve their individual giving results. As MD of DonorVoice, Europe, he helps to deliver improved supporter experiences and donor satisfaction. He has been fundraising since 2000 at organisations including Sue Ryder and Amnesty International and has held a variety of senior positions. In 2017, he co-authored the critically acclaimed fundraising book, Donors for Life: A Practitioner’s Guide to Relationship Fundraising. In 2018, he successfully ran the first ever Individual Giving Mastery Course with renowned fundraising trainer Rob Woods. He is a trustee at Thames Hospice, Windsor and fundraising website SOFII. He is also on the advisory panel at Rogare and is treasurer of the Commission of the Donor Experience SIG at the Institute of Fundraising. Outside of work he is a foster carer, season-ticket holder at Everton, avid reader and occasional golfer and gardener.
Damian O’Broin leads Ask Direct, a fundraising and direct marketing agency based in Dublin. He helps charities understand, inspire and connect with their donors so that they can raise more money to do more great work. He’s passionate about doing fundraising better, treating donors better all with the goal of making the world better. He’s also been an activist and campaigner for decades. In his younger days he was Deputy President of the Union of Student in Ireland and he is a former Chair of Friends of the Earth Ireland. He can still be found knocking on doors around election time and will happily argue political theory and tactics into the small hours. He was a member of the Fundraising Strategy Group for Together for Yes – the campaign to repeal Ireland’s prohibition on abortion – and jointly led the fundraising for the Campaign to Re-Elect Michael D Higgins as President of Ireland in 2018.
Donna has 20 years’ experience in management, resource mobilisation and advocacy in multi-cultural NGOs and intergovernmental organisations. She is co-founder of em4, a Scotland-based social enterprise serving foundations and non-profit organisations to enable sustainable delivery of aligned missions through cutting-edge fundraising and leadership training. Donna’s focus has been on developing strategy and sustainability for business-driven and cause-driven organisations as an advocate for their top-priority issues to government, the European Union and the UN. For the past ten years, Donna has been dedicated to NGOs and social enterprises involved with human and environmental rights at FundsUp, her own consultancy. She has also actively volunteered for an NGO lobbying for policy and regulatory change at the UN as well as acting as a board member to a grassroots organisation developing autonomous subsistence programmes and youth education in Cambodia. Donna’s educational background is in languages, law and business. She shares her time between France and Switzerland.
Ellen is a Freelance Fundraising Strategist & (Open) Innovation Specialist with several years of experience in Innovation Management. She is a strong advocate for attracting supporters instead of donors, giving people the opportunity to support their charity of choice with other means like time, expertise, network or e.g. data. Or their creativity, making innovation a truly joined effort. Within and outside of the organization. For the last two years, she has been involved in the organization of the IFC Innovation Camp.
Emily has a heart for strategic partnerships that cross the norms into finding a better fusion between non-profit and for-profit partnerships. She is the founder of Reemi, a social enterprise creating sustainable products for women’s health in Asia and the Pacific. Prior to Reemi, Emily was the Communications and Fundraising Manager at Crossroads Foundation in Hong Kong. Hailing from New Zealand, Emily began her career by looking for fusion between charity and business. She founded a social enterprise, twoWORLDS – a fashion label for social good. Through fashion, she fell into the buying world and realised that the world needs more help than clothes. Moving to Hong Kong four years ago to join Crossroads Foundation, she has used her creative and analytical mind to help create change. Emily has also served as a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Hong Kong.
Based in São Paulo, Filipe holds a post grad diploma in Business Intelligence and is studying to get his Masters Degree in Information and Business Systems at Lisbon University. With a strong technological background gained during the early years of the internet, Filipe has spent the last 15 years adding a layer of intelligence and technology to the organizations he worked with, always driven by special attention to the cost–per–donor reduction and donor lifetime value improvements. Filipe worked with Amnesty International (FR at the Portuguese Section and Global Fundraising Advisor at AI´s International Secretariat), SOS Children Villages (FR Brazil) and, over the last two years, he has worked with Amnesty International Americas, Transparency International Brazil, Greenpeace (Brazil, Mexico and International) and ICRC, on innovation, growth hacking and machine learning/predictive analysis projects. Recently Filipe joined Trackmob as a partner a leading technology ecosystem for NGOs, with more than 150 clients within the region, offering CRM, Mobile, F2F, Payment Gateway and Digital Fundraising solutions to lead Data Intelligence and Innovation.
With 20 years’ experience in fundraising Fiona is an individual giving specialist working with fundraisers globally, helping them to devise and implement ways to improve the value of the relationships built with donors. From her time managing a supporter services team, through implementing acquisition and retention programs, to spearheading the largest charity benchmarking program in Australasia and heading strategy development in a specialist fundraising agency, Fiona has been all about turning charity objectives into insights-driven communications programmes. Supporters, strategy and results are her thing. What Fiona enjoys the most is developing fundraising programmes across channels and fundraising specialities. The silo is out, integration is in and donors are at the heart of every approach. Most recently Fiona has been working at a senior strategic levels developing strategic fundraising plans, conducting fundraising audits and developing new fundraising products. A session with Fiona results in new ideas, practical solutions and energy to implement. Fiona is an engaging and energetic communicator and regularly presents at conferences and training sessions.
Gavin is an experienced consultant and social researcher who has helped many Charities develop strategic approaches to fundraising communications and consumer led culture change. As a specialist in Branding, Innovation strategy, Consumer insights and new product development. His advice is based on a deep understanding of supporter insights generated from multiple market research projects. During a diverse career Gavin worked in various brand, communications and fundraising roles in the UK and Australian charity sectors; as well as developing charity licensing programs for markets in Europe, the US and Japan. However; Gavin’s most import achievement is that his two ‘Millennial’ sons still talk to him and don’t think he’s a complete idiot!
An internationally sought-after fundraising strategist and mentor on topics ranging from direct mail to fundraising to regulation of charities, Geoffrey Peters is known for his creative and insightful presentations to Boards of Directors, clients and conferences alike. He is a well-known expert on various types of fundraising and government regulation of non-profits and their fundraisers in the U.S. and Europe. Peters has consulted or worked in fundraising in more than 25 countries for over 40 years.
Guillermo has been marketing and fundraising nationally and internationally for more than 15 years. He has experience of delivering income expansion and mass customer/donor engagement for organizations such as Save the Children, Medecins Sans Frontieres, UNICEF, and others. He has extensive experience in direct marketing, international fundraising, donor acquisition, retention and cultivation, creative strategy, budgeting, analysis and research in nonprofit organizations. His goal is to help NGOs in developing countries such as Argentina, South Africa, Uruguay, Colombia, Mexico, etc to maximize their fundraising avenues via skills sharing, benchmarking and a test of new fundraising methods and techniques. Fundraising is Guillermo’s passion. He received his Non-Profit Management specialization from the Universidad of San Andres and he is IE-BROWN MBA candidate. He just finished with his MSc of Major Programme Management (MMPM) from Oxford University and he has a BA in International Relations from the Universidad del Salvador.
Jacqui is a campaigns and organisational leader, strategist and trainer with over a decade of experience working for social, economic and environmental justice. She cultivates collaborative, integrated and learning organisations that can win people-powered change in the modern era by ensuring that culture, systems, strategies and tactics are fit for purpose, effective and aligned. Over the past decade, she’s delivered this for civil society and economic organisations across the UK, and internationally in Germany and Tanzania.
She worked previously with organisations such as Compass, the RSA, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, has an MSci in International Development from the University of London. Currently, she is the Programmes Director at Mobilisation Lab, a Trustee for the Public Interest Research Centre (PIRC), and a member of the NEON Framing the Economy Network. Her first port of call is always to address the strategy and underlying approach of a campaign or organisation, followed by a rigorous delivery – enabling fast, adaptive and mission driven work that gets results. Because she’s interested in structural change, Jacqui works to build capacity and change that lasts beyond just individual campaigns or moments.
Jan empowers people and organisations to do good. Since 2001, he has been in the professional charity fundraising and NGO sector, starting his career as a volunteer in an orphanage in Guatemala. He was then trained to become a professional fundraiser and worked as Major Gift and Development Director in an international NGO. Jan is co-founder of the Major Giving Institute and supports the fundraising sector with engagements in national fundraising associations. He is also an author and video blogger. He likes getting and sharing new knowledge, especially in major giving, digital fundraising and fundraising basics/implementation. Participants of his keynotes and workshops like his enthusiasm, passion and highly motivational style of speaking, inspiring and interacting with people.
Jason has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years in both Canada and the UK following a background in business administration and marketing in the US commercial sector. His experience has enabled him to apply a detail–driven lens to creative and tactical individual, mid-level and tribute fundraising campaigns that have delivered significant results for a number of national health and education charities across Canada and in the UK. He loves the ever-changing challenge of fundraising through direct response channels and is passionate about the supporter experience and improving donor journeys. Jason serves as a committee member with AFP Toronto and has spoken at events and conferences in Canada and the United States.
Joe has worked in the UK voluntary sector for almost 20 years, leading transformational strategies in major giving that raise millions of pounds. He cut his fundraising teeth at Macmillan Cancer Support and recently returned to the charity to lead on its ambitious new philanthropy programme. Before his return to Macmillan, Joe led corporate, major donor, trusts, statutory, Lottery and European fundraising teams, growing their income to meet strategic need across the disability, environmental and children’s care sectors. He is passionate about leading and empowering teams to create the best experiences for donors and inspiring people to make a huge difference to the lives of others in need.
Johnty Gray is the Mass Engagement Director at WaterAid. He is responsible for building and developing relationships with individuals in the UK. Investing in and supporting other WaterAid members and country programmes around the world to engage with the public to become self-sustaining organisations are also key to his role.
Previously Johnty worked at ChildFund International as Director of International Fundraising, at WSPA (now WAP), as UK Regional Director, at Age UK, as Head of Fundraising Partnerships and at Save the Children he led the project to found a new organisation in Germany and the take-over of a Swiss charity and rebranding it to become Save the Children Switzerland.
Prior to moving to the charity sector 15 years ago, Johnty has had senior consumer and B2B marketing and sales roles in the telecom, soaps & toiletries and wallpaper industries; living and working in Germany, Dubai and UK.
Katharina is Head of Digital at WWF Norway. She has a degree in Journalism, and she has worked with communication for the environmental organization for nine years. Her main fields of expertise are web, newsletters and social media. Moreover, how to use these channels for successful fundraising! She has worked on huge awareness campaigns, like Earth Hour, and has contributed to building WWF as the largest E-NGO on social media in Norway.
Kaz is the Global Marketing Manager at Act for Peace – an Australia based international aid organisation supporting communities threated by conflict and disaster and the Co-Founder of the award-winning Ration Challenge, a campaign infused with brand new ways of raising funds and awareness specifically focused on the global refugee crisis. At its core – the Ration Challenge puts empathy into action and aims to use a simple proposition to ignite longer-term commitment of the public and greater understanding. After great success in Australia, the Ration Challenge has now launched in NZ, the USA and the UK, raising more than $10 million dollars for refugee programs and inspiring more than 70,000 people to take part. Kaz was named the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence in 2018, was the recipient of the Carolina Nyberg-Steiser Award, has won 7 Australian Fundraising Excellence Awards, was a finalist in the Global Impact Award for Social Change and has committed her next 20 years to continuing to ask traditional organisations to update their way of doing things so that we can finally transform the largest challenges of our time.
Kesheyl is passionately committed to getting results. At Blakely, she has spearheaded ground-breaking direct marketing campaigns, channeling her strengths in strategic business planning, data analytics and marketing towards acquiring thousands of new donors and raising millions of dollars for her clients. Under Kesheyl’s leadership, Blakely has produced integrated digital fundraising campaigns and pioneered innovative leadership giving and second gift strategies, all while consistently delivering outstanding customer service. As a former fundraising executive at a major teaching hospital, Kesheyl brings over 15 years of experience to her roles as President & CEO of Blakely and Senior Fundraiser with key clients.
Kishshana Palmer is a national speaker, trainer, and coach with a 17 year background in fundraising, marketing, and talent management. She’s a supernova on any stage and platforms due to her charismatic and candid delivery. It doesn’t matter if she’s speaking about philanthropy, living your most authentic life, or diversity, the energy she brings to the stage is always entertaining and edifying. Kishshana is an adjunct professor at Baruch College and Long Island University, Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer (CGT) and an AFP Master Trainer. When an organization wants to grow, find and retain people on their team, raise money, and more she is the philanthropic fairy godmother they have on speed dial. Her work isn’t limited to organizations, she also coaches social good professionals. Kishshana is a NYC girl and mother of one wonderful teenage daughter. Kishshana is the epitome of your classic 90’s Queens homegirl and quintessential corner office executive. She is your daily dose of Claire Huxtable with a side of Blanche Devereaux.
Lena has been involved in a range of social justice issues over the past 30+ years. While at University, she was very involved in women’s rights issues. Immediately after finishing her PhD in Chemical Engineering she became a campaigner for Greenpeace in her native Sweden, campaigning for a nuclear–free world, for protecting the ozone layer and for climate protection during the very early days of the movement. She’s lived in Australia, in the US and in the Netherlands and worked in almost every corner of the world.
She led Greenpeace International’s campaigns department between 2003 and 2009 before relocating back to Australia where she now lives just south of Sydney. In Australia she worked for ActionAid and also consulted for a range of organisations. Between 2012 and 2018 she was the chair of Greenpeace Australia Pacific. She is now the Global Director of Programmes for World Animal Protection overseeing the organisations campaigns and programme work. In her free time, she’s involved in a local wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organisation which means that she usually has a number of orphaned kangaroo joeys and baby possums at home to look after.
Lena is the Legacy Programme Manager at Amnesty International Netherlands, where she successfully set up and managed Amnesty Netherlands’ first legacy program, with an ambitious, multi-year legacy strategy. Next to that she worked with Amnesty Portugal, where she provided vision and direction in legacy fundraising and built a suitable legacy programme. Lena joined Amnesty International in 2013. Prior to this she worked in Germany and the Netherlands as a Marketing Manager, mainly in the cultural sector.
Lesley is a dynamic change maker and brings her (seemingly limitless) energy to re-imagining what fundraising could mean for charities and their supporters. She cares deeply about the needs of supporters and creating experiences that not only bring people closer to the causes they are passionate about but that also surprise and delight. Whether working at Breast Cancer Now, Good Innovation or the British Red Cross the passion to turn human insights and data analysis into amazing experiences has always been her jam and she has bags of tricks up her sleeve to help every fundraiser do the same. Outside of work, Lesley is a cycling coach and is often found at Herne Hill Velodrome going round and round in circles herself or coaching others.
Madeline Stanionis is a Partner at M+R, and has been raising money and organizing for 25 years, and figuring out kooky ways to do it for most of that time. She’s led internet strategies, written copy, launched campaigns, produced videos, raised money, schemed, planned, dreamed, and laughed with many organisations, including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, The Nation, Ocean Conservancy, Amnesty International USA, Mozilla Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, the Humane Society of the United States, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and CARE. Madeline is a frequent speaker and writer at fundraising, advocacy, and technology conferences and publications across the country, and is the author of The Mercifully Brief, Real World Guide to Raising Thousands (If Not Tens of Thousands) of Dollars with E-mail, published by Emerson and Church.
Manabu Nakayama is an Entrepreneur and a Fundraiser who helps charities raise funds, both online and offline, from acquisition to retention. Before starting his fundraising consultancy and agency, Valiosa Inc. the first of its kind in Japan in 2006, Manabu spent seven years as an international marketing professional at Sony corporation. He was a trainee at Sony South Africa, then an expatriate at Sony Argentina, and at Sony Canada, for a total of 4.5 years. After a successful career helping Sony grow its direct marketing business, he now manages 2 firms, Valiosa Inc. and Valiosa Marketing Inc., both of which help charities raise funds. Valiosa provides services in areas of one-to-one communication such as tele-fundraising and face-to-face, while Valiosa Marketing offers services in all other areas of fundraising including online fundraising, direct mail, bequest, survey. Manabu has strengths in strategy, fundraising communications, and copy writing.
Marjolein van de Paverd has been a fundraiser for over 15 years at Greenpeace and Stichting AAP. Since she started her own company, FC Marjolein, she helps NGO’s reaching their fundraising targets on strategic, creative and practical level and is actively involved in the Dutch movement ‘De Toekomst van Fondsenwerving‘ to create a #donorlove fundraising culture in the Netherlands. After this years’ successful first ever Innovation Bootcamp at the Dutch ‘Vakdag Fondsenwerving’ Marjolein and Ellen Janssens are teaming up again. Together with Nick Allen, Ellen Janssens and Gavin Coopey, Marjolein is co-creating this year’s Innovation Camp 2019.
Matt has spent over a decade at M+R working with clients to build advertising programs, break fundraising records, develop online campaigns, and enact real change. He’s worked with organizations like World Wildlife Fund, The UN Refugee Agency, The Nature Conservancy, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Oceana, and others. Matt frequently presents as an expert on digital advertising strategies for major non-profit marketing conferences, including the Direct Marketing Association Non-Profit Conference, the Non-profit Technology Conference, and the International Fundraising Conference.
Mike Johnston has been a fundraiser for 30+ years, and has worked with 100’s of social impact and charitable organizations in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. Mike is 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 was the founder of the leading, global consultancy, Hewitt and Johnston Consultants (www.hjcnewmedia.com) in 1992. He had a hand in creating some of the first digital fundraising tools and campaigns in the 1990’s. He is the author of two books: The Fund Raiser’s Guide to the Internet and The Nonprofit Guide to the Internet and the editor of two books: Internet Strategies: Best Practices for Marketing, and Direct Response Fund Raising: Mastering New Trends for Results. Mike is also a contributor to numerous books and magazines. Mike was a founding Board Member of the Washington-based e-Philanthropy Foundation, and was its first chair of its Education Committee. In addition, Michael was the founding Foundation Chair for the first global charity online
lottery, www.globelot.com. He has helped to found, and Chair, the industry leading Integrated Marketing Advisory Board, www.imabgroup.net – a collection of leading fundraising agencies and other related industry associations. He is a current board member of the global fundraising capacity building nonprofit, The Resource Alliance and was the first Chair for the Resource Alliance’s Fundraising Online web conference.
Miranda joined the RSPCA in 2016 to set up the Innovation and Supporter Research function. She is responsible for setting and driving the Innovation strategy and for developing a balanced portfolio of innovation endeavours that will generate a pipeline of future income generating initiatives to support the RSPCA’s mission. Prior to joining the RSPCA, she gained extensive experience as Head of Direct Marketing at John Lewis and at some of London’s biggest advertising and direct response agencies. She has worked on strategic programmes for some of the UK’s best loved brands– BBC, Land Rover, Unilever & First Direct – to name a few. Miranda has also previously worked for The Aga Khan Foundation as Marketing and Events Manager. Miranda has an MA in Human Sciences from Oxford University.
Miren has more than 15 years of fundraising and high-value donor engagement experience, with particular success in strategic planning to structure and implement comprehensive development efforts, including developing major gift, annual giving and planned giving programs, along with business intelligence, high-level special events, capital campaigns, and board development.
As Global Partnership and Philanthropy Officer in UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, she provides on-site fundraising counsel and campaign management services to a network of fundraising offices across the world. Her current project is a $25 million capital campaign to support and scale UNHCR’s shelter work. Miren holds an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a BA in International Affairs & Economics from The George Washington University.
Nathan is a leading figure in the nonprofit industry and currently serves as Associate Vice President of Prospect Development at City of Hope, one of the nation’s top National Cancer Institutes. Previously, he spent over 11 years in various roles at Stanford University, including 7 years as Director of Data Analytics and Prospect Research for the Children’s Hospital. In addition, Nathan is a sought-after speaker in management philosophy, business intelligence and artificial intelligence. He is a scholar of philosophical systems with an emphasis on applying philosophy and technology to create a more socially just society. He coined the term “Precision Philanthropy” to refer to a future-state, cybernetic structure, that utilizes artificial intelligence technologies to dramatically enhance efficiency in the nonprofit sector. Nathan is the author of Precision Prospect Development. He currently serves on the Artificial Intelligence in Advancement Advisory Council.
Nick Allen helps NGOs harness the power of the internet and mobile to raise money, raise their voices, and build relationships. For the last 15 years, he has helped major international and USA organisations including CARE USA, Amnesty International, UNICEF, UNHCR, World Vision, the Humane Society of the United States, and Habitat for Humanity build large online programmes.
Nick was founder and CEO of Donordigital, one of the leading U.S. online fundraising agencies, as well as Alma Global based in Barcelona.
He is currently director of Nuevo Fundraising in San Francisco, whose clients include the Humane Society of the United States, UNAIDS, Ceres Project, and other leading NGOs.
Nick has been a digital marketer for 20 years and has worked in a crazy diverse range of sectors – from the music industry where he helped bands like Franz Ferdinand, Muse, The Killers and Keane build communities of fans using online tools and websites like MySpace to the charity space where he has been involved in strategies that have generated well over $1 billion in online donations with brands like Christian Aid, UNICEF, WWF and Greenpeace.
Nick launched and sold a social network in the music industry in 2003-2005 and ever since has been an advocate of social media for fundraising – especially Facebook.
In 2017 he set up a Mastermind programme dedicated to helping Non-profit Organizations build a sustainable digital fundraising programme using Facebook’s tools. In the past six months this “done with you” accelerator programme has helped over 40 Non-profit clients from over 25 countries scale their Facebook fundraising – including Save the Children, UNICEF Oxfam, Greenpeace, Care International, IRC and more.
Over the course of a 12-year fundraising career Nick has been directly involved in raising over £28m and has worked in a range of roles including Corporate Partnerships, Challenge Events, Community Events and Face-to-Face. Since joining War Child in 2015, the Video Games industry has been highlighted as an area of strategic growth Nick has overseen the scale up of the Gaming Partnerships division to become a £1m team, with several activations including Armistice, an award-winning campaign asking developers to pacify their games. Nick is now seeking to adapt some of the business practices that have been successfully employed by the War Child Gaming Partnerships team to engage with other commercial sectors.
Nikki Bell MinstF (Cert) is an award-winning relationship fundraiser, #SocialCEOs Rising Star winner and international speaker from the north east of England. With a certificate in fundraising and over eight years’ experience in the charity sector, Nikki has worked with community, individual giving, telephone, F2F and corporate fundraising teams for charities large and small; responsible for growing and leading fundraising teams, developing strategies, and raising money through innovation and strong relationships with supporters and stakeholders. Having recently worked with the British Heart Foundation leading fundraising for the North East of England, and implementing self-shot video as a powerful and effective fundraising and engagement tool, Nikki now works as a consultant and trainer with KEDA Consulting. With a passion for supporting and celebrating brilliant fundraising, Nikki sits on the Institute of Fundraising’s National Fundraising Convention board, is a Trustee for Mortal Fools, as well as organising the first ever North East of England Fundraising Conferences. She also blogs at www.charitynikki.com and tweets at @CharityNikki.
Pascal has been a fundraising manager, consultant, entrepreneur and executive director with a strong (direct) marketing and fundraising background. During almost 20 years he was in leading roles within INGO’s as well as for two fundraising agencies. Pascal grew and created income streams for a range of charities in the Netherlands, including Amnesty, Greenpeace and Ronald McDonald House Charities. An Executive Director of World Animal Protection since 2014, he has led the Dutch team through the global rebrand, an impactful reorganisation and a new strategic orientation. Balancing between functional interests, Dutch directness, English business standards and the cultural varieties of the Global South, Pascal has gained both great and ‘interesting’ experiences to share during the Integrated Campaigning Bootcamp masterclass at IFC 2019.
Rachel is a fundraising professional with over a decade of experience specialising in individual giving and supporter experience. She has worked at a variety of charities in the UK covering international development, medical causes and hospital charities. She is currently working well as a consultant strategist with US, Canadian and European charities on projects that raise income from individuals, improve supporter experience and donor retention. She was a commissioner for the Commission on Donor Experience in the UK, is an active regional committee member of IOF and is a regular speaker at conferences in the UK, Europe and North America on the subjects of supporter experience and implementing change. Passionate about change and improvement, she has spoken at a number of UK and international conferences sharing her experience and tips to help fundraisers at all levels drive change through not for profit organisations.
Raimonda is the Head of F2F project in Red Nose Clown Doctors in Lithuania and a Managing Director of Leadership and Business Development Center “Infinitas”. She has more than 15 years of experience in business and for the past three years is sharing her knowledge with non-profit organizations by helping them successfully implement fundraising projects and open new markets in Eastern Europe. But still her primary goal is to educate people about the importance of donations, to grow a new generation of donors who understand the importance of NGO activities.
Reem is a lead expert on global private philanthropy with professional experience exceeding 25 years in top donor/family foundations fundraising in the Arab region and more recently South East Asia. She has worked for UN humanitarian organizations as well as NGOs in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Her areas of expertise include top donor/family foundations cultivation and stewardship, mobilization of resources (funds, expertise, gifts in kind, etc.), planning of high-level events and field visits, devising of bespoke initiatives and capacity-building of potential top donor/family foundations fundraisers. Reem currently leads the Private Philanthropy global team at UNHCR. Together with the team, they deliver support, services and programmes to UNHCR private philanthropy fundraisers in 22 countries. Reem completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and has undertaken research work for the University in Exeter on Social Identity Theory (SIT) and its effect on Arab philanthropy. She is a recurring speaker at international conferences.
Rob (@woods_rob) is an award-winning trainer and the creator of the online training and inspiration resource www.brightspotmembersclub.co.uk. He is the author of several fundraising books including The Fundraiser Who Wanted More. His training company Bright Spot has helped more than 12,000 fundraisers. For ten years he has been a tutor for the IOF Academy in the UK and is an Adjunct Professor of Philanthropy for the University of Bologna in Italy. His clients include Medecins Sans Frontieres, Greenpeace, Save the Children and UNICEF.
Ruby works in the Fundraising Strategy Team at the British Red Cross enabling the organisation to adapt to changes in the policy environment for fundraising and the wider charity sector, managing fundraising ethics, and delivering research projects for fundraising teams. She is also a Trustee of menstrual equity charity Bloody Good Period. Previously, she worked at Amnesty International UK managing and supporting strategic fundraising projects and at the MS Society to deliver a fundraising change programme and a £107m capital appeal. Ruby can’t help but bring her feminism to her work; she led a Women and Non-Binary Group at Amnesty and is a founding member of the Gender Equality Network at the British Red Cross.
Saleem has spent more than 15 years working in the UK’s leading fundraising agencies, firstly at Bluefrog, then at Open and now at DTV. He has helped many charities build highly effective acquisition, retention and legacy programmes integrating both on and off line channels. Saleem joined DTV to develop and implement their digital offering, including web optimisation for DRTV, digital donor journey’s and using video effectively for fundraising. He is a passionate fundraiser and loves creative development and digital integration.
Sarah Ali is a digital strategist with almost a decade of experience organizing, fundraising, and campaigning for social change. She was a 2018/2019 Diversity and Inclusion Fellow with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a bottom-liner with Blueprints for Change. She works with grassroots community organisations and global non-profits looking to embark on digital transformation and design digital-first strategies for people-powered campaigning and fundraising. She has organised extensively in the grassroots progressive space, having formed women’s collectives, built anti-Islamophobia campaigns, and played a key role in University divestment movements.
Sarah’s passion towards volunteering and social community development led her to start a career in Corporate Social Responsibility at Tamer Group after graduating from Dar Al-Hekmah University with a Bachelor degree in Banking & Finance. As a Corporate Social Responsibility manager, Sarah works on introducing sustainable initiatives to serve the community and develop programmes of social responsibility through partnerships with public, private, and non-profit organisations. During her career, she worked closely with the Tamer family to establish Tamer Family Foundation which aims to continue the family’s philanthropic activities in a sustainable and strategic direction.
In her role as the fundraising content specialist with UNICEF HQ, Geneva, Shweta supports more than 50 offices in identifying, developing, curating and shaping content to connect, inspire and engage with individual supporters. Before moving to Geneva, she was with UNICEF in New Zealand and India. And before stepping into the beautiful exciting and challenging world of fundraising, she was working with advertising agencies like Ogilvy. If she could spend her life sitting in a cafe, drinking coffee and watching people, she would.
Simon has been working for the charity sector for over 20 years. He actually wanted to follow in David Attenborough’s footsteps and studied botany and zoology at university with the ultimate aim of being a conservationist. After just one winter studying squirrels in the snow, he decided an office job was more to his liking. Simon has stayed close to his personal passion by fundraising for a range of conservation and wildlife organisations. He started his career at The Wildlife Trusts – a UK conservation charity – before moving onto senior roles at world-leading organisations such as Kew Gardens and the Natural History Museum, leading campaigns for major capital projects including the Millennium Seed Bank and Darwin Centre. In a major change, Simon then made the move to UNICEF UK. Having no children and little experience of international development or children’s rights, it was a shock to the system and a massive learning curve. It was also an amazing experience, leading on private fundraising for the Glasgow2014 Commonwealth Games charity partnership. As a Senior Consultant at THINK Consulting Solutions, Simon supports charities large and small reach their goals. He specialises in high value fundraising and case for support work.
Simon Scriver is a professional fundraising consultant, coach, trainer, Board Member and practitioner. Simon has won Fundraising Ireland’s ‘Small Budget, Big Impact’ and ‘Supplier Of The Year’ Awards, as well as Eircom’s Start-up Award. He is a TEDx speaker and has previously won the Toastmasters UK & Ireland International Speech Contest. A board member of a small non-profit ‘Making Connections’, he also sits on the Advisory Panel of Rogare, the international fundraising think tank, and is a member of the AFP. Simon also offers consultancy to some of the biggest and smallest charities in Ireland and abroad. He offers advice and training to non- profits to make their fundraising more cost-effective, speaking regularly at international conferences and holds a Diploma in Fundraising and a Certificate in Fundraising.
After nine years in Individual Giving for NGOs in the UK, Sonya has spent the last decade starting and developing fundraising programmes all over the world, from Colombia to Taiwan via Ethiopia, for INGOS such as Save the Children, MSF and Amnesty International, as well as for smaller national organisations. To do this, Sonya has moved herself, and her family, all over the world. She has now returned to London and is based at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat where she heads up their global fundraising investments and support to new and existing markets. Sonya particularly likes the pace and the varied nature of international fundraising roles and loves working with national fundraisers from all over the globe. She also enjoys collaborating with peers from other INGOs to grow the overall giving potential of new markets. Sonya believes that starting a fundraising operation will galvanise any entity to dramatically improve their overall organisational strength. She is unashamedly fundraising focused!
Puff Story is the chief change-maker at 3 Sided Cube – a global app development agency with a mission to ‘Build tech for good’. Based in the UK the team help NGOs, brands and businesses to have an impact, change lives and solve big problems worldwide. Clients including The American Red Cross, Global Forest Watch, Save the Children and RSPB have benefited from Puff’s expertise in aiding in the adoption of disruptive technology to create change. Recent success includes developing disaster preparedness and emergency alerting apps to help during natural disasters and using satellite technology to monitor and prevent clearing of the world’s forests. Puff is known for her contagious laughter, love of neon colours and unrelenting passion to help organisations to make a real difference.
Sophie joined conservation organisation African Parks as Director of Fundraising Europe in 2013, building on a career in international marketing and product delivery in the airline industry (KLM Royal Dutch Airlines), microfinance (Goodwell) and various philanthropy related organisations. Before joining African Parks she has focused on the promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility programmes as a marketing consultant with Himmelblau. Sophie graduated from the School for Hotel Management in The Hague and has an MBA from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, USA. Sophie is married, has two daughters and is based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Stephen is a fundraising and leadership coach who specialises in helping charity leaders become entrepreneurial leaders who change behaviour and raise more money. He is currently working on a global legacies strategy for international NGOs and runs a leadership and coaching programme. He has over 30 years’ experience at all levels at RNIB, Action on Hearing Loss, Maggie’s, the NSPCC, UNICEF and Scope. He was chairman of Remember a Charity, a consortium promoting gifts in wills, and is now vice chairman of the UK’s Institute of Fundraising.
Moh is a graduate from one of the progressive universities in Thailand. Her career of doing things differently started there while she studied the intersection of global studies and social entrepreneurship. Despite being younger than most of her peers, Mohs brain and heart are to blame for becoming a teacher for world class organisations who are ready to solve complex problems in new ways. Through her work at DSIL she has co-facilitated an interactive 2–week conference to bring design thinking to the real challenges with a local community and she has been a part of problem solving teams for complex challenges. She is known around Bangkok to start fires under people experiencing challenges on issues from sexual violence in universities to paying youth what they deserve and many more challenges her peers face. Moh has now won competitions as a rising entrepreneur starting her own company whose purpose lies in social impact. 4ALL won the Hult Prize in Thailand and brings innovative education to Thai juvenile detention centres while ensuring both vocational and 21st-century skills to increase employment rate and reduce social stigma among former juvenile offenders.
Suzanne Ambrogetti has almost 20 years of fundraising experience from the UK, Italy and a variety of markets both in Europe and Asia. She has worked with a number of agencies including UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, Greenpeace, WAP and many others. At the International Rescue Committee (IRC) as Senior Director of Global Opportunities, Suzanne is working on the development of newer IRC markets to expand the IRC fundraising footprint outside the USA – which includes leading strategically on the IRC’s global digital fundraising including remote entry into new fundraising markets.
Thomas Kurmann first joined MSF back in 2004 as Communications and Fundraising Director of the MSF office in Switzerland before later becoming the Fundraising Director in MSF’s office Germany. 2013 he took over the Fundraising Leadership role at MSF-USA. Prior to joining MSF, Thomas has been Communication director of Terre des Hommes, a child aid foundation. Thomas serves on the Board of the Nonviolent Peaceforce and the Professional Face-to-Face Fundraising Association. He is teaching digital fundraising, donor retention and donor journey mapping at two academic institutions in Switzerland. Before his Fundraising career, Thomas worked as a freelance PR adviser and journalist and as a dramaturge for a theatre. Thomas graduated at Zurich University in Italian Literature and Linguistics, Philosophy and Cognitive Psychology and did advanced studies in Corporate Social Responsibility.
Tony is a passionate enthusiast, fundraiser, consultant, strategist, author, speaker and coach who loves to raise money and help others to do the same. He has acquired a life-time of experience in working on five continents, with large and small organisations, undergoing change. His skills in major donor fundraising, major gift campaigns, strategic planning, board development, and as a leadership coach have placed him in high demand as a speaker and consultant around the world. Tony is a self-proclaimed student of fundraising, philanthropy and leadership. He continues to learn and practice his craft internationally, committed to the success of those he serves. Ultimately, his spirited presentations will get you thinking, challenge you, alter your perspective and give you the confidence to further your career, enjoy your work and be successful in a world of abundance.
Vanessa Ramanjam joined the Social Enterprise Academy as Hub Manager South Africa in March 2018. After spending 20 years working in the advertising industry in South Africa she elected to leave advertising to pursue new opportunities in 2013. This was the start of a new journey. While in the advertising industry she served on the boards of TBSP as well as Ogilvy SA and her experience included managing accounts for a broad cross-section of government as well as corporate clients such as Volkswagen, SAB and BATSA. She also completed an Executive MBA at the UCT GSB in 2003. Since leaving the advertising industry she became a business owner and consultant and has been applying her management and marketing experience in the small business development sector. In addition to supporting small businesses, she has been providing marketing and strategic support to non-profits and social enterprises. This resulted in her starting her own social enterprise in the film industry, together with a local South African filmmaker and other advertising agency colleagues. She enjoys learning from and sharing her experience with like-minded people committed to improving the social enterprise and small business landscape in South Africa and developing a better, more productive society.