In 2001, William Kamkwamba was like most teenagers. He had just graduated eighth grade and had been accepted into secondary school in his community in Malawi.
But William’s education was interrupted when a devastating famine brought his family’s farm to ruin and left his parents unable to pay $80 for his annual school fees. He was forced to drop out of school a few months into his freshman year of secondary school, but William remained motivated to continue learning.
He started borrowing books from a small community lending library at his former primary school. One of the books was an eighth-grade American textbook called Using Energy – and the call to action began. It was subtle. And at 14 he might not have even realised the incredible precipice he was perched on. But he followed the call.
Completely self-taught, William built 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. He built a prototype using a radio motor, then he made his initial five-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 neighbours’ mobile phones. He even equipped his system with homemade light switches and a circuit breaker made from nails, wire, and magnets. He later extended the windmill to 12 meters to better catch the wind above the trees, and he created a third windmill to pump grey water for irrigation.
William went on to work on projects around clean water, malaria prevention, solar power and lighting for the six homes in his family compound, a drip irrigation system, and even uniforms for the village team, Wimbe United.
William’s windmill project earned him global attention and eventually lead to a TED Talk that has been viewed more than 2.2 million times.
William graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014 and started his tenure as a global fellow at Ideo.org, where his work focused on human-centred design and sent him around the world working on projects ranging from sanitation in India to gender-based violence prevention in Kenya. He’s now working with WiderNet to develop appropriate technology curriculum that will allow people to bridge the gap between “knowing” and “doing.”
Deeply shocked by a gang rape case in India, Srishti decided to not be a silent spectator to rising violence against women in her country.
She left her marketing career behind and embarked on a 230-day, 2,300-mile walk across India, educating over 100,000 people in local communities on gender-based violence and inequality.
Srishti was named an Empower Women Champion for Change by UN Women and received the Commonwealth Points of Light Award from Queen Elizabeth.
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Elvis survived numerous bouts of malaria while growing up in Nigeria. He knows how devastating it can be when a child doesn’t receive early treatment, and he knows that the right treatment saves lives.
Now a UK-based emergency medicine physician, Elvis has been involved in several global health policy programmes to end malaria, including establishing a Malaria Policy Hub in Africa.
In April 2019, he worked with footballer-turned-activist David Beckham to produce a multilingual PSA using artificial intelligence to spread awareness in various languages. Elvis is also a youth ambassador for Malaria No More UK.
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In 2013, Joanna lost her entire family to Super Typhoon Haiyan – one of the strongest storms in human history, which claimed more than 10,000 lives in just two hours.
Since then, she has been telling her story around the world to put a human face on the climate crisis and to highlight the devastating impact of climate change.
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Adrian Sargeant is Executive Director of The Philanthropy Centre. 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 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 been published widely on feminism, politics, and culture.
Aistė 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 on donor experience. These days, she is active Managing Director of Red Noses Clown Doctors in Lithuania, still passionate about opening new fundraising possibilities in Eastern Europe, and is 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.
Alex McDowell is Head of Public Fundraising at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).
A professional fundraiser for more than 18 years, Alex has led the legacy and tribute team at the NSPCC, served as Head of Fundraising at the Shakespeare Hospice, and had various roles in direct marketing, community fundraising, and higher education.
In his current role, Alex oversees RNIB’s individual giving, legacy, challenge events, and community giving teams. Collectively these teams generate more than 90% of RNIB’s voluntary income. His role has also included development of a refreshed fundraising strategy that will support RNIB’s new brand and delivery model as well as addressing risks to the current income generating model.
Alex is passionate about increasing impact through effective fundraising collaborations. For 6 years, Alex served as Chair of Remember A Charity, a behaviour change collaboration involving around 200 charities working together to grow the UK legacy market.
More recently, Alex has been involved in the Good Lab project which sees charities working together to identify and deliver new and innovative sources of income. These experiences have helped Alex understand the strengths and challenges of fundraising collaborations.
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 non-profit organizations. Alice has nearly 30 years of experience in the philanthropic sector, focusing on strategic and development planning, board development, annual giving, non-profit operations, and small shops.
Alyssa specializes in strategy and execution of influencer and livestream charity fundraising targeting millennials and Gen Zs. 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 livestreaming content creators.
At the Guardian, Amanda is Global Director and senior product manager of Contributions, a core part of the Guardian’s expanding reader revenue model.
In 2018 the Guardian announced the support of more than one million readers around the globe and in 2019 that it had broken even.
As Global Director, Amanda is responsible for the global P&L as well as product and growth strategies.
The Guardian’s reader funded approach was recently awarded the WAN-IFRA European Digital Media Award for Best Paid Content Strategy.
By nature, Amanda tinkers and experiments. In her journalistic career she’s been responsible for driving innovation and designing new practises to take advantage of technological change.
Her work has been profiled, including in The 20% Doctrine: How Tinkering, Goofing Off, and Breaking the Rules at Work Drive Success in Business.
She’s a co-founder and organiser of Spark Camps.
Andrej is an award-winning fundraiser and has been a practitioner since 2005, working for NGOs in North America and Europe. His areas of expertise include unmarked and predictable income generation, market research, and fundraising audit.
Currently Andrej is based in Georgia as a delegate for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), working on fundraising development across Europe and Central Asia. Over the last year his focus was on capacity developing in ex-Soviet countries such as Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Armenia, and others.
Andrej holds an MSc in Entrepreneurship and Innovation focusing on small and medium-sized charities from the University of Warwick and a Diploma in Fundraising from the Institute of Fundraising (IoF).
Make sure to speak to Andrej about investment-free fundraising modalities in Eastern Europe, organizational development, or starting fundraising from scratch – or board games.
Andrew is co-founder of Good Innovation, a consultancy that works with charities and social enterprises to help them grow both their income and impact. Their vision is to transform how society does good.
Example recent projects have ranged from redesigning trade unions to make them work for young people to creating award winning new fundraising products to helping care home workers support people with dementia around the areas of sex and intimacy.
Andrew is also leading Good Innovation’s work into helping charities explore commercial opportunities, from uncovering new ways to commercialise their assets and capabilities to spinning-out their social ventures so they can act like a true start-up.
Good Innovation has a venture studio designed to support these mission-first startups, and they’re currently supporting five startups who have between them raised nearly £2m in funding.
Prior to Good Innovation, Andrew worked in the corporate world helping big corporates innovate and he also founded and raised funding for his own (doomed) internet startup which the Independent on Sunday listed as one of the ’50 greatest ideas of the 21st century’.
Anne-Marie brings more than 30 years of fundraising and marketing experience – both in the United States and internationally – to USA for UNHCR.
Appointed in September 2014 to lead the organisation and enhance its programmes and resources, Anne-Marie is committed to mobilising efforts in support of the 70.8 million men, women and children that have been forced to flee their homes around the world.
Prior to joining USA for UNHCR, Anne-Marie worked with UNHCR, Save the Children, UNICEF and Share our Strength in a variety of leadership, fundraising and marketing positions.
Before returning to the United States, Anne-Marie lived in Australia, where she led marketing and development programmes for the National Museum of Australia and at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
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 lifetime 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 led 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 all-rounder, 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.
Belinda 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 NGOs, 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 believes 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 countries, 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.
Belinda has been leading business transformations centred around the customer for over 15 years across telecommunications, pharma, health, and not-for-profit organisations.
She was the Director of Customer Experience and Operations at Weight Watchers ANZ and is currently the Director of Engagement and Support at Australian Red Cross where she’s recently introduced a customer experience function into the organisation.
Belinda believes using the power of analytics, data, and insight to develop new products and services in order to move the customer experience dial will be essential to all organisations.
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, which specialises 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 Alzheimer’s services and Ireland’s only dedicated Huntington’s disease unit. Brian is the former CEO of Pieta House, the centre for the prevention of suicide and 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 digitally 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.
Caroline is an award-winning humanitarian and social justice advocate. As President & CEO of Plan International Canada – Canada’s premier girls’ rights organization – she leads a dynamic team of professionals to deliver high-impact programming, in pursuit of a more equitable world for all.
Under her leadership, Plan International Canada has maintained an upward trajectory of year-over-year success, continually surpassed annual targets, been awarded a Most Admired Corporate Culture award, and become the go-to organization for bold and innovative advocacy and insights for girls’ rights.
With nearly two decades of experience at top-tier healthcare and international development organisations, Caroline has a proven track record of leading organizations to new heights by challenging the status quo. As the youngest person to ever lead a major Canadian charity, Caroline consistently strives to find new ways to drive important work forward for children and girls everywhere, while cultivating a thriving company culture.
She has received seven Stevie Awards for Women in Business, including Canadian Female Executive of the Year, and has been recognized as one of WXN’s Most Powerful Women in Canada for two years in a row. She also holds a number of board positions, including for the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) and as President for the Association of Fundraising Professionals GTA chapter.
Caroline is widely regarded as an expert and published contributor in the charitable sector, regularly writing and speaking on the topic of gender equality and the power of youth. Her consistent desire to defy normal and tackle the root causes of inequality guide her vision to create a world where everyone can unleash their full potential.
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Charlotte is currently Director of Income Generation at Versus Arthritis, a new charity launched in 2017 following the merger of Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care. Prior to this she has worked in various fundraising and marketing roles across the not-for-profit sector over the last twenty years. Most recently at Versus Arthritis she has been working on ways in which to diversify income and identify new mission-led commercial income streams to help achieve growth.
Having held senior roles within British Lung Foundation, Arthritis Care, and British Heart Foundation, she enjoys combining her income generation and marketing knowledge with her passion for medical research, health, and social care.
Prior to working in the charity sector Charlotte worked for several years in product marketing roles in the publishing sector.
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 a consultant, 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 and 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 Students 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.
Don joined SOS Children’s Villages International in 2017 as their International Director for Fund Development. In his role, Don is responsible for overseeing and developing SOS’s global funding, including individual giving, sponsorships, digital, philanthropy, corporate partnerships, institutional donors, and government subsidies.
Don moved to the non-profit sector in 2001 as Habitat for Humanity’s first Regional Director in Europe and Central Asia. Under Don’s leadership, Habitat grew in the region from serving just 50 families to over 18,000 annually through partnerships and innovations in social housing, and increased fundraising from €1m to €25m. Prior to joining SOS Children’s Villages in April 2017, Don spent 4 years as the Director of Global Resource Development at VisionFund International, where he led the development of institutional partnerships and philanthropic campaigns within the World Vision federation.
Don started his career in finance in 1988 with Arthur Andersen in the UK, and was CFO of a start-up business in Hungary and Romania from 1993-1996. He then worked in various finance roles at General Electric in Hungary and the UK, including CFO for Northern Europe at GE Medical Systems, before moving to the non-profit sector. Don holds a Masters’ degree in Development Management, a Bachelors’ degree in Engineering, and is a UK Chartered Accountant.
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 the 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, data, or their creativity, making innovation a truly joined effort both within and outside of the organisation. For the last two years, she has been involved in the organisation of the IFC Innovation Camp.
Elly is Team Leader of the Greenpeace fundraising team, focusing on legacies, major donors, foundations, and lotteries. Before this, she was Legacy Programme Manager at WWF Netherlands and set up a ten-year growth plan to double legacy income by building a legacy cycle framework combining a donor-centred funnel with various segmentation tools. This multi-year strategy is (partly) adopted by several WWF offices in the network. Prior to this, she worked successfully at several organisations as Fundraising Manager, Senior Fundraiser, and Marketing Strategist, mainly in the charity sector and media.
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.
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 as Communications and Fundraising Manager, 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 master’s 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 organisations he worked with, always driven by special attention to the cost–per–donor reduction and donor lifetime value improvements.
Filipe has worked with Amnesty International (FR at the Portuguese Section and Global Fundraising Advisor at AI’s International Secretariat), SOS Children Villages (FR Brazil). 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 programmes, 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 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 programmes for markets in Europe, the US, and Japan. However, Gavin’s most important 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 organisations 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 non-profit organizations. His goal is to help NGOs in developing countries such as Argentina, South Africa, Uruguay, Colombia, Mexico, and others to maximise 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 an IE-BROWN MBA candidate. He recently completed his MSc in 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 and 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 NEON’s 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 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. Also key to his role are investing in and supporting other WaterAid members and country programmes around the world to engage with the public to become self-sustaining organisations.
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.
Joseph is the founder and Executive Director of Bloodlink Foundation, a charitable trust registered in Kenya in 2004. Bloodlink Foundation is a partner with the National Blood Donor Services and the Ministry of Health in recruitment of blood donors. Bloodlink Foundation is also a first aid training accredited institution.
He is an alumnus of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Executive Leadership Program. He undertook his MBA in Non-Profit Management at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) and a three-month internship at Children Heartlink, a non-profit based in Minneapolis in 1995 through sponsorship by USAID. He is also a graduate of Egerton University.
Between 1995 and 2000, he was the General Manager of Heart To Heart Foundation where he established the Dettol Heart Run (renamed the Mater Heart Run), an event he successfully managed for six years raising funds to help children with heart ailments undergo heart surgery. From 2001 to 2002 he was the Executive Officer at the Kenya Medical Association.
Joseph has been a speaker at different fundraising forums around the world, including the International Workshop on Resource Mobilization, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2008; International Fundraising Congress, opening plenary, Netherlands, October 2008; and the Association of Fundraising Professionals annual meeting in Chicago 2011, Baltimore 2015, and San Francisco 2017. He is also a regular speaker at the annual Eastern Africa Workshop on Resource Mobilization organised by the Kenya Association of Fundraising Professionals. He has consulted for many organizations around the world, including World Society for Protection of Animals (UK), International Baby Food Network, American Jewish World Service, Forum for African Women Educationalists, World Vision, Resource Alliance, Oxfam Novib, Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals (USA), Egerton University, Catholic University of East Africa, and Compassion International.
A keen marathon runner, Joseph managed the International Women’s AIDS Run 2004 and has consulted for the Standard chartered Marathon 05/06. He has run and completed 9 international marathons including London (2), Nairobi (4) and Chicago (3). He was listed on the International WHO’S WHO of Professionals 2006/7 edition for “exemplary achievement and distinguished contributions to the community”.
Katharina is Head of Digital at WWF Norway. She has a degree in journalism, and she has worked with communications for the environmental organisation for nine years. Her main fields of expertise are web, newsletters, and social media, and 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 threatened by conflict and disaster – and 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 for refugee programs and inspiring more than 70,000 people to take part.
Kaz was named the Australian Financial Review‘s 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 groundbreaking 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.
Kirsi is a senior executive with over 30+ years of experience in marketing and fundraising – almost 10 of which have been focused on the nonprofit community.
With a proven track record of leadership and marketing success, her career includes a position as Managing Director and New Business Director, in couple of leading advertising agencies in Finland.
She has been working with extensive expert networks; business strategists, analysts, communications experts, content creators, producers, and human insight specialists.
The move to nonprofit sector, has brought a broad experience in fundraising, now helping the organization evolve its business model for greater integration and greater financial impact.
Kirsi started with Plan as a Fundraising Director in Finland in 2008, now focused on global fundraising development for the past two years.
She has been active within the industry, being member of the board and member of several working groups in Finnish Fundraising Association, VALA. She also had participated in the work of Resource Alliance, volunteering as a member of the Advisory Panel of IFC some years ago.
Teaching fundraising, including new business models, loyalty and brand development in Helsinki in a Fundraising Training Programme, which was recently granted certification by EFA (European Fundraising Association).
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 or platform 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 organisation 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 organisations; 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 90s 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.
Lisa Bell is the founder of Tell Jane – an HR consultancy specialising in tackling workplace harassment, bullying and discrimination.
A seasoned, CIPD-qualified HR professional with almost 20 years’ experience under her belt and an MA in Human Resource Management, Lisa is eager to support organisations and their employees by equipping them with the tools to prevent and overcome issues relating to toxic workplace behaviour.
Lisa is passionate about ensuring employee welfare is at the heart of business and provides invaluable advice through case handling, HR consultancy, training and workshops to enhance company culture, employer brand and employee retention.
As well as offering training to prevent workplace harassment and guidance in overcoming incidences, through Tell Jane, Lisa has established an anonymous hotline for employees to report concerns relating to bullying, discrimination and harassment – whether as a victim or as a bystander.
Madeline Stanionis is a Partner at M+R and has been raising money and organizing for 25 years, 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, and surveys. Manabu has strengths in strategy, fundraising communications, and copy writing.
María Ramirez is a journalist, writer and author with 20 years of experience reporting the news.
She is currently Director of Strategy of eldiario.es, a combative, independent newspaper supported by a pioneer reader membership model in Spain.
Previous to this, she was a long-time correspondent and political reporter in Brussels and New York for El Mundo and Univision, covering the crisis of the eurozone and many EU late-night summits and elections around Europe and the U.S., including four Presidential campaigns.
María was a Nieman fellow at Harvard (2017-2018), studying at the MIT how technology can help fight polarization, and led seminars on polarization, nationalism and media distrust in the U.S. and Europe at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics as a Pritzker fellow.
More recently, María has also moved into the entrepreneurial space, trying new things for media, including co-founding two startups, Politibot and El Español.
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 NGOs reach their fundraising targets on strategic, creative, and practical levels and is actively involved in the Dutch movement ‘De Toekomst van Fondsenwerving‘ to create a #donorlove fundraising culture in the Netherlands. After this year’s 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 organisations 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 Congress.
Michael has been a fundraiser for over 30 years and has worked with hundreds of social impact and charitable organizations in Canada, the US, 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 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 Fund Raising Online web conference.
Michael Wasserman is CEO/co-founder of Tiltify, the peer-to-peer fundraising platform for livestreams. With more than 10 years of experience in charitable fundraising, Michael has helped raise tens of millions of dollars through innovative strategies for major charities as a consultant and executive.
With a passion for leveraging digital-first strategies to engage new donor audiences, Michael’s work has included highly successful campaigns for Farm Sanctuary, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Save the Children, MDA, Make-A-Wish, and dozens more. In 2018, he earned the Public Service Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for his work benefitting suicide prevention and mental health issues.
Launching Tiltify to the public in 2015, Michael’s hope was to enter the powerful emerging market of livestreams through platforms including Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook and show the re-invented version of the telethon.
Since then, over 700 charities worldwide have begun using these new technologies. This new strategy has proven to be a top fundraising choice for the millennial and Gen Z demographics who thrived when using these new technologies and were given deeper engagement options with their community.
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, and 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 programmes, 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.
For the past eleven years, Nicholas has worked to support governments, multinational firms, and civil society organisations to collaborate on global challenges.
He leads the Forum’s Society and Innovation team, responsible for engagement and strategy across civil society communities as well as cross-cutting work on “The Fourth Industrial Revolution”, which includes building initiatives that link emerging technologies, entrepreneurship, innovation and forward-looking public policy.
Nicholas sit on the Forum’s Executive Committee and report to the Forum’s Executive Chairman, Klaus Schwab.
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 organisations 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 is an award-winning relationship fundraiser, #SocialCEOs Rising Star winner, and international speaker from the UK.
With a fundraising qualification and over eight years’ experience in the charity sector, Nikki has worked with teams across the fundraising mix 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 managing their 2018 brand refresh, she is now a freelance fundraising consultant and trainer and founder of ‘Pizza for Losers’.
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, and is a fundraising conference organiser.
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 INGOs 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 as a consultant strategist with US, Canadian, and European charities on projects that raise income from individuals, improve supporter experience, and improve 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 at Red Nose Clown Doctors in Lithuania and Managing Director of Leadership at business development center Infinitas. She has more than 15 years of experience in business and for the past three years has been sharing her knowledge with non-profit organisations 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 and 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 in Southeast Asia. She has worked for UN humanitarian organisations as well as NGOs in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Her areas of expertise include top donor / family foundations cultivation and stewardship, mobilisation 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’s current role with UNHCR entails developing the strategies for Private Partnerships and Philanthropy in North Africa with focus on Morocco and Egypt, while retaining the management of some top donor relationships globally. 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 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 online and offline channels. Saleem joined DTV to develop and implement their digital offering, including web optimisation for DRTV, digital donor journeys, and using video effectively for fundraising. He is a passionate fundraiser and loves creative development and digital integration.
Sameera Mehra is Head of Global Alliance Development for Charities Aid Foundation (CAF). Sameera works with the global alliance of partners in South Africa, Brazil, Russia, India, USA, Canada, Australia, and Bulgaria to encourage effective giving and support the development of an enabling environment for civil society. She leads on planning and development support for the offices and on the global knowledge sharing programme.
Prior to CAF, Sameera helped set up a not-for-profit in Canada with a partnership project in India. She completed her masters in International Development at the London School of Economics and worked on consultancy projects with IBM – Smarter Cities and Practical Action Latin America. Her previous work experience includes working in the banking sector at Commonwealth Bank, Australia and ATB Financial, Canada, spanning a variety of roles in leadership, project management, and change transformation.
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’s 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 Glasgow 2014 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.
Sky has been with KELY Support Group (KELY) since 2011, and was appointed as the organisation’s Executive Director in April 2015. With a background in public health practice, Sky has worked in adolescent health research at the University of HK and local and international community development projects, including those related to girls’ empowerment and education in underprivileged South Asian nations.
Having spent 16 years growing up in Ghana, West Africa, she experienced first-hand the challenges that poverty and lack of access to education and health can have on a young person’s development. In 2005, Sky co-founded a support network in Hong Kong for ethnically Chinese third culture teens.
She became a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper Community and was curator for the Hong Kong hub in 2015, a TEDx speaker, and since 2016 has been supporting HK welfare development as a Policy Research & Advocacy standing committee member for the Hong Kong Council of Social Services.
Today, Sky’s aspiration for KELY lies in nurturing young people throughout important developmental stages and in creating sustainable impact in substance abuse prevention and wellbeing support for at-risk, marginalised young people in Hong Kong.
After nine years in individual giving for NGOs in the UK, Sonya then spent a 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 returned to London to be Amnesty International’s Global Head of Individual Giving where she implemented a new global fundraising investment strategy.
Sonya loves working with national fundraisers from all over the globe and believes that starting a fundraising operation will galvanise any entity to dramatically improve their overall organisational strength.
She recently became a consultant for ACA Philanthropy & Fundraising working with UK and International clients to help them build strong, fundraising focussed organisations.
Puff Story is the Chief Changemaker 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 successes include developing disaster preparedness and emergency alerting apps to help people 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 of 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, Moh’s 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. This 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 in Germany. In 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 do the same. He has acquired a lifetime 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 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.