Through Thailand-based Socialgiver – an innovative solution that helps consumers, businesses and social projects work together to create positive social impact – Alice is helping to revolutionise fundraising by tapping into consumer spending power. Socialgiver.com is an online giving ecosystem that provides ‘a lifestyle with a social twist’ by selling products and services from leading brands at exclusive rates. When consumers spend on Socialgiver, their money directly supports local social projects that are creating meaningful impact. Alice’s philosophy is that sustainable change must happen through public participation. ‘Balancing the social and business side is very important’, she explains. ‘It’s not just the social aspect. You need to see it as a business and run it like one. The financial, technical and marketing aspects alongside the operations of being consumer-centric are all very important. Social enterprises need to be sustainable ourselves in order to create the change that we wish to see in the world’.
Asha is chief innovation officer and director of the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact at the 92nd Street Y, which was recently named one of the 10 Most Innovative Nonprofits by Fast Company. She leads #GivingTuesday, the annual day of giving following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as well as a portfolio of global, digitally driven initiatives including 7 Days of Genius, the Social Good Summit, the Ben Franklin Circles, and the Women in Power Fellowship. She is the recipient of the 2015 Social Capital Hero Award, was named a 2016 Woman of Influence by New York Business Journals, and is a Forty over 40 Women to Watch honoree. Asha serves on the board of directors of TheGuardian.org, a non-profit dedicated to advancing civil discourse and issues-driven journalism, and she is a non-resident Fellow at Stanford University’s Digital Civil Society Lab.
Katy is an experienced alternative educator, trained coach and well-versed practitioner who has had the great privilege of traveling the globe to serve all sectors to teach the process of Human-Centered Design (HCD)/design thinking. In everything she does, she intentionally encourages diverse groups to come together to collaborate in ways that can move them forward faster by listening deeper than ever before. In fact, she started a company around this.
For the last four years, Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership (DSIL Global) has been re-writing the possibility of new narratives for international development that have embedded stories of HCD coming alive in local contexts, focussing on Southeast Asia. Through HCD, individuals, teams and companies organically solve complex problems or create richer programs and products by including everyone, from donors to the people benefiting from the services.
Since 2000, Esther has dedicated her career to implementing quality sexual violence prevention and response programs in conflict. Working for UN agencies and NGOs, she has lived and worked in Guinea, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Darfur, Colombia and Syria, managing major humanitarian programmes in the field of gender-based violence and gender mainstreaming. She led capacity-building projects in many more conflict-affected countries, such as Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
During the last few years she has worked for UNHCR in Geneva, building capacity in humanitarian workers to better understand and implement strategies to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, developing offline and online organisation-wide training tools. Esther gets her inspiration from innovative community-based initiatives against gender-based violence that she encountered in her work. She is involved in supporting several of these grassroots initiatives through board representation or in an advisory role.
Born in Buenos Aires, Sergio graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the National University of La Plata (Argentina) and obtained his doctorate in music from Johns Hopkins University (USA). He also received a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Conservatory (JHU) and a master’s in piano from the Catholic University of America (Washington, DC).
For several years, he conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of Honduras, touring and conducting choirs and orchestras from all over the world. He received awards from the Organisation of American States, the Fortabat Foundation, the Mozarteum of Buenos Aires and Jeneusse Musical International (Belgium), among others, Along with his busy schedule as an orchestral and choral conductor, he works hard to share his passion for music and ideas.
Abdourahmane is an investment manager at Volta Capital, where he serves clients in the areas of project design, financial sustainability, risk management and resource mobilisation to deploy impact capital. Over the past years, Abdourahmane has worked with key development and humanitarian agencies in applying innovative financing to their activities and operations.
Abdourahmane’s experience in innovative financing includes designing and implementing a number of pioneering financing structures, as well as conducting feasibility and design assessments for new tools. Most recently, he led the team in charge of identifying relevant innovative financing instruments to support sustainable business models supported by the Merck for Mothers foundation; led the structuring and development of a Development Impact Bond (DIB), which aims at increasing youth employment in Morocco on behalf of the Millennium Challenges; designed a financial model to assess the financial feasibility study of a SME credit guarantee scheme in Benin; worked on the setup of the Commodities Credit Facility for the UN’s RMNCH Trust Fund; and assisted Novo Nordisk in assessing the potential of using blended finance to leverage their strategic resources as well as extend their business lines in underserved markets.
Abdourahmane is currently also facilitating the design and set up of a supply chain financing structure for agriculture in Ethiopia.
Adam is the director of engagement for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, where he is responsible for fundraising, advocacy and communications to support 150 countries to help 10 million girls worldwide. He has over 15 years of experience in the sector, and most recently grew a corporate, major donor and trust team at Plan UK to increase from £5m to £10m. Previous experience includes being interim head of a £50 million public fundraising appeal and managing the largest ever grant from UK Central Government. As well as big organisations, Adam has also worked in the very smallest – including being the first ever full-time member of staff for an educational charity, which he expanded to reach over 35,000 children across the UK.
Alan Clayton specialises in ‘Great Fundraising’, defined as large scale, sustainable growth driven by donors who are true believers. ‘Great Fundraising’ has been researched academically and through over 350 global case studies.
Alan is chairman of Alan Clayton Associates, based in Scotland and Denmark and currently active in Australia, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, South Africa, Switzerland and the USA, and working with clients in many more countries, recently Serbia, Austria, Slovakia, New Zealand, Spain and Germany.
He is Managing Partner at the Inch Hotel and Inspiration Centre, Loch Ness, Scotland. Alan is chairman of RobeJohn in Melbourne, Australia and has recently launched London based agency Revolutionise FAB. Other roles include directorships of corporate partnerships consultancy Remarkable Partnerships and legacy specialist Legacy Voice.
Alan had previously held major fundraising and leadership posts at national UK charities and served as Chief Executive Officer of three fundraising agencies.
One of the leading consultants, coaches, creative directors and inspirational speakers, Alan has worked with over 350 non-profit clients around the world. His specialisms are creativity, emotional behaviour, board and executive team development, creative strategy, donor insight and motivation and he has published much original research and theory.
Alan is a keen mountaineer, powerboat skipper and golfer and has a reputation for insight, inspiration and for saying things others don’t dare to.
Ali is a digital strategy and communications expert specialising in helping clients reach their goals by creating strategies that build communities, make connections, and inspire people to take action. She was once described as ‘irrepressibly cheerful’, always looking for opportunities to solve problems, support colleagues and play with new ideas in an endless quest to make the world a better place through better communication. Previously, Ali was senior communications strategist at Blue State Digital; head of digital fundraising at Shelter UK; and individual giving manager at English Heritage.
Angela works as an independent fundraising consultant and also as Principal Partner Consultant at The Management Centre (=mc). She is based in London UK, and works with national (within and outside the UK) and international organisations on a wide range of projects, especially in the areas of fundraising strategy and major donor fundraising.
She has 25 years experience in frontline fundraising roles, and as a consultant working for organisations including UNHCR, Amnesty International, WWF International and WWF UK, Prostate Cancer UK and IRC.
Before consultancy, Angela headed up major donors at the NSPCC and was a key member of the team that created and implemented the Full Stop Campaign that successfully reached its £250m target.
Angela is also a Trustee of Oxfam GB where she chairs the Fundraising Committee.
Anna is a freelance fundraiser and development consultant. Her fundraising favourites are storytelling, deep meaningful chats with donors and writing that’s fun to read. Her background is mostly trusts and major donors, with a recent passion for doing all of the fundraising at really tiny charities, but she’d really rather talk about how we should all move to New Zealand.
Anne is a campaign manager for SumOfUs.org, a movement of consumers, workers and shareholders speaking with one voice to counterbalance the growing power of large corporations. She runs campaigns in English and German to curb corporate power worldwide. In 2017, Anne founded a new political party in Germany, “Demokratie in Bewegung”. Previously, she worked as a campaigner with Crisis Action on the protection of civilians in conflict with a focus on Syria and Russia.
Anne-Marie brings more than 25 years of global fundraising and marketing experience, and has led fundraising and marketing programmes for Share our Strength, UNICEF, Save the Children and UNHCR before she joined USA for UNHCR. She has developed and implemented major global CRM programmes and partnerships with Pampers, IKEA, GE and numerous other brands and corporations. In addition, she has co-authored ‘The Sponsorship Seeker’s Toolkit’ (4th edition 2014) and ‘The Sponsor’s Toolkit’ (2001), both by McGraw-Hill.
Annie has over 30 years’ experience as a fundraising practitioner leading mass market teams, as a Trustee and as a fundraising consultant. Annie helps charities define, devise and implement successful fundraising strategies and campaigns, specialising in individual giving.
But you’re only as good as your last gig. And experience is only useful if it’s applied to the here and now. At GOOD Agency, Annie helps develop new fundraising thinking and strategy approaches to meet today’s needs. In the context of ever increasing pressure for fundraisers to deliver constant growth in unrestricted income, she’s passionate about enabling a strategic approach, whatever the size or resources of the cause.
Annie also sings, grows and cooks a lot of stuff, is a semi-professional Baby Boomer stereotype and takes inspiration from dystopian fiction.
Aroon has worked in fundraising and marketing for a range of non-profit organisations over the past 12 years. She has vast experience leading on fundraising campaigns across a range of channels and audiences – at both the hands-on and strategic levels. In the five years prior to joining THINK, Aroon specialised in digital fundraising and strategy. Her last role in the non-profit sector was as CEO of a crowdfunding charity in London. Aroon joined THINK Digital in January 2016 and provides strategic consultancy and project leadership to a range of INGOs. One of her highlights during her time at THINK was running an online donor recruitment campaign that achieved a 15:1 ROI at the point of recruitment.
Ashley is responsible for driving Blackbaud’s extensive research and best practice content. Ashley’s passion for the nonprofit sector stems from her deep roots as a fundraiser and development marketer. She firmly believes that through her role building valuable research and insight, she can influence much-needed change and better support effective and efficient practices for the sector.
Ashley is honored to build relationships with vital groups such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals, where she serves as the vice president of partnerships for the Greater Austin Chapter. She is also a board member of Mission Capital, which works to increase the impact of mission-driven people and organisations. She serves as a Social Venture Partner with Allies Against Slavery and is a regular conference speaker and contributor to npENGAGE. And serves on the 2018 Giving USA Editorial Review Board and Nonprofit PRO Editorial Advisory Boards.
Astrid is head of resource development at EMBL, Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation with more than 80 independent research groups covering the spectrum of molecular biology. Previously, she was senior director of development, University of California Santa Cruz; director of library development, Univeristy of California Santa Cruz; and development director, Santa Cruz Waldorf School.
After reading law and then spending some bewildering years in the commercial sector, Azizah followed a career in social justice marketing and has more than 15 years’ experience in the field. Currently as head of legacy development at the Stroke Association, she has the ownership and responsibility to champion and spearhead the creation, development and implementation of an ambitious legacy strategy to recruit, grow, steward and retain precious and profitable supporters in order to deliver the Stroke Association’s long-term growth of legacy income. Outside work, she juggles her time singing in a top London’s pop choir, keeping her balcony plants alive and mixing martinis – though not all at the same time!
Graduated in Antwerp, Belgium, product designer Bart Weetjens has a focus on appropriate technologies for developing countries. After a couple of years of industrial experience in Europe, Bart initiated the use of trained giant African pouched rats as an alternative and sustainable landmine detector, in response to the global landmine challenge.
With support from Antwerp University, Bart created the social profit organisation APOPO in 1998, and with a team of researchers he developed detection rats technology (HeroRATS). Since 2000 APOPO’s headquarters are situated at the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania. In 2003 HeroRATS were firstly tested in the real minefields in Mozambique, and in 2004 they were accredited according to International Mine Action Standards (IMAS). In 2006, the heads of state of 11 African Great Lakes Region Countries (ICGLR) have endorsed HeroRATS for replication in the region.
Bart also initiated HeroRATS for the early detection of pulmonary tuberculosis. While detection rats technology is being standardized in operational R&D phase, HeroRATs have saved already more than 1.600 lives and prevented over 16,000 healthy people from contracting TB. HeroRATS received multiple international recognitions, including the 2003 World Bank’s Development Marketplace global competition.
Bart has been elected an ASHOKA fellow and a SCHWAB fellow to the World Economic Forum. He won the Skoll Awards for social Entrepreneurship in 2009. Bart is a Zen Buddhist priest who lives with his wife and two daughters in Tanzania.
Beate – or Bea as she’s also known – runs the fundraising agency b.bold out of Oslo, Norway. She specialises in digital fundraising: non-profit web design, content strategy and social media. 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.
Bernard serves as the director of the Management Centre (=mc), a management consultancy working worldwide for ethical organisations. He has written numerous award-winning books on innovation, influence and strategy, including the first fundraising book to be published in China. His new book on behavioural economics in social change was published in March 2018. His areas of expertise include strategic thinking, change leadership, innovation and organizational transformation. Bernard has created global strategies for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent, MSF and UNICEF International. He’s recently been raising money for a range of causes including repairs to the Eiffel Tower, a museum for the world’s largest dinosaur in Patagonia and a scientific base to study the last 800 great apes in Africa.
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Bethan is a fundraising and supporter engagement consultant with over 15 years’ experience delivering fundraising strategies for the UK’s biggest charities, including Cancer Research UK, NSPCC and Marie Curie. Now heading up Stratcom UK, she specialises in direct dialogue, one-to-one, and relationship fundraising. Bethan has presented sessions at regional, national and international conferences and is a charity sector expert with press articles published in The Guardian, Charities Management, Civil Society, UK Fundraising and Sofii.
Bill has a global reputation as a transformational change agent. After two decades developing leadership, branding and communications programs for Fortune 500 clients, he founded a social enterprise to bring innovative strategies to NGOs, foundations and civil society organisations. His work helps non-profits, foundations and social enterprises reframe their approach to strategic decision-making, resource development, and communications.
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In addition to her role at ONE HUNDRED, Monica leads Ketchum’s Purpose Practice. This includes developing and executing sustainability and social impact programs that are fully integrated with marketing and communications campaigns to build brands, strengthen corporate reputation and increase awareness and stakeholder engagement
Monica works with many global NGOs like ALS Association, FINCA, and most recently Lions Clubs International Foundation.
Prior to this, Monica was the Deputy Director of Private Partnerships at the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP). During her tenure at the U.N., Monica forged public-partnerships with a host of global, regional and local companies in the areas of disaster relief, food/nutrition, supply chain, logistics, finance, technology and hospitality. While at the U.N., Monica worked with global companies including Pepsi-Co, Yum! Brands, Unilever, UPS, Kraft and others.
Monica was with Ketchum in New York, Egypt and Washington, D.C. before joining the U.N. where she was responsible developing and implementing global marketing/communications campaigns around economic development, trade and tourism for the governments of Puerto Rico, Egypt and Malawi. In addition, Monica built a corporate and social marketing practice to support US-based campaigns around major issues such as human trafficking, education and Medicare.
Brian Fitzgerald is founder and co-director with Tommy Crawford of Dancing Fox, Ltd, a creative agency specialising in mischief, magic, and mind-bombs for artists and activists, helping them craft transformational stories of 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.
Previously: Founder, Technoprisoners, LTD; founding member, Greenpeace Italy; head of digital networking and mobilisation, Greenpeace.
Brian is CEO at Pieta House: Suicide & self-harm crisis and suicide bereavement centres, which provides a free, therapeutic service to people who are in suicidal distress and those who engage in self-harm, as well as to those who are bereaved by suicide. Previously, Brian has been a board member and non-executive director at Start360; director of services at Missing People; and senior development manager at Depaul Ireland.
Brian brings passion, humour and an extensive engineering background to help connect organisations in all sectors with the people they serve. From CEOs to call center agents and from regional retailers to the largest global financial institutions, Brian has introduced hundreds of businesses and other entities to the concepts of truly understanding and emphasising with customers to meet their goals and underlying needs, using concepts that are surprisingly simple, resonant – and all-too-often ignored.
Burkhard provides advice on international leadership, governance and management to many of the leading international civil society organisations (ICSOs) including Amnesty International, CARE, ChildFund, Greenpeace, Oxfam, Plan, Transparency International, World Vision and YWCA. He has been the executive director of the International Civil Society Centre, the common action platform for the world’s leading ICSOs, from 2007 to 2018. Burkhard has been board chair or board member of various organisations in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, India, Korea and Japan. He is the author of ‘The Hedgehog and the Beetle’, a book on the future of ICSOs.
Starting her career in psychology and youth work, Cara found her passion for fundraising after taking a business development role at Pareto Fundraising in 2011. Quickly moving into client service, Cara led successful direct marketing campaigns for a number of key Australian charities before making the jump to the charity side around three years ago.
In her current role as loyalty manager for Cancer Council NSW, Cara is responsible for all retention and loyalty activity and is part of a direct marketing unit that raises $30 million annually.
Most recently Cara has been involved in a significant system transformation project that has really highlighted her interest in tech and how it can be used to improve donor experience.
Caroline Riseboro is President & CEO of Plan International Canada, one of Canada’s largest charities working in over 70 countries to help children, especially girls, realize their rights. Caroline is well respected for being a champion of innovation and is credited with launching ground-breaking and award-winning campaigns that have engaged Canadians on some of the world’s toughest issues. In 2017, Caroline was named Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the trailblazer category. Before joining Plan International Canada, Caroline was Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Development at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Foundation, where she played a key role in expanding CAMH’s reach among Canadians. Caroline has held several senior executive positions over the years, more recently as Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Engagement at World Vision Canada where she was responsible for raising $270 million annually. In addition to serving as President of the GTA chapter of AFP, Caroline is serves on the Boards of the Humanitarian Coalition and the Canadian Partnership for Children and Women’s Health (CANWACH). Caroline holds a Bachelor (honours) degree from McGill University and has been pursuing a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Carleton University.
Mrs Gill’ard brings a diversity of skills to this panel.
Her career has been a beautiful journey, having worked in filmmaking on medical ethics and globalization; as social worker with youth; refugees, women and jobless people. She also was strategic lead corporate partnerships with Plan Netherlands.
She has extensive experience in politics and healthcare, from 2006 till 2010 she was a Member of Parliament in the Netherlands serving on the Health and the Foreign Affairs Committees. Her focus points were on maternal and newborn health, reproductive rights, medical ethics, rare and neglected diseases and the biotechnology agenda.
She also brings a background in biotechnology and patient centric care. Mrs Gill’ard holds a MA in Biotechnological Law and Ethics from the Law department of the University of Sheffield and a BSc in Biotechnology from the Rotterdam University. From 2010 till March 2014 she was board member of the Dutch Genetic Alliance, member of EGAN.
At the moment she serves as chair of The Hague Center for Global Governance, Innovation and Emergence, as chair of the board of Directors of Dunya Healthcare and as member of the Wisdom Council of the Center for Human Emergence.
“In 2009 I discovered breast cancer, which I took as starting an inner journey. I came out of that crisis very strong and with renewed passion for spiritual and empowering childbirth. This is what I do as my main focus on my life’s path. Together we welcome the new souls, and assisting their parents to meet their child in her/his full capacity. It is my vision to create a financial fund out of which spiritual birthing centers can arise around the globe. Childbirth professionals owning the centers and working there have done their inner work and are trauma free to hold an undisturbed birthing space. I could go on sharing about this but all can one day be read in my forthcoming book, which is more a manifesto. Besides childbirth, writing about my inner and health processes is a joy of mine. To name another activity which gives me a lot of joy is womb work. The womb is the place of all creation. I share the Rite of the Womb, also called the 13th Rite of the Munay-Ki in women circles. This I feel is another calling, working with sisters in circles on healing and empowerment. In my experience good leadership starts with mastering one self, and this journey starts with birth.”
At the moment mrs Gill’ard is going through a second health crisis which she experiences as another spiritual awakening. In 2015 she was diagnosed with metastasis from breast cancer in her spine as well as with Lyme disease.
Chari has headed up the integrated Legacy Case Administration and Marketing Department at the Stroke Association since 2006, with overall responsibility for strategy and income. During that time, legacy income has grown from under £5 million to over £12 million, despite the ongoing volatility of the external economic environment and growing competition in the legacy market. Legacy income represents a critical source of funds for the Stroke Association, accounting for almost 50 percent of all voluntary income received.
As a member of the Fundraising Leadership team, Chari contributes to the overall strategic direction of the Income Generation Directorate. In addition, for the past decade, she has delivered the revision programme for the Institute of Legacy Management’s professional case administration qualification, achieving record pass rates.
Chari’s background is in law. Having successfully completed the Law Society’s Finals professional examination, she spent several years in legal publishing as an editor before becoming a partner in a legal training consultancy, providing soft skills coaching for solicitors. Her move into legacies enabled her to apply her legal skills in a hugely rewarding context, generating legacy income to fund the Stroke Association’s vital work, supporting stroke survivors, their families and carers, across the UK.
Charles Williams is Head of Content at Marie Curie, the UK’s leading charity caring for people with any terminal illness.
He previously spent five years leading on content for the British Red Cross. Before moving into the non-profit sector a decade ago, he worked first as a business journalist and then agency-side for clients including BP, Transport for London and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
He also sits on the Board of the Dons Trust, owners of professional football club AFC Wimbledon, advising on youth engagement and communications.
He is a specialist in content strategy and brand development, and generally likes helping charities tell the right stories, in the right way, to the right people.
Chris is leading a team devoted to supporting and enabling Amnesty sections around the world to grow in donors, and individual giving and legacy income. The team has two support dimensions – the regional dimension with regional fundraising managers in Asia, Europe and the Americas; and channel specialists inface-to-face, telemarketing and legacies.
Chris is based in Copenhagen and used to work at the Danish section as fundraising director and section deputy director. He has been with Amnesty International since 2005.
Chris is half-Swedish, so in other words has quite a capacity when it comes to assembling IKEA furniture.
Founder and director of Factary, a leading European research consultancy in funding for not-for-profit organisations, Christopher is an expert on philanthropy, a researcher, writer and trainer. He teaches strategy and marketing on the Postgraduate Certificate in Fundraising at the University of Barcelona, and is the author of three books. Importantly, he was runner-up in last year’s IFC Gala Night, where he appeared as one of the BeeGees. Come see what he comes up with this year! Previously, Chris was the director at the Elimination of Leukaemia Fund; and a researcher for the House of Commons.
Cian first joined nfpSynergy as an intern in January 2011, providing research support for the company’s tracking research, particularly CAM and ICEM, and bespoke projects.
Following his internship, he worked at the British Red Cross, where his responsibilities included internal research projects, responding to sector consultations, analysing supporter groups and assisting with evaluations in the fundraising division. The role also involved information gathering on external developments and sector trends, and contributing to the ethical screening process.
Cian returned to nfpSynergy in 2012 as a researcher and is now head of data science, working across the company’s syndicated and bespoke research. In the past three years he has developed several audience segmentations for charity clients and helped their implementation across the organisations. He is the technical lead on segmentation projects and other in-depth data analysis work, as well as leading analysis of charity sector data. He is also responsible for internal statistics training and ensuring that the nfpSynergy team is fully skilled in quantitative analysis.
Colin is CEO at Resolution, the campaigning family law association whose 6,500 members are family lawyers and practitioners committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Resolution campaigns for improvements to family law and the justice system to make sure that families get the help and support they need as they move through difficult transitions such as separation and divorce. Previously, Colin was director of youth and volunteering at the London Development Agency; director of development and department CEO at YouthNet; and deputy marketing director at The Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Connie founded BitGive in 2013, the first government-recognised Bitcoin non-profit and a pioneer organisation, leveraging Bitcoin and Blockchain technology via practical applications for humanitarian work in the developing world. Connie speaks internationally on the social impact of Bitcoin and Blockchain technology and is an advocate for diversity and equal opportunity. BitGive has built partnerships and raised funds with mainstream NGOs ready to innovate with this technology, including Save the Children, The Water Project, TECHO, and Medic Mobile. BitGive’s flagship project is GiveTrack, leveraging the Bitcoin blockchain for tracking contributions and engaging donors in project results on the ground in real time.
BitGive has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, Nonprofit Times, Inside Philanthropy, and more. Previously, Connie worked with non-profits in California for 15 years in a variety of roles. Most notably, her work included the development and implementation of multimillion dollar programs in public funding for the environmental sector. She remains involved as a volunteer and board director for several organisations.
Corine Aartman has built strong and innovative fundraising programmes with INGOs such as UNICEF and Cordaid, along with women’s and children’s rights activist groups. She founded BLOOM Consultancy to work with social change-makers globally as a consultant and trainer. Her focus is on building people’s capacities to make SCOs more autonomous, sustainable and healthy.
Corine is currently working with Wilde Ganzen Foundation, where she is developing a hybrid learning programme for community philanthropy. Co-created with local Southern partners, small NGOs and CBOs in ten low and middle income countries can learn how to fundraise and mobilise support within their own communities at little to no cost.
Corine co-founded the Dutch Fundraisers Association and has trained extensively in Europe and worldwide.
Courtney is an explorer and connector by nature who thrives by working with others to bring system-changing and meaningful projects to life, strategically and efficiently – especially with a focus on innovation and sustainable development. In the past 15 years she has lived, worked and traveled across more than 70 countries in pursuit of positive social impact using design thinking and developing market-based solutions. She has formally co-founded two social enterprises and has worked in and among large-scale organisations like Ashoka and the United Nations, and collaborated with global academic centers such as MIT’s D-lab and Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. For the past six years she has been Asia-based, working in the social impact sector as an entrepreneur, consultant, university lecturer and co-founder of DSIL Global.
Courtney is a current Vital Voices Fellow, faculty member at the Thammasat University’s School of Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship, and the Amsterdam-based THNK School of Creative Leadership for in-company program. She volunteers her time as an advisory board member to the Frontier Innovators DFAT program. Since 2016 she has also worked with the MIT International Development Design Summits, by co-leading in the Colombia, Thailand and Australia programs.
Other highlights include founding the Japan-based ‘Global Studies, Peace and Leadership Summer Seminar’ series – integrating virtual and fieldwork among participants from more than 40 countries to India, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines. From 2006-2014 she also served on the Executive Committee of the of the Swiss-based NGO World Alliance of YMCAs as a global representative of the North America region. Previous to co-founding a US social enterprise dedicated to creating a hub for closed loop systems and sustainability entrepreneurs, she worked with Ashoka’s Full Economic Citizenship initiative in the Washington, D.C.
Since 2002 she has logged in thousands of hours leading and facilitating classes, workshops and trainings across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, North and South America. She holds a master’s degree in responsible management and sustainable economic development from the United Nations University for Peace, in Costa Rica, and a bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations from the College of Charleston; with one year spent abroad in South Africa, at the University of Stellenbosch. ‘Ubuntu’ is a life-guiding philosophy that connects her passion with her purpose.
As the global F2F specialist for UNICEF, Daniel supports operations in 49 countries that collectively are close to recruiting one new donor every 60 seconds. Starting as a street fundraiser while pursuing a masters in psychology, he worked his way up to head of operations for one of the UK’s largest in-house F2F operations, then went on to work in 22 countries over two years as an independent consultant for organisations such as S.O.S, Oxfam International, UNICEF and UN Women, as well as some multinational F2F agencies. He previously was director at D.T. McDonnell Ltd.; head of national operations at Shelter UK; and operations manager at The Street Academy.
Daniel believes that creativity not only builds brands, but also can make the world a better place. After 11 years at TAXI, Daniel joined Cossette, as executive vice president and general manager in 2016, bringing with him extensive experience building and running diverse, integrated teams and agencies. He exploits his deep consumer obsession in everything he does through an inimitable style – ever curious, endlessly energetic and entirely BS-free. Daniel is proud to have been involved in work spanning regions, categories and consumers that has been awarded on the local and global stage for both creativity and effectiveness. Cossette has been named Strategy Magazine’s Agency of the Year for the last two years in a row.
Danni Adam is the paid social media lead at Greenpeace UK. Greenpeace UK aims to be a leader in the digital space and paid advertising on Facebook and Instagram plays a large part in this, recruiting 40% of all new non-financial supporters. Since Danni has taken over the programme the number of supporters and regular donors recruited via paid social media has doubled, while the cost per acquisition has dropped.
Together with unpaid social media activity Greenpeace UK has reached 50% of all potential Facebook users, in the last 6 months alone. Danni is now working closely with her counterpart who oversees the organic/unpaid social media activity, to translate this wide reach into deep engagement with Greenpeace – producing a new social media strategy for the organisation.
David is a consultant and member of the Institute of Fundraising’s Expert Advisory Panel on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
A communications practitioner with over 22 years’ experience, he has worked in both advertising agency and client-side senior roles, developing strategic marketing campaigns.
David joined HOME Companies in 2013 with a UK and global remit. This included overseeing strategic communications development, corporate partnerships, reputation management and policy & public affairs for group companies, including HOME Fundraising and HOME India.
A passionate advocate for all areas of diversity and inclusion, in 2018 David established okusoka + Co – a new consultancy working with sectors and organisations to create inclusive cultures. Their strategic approach seeks to embed inclusion with the business drivers for organisations.
He has spoken at international fundraising events and conferences on a range of issues including creating positive organisational culture, public trust and media perception, growing income from individual giving and fundraising regulation.
Diana has 16 years of working experience, both in the private sector and non-profit sector, 10 of which have been in international fundraising. She is currently the global donor development manager for UNHCR, at its headquarters in Copenhagen. Previously she was responsible for private sector fundraising for the World Food Programme in Spain and was an international consultant at Daryl Upsall & Associates. She has also worked in the private sector in a brand consulting firm and in television. Diana has presented in national conferences in Spain, Ireland, France and Portugal and in international conferences such as the AFP in the US and IFC in Holland.
As CEO of 3 SIDED CUBE, Duncan inspires the global digital agency to build tech for good. A leader inspired by impact, he and his team strive to create award-winning and life-saving apps for clients including RSPB, RNLI and Mind. His vision to change the way people donate blood saw The American Red Cross revolutionise the donation process into a digital system that has created over $70 million of revenue. Recognised for his drive to improve global disaster preparedness, he was invited to the White House to present the agency’s work on the world’s largest alerting app, which saves millions of lives in areas affected by tornadoes, earthquakes and other natural disasters every day.
Ellen brings over 25 years of marketing and fundraising experience, always with a focus on combining new technological opportunities with innovative ways to involve the supporter base. She is now working as an innovation manager for the Dutch Heart Foundation, where she is developing both new products and partnerships to co-create new products to accelerate the fight against cardiovascular diseases. She strongly believes in the necessity to innovate across the entire organisation, to come up with new fund- or friend-raising propositions that truly engage and inspire our supporters. Ellen has presented sessions at regional, national and international conferences, both on innovation management in general, as well as on specific expertise, like crowdfunding and open innovation.
Emily is Co-Owner and Director of Strategy & Analysis at Daryl Upsall & Associates, where she specialises in supporting non-profits from around the world with planning for international growth, new market entry and optimisation of global fundraising strategies. Her global view of fundraising comes from working on projects in over 30 markets across North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, with both large international and smaller national organisations. Her prior experience was in international investment and expansion strategy planning with private-sector consultancies of Accenture and Deloitte.
Eve Liebetrau has been involved in Business and the Aviation Industry for a number of years and until recently held the position Executive Manager Human Resources for Comair Ltd, a private sector airline company, which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Comair operates two airline brands, British Airways and kulula.com, and serves 10 destinations in the SADEC region. Comair also owns and runs Airport Lounges (Slow Lounges), an online Travel Agency (kulula Travel), an airline catering company (Food Directions) and a Pilot simulator training centre (CTC). Comair generates approximately R6 billion worth of revenue per annum and carries approximately 5 million passengers per annum.
As one of the team of original pioneers of Comair Ltd, Eve set up and evolved the Cabin Crew Operations Division, and after completing her MBA was appointed to set up an Human Resources Division for the organisation. As an outcome of the development and formalisation of people best practice in service of business sustainability, in 2017 Comair Ltd was certified by an international certification body (Top Employers) as an “Employer of Choice” due to the structures, governance, best practice which she was instrumental in introducing into the organisation.
Gabrielle is an exuberant, empathetic humanitarian who is passionate about supporting positive change towards a more equitable and sustainable world. Since completing her formal education, which culminated in a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies at the Univesrity of Cape Town, Gabrielle has focussed her career on finding enabling solutions to address the systemic and intractible barriers that hinder socio-economic development and prosperity.
Gabrielle has played a number of leading roles in organisations and projects primarily in Southern Africa.
Most recently, she returned to GreaterImpact in 2015 to fulfill roles as impact advisory services manager and Hhad of innovation, leading a dynamic team that continues to pioneer in the field of impact advisory services, and partners with clients to prove and improve their important work in solving the wicked problems of our time.
Gabrielle also guest lectures on impact management and measurement on Masters and Executive Education programmes for the Bertha Centre for social innovation and entrepreneurship and the University of Cape Town, Graduate School of Business.
Gareth works as a consultant with Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership Global (DSIL Global), an innovation company based in Bangkok.
Gareth is an expert at driving successful projects that merge private sector innovation, human-centred design and progressive facilitation. His focus is on leveraging public health strengths such as monitoring and evaluation, advocacy, coalition building and partnerships across corporate, government and international development sectors.
Gareth enjoys presenting ideas that challenge internal organisational cultures with humor and authenticity to deliver consciousness raising, growth, and change.
Prior to joining DSIL, Gareth was the director of partnerships and programs at Asia Catalyst, an American non-governmental organisation that focuses on the health and human rights of marginalised communities in China and Southeast Asia. At Asia Catalyst, Gareth trained leaders of community-based organisations to run more effective, sustainable, and democratic organisations, and to conduct rigorous human rights research and advocacy.
Gareth has also worked in the private sector and with other nonprofit organisations such as International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International. He holds a bachelor’s of business administration degree and a certificate in women and gender studies from National Taiwan University, as well as a master’s of public health degree from the University of Melbourne.
Gautam is passionate about how technology can be used to create social change. At Purpose, and leads a number of projects across Kenya, India and the US. Gautam joined Purpose from Oxfam International, where as head of digital campaigns he led an ambitious agenda to build the digital campaigning capacity of Oxfam and partners. Under Gautam’s leadership, Oxfam mobilised 2.5 million supporters around the world and built tools and resources that were accessible to over 2,000 partners. Gautam also co-founded OurSay.org – an independent organisation started by a team of young people passionate about harnessing the power of social media to revitalise critical participation in democracy. He has also worked on public policy and external relations for Teach for Australia and in the Australian public service.
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, corporate partnerships, innovation strategy 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 important achievement is that his two teenage sons still talk to him and don’t think he’s a complete idiot!
Geoffrey is an internationally-recognised expert in fundraising using many channels. His teaching credentials include more than 11 years of teaching at the graduate school level, presentations at more than 100 continuing education programs, (he has also published more than 50 articles, book chapters, and monographs on various topics), and regular contributions to courses on fundraising and direct response marketing. Geoffrey is past-president of Creative Direct Marketing International, a firm that raised funds or consulted in more than 20 countries outside of North America. He has more than 30 years’ experience fundraising in all channels including as a college president, head of a research institute, volunteer for multiple charities, and a professional fundraising consultant.
He is past president of the Direct Marketing Association of Washington and was a board member of the AFP-DC Metropolitan Chapter. He has served as vice-chair of the DMA Nonprofit Federation and has been awarded the Max Hart Award as well as the DMA-Nonprofit Federation’s Public Service Award for his various volunteer efforts on behalf of the nonprofit community. He was recognised as Volunteer of the Year by the Direct Marketing Association of Washington. He has twice been cited by The Nonprofit Times as one of the 50 most influential leaders in the nonprofit sector in the United States and by Fundraising Success as one of the top ten men in fundraising in the USA. He has received the George T. Holloway award for public service from the National Catholic Development Conference.
A thought leader in his field, Grant’s main focus is to address the massive changes that are taking place in a world that is constantly being introduced to new technologies and an evolving World Wide Web. He continually challenges sales & marketing conventions that become accepted wisdom but don’t necessarily deliver results. Grant is a regular contributor to many business magazines and newspapers. Amongst others, he has been featured in the Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Financial Times, The Daily Mirror and The Sun. He has appeared on BBC Radio on numerous occasions, as well as being featured on a significant number of US radio networks.
From elementary school in Belgium, Griet questioned the status quo and aspired to be a changemaker. Her fearless curiosity led to a personal and professional journey, spanning oceans and continents. Griet thrives on spotting opportunities to build intentional community and on bridging geographic, cultural and sectoral boundaries.
Griet pioneers across sectors and disciplines. After graduating from law school in Belgium, followed by International Relations studies at Johns Hopkins University in Bologna and Washington, DC, she established the first European-American Chamber of Commerce in the United States and developed a novel impact strategy. She moved on to become an award-winning communications consultant for Burson-Marsteller, before her appointment as representative of the Flemish government in Boston, where she successfully attracted American companies to invest in Belgium.
In 2005, Griet started her private international fundraising practice, Dehandschutter & Associates, based in Boston, to counsel continental non-profits how to capitalise on strategic opportunities. She recognized the urgency to diversify their income in a rapidly changing world of shrinking government support and increased global competition. She advises leaders across the non-profit sector in 15 countries to transform their organisations and engage in strategic private fundraising, locally and globally.
The strategic fundraising road map is her most recent brainchild. CFRE certified, Griet is writing a book on the subject and speaks locally and internationally. She is an active volunteer leader, loves to travel with her family and enjoys painting abstract cows.
A senior fundraiser with 25 years’ experience within the charitable sector, Harpreet has acquired experience in both agencies and charities. She has provided both strategic and practical leadership to grow income for a number of organisations, and she has managed income in excess of £35 million per year and teams of up to 100. Harpreet is a trustee at RoSPA, an organisation that has been at the heart of accident prevention in the UK for 100 years. She also is a member of the Institute of Fundraising Special Interest Group on Donor Experience and serves as a treasurer for the PTA at Park School for Girls. Since 2017, she has run her own business providing interim support for a number of charities, including Diabetes UK, Christian Aid and Dementia UK.
Heather is a seasoned nonprofit executive and AFP Master Trainer, experienced in several areas of the philanthropic sector, including higher education, human services, associations, faith-based and international relief and development organizations.
A highly rated international speaker with two decades of nonprofit experience, she has an extensive background in leadership and management; fundraising; marketing and communications; grant seeking; strategic planning and analytics. She has held the CFRE credential since 2009 and currently serves as vice president for advancement at Concordia College-New York.
Heather received a B.A. in psychology from Case Western Reserve University and earned a graduate certificate in nonprofit management (CNM) from the former Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Case Western Reserve University. She serves as chair of the CFRE International board of directors and is a member of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives. She
received the Jay Bleeke Award in 2014 for outstanding service as a young ALDE member and the ALDE Creativity Award in 2017 for her “thanksGiving Tuesday” initiative. Heather is also a member of AFP’s Growth in Giving Working Group and an international advisory panel member of Rogare, the University of Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy’s fundraising think tank.
Helena is a data and research specialist in the Global Engagement Department at Greenpeace International, where she manages the IFL (International Fundraising Leadership) INGO Peer Review and the Global Donor Insights Initiative for Greenpeace and has been part of the IFL Data Steering Team for the past four years. She is currently leading the development of a global business intelligence platform providing a fully integrated overview of Greenpeace’s supporters (donors, volunteers, activists, digital audience); modeling and predictive analysis; and broadening access to real-time, user-friendly intelligence that informs global strategies across Greenpeace’s network of more than 50 countries. Prior to Greenpeace, Helena worked in academic research covering animal welfare, environment, agriculture, conservation and biodiversity.
Helena is co-owner of leadership and team development consultancy Sharpstone Skinner. She’s an experienced facilitator, mentor, coach, speaker and writer working with leaders, teams and individuals to improve performance and impact. A licensed practitioner of insights learning and development, Helena’s specialties include leadership coaching, management development, team spring clean, personal effectiveness, presentation skills, and interview techniques. Previously, Helena was a speaker at The Parent Company; head of training at Help the Aged; and sales and management training consultant at Brook Street PLC.
Helene joined the International Civil Society Centre in May 2011 and was appointed deputy executive director in May 2013, overseeing the general management of the centre and its projects. Prior to joining the centre team, Helene worked as a research officer at the International Crisis Group’s headquarters in Brussels and as a junior consultant at a strategic communications consultancy in Berlin. Helene holds an MA in EU politics and government from the London School of Economics and has also studied cultural studies at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and in Wroclaw, Poland.
Ian is the founder and director of Rogare, the fundraising think tank at Plymouth University’s Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy. He’s recognised as a leading thinker on fundraising ethics, and one of his main research areas is to develop a new theory of ethics specifically for application to fundraising. He is also researching the reasons why some people have such vehement negative reactions to being asked to give to charity. Ian edits the Critical Fundraising blog and is also a lecturer in fundraising and marketing at Plymouth. He has worked in the fundraising sector since 2001, as editor of Professional Fundraising magazine, account director at TurnerPR, and head of communications at the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association. Prior to that he was a journalist, editing titles for the police service, music business and waste management industry.
Jacob is an international speaker who has worked across many charities, from small to large – national to international. His main focus is innovation and business intelligence in fundraising. Currently the area which inspires him and his clients is moving charities into the digital space and ensuring digital leaps in there proficiency.
Jacob’s educational background is a master in philosophy and business administration. Recently he has applied his research background in leading benchmarking analysis in the sector. Finding insights that we all need for our strategic decisions, and finding out what good performance actually is. If you need to know more, get in touch!
Jacob’s never had a proper job 🙂 He set up his first company in 2014, and has been an entrepreneur ever since. But one thing he knows, is that doing the same thing over and over again – wont bring social change about. As the world needs to change, so do we.
Jan is working as a individual fundraising consultant and as a director in coalition of fundraising professionals “For Easy Giving” (CZ). It brings together 36 major czech nonprofits that realize individual, relationship fundraising on a professional level. Previously, Honza served as program director in Via Foundation, or as head of fundraising in Hnutí DUHA – Friends of the Earth Czech Republic. He is devoted to fundraising and philanthropy over 12 years. More: www.jangregor.cz.
Jan has 20 years of experience as a consultant, coach, trainer and researcher in the field of philanthropy, resource mobilisation, leadership and management of civil society organisations in more than a dozen countries around the world, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe. He is the co-founder of the Czech Fundraising Center and the Chair of NETT – the Civil Society Think Tank. Jan serves as a trustee on several boards of leading non-profits in the Central and Eastern European region.
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Jan helps organisations to reach their fundraising goals, focusing on major gifts and digital fundraising. He started his professional fundraising career right after school, working at an orphanage in Guatemala. Continuing for the same organisation in Germany, Jan learned all facets of traditional fundraising from scratch, starting as a trainee. Later he focused on major gift fundraising, and worked as director of fundraising at NPH Germany. He is now Community Manager at RaiseNow, a digital toolset that supports ambitious fundraisers to grow their online fundraising. In 2012 he also co-founded the Major Giving Institute, offering a qualification program for major gift fundraisers. Jan is an author, video blogger and member of the Advisory Board at the German Fundraising Association.
Jason is the CEO of THINK Digital Solutions. He’s worked in digital media in the international non-profit sector for over 20 years. In 2012, he set up THINK Digital to help INGOs drive growth and embed digital thinking and channels within their organisations, including Amnesty International, UNHCR, IRC, the National Trust, Christian Aid and the British Library. Jason is widely recognised as an innovative and pioneering contributor to the development of digital thinking and channels in the non-profit sector, and he continues to inspire and lead the way. Previously, he was the owner of Think Consulting Solutions; and an art director at Burnett Associates.
Agent Jen Love is a storyteller. And not in a poetic sense. In a fumbling, arm-waving, half-sentence-speaking, let’s-get-to-the-heart-and-the-feelings sense. Write drunk, edit sober… even if you’re only drunk on emotions. Inhaling an attitude of gratitude and exhaling #donorlove, Jen’s title is partner at Agents of Good, a collective of donor champions.
Jenny Hodgson has been the executive director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) since 2006 when it was first established as a pilot project. Over the course of the past twelve years, she has overseen the emergence of the GFCF as the leading global voice on community philanthropy as a core strategy for people-led development and shifting power closer to the ground. The GFCF is a champion of this largely overlooked but rapidly emerging global field, using grants, research and convenings to support thought leadership and the emergence of a global community philanthropy (#ShiftThePower) movement.
Jenny moved to Uganda in 1992 and never returned to her native UK, setting up home – with cats, dogs and family – in Russia, Kenya, Singapore, Thailand and South Africa, where she has been based for the past decade. Jenny has a BA (Hons) in English from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and an MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She is on the board of the African Philanthropy Network.
Jillian has developed, executed, and managed award-winning fundraising and communications strategies for some of the largest peer-to-peer fundraising events in the USA and, more recently, in Europe. In 2014 she founded PeerWorks, an international consultancy based in Amsterdam, in order to meet the demands for this fast-growing, innovative form of fundraising. The team at Peerworks has over 30 years of experience helping charities inspire and empower their supporters to raise significant funds and awareness on their behalf. Not only do Jillian and her colleagues love giving advice about peer-to-peer fundraising, but they also enjoy doing it! Jillian has personally raised over €20.000 for a variety of causes and charities she cares deeply about.
Joe is director of supporter impact and income at The Children’s Society, a national charity that runs local services to help children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable and have nowhere left to turn. Working in the charity sector for over 15 years, Joe has focussed his efforts on helping people to achieve as much impact as possible for the causes that inspire them. Joe previously was director of engagement at Friends of the Earth; head of fundraising strategy at RNIB; and senor account manager at Pell & Bales.
Jonas is one of the founders of Fantastic Studios, a creative consultancy dedicated to innovation, organisational transformation and strategic learning. He has been facilitating educational workshops for more than 15 years, and during the last three years has taken more than 350 people through the advanced facilitators training, ‘Leading Creative Collaboration’. What Jonas is really passionate about is raising creative confidence and making people smarter together. Previously, he was a workshop designer and facilitator and a film and media coordinator, at Subtopia.
Jon recently joined Saleforce.org to head up the Marketing Cloud team for EMEA. The move comes after nearly four years with the commercial business working with strategic Marketing Cloud accounts like Hotels.com and Eurostar. His aim is to bring that deep product experience to the non-profit sector and help Salesforce.org customers optimise their digital investments.
Jon has been involved in fundraising and marketing for the last 13 years, and is one of the world’s top digital fundraising and campaigning experts, having honed his craft in digital-first organisations. He’s passionate about sharing his knowledge with as many people as possible to raise standards in the nonprofit sector to increase our impact.
Jon is a true global fundraiser, having raised tens of millions of pounds in nearly every country in the world for human rights, health care, advocacy and campaigning, education, hospitals, and community organisations. He currently lives in London, via New Zealand and Canada.
Jo has over a decade of experience as a digital leader in the charity sector. Her consultancy practice focuses on people and culture as the pivotal success factors for digital change. Recent clients include Dementia UK, Goodenough College, Resource Alliance and Teach First.
Jo’s most recent in-house role was as assistant director of digital for Breast Cancer Care. As the charity’s digital lead, she developed innovative online support services for people affected by breast cancer. Working collaboratively across the sector, Jo created the Voluntary Sector Digital Maturity Matrix – to date the tool has helped over 800 charities understand their current digital capability and set goals for the future.
Before Breast Cancer Care, Jo was Girlguiding’s first head of digital communications, initiating a programme of digital transformation. She has also directed digital strategy and managed campaigns and products for vInspired and Action on Hearing Loss.
Agency-side, Jo has been managing director for London at prosocial digital agency Reason Digital, overseeing its work with national charities. Earlier in her career, she directed charity accounts for Glasgow-based agency tictoc and opened its London office.
In 2014, Jo was voted #1 woman in digital under 30 by The Drum. In March 2017, she was named one of 10 inspiring women in charity digital by Third Sector.
Julie joined Amnesty International as their first Senior Director of Global Fundraising and Engagement at the end of 2014.
Prior to this she worked with UNICEF International for four years, developing and providing strategic advice, leadership and support to their Global Fundraising Services team as well as to their 60 national committees and country offices.
From 2003, she worked as the Fundraising Director for the Netherlands Red Cross where she significantly expanded the fundraising department before moving to Greenpeace International in 2008 as Head of Global Fundraising.
Julie has global experience across a wide range of markets and fundraising disciplines. During her career, she has been responsible for a range of innovative cross media campaigns and the integration and development of fundraising activities on a national and global scale.
Currently, Julie is responsible for rolling out the global fundraising strategy and realizing ambitious goals for growth in income and membership. She and her team support Amnesty International sections and structures worldwide to develop and enhance their Fundraising and membership activities.
Kasper has a decade of experience in developing and leading fundraising programs with a strong focus on innovating donor experience and improve donor loyalty. Data is a key driver for his fundraising programs because you need to know better, to do better.
In addition to being director of engagement & fundraising at Diabetes UK, the leading charity in the UK for people affected by diabetes, Kath is also vice chair of the Institute of Fundraising in the UK. She has worked in the charity sector for 20 years and brings significant senior leadership and management experience in fundraising, marketing and communications from a range of roles. Kath is strongly committed to engaging and inspiring people with causes by building great relationships with them. Previously she was executive director, fundraising and supporter development, for King’s College London; director of engagement and income generation at Breakthrough Breast Cancer; development director at NSPCC; and a Trustee of the charity Freedom from Torture.
Katherine is a senior fundraiser with more than a decade of experience in a diverse range of roles at charities including Comic Relief, Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support. A solution-focused and creative thinker, she is passionate about innovation and finding new approaches to improve the way we fundraise. Katherine currently heads up the innovation function at Unicef UK, leading a team that delivers strategic product development to diversify and future-proof the fundraising portfolio. Katherine is also part of UNICEF’s new Global Fundraising Innovation Programme, working in collaboration with colleagues across the world to develop multi-market opportunities that will have transformative impact.
By constantly staying up to date with online developments within social advertising and keeping in touch with Facebook directly, Kevin ensures Social Blue is the first to make use of trends within lead generation through Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
Khaled Khalifa is a professional humanitarian with 20 years of experience in relief and development. He led humanitarian operations in various settings of natural disasters and complex emergencies. Khaled has worked in several senior managerial positions with major international organizations in a number of countries including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Indonesia, Malaysia, Libya, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, and KSA.
He holds an MA degree in English Literature & Humanities from Minia University in Egypt, an MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of London, and a Project Management Diploma from Aalborg Technical School, Denmark. He is a wellknown international trainer in disaster management, and a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team (UNDAC).
Currently Khaled Khalifa is the Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to the States of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
When it comes to building high-value donor relationships, Kimberley’s energy, enthusiasm and original thinking are unparalleled. With over 30 years of experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, she is a sought-after speaker on the topics of high-value giving and the sector. Kimberley believes we all have a responsibility to engage and inspire donors throughout their journey with our organisations. Leading a team of high-performing individuals at Blakely, she instills both the importance of superior customer service and the foundations of using the donor journey as a framework. She ensures that Blakely puts clients and their donors at the centre of everything it does. Her passion for high-value donor development, coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit, has led to the development of UPLIFT, Blakely’s new partnership in mid-level giving with Mark Phillips; and VISION, a marketing programme for legacy giving.
Kyla Shawyer provides overall leadership to the Resource Alliance, working closely with various stakeholders, including institutional partners and the global volunteer network as well as engaging with the wider philanthropic sector. She has spent 20 years in fundraising, marketing and resource mobilisation both within the international non-profit community, as well as inside the commercial sector.
Most recently, Kyla’s experience has included leading the international fundraising, marketing and programme delivery for Operation Smile International, a global children’s non-profit organisation with programmes in over 60 countries.
Laura loves fundraising. After leaving her first career in Library Science she found her niche in the fundraising world. She has experience in annual, tribute giving, mid-level growth, and digital integration. Laura is a proud Humber College grad and has co-created a mentorship project for new grads transitioning into the workplace from academia. She is also actively involved with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Toronto including chairing the Education Committee for AFP Toronto Congress 2017 & 2018.
As global legacy manager at Greenpeace International, Ligia drives Greenpeace’s global legacy strategy and manages a community of legacy practice managers in 14 countries. For the past 15 years, she has been working with a variety of organisations and international NGOs, their focus ranging from mental health and environmental, to education and at-risk youths. Working on all aspects of fundraising, communications and management, her true passion has always been to empower small non-profits to be strong and resilient. Ligia presents on the topic of ethics and legacy giving. She’s the author of the ‘Small Shop Fundraising’ chapter in the second volume of ‘Excellence in Fundraising in Canada,’ as well as several articles in various electronic and print publications.
Liza has over 20 years of experience in developing and leading fundraising programmes at well-respected health care organisations in Toronto. Over her career, Liza has been involved in implementing innovative fundraising strategies that have significantly grown revenues. She has led public awareness campaigns that have helped change people’s views on mental health, developed integrated direct marketing programs to improve donor loyalty, and established data mining techniques to identify revenue opportunities. Her previous roles at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation, Holland Bloorview Children’s Rehabilitation Foundation and SickKids Foundation provided her the environment to innovate and take risks to drive revenue growth. Liza is a board director at Willow Breast and Hereditary Cancer Support, has served on the AFP Board, and chaired the Not-for-Profit Council of the Canadian Marketing Association. Liza is highly regarded in the fundraising profession as a valued speaker and educator and has been praised for her ability to improve fundraising programs through her analytical skills, teamwork and innovation.
Liesbet is the founder and managing partner of Volta Capital, a boutique impact investing intermediary focused on tailor-made financial instruments designed with impact and purpose.
She has been active in the impact investment space for over 15 years and brings a strong network, as well as a deep understanding of how to apply financial solutions to development and social finance challenges. She is a recognized leader in financial structuring for impact, bringing together public and private stakeholders in tackling development challenges across multiple sectors. These include the pay-for-performance impact bond for eye surgeries in Cameroon; the early childhood impact bond in the Western Cape in South Africa; and the Lending for Education in Africa Partnership (LEAP), a social fund managed by Volta that provides affordable student financing in East Africa.
In addition, Liesbet has deep experience working with fund managers, investors, development agencies and multi-stakeholder syndicates in setting up their impact fund strategies and impact management processes.
She has a long-standing track record of engaging with senior leadership across public sector, private sector and civil society across Sub Saharan Africa and globally. She has led numerous executive level workshops and training sessions – in impact investing, innovative finance design and structuring and commercial finance deal making, at places e.g, at Global Fund board; ICRC global donor gathering; multi- partisan convenings at DFID, DFAT, ADB, Global Impact Investing Network; Board of Trustees of a leading Kenyan pension fund; etc.
Liesbet sits on the board of a number of her clients’ investee companies as well as the board of Capricorn Venture Partners and Quest for Growth. She chairs the Investment Committee of Impact Assets, a US based donor advised fund manager.
Loretta is a senior fundraising leader, with a track record of successful strategic and operational delivery across national and complex organisations, including Cancer Research UK, Action For Children and NSPCC. She has led on the strategic development of community fundraising groups and Relay For Life, a national programme of volunteer-led fundraising.
She has designed and delivered high profile people and organisational change programmes and has significant experience of Learning and Development in charities. Loretta has achieved impressive results in transforming ways of working, creating high performing teams, culture design, leadership development, talent and succession management and sales capacity in fundraising teams. Loretta is a qualified business coach with a passion for developing fundraisers skills.
Loretta is a consultant at THINK Consulting Solutions.
Lori is vice president of brand strategy & communications at SickKids Foundation – the marketing and fundraising arm of the world-renowned The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. Lori leads the strategic vision for SickKids’ brand communications. Under Lori’s leadership, SickKids’ team of marketers, content specialists, public relations practitioners and agency partners develop innovative marketing programs that build brand equity around the SickKids’ mission and drive $145 million in donations annually. Since Lori’s arrival at SickKids Foundation in 2014, the organisation has consistently produced award-winning advertising campaigns garnering national media attention and international recognition at every major awards show. In that same period, SickKids Foundation has achieved record-breaking donations year over year. With the launch of the SickKids VS campaign platform in 2016, Lori has been credited with redefining the category of charity marketing. Along with garnering nine Cannes Lions, the campaign ignited press coverage and dialogue around the globe. Prior to joining SickKids, Lori had roles on the senior management teams of leading advertising agencies such as Leo Burnett and BBDO, where she was business lead on assignments that included some of Canada’s biggest blue chip brands such as GE, FedEx, RBC and TD Bank. Lori holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and sociology from the University of Western Ontario. Lori was named Canada’s 2017 Marketer of the Year by the Canadian Marketing Association.
Since 2011, Louise has held the position of CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust, which fundraises for paediatric healthcare through the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Louise has a Business Science Honours degree in social marketing from UCT and over 20 years of development and corporate experience. She was MD of GreaterCapital, part of the GreaterGood SA group, where she developed and implemented effective corporate social investment strategies for over 60 corporate clients.
Louise researched and wrote the book: How to Help: A Guide to Worthy Causes in Durban, which provides a beneficiary resource for private and corporate funders. In 2012 she won the Regional Businesswoman of the Year Award in the Social Development category and in 2013 won the South African Institute of Fundraising award for Southern Africa Fundraiser of the Year as well as the Resource Alliance 2013 Global Fundraiser of the Year at the IFC in the Netherlands. In 2017 Louise won the SADAC regional and South African CEO Global award for Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business & Government.
Louise has spoken at many conferences over her career on topics ranging from effective corporate social investment strategies to successful fundraising strategies and maximizing stakeholder involvement.
Louise has worked in fundraising for ten years. She joined Open in 2012, having previously managed the donor retention programme at Barnardo’s, the UK Largest children’s charity, as well as working in a number of sectors and being a volunteer youth worker before her move into fundraising. She leads Open’s Client Services team and oversees every account. She uses her creativity, passion, strategic eye and extensive direct marketing experience to ensure Open work with their clients to deliver great work and great results.
Madeline has been raising money, organising, and leading internet strategies for 25 years, and figuring out creative ways to do it for most of that time. She is currently Principal + Creative Director at M+R, a digital engagement firm serving clients which include Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Mercy Corps, PETA, Oxfam, World Food Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, AARP, Red Cross, and many more. She wrote one of the first books on raising money with email back in 2005!
I am a fundraising strategist. That means I work with charities and help them develop strategies to meet their goals and inspire donors to fund the amazing work that they do. That strategy is expressed through creative — emotional letter copy and engaging art — that excites the donor, or prospective donor, and motivates them to take action and make a gift. Outside of the office, fundraising and philanthropy are still my biggest passions. I can regularly be found on Twitter @fundraisermaeve, tweeting about fundraising, and I also keep a blog on fundraising called www.whatgivesphilanthropy.com.
Maja Stojanović is the Executive Director of Civic Initiatives, non-profit in Serbia. She is also President of the Board of Directors for the Human Rights and Democracy House in Belgrade. In addition, Maja is a member of Team Europe, a team of experts for the European integration process in Serbia, set up by the EU Delegation in Serbia and various non-profit and state working groups in the areas of education, civil society development, philantrophy and human rights. Maja has over 19 years of experience in the non-profit sector, including work in the anti-Milošević movements and other issues through the Students’ Union of Serbia, and serving as Executive Director of the Youth Initiative for Human Rights. She has over 10 years of experience in providing training for organizations and individuals in the areas of human rights, strategic planning and management, fundraising regional cooperation, activism and networking on national and international levels.
Maja initiated or was part of wide variety of campaigns in Serbia, most of them organized through in-kind fundraising, resulting in putting on government and international agenda the issues of Srebrenica genocide, human rights and media freedom.
Marcelo is an innovative marketing professional with over 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector. He leads his own international creative consultancy, providing social marketing and public mobilisation strategies powered by innovation.
Marcelo was one of the global pioneers of digital mobilisation in the social sector, leading the design and implementation of cyberactivism and fundraising at Greenpeace International. His clients include Greenpeace, UNICEF, UNHCR, Action Aid, Médecins Sans Frontières, SOS Children’s Villages, and other major international and Latin American organisations. Virtual reality is his new obsession to drive social change.
Marco is the director and artistic leader of the ISH Dance Collective. And actually a lot more than that. He never wants to choose just one thing, you see. This son of the Philippines grew up in Belgium and shuttled back and forth between gymnastics and violin lessons, only to later choose judo and the saxophone. After finishing secondary school, too, it was hard for this energetic, creative person to stay put. He studied in Antwerp at Studio Herman Teirlinck, the Higher Institute for Dance and Open Living Theater but didn’t really feel at home anywhere.
In the late ’90s he fell in love with Amsterdam, where he threw himself into dancing, skating and acting. He was named the Netherlands Champion of Freestyle Skating and performed in various productions, including the musical ‘Eindeloos’ and shows by the dance company AYA. Besides that he was often to be found in the Vondelpark, where he made contacts and became friends with skaters, dancers and actors. In 2000, his new network inspired him to make his first production, ISH. He took the name from the suffix ‘ish’, which means ‘something you can’t define precisely because it’s both one thing and another’.
In the decades that followed, ISH’s star has kept rising, with several multidisciplinary productions that appeal on a broad audience coming out every year. The flame is also passed on to the next generations through workshops and residencies. In these educational projects in the Netherlands and abroad, ISH supervises young people while they make their own productions.
In addition to his activities as a performer and artistic director at ISH, Marco is active in various other areas of the creative field. For instance, director Wilko Bello made a documentary about him, ‘Wheels of Fortune’, which was broadcast on NPS and awarded at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Marco has played acting roles in the AT5 soap ‘Westside’, the television film ‘Vrijdag de 14de: Wake-Up Call’ and the film ‘Down’. He also had the leading role in Ruth Meyer’s dance film ‘Equilibrium’. In 2000, Marco was nominated for the NPS Cultural Award and in 2009 for Amsterdammer of the Year, where the jury praised him for his exemplary contribution to the arts in Amsterdam.
Marco is an expert in peer-to-peer fundraising, bringing together a unique expertise and hands-on experience of digital fundraising, strategic insights, marketing and how to raise money from large numbers of people.
Before becoming an independent consultant, he worked for eight years at JustGiving, the leading P2P fundraising platform that has raised $4.5 billion for good causes in 164 countries. During that time he shaped the online fundraising of some of the world-leading digital fundraising campaigns such as Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life and has helped to raise tens of millions for charities annually.
Marco is passionate about helping charities build capacity and take advantage of technological innovations to raise more money and reach more people.
He is a board member of The Resource Alliance and was the chair for the organisation’s Fundraising Online web conference.
Marco is an experienced internet entrepreneur. With his vision of efficient and exciting online fundraising solutions, he empowers organisations to seize the opportunities of digitisation and make the world a better place. Originally from the financial industry, Marco began his entrepreneurial career in 1999 with a web design agency for NPO clients. Companies in marketing automation and Saa followed and nowadays form Bitaya Holding with offices in Zurich and Berlin.
Margaret Rose is a lawyer, anti-corruption and transparency advocate, and a serial social entrepreneur driven to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges through policy, innovation and empathy. Currently pursuing her doctorate in International Public Procurement Policy & Research at the University of Bath, UK, Margaret has founded serial initiatives geared toward empowering citizens to become more effective in their engagement in public governance and guardians of the public interest in Trinidad and Tobago and the UK, including the Caribbean Procurement Institute, a specialist provider of public procurement law education, professional capacity building
and consulting services to governments and public sector bodies, and its successor Procurement Innovation & Leadership Lab UK, which aims to help public sector bodies to design and implement innovative, data-driven procurement policy for inclusion and SDG impact.
In 2014 Margaret won the Global Social Entrepreneurship Initiative awarded by Transparency International (TI) and the International AntiCorruption Conference (IACC) for developing the innovative civic technology platform Disclosure Today, which is a social governance network connecting citizen activists with pro bono lawyers and digitizing legally compliant freedom of information requests.
In 2016, Margaret founded U-Solve School of Empathic Leadership & Entrepreneurship, an entrepreneurial eco-system builder to address global challenges and which is currently pioneering research on “Empathic Anger” and Impact Measurement for SDG Readability. Margaret’s work in U-Solve centers around building the capacity of social impact entrepreneurs for personal resilience and to design, structure and lead multi-sectoral partnerships for social change.
Marjolein has been a fundraiser for over 15 years at Greenpeace and Stichting AAP. Since she started her own company, FC Marjolein, she organizes events and helps NGOs in reaching their fundraising targets. Her goal is to make this world a better place and try to grow the green, sustainable community as big as possible. Marjolein has been involved with the world’s first Virtual March and because of her green character, she is always seeking new ways to create movement for the cause.
Mark has decades of experience in direct marketing, legacy, mid-value and digital fundraising and research into understanding what makes donors tick. He is proud to have been described as a ‘brand-grump’ and as ‘offering tough love to the sector’. Everything he does is focussed on responding to what donors actually need from charities. Marks works and regularly presents in the UK and internationally. Partnering with like-minded agency Blakely in Canada, he has been driving the strategic and creative development of the UPLIFT product. Mark loves fundraising and shares thoughts and ideas through queerideas.co.uk
Mary Lynn (ML) is an unapologetic fundraiser, communications professional and shameless idealist with more than 25 years of experience creating compelling and award-winning actionable content. She loves it when the good guys win. (Hint: You are the good guys.) As global fundraising engagement manager at UNICEF in Geneva, she helps shape the narrative for fundraisers and has led storytelling missions to at least 17 countries. Along with colleagues around the world, ML helped drive a central galvanizing moment for UNICEF on 20 November 20 2017 (World Children’s Day), with a story that resonated in 140 countries, was re-tweeted by the Pope and trended #2 on Twitter globally.
With a strong focus on relationship management, Matt provides support and direction to the partner organisations that have Relay For Life programs and are situated in Europe and the Middle East. It is also his responsibility to bring more partners into the program. He facilitates training, idea sharing and networking across the region in order to promote best practices and to seek joint opportunities to further the work of all organisations in the fight against cancer.
Matt first got an appetite for Relay whilst travelling in Australia, where he worked with several Relay events. Whilst in Australia, Matt met his now wife and moved to her native Ireland. Keen to rekindle his work with Relay, he became the director of the Irish Cancer Society before taking on his role at the American Cancer Society.
Meredith is the executive director of fundraising and engagement at Marie Curie UK, an organisation that provides care and support for people living with any terminal illness, and their families. In 2017, Marie Curie cared for more than 40,000 people across the UK.
Michael is the founder of See3 Communications and the new tech start-up Gather Voices. He combines his passion for social good with his knowledge and experience of technology and storytelling. Michael is a long-time consultant to nonprofit leaders and works closely with US organisations such as Make-A-Wish, Alzheimer’s Association and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital on community engagement strategies. He started his career as a Washington-based political consultant and nonprofit fundraiser before joining a venture investment firm to develop internet startups. Michael is an internationally sought-after speaker and trainer on the future of technology, storytelling for social change, and organisational development in the age of Artificial Intelligence.
Michael has been a fundraiser for 30 years and has worked with hundreds of social impact and charitable organisations in Canada, the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. He’s an expert in fundraising innovation and integrated fundraising – especially in the use of digital technologies and their effective integration with traditional and new fundraising methods. He had a hand in creating some of the first digital fundraising tools and campaigns in the late 1990s.
Michael is the author of ‘The Fund Raiser’s Guide to the Internet’ and ‘The Nonprofit Guide to the Internet’ and is the editor of ‘Internet Strategies: Best Practices for Marketing’ and ‘Direct Response Fund Raising: Mastering New Trends for Results.’ He was a founding board member of the Washington-based e-Philanthropy Foundation and the founding foundation chair for the first global charity online lottery, globelot.com. He has helped to found, and chair, the industry-leading Integrated Marketing Advisory Board, a collection of leading fundraising agencies and other related industry associations.
Michael is a current board member of the The Resource Alliance and was the first chair for the Resource Alliance’s Fundraising Online web conference.
Michael leads the mobilisationlab.org, a global learning and collaboration network powering the future of social change campaigns. Amidst growing threats — to people, the planet, and the very right to advocate for change — MobLab equips progressive movements and leaders to adapt and thrive in the digital, people-powered era.
A senior digital campaigns strategist, Michael is recognized as one of the US’ 50 most influential leaders by The NonProfit Times and one of LinkedIn’s ‘Top Professionals 35 and Under’ transforming the social impact sector. He teaches digital-era advocacy and campaigning to graduate students as adjunct faculty with George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. Michael cut his teeth on Gov. Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign, where he built one of the first successful digital organising programs in American politics and mobilised over 200,000 grassroots volunteers through ‘meetups’. Prior to launching the MobLab at Greenpeace International, Michael was a partner and co-founder at Echo & Co, an award-winning digital strategy firm.
Michelle leads the Ad Grants program at Google, which offers $10,000 per month in free advertising to non-profits around the world. From starting her career supporting non-profit communication strategies to diving into digital marketing for over 15 years, she’s grateful to bring interests together and serve non-profits through Ad Grants. She resides in California with her husband and three children and holds degrees from Duke University and Wharton.
Michelle is the Director of Philanthropy & Partnerships at The Children’s Society. She previously worked at the British Museum and before that, at WaterAid, where she contributed to transforming the major donor team, doubling income in a year and engaging employees across the organisation. She also has really, really nice handwriting, and believes the best fundraising ideas can be found on Pinterest.
Mihailo Dimitrijević has been committed to urban development and resilience for the past 8 years. Graduated from Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio) where he obtained bachelor degrees (B.A.) in Political Science and International Studies, as well as a graduate degree (M.A.) in Urban Sustainability and Resilience.
Mihailo initiated or was a part of a variety of campaigns focused on local and state politics, as well as, campaigns focused on the local community development and resilience of the city’s neighborhoods in order to suppress social issues and injustice, in the United States and Serbia.
During the 8 years of experience working in non-profit sector, including work in the political campaigns, Mihailo has worked together with a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organizations, such as: The United Way, The Community Building Institute in Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority, Avondale Comprehensive Development Corporation, and informal and formal organizations in Serbia dealing with social justice and human rights.
Community development campaigns and services were done through gathering a wide range of in-kind donations. Campaigns were successful due to the proactive, efficient, and effective approach which led to acquiring goods at no charge, instead of receiving or dealing with cash donations.
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.
Omar is the Chief of Market Knowledge at UNICEF Private Fundraising & Partnership (PFP) division. He has 30 years of research experience in the private sector and international organisations, in country, regional, and global positions. He was involved in new product launches and brand equity building for some of the world’s top brands; Ariel, Oil of Olay, Pampers, Pringles, Ovomaltine, Isostar, and UNICEF. Omar writes for research journals and is a frequent speaker at conferences and business schools on behavioral economics, neuroscience, decision making, marketing, branding, and innovation. Some of Omar’s work won international awards and is taught at universities.
Ourania is a former diplomat of the Republic of Cyprus and UN official, with over 15 years of experience consulting to and serving in senior management positions in government international organisations (UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, OCHA, EU, WHO, IRC) and private sector multinationals in Europe, the United States and the MENA region. Her focus is on global philanthropy and values-based investing, growth and market development strategy, negotiation (Harvard University), external positioning (Thomson Reuters), resource mobilisation, impact investing and management consulting. She has also worked in the Division of Multilateral Affairs and Common Security Policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Parliament of the Republic of Cyprus in the Office of EU Affairs. Ourania currently advises the C-suite (leadership and board) of several public- and private-sector organisations worldwide on strategy, global scale and social impact.
Paolo was born in 1980 in Chiaravalle, Ancona. After earning a diploma in comics at Scuola Comics Jesi, he moved to Bologna to study advertising and graphic design. He is the senior graphic facilitator and designer at Housatonic. Other things he does really well and enjoys doing are illustration, playing music and teaching graphic design.
Phil is Vice President – Strategic Growth, at International Rescue Committee. His current portfolio of work includes; global digital, new market development, emergency fundraising, departmental project management and governance, data and analytics.
Prior to working with IRC, Phil was an international fundraising consultant, advising on new market development and global investment strategy to INGO’s and UN Agencies in 35+ countries.
One of the key driver of IRC’s private sector 2020 fundraising strategy, is data driven decision making, Phil has accountability for this driver and is constantly evaluating key business metrics and KPI’s, in order optimize IRC’s fundraising investment.
Rachel is a fundraising professional specialising in individual giving and donor experience. She has worked in various charities in the UK as well as more recently with US, Canadian and European charities on projects to improve donor experience and supporter retention. 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.
Rafia is the executive director of The Womanity Foundation. She has over 12 years of experience in the field of social and economic development, working both in the private and public sectors. Most recently, Rafia was with Gatsby Africa, the Africa programmes division of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, where she managed the strategic review process of the foundation and led the development of a new practice focusing on portfolio impact and learning.
Prior to Gatsby, Rafia was at J.P. Morgan for six years, where she oversaw the JPMorgan Chase Foundation’s social investment programme in emerging markets, and supported the development of the foundation’s broader strategic and operational development in Europe, Middle East and Africa. During her time at J.P. Morgan, Rafia expanded the foundation’s footprint in the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa, designing its largest investments in these regions and garnering their support by private and public sector players. Previously, Rafia spent two years working with an international development consulting firm focusing on USAID and DFID-funded private sector development programmes in South Asia. Her career started in the venture capital space, working for Dow Jones venture capital research, and a start-up venture capital firm in London.
Reuben Turner is creative partner and co-founder of GOOD, the UK’s leading creative agency dedicated to social change. He has over 20 years experience in working with leading charities on fundraising, campaigning, engagement and brand. A regular speaker and writer, he is determined to help the sector evolve to become more relevant, innovative and purpose-led.
Ruth is a career fundraiser, having worked in professional fundraising since graduating from university 17 years ago. She has worked in NGOs big and small, in the UK and Australia and is now working on the consultancy side – providing her the opportunity to view the industry from many different angles. Most recently she was at Amnesty International Australia heading up the fundraising team to grow income by 50 percent over eight years.
Working for a leading section of an INGO gave Ruth fantastic insight into the Australian market but also into how
it compares to others around the world.
Ruth’s specialisms include mass marketing individual giving acquisition, retention and development; experience management; events; bequests; and high value donor strategy. She now works for one of Australia’s leading consultancies: More Strategic – an agency obsessed with insight-driven fundraising and understanding more about what drives donors to do what they do. In the past year she has worked with NGOs large and small from Red Cross Australia to Ronald McDonald House, helping them develop robust and data-lead fundraising growth strategies, manage and design experience-based customer-centric journeys, and researching donors to help understand more about the ‘why’ of giving.
Ryan is the founder and CEO of Raw London, a specialist branded content agency creating campaigns designed to change perceptions. Raw London partners with international charities to develop effective video content strategies, winning 14 awards in 2017 for communication effectiveness and impact. Ryan is a regular speaker at digital marketing industry events across the world, specialising in content marketing strategy.
Shoni Field is the Chief Development Officer at the British Columbia SPCA, the largest animal sheltering and welfare organization of its kind in North America. She runs a full spectrum fundraising program raising more than $30 million annually. Shoni has been fundraising for more than 21 years, specializing in direct response, for organizations such as The Arthritis Society, EcoJustice and The Pembina Institute. She has presented sessions at local and national conferences in Canada. When not fundraising, Shoni advocates for electoral reform and citizen engagement nationally, provincially and locally.
Simon is a professional fundraising consultant, coach, trainer, board member and practitioner. He received Fundraising Ireland’s “Small Budget, Big Impact” award in 2016 and has previously won Supplier of the Year, Eircom’s Start-up Award and the Toastmasters UK & Ireland International Speech Contest. A board member of a small nonprofit, Making Connections, he also sits on the advisory panel of Rogare, the international fundraising think tank, and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and the AFP. Simon also offers consultancy to some of the biggest and smallest charities in Ireland and abroad. He is the only person in Ireland with a CFRE, and both a diploma and certificate in fundraising. Previously, Simon was a peace commissioner in The Office of Peace Commissioner; head of fundraising at One in Four Ireland; and founder of Toastmaster for Good Dublin.
Sonia is the founder and director of Sociopublico, a communications studio that spreads complex ideas. She has partnered with the World Bank, UN agencies, IADB and many other global knowledge producers to put out ideas that resolve challenges of our times and improve people’s lives. Sonia has been cultural director at Telefe, an Argentine TV broadcaster, and she currently writes a column on innovation at La Nación newspaper. She received the Merit Award from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she took her masters degree in communications.
Sotta leads the market intelligence activity to assess UNICEF’s positioning and to guide strategy development in fundraising and corporate engagement. He has the overall responsibility for Market Measurements for identifying insights and income growth opportunities for UNICEF. He leads the identification, interpretation and deployment of economic, socio and cultural trends. Winner of the ESOMAR Congress Award for Best Case History for his work on translating consumer trends into fundraising efforts. This year, Sotta leads the performance analysis for the Peer Review group (14 top not-for profit organizations of the International Fundraising Leadership Forum).
Spriha Shrestha is a Communication and Partnership Associate at Restless Development Nepal, which is an organization working towards youth focused development. As a part of the Communication and Partnership team, Spriha works to raise funds to address various crucial issues such as Child Marriage, Menstruation Based Discrimination and Sexual and Reproductive Rights among many others in rural communities of Nepal. She has a Masters degree in International Relations from Webster University, Saint Louis, U.S.A.
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.
Steve has been featured as a fundraising and nonprofit expert in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, as well as on National Public Radio. He has served on the board of the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) and is a frequent speaker at conferences and events. He is a published author in multiple books and the bestselling author of ‘Data Driven Nonprofits’. His original articles have been featured in many publications, including Advancing Philanthropy, Philanthropy Journal, Fundraising Success, The NonProfit Times and Civil Society. Steve is currently an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s nonprofit management program.
Steve is a committed and passionate career fundraiser and consultant, with over 17 years’ experience as a professional fundraising and marketing manager within the charity sector in the UK, Europe, Australia and Asia. Principally specializing in individual giving fundraising, Steve has held several senior leadership roles managing both consultancies and leading charities including Australian Red Cross. Currently the national direct marketing manager at the iconic Fred Hollows Foundation, he is responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of all multichannel national direct marketing, regular giving, supporter engagement, retention and bequests programs, as well as the expansion of F2F fundraising operations into new international markets in Asia.
Born in Scotland, raised in London and now living in Sydney, Steve has seen the positive global impact of charities first hand, and understands the value of sharing skills, knowledge and tools across borders to help grow the income, profile and success of charitable and philanthropic organisations. Having benefitted from attending the IFC as a delegate, Steve wanted to return to contribute as a speaker this year. (Not to be confused with the American comedian, so sessions won’t involve balloons, banjos or bunny ears – Soz).
Susan is Director of Tony Elischer Foundation, which provides mentoring support and guidance to professional fundraisers. Alongside the founding Trustees, she managed the establishment of this new organisation in 2017 and is now enabling an international network of mentors to transform the professional futures of the mentees on the programme.
She has a career spanning over 25 years in the UK charity sector, working with a wide range of charities; formerly as a fundraiser, and since 2007, with THINK Consulting Solutions where she continues to be an Associate.
Susan started in the pioneering days of charity retail, learning how central volunteers are to the fundraising mix and the importance of relationships to engage and create loyal supporters. She then led the regional fundraising development team at British Red Cross included creating training & development programmes for fundraising staff which fuelled a commitment to the value of investment in the skills of professional fundraisers.
At THINK, Susan works on a diverse range of projects and established and leads the THINK Stewardship Tracker, a mystery shopping programme which monitors and analyses the long term supporter experience.
She is based in York in the UK but works across the UK and internationally with mentors, mentees and supporters of the Foundation. Susan is also a Trustee of the Psoriasis Association.
Recognized as one of America’s Top 25 Fundraising Experts, Tammy is an inspiring international speaker and trainer in the discipline of transformational philanthropy and an innovative fundraising practitioner. She has trained, coached and led nonprofit teams to raise more than $450M including a single gift of $27.1M. She moved to Detroit in 2008 determined to fundraise in the most challenging economy in the U.S. and has turned those experiences into strategies, tools and processes for skyrocketing fundraising results in any economy. She also serves as Chief Philanthropy Officer at The Children’s Center in Detroit. When she’s not speaking at conferences or fundraising, she’s leading webinars, e-courses, private workshops and retreats or hosting an episode of ZTV on her fundraising video channel.
Thetis is the first engagement manager at Greenpeace. She’s a highly experienced and passionate fundraiser, with specialization in face-to-face fundraising and volunteer coordination. Previously she held a variety of positions around F2F and volunteer coordination with Greenpeace in London and in Greece.
Thomas Kurmann joined MSF in 2004, first as communications and fundraising director of the operational center in Switzerland and then as fundraising director in Germany. Since 2013, he has been director of development at MSF USA. Prior to joining MSF, Thomas was the communication director of Terre des hommes, a children’s aid foundation. Thomas is member of the international MSF fundraising executive platform. Before his fundraising career, Thomas worked as a freelancer in journalism and public relations and as a dramaturg for a small theatre.
Tony is a passionate fundraiser, consultant, strategist, author, speaker and coach who loves to raise money and help others do the same. He is a self-proclaimed student of philanthropy and leadership who continues to learn and practice his craft internationally. Previously, he was advisor to the president, University of Calgary; and principal gift officer at SAIT.
Toral is passionate about giving underrepresented voices an informed seat at the table — and leading exceptional teams that are focused on making an impact. Drawing from her experience in the private sector, Toral applies business fundamentals for social good. At the Internet Society, her team works with partners around the globe to identify and empower the next generation of technology, policy, and civic leaders who can advance the Internet of opportunity around the world. Originally from India, she remembers her parents waiting to make long distance calls back home after 10pm (rates were cheaper!). While traveling, she now connects with her family at all hours via wifi and FaceTime.
Tyra is an innovation and leadership consultant at Fantastic Studios, a creative consultancy dedicated to innovation, organisational transformation and strategic learning. She’s an all-around creative whose passion is exploring new ideas and seeing new connections. She’s a big believer in Chaordic (Dee Hock), so as a counterweight to her creative side she is very fond of structuring things (in general) and if possible, simplifying. In her studies, she’s investigated the relationship between employee engagement, creativity, nature, interior design and group culture. She’s also a LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitator.
Usha is executive chairman of Usha Menon Management Consultancy, an international training and consultancy service working exclusively with social impact organisations across Asia. Her clients include INGOs, national charities, UN entities, social enterprises, foundations, philanthropists and capability-building organisations.
With 29 years of experience in the sector and as a past chair of the Resource Alliance, she is a celebrated speaker, connector and consultant on non-profit management, fundraising and philanthropy. Her blog, “Asian NonProfit Insights”, is read and translated by non-profit leaders across the globe.
An experienced resource development manager in the non-profit sector, with excellent strategic, international, financial and people skills, Willeke currently heads up the Strategy and Analysis team at SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest charity focused on providing a loving home for children around the world.
She formerly was a consultant for VISA and FUNDES in Mexico on research and strategic recommendation towards an innovative online capacity-building platform for micro and small enterprises in emerging markets. Prior to that, she spent 13 years at OXFAM as a global fundraising strategy advisor for affiliates around the world, including Mexico, India, South Africa, Brazil, Italy, Germany and Belgium, providing strategic fundraising oversight, R&D of new fundraising markets and channels, and, entry, set up and market development of new fundraising departments and personnel from idea to execution.
Matt Derby, Vice President, Digital Advertising, has spent ten years 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 UNHCR, World Wildlife Fund, World Food Program USA, The Nature Conservancy, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Oceana, and others. Matt frequently presents as an expert on digital advertising strategies for major direct marketing conferences, including the Direct Marketing Association of NYC, the Non-profit Technology Conference, and the American Membership Museum Conference. Matt holds a degree in Theatre and Philosophy from Vanderbilt University.