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IFC Online 2021 Speakers

2019 Bursary

Melody Song (Germany)

Cofounder, Do Good Here

Melody Song (Germany)

Cofounder, Do Good Here

Biography:

Melody Song MA CFRE is the Director of Global Impact for Popcorn Foundation, a granting organisation dedicated to supporting social causes with cryptoasset investments.  She is also the founder of Do Good Here, a network of professionals delivering design labs to foster collaboration and connectivity in the social sector.  Combining data science and design thinking, Melody uses data-driven and empathy-based methodology to help build capacity for nonprofits to be versatile, diverse, and sustainable.

As a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), her fundraising career spans over fifteen years and several sectors including Arts, Education, Health, Animal Welfare, and Wildlife Conservation.  Her area of expertise includes Major Gift fundraising, Prospect Management, Sponsorship, and International Fundraising.

Melody is a team leader for the Global IDEA (Inclusion Diversity Equity Access) committee at the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  She is a former board member of the Association for Professional Researchers in Advancement (APRA) Canada, and is an active speaker and educator with APRA Canada, APRA International, Chinese Association for Fundraising Professionals (CAFP), and AFP Global.

Fiona McPhee

Fiona (Fi) McPhee (New Zealand)

Director, Fiona McPhee Ltd

Fiona (Fi) McPhee (New Zealand)

Director, Fiona McPhee Ltd
Fiona McPhee

Biography:

Fi (Fiona) McPhee loves fundraising. She’s been at it for 20 years and is still smiling. Fi is a coach, consultant & trainer to fundraisers and not-for-profit leaders. She works with fundraisers to help them drive sustainable fundraising programs and with bosses and boards to seek the right insight to best manage and govern fundraising within their organisations. Fi brings to the party her love of data. Having lead Australia & New Zealand’s largest fundraising benchmarking and analytics program for over a decade, Fi’s insight into fundraising performance and how donors behave is unparalleled. As a speaker and trainer Fi draws on best practice methodologies as well as her experience and insights from her time working with hundreds of charities from across New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia and North America. In addition to her day job, Fi is a Mum, average skier, amateur hiker, serves on two not-for-profit boards and is the Resource Alliance Australia & New Zealand ambassador.

 

Click here to find out more about Fiona’s session: “Five key learnings from fundraising through a crisis”

Seema Nair (France)

Head of Product Development, SG Global Support Services

Seema Nair (France)

Head of Product Development, SG Global Support Services

Biography:

Seema Nair joined SG Support in 2015 as Head of Donor Communications, working with charities to launch and optimise donor journeys for regular give campaigns, before relocating to Europe to extend SG Support’s footprint in new markets. In her current role as Head of Product Development, Seema leads strategic and operational priorities at the organisation, focusing on developing data-driven fundraising solutions while engaging in transformation consulting for charities and nonprofits.

With over 15 years of experience in the communications, publishing, and development sectors, Seema is motivated by dynamic, high-performance teams and purpose-driven work. She has worked with clients in Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. Currently based in France, she enjoys reading and travelling, and is passionate about women’s issues and education for girls.

Kelvin Glen (South Africa)

Executive at Stakeholder Relations, Afrika Tikkun, and director at KhulumaSA

Kelvin Glen (South Africa)

Executive at Stakeholder Relations, Afrika Tikkun, and director at KhulumaSA

Biography:

With 28 years’ experience in the civil society sector, working across a spectrum of causes and fundraising locally, nationally, and internationally, Kelvin Glen brings both personal and professional perspectives to his sessions. As well as managing programmes and projects in an executive leadership role, Kelvin has extensive management experience in the corporate social investment sector and works as a consultant for clients across the the nonprofit, corporate social investment, and foundations and philanthropy sectors. Kelvin is also fomer Vice Chairperson of the Charities Aid Foundation of Southern Africa.

Matt Smith (UK)

THINK Consulting Solutions, Senior Consultant

Matt Smith (UK)

THINK Consulting Solutions, Senior Consultant

Biography:

Matt joined THINK in early 2020 and runs THINK’s Digital Forum and Events Forum, as well as leading on innovation, digital and product development assignments for clients. A passionate advocate of digital fundraising and the power of technology to revolutionise fundraising. He champions product development based on robust data and audience insight over the latest industry trends.

 

Mariléy Liebenberg (South Africa)

Development director, Cornerstone Woman

Mariléy Liebenberg (South Africa)

Development director, Cornerstone Woman

Biography:

Mariléy Liebenberg is growth strategist with over ten years’ experience as a funding expert and strategic analyst. At present, she works as development director with Cornerstone Woman, a nonprofit organisation established to help women overcome the effects of abuse and to establish a route to recovery for the family unit.

Mark Todd (UK)

Digital Marketing Manager, Fauna & Flora International

Mark Todd (UK)

Digital Marketing Manager, Fauna & Flora International

Biography:

As Digital Marketing Manager at Fauna & Flora International, Mark has transformed the online fundraising of the world’s oldest global conservation organisation.

Mark joined the organisation four years ago, when its digital fundraising was very limited, contributing just £10k per annum to its overall fundraised income. The digital fundraising programme has had particular success with younger audiences, bringing in regular givers at a net zero cost and doubling Fauna & Flora International’s 118-year-old supporter base over the last 12 months. The programme has grown to become one of the largest sources of both unrestricted income and regular donors, raising £1m raw in 2020 and on track to hit £2m in 2021.

Ligia Peña (Canada)

Global Legacy Manager, Greenpeace International

Ligia Peña (Canada)

Global Legacy Manager, Greenpeace International

Biography:

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.

Rhiannan Sullivan (UK)

VP, Strategy & Partnerships, Europe, Care2.com

Rhiannan Sullivan (UK)

VP, Strategy & Partnerships, Europe, Care2.com

Biography:

Rhiannan Sullivan is the Vice President of strategy and partnerships of social action network, Care2.com. Over the past 10+ years, she has worked with hundreds of UK and EU charities helping them grow and develop their digital fundraising programmes. Prior to working for Care2, Rhiannan worked at then political campaigning agency Blue State Digital, a global leading digital strategy agency who has helped many organisations build and engage online communities, clients included political and advocacy campaigns, non-­‐profit organisations, cultural institutions and global consumer brands.

Andrew Taylor Dawson (UK)

Development Manager, Liberty

Andrew Taylor Dawson (UK)

Development Manager, Liberty

Biography:

Andrew is Development Manager at the UK human rights organisation Liberty, where he manages membership and individual giving. He has been a fundraiser for thirteen years and has worked for a diverse range of organisations in the international development, social justice and homelessness fields before taking up his current post. He has also worked as a freelance fundraising consultant, publishes articles on a range of platforms on social and environmental issues, and is currently trustee of adoption support organisation We Are Family.

Mike Bailey (Israel)

Consultant - Fundraising and Impact Investing, The Practical Fundraiser

Mike Bailey (Israel)

Consultant - Fundraising and Impact Investing, The Practical Fundraiser

Biography:

With 22 years of senior executive experience in global diaspora fundraising, Mike Bailey has a unique perspective on what it takes to run a successful international fundraising campaign. Mike served on the senior management team of the global diaspora-oriented fundraising organisations Keren Hayesod United Israel Appeal, which raises over US$200 million annually from Jewish communities in 50 countries, and has led fundraising campaigns and professional teams all around the world.
After many years as a fundraiser and regional director, Mike served as Director of Development, in which capacity he managed the departments responsible for marketing, major donors, planned giving, missions, and projects. In this role, Mike oversaw the development and execution of hundreds of new philanthropic projects (including over 100 capital construction projects), established a philanthropic impact investing fund, implemented a new international branding campaign, and developed digital marketing platforms. Mike has extensive experience in training fundraising lay-leadership and professionals, and has conducted practical fundraising seminars as well as helping organisations develop their fundraising strategies in many countries. Leveraging this extensive experience, Mike founded The Practical Fundraiser to assist organisations that deal in fundraising and developing diaspora networks with strategic development, training, personal mentoring, and hands-on practical guidance.
Anne Clark

Anne Clark (UK)

Senior Strategist, Forward Action

Anne Clark (UK)

Senior Strategist, Forward Action
Anne Clark

Biography:

Anne has been working in the digital charity space for the past 8 years, starting out in in-house digital roles within charities such as PETA where she helped integrate new ways of digital organising to win campaigns against fur and angora.

Since joining Forward Action, she’s worked with organisations such as Amnesty, Refuge and Dignity in Dying to help them reach new audiences, grow their email list, and mobilise their supporters to take meaningful actions and make donations.

She’s passionate about using digital tools to create real-world change, and helping charities take a bolder and more innovative approach to how they communicate online. She’s also a bit of a data obsessive who loves nothing better than diving into results to pinpoint why a particular campaign was successful, or to figure out how to optimise a user journey.

Louise Barton (UK)

Digital Marketing Manager, Manifesto

Louise Barton (UK)

Digital Marketing Manager, Manifesto

Biography:

Lou is a digital marketing manager at Manifesto with a background in digital buying and planning in a media environment. Lou takes a supporter-led approach to uncover valuable insights on attitudes, values, and motivation, using them to form innovative strategies for live digital marketing programmes. Her day-to-day monitoring of what’s working well feeds back valuable insight into the planning function, keeping audits and recommendations up-to-date with the most cutting-edge trends.

Kait Sheridan (Hong Kong)

Director, digital strategy, Giving Tuesday

Kait Sheridan (Hong Kong)

Director, digital strategy, Giving Tuesday

Biography:

Kait Sheridan manages the community of Global Leaders and digital communications for #GivingTuesday. Kait first joined 92nd Street Y’s Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact team in 2013, where she worked on #GivingTuesday, the Social Good Summit, 92Y Fellowship programs, and other strategic initiatives. In 2016, Kait’s personal life took her to the UK and then Asia, where she continues to work on #GivingTuesday with a focus on expanding the Global Leader community. She has worked on a number of award-winning social media campaigns, leadership programs, and strategic initiatives with NGOs around the globe, and advises a number of startups and companies on their corporate CSR and fundraising programs. Kait currently lives in Hong Kong.

Nick Burne (UK)

Managing Partner, Nick Burne Consulting

Nick Burne (UK)

Managing Partner, Nick Burne Consulting

Biography:

Nick is Managing Partner at Nick Burne Consulting where he works as a global digital fundraising specialist for organisations like International Rescue Committee and UNICEF International. In 2017 he founded RAISETHRU, a 12-week Facebook Ads accelerator programme for nonprofits that has helped clients like WFP, Greenpeace, and Compassion in World Farming build scalable digital acquisition programmes. He is also the Founder/CEO of GivePanel, a new online platform that helps nonprofits get contact details for their Facebook fundraisers.

 

Learn more about Nick’s #FRO2020 session:

How to get people fundraising for you on Facebook (even while they stay home!)

Mohammed Zaid (Libya)

Founder & CEO, LYBOTICS

Mohammed Zaid (Libya)

Founder & CEO, LYBOTICS

Biography:

As the founder and CEO of LYBOTICS, Mohammed Zaid is responsible for all of the initiative’s nationwide operations, including outreach activities, programme development, human resources management, and financial management. He is passionate about building and shaping communities through innovation and technology, and channels that passion by managing domestic and international initiatives in technology and innovation, education, employment, and peacebuilding reform.

As a social impact leader, Mohammed has supported over 1,000 young people with access to high-quality STEM education and leadership opportunities. He also serves as the goodwill ambassador of the European Union in Libya, sharing opportunities to empower youth and reflecting the positive intentions of the EU in Libya.

Xiomara Acevedo (Colombia)

Founder and CEO, Fundación Barranquilla+20

Xiomara Acevedo (Colombia)

Founder and CEO, Fundación Barranquilla+20

Biography:

Xiomara founded Barranquilla+20 in 2012 to inspire citizens to work towards making their communities more sustainable. Since 2012, the organisation has engaged more than 7000 children and young people in Barranquilla. Xiomara works with the local government to promote sustainable living and she hopes to affect policy change at the national level by helping to construct the first climate change public policy in Colombia. Xiomara also co-founded the project El Orinoco se adapta in order to promote a network of organisations and communities working to minimise and adapt to climate change in the Orinoquia region using a gender-based approach.

Marcelo Iniarra (Argentina)

Founder/Creative Consultant, marceloiniarra.com

Marcelo Iniarra (Argentina)

Founder/Creative Consultant, marceloiniarra.com

Biography:

Marcelo is a senior public mobilization and fundraising consultant with over 30 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. His international consultancy provides advice and inspiration to organisations all over the world. Marcelo has worked with Unicef, Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), WWF, Greenpeace International, UNHCR, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages, Habitat for Humanity, Action Aid, and Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).  He is the former fundraising and campaign innovation manager for Greenpeace International, where he lead the design and implementation of cyberactivism and fundraising at Greenpeace International. He was Board Chair of Greenpeace Argentina & Greenpeace Argentina for ten years and is currently a Board Member of Greenpeace International. Marcelo is also on the board of The Resource Alliance, which runs the International Fundraising Congress (IFC).

Corine Aartman (Netherlands)

Programme manager, Wilde Ganzen Foundation

Corine Aartman (Netherlands)

Programme manager, Wilde Ganzen Foundation

Biography:

Corine Aartman has been working with social change organisations for over three decades. As a fundraising manager, she innovated fundraising at UNICEF, Bilance (now Cordaid), and a range of other organisations. She worked as an independent consultant and trainer with women’s and children’s rights and environmental organisations in Europe and across the globe, focusing on building people’s capacities to make social change organisations more autonomous and sustainable. In 2014, she joined Wilde Ganzen Foundation to develop Change the Game Academy, an innovative training programme for community philanthropy and advocacy. It offers a range of free online courses and classroom training plus coaching in 12 countries.

Corine co-founded the Dutch Fundraisers Association. She has trained and presented at the International Fundraising Congress and other fundraising and philanthropy events around the world.

Nana Asantewa Afadzinu

Nana Asantewa Afadzinu (Ghana)

Executive Director, West Africa Civil Society Institute

Nana Asantewa Afadzinu (Ghana)

Executive Director, West Africa Civil Society Institute
Nana Asantewa Afadzinu

Biography:

Nana Asantewa Afadzinu, Executive Director of the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), has worked with and within the civil society sector for the past 19 years and is a passionate advocate for an effective, efficient, influential and sustainable civil society in West Africa.

She is a lawyer by profession and has worked extensively on governance, human rights, philanthropy and capacity building with national, international, continental and regional organisations. Nana obtained an LLB and BL, from the University of Ghana and the Ghana School of Law in 1994 and 1996 respectively.

After practicing with a Commercial Law Firm, Hesse and Larsey, Nana worked as Legal Officer with the Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, the Gambia; and the African Society of International and Comparative Law in Accra. Nana spearheaded the establishment of a legal division for the Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE) and volunteered as WISE legal counsel.

She was the Coordinator of the National Coalition on Domestic Violence Legislation in Ghana and is a member of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA). Nana, previously a visiting scholar at Columbia University’s Human Rights Advocate Training Programme, completed her Masters in Law at New York University and has worked with Media Foundation for West Africa and the Center for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, in establishing a West and Central Africa Human Rights Institute.

She joined the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) as Governance Program Officer in 2005 and was OSIWA’s Country Coordinator in Nigeria from 2006 to 2008.

From September 2008 to 2009, Nana was the Regional Policy Advisor for IBIS West Africa before joining the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) in 2010 as the Executive Director. She has served and continues to serve on several public service and non-profit boards, including the Resource Alliance.

Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah (UK)

CEO, Oxfam GB

Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah (UK)

CEO, Oxfam GB

Biography:

Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah has been Chief Executive Officer of Oxfam Great Britain since January 2019. Prior to that he spent six years as Secretary General of CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. He has previously been Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation and held various posts at the Institute for Public Policy Research. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Global Public Goods in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. From 2018 to 2019 he was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, co-chaired by Jack Ma and Melinda Gates, and from 2015 to 2016 a member of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Finance. He has been a Trustee of the Baring Foundation, Comic Relief, and International Alert, and a member of the Lead Group of Scaling Up Nutrition.

Evans Okinyi (Kenya)

Founder & President, FUNDECISE; leader of UnDiaParaDarCO

Evans Okinyi (Kenya)

Founder & President, FUNDECISE; leader of UnDiaParaDarCO

Biography:

Evans Okinyi is the CEO of the East Africa Philanthropy Network (EAPN), a regional network of over 50 organisations developing and nurturing philanthropy in East Africa. He is a seasoned nonprofit executive with over nine years’ progressive experience in networks management, policy formulation and implementation, and stakeholders and partnerships management. He is passionate about collaboration and partnerships towards social transformation through thought leadership and membership development. He oversees the network’s mission of fostering a local giving and resource mobilisation culture through effective grantmaking, advocacy, and networking.

Evans has worked to advance progressive growth in the philanthropy sector, specifically the capacity, credibility, and practices of various development actors towards supporting local giving and effective grantmaking in advancing systems change and transformation. He holds a MA in economic policy management from the University of Nairobi and a BSc in agri-economics from Egerton University.

Diana Miller (Colombia)

Founder & President, FUNDECISE; leader of UnDiaParaDarCO

Diana Miller (Colombia)

Founder & President, FUNDECISE; leader of UnDiaParaDarCO

Biography:

Diana Miller is the founder and president of the Fundación para el Desarrollo de las Ciencias la Sociedad y el Estado (Fundecise), an organisation based in Colombia and Costa Rica that works to bring innovation on different forms and clean technologies to developing communities to promote a better distribution of resources and the safeguarding of the environment. Diana has more than eight years’ experience in fundraising, public relations, and strategic communication in the development area where she has supported more than 85 foundations, non-profit organisations, UN multilateral agencies, and companies to bring development and new opportunities in Colombia, Costa Rica, and the United States.

Currently, Diana is the national leader of Giving Tuesday Colombia and part of the coalition of organisation that is promoting the giving circles and community foundation in Colombia. She holds a master’s degree in project management with an emphasis on development cooperation, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations.

Sarah Olivieri (USA)

Nonprofit business strategist, PivotGround

Sarah Olivieri (USA)

Nonprofit business strategist, PivotGround

Biography:

Sarah Olivieri is a nonprofit business strategist, international best-selling author, and former executive director. She frequently presents at conferences and online training sessions and has been a featured expert on more than 50 podcasts. Sarah is the creator of the Impact Method™, a framework that helps nonprofits simplify their operations, build aligned teams, and make a bigger impact without their staff becoming overwhelmed or burning out.

Sarah received her BA from the University of Chicago, where her studies focused on globalisation and its effect on marginalised cultures, and holds a master’s degree in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz. She was the co-founder of the Open Center for Autism, Executive Director of the Helping of War Foundation, and co-author of Lesson Plan a la Carte: Integrated Planning for Students with Special Needs.

With over 17 years of nonprofit leadership experience, and as the founder of and heart behind PivotGround, Sarah helps nonprofits make a big impact with relative ease.

Franck Bocquet (France)

PSP Regional Officer, APAC, UNHCR

Franck Bocquet (France)

PSP Regional Officer, APAC, UNHCR

Biography:

Passionate about the world, Franck Bocquet specialises in global fundraising and in connecting civil societies with humanitarian situations and populations in need. Franck has over 20 years of experience working for humanitarian organisations, specialising in individual giving strategies and the long term magics of monthly giving.

Prior to joining the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, Franck’s journey included Médecins Sans Frontières in Japan, and as national admin in Cambodia and Uganda overseeing the good use of funds. Currently based in Japan, Franck supports the implementation of UNHCR’s private sector fundraising strategies in the APAC region with a focus on Japan, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Dr Martin Russell (Ireland)

Advisor at The Networking Institute

Dr Martin Russell (Ireland)

Advisor at The Networking Institute

Biography:

Martin completed his PhD on Diaspora Strategies at the Clinton Institute (University College Dublin) where his research focused on role of the Irish diaspora in the Northern Ireland Peace Process specifically looking at diaspora philanthropy, diaspora financial networks and diaspora politics. He was also a visiting fellow at the United Nations University in Maastricht (UNU-MERIT) and is currently an advisor with The Networking Institute which provides teaching, training, and consultancy on networking, philanthropy & fundraising, and diaspora engagement. He sits on the Advisory Board of Ireland Reaching Out, a non-profit supported by the Government of Ireland to engage the Irish diaspora through reverse genealogy.

With colleagues at The Networking Institute, he has worked in approximately 30 countries on diaspora engagement including across Africa, Balkans, Caribbean, Europe, MENA, Pacific, United Kingdom, and the United States for a range of public and private sector clients. He was part of the advisory team for the European Strand of the Global Diaspora Forum as well as co-chair of the Global Diaspora and Development Forum. He has a wide publication record on the topic, including many diaspora strategies and policies.

Diego Da Ros (Italy)

Project manager, myDonor Società Benefit SRL

Diego Da Ros (Italy)

Project manager, myDonor Società Benefit SRL

Biography:

A computer engineering graduate, online fundraising expert, and two-time speaker at Festival del Fundraising, Diego has been involved with Giving Tuesday since 2017. He has spent the past number of years collaborating with givingtuesday.org and its leaders globally, and now holds responsibility for the event within Italy.

Houssam Chahine (UAE)

Head of Private Sector Partnerships, MENA at UNHCR

Houssam Chahine (UAE)

Head of Private Sector Partnerships, MENA at UNHCR

Biography:

Houssam has more than 20 years of experience in partnership building, stakeholder management and public engagement and advocacy campaigns in both the not-for-profit and governmental sectors. Specialized in fundraising campaigns, Houssam launched and established new Philanthropic programs, in international and regional institutions such as Greenpeace, and UNHCR. Since 2011, Houssam has been leading private sector partnerships for UNHCR in the MENA region. This includes overlooking the development of UNHCR’s Islamic Philanthropy strategy, largely realized through UNHCR’s global Zakat Initiative, and partnerships with Islamic financial institutions, in addition to family foundations in the region. Houssam is also leading the public outreach initiative in the MENA.

Khaled Khalifa (Saudi Arabia)

Senior Advisor & Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, UNHCR

Khaled Khalifa (Saudi Arabia)

Senior Advisor & Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries, UNHCR

Biography:

Khaled Khalifa has served as the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to the States of the Gulf Cooperation Council since 2016 and serves as a senior advisor to the High Commissioner for Refugees on Islamic philanthropy. He is a professional international expert with 20 years of experience in relief and development and has led humanitarian operations in various settings of natural disasters, complex emergencies and armed conflicts. Khaled has held several senior managerial positions with major international organizations including United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Danish International Development Agency, United States Agency

for International Development, and Islamic Relief Worldwide, in a number of countries including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Indonesia, Malaysia, Libya, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, and KSA. Khaled holds an MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of London, an MA degree in English Literature & Humanities from Egypt, and a Project Management Diploma from Aalborg Technical School, Denmark. He is a well-known international trainer in disaster management, and a member of the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination team (UNDAC).

Alexis Gaiptman (Canada)

Executive Director, Humanity & Inclusion

Alexis Gaiptman (Canada)

Executive Director, Humanity & Inclusion

Biography:

Alexis Gaiptman is the Executive Director of Humanity & Inclusion Canada and has over 15 years of fundraising experience, specialising in both legacy and major gifts. Her background is in political science, women’s studies, and community economic development. She is driven by her passion for growth, ability to embrace new challenges, and desire to better vulnerable communities around the world. Alexis is on the AFP Quebec Board and has recently completed her executive MBA.

Gib Bulloch (Switzerland)

Founder, Craigberoch

Gib Bulloch (Switzerland)

Founder, Craigberoch

Biography:

Gib Bulloch is an award winning social intrapreneur who consults, writes, and speaks on a range of topics relating to the role of business in society.

His first book: “The Intrapreneur: Confessions of a Corporate Insurgent” (2018) is a personal story of his 15-year journey to create and scale Accenture’s global “not-for-loss” consulting business, Accenture Development Partnerships. This innovative venture attracted significant media attention, won Accenture international awards for Corporate Social Responsibility and Gib himself was voted the UK’s Management Consultant of the year in 2008.

Gib’s career epiphany came from a year as a business volunteer with the charity Voluntary Service Overseas in the Balkans in 2000. Since then, he has believed passionately in the power of business to change the world and in the power of the individual to change the world of business. Gib continues to explore new ways of supporting purpose driven insurgencies within the corporate world. He is now focused on creating Scotland’s first Business Decelerator on the Isle of Bute, to “create a space where people and their ideas can flourish.”

Gib has a degree in engineering and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and spent his early career in BP and Mars. He is a visiting fellow on  ntrapreneurship at Cranfield University and serves on the Board of The League of Intrapreneurs.

Maggie De Pree (USA)

Cofounder, The League of Intrapreneurs

Maggie De Pree (USA)

Cofounder, The League of Intrapreneurs

Biography:

Maggie De Pree is one of the cofounders of The League of Intrapreneurs, a global learning community for influential corporates, governments, NGOs, and social ‘intrapreneurs’ – people working for a better world from inside our incumbent institutions. She has spent over a decade harnessing the innovation potential of business to address issues ranging from climate change to healthcare, working with companies such as GSK, BMW, Nike, Barclays, Shell, BP, and SC Johnson. She regularly speaks and writes on the topics of sustainable innovation and intrapreneurship, and is the coauthor of The Intrapreneur’s Guide to Pathfinding and The Social Intrapreneur: A Field Guide for Corporate Changemakers. In 2018, she received Face of a Vibrant Economy Award from Grant Thornton.

Maggie is a native Oregonian who spent the past 13 years in the UK developing an appreciation for milky tea, cricket, and cold-water swimming. She is a passionate advocate for girls’ sport and is a trained soccer (AKA football) and cricket coach.

Kimberley Blease (Canada)

EVP, Client Relationships, Blakely

Kimberley Blease (Canada)

EVP, Client Relationships, Blakely

Biography:

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 nonprofit 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 partnership in mid-level giving with Mark Phillips; and VISION, a marketing programme for legacy giving.

Laurie Buske (Canada)

Director of Resource Development, Cuso International

Laurie Buske (Canada)

Director of Resource Development, Cuso International

Biography:

Laurie Buske is the Director of Resource Development with Cuso International. Passionate about the power of philanthropy, she considers it a privilege to guide donors on their giving journey. Laurie seeks to get beyond the numbers and the actions to share with donors the true impact of their gifts. She has experience in major gift fundraising, capital campaigns, direct marketing, and legacy and annual giving. She is adept at managing relationships and campaigns, making sure that an organisation’s fundraising efforts are invested in for the long term. She has worked for organisations such as the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, and United Way Ottawa.

Eileen Melnick-McCarthy (Canada)

Director of Communications and Marketing, Cuso International

Eileen Melnick-McCarthy (Canada)

Director of Communications and Marketing, Cuso International

Biography:

Eileen is a senior-level communicator and strategist with a solid track record of developing solutions, gaining stakeholder support, and achieving results. She’s spent the bulk of her career in the nonprofit sector, where she has led communications and marketing for national organisations in the transportation, healthcare, and broadcast industries. She loves working for causes that matter, and that’s what drew her to Cuso.

Jeanette Uddoh (Nigeria)

Head of Innovation, Access Bank and founder, Africa Rising - Women in Innovation

Jeanette Uddoh (Nigeria)

Head of Innovation, Access Bank and founder, Africa Rising - Women in Innovation

Biography:

A UN Speaker and Harvard and MIT alumna, Jeanette Uddoh is the Head of Innovation at Access Bank, the largest bank in Nigeria and Africa’s leading bank by customer base and branch network. Passionate about African women in innovation, she founded Africa Rising – Women in Innovation, a community of innovators championing the cause of African and Neo-African women in innovation. The community was founded in response to the gender and diversity gap in innovation.

She is a self-driven, results-oriented, and high-achieving problem solver and innovation leader with a wealth of experience in fields ranging from innovation and analytics to banking operations optimisation and process improvement. Charged with leading Access Bank’s innovation journey and creating an innovative culture, her current role has seen her catalyse innovative changes and apply design thinking methodologies in bank-wide innovation projects she has led, both incremental and disruptive.

Earlier in her career with Access Bank, she spearheaded bank-wide optimisation processes, including the Central Reconciliation Project, which saved the bank losses from ATM irreconciliations. She was also responsible for drastically transforming the branches she managed, leading to an excellent improvement in audit ratings; a commendable feat in the banking industry.

Jeanette’s career journey has seen her work for United Bank for Africa where she earned Best Staff and Best Processor of the Quarter Awards. She was also an award recipient at Global Women in Leadership 2021 and a top 10 finalist of the Reimagining Fundraising Open innovation challenge co-initiated by Amnesty International, UNICEF, and other INGOs and winner of the Access Bank Personal Volunteer Challenge 2021. She was Innovation Leader’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Impact Awards 2020 winner, and the only African and Nigerian to win the award since its inception.

Herbert Witschnig (Austria)

Managing Partner, proNPO

Herbert Witschnig (Austria)

Managing Partner, proNPO

Biography:

Herbert started his journey in fundraising and nonprofits in 1983 with the establishment and executive management of Greenpeace Austria. 21 years of senior employment at the fundraising agency SAZ followed. Areas of focus included design, implementation, and evaluation of fundraising activities for NPOs. Since 2010, Herbert has been Managing Partner of the fundraising agency proNPO. He holds a degree in economy from the University of Vienna, and is a certified advertising consultant and agent as well as graduate of Hernstein General Management Training.

Martin Georgi (Germany)

Chair, German FR association & Board Member EUConsult

Martin Georgi (Germany)

Chair, German FR association & Board Member EUConsult

Biography:

Martin Georgi is a consultant in the non-profit sector with many years of experience in managing small and large national and international organisations, with particular attention to fundraising. He is Chair of the German Fundraising Association, IFC ambassador for Germany, and board member or EUConsult.

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Ruth Wagner (Switzerland)

CEO bei One Marketing

Ruth Wagner (Switzerland)

CEO bei One Marketing

Biography:

Tari Caliskan (Germany)

Project Officer, German Fundraising Association

Tari Caliskan (Germany)

Project Officer, German Fundraising Association

Biography:

Simon Varley (UK)

Head of Growth, GivePanel

Simon Varley (UK)

Head of Growth, GivePanel

Biography:

Simon is the Head of Growth at GivePanel, an online platform that helps nonprofits raise more money from Facebook and beyond. He has been involved in the sharp rise of social fundraising and regularly speaks about Facebook fundraising, group challenges, and social platform fundraising across the world. Prior to this, Simon ran the charity events company Choose a Challenge from Brooklyn, New York.

Clare Sweeney (UK)

Fundraising Consultant, Keepace Consults

Clare Sweeney (UK)

Fundraising Consultant, Keepace Consults

Biography:

Clare has been a fundraiser for over ten years, working with a range of different charities of all sizes. Her specialism is in legacy fundraising and she has both administered and marketed legacy income streams of several million pounds. Clare has also consulted on the design of digital fundraising tools and is an active speaker on the fundraising circuit, delivering training and insight.

Erica Waasdorp (USA)

President, A Direct Solution

Erica Waasdorp (USA)

President, A Direct Solution

Biography:

Erica Waasdorp is President of A Direct Solution, a consultancy located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts that works with nonprofit clients nationally and internationally on appeals and monthly giving.

Erica has authored two books: Monthly Giving – The Sleeping Giant and Monthly Giving Made Easy. She created the Monthly Donor Road Map and several e-books covering the topics of top questions on monthly giving, the monthly donor retention playbook, and more.

Erica is a Master Trainer for the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the former International Fundraising Congress US Ambassador. She regularly presents in person and virtually on appeals, direct mail and monthly giving.

Patrick Marucha (Kenya)

CEO, Centre for Counties Research and Development Agency (CECORADA)

Patrick Marucha (Kenya)

CEO, Centre for Counties Research and Development Agency (CECORADA)

Biography:

Patrick Omasiemo Marucha is the CEO of the Centre for Counties Research and Development Agency (CECORADA) and has been coordinator of the Sony Sugar AIDS Control Unit for the last 15 years. Holder of a BA in project planning and management from the University of Nairobi, Patrick is currently pursuing a master’s degree in the same field at his alma mater.

Patrick has participated at international conferences including the ICASA international conference in Ethiopia; NOPE’s Biennial Conference on Peer Education, Sexuality, HIV and AIDS in Kenya; and the National AIDS Control Council’s Maisha conference.

Jill Ritchie (UK)

Director, Papillon Press & Consultancy

Jill Ritchie (UK)

Director, Papillon Press & Consultancy

Biography:

Jill Ritchie has been in fundraising for over three decades and has raised more than two billion ZAR for southern African charities and universities, primarily from UK sources. She has written 28 books, including 20 on fundraising, and consults to nonprofits and universities internationally on fundraising from UK donors. Jill set up and chairs the SA-UK Trust Network and also chairs the UK Fund for Charities. While she believes in “doing and not just teaching”, Jill’s first love is training and sharing the knowledge that she has built up in over thirty years of hands-on fundraising.

Laura Champion (Canada)

Senior Manager, Integrated Direct Marketing, Canadian Red Cross

Laura Champion (Canada)

Senior Manager, Integrated Direct Marketing, Canadian Red Cross

Biography:

Laura is an experienced fundraiser with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in philanthropy, stewardship, volunteer management, and annual giving, she is a strong community and social services professional with a graduate certificate in fundraising and volunteer management from Humber College

Melanie Cote (Canada)

Founder, Do Good Donuts

Melanie Cote (Canada)

Founder, Do Good Donuts

Biography:

Melanie Cote is a career copywriter as well as a creative director and strategist. She is the founder of Do Good Donuts, a nonprofit social enterprise that trains young people aged 18-29 with intellectual and developmental disabilities for jobs in food service.