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Power and the Role of Philanthropy

Join us as we break into smaller groups and take a deeper dive into the themes of our plenary session. We will question the role of power dynamics in effective philanthropic practice, and explore where and how new power dynamics have disrupted systems for social change. 


These intimate workshops will bring together small groups of WINGS members for an interactive discussion on power and philanthropy with others in our global network. 

What you can expect

  • Small groups with maximum 10 participants, which gives you the chance to meet other members of WINGS in an intimate comfortable setting.

  • Facilitation from key members of the WINGSForum wider design committee, who have in-depth knowledge and experience of the philanthropic sector.

  • Short sessions with lots packed into them. The workshops will ease you into challenging topics and equip you with new ideas and tools to approach them in your own organisation.

Please note workshop spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis. If you can no longer attend the workshop you have signed up for, please get in touch with Sophie ( 


We look forward to seeing you there!



Barbara Lethem Ibrahim is founding director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement (2006-2014) at the American University in Cairo, currently an independent scholar. She holds a B.A. from DePauw University, M.A. degree from The American University of Beirut, and a PhD in sociology from Indiana University. She served as Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa of the Population Council from 1990 to 2005 and previously was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation in the Cairo regional office (1981-1989).

Her publications span a 35 career and address philanthropy in the Arab region, challenges to global higher education, youth transitions to adulthood, women’s employment, youth activism in Egypt, and the closing space for civil society in the Arab transitions.

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Matt has worked for over fifteen years in international development and social change organisations, supporting the design, implementation and measurement of civil society organisational, network and systems strengthening initiatives in over twenty-five countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. 


In his current role, Matt is responsible for the Aga Khan Foundation’s global civil society portfolio, which includes initiatives in organisational and systems strengthening, good governance and local philanthropy. 



For more information or to discuss any questions you might have, get in touch.

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