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Irūngū Houghton


Irūngū Houghton is the Executive Director for Amnesty International Kenya. As Amnesty’s spokesperson and chief strategist in Kenya, he leads a team of committed investigative researchers and campaigners working to end human rights abuses and realise the rights and freedoms captured in the Constitution of Kenya. 


Degan Ali, 

Executive Director, Adeso


Degan Ali is an internationally-renowned humanitarian leader at the forefront of shifting power for decades. She is based in Kenya and works with organisations and philanthropists across the globe, bringing together and identifying efforts to decolonise aid and philanthropy.


Jacqueline Asiimwe, Chief Executive Officer, CivSource Africa


Jacqueline is the founder of CivSource Africa, a lawyer and a social development thought leader with over 20 years of experience in the development sector and community-driven, power-shifting grant-making. Jacqueline is the founder of CivSource Africa, 



Matthew Bishop, US 

Brookings Institute


Matthew Bishop is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for Sustainable Development, housed within the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. He is also a founder and board member of the Social Progress Imperative.

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Somachi Chris-Asoluka

CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation


Somachi Chris-Asoluka is the CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), the leading philanthropy empowering young African entrepreneurs across all 54 African countries. Somachi is responsible for the overall development, implementation and execution of the Foundation’s operations,  communications, policy and advocacy.


Andrew Chunilall, CEO, Community Foundations of Canada


Andrew joined Community Foundations Canada in 2013 and became CEO in 2017. Andrew works with foundations to transform philanthropy, innovate and meet new challenges and opportunities. He is currently the Board Chair of WINGS.


Julian Corner, CEO, Lankelly Chase Foundation


Julian is the Chief Executive of Lankelly Chase Foundation.  Julian was previously Head of Strategy for Crime and Policing in the Home Office and Chief Executive of Revolving Doors Agency.


Asha Curran, Chief Executive Officer, GivingTuesday


Asha Curran is the CEO of GivingTuesday. She is a Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society, a Marla and Barry Beck Visiting Social Innovator at the Social Innovation and Change Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School and Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.

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Naila Farouky, CEO, Arab Foundations Forum


Naila Farouky is the CEO and Executive Director at Arab Foundations Forum. With over 20 years of experience in project management, media production, and strategic communication, Naila is a Peabody Award-winning executive who has contributed to academic research and data on the Arab philanthropy sector.


Jessica Horn, Regional Director, East Africa, Ford Foundation


Jessica Horn is the Regional Director, East Africa at the Ford Foundation. She has over two decades of experience, including 16 years in social justice philanthropy. Jessica co-designed early models of participatory philanthropy and served as Director of Programs at the African Women’s Development Fund,


Indy Johar, Founding Director, Dark Matter Labs


Indy is the co-founder of Dark Matter Labs and Architecture 00. He has taught and lectured at various institutions, including Harvard, University College London, Princeton, MIT and others. In 2022, Indy was awarded the London Design Medal for Innovation and an MBE for his Services to Architecture in 2023.


Abdi Mohamed, CEO, Absa Bank


Abdi Mohamed is the CEO of Absa Bank Kenya. Ha has over 28 years of experience in the financial sector and has held various executive positions within Absa Group. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) – Kenyatta University and a Masters Business Administration (MBA) – Edith Cowan University. 


Delphine Moralis, Chief Executive Officer, Philea


Delphine Moralis is the CEO at Philea. Prior to joining Philea, Delphine was Secretary General of Terre des Hommes International Federation, Secretary General of Missing Children Europe, and has also held positions in advocacy and public affairs at Child Focus, the European Youth Forum and Cable Europe.

Sakaja Arthur Johnson

Sakaja Arthur Johnson, the Governor of Nairobi


Johnson Arthur Sakaja is a Kenyan politician serving as the governor of Nairobi City County. In 2018, Johnson was nominated among the top 100 Future Leaders: The World’s Most Influential Young People in Government and awarded Change Maker of the year 2016 at the African Achievers Award.


Riaz Nathu,

Regional CEO and Head of Programmes and Partnerships, Aga Khan Foundation


Riaz Nathu is the Regional CEO and Regional Head of Programme Innovation and Partnerships at the Aga Khan Foundation East Africa. He is passionate about building inclusive organisational cultures, championing gender equality, promoting climate resilience, and incorporating human-centric design in innovative, locally led development solutions. 

Rena Kawasaki

Rena Kawasaki, Director and Founder of Earth Guardians Japan


Rena Kawasaki is a Japanese social justice activist who is passionate about child participation in politics, the environment, and the society. Rena is the winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize 2022, the most important youth award worldwide - an initiative of the KidsRights Foundation.

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Hélène N'Garnim-Ganga, 

Regional Director Eastern Africa, Agence Française de Développement


Currently Regional Director in Eastern Africa for the AFD covering 11 countries. With an unparalleled range of professional experience including private and public legal practice at global levels, governance, public policy, oversight of infrastructure and business development programmes for international development institutions.


Una Osili,

Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy


A global expert on philanthropy and social innovation, Dr. Una Osili has more than two decades of experience in leadership, economic policy and research across the public and private sectors. She serves as the associate dean for research and international programmes at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.


Rodrigo Pipponzi, Chairman, Grupo MOL / president of the board of Instituto ACP


Graduated in Business Administration, with specialisations at Stanford and Harvard, Rodrigo Pipponzi is chairman of Grupo MOL and founder and chairman of Instituto ACP and Instituto MOL. He is a board member of Raia Drogasil (RD)’s Sustainability Committee and IDIS in Brazil.


Vidya Shah, Executive Chairperson, EdelGive Foundation


With over three decades of rich industry experience, Vidya Shah, Founder and Executive Chairperson at EdelGive Foundation, has championed giving to over 250 grassroots organisations, exponentially scaling their impact and reach. She also serves on the boards of various prominent civil society and international organisations.


Theo Sowa, Co-Chair, Equality Fund


Ghana-born Theo Sowa has lived and worked across Africa, Europe, the UK, and the US advising on women’s and children’s rights & social justice & policy development and advocacy for a range of organizations including Save the Children and UNICEF. Theo holds a Master’s degree in International and Comparative Education from  University of London.


Danny Sriskandarajah,  CEO, Oxfam GB


Danny Sriskandarajah joined Oxfam GB as Chief Executive in January 2019. Prior to this he held leadership roles at CIVICUS, the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Foundation and the Institute for Public Policy Research. He is a Trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee.


Txai Suruí, Founder, Movimento da Juventude Indígena de Rondônia


Txai Suruí is a young indigenous activist who captured the world's attention when she addressed international leaders at the official opening of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. The young law student is also the leader and founder of the Movimento da Juventude Indígena de Rondônia and coordinates the Associação de Defesa Etnoambiental Kanindé. 

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Jann Tallinn

Founding engineer of Skype and co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk


Jaan Tallinn is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is a co-founder of the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (, the Future of Life Institute (, and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organisations. 


Stigmata Tenga,

Executive Director, Africa Philanthropy Network


Stigmata Tenga is the Executive Director of the Africa Philanthropy Network. She has led efforts for civil society and philanthropy to become key catalysts for development processes in Africa. She is also the co-founder and President of the Foundation for Civil Society in Tanzania. 


Coumba Toure, Chair, Trust Africa


Coumba Toure is the Chair of and board member of Women Building up. She is the founder of Invisible Giants to celebrate women working for positive changes. She is a storyteller and children’s book author. She has more than 30 years of experience in leading implementing & evaluating programs for social justice globally.

Ridgway White

Ridgway White,
President and CEO
, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation


Margaret Cushing Whitman is an American business executive, diplomat, and politician serving as the United States ambassador to Kenya since 2022. Whitman was president and chief executive officer of eBay from 1998 to 2008.


Meg Whitman,

US Ambassador to Kenya


Margaret Cushing Whitman is an American business executive, diplomat, and politician serving as the United States ambassador to Kenya since 2022. Whitman was president and chief executive officer of eBay from 1998 to 2008.


  • Alexandra Stef, Inspire

  • Alina Porumb, Inspire

  • Alvin Mosioma, Open Society Foundations

  • Amina Salihu, MacArthur Foundation

  • Ana Maria Sanchez, Cemefi

  • Ana María Sánchez, Cemefi

  • Anna Molero, People First Community

  • Barbara Nöst, Zambian Governance Foundation

  • Bathylle Missika, OECD

  • Barry Knight, CENTRIS

  • Ben Ocra, Ghana Philanthropy Forum

  • Blain Teketel, Porticus

  • Briggs Bomba, TrustAfrica

  • Carola Carazzone, Assifero

  • Caroline Burrage, TechSoup

  • Cassio França, Grupo de Institutos, Fundações e Empresas (GIFE)

  • Chandrika Sahai, PSJP- Global Dialogue

  • Christine Sow, Humentum

  • Chris Worman, Connect Humanity 

  • Delphine Moralis, Philea

  • Derek Ray-Hill, CAF

  • Donzelina Barroso, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

  • Dr Sarita Sehgal, The Partnering Initiative

  • Ebrima Sall, Trust Africa

  • Emmanuel Marfo, Africa Youth Philanthropy Network

  • Esther Meester, Wilde Ganzen Foundation

  • Eszter Filippinyi, TAI

  • Gloria Cid, La Caixa Foundation

  • Gill Bates, CAFSA

  • Heather Hamilton, Elevate Children Funders Group

  • Ingrid Srinath, Center for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Ashoka University

  • Ishita Dutta, VOICE

  • Javier Moritán, GDFE

  • Jenny Hodgson, Global Fund for Community Foundations

  • Jessie Krafft, CAF America

  • Kerstin Tebbe, Collective Mind

  • Laura Senan, Fundacion Avina

  • Lawrencia Awuku, Philanthropy Ghana

  • Lina Inglês, Aga Khan Foundation in Mozambique

  • Lori Villarosa, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity (PRE)

  • Louise Driver, IPASA

  • Madonna Ainembabazi Vicky, CivSource Africa

  • Maria Chertok, Charitable Foundation for Philanthropy Development

  • Matt Reeves, Aga Khan Foundation

  • Matthew Patten, Catalyst 2030

  • Nana Afadzinu, The RINGO Project, hosted by West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI)

  • Nicolas Miailhe, The Future Society

  • Nokukhanya Mchunu, Social Change Assistance Trust

  • Paula Fabiani, IDIS

  • Rewati Dhakal, Nepal Center for Philanthropy

  • Rhodri Davies, Why Philanthropy Matters

  • Rose Maruru, EPIC-Africa

  • Rouguiétou Khady SOW, TrustAfrica

  • Shaheen Kassim-Lakha, Conrad N Hilton Foundation

  • Shazia Amjad, Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy

  • Shelly Satuku, SIVIO Institute

  • Sibongile Mkhabela, Barloworld Empowerment Foundation

  • Sparkle Richards, RINGO Project

  • Stanley Wu, Omega

  • Stigmata Tenga, Africa Philanthropy Network

  • Tamzin Ractliffe, Impact Trust

  • Tendai Murisa, Sivio Institute

  • Tendisai Chigwedere, TrustAfrica

  • Thaís Nascimiento, Grupo de Institutos, Fundações e
    Empresas (GIFE)

  • Tsitsi Midzi, Urgent Action Fund - Africa

  • Tyeshia Wilson, Philanthropy Together

  • Urvi Shriram, ISDM

  • Valeria Scorza, Fundacion Avina

  • Vanessa Stevens, Global Fund for Children

  • Wania Sant'Anna, ELAS+ Doar para Transformar

  • Xiaonan Kou, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

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