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Dame Stephanie Shirley

IT Entrepreneur Turned Ardent Philanthropist

Having arrived in Britain as an unaccompanied child refugee in 1939, she started what became Xansa plc (now part of the Sopra Group) on her dining room table with £6 in 1962. In 25 years as its Chief Executive she developed it into a leading business technology group, pioneering new work practices and changing the position of professional women (especially in hi-tech) along the way. Her Dameship in the Millennium honours was for services to IT. She has served on corporate Boards such as Tandem Computers Inc. (1992-7), the John Lewis Partnership plc (1999-2001) and AEA Technology – previously the Atomic Energy Authority (1992-2000). Her philanthropy is based on her strong belief in giving back to society. She focuses on IT and autism (her autistic son Giles died age 35 in 1998). Her charitable Shirley Foundation has made over £67m grants and initiated a number of projects that are pioneering by nature, strategic in impact and significant in money terms. Current activity is targeted at national strategies for autism.

Gunilla Carlsson

Former Parliament Member and Political Councilor

Gunilla grew up in Vadstena in Östergötland, Sweden. She has held several political offices as councilor such as in Vadstena in 1989, Deputy Chairman of the Moderate Party Youth League 1992 to 1995, member of Parliament 1999 to 2006 and in that position Vice President of the European Parliamentary group (EPP). Gunilla has been a Parliament member between 2002 and 2013 and the Swedish Minister for International Development Cooperation 2006 to 2013. Through her traveling all over the world she has met people who has made a strong impression, especially among vulnerable women and children. They need all the support and help we can provide, yet there is a living will and fighting spirit as we all should learn from.

Lars Trägårdh

Professor of History and Civil Society Studies at Ersta

Lars Trägårdh is a Professor of History and Civil Society Studies at Ersta Sköndal Bräcke University College in Stockholm, Sweden. He received his Ph.D. in history from UC Berkeley in 1993 and then joined the Department of History at Barnard College, Columbia University for ten years. He is with Henrik Berggren the co-author of the celebrated book – Är svensken människa? Gemenskap och oberoende i det moderna Sverige (Is the Swede Human: Community and Autonomy in Modern Sweden). His current research concerns social trust, the social contract, and the welfare state. Between 2011 and 2013 he was member of the Swedish Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Sweden.

Leif Waller

Partner International Development Advisory Services, KPMG Kenya

Leif Waller joined IDAS Africa from 1 September 2016 as a Partner. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the financial services including working with aid agencies, NGOs and CSOs in Sweden and internationally. He has undertaken numerous assignments in governance, risk and compliance, forensic investigations within securities trade, private banking and investment banking, strategy and business development assignments for investment and private banks. He headed the department for Financial Risk Management within Advisory at KPMG Sweden in 2009 and 2010. Most recently, he has been the Engagement Partner for one of the largest Swedish banks and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). He has also been on the Global Judge panel for KPMG International Case Competition (Istanbul 2011, Hong Kong 2012, Madrid 2013 and Dubai 2015). Leif also heads the judges for the Swedish finals and is a member of the Member of the KPMG Nomination Committee.

Bathylle Missika

Acting Senior Counsellor, Head of Partnerships and Networks Unit, OECD Development Centre

Bathylle Missika is Senior Counsellor to the Director (acting) and Head of Partnerships and Networks Unit at the OECD Development Centre. Ms. Missika oversees the Development Centre’s work on the development narrative and the contribution of its various stakeholders, ranging from the contribution of non-state actors (foundations, MNEs) to development stakeholders, together with the regional dialogue the Development Centre has been sustaining with Africa and Latin America.

Ms. Missika re-joined the OECD in 2012 after working in UNDP’s Conflict Bureau, focusing on a portfolio of post-conflict and fragile countries in Africa. Prior to returning to the UN, Ms. Missika had focused her work on issues of governance, state fragility and basic service delivery, both at the OECD and in UNDP.

Ms. Missika holds a degree (MA, Public Service) from Sciences Po in Paris, an International Affairs degree from Tufts University and an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC. She lectured at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) from 2008-2011.

Maribel Morey

Andrew Carnegie Fellow and Assistant Professor, Clemson University

Maribel Morey is an Assistant Professor of History at Clemson University, and a 2016-18 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. A twentieth-century U.S. historian and historian of U.S. philanthropy, she has written extensively on Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal’s An American Dilemma (1944), a two-volume study on American race relations commissioned by Carnegie Corporation of New York in the 1930s. She is currently working on two book manuscripts detailing elite foundations’ changing approaches to racial inequality in the United States throughout the span of the twentieth century. She is cofounder and editor of HistPhil, a web publication on the history of philanthropy.

Sarah Adolphson

Co-Founder, The Artemis Agency

Sarah is an expert in entertainment strategy, with extensive philanthropic experience working with many of the world’s leading global celebrities. At The Artemis Agency she advises clients on public/private partnerships, organizational strategy, brand building, performance measurement, and creating dynamic corporate citizenship programs. Before joining Artemis, Sarah led all philanthropic efforts for WME|IMG, working with high-profile clients like Lady Gaga, Usher, and Charlize Theron to create robust charitable initiatives designed to raise awareness about their individual causes and interests. She also established the programming for employee charitable matching, company drives, and WME|IMG’s global company-wide day of service, which facilitated volunteer activities for nearly 5,000 employees around the world. Sarah began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia where she developed a passion for philanthropic service. In 2015, she completed her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from USC. Sarah currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three rescue dogs.

Susan McPherson

Founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies

Susan McPherson is a serial connector, cause marketer, angel investor, and CSR expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social good, providing storytelling, partnership creation and visibility to corporations, NGOs and social enterprises including Intel, ANN INC., Coca-Cola, IF Hummingbird Foundation, Tiffany & Co., Blackbaud and JCPenney. Susan is a regular contributor to the HBR, Triple Pundit and Forbes and has 25+ years experience in marketing, public relations, and sustainability communications. She is a featured speaker at industry events including Net Impact, Center for Corporate Citizenship’s Annual Summit, DLD Women, TOA Berlin, and Committee to Encourage Corporate Philanthropy’s Summit. Susan founded and hosts the bi-weekly #CSRChat on Twitter. Susan serves on the boards of USA for UNHCR, Girl Rising, The PVBLIC Foundation and the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and previously served on the board of Bpeace.

Michael Kocher

General Manager, Aga Khan Foundation

Michael Kocher is the General Manager of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) based in Geneva.  His international operations and management experience spans 25 years, with expertise in multi-sector development, civil society programmes, and refugee and migration populations, as well as emergency response in highly complex conflict and disaster settings.

He is responsible for programmes in Asia and Africa, including the Agah Khan rural development programmes, community health initiatives, early childhood development and school improvement programmes and civil society strengthening initiatives.  Some of his posts and assignments have included Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Haiti, Syria, Liberia, Bosnia, Croatia, Mozambique, South Sudan and DR Congo.  Before joining AKF, Mr. Kocher served as Vice President of International Programmes for the International Rescue Committee based in New York City.  He received his B.A. in Literature from Kalamazoo College and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in the United States.

Suzanne DiBianca

Executive VP of Corp Relations and Chief Philanthropy Officer of Salesforce

Suzanne DiBianca, president and co-founder, leads the Foundation’s innovative programs that leverage the resources of to improve communities around the world. The Foundation’s 1/1/1 model of integrated corporate philanthropy has delivered valuable resources to the nonprofit community, including 16,000+ organizations using donated and discounted licenses, over 400,000 hours of employee volunteer work and more than $40 million in grants.

The Foundation’s success under DiBianca’s leadership has been recognized with a number of awards for excellence in philanthropy including: Stevie Award for 2010 Impact Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program of the Year; the 2002 and 2009 Points of Light Award for Excellence in Corporate Community Service; the 2003 US Chamber of Commerce’s Corporate Stewardship Award; a Codie Award for Excellence in Giving (2006) and the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy’s Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award (2007). This new model of corporate philanthropy has also inspired other companies to design integrated models that deliver social impact. DiBianca sits on several boards and advisory councils in the community, including the World Affairs Council’s Global Philanthropy Forum,, the Business Advisory Council to SFUSD and Goodwill Industries. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in communications and economics.

Adrienne Klasa

Editor, Financial Times

Adrienne Klasa is the Editor of This is Africa at the Financial Times Group, with a particular interest in the intersection between politics, business and international currents in sub-Saharan Africa.

Her writing has also appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, Forbes, Slate and Foreign Policy, among others. As well as being invited to speak and moderate at events worldwide, her filmed interviews have been featured across the FT group and by organisations including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Skoll Foundation.

She holds two first class degrees in political science – a BA from McGill University, and an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. You can follow her on Twitter @adrienneklasa.

Susanna Gable

Chief Economist at Sida

Susanna first came to Sida in 2003, where she among other things developed Sida’s “Integrated Economic Analysis for Pro-Poor Growth” approach, and was part of the management group for the OECD-DAC Joint Evaluation of General Budget Support. From 2007 to 2016 she has been working within numerous areas at the World Bank, not least the development of an Inclusive Growth Analysis framework to assess the main constraints for development for a specific country, and a methodology translating the global Sustainable Development Goals to the country level. Susanna holds a PhD in Economics from Gothenburg University, where her research focused on political freedom, economic liberalization and economic growth.

Christine Batruch

Board of Directors, Lundin Foundation

As VP Corporate Responsibility, Christine Batruch is responsible for devising and overseeing implementation of Lundin Petroleum’s strategy, policies and procedures in Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and its Sustainable Investment Program. She is also responsible for relations with stakeholders, which include host and home governments, local communities and relevant interest groups. Born in Canada, Christine Batruch is a graduate of Toronto University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and McGill University in Montreal, where she obtained degrees in Civil and Common Law. In 1989, she qualified as barrister and solicitor of the Law Society of Upper Canada in Ontario Canada.

During the 1990s, Christine Batruch was based in Geneva working in the non-profit, academic and business sectors. She joined Lundin Oil in 1999 as a consultant and became Vice President Corporate Responsibility at Lundin Petroleum in 2002.

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka has been the Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee since October 2016.  Before joining the DAC, Charlotte was Director General of the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida). During her tenure at Sida, Charlotte contributed to maintaining Sweden as one of the most generous providers of development assistance of the 28 DAC member countries.  She was a major advocate of developing and using innovative models to stimulate investment from the private sector in development activities.  Acting as the Secretary General of Save the Children International and Save the Children Sweden are among her prior jobs.  Charlotte has also had a successful career as Under-Secretary General and Director of Communications at the Swedish Red Cross.

Charlotte is co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on the Future of International Governance, Public-Private Cooperation and Sustainable Development and member of the Stewardship Board for Economic Growth and Social Inclusion.

Niklas Adalberth

Founder and Executive Chairman, Norrsken Foundation

Dan Olofsson

Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Founder of Star for Life

Dan Olofsson is Chairman of the Board at Sigma AB. Sigma is the result of the split-up of the former Sigma Group into Sigma, Epsilon and Teleca in 2001.  Mr. Olofsson was involved in the creation of the former Sigma and was CEO of the company for many years. Dan, together with his wife, Christin Olofsson, is the initiator and founder of Star for Life. He is also chairman of the non-profit organization Uppstart Malmö.

Tove Lifvendahl

Author, Speaker and Chief Political Editor at SvD

Tove Lifvendahl is an author, speaker, and chief political editor at SvD. Prior to her position with SvD, she was a Senior Fellow at the think tank Fores. In the past, she held positions such as the head of communications at the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and strategic advisor at JKL. She has also served as chairman of the MUF. In 2012 she published the book Att ge – Samtal med Svenska Filantroper (Giving – Talks with Swedish Philanthropists).

Tonika Hirdman

Director General of Fondation de Luxembourg

Tonika Hirdman is the Director General of Fondation de Luxembourg. Previously she was Country Head of ABN AMRO Bank S.A (Luxembourg). Before coming to Luxembourg, she was the Managing Director of Banco, a subsidiary of ABN AMRO in Sweden. The Fondation de Luxembourg is an independent center of expertise and advisory in the field of philanthropy. The Foundation assists European donors in the structuring, development and monitoring of philanthropic projects in Europe and worldwide.

Jacqueline Detiger

 Partner, Beter Geven (Better Giving) Advisory Services in The Netherlands

Jacqueline has worked for twenty years in the field of philanthropy, starting her career at the VSB Foundation, one of the largest foundations in The Netherlands. Beter Geven provides philanthropy advice and helps clients (from The Netherlands and abroad) to set up their own grantmaking foundation. Beter Geven also provides existing foundations with services such as communications, organization, and strategy. She is the founder of the network of Dutch consultants working in philanthropy and she coordinates the network of charity desks of Dutch banks. She studied at Tufts University (BA Anthropology), the University of Amsterdam (MA Communications) and holds a post Master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies from the Free University of Amsterdam. Besides advising clients in the field of philanthropy she is also active herself through various board functions, as an impact investor and last but not least helping to make the world a better place by being a beekeeper.

Silvia Bastante de Unverhau

Head of Philanthropy Advisory, UBS AG

Silvia Bastante de Unverhau is the Head of Philanthropy Advisory at UBS with over fifteen years of experience in related fields. She leads a global team of specialists helping UHNW individuals and families realize their philanthropic aspirations. Her advice encompasses the full spectrum – from developing a philanthropic strategy, to maximizing impact, or areas such as venture philanthropy or impact investing.  Prior to joining UBS, she was an Associate Partner at the global strategy consulting firm Monitor Group, where she worked with some of the leading foundations and non-profits worldwide, as well as private sector companies and governments. She also held management roles at the Organization of American States in Washington DC, the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London and the Office of the President of Peru. Ms. Bastante graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) with a B.Sc. Government and Economics and holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) in Cambridge, MA.

Noomi Weinryb

Researcher – Philanthropy and Public Policy at Uppsala and Södertörn Universities

Noomi Weinryb’s research is centered on issues of accountability and organizing, comparing civil society in a broad sense, and philanthropy specifically, to public administration. She also makes cross-national comparisons across welfare regimes. Methodologically Noomi works mainly with qualitative interviews and text analysis of social media interactions. Her work is focused on two diverse yet (for her) equally intriguing policy areas; migration policy and higher education policy, focusing on research funding. Noomi has a PhD in Business Studies and her thesis is a comparative study of the accountability of philanthropists. She also has extensive international work experience as fundraiser and has also taught on the topic, coaching civil society initiatives across Europe.

Linda Hedström Eriksson

Facilitator, Advisor and Senior Consultant. Founder of LHE Development

Linda Hedström Eriksson is passionate about collaboration as a force for social change and innovation. She is the founder of LHE Development, where she provides strategic and operational support to facilitate value-driven and value-adding collaborations and donations through private philanthropy and CSR. As a trained facilitator, Linda also engages in creating arenas for collaborative interaction and dialogue within organizations as well as between organizations and sectors focusing on methods for Multi-stakeholder collaborations. With her extensive experience in Major gift and Corporate fundraising for NGOs and Non-Profit organizations she has worked with Save the Children, The Swedish Red Cross, Sweden for UNCHR, Diversify Foundation and Amnesty Sweden among others. She was a speaker at the Swedish Fundraising Convention in 2016.

Jasmijn Melse

Philanthropy Advisor ABN AMRO MeesPierson, Netherlands

Jasmijn Melse is passionate about strengthening the field of philanthropy. As a former lecturer
of International Politics, grant maker of the Adessium family foundation, and philanthropy advisor at ABN AMRO private banking, she worked with a broad range of NGOs and
philanthropists. She has also been actively involved in initiatives to strengthen the European philanthropy sector. She believes everyone can be a philanthropist, and aims to bridge the gap between the giver and the receiver.

Björn Almér

CEO, Barista Fair Trade Coffee

Bjorn is the founder of Scandinavia’s first ethical chain of coffee shops – Barista Fair Trade Coffee. Every purchase gives one school meal in Ethiopia (2 SEK). Over 1.5 million meals so far and currently 818 children in Kassim and Muka Dhera are financed by Barista. Apart from several medals in the national coffee championships (to prove ethics and quality are not opposites). Barista has earned a number of high profile awards including Änglamarkspriset, Sweden’s largest environmentalist prize. Currently Bjorn is working on a new project designing a thermos bottle that will finance new water wells in Africa. Each bottle gives five years of water to one person in Africa and that increases if finding more friends with the same bottle.

Emma Rosman

Founder & CEO Welcome app

Emma is the co-founder and CEO of Welcome App – an app for integration that started by volunteers a year ago and is now funded by Norrsken Fondation and Avito-founders.  Before Welcome App, Emma has worked with Business Development at Blocket and Operations Manager at Uber.

Daniel Akenine

Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Sweden

Daniel Akenine is a physicist, lecturer, writer and former neuroscientist at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. In 2015 he was appointed as an IASA Fellow and ranked as one of the 15 top IT-architects worldwide. He currently works for the Microsoft Technology Office. Daniel is also an established Swedish fiction writer with the latest fiction book “11 grams of truth” about privacy and power in our modern society.

Mathias Strand

Assistant General Counsel, Head of Legal for Microsoft Europe

Mathias Strand is general counsel at Microsoft in Western Europe and leads a team of lawyers who support businesses from Scandinavia in the North, to Italy and Spain in the South. He is a frequent speaker and panelist in areas such as cloud services, privacy, IT law, contract law, competition law, CSR and General Counsel role. He is also a guest lecturer at law program at Stockholm and Umeå University. He is on the IT & Telecom Companies row of data, and has been with Microsoft since in 2006.