Candan Fetvacı | Director and Member of the Board , Aydın Doğan Foundation

“Empowered girls, empowered futures” – It is not a dream!

Fri, 19 Oct 2018

At the Aydın Dogan Foundation we have been working on the education and empowerment of girls for more than 15 years now. The UN’s declaration of October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child in 2012 has given us a new opportunity to bring into focus the importance of girls’ education and empowerment.  

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Jules Kortenhorst | CEO , Rocky Mountain Institute

Climate change is an ‘everything’ problem – philanthropists can make it an ‘everyone’ solution

Fri, 5 Oct 2018

Ten years ago, Europe’s first philanthropic organisation devoted solely to cutting planet-warming emissions sprouted from the soil of my native Netherlands. Its successful growth in the years that followed has helped to define our times.

Diane Samuels | Human Resources Director , Ford Foundation

What does a mission-driven HR department look like?

Tue, 4 Sep 2018

At the Ford Foundation, we believe it’s important to model the kind of change we hope to see in the world. And so our efforts to disrupt inequality must start in our own organization. Our human resources department plays an important role in making sure that in every area—from grant making to administration, operations to the leadership level—the foundation is staffed by people who bring a diverse array of talents and experiences to their roles.

Rien van Gendt | Vice President , European Cultural Foundation

Can foundations contribute to social cohesion in Europe?

Mon, 9 Jul 2018

I want to explore with you how foundations can contribute to the European agenda of democracy, diversity and social cohesion. What is the unique role that foundations can play in this context, do they actually play that role and what are the bottlenecks they have to face.

Bharat Mehta | Chief Executive Officer , Trust for London

Helping amplify your work on diversity

Thu, 5 Jul 2018

Writing about being a model or an exemplar is tricky. Neither the Trust as an organisation, nor I as its Chief Executive, are models. We are more straw effigies that are flawed and can be easily knocked down. That is not being falsely modest. I am proud of what we have achieved at the Trust in relation to diversity and moving the issue up the organisational agenda, be that in governance, management or operations; but we have much to learn and implement. It is a bit like getting older – the more you know, the more you realise how much you don’t know!

Sam Alvis | Policy Officer , Wellcome Trust

Building a strong future for European science: Brexit and beyond

Mon, 11 Jun 2018

Decades of cooperation have made Europe a great place for research. But as science and politics change, we need to adapt to keep up. Europe must work together to secure our global scientific leadership. As Wellcome heard at our summit of European research leaders recently “research is the only way to maintain our standard of living”.

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