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Interview: Adessium Foundation

Charles Keidan 5 December 2017

Adessium is an endowed foundation in the Netherlands, established in 2005 by commodities trader Gerard van Vliet and his family. Today, it spends approximately €18 million annually on programmes including marine conservation and efforts to …


Interview: Michaela Wintrich of Hans Weisser Stiftung

Alliance magazine 31 October 2017 For Subscribers

The response of German society to the massive influx of refugees into Germany in 2015 and 2016 has been generally impressive and German philanthropy has played an important role. Charles Keidan talked to Michaela Wintrich …


Interview: Lenka Setkova of the Coutts Institute

Alliance magazine 3 October 2017 For Subscribers

Lenka Setkova is executive director and a philanthropy adviser at Coutts Institute, within Coutts private bank. Setkova brings a rare set of qualifications to the task, having worked for government, foundations and think-tanks and her …

Interview: Michael Faye of GiveDirectly

Alliance magazine 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Cash transfers account for less than 5 per cent of development aid, yet there is strong evidence to suggest that they are effective, borne out by the experience of GiveDirectly. Its co-founder, Michael Faye, tells Charles Keidan how the approach …

Interview: Priya Paul

Alliance magazine 5 September 2017 For Subscribers

Indian businesswoman and philanthropist, Priya Paul is chair of Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels and a director of Apeejay Surrendra Group, the family business led by her father Surrendra Paul until his death in 1990. As …

Interview: Maurice Makoloo of the Ford Foundation

Alliance magazine 1 August 2017

When it comes to relations between civil society and business, it’s not a straightforward case of angels versus demons, says Maurice Makoloo, the regional director of the Ford Foundation in eastern Africa. What stops them …

Interview: Massimo Lapucci of Fondazione CRT

Alliance magazine 4 July 2017

The European Foundation Centre (EFC) has a new chair, Massimo Lapucci, currently Secretary General of Fondazione CRT in Italy. Since the focus of Fondazione CRT is in the north-western region of Italy, it’s striking that he’s become …

Interview: Manuel Arango

Alliance magazine 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

As the interview he gave to Alliance in 2004 illustrates, Mexican philanthropist Manuel Arango is a long-time champion of philanthropy and civil society. Thirty years ago, he founded the Mexican Centre for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) and …

Interview: Brendan Cox

Alliance magazine 30 May 2017 For Subscribers

In June last year, just before the Brexit vote, UK Member of Parliament Jo Cox was murdered, becoming the victim of the sort of hate crime she was campaigning against. Her husband Brendan, who himself …

Interview: Ewa Kulik-Bielińska of the Stefan Batory Foundation

1 Alliance magazine 23 May 2017

In a country where democracy appears to be on the ropes, what can philanthropy do to retrieve the situation and what can solidarity with one’s peers in that country achieve? Ewa Kulik-Bielińska, Director of the …