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Interview: Sir Ian Wood

Charles Keidan 29 May 2018 For Subscribers

Spotting the main chance Scottish philanthropist Sir Ian Wood created a successful business in the oil and gas industry before setting up The Wood Foundation in 2007. As he explains to Alliance editor Charles Keidan, …


Interview: Olivia Leland

Charles Keidan 29 May 2018 For Subscribers

Olivia Leland has been at the forefront of two of the most notable global philanthropic initiatives, first at the Giving Pledge and now as founder and CEO of Co-Impact. Between them, they have prompted wealthy …


Interview: Joseph Ogutu on Africa’s newest philanthropy network

Charles Keidan 22 May 2018 For Subscribers

The development of a pan-African venture philanthropy organisation – to be called the African Venture Philanthropy Association – have reached an advanced stage. Who is involved? What will it do? What are the specific challenges …

Interview: Philippa Charles, Garfield Weston Foundation

Charles Keidan 27 March 2018

‘A very unusual foundation,’ is how Guy Weston, chair of the UK’s Garfield Weston Foundation (GWF), describes his grandfather’s creation which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Few would disagree. Not only is the foundation’s structure …

Interview: Antonis Schwarz of the Guerrilla Foundation

Charles Keidan 6 March 2018 For Subscribers

What happens when a young man inherits a fortune but then uses his inheritance to challenge the systems which created it in the first place? We may be about to find out. The sale of …

Interview: Omar Al-Qattan

Charles Keidan 6 March 2018 For Subscribers

Omar Al-Qattan started his professional life as a filmmaker and is now a businessman and philanthropist. Born in Beirut of Palestinian parents, he moved to the UK in 1975 and now chairs the A M …

Interview: Sean Hinton of Open Society Foundations

1 Carsten Terp Beck-Nilsson 16 January 2018

Migrants are here to stay – let’s invest in them. That’s the message of the man responsible for the impact investments of the world’s second largest foundation. 65 million people are on the move worldwide. …

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

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

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 …