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Sustainability is the driving force: Interview with Lavinia Jacobs

Charles Keidan 4 June 2019 For Subscribers

One of Switzerland’s leading foundations, the Jacobs Foundation has forged a reputation for its research-based and system-wide approach to the problems it decides to take on. Its chairperson Lavinia Jacobs talks to Charles Keidan about …


Interview: Giuseppe Guzzetti

Andrew Milner 30 April 2019 For Subscribers

After an illustrious career in both national and local politics in Italy – he has been both President of the Lombardy region and a member of the Italian parliament – and as President of Fondazione …


Interview: Vijay and Umayal Eswaran

Andrew Milner 23 April 2019 For Subscribers

When Vijay Eswaran founded the QI Group of Companies in the 1990s with a number of partners, one of its premises was that some of its profits should fund social initiatives. Later, and with QI grown …

Interview: Stephen King, CEO of Luminate

Andrew Milner 26 March 2019

Last year, Luminate, once part of Omidyar Network, was launched as an independent undertaking with a mission to help create just and fair societies where citizens are able to participate fully and equally and to …

Interview: Rob Reich

Charles Keidan 5 March 2019

For Rob Reich, co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the first question to ask about philanthropy is not how well is it doing, but what is it for? In an influential …

Interview: Xu Yongguang, Narada Foundation

Andrew Milner 12 February 2019

Founded in May 2007 by Zhou Qingzhi and Xu Yongguang, at a time when most of the country’s existing foundations were operating foundations, Narada Foundation was the first grantmaking foundation in China dedicated to providing …

Interview: James Chen

Charles Keidan 4 December 2018 For Subscribers

James Chen is chair of Wahum Holdings in Nigeria and the Chen Yet-Sen Family Foundation, but he is probably best known as founder of the Clearly campaign to eradicate preventable poor vision globally. The areas …

Interview: Princess Banderi

Joanne Bladd 4 December 2018

Princess Banderi bint Abdulrahman AlFaisal is the CEO of the King Khalid Foundation, and granddaughter of King Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud who ruled Saudi Arabia from 1975 until his death in 1982. She tells …

Inside Oak Foundation – an interview with Christopher Parker

Charles Keidan 23 October 2018

Interview: Christopher Parker, Trustee of Oak Foundation Oak Foundation is probably not one of the first names which comes to mind when you think of major foundations, yet in terms of funding and influence, it …

Interview: Annie Chen, RS Group, Hong Kong

Andrew Milner 11 September 2018

At the forefront of the fast-developing social investment sector in Asia are organisations like RS Group. Neither a typical investment house, nor a typical philanthropic institution, yet it makes both grants and investments. At the …