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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 …

Interview: Ise Bosch and Justus Eisfeld

Charles Keidan 4 September 2018

As a philanthropist, Ise Bosch goes her own way. A scion of a well-known German philanthropic family, she nevertheless chooses the issues she funds and the way she funds them. The recent award of the …

Interview: HE Dr Sheikha Aisha Al-Thani

Charles Keidan 4 September 2018

HE Dr Sheikha Aisha bint Faleh bin Nasser Al-Thani is the chair and founder of Al Faleh Group which provides educational services in Qatar, through three centres, including Doha Academy. She is also a founding …

Interview: Naina Batra, Chief Executive of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network

Andrew Milner 10 July 2018

The ‘big tent’ is becoming even bigger. This year’s AVPN conference in Singapore hosted over a thousand participants. With such a catchment and as one of the few pieces of pan-Asian philanthropic infrastructure it is …

Interview: Sir Ian Wood

Charles Keidan 29 May 2018

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, …