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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 …

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 …