Philanthropy Forum, 29 November 2016


Philanthropy Forum

Partnering for Development: A Balancing Act

29 November 2016 | Nairobi, Kenya 

The development community is focusing now more than ever on delivering impact at scale. Multiple and diverse partners working together — in new ways — is what it will take to transform effective development cooperation. Foundations are playing a key part in this debate as they seek to leverage their resources more effectively and engage in partnerships with other development actors. Yet, partnering remains a balancing act for most development actors, including foundations.

The Philanthropy Forum will focus on three key challenges to partnering that prevents philanthropy from igniting its full potential: building effective partnerships on the ground, improving the availability and quality of philanthropic data and enabling environment for civil society and philanthropy.

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The development community is focusing now more than ever on delivering impact at scale. Foundations are playing a key part in this debate as they seek to leverage their resources more effectively and maximise their partnerships with other development actors. Yet, partnering remains a balancing act for most development actors, including foundations.

The Philanthropy Forum will raise awareness about the financial and non-financial contribution of philanthropy to sustainable development in Africa. The Forum will also explore three key challenges to partnering that prevents philanthropy from igniting its full potential: building effective partnerships on the ground, improving the availability and quality of philanthropic data and enabling environment for civil society and philanthropy.

Organised in the margins of the Second High-Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation, the Philanthropy Forum provides a unique occasion for foundations to identify and convey key policy messages and expectations of the philanthropic sector to policy makers and other development actors. Foundations participating in the Philanthropy Forum will be invited to participate in the all the events of the HLM2, including the high-level ministerial segment on 30 November and 1 December 2016. 

For further information on the HLM2 agenda, please consult the HLM2 website here.


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A detailed agenda is available here.


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Benjamin Bellegy 

CEO, Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support

Benjamin Bellegy is the new Executive Director at WINGS. He has previously led international programs in a variety of fields such as local civil societies’ strengthening, sustainable development or post-disaster reconstruction. Prior to WINGS, Benjamin was managing international programs at Fondation de France, where he has led several collaborations with other foundations and worked on the issue of philanthropy development. He has previously worked for the International Cooperation Agency of Monaco and for several NGOs in Ethiopia, Tunisia and Canada and he has an extended field knowledge of a number of other countries and regions. He earned a master’s degree in non-profit organizations’ management from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Grenoble.

Frank Cinque

Chief Operating Officer, E4Impact Foundation

Frank has served as Managing Director of ALTIS – Graduate School Business and Society of Catholic University of Milan since 2006. In 2010 he collaborated with Mario Molteni in the launch of E4impact initiative and in 2015 become the Chief Operating Officer of the E4impact Foundation. He lectures in various editions of the E4impact MBAs in Africa.


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Pakzan Dastoor

Manager, Advisory Research & Due Diligence, DASRA

A member of the leadership group at Dasra, Pakzan heads the Research team, contributes to organizational strategy and has been involved in change management efforts for the organization.

Having developed the research team and operations, she now oversees content creation and dissemination that directs funding to some of India’s most significant development challenges. She has lead research in the sectors of women empowerment, health, education, governance, sanitation, and human rights. Pakzan works closely with several stakeholder groups to build strategic partnerships for Dasra. Over the years she has played a key role in engaging USAID, GIZ, Kiawah Trust, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Bank of America, British Telecom, Shelter Associates, and Naz Foundation, among others. Pakzan has written articles for media publications such as Impact India (SSIR) and Business India and has been quoted in Mint and Times of India. She has also spoken at platforms such as the Houses of Parliament (London), Harvard Kennedy School, OECD Development Center and the Khemka Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

Before joining Dasra, Pakzan worked at the Akanksha Foundation in Mumbai, where she designed curriculum, planned community development programs and devised impact indicators. Pakzan has a Master’s in Business Administration with honors from S.P Jain Center of Management and a Bachelor’s in Management Studies with honors from the University of Mumbai.

Naila Farouky

CEO, Arab Foundations Forum

Naila Farouky is the CEO and Executive Director at the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF). AFF is a membership-based association of philanthropic foundations and organizations working throughout the Arab region. AFF aims to serve the philanthropic sector by being a hub for networking, knowledge and resource, communications and outreach, capacity building, and advocacy. It aspires to serve the sector and its members by strengthening the efficacy of strategic philanthropy and changing the way we give.

Helen Gichohi

OGW, MBS Managing Director, Equity Group Foundation

Helen joined Equity Group Foundation as Managing Director in 2012. Prior to joining EGF, Helen spent 11 years with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), where she served as Director of the African Heartlands Programme, before rising to become Vice President for Programmes in February 2002.
In 2007, she was appointed the first AWF President and led the move of AWF’s headquarters to Nairobi, Kenya from Washington, DC in the USA. Helen has received numerous awards and honors, including two presidential awards, the Order of Grand Warrior (OGW) and the Moran of the Order of Burning Spear (MBS) for her distinguished service to the nation.

Helen holds a doctorate in ecology from the University of Leicester in the UK. She also holds a Master of Science in biology of conservation from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Kenyatta University. She serves on the boards of AWF and Ol Pejeta Conservancy and previously sat on the board of Kenya Wildlife Service.

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Maurice Makoloo

Representative Eastern Africa Ford Foundation

Maurice Makoloo is the foundation's representative in Eastern Africa, overseeing all grant making in the region from Ford's office in Nairobi. Maurice has worked to advance progressive reforms and secure rights and opportunities for all people in the region. His priorities have encompassed strengthening democracy and the efficacy of local civic organizations; addressing gender inequalities, particularly pertaining to low-income women; improving livelihood opportunities for rural and urban poor people, including addressing disparities in land control; and promoting open access to media that enable free, fair, and diverse forms of expression.

Before joining the foundation in 2012, Maurice served as director of the Institute for Law and Environmental Governance, a leading environmental research and advocacy institution based in Nairobi. He was appointed by the Council of the Law Society of Kenya to serve as the convener of the society's Environmental Law Committee, a position he has held since 2005. Recently, he concluded a six-year term as secretary of Kenya's Public Complaints Committee on the Environment—a post to which he was appointed by the minister for environment and mineral resources.

Janet Mawiyoo

Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Community Development Foundation

Janet Naumi Mawiyoo (Ms.) is the Chief Executive Officer of KCDF (Kenya Community Development Foundation), an organization that promotes sustainable development of communities for social justice, through local institution building, policy influencing, resource mobilization, partnerships and collaborations.

Janet has been in the development sector, primarily with the nonprofit sector for over 30 years, having spent about 14 years with Action Aid International in both Kenya and Tanzania.

Janet has distinguished herself as a skilled development practitioner, very knowledgeable on the challenges experienced in Africa and the management and delivery of good aid programmes, as well as institution building of local organizations. She is a team builder, development fundraiser, and a very experienced individual on governance matters especially as they relate to emerging African institutions, as well as a mentor to many young women seeking to balance their work and personal lives.

Lawrence McGill (TBC)

Vice President for Knowledge Services Foundation Center

Larry McGill is vice president for knowledge services at Foundation Center. He joined the organization as vice president for research in 2007, overseeing the research on foundation giving trends, practices, and emerging issues in the field. Under his leadership, Foundation Center’s research program expanded rapidly to create dynamic online platforms for aggregating and visualizing global data on philanthropy and placing it in the larger context of emerging needs and international aid flows. As vice president for knowledge services, he also oversees the work of CF Insights, Glasspockets, Global Partnerships, GrantCraft, IssueLab, and Philanthropy News Digest.

Prior to joining Foundation Center, he served as director of research and planning for the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA) at Princeton University and as deputy director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. From 1994 to 2001, Dr. McGill was director of research for the Freedom Forum and its operating programs, the Media Studies Center and the First Amendment Center. Prior to that, he was manager of news audience research at NBC. He has taught at Northwestern University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1987.

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Bathylle Missika

Acting Senior Counsellor, Head of Partnerships and Networks Unit, OECD Development Centre

Ms. Bathylle Missika is Senior Counsellor to the Director (acting) and Head of Partnerships and Networks Unit at the OECD Development Centre. Ms Missika oversees the Development Centre’s work on the development narrative and the contribution of its various stakeholders, ranging from the contribution of non-state actors (foundations, MNEs) to development stakeholders (Heads of communication form development agencies/Ministries), together with the regional dialogue the Development Centre has been sustaining with Africa and Latin America.

Ms. Missika re-joined the OECD in 2012 after working in UNDP’s Conflict Bureau, focusing on a portfolio of post-conflict and fragile countries in Africa. Prior to returning to the UN, Ms. Missika had focused her work on issues of governance, state fragility and basic service delivery, both at the OECD and in UNDP. She specifically led the OECD network on Governance from 2004-2008 and held the position of Deputy Coordinator for UNDP’s governance Trust Fund (2003-2004) before joining UNDP in 2002.

Ms Missika holds a degree (MA, Public Service) from Sciences Po in Paris, an International Affairs degree from Tufts University and an MA in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC. She lectured at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) from 2008-2011.

Mwihaki Kimura Muraguri

Sr. Associate Director, Africa Regional Office, Rockefeller Foundation

Mwihaki Kimura Muraguri joined the Foundation in January 2010. Based in the Africa Regional Office as an Associate Director for Health, she implements work in the area of health systems and disease surveillance across the region. She partners with African governments and selected national and regional implementers to enable countries to be responsive to emerging pandemics and burgeoning health care demands by supporting health financing reforms. In addition, she leads the Foundation’s growing effort concerning philanthropic work in the region.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Kimura Muraguri ran the KCB Foundation, a private-sector foundation that supports community development across Eastern Africa. For several years she led the HIV and AIDS program in AMREF in Kenya and served on a number of national health taskforces in Kenya.

Rosemary Mutunkei

Director Yetu Initiative, East Africa Regional Office, Aga Khan Foundation

Corporate Social Responsibility manager with vast experience in Corporate Social Investment, Corporate Communications, Stakeholder management, Media relations and events management. Particlular interest in women and youth issues, and local community empowerment.

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Arif Neky

Advisor, Strategic Partnerships and Philanthropy, UNDP Kenya

Arif Neky is the Coordinator of the new UNDP Global Post-2015 Partnership Platform for Philanthropy project at the Kenya Country Office level. Arif’s extensive experience is across social development and private enterprise across three continents. His leadership in social development, enterprise and financial services includes forging partnerships across philanthropic and non-profit organizations with governments, bilateral/multilateral donors and private sector.
As the former Regional CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) East Africa for over 13 years, Arif was directly responsible for a wide portfolio of programs in education, health, rural development and civil society enhancement with a team of over 250 staff to successfully impact development outcomes with many of the poorest communities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
With AKF, Arif also nurtured non-profit networks and philanthropic institutions. He helped in the establishment of the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF), was the Founding Co-Chairman of the East African Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), and recently – as its Founding Vice Chairman – helped in creating Viwango, a new flagship Kenyan organization to promote voluntary certification of CSOs in Kenya. He has engaged actively in Education and Health Sector planning and was the first Chairman of the CIDA Kenya Partners Forum.
Arif was previously the Regional Representative Eastern Africa for the French & International Bank – Société Générale where his achievements included consortium financing of selected development and infrastructure projects up to 250m French Francs per annum.

Sanda Ojiambo (TBC)

Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Safaricom Foundation

Sanda Ojiambo who joined Safaricom, a leading communication company, in October 2008 is the head of Corporate Responsibility. As the head of the Corporate Responsibility Department she manages the Safaricom Foundation, Sustainability Reporting, Environmental Management, Digital Inclusion, and Social Innovation.

She has also worked at UNDP Somalia, CARE International, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America International.

Evans Okinyi

Chief Executive Officer, East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG)

Okinyi is currently the acting Chief Executive Officer for the East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), a voluntary membership Association that brings together Trusts and Foundations in the East Africa region with the aim of promoting philanthropy.

Prior to this, he was the Head of Finance and Administration at EAAG. He holds a BSC degree in Agri-Economics from Egerton University and a Master's degree in Economic Policy Management from the University of Nairobi. He is a highly experienced and passionate Executive with over 5 years progressive experience in Administrative Operations, Financial Management and Program functions with vast focus on Organizational Administration/Management, Policy Formulation and Implementation, Stakeholders & Partnerships Management and Budgeting and Financial Management.

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Mario Pezzini Mario Pezzini

Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary General on Development

Mr Mario Pezzini is Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary General on Development.
Moreover, after having served for a year as Acting Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, he has been now nominated Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary General on Development.

The OECD Development Centre is an institution where governments, enterprises and civil society organisations informally discuss questions of common interest. Its Governing Board includes most of the OECD countries but also developing and emerging economies as full members. The Centre helps policy makers in OECD and partner countries find innovative solutions to the global challenges of development.

Before joining the Development Centre in 2010, Mario Pezzini held several senior management positions in the OECD, where he has been working since 1995.
Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Pezzini was Professor in Industrial Economics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris as well as in US and Italian Universities.  Also, Mr. Pezzini served as an Advisor in the field of economic development, industrial organisation and regional economics in international organisations and think tanks (e.g. ILO, UNIDO, European Commission and Nomisma in Italy). Mr. Pezzini started his career in the Government office of the Emilia-Romagna Region.

Philip Thigo

Senior Advisor, Data and Innovation, Office of the Deputy President, Kenya

Philip Thigo is a Kenyan technology & governance expert advising the Legislative & Intergovernmental Liaison Office at the Presidency in Kenya on Data and Innovation.

He co-founded INFONET, a Startup building capabilities of Governments & NGOs to deliver just development outcomes. He has previously held executive positions, notably Foundation El Taller with experience spanning across Asia, Africa, Arab World and Latin America. He has co-created unique initiatives such as Apps4Africa, Huduma, Budget Tracking Tool and Uchaguzi. He currently serves as the Point of Contact for Open Government Partnership (OGP) for Kenyan Government and as an Interim Steering Group Member of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, where he co-chairs the Data Roadmaps and Ecosystems working group.

Mr. Thigo has given keynote addresses, notably at the UN (on occasion recognised by Mashable as of one of five inspiring speakers), Yale University, Give&TECH Conference and ICTD2016. Mr. Thigo also supports the African Union Commission Chairperson Bureau & the African Governance Architecture (AGA) on technology. He was honoured at the 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Achievement as Delegate.

Adam Pickering

Policy Manager, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

Adam is International Policy Manager for Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) - a leading international civil society organisation that seeks to create an enabling environment for the development of civil society through the provision of philanthropy advice and services, and through advocacy. Adam is responsible for developing global policy positions for CAF and writes and speaks widely on global trends in philanthropy and the legal environment for CSOs and donors. Adam is currently leading the Future World Giving project, which seeks to create a policy framework that will help governments seize the potential for rapidly growing middle class populations to engage in philanthropy. Prior to working at CAF, Adam was a Policy Officer at the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).

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Rolf Huber

Managing Director of the Board, Siemens Stiftung

Rolf Huber is Managing Director of the Board of Siemens Stiftung. Together with his board colleagues Nathalie von Siemens and Georg Bernwieser, he is responsible for the operative implementation of the goals defined by the foundation. 
Siemens Stiftung promotes sustainable social development, which is crucially dependent on access to basic services, high-quality education, and an understanding of culture.

Within the Board of Siemens Stiftung, Rolf Huber is responsible for the working area development cooperation, with the goal to reduce existential deficits in basic services and strengthen necessary social structures. Prior to joining Siemens Stiftung, Rolf Huber worked for Siemens AG since 1989. There, he has held various positions in the areas of press and public relations, as well as marketing and human resources development in the company's international communications departments.

From 2009 to 2012, Rolf Huber resided in Johannesburg, South Africa, and was responsible for the company’s CSR programs as well as relations with governments on the African continent. 
Rolf Huber completed his master's degree in American Studies, Political Science and Communications Science at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and the University of North Carolina, USA. 

Achie Ojany-Alai 

Talent and Leadership Coach 

Achie is a talent development and leadership coach with a 20 year business and corporate career in Europe and Africa. She focuses on coaching the senior leadership of businesses, foundations and NGOs to deliver consistently high personal, business and social impact in an increasingly multicultural world.  Her clients include the HomeBoyz Foundation. Her early career was in marketing where she was global account director for some of the world’s leading brands at McCann Erickson and Leo Burnett in London.  Achie holds a MA degree in Marketing Management from Kingston University London and a BA in Economics from the University of Nairobi.


 Florence Makhanu

Programme Manager, Viwango

Florence is a development practitioner with 15 years working with both local and national Civil Society organizations in Kenya, undertaking programmes in a wide range of development areas – Peace Building and Conflict Transformation, HIV/AIDs, Natural resource management, Democracy, Governance and human rights, genders issues among others.

Currently, she is the team leader at Viwango (A Swahili word for Standards). VIWANGO is a fairly young established and independent Kenyan Civil Society Organization self-regulatory initiative. Its primary role is to promote the adoption of minimum standards of excellence by Civil Society Organizations in Kenya. VIWANGO is strongly committed to improving the performance of CSOs through the promotion and application of minimum standards and voluntary independent certification.

Viwango was formed out of a need to inspire and nurture a culture of Civil Society Organisation (CSO) continuous improvement so as to deliver superior value to the relevant constituencies and increase the contribution and impact of CSO’s in Kenya’s development agenda. 

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The Conference will be held at the KICC Convention Centre in Nairobi.

Click here for a list of hotels (provided by the HLM2)


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For security reasons access to the KICC Convention Centre requires registration, otherwise you will be refused entry. All participants registered to the Philanthropy Forum will be able to access the HLM2 meetings on 30 November and 1 December.


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The Forum is organised by the OECD Network of Foundations Working for Development (netFWD) in partnership with other philanthropic networks and organisations, including, among others, the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF), the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), the East Africa Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), the Foundation Center, the Kenya Philanthropy Forum, the SDG Philanthropy Platform and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 


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