Speakers

Our conference programme will be led by a diverse range of engaging speakers from the foundation sector and beyond, who will share their insights and perspectives with participants.

Chair and compère for day 1 and 2: Kenny Imafidon

Described by Huffington Post UK as a “young rising star making waves in UK politics,” Kenny has written influential and award-winning publications and has led on innovative partnerships with global brands such as Uber, Tinder and Deliveroo, on campaigns to get young people registered to vote and turnout in UK elections and the EU referendum. His work in both the worlds of research and politics has taken him around the world to countries such as, the United States, Brazil, Austria, Tunisia, Israel, and Hong Kong.

In 2014, Kenny was awarded the number one position of Rare Rising Stars and acknowledged for being the most outstanding black student in the UK. In 2015, he was one of 16 people from across Europe featured in the Commonwealth Young Achievers list. Kenny is a Winston Churchill fellow, governor of a local school and a RSA fellow.

More recently, he was named by Impact Squared as one of 100 young leaders (under 25) across the globe making a social impact to transform our world. Kenny is also a trustee of BBC Children in Need, Strength Within In Me Foundation (S.W.I.M), City Gateway and Spark Inside. Kenny is on the advisory board of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

Day 1

  Sunder Katwala, British Future      

Sunder Katwala is Director of British Future, an independent and non-partisan think-tank, which works on identity and immigration, integration and race relations with a focus on engaging the public constructively in issues which can be polarising and divisive. British Future is a founding member of the Together Coalition, working to establish the 2020s as a 'decade of reconnection' in our society beyond the Covid pandemic. Recent major projects include the National Conversation on Immigration, the biggest-ever public engagement exercise on immigration and integration in the UK, working in partnership with the Home Affairs select committee, and Remember Together, a project with the Royal British Legion which brings people from different backgrounds together to learn about and commemorate our shared history. Sunder was previously an Observer journalist and General Secretary of the Fabian Society.

 

  Tessy Ojo CBE, The Diana Award and trustee of Comic Relief      

Tessy Ojo CBE is an inspirational and creative Civil Society Leader experienced in driving change and redefining outcomes for children and young people. In 2020, Tessy was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours with a CBE – Commander of The British Empire for her services to children and young people. She is the Chief Executive of The Diana Award – the only charity that bears the name of Diana, Princess of Wales and through it has developed internationally recognised programmes that give young people skills to thrive and create positive change in their communities globally. The charity benefits from the support of Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex, as well as the Office of the UK Prime Minister as a Patron.
With over twenty-two years in third sector leadership and in-depth knowledge of working with young people and across the world, Tessy played a founding role in the building and sustainability of the charity, bringing strategic clarity and innovative approaches leading to a 360-degree turnaround of the charity’s growth and global industry recognition. Tessy is a passionate humanitarian and campaigner who has gained international reputation for work around building youth leadership and tackling systemic inequality. At the heart of her work is the belief that, with the right support and investment, young people are the best instigators for achieving sustainable change for both themselves and society.
In 2019, Tessy became the very first British National to be honoured with The Prestigious Martin Luther King Award in Atlanta, in recognition of her innovative approach to leadership and humanitarian work.  She was also named by British Airways, alongside other key notable leaders, as one of the top 100 British Leaders https://www.britishairways.com/100. Tessy sits on a number of non-Executive boards including chairperson of the #iwill Leadership board, The BBC’s Appeals Advisory Committee, Comic Relief, The Royal Taskforce on Cyberbullying and the UK Council For Child Internet Safety. Tessy has been married to her husband Stephen for 25 years and together they have two children, aged 23 and 21.

 

  Charles Keidan, Alliance magazine     

Charles Keidan is Executive Editor of Alliance magazine, a leading nonprofit publication putting readers at the heart of global philanthropy. Charles previously served as Director of the Pears Foundation where he worked closely with its board of Trustees including executive chairman, Trevor Pears. Charles has also served as a Trustee of the Queen’s Crescent Community Association, a charity in North London. As part of his commitment to improving philanthropy, Charles has advised a variety of philanthropists and trustees of philanthropic foundations.

 

 

Day 2

  Derek Bardowell, CEO of Ten Years Time and Trustee of Thirty Percy

Derek A Bardowell is the chief executive of Ten Years’ Time, author of No Win Race (Mudlark/Harper NonFiction, 2019) and a Knowledge Equity Fellow at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Derek is also the host of the podcast Just Cause and a Thirty Percy trustee. 

 

  Lori Bezahler, Hazen Foundation

As President of the Edward W. Hazen Foundation, Lori Bezahler leads a national grant making program supporting organizing and leadership by young people and communities of colour to dismantle structural inequity based on race and class. During 2013, Ms. Bezahler was also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Social Inclusion and she currently chairs the board of Race Forward. Her writing and commentary have appeared in The Nation, TIME Magazine, the Washington Post, Foundation Review, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Journal of Responsive Philanthropy, and on numerous blogs and other media outlets. With over 20 years’ experience as a leader in the not for profit sector, she has served on several boards including Grantmakers for Education, the National Center on Schools and Communities at Fordham University, Philanthropy New York, and the Center for Community Alternatives, and has taught as an adjunct assistant professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.


  Moira Sinclair OBE, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Moira is Chief Executive of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. Their vision is for a just society in which everyone, especially young people, can realise their full potential and enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. In 2019/2020, PHF awarded £46.8m of grants in the arts, in cultural education, in migration and integration, and investing in young people. 
Moira is Chair of Clore Leadership, Chair of East London Dance and Vice Chair of the London Mayor’s Cultural Strategy Board. She is also a member of the British Library Advisory Council and the Investment Committee for the Arts & Culture Impact Fund.
Previously, she worked for Arts Council England and Vital Arts after stints in local government and theatre and production management. A graduate of Manchester University where she studied drama, Moira became a Clore Fellow in 2004/05. 

 

 

  Veronika Mora, Hungarian Donors Forum        

Veronika Móra has been working ah Ökotárs - Hungarian Environmental Partnership Foundation since 1997 and holds the position of the director since 2007. Earlier, she was the national consultant for the Dutch Foundation Milieukontakt Oosteuropa, but also worked for the eco-counselling office of Ecoservice Foundation. With HEPF and earlier, she’s been working on a variety of issues related to ecological consumption, gene technologies and public participation. Since 2003 she’s been leading HEPF’s Civil Partner program aiming to improve the legal-fiscal environment of civil society, but she also gained experience in managing and overseeing grant programs of various sizes, not least the Hungarian NGO Fund under the EEA/Norwegian Financial Grants.

 

Besides her full time occupation she also has voluntary positions in a number of NGOs, among them the chairmanship of the Hungarian Donors Forum. She is a biologist (MSc) by education, but also has a MA degree in organisational psychology, and more recently gained a diploma in environmental law.

 

 

More speakers to be announced soon!

 

 

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