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Sufina Ahmad
Corporate Strategy Manager
City of London Corporation
Chair, Institute of Fundraising’s Expert Panel on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Sufina is the Chair of the Institute of Fundraising’ Expert Panel on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – a Panel committed to advising and supporting the Institute to design and deliver a strategy for an equal, diverse and inclusive fundraising profession, where no matter what your personal characteristics, you will be “the right fit” for the fundraising profession.

Sufina works in corporate strategy at the City of London Corporation, where she is responsible for supporting the organisation to deliver joined up thinking and activities in relation to the vision, aims and outcomes set out in its Corporate Plan for 2018-23.

Prior to this role, Sufina worked for the Big Lottery Fund and City Bridge Trust, in strategy, policy and stakeholder relations roles.  During her year at City Bridge Trust, Sufina developed their ambitious new funding strategy for 2018-23 – Bridging Divides.  Whilst at the Fund she supported the design and delivery of over £150m. of National Lottery funding, including their Women and Girls Initiative.

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Kirsten Buckley
Associate Director - Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Oxford

Kirsten Buckley is Associate Director of Development – Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Oxford. Kirsten has over a decade of fundraising experience, including as Head of Development – Foundations and Corporations at Oxford, Head of Corporate Partnerships at the University of Bath, and Major Donor Manager at Hope and Homes for Children. Prior to becoming a fundraiser, she worked in Sales at the Guardian. Kirsten has an Executive MBA from the University of Bath.

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Helen Campbell
Deputy Director (Impact)
Kingston Smith

Helen’s background is in charity communications and campaigns. As Communications and Membership Coordinator for Social Value UK Helen managed the organisation of sector leading events, international conferences and training sessions for a cross-sector audience interested in impact measurement and Social Return on Investment. Helen has also worked as Campaigns Officer for FRC Group, a social enterprise winning awards for their impact measurement, and in various voluntary capacities teaching English and music internationally.

With six years of experience in the voluntary sector, Helen blends competency of the technical side of impact measurement with familiarity of operations and activities within charities.

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Rhodri Davies
Head of Policy
Charities Aid Foundation

Rhodri Davies is Head of Policy at Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), and also leads Giving Thought – CAF’s in-house think tank focussing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. He is the author of Public Good by Private Means: How philanthropy shapes Britain, which traces the history of philanthropy in Britain and what it tells us about the role of modern philanthropy. Beyond that, he has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics – from social investment  and civic philanthropy to the charitable applications of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain – and is much in demand as an adviser to governments, businesses, charities and philanthropists.

Rhodri graduated from the University of Oxford with a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy and embarked upon an academic career before migrating into public policy work, where he has spent over a decade specialising in the policy aspects of philanthropy and charitable giving.

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Rosie Eccles
Major Gift Manager
Imperial War Museum

Rosie Eccles is a Major Gifts Manager at the Imperial War Museum (IWM), where her focus is to grow their Patrons programme and secure philanthropic support towards new Second World War and Holocaust Galleries, set to open in February 2021.

Before joining the team at IWM, Rosie spent three years at the Science Museum managing their Patrons programme. Prior to this, she worked at a trust fundraiser at community arts charity Create.

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Charlotte Edgeworth
Corporate Responsibility & Philanthropy Consultant

Charlotte Edgeworth is a Corporate Responsibility (CR) and Philanthropy expert who has over 15 years’ experience in both commercial and not-for profit sectors. Charlotte started her career in product marketing and moved through the voluntary sector into Corporate Foundations, Sustainability and CR. She is an expert in strategic grant-making and philanthropic partnerships and has been director of a charity as well as leading Corporate Foundations for global FTSE-listed organisations.

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