DAVID GOLDBERGFounder & Global CEO
Founder & Global CEO
David is the Founder and Global CEO of Founders Pledge. Having run the gauntlet of finance, start-up, and academia, started Founders Pledge to make it absurdly easy for entrepreneurs to do good in their work and lives. David moved into the non-profit sector from an eclectic commercial background; following high school, David joined Mortgage Capital Associates, one of the largest privately held mortgage banks in the U.S., where he launched the secondary marketing department, after which he worked as a mortgage and investment banker at CS Financial in Beverly Hills. David also founded and ran a boutique real estate and relocation firm in Germany and was the general manager of Urban Motion Inc., the highest volume Segway dealer network in the world. David is a graduate of UCLA and the University of Cambridge.
NEIL JANSENChief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Neil joined Founders Pledge in October of 2015 from both technical and artistic careers. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and then moved to Los Angeles to work on the Space Shuttle Main Engine as a systems engineer. As NASA wrapped up the shuttle program, he successfully transitioned into a career as a freelance brass musician and continues to perform regularly across California.
IEVA KAJOKAITEChief Programme Officer
Chief Programme Officer
Ieva joins Founders Pledge from a diverse non-profit background. She is an experienced partnership director and programme manager, and has worked extensively with projects focused on young people affected by the intersection of vulnerabilities. After graduating from the School of Oriental and African Studies and Vilnius University, Ieva worked with charities assisting refugees, and, more recently, children and young people with special needs. Ieva is a visiting lecturer at Vilnius University and has carried out research focused on gender identity and the politics of presence in Qatar, Oman and Italy.
MATT HUNTERCEO, North America
CEO, North America
Matt is an entrepreneur, social activist and artist, and is currently the CEO of Founders Pledge, Inc., the North American arm of Founders Pledge. Previously, Matt co-founded the WiFi marketing business Turnstyle, which was acquired by Yelp in April 2017. Somewhere along the way Matt co-founded the intimacy development publication, cambyo. He has helped bring the morning dance party movement Daybreaker to Toronto. And before all this, Matt was an artist, making electronic pop music under the moniker Natural Animal.
Ben has a background in technology startups and not for profits. He was previously Director of Community for Giving What We Can, the international society promoting effective poverty interventions. He is also a full stack web developer and has experience in the London and Paris startup scenes. Before starting at Founders Pledge, Ben was building software in Ghana to provide offline access to education websites. Ben has a first class degree in Philosophy from the University of Warwick.
Katarina joined Founders Pledge in February 2017 after completing her Masters with Distinction at the University of Oxford in Gender Studies on the Clarendon Scholarship. Prior to this, she was a serial entrepreneur in the premium drinks industry, which included helping grow several start-ups across Dubai and Brazil, as well as co-founding her own wholesaler business in Spain. Katarina graduated with Double First Class Honours in English and American Studies from the University of Nottingham, and studied in Venice for a year under the Erasmus programme. Katarina is supporting the growth of Founders Pledge across domestic and international markets, including Europe and the USA.
MAX BIRNERGrowth, Germany
Max joined Founders Pledge in 2017 with a background in both technology startups and charity. After studying at LSE and the University of the Arts London, Max co-founded the technology startup Tamoco and led the company as CEO for four years, growing it to become one of the market leaders in the advertising field. He also helped to launch a donation platform as a charity in the Middle East and most recently acted as Board Adviser to a variety of social-impact startups around the world.
Stephanie became Founders Pledge first employee back in May 2015, after working in various communications roles in the Department of Health. Previously, she attained First Class Honours in Linguistics from University College London, which included living in Arizona for a year.
Stephanie oversees the delivery of Founders Pledge’ community programs and her greatest “claim to fame” is chin grazing Sir David Attenborough’s shoulder!
Thea joined Founders Pledge in July 2016 after graduating with a First Class Honour BASc from University College London, specialising in Cultural Anthropology. She has a background in the not-for-profit sector, having worked for Amnesty International as well as in a number of roles in Norway's largest youth environmental organisation.
Before moving to London she was a youth facilitator at an environmental conference in Madagascar, studied Arabic, and worked at a museum of archaeology. Thea speaks English, Norwegian, Spanish and Arabic. Her favourite colour is black and she's not sorry about it.
MÉLANIE DE MAICHECommunity
MÉLANIE DE MAICHE
Melanie joined Founders Pledge in February 2017 and works in the community team putting together of our events.
Melanie is passionate about empowering communities and children for social change, with a focus on raising ones visibility, vision and voice. Her volunteering experience in Nepal and Thailand has prompted her desire to work in the non-profit sector. In a previous life Melanie worked in various customer service roles notably within a Helicopter company. She completed her Masters in International Child Studies in 2016 at King’s College London.
French born, Melanie is never very far from her ukulele, which is perfectly suited to bring people together and to sing along in all languages!
Aurelia joined Founders Pledge in September 2017 after completing her MBA as a Boustany Foundation Scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she focused on Finance. Prior to this, Aurelia worked for six years in Beijing in the policy and not-for-profit sector. Aurelia is very interested in the relationship between donors and grantees, the link between how charities are financed and their ability to have impact, and working with private individuals to make their giving as effective as possible. Aurelia leads deployment at Founders Pledge and manages relations with external clients.
Marinella joined Founders Pledge in 2017 from a background in non for profit and academia. Before starting at the Founders Pledge, she was researching cost-effective charities and interventions at the Centre for Effective Altruism, and worked as a Research Fellow at Warwick University. She holds a PhD in Philosophy of Human Rights from Oxford University and a First Class BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the same institution.
John joined Founders Pledge in 2017 from a background in policy think tanks and academia. He has a doctorate in political philosophy from Oxford and taught philosophy at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. Following that, he moved to the Global Priorities Project, working as a researcher on global catastrophic risk. He likes quips, tennis, football, boxing, and not spending money.
DEVON FRITZTech & Ops
Tech & Ops
Devon joined Founders Pledge following a diverse background in consulting and software development for both the public and private sectors, working for various organizations as well as running his own business. He has been awarded a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Information Technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, as well as a Master of Arts in Computational Linguistics from Heidelberg University in Germany. A learner for life, Devon has a broad range of interests, from language learning to philosophy.
Sasha joined Founders Pledge in November 2016, after transitioning from academic publishing to software development through Makers Academy. He has an ongoing preoccupation with utilitarian philosophy, and with the underlying ethics of the effective altruism movement, which he's been involved with since its inception (and which prompted his career shift). At Founders Pledge, he maximises the utility offered by the website.
Haridos joined Founders Pledge in January 2017 from a background that spans both the commercial and non-profit sectors. After graduating with a BA in American Studies he completed an internship with the US Navy’s Public Affairs office in Manhattan, working with the media for Fleet Week New York. After a year with a digital marketing company in London he moved into the charity sector, with Comic Relief and then The Royal British Legion as a London Community Fundraiser. Haridos has a passion for US and UK politics, with a strong emphasis on the presence of LGBTQ and gender equality within social constructs.
Adam joined Founders Pledge in 2017 with a background in music and education.
Having worked as a freelance drummer on tours, cruise ships and in theatre orchestra pits, he more recently turned his energies to teaching, with a particular focus on working with children with special learning difficulties.
He has a BA Hons degree in Popular Music, and enjoys sport, walks in the countryside, and writing his own blog.
Bryan is a dog. He has been with Founders Pledge since day one. He often thinks he's in charge and even though he's not, no one tells him otherwise. In his free time he likes to collect sticks and play fetch. He is based in London.
Dafna was founding CEO and co-founder of Founders For Good. She is now a trustee of the charity, continuing to dramatically impact the way in which entrepreneurs give back. Dafna is also a trustee of The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, a board member of Intelligence Squared, and has supported organisations including The Royal Foundation and The Good Solutions Group. Before founding Founders for Good, she launched Excite in Europe, co-founded eos Ventures & spent seven years as a Operating Partner at Eden McCallum, a disruptor in strategy consulting. She is a graduate of Stanford University & Harvard Business School & is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Carol is the founder & CEO of Carol Cone ON PURPOSE, whose mission is to educate, inspire & accelerate purpose programs & impacts for organizations, nonprofits & individuals around the globe. She is internationally recognized for her work on purpose & CSR. For over 25 years, she’s built lasting partnerships between companies, brands & social issues for deep business & societal impact. For the past five years, Carol created & led the business & social purpose practice for Edelman, building it into a $25 million global group. Previously, she was founder & chairman of Cone, Inc., now Cone Communications, a leading cause branding consultancy. In 2007, PR Week called her "arguably the most powerful & visible figure in the world of cause branding."
Jonathan is the chairman of Founders For Good and the co-founder of Founders Forum. In 2011 Jonnie founded Lepe Partners, a merchant bank for media, consumer & internet CEOs & entrepreneurs. He was previously co-founder & CEO of LongAcre Partners, building the company into Europe’s leading mid-market media corporate finance house before selling it to Jefferies in 2007. Jonnie also co-founded PROfounders Capital and is on the advisory board of Opera Solutions & Kelkoo. He has advised on over 100 transactions in the media & Internet space worth over $20bn to date.
Neil is the founder of NEON Adventures, an investment vehicle with activities in finance, property, lifestyle & philanthropy. He is also a principle investor in the Forward Internet Group, which creates, acquires & invests in web businesses across a variety of industries and territories. Neil is committed to giving back through the Forward Foundation, helping exceptional charities & social enterprises transform young lives.
Damian Kimmelman is the Founder and CEO of DueDil, the London-based fintech business whose vision is to organise the world’s private company information & which was recently listed among Wired magazine’s Hottest Startups in Europe. Before launching DueDil, Damian set up two other businesses: a peer-to-peer Chinese gaming platform & a digital agency. In June this year, he was named “International Entrepreneur of the Year” by Tech City News.
Andy is a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active Bay Area seed stage investors. Prior to joining SoftTech in 2015, Andy was co-founder and EVP of London and San Francisco-based Huddle, a leading enterprise SaaS content collaboration company.
Andy has been an active angel investor since 2010 and built a portfolio covering 35+ pre-seed and seed stage investments, mostly in the B2B space but also covering e-commerce, marketplaces and mobile. His companies include innovative SaaS businesses like Apiary, tray.io, Bugsnag, Rolepoint, Intercom, Import.io, Pipedrive, and Buffer, as well as retail plays including Postmates, Secret Escapes, and Zesty.
Andy was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s birthday honours list for services to UK business and technology leadership.
Richard is the co-founder of innocent, the No.1 health drinks brand in Europe. Innocent was started from a market stall, now sells in 17 countries & was acquired by Coca Cola for $700m. Innocent’s mission is to ‘taste good & do good’, with sustainable business practices & a minimum of 10% of profits going to charity each year. Richard, along with his co-founders, now runs JamJar Investments, a UK based start-up fund focusing on consumer facing brands that use creativity, craft & functional performance to create lifetime loyalty. Richard is also a director of the independent press regulator Ipsos.
Alexandre is a qualified Swiss lawyer. After being admitted to the bar in Switzerland in 1997, Alexandre qualified as a Swiss Certified Tax Expert in 2002 & went on to work for different financial services companies & prestigious law firms. In 2011, he became Chief Executive Officer of the Rhone Group, a Swiss company which provides clients with sophisticated financial planning advice & support.
Mustafa Suleyman was co-founder & Chief Product Officer of Deepmind Technologies, a leading AI company, which was bought by Google in 2014 in their largest European acquisition to date. Mustafa is now Head of Applied AI at Google DeepMind & is responsible for integrating the technology across a wide range of Google products. Previously, Mustafa dropped out of Oxford University to help launch a telephone counseling service, building it to become one the largest mental health support services of its kind in the UK. As a skilled negotiator & facilitator, Mustafa has worked all over the world for a wide range of clients such as the UN, the Dutch government & WWF.
William MacAskill is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at Oxford University and the co-founder of Giving What We Can and 80,000 Hours, which advises individuals on how to maximise the social impact of their time and money. Through these non-profits, Will has raised over $400 million in lifetime pledged donations to the most effective charities and helped spark the effective altruism movement. He is the author of Doing Good Better, published by Penguin Random House.
Jaan is a founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa. He is Co-Founder of the Cambridge Centre for Existential Risk, Future of Life Institute, and philanthropically supports other existential risk research organizations. He is also a partner at Ambient Sound Investments, an active angel investor, and has served on the Estonian President's Academic Advisory Board.
ALEX COMNINOSSpecialist Tech Advisor
Alex supports Founders Pledge on tech for good and is an Associate at Founders Intelligence, a specialist consultancy that helps the world’s leading corporates and investors to harness industry defining technologies and business models. Alex advises corporates and investors on digital strategy and technology innovation, and in this role has worked with Visa, News Corp, and Fannie Mae. Before joining Founders Intelligence, Alex worked in M&A, focusing on investments in media, internet and consumer business. Alex has varied volunteering experience, including coaching football at a local school in Costa Rica, and supporting Founders For Good & NSPCC Digital Taskforce.