THE MOST MEANINGFUL EVENT IN THE STARTUP CALENDAR
Where does the responsibility to solve the world's toughest challenges lie? Is it fair to silo it off to the charity sector? How do we measure social impact? Have the billions spent on aid in the past really made a difference?
These are just some of the questions we'll be asking this year at Founders Pledge Forum. In addition to exploring all things data-driven philanthropy, we will take a close look at the current trajectory of business and technology, asking where we are heading, and how all changemakers - social sector, public sector, academia and business included - can coordinate to create a fair and sustainable future.
8:30 - 09:15
NETWORKING BREAKFAST & REGISTRATION
09:15 - 09:25
David Goldberg and Jonnie Goodwin
09:25 - 09:35
Keynote: The Business of Doing Good
Richard Reed (Co-founder, Innocent Drinks)
09:35 - 09:50
How the Data Revolution Transformed the Social Sector
Dean Karlan (Founder, Innovations for Poverty Action)
09:50 - 10:40
PANEL: Philanthropy 2.0
Kanika Bahl (Evidence Action), Alix Zwane (Global Innovation Fund), Dixon Chibanda (Friendship Bench), Tris Lumley (New Philanthropy Capital)
10:40 - 11:20
11:20 - 11:40
Founder Story: Primary Education in the Knowledge Economy
Madhav Chavan (Co-founder, Pratham)
11:40 - 12:10
The Value of Everything
Mariana Mazzucato (Author & Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Value)
12:10 - 12:35
Eyes in the Sky, Feet on the Ground: Planet’s Quest for Social Impact
Robbie Schingler (Co-founder, Planet)
12:35 - 13:10
The Brain-changing (and World-changing) Effects of Altruism
Matthieu Ricard (Philosopher; Author, Caring Economics: Conversations on Altruism and Compassion, Between Scientists, Economists, and the Dalai Lama)
13:10 - 14:30
14:30 - 14:45
The Giving Games
Kellie Liket (Co-founder, Effective Giving)
14:45 - 15:05
Deep Tech Entrepreneurship as an Altruistic Tool
Ela Madej (Co-founder, Fifty Years VC & Base CRM)
15:05 - 15:45
PANEL: Malaria: Our Next Milestone?
Rob Mather (Against Malaria Foundation), Karen E Logan (Imperial College London), Chris Drakeley (LSHTM), Andy Hardy (Aberystwyth University)
15:45 - 16:15
16:15 - 16:35
Founder Story: Addressing the Market Failure of our Time
Kevin Conrad (Coalition for Rainforest Nations)
16:35 - 16:55
FIRESIDE CHAT: Tech Culture in the Age of Blockchain
Kathleen Breitman (Co-founder, Tezos)
16:55 - 17:00
Stephan Chambers (Director, LSE Marshall Institute)
17:00 - 19:00
Matthieu Ricard is a Ph.D. in cell genetics turned Buddhist monk who has lived in the Himalayan region for the last fifty years. After earning a Ph.D. in cell genetics at the Pasteur Institute under Nobel Laureate Francois Jacob, he traveled to the Himalayas in 1967 and has studied with some of the greatest masters of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the author of The Monk and the Philosopher, a dialogue with his father Jean-François Revel, which has been translated in 23 languages; The Quantum and the Lotus, a dialogue with the astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan; Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill, Why Meditate?; Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World, A Plea For The Animals and Enlightened Vagabond and Beyond the Self: A conversation between Neuroscience and Buddhism.
For the last 20 years he has been an active participant in scientific research on the effects of mind training and meditation on the brain, working in conjunction with the Mind and Life Institute and has been the French interpreter for the Dalai Lama since 1989. He lives at Shechen Monastery in Nepal (See www.shechen.org).
Matthieu donates all proceeds from his books and conferences, as well as much of his time to 200 humanitarian projects in Nepal, India and Tibet (www.karuna-shechen.org) which serve over 300,000 persons every year in the fields of health care, education and social service. He is also active for the preservation of the Himalayan cultural heritage (www.shechen.org).
Co-founder, Base CRM & Fifty Years VC
A serial entrepreneur and a Founding Partner at Fifty Years, an early stage VC fund that backs entrepreneurs solving the world’s biggest problems with technology. A Y Combinator alum who previously co-founded Base CRM, the software development company Applicake, and was a Partner at Innovation Nest, a Europe-focused VC firm. With Fifty Years, Ela has invested in over 38 private companies in areas such as synthetic biology, energy, space tech, health tech, food tech, autonomous vehicles, and more. Ela also runs Impact.tech, a platform for technologists in Silicon Valley who want to combine purpose with profit.
Co-founder, Innocent & JamJar Investments
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.
CEO, Global Innovation Fund
Alix Peterson Zwane is Chief Executive Officer of the Global Innovation Fund. She has 20 years of experience advancing the agenda of evidence-based aid and international development as an investor, a social entrepreneur, and an innovator herself.
Alix has worked at the intersection of the evidence and innovation agendas from a diverse set of posts. She was the first employee and Executive Director at Evidence Action, a non-profit that develops service delivery models to scale evidence-based programs. Under Alix’s leadership, Evidence Action catalysed school-based deworming for hundreds of millions of children around the world, and safe drinking water for millions of people in four countries. Alix launched Evidence Action Beta, an incubator for innovations in development. Alix has also advocated for evidence-based philanthropy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Google.org, where she set strategy and made investments to support new public service models that work for the poor and developed models for outcome-based grant-making. She began her career in management consulting and was a member of the faculty of the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at University of California, Berkeley.
Alix has published in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and elsewhere. She previously served on the board of directors of Innovations for Poverty Action, the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, and Evidence Action. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Born and raised in Colorado, she divides her time between Washington, D.C. and London.
Executive Director, Coalition for Rainforest Nations
Ambassador Conrad was Special Envoy for Environment and Climate Change for Papua New Guinea from 2005-2014 and founding Executive Director of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations, an intergovernmental initiative of over 50 developing nations. In this role, Amb. Conrad launched the initiative within the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) now known as REDD-plus: 'Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks.' He is a lead negotiator for the G77 & China focused on development, climate, and forests. Amb. Conrad was instrumental in the design and establishment of the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility and the United Nations UN-REDD Programme. Amb. Conrad has been a member of the Global Agenda Council on Ecosystems and Biodiversity Loss for the World Economic Forum.
Past experience includes investment banking and operational experience. He has worked for and advised numerous international companies related to global strategy, international investment, and strategic alliances. In 2009, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) named Amb. Conrad a 'Champion of the Earth' for Policy Leadership. In 2008, TIME Magazine named him #1 in the "Leaders & Visionaries" category within its annual list of "Heroes of the Environment". Amb. Conrad was raised in Papua New Guinea and subsequently earned a BS from the University of Southern California and MBAs from both Columbia Business School and the London Business School – receiving the ‘Distinguished Service Award.’
Founder, Effective Giving
Dr. Kellie Liket is the Founder of Effective Giving (EG). Effective Giving was founded by several philanthropists who share a strong desire to do as much good as they can. By developing data-driven frameworks and tools, they seek to improve the thought leadership on maximizing the impact of major donor's grantmaking and impact investing strategies. Dr. Liket completed her Ph.D. on impact measurement in 2014 (Erasmus University), she is a Development Economist (MSc London School of Economics), and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Impact Centre Erasmus. She has published extensively in academic journals in the fields of sustainability, business ethics, philanthropy and nonprofit management. Kellie has a deep passion to introduce evidence into our decision making in the social sector, a message she has been able to spread through the many podia, networks and initiatives that she is part of.
Founder, Innovations for Poverty Action
Dean is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Northwestern University and Founder of IPA. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago's Harris Graduate School of Public Policy and Graduate School of Business, and received his Ph.D. in 2002 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dean is a recipient of the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. In addition, he is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).
His research focuses on microeconomic issues of poverty, typically employing experimental methodologies and behavioral economics insights to examine what works, what does not, and why in interventions in sustainable income generation for those in poverty, household and entrepreneurial finance, health behavior, and charitable giving. He works on issues for low-income households in both developing countries and the United States.
Director, The Marshall Institute
In May 2016, Stephan Chambers took up the post of inaugural Director of the Marshall Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science. The Marshall Institute is committed to increasing the impact of private contributions to public benefit through teaching, research, and convening. Prior to Marshall, Stephan was the Co-founder of the Skoll World Forum and Chair of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Director of International Strategy at Oxford’s Saїd Business School, and Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College Oxford. He sits on the advisory board of Princeton University Press and is a Director of the Britdoc Foundation, the Dartington Trust, the University of the People, and the Dragon School. He wrote a regular Entrepreneurship column for the Financial Times and in 2014 was special adviser to Larry Brilliant and Jeff Skoll at the Skoll Global Threats Fund in California. He teaches entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial finance. From 2000 to 2014, he directed Oxford’s MBA, overseeing its rise in international influence and rankings. In addition, he was the Founding Director of Oxford’s Executive MBA and helped to found Oxford’s Man Institute for Quantitative Finance.
Director of Innovation, NPC
Tris leads NPC’s work on innovation, researching and developing innovative approaches, new models and new ventures to create significant, long-term contributions to the capability and capacity of the social sector. Working with partners in the UK and globally, Tris develops initiatives to maximise the value of existing and emerging innovations in all sectors, through their application in the social sector. NPC’s focus within the area of innovation is on the use of digital technology and data to transform the delivery of activities, products and services, and to transform the relationships between funders and investors, the charities and social enterprises they support, and the people they all aim to serve.
Tris helped initiate and develop NPC’s Digital Transformation Programme, which is currently focused on creating practical collaborations on digital technology in areas like the youth sector and women’s empowerment, and the Inspiring Impact programme which aims to improve impact practice across the UK charity sector. He is also a board member of Social Value International, a member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, and is a regular speaker at international conferences in Europe, Asia, Australia and the U.S.
Before joining NPC in 2004, he worked in consulting, emerging technology research, and scientific and engineering innovation.
CEO, Evidence Action
Kanika Bahl is CEO of Evidence Action, a nonprofit organization which measurably reduces the burden of poverty globally by scaling proven solutions backed by rigorous evidence. The organization reaches over 200 million people in Asia and Africa through its Deworm the World and Dispensers for Safe Water program.
Previously, Kanika served as Managing Director at Results for Development (R4D), where she established and led the Market Dynamics practice. The practice increased access to lifesaving products such as childhood pneumonia treatments and malaria bed nets for millions of individuals. Prior to R4D, Kanika served as an Executive Vice President at the Clinton Foundation Health Access Initiative (CHAI) where she launched the organization’s work across twenty African countries while based in Zambia and Kenya for four years. Kanika received her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her BA in Mathematical Economics from Rice University.
Dixon Chibanda is the director of the African Mental Health Research Initiative (AMARI). He's based in Zimbabwe, where he works on the Friendship Bench program, a cognitive behavioral therapy–based approach to kufungisisa, the local term for depression, literally translated into “thinking too much.” At the Friendship Bench, patients receive individual problem-solving therapy from a specifically trained lay health worker.
Chibanda is passionate about connecting with ordinary people in ways that improve their lives using simple but effective programs that can be carried out by non-specialists or professionals. He likes to think outside the box as he explores ways of helping people with conditions such as depression, PTSD and ADHD.
Madhav Chavan moved from the field of Chemistry to the field of literacy a few years after his return to India having acquired a Ph. D. in the United States and some post-doctoral experience there. He worked in the field of adult literacy from 1989 to 1994 inspired by the National Literacy Mission launched by late Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India. In 1994, Unicef in Mumbai put him in charge of creating a ‘societal mission’ to universalize primary education in the city of Mumbai. As a result he co-founded Pratham that started in 1994-95 as a Mumbai based organization and has now grown to be one of India’s largest NGOs working across the country with millions of children every year with a focus on basic learning outcomes including reading and math. Its flagship programs, Read India and the Annual Status of Education Report have earned the organization a reputation as a pedagogy and advocacy innovator that has influenced policy and practice at the national and international level. He stepped down as CEO of Pratham Education Foundation but continues to be on its Board and actively leading the new experimentation in use of technology for education.
Madhav has been personally recognized for his work with the WISE Prize and The Skoll Award for social entrepreneurship as his organization has received the Kravis Prize for Leadership and the BBVA Frontiers of Knowledge Award for developmental work.
Founder & CEO, Against Malaria Foundation
Rob was inspired to found AMF by a previous charity effort, a three person fundraising swim for a 90%-burns victim, which ‘accidently’ developed into 150 swims in 75 countries involving 10,000 people and raised sufficient funds to secure the child, Terri’s, future.
He scaled up this model, starting AMF with a worldwide swim which grew to involve 250,000 people in 130 countries. AMF has now raised more than $135 million and provided more than 50 million anti-mosquito bed nets protecting 90 million people in 35 countries, mainly in Africa. AMF uses technology, rigorous processes and clear accountability to ensure aid is delivered effectively.
For five of the past six years, and currently, AMF has been the US independent charity evaluator GiveWell’s top-ranked charity globally and has held the same top-ranked position for the last six years at ranking organizations in the UK (Giving What We Can) and Australia (The Life You Can Save).
Rob studied Chemical Engineering at Cambridge University and has an MBA from Harvard. He is fluent in Italian and French.
Founder, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
Professor Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) holds the Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), and is Founder and Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP).
She is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy, the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis, and the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. She was named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' by the New Republic.
Her highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (Anthem 2013; Public Affairs, 2015) was on the 2013 Books of the Year list of the Financial Times. Her new book The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy was published in April 2018 the UK (Penguin) and is forthcoming in the USA in September 2018 (Public Affairs).
She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Leadership Council; and SITRA’s Advisory Panel in Finland. She is currently a Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and has recently authored a high impact EC report Mission-Oriented Research & Innovation in the European Union. She is also a Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the OECD, Angel Gurría, for the OECD’s New Growth Narrative.
Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Chris Drakeley is malariologist and Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine with 30 years research. He spent 15 years living and working in sub-saharan Africa firstly in The Gambia, then in Tanzania and now works with partners in Africa, south east Asia and South America. His research centres on developing a better understanding of transmission of malaria parasites in different settings. This includes studies aimed at understanding the fundamentals of malaria transmission dynamics including risks factors for transmission in endemic populations and defining the infectious reservoir of malaria. His group is involved in the comparison and optimisation of approaches to measure transmission with a focus on serological markers for exposure to infection. These components are linked together by the evaluation of strategies designed to reduce and block transmission including transmission blocking vaccines and drugs. He is current director of the LSHTM Malaria centre and provides expertise through teaching and as advisor to country and regional programmes as well as to WHO.
Kathleen Breitman is a co-founder of Tezos. Tezos is a blockchain-based smart contract platform with an on-chain governance mechanism to coordinate and push upgrades to its network. Prior to Tezos, Kathleen was a senior strategy associate for R3, a blockchain consortium of more than 70 financial firms. She has also worked at Accenture, Bridgewater Associates, and the Wall Street Journal. She holds a degree from Cornell University.
Senior Project Manager & Network Coordinator, Target Malaria
Dr Karen E Logan is the Senior Project Manager and Network Coordinator for the Target Malaria project, an international not-for-profit consortium of 14 research institutions seeking to develop the new tool for vector control in the most heavily affected malaria regions of Africa.
Karen, was born and raised on the west coast of Scotland, and is an immunologist by training, gaining her PhD in Veterinary Immunology from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School. Karen worked initially as a bench scientist on vaccines for bacterial infectious diseases in humans and animals before transitioning over 15 years ago to Project Management.
Lecturer in Remote Sensing, Dept. Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University
Dr Andy Hardy is a lecturer in Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems in the Dept of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University. His main area of expertise is the analysis of satellite and drone imagery for environmental and hydrological applications.
Over the last seven years, Andy has focussed his research on the use of remote sensing for deriving spatial intelligence for understanding and controlling diseases like malaria. This has included UK Research Council funded projects (total ~£1.3m) studying the hydrological controls on malaria vector distribution and an innovative approach to malaria habitat mapping using satellite data and flood modelling. At a more local scale, Andy has secured fund from the Royal Geographical Society and the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (total ~£0.9m) to develop novel ways of combatting malaria using drone technology.
Andy is also involved in a range of other projects including the use of satellite imagery for supporting precision agriculture in South America (~£1.2m); satellite mapping and monitoring the world’s mangroves (~€12m); and the use of drones for extracting market-ready products (~£0.66m).
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A SELECTION OF MEMBERS ATTENDING
Co-founder & CEO of DueDil
"As a company founder, both time and money can be in short supply. The Founders Pledge helps entrepreurs get involved with charities in a meaningful way, even before they might have the material resources to do so."
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 and which was recently listed among Wired magazine’s Hottest Startups in Europe.
In March 2014, DueDil completed a $17m Series B financing round, supported by Oak Investment Partners, Notion Capital and Passion Capital and has raised $22m since April 2013.
Before launching DueDil, Damian set up two other businesses: a peer-to-peer Chinese gaming platform and a digital agency whose clients included the BBC, Virgin and General Motors.
In June 2015, he was named “International Entrepreneur of the Year” by Tech City News.
Founder and CEO of MOVE Guides
"It is my privilege to be committing a share of my exit proceeds to causes that I feel strongly about. My current focus is on building MOVE Guides - helping 21st century organisations move people talent worldwide to solve global challenges - and creating value for our employees and shareholders. I am grateful that the Founders Pledge provides a platform to give back at exit, so I can now focus on leading MOVE Guides to success, and then contributing to the development and success of others through charitable donations."
Brynne Herbert is the founder & CEO of MOVE Guides. Under her leadership, MOVE Guides has grown from an idea to an award winning start-up working with the world’s largest companies & supporting moves across 6 continents. Brynne is part of London’s Tech City Insider 100 & the SV2UK 100 (CEOs of 100 top UK tech companies), & was nominated to the 2015 Google Award for Women in Digital. She is also a recognized subject matter expert on talent mobility, entrepreneurship & gender equality, & a registered Global Mobility Specialist with Worldwide ERC. Brynne has lived in the US, EMEA & APAC, & speaks 5 languages. Prior to starting MOVE Guides she worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers & Standard Chartered.
Daniel is Co-Founder and Chairman of Salary Finance, a fintech company that allows working people to pay off their loan through salary deductions.
Dan has founded numerous fintech companies, including Dynamo Mortgages, Clear Score, and Bizfitech. He is also Managing Partner, FinTech at Blenheim Chalcot.
Saul Klein is an entrepreneur with two decades of experience building & exiting companies in the US & Europe, Saul has a passion for working with seed & early stage businesses. Most recently he was the Co-Founder of Seedcamp, as well as Co-Founder & original CEO of Lovefilm International (acquired by Amazon). He was also part of the original Executive team at Skype (acquired by eBay). Saul believes tech is still only just starting to make a dent on the economy & society & that it has the potential to create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
""My passion became my profession. I love and collect sporty watches and now, with Watchmaster, I can fuel the revolution within the watch market.""
Stephan Heller was Head of Merchant Marketing for Groupon in London before founding WATCHMASTER.COM. He was a key player in Groupon’s European success and contributed to achieving the exceptional growth of the company in several European countries. After receiving his Bachelor in Communication Studies, Heller earned an International Master degree at the ESCP in Paris, London and Berlin. Previously, Heller also worked for BMW in Tokyo, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Munich and UBS in London.
Co-founder of Zopa
"At the heart of being a Founder is a desire to make something better, to make a difference - and at the heart of being a successful Founder is the ability to do this with purpose and for the long term. To succeed for the long term requires the unhelpful dogma of shareholder value to be replaced, as it is, by the old and much better common sense of creating shared value for all stakeholders. This means, that as a Founder I have a responsibility, extrinsic to me and to the firm. For me, making Founders Pledge is a natural thing to do. And if Founder's Forum, and doing it publicly, can help stimulate other tech Founder's to do the same - then together we can help contribute even more and play our part in helping make the world a better place"
James is a Partner at The Foundation, working collaboratively as a growth architect to help leaders build famous customer centric organisations. His clients include: HSBC, Save the Children, Tesco, Eurostar, Just Giving. He is also a core team member of FutureAgenda.org, the world's leading open foresight programme, looking at the world in 2025. James was previously a Founder and CEO of Zopa, the world’s first peer to peer lender, and prior to that Strategy Director at Egg during its early growth period. James continues to actively support the RSPB, the UK's largest nature conservation organisation, where he was previously a Trustee, and Chairs GEN Community Ventures, a leader in community owned energy investment. James is also an advisor to several early stage social finance initiatives (Seedrs, LandBay, Spacehive, LootBank). James holds an MBA from INSEAD and a 1st class honours degree from University College, London. He is also a birdwatcher and was lucky enough to be part of a team who re-discovered three species of bird, previously considered by many to be extinct.
Managing Partner, White Star Capital
Christian has a long track-record of operating experience in technology companies, developing and scaling products and businesses internationally. Prior to co-founding White Star Capital, Christian worked at Facebook and led the international expansion of the company’s Business Development, Platform and Gaming Partnerships groups. He previously held leadership roles in the U.S. and Europe at Google and Microsoft and started his career in technology at MicroStrategy, a startup he joined prior to its 1999 IPO.
"Like most brilliant ideas, Founders Pledge is extraordinarily simple. I spend most of my week working with entrepreneurs and trying to make our investors even more money than they already have. By committing to Founders Pledge, I can make sure that any success I'm involved with will benefit my chosen charities. No brainer."
Damien is a founding partner of Episode 1, an early stage VC in London. At Episode 1, he focuses on working with entrepreneurs at the beginning of their company building and fund raising journey; helping them develop their companies and raise additional capital to fund the growth of a profitable and valuable business. One of nine children, and a father of two teenage daughters, he is passionate about the importance of education as a driver of prosperity, heath and social development . He is looking forward to helping improve access to the best possible education through his Founder pledge donations.
"I've succeeded partly through hard work, but also through a huge dose of good luck. Luck is a scarce commodity and I want to create some for others. "
Adrian became Chief Operating Officer at Just Eat in early 2011, when it was a Series A startup. As the longest serving member of the executive team he played an instrumental role in turning Just Eat into one of the most successful tech companies in Europe. After listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2014 it has gone on to be one of the fastest growing stocks in the FTSE 250. Prior to Just Eat Adrian held senior roles at Spotify and Google. He was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School in 2004. He worked for Population Services International in Nepal for two summers during the MBA, and grew up in Lesotho (southern Africa).
Founder and CEO
Sofie is founder and CEO of Qidenus, which provides robotic, V-shaped books scanners and book digitisation software. She is also founder of omni:us, which provides AI solutions to businesses.
Sofie holds a patent for the Vshape scanner technology. She has won several awards including the Woman Technology & Research Award, Leonardo Best Automatization Technology Award, and Best Young Entrepreneur Award.
Founder & CEO of Beamery
"As a founder it is often difficult to find the time for get involved with charitable endeavours. The Founders Pledge is a phenomenal initiative and superb way to bring like-minded people together to make a collective impact. I am honoured and humbled to be among many great entrepreneurs that are a part of this."
Abakar is the founder & CEO of Beamery, the world’s most advanced Sourcing and Recruitment Marketing platform on a mission to make recruitment better by empowering companies to treat candidates like customers, and focus on communication not process. Abakar started his career at Goldman Sachs and went on to be an investor at Francisco Partners, a technology focused private equity fund. He holds a first class honours in Economics from the University of Warwick.
Amadeus Capital Partners, Managing Partner, Early Stage
"Giving to Founders Pledge is sort of in the 'Why the hell wouldn't you?' category."
Alex is Managing Partner, Early Stage Funds at global technology investor Amadeus Capital Partners, where his current investment focus areas include AI, machine learning, autonomous vehicles, cloud computing, cyber security, digital healthcare and medical technology. He co-founded Europe’s first cyber security accelerator Cyber London, and he was recently a member of the Steering Group for the Royal Society Cyber Security Research Report.
In 1996 Alex co-founded nCipher to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. As nCipher’s CEO, he subsequently led the company to a listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2000. nCipher plc was sold to Thales SA in 2008.
Alex lives in Cambridge (UK) and is married with three children. He was appointed Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2005. He is an active supporter of ActionAid, Kettle’s Yard and the Prince’s Trust.
Celia Francis is a proven pioneer in leading emerging technology companies and has extensive experience in leadership and creative roles across the digital sector. In 2015, Celia became CEO of Rated People (www.ratedpeople.com), an innovative online marketplace connecting homeowners with skilled local tradespeople. In the past year, Rated People has seen around 1 million jobs posted by homeowners on its site, with a total job value of circa £2 billion.
Celia is passionate about inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs and can be found mentoring early-stage start-ups in her spare time. A champion for Coder Dojo (with a particular interest in teaching young girls to code), she regularly speaks at industry events and talks passionately about getting more people into well-paid, skilled and satisfying work, including young people and apprentices.
Srini is co-founder and Chief Risk Officer of Aire Labs, a fintech company that uses machine learning to predict credit scores based on a customer's future behaviour. He is also the founder and CEO of Agvesto, a platform for agricultural insurance and bonds.
Srini has a PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering for the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Mandeep is a co-founder and CEO of Trouva, an online market place for independent shops and boutiques.
Previously, he was an associate at the private equity firm BC Partners.
Mandeep has an MA in Natural Science and Management Studies from the University of Cambridge.
Leah is Head of Operations at Monzo, a UK-based mobile bank, and has been at Monzo since its conception in 2015.
Prior to that, she was a consultant for Bain & Company, and an analyst for Starling Bank.
Leah has a Masters in Mathematics from Oxford University.
Previously at McKinsey, Harvard Business School and involved in a range of startups, Jeremy loves all sports, has a secret wildlife obsession (especially marine life), was originally a scientist (genetics), and is also Chair of REAch2 (the UK’s largest primary schools Trust).
Founder & Partner of Founders Keepers
Richard has ten years experience in executive search, having worked with a variety of leading VC’s, private equity houses and high-growth digital companies across Europe and the US.
Founders Keepers is an European Executive search business for growth digital businesses. Since launching in 2014, they have made some key placements including; President International for MakerStudios, Chief Operating Officer for Deliveroo, Chief Commercial Officer for Babylon Health, Chief Marketing Officer for Vinted and many more.
Co-founder of Hassle.com
When he wasn't tending to his urban farm in North London, Tom learnt his trade at one of the world's leading technology consultancies. Now Tom spends his time developing Hassle.com's infrastructure and technology.
Barbara is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Hardware Club, an investment firm that helps startups with a focus on robotics, artificial intelligence and internet of things scale globally.
She is the youngest female founder of a VC fund in Europe, and is amongst the top 10 women to watch in Tech in 2018.
"Founders Pledge creates a great incentive to thrive for excellence knowing that an exits will bring tons of benefits for NGOs around the world. Proud and happy to be part of this wave. "
I graduated with a bilingual degree in BA from FH Münster and Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, then founded Beluga Linguistics a specialized translation service provider focused on fast growing enterprises, mostly in tech. Portfolio companies have been MOO, XING, LAST.FM, BEBO, LOOKOUT, ADROLL, TINDER, SWATCH, and others.
Co-founder & CEO
"A no-brainer to do good"
Julian is a seasoned technical Entrepreneur and was named Forbes 30under30. He is co-founder of 99chairs with it’s mission to create spaces that expand life. 99chairs is the leading interior design platform in Germany providing professional interior design solutions for spaces. They are changing how we live & work, space by space.
Prior he was part of the extended founding team & management of e-commerce shop Tirendo. He helped build up the company until its 50mn€ exit being responsible for growth & analytics.
He holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science & Business from TU Munich.
Julian loves to kite, travel and read.
Brett Wigdortz OBE led Teach First from its launch in July 2002. He has helped build the UK’s leading movement to tackle education inequality and one of country’s most successful charities.
Brett is Co-Founder and Trustee of Teach For All, which now operates in over 45 countries.
Brett was awarded an OBE in the 2013 Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for Services to Education and has won numerous awards over the past 15 years, including Charity Times UK Charity CEO of the Year, Ernst & Young UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Debrett's 500 Most Influential in the UK, and the Evening Standards' 1,000 Most Influential Londoners. In autumn 2017, he was named as a Grant Thornton Face of a Vibrant Economy.
In 2012, Brett sat on the Department of Education Teacher Standards Review Board and his book Success Against the Odds, a candid account of the first ten years of Teach First was named WHSmith’s Business Book of the month.
In October 2017 Brett stepped down as CEO of Teach First to take on the role of Honorary President. He co-founded tiney.co, a for-profit social enterprise in March 2017 to improve early years opportunities.
"I am ludicrously lucky. I was born into an amazing family, given a first class education and I'm surrounded by brilliant people. Life could be so different. And for so many people all over the world, it is. If I'm fortunate enough to benefit from a meaningful exit, it's my responsibility, not my choice, to invest in something positive. Thanks FP for making this easy."
I am Cofounder of online radio platform Mixcloud. Over the past 7 years I've worked with an amazing team of people to grow the company from a couple of guys in a warehouse in Wembley to the world's biggest community of DJs and music curators, reaching 15 million people a month - all with no funding!
I am a regular speaker at conferences including the Guardian Changing Media Summit, Amsterdam Dance Event, International Music Summit, International Radio Festival, The Great Escape, Rio Music Conference and many more on a range of topics including the music industry, digital media, brands and advertising, entrepreneurship, rights & IP.
I also enjoy DJing (spinning a range of sounds and styles taking in soul, boogie, disco, hip-hop and house) and dancing (via my side project Dance Club!) and I am trustee of a charity called East London Dance.
William Todd is the co-founder and CTO at Nutmeg, the world's first online investment management company that offers complete transparency & accessibility to all customers. William has over 25 years of experience in the technology industry, serving in management, development & design capacities. He has designed & built software for the financial services industry, including developing derivatives exchanges across Europe & Asia. William previously served as CTO for an online trading platform for banks & brokers, & built a gaming platform based on a trading metaphor.
"I am trying to help millions of people reaching their full potential every day at Peak and I really believe that joining the Founders Pledge is a meaningful additional way for me to give back to the people who might need it the most. It is my privilege to be committing a share of a potential exit proceeds to causes that I strongly support and I encourage more founders to do the same."
Xavier is the Co-founder & Chief Product Officer of Peak, the #1 self-improvement mobile app designed to help you improve your mental skills with fun, challenging games, reaching goals and building healthy habits. In April 2015 Peak completed a $7m Series A financing round, supported by Creandum and DN Capital & has raised more than $10m to date. Before launching Peak, Xavier was a serial product manager in gaming (Playfish, Electronic Arts) and e-commerce (Amazon.)
Co-founder & CMO
"The Founders Pledge team deeply understands what it takes to give effectively. They research opportunities to evaluate impact and ROI, so you can make wise choices and have confidence that your contribution will make a real difference. "
Claire is Co-Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Ada Health, an app that provides AI-powered healthcare to its users. She is also founder of Doctorpreneurs, a non-profit community for doctors and students who are interested in healthcare innovation.
Claire holds a MBChB in Medicine from the University of Bristol, and a PhD in Developmental Neurobiology from the University of Cambridge.
Co-Founder, Board Member
James Monico is the Co-Founder & Board Member of Cloudreach. Over the last 8 years the company grew from a good idea in a pub, to a global success story as the leading cloud enablement organisation; trusted by Amazon, Google and Microsoft. During James’ tenure co-leading the business with Pontus Noren, the company expanded into 7 countries, ranked highly on Tech Track 100 and FT’s 1000 fastest growing companies, and emerged as the global leader in our field. James was awarded the best leader award at the 2013 Sunday Times’ Best Companies awards. US private equity group Blackstone acquired a majority stake in Cloudreach in 2017.
Co-founder and Partner, Urban Us Ventures
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give. — Winston S. Churchill"
Stonly Baptiste is Co-Founder and Partner at Urban Us, a venture capital fund that invests in startups that are re-imagining city life. URBAN-X is a NYC based accelerator operated by Urban Us and BMW Group.
Mr. Baptiste also teaches at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business where he helped create a top-ranked MBA class on how entrepreneurship can solve urban challenges.
Stonly is 33, an immigrant from Haiti, a resident of San Francisco's SOMA district, and in his free-time enjoys travel, music and readings on cities, climate, physics, math, behavioural psychology, history and language.
"I firmly believe in Schumpeter's theory of creative destruction where new generations and innovations destroy the old ways of doing business. Being at the centre of this can involve eye watering shifts in capital and inevitable pain depending on which side of the equation people, companies & communities fall. Setting a percentage my gains aside via Founders Pledge is important to my spirit. Supporting David and the Founders Pledge family enables me to have a greater impact on the projects I am passionate about and it's a privilege to work with them."
A walking talking paradox, Chris has worked in four different sectors in over 20 years in business including investment banking, financial services, technology and now as a founder of SaaS venture capital firm Notion Capital. He has founded several companies and invested, built, scaled several others with a number of exits including Star ($75m) & MessageLabs ($700m).
Felicity is Founder and CEO of Paladin, a platform that helps Fortune 500 legal teams, law firms and law schools manage, source and track their pro bono.
Felicity is a human rights advocate and an international lawyer, with a law degree from the NYU School of Law.
"I made the Founders Pledge because I believe it is the right thing to do. We are fortunate to be in this dynamic sector, and have a responsibility to give back. The pledge allows the founder community to leverage the expertise of both Founders Forum For Good and Pictet to do just that, amplifying the impact we can have together."
Brent Hoberman is co-founder of Made.com and SmartUp.io, a direct-from-factory consumer crowd-sourced homewares retailer in the UK and business in gamified mobile learning aimed at entrepreneurs.
Brent is a serial entrepreneur, having also previously co-founded lastminute.com in 1998, taking the company to profit and gross bookings of over $2bn. Lastminute.com was sold to Sabre for $1.1bn in 2005. He also co-founded Founders Forum in 2006, a series global events in London, LA, NYC, Istanbul, Hong Kong and Shanghai for leading tech entrepreneurs.
Brent also sits on the advisory board for the UK Government Digital Advisory Board, is Non-Executive Board Director of Guardian Media Group, TalkTalk PLC & Shazam and acts as the Prime Minister’s Business Trade Ambassador. Brent was awarded a CBE in 2015.
Jonas is the cofounder and CTO of Monzo bank. He spends a lot of his weekends strolling through Broadway Market and eating delicious food. He also enjoys popular geeky pastimes like watching movies and playing board games.
Ricky is co-founder of Tandem Bank, a mobile app-based bank, that offers credit and current account products. In 2018, Tandem fully acquired Harrods Bank.
Ricky is also managing partner of Hexagon Partners, a private equity firm, and founder of Azimo, a digital payments platform.
Ricky has a BSc in Economics from Bristol University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Founder & President of Tripping
Jen founded Tripping.com and helped grow it into the world's largest site for vacation homes with over 12 million properties in 150,000 destinations worldwide. Prior to founding Tripping, Jen helped build venture-backed companies in Silicon Valley, Central America, and London. She was also one of the first employees of the ticket marketplace company StubHub, where she developed their brand and marketing group before its $285 million acquisition by eBay.
Jen spends her free time exploring new places, mentoring entrepreneurs, and commiserating over Cal’s NCAA rankings. She's excited to be part of FP since it's a chance for her to give back and create a positive impact on the world outside of her office.
Founder of Lepe Partners
Jonathan founded Lepe Partners in 2011, 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. Jonathan also co-founded Founders Forum, PROfounders Capital & 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.
Vikrant is Co-Founder and Chairman of KF Beauty, a global cosmetics product company. He has also founded LetzChange, an online giving platform.
Vikrant is a committed philanthropist. He is Trustee of LetzDream, which aims to maximise social impact in India, and has other philanthropic endeavours through his family office, Veddis.
Vikrant is an alumni of IIT Delhi and IIM Calcutta.