Throughout my career I have been lucky enough to work with many extraordinary organisations to help them clarify where they want to go and, most importantly, how they are going to get there: through business planning and campaign planning. I have also been fortunate enough to have been able to bring about lasting change as a funder of transformational capital projects that delivered huge public benefit. Philanthropy has always played a central role.
I have lived on three different continents and have seen philanthropy in action all over the world. It manifests itself in different ways in different cultures and societies. While I was at Columbia University I learnt the extraordinary role that it plays in peoples lives in the USA and how philanthropy can transform the lives of individuals.