Bonnie joined TSIC as a Consultant after completing her Master in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she has always been interested in how businesses can become engines of social change. She gained valuable insights on cross-sector collaboration through her diverse working experiences, ranging from big corporations like HSBC, to international NGOs like Amnesty International and Equality Now, to the government. She is a social entrepreneur herself and started an award-winning non-profit social enterprise which aims to empower marginalised women through photography. She is also the Coordinator of Women in Social Finance, a London-based private community of mid- and senior-level women working in the fields of social finance and impact investing, and has an ILM Development Award in Social Return on Investment (SROI).
She was recently awarded Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur in Europe, the Hong Kong Youth Service Award and the Asian Women of Achievement Awards. Apart from London, she has lived and worked in Germany, Denmark, the United States, Singapore and Pakistan.
In addition to a solid scientific background (and PhD in Biochemistry), Marlies brings over 4 years’ experience in business development, market and competitor research, strategic partnership development and community building in the non profit and social enterprise sector across Belgium, Australia and the UK. She developed and implemented a fundraising strategy for Australia’s largest charity website, PetRescue.com.au. She then moved to the UK where she assisted with the development and implementation of a Corporate Partnership Strategy for the leading international NGO, WaterAid, in particular focusing on multi-year strategic CSR and employee engagement opportunities with leading companies. Prior to joining TSIC, Marlies worked as a Growth Manager for the leading global social enterprise crowdfunding platform Chuffed.org where she developed and implemented a global Community Ambassador program while providing training and mentoring on donation-based crowdfunding.
Richard is the director and founder of Social et al. Limited, a boutique consulting firm specialised in social innovation, which takes up the TSIC Franchise in Hong Kong. Before starting his own venture, Richard was the Deputy Head of HKCSS-HSBC Social Enterprise Business Centre (SEBC), a resource centre under the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) to advance social entrepreneurship and mobilize social innovation. Prior to joining HKCSS, Richard worked in WebOrganic as Senior Manager of Marketing specialising in digital inclusion; Microsoft Hong Kong as Community Affairs Program Specialist.
Richard is an MBA graduate of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and an alumnus of London Business School. He received his Bachelor degree in Communication and Media Management, and was being awarded the University Medal from the University of South Australia.
Sally is Finance Manager of TSIC UK and has worked as an accountant in the charity sector for over ten years, prior to TSIC she worked for Women Living Under Muslim Laws, The Foundling Museum and Parenting UK. She is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and started her career at KPMG in 1977. She currently works for TSIC on a part-time basis.
Kalm is graduate in History from the University of Oxford and former Investment Banker for Rothschild & Co the Global Financial Advisory division. As a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, he is dedicated to empowering diverse communities; focusing on improvement of public services, learning and development, and economic participation. He has lead research teams in the UK and Ghana for the Common Wealth Youth Council (CYC) and the Department for International Development (DFID), assessing provisions for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to improve access to education, work, social welfare and civic rights.
He has contributed to a report for the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, and is on the Advisory Board for Sponsors of Equal Opportunity (SEO) London; developing a for-profit arm to increase the charities long term financial sustainability. As a Senior Director of Oxford University’s African & Caribbean Society (ACS), and Independent Advisor to Oxford University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office (OUA), he also advises on institutional diversity and widening participation strategy.
What excites me about TSIC: The opportunity to combine my corporate training and business knowledge with my passion for social impact and equality.
What gets me up in the morning: My one year old daughter – literally – there is no better alarm clock than a ‘singing’ (screaming) toddler encouraging you to rise from your slumber.
Ask me about: Social mobility and diversity, public private partnerships, and the best way to get play-doh out of the carpet.
Alex joined TSIC as a Consultant in 2017. She previous worked at a think tank focused on the common good, leading projects across a variety of topics, in particular focusing on Brexit and youth policy. Her background is within international development and the youth sector, empowering young people in the UK and overseas to bring about positive change locally, nationally and globally.
Alex is an active campaigner and activist, very involved in local politics, as well as volunteering for a number of community-based charities. She is currently setting up a free community meal service, and in the process of starting up her own gamification social enterprise.
What excites me about TSIC: The opportunity to work with and learn from so many inspiring organisations, charities and people, and question the status quo.
What gets me up in the morning: Doing something I hope might be helpful to someone somewhere (although really, it’s Magic FM and the promise of breakfast)
Ask me about: The youth sector and young people, systemic change, using games for social impact, cooking South East Asian food, what happened in Neighbours today.
Fabienne has been working for BNP Paribas in Paris as a Financial Manager. At the same time, she provided technical support to charities and social ventures through professional skills-based volunteering. She also supported micro-finance institutions and impact investors in developing countries to scale up their social impact and secure their financial return. She felt that she wanted to do more and changed her career to become an Impact Investment Manager in London.
She decided to launch the TSIC franchise in the Ivory Coast in order to sustain and promote the development of Small & Medium Enterprises in the region of West Africa. She truly believes that social ventures are one of the main enablers for empowering job creation in Africa and fight against poverty. Fabienne has a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Auditing from Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).
What excites me about TSIC: My favorite quote is “Social change comes through people”. By working with TSIC, we provide our skills and expertise to help teams of charities and social organisations accomplish this change.
What gets me up in the morning: I’m really thankful to do this job and bring my contribution to create more impact around the world by promoting social innovation supported by new financing models.
Ask me about: Travelling … it’s the best way for me to feel alive and be connected to this small and big world.
Claire joined TSIC in 2010, following a Masters at the School of Oriental and African Studies, to work with our charity clients. Prior to TSIC, Claire worked with Restless Development focusing on HIV/AIDs awareness and life skills in rural Tanzania, as well as a British charity helping to improve the skills of long-term unemployed people. Claire has an MA in African Government and Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a BA in Classical Studies. She is conversational in Swahili.
How I joined TSIC: By the time I heard about the opportunity at TSIC the submission deadline had already passed. I submitted an application anyway and about an hour later got a call to come in for an interview. By this time I was already ensconced in the library in full dissertation-writing mode, complete with life in a bag and a t-shirt and shorts-based outfit. Compensating for my Mary Poppins bag and the fact that I looked like I had just completed some sort of extreme exercise activity involved an excessive amount of exuberance and enthusiasm in my interview!
What gets me up in the morning: The promise of coffee, particularly in light of our new espresso machine; the opportunity to constantly learn about new organisations doing amazing things and exciting innovations in the sectors we work with; and reading about my latest interest area—impact investment.
Ask me about: Charity, government and politics in sub Saharan Africa, fundraising, photography, insight trips, and historical fiction.
Maha has a background working in the humanitarian sector with international NGOs helping Syrian refugees in various sectors across Lebanon. She has worked on projects in governance and conflict resolution, health, education, food security, nutrition, and shelter. She is experienced in monitoring and evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, and designing and developing project research tools. She is very interested in social change and maximising social impact and will be taking on TSIC franchise in Dubai. Maha has a Master’s degree in International Health from the University of Leeds in the UK, where she carried out her final qualitative research project in Jordan.
Federica likes to define herself as a business head with a social heart. She became interested in an impact-focused career after volunteering with several NGOs on humanitarian projects in East Africa and she will take on TSIC franchise in Italy. Federica has previously worked on Social Policy with UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office in Kenya and as a Project Manager at the Allianz Foundation in Italy. She brings to TSIC valuable international experience, combined with a strong dedication to social issues and commitment to help businesses and social purpose organisations address critical challenges and pursue greater good.
Federica has a Master’s Degree in Economic and Social Sciences and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan.
Kyrus is the Head of Development of Social et al. Limited (TSIC franchisee in Hong Kong). He has extensive experience in operations management, volunteer management, international development, and humanitarian.
Kyrus has devoted to humanitarian movement for more than 15 years. He has worked on organization development for IFRC East Asia office previously, and still being an active volunteer leader in Hong Kong Red Cross. He was elected as East Asia representative in the Asia Pacific Youth Network of the IFRC from 2009 to 2014. Besides humanitarian, he has also worked for a leading workspace and community for start-ups, so he knows well how to integrate the new start-up elements into traditional business. Furthermore, Kyrus is one of the members of the Commission on Youth of the Hong Kong SAR Government since 2012.
Kyrus has a Bachelor degree in Information Management from the University of Hong Kong.
Jess works part-time as Business Development Manager, alongside studying for a Masters degree at SOAS in Middle East Politics. Before this, she worked as an Analyst at TSIC, and she was also responsible for coordinating and running TSIC’s flagship pro-bono initiatives to help early-stage charities evolve their income diversification strategies. Prior to working for TSIC, Jess was involved with and led on programmes and initiatives to promote gender parity, and in particular equal opportunities for refugee and migrant women: she authored a research report on behalf of the Womanity Foundation, analysing the extent to which gender rights are promoted in and through the media in the Middle East, and she devised and delivered curricula specifically tailored to the needs of women refugees at the Jesuit Refugee School in Amman, Jordan. She has also done freelance translation work for the BBC. She holds a BA in Arabic and French from Oxford University.
She has extensive frontline voluntary experience, both in the Middle East and in the UK, with a focus on refugees, youth empowerment and interfaith dialogues. She maintains her academic interest in the Middle East through her blog, and working as a freelance contributor to the Development in Action (DiA) forum, where she writes on issues pertaining to political, economic and social development in the Middle East.
Belinda has a holistic perspective on marketing and communications from her experience working in top-tier media, PR and advertising agencies like Mindshare & Ogilvy as well as managing in-house marketing teams. She has worked at an international level with brands like Unilever, HSBC and WWF as well as at a grassroots level devising and implementing award winning campaigns for UK arts, culture and entertainment brands. Belinda holds an Masters in Digital Marketing & Communications. Bringing her expertise from the corporate world to the social enterprise sector, she has consulted for social impact entrepreneurs in the UK and Brazil on income generation, sponsorship & marketing strategy.
Laura brings over ten years of experience in the NGO and non-profit sector working with organisations and social enterprises on their growth and development. Laura successfully developed and implemented the US fundraising and development, international branding, and growth strategy of the UK NGO, Christian Aid and its US partner, InspirAction. Prior to that she worked in fundraising and strategic development for women’s rights, environmental and community development organisations in London, New York and Chicago. Laura has a Master’s Degree in Non-profit Management from The New School in New York, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Iowa. Laura lives in East London.
Nicola is a Senior Associate at TSIC and a Partner at Endeavour Investments, an investment partnership based in London and Belfast. She is passionate about supporting charities and social enterprises to develop sustainable business plans and growth strategies, and has a particular interest in social investment. She was previously a Management Consultant at Deloitte and holds a CIMA Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting. In her work with TSIC she focuses on supporting clients with strategic, financial and operational analysis and planning.
Denise is a Research Fellow at BRAC Uganda, focused on BRAC’s Independent Evaluation and Research Cell, supporting integrating participatory approaches into evaluation and research to facilitate engagement from beneficiaries. She is a graduate in Integrated Studies from Athabasca University, and her dissertation looked at community ownership methods of global policy agendas such as the Millennium Development Goals. Having worked in East Africa for the past 5 years, her experiences include supporting a RCT addressing the intra-household effects of the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship for academically talented but economically disadvantaged secondary students in Uganda. Most recently she collaborated with the Qatar Foundation, co-authoring a paper addressing the underlying factors associated with failure of students to transition or dropout of secondary school in Uganda and Bangladesh. She is currently undertaking a MSc in Epidemiology at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, furthering her knowledge in the area of public health.