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Thursday, 8 November 2012, 3:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Panel Discussion: Future Prospects

Richard Bennett, Antony Elliott, Tim Jones, Alderman & Sheriff Professor Michael Mainelli

Philanthropy has always been a feature of public life from faith and good works in medieval times to charitable giving today. This symposium looks at philanthropy in its historical context, reviews the work of the great philanthropists of the nineteenth century in particular, and asks what it has to offer in the world today.

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Prior to becoming Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Grenzebach Glier and Associates (GG+A) Richard served as Director of Philanthropy, Europe and the Middle East, for global conservation organisation WWF.  In that role, he worked with national offices of WWF across Europe to build capacity in major gift fundraising.  Before joining WWF, he served for six years in the Development Office of Princeton University, most recently as Assistant to the President for Capital Projects.  While at Princeton, Richard also taught a freshman seminar in Comparative Literature.  He began his career in the non-profit sector as Program Officer and then Director of Development of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.  Richard earned his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University.  He holds an MA in English Literature from McGill University and an MA in Modern Languages from Oxford University.  Richard serves as a volunteer on the Steering Committee for the 700th Anniversary Campaign of Exeter College, Oxford, and on the Development Committee of United World Colleges International (UWC).

GG+A is a full-service philanthropic management consultant firm with offices in Chicago and London.  GG+A offers strategic counsel on all areas of fundraising and campaign management to educational, medical, cultural and voluntary sector institutions across the globe.  The firm currently provides counsel to more than 300 institutions worldwide, including many in the United Kingdom, with aggregate campaign goals of more than £30 billion.  Current and recent UK clients of the firm include the University of Birmingham, the University of Bristol, the University of Cambridge, Durham University, King’s College London, Oxford Brookes University, and the University of Warwick. 

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Chief Executive of The Fairbanking Foundation, Antony Elliott previously spent over ten years as Group Risk Director of Abbey National plc having worked for a number of UK and international banks prior to that. He has written many reports linking behavioural economics to personal financial services. He founded the Fairbanking Foundation in 2008 to encourage banking institutions to offer products that help customers to better manage their money. 

Antony is author of The Big Society Finance Fund report, “Investing for the Good of Society: Why and How Wealthy Individuals Respond”, published by Nesta (April 2011).  Antony has a degree in Banking and International Finance from City University and a masters degree in Operational Research from Imperial College, London.

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Tim Jones is Chairman of the quoted global flavour and fragrance supplier Treatt Plc (LSE:TET) with operations including its Earthoil subsidiary in UK, USA, China, Kenya, France and India.  He is Non-executive Director and Trustee of SkillsBridge, an organisation bringing support to voluntary and community sector organisations in NE England and he is CEO and Secretary of leading social financier Allia and its Enterprise Agency offshoot, Future Business.

Tim’s 35 year career spans FTSE Top 30 marketing and actuarial responsibilities, SMEs including two start-ups built to success and exit, and a decade of social entrepreneurship. Tim is an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, a member of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts Manufactures and Commerce, an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Mentor to the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs. He is a frequent communicator both to conference and to media and is published in The Big Society Challenge edited by Marina Stott.

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Alderman & Sheriff Professor Michael Mainelli is Emeritus Mercers' School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College, having held the chair from 2005 to 2009. His first degree was in Government from Harvard, followed by mathematics and engineering studies at Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from the London School of Economics in chaotic systems, where he was also a Visiting Professor.

Professor Mainelli is Executive Chairman of Z/Yen, the City of London’s leading commercial think-tank and venture firm, which he co-founded in 1994 to promote societal advance through better finance and technology. A qualified accountant (FCCA), securities professional (FCSI), computer specialist (FBCS) and management consultant (FIC), Michael began his career as a research scientist in aerospace (rockets) and computing (architecture & mapping). He later became a senior partner with accountants BDO Binder Hamlyn directing global consulting projects. During the 1990s he worked for the UK Ministry of Defence as Corporate Development Director for Europe’s then largest R&D firm, the Defence Evaluation & Research Agency leading to two privatisations. Career highlights include directing Z/Yen’s Long Finance initiative with Gresham College and the City of London Corporation asking “when would we know our financial system is working?” as well as creating the Global Financial Centres Index, Global Intellectual Property Index, London Accord and Farsight Award. Michael also conceived and produced the first complete digital map of the world in 1983, Mundocart (a 1980’s Google Earth), and the $20 million Geodat consortium cartography project.

Michael is non-executive Director of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UK’s national body for standards and laboratories), AIM-listed Sirius Minerals plc (potash mining), AIM-listed Wishbone Gold Plc; Alderman for Broad Street Ward (elected) at the City of London Corporation; Almoner for Christ’s Hospital School; Trustee of International Fund for Animal Welfare. Michael has held numerous advisory posts, for example with Hitachi UK, City University and HM Treasury. Michael won a 1996 UK Foresight Challenge award for the Financial Laboratory, 2003 UK Smart Award for prediction software, 2005 British Computer Society Director of the Year, 2011 Technology Strategy Board Challenge Award for financial avatars, and was awarded Gentiluomo of the Associazione Cavalieri di San Silvestro in 2011. Michael is a Liveryman, Worshipful Company of World Traders, Freeman, Watermen & Lightermen, and represents the Financial Services Group of Livery Companies.

Michael has published over 40 journal articles, 150 commercial articles and four books. Michael’s humorous risk/reward management novel, Clean Business Cuisine: Now and Z/Yen, written with Ian Harris, was a Sunday Times Book of the Week in 2000; Accountancy Age described it as “surprisingly funny considering it is written by a couple of accountants”. Their third co-authored book, The Price of Fish: A New Approach to Wicked Economics and Better Decisions, based on his Gresham lectures, won the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards Finance, Investment & Economics Gold Prize. Michael plays bagpipes, loves skiing and sailing and, with his wife, Elisabeth, he races and restores the 1923 Thames Sailing Barge Lady Daphne and sits on the world’s oldest sailing racing body, the Thames Match Committee. With an international family, Michael speaks English, German, French and Italian poorly, but even worse Spanish and Chinese.

To access all of Professor Mainelli's previous Gresham College lectures, please click here.

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