Vineet Bewtra is a Senior Advisor to GIF. He was responsible for leading Omidyar Network’s education-related investments across Africa, and also led their involvement in the European impact investing & venture philanthropy sectors. Before ON, he was at The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, where he was responsible for CIFF’s work in educational achievement focused on Sub-Saharan Africa and India.

Prior to that, Vineet worked for 14 years in Europe’s structured and illiquid fixed income markets, serving as a managing director and running a proprietary investment desk. Vineet holds a BA, and an MSc in development management. He has served, in a personal capacity, as an observer to CDC’s Impact Funds Investment Committee, and as a UK trustee of Concern Worldwide. He is a trustee of UBS Optimus Foundation, Siyavula Foundation and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Sharla-Jaye is currently the CEO and founder of The Intrapreneurs Club, a social enterprise that aims to improve diversity in the tech sector. She is also the former founder and CEO of award-winning charity, Team Up, where university students gain invaluable experience by tutoring underachieving pupils from low-income households to progress in Maths and English. Influenced by her low-income and BAME background, she grew the charity from a student idea to reaching thousands of young people through tuition. After building Team Up into a national organisation, she was named as one of Unltd’s Fast Growth 2014 awardees and EY’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.


Kianu has worked on youth and comunity projects in London for over 6 years’ inspiring others, developing social mobility and working closely with vulnerable individuals from different backgrounds with a range of low-high needs. Kianu started her career at the age of 17 after receiving long-term support from her progression coach in her 2nd school. After a phase of being kicked out of school and getting caught up in anti-social behaviour, Kianu was able to work closely with her progression coach who guided her to transition to a stable place in her life. At this point, she was introduced to supporting other young people in the community and ever since has been committed to strengthening and empowering individuals to better themselves and get back on track with building their future, just like how she was supported to do so. She recently became the co-founder of DIC LTD (Dipped In Creativity Engagement and Dipped In Creativity Events), a social enterprise focusing on developing young people through employability programmes, creative workshops, events and events training.


Toby Lloyd has worked in policy across the public, private and voluntary sectors for over ten years, and is currently Head of Policy at the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. Previously he has been a consultant advising local and national government, a senior policy manager for the Greater London Authority, a project manager for CDFI the London Rebuilding Society, and taught financial history at the LSE. He has previously served on the boards of the London Rebuilding Society and public art charity the Aluna Foundation, and is the founder of the Hackney Cohousing Project.


I have a variety of professional experience having started by career with an internet firm during the dot com boom. Applying this experience I established a social enterprise which provides a range of web services to the voluntary sector and is run by a team consisting partly of recovering & former drugs users. I also have some overseas development experience and recently spent a year in Bolivia working on a community owned tourism project.

I am passionate about economic and social change at a micro level and the wider impact that this can have on the development of civil society.

I am co-founder of the Bikeworks social enterprise, which recycles old bicycles for community use and encourages cycling, working with groups such as young people with disabilities, Bangladeshi women and on housing estates.


Michael Norton is a social innovator who founded Directory of Social Change in 1975 to provide information and training to help charities manage, communicate and fundraise better. In 1995 he founded CIVA to encourage and support innovation. He has Professorships at the Graduate School of Business University of Cape Town and at the China Global Philanthropy Institute in Shenzhen and Beijing. He is author of 365 Ways to Change the World and The Everyday Activist as well as many books on fundraising. He has the national Charity Award for outstanding achievement and a Beacon Award for innovation in philanthropy.

You can read more about Michael here.


Nicola has had a long career in grant-making and charitable and voluntary sector, most recently as Director of the independent funder John Ellerman Foundation where she developed the strategic direction of the Foundation and advised trustees on governance and grant making.

She has a background in providing, developing and supporting advice services and policies at national, regional and local level, before joining the newly formed National Lottery Charities Board, when she was based in the North East of England.  Nicola has previously worked for Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, is Chair of the Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action and London Football Journeys, Vice Chair of Local Trust, a trustee of SASC Trust and a Director of the Oversight Trust.


Jonathan has worked in Marketing and general management for over 25 years, including senior roles at HSBC, Orange and eBay.  More recently he was Managing Director of family history website, leading the UK and German markets.

Jonathan has a particular interest in social mobility, having seen that many large companies tend to recruit from a narrow talent pool.  Jonathan leads our Make My Mark programme, which is an opportunity fund targeted at young people with the aim of helping them achieve their full potential in life.


Johannes spent close to 25 years in the finance industry, mostly as an equity trader. In 2015 he joined a Fintech Startup as CEO where he is still involved today as a NED. His interest in social enterprise and how to combine purpose with financial sustainability led him to join the CIVA investment committee and become a CIVA trustee.


I am a consultant specialising in business innovation within education. I formerly held roles as Director of Innovation at Pearson plc and before that at GEMS. Prior to that I was a social entrepreneur having founded Gemin-i, and others.

I’m a dad with three very loud children and am a frequently disappointed supporter of Ipswich Town FC.


Stephen Lloyd was Senior Partner at Bates Wells & Braithwaite and expert in charity and social enterprise law, a committed and active environmentalist. He was founding Chairman of CIVA, which benefitted from his commitment to charity and social enterprise, his advice, his personal generosity and his fundraising, where he attracted several major grants which CIVA used to get projects up and running. Stephen died suddenly on 20th August 2014 while sailing in Newport Bay, a place that he loved dearly.