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Strategic Philanthropy in Emerging Markets: Maximising Impact – Live Online

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This new, unique and bespoke programme, developed with the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy, caters specifically to the practical needs of sector professionals and sectoral trends. These include not only the growth in capital coming to market but also the increasingly hybrid nature of the sector, the demand for greater transparency and accountability, greater scrutiny around impact and calls for more efficiency through collaboration and partnerships.
The programme is comprised of video lectures, discussions, live online teaching sessions and assignments.

It will explore how philanthropic capital can best be deployed to deliver impact and long-term system change. It will address many of the challenges and opportunities that face emerging market philanthropists – notably given the growing intergenerational wealth transfers – in trying to align their work with national development plans, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need to deliver sustainable outcomes at scale.

Our Live Online programmes offer the same quality and academic rigour associated with all Cambridge education:

  • Delivered by Cambridge Judge Business School’s world-class faculty – Cambridge Judge is a strong research-oriented business school with 19 research centres. All programmes are designed and led by an Academic Programme Director who is a member of Cambridge Judge faculty.
  • Drawing upon the strengths and resources of the wider University of Cambridge and the Cambridge ecosystem, including accessing global alumni and specialists as guest speakers
  • Small class sizes (maximum 30) and high levels of interaction with world-class faculty.
  • Emphasis on quality outcomes – we seek to monitor our delivery against the individual needs of participants. It is no accident that a little over half of our open programme participants come back to Cambridge Judge at least once, often multiple times.


  • The philanthropy paradigm shift
  • Measuring impact
  • Hybrid finance
  • Venture philanthropy
  • Creating effective governance
  • Effective fundraising.


  • Understand how philanthropic capital can best be deployed to deliver impact and long-term system change
  • Understand the challenges and opportunities that face emerging market philanthropists
  • Learn how to deliver sustainable outcomes at scale.

Who should attend

  • Professionals working in philanthropy
  • Individual philanthropists seeking to create new funds or programmes
  • ODA officials looking to engage philanthropic capital to support the UN’s SDGs
  • Academics seeking insights into operational challenges facing philanthropic practitioners
  • Beneficiary organisations
  • Corporate professionals or advisors looking to deploy commercial capital for social impact.

Programme Director

Clare Woodcraft

Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Clare Woodcraft has over 25 years of experience working in the field of socio-economic development and philanthropy in emerging markets. She is the former CEO of Emirates Foundation, the national foundation of the UAE, where she led the organizations transition from traditional to Venture Philanthropy. During this time, she also served as the Chair of the Arab Foundations Forum, a regional professional association. Earlier, she served as the Deputy Director of Shell Foundation, a leader in the philanthropic sector whose business model entails building scalable social enterprises to address access to energy. Prior to this she was the Regional Director of Communications for Royal Dutch Shell in the MENA region overseeing the company’s social investment portfolio. Earlier, Clare headed Visa International’s public affairs arm in emerging markets and worked as the Finance Editor of Middle East Economic Survey. Clare writes and speaks on the paradigm shift in the philanthropic sector and is a vocal champion of venture philanthropy. She sits on the advisory board of Cambridge Global Challenges, the Cambridge Partnership for Education and Boldly Go Philanthropy. She is also a Trustee of Sumerian Foundation and Chanel Foundation. She is a fluent Arabic and French speaker and has a BA in Modern Languages and a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

Faculty & speakers

Kamal Munir

Professor of Strategy & Policy

PhD (McGill University)

Thomas Roulet

Associate Professor in Organisation Theory

PhD (HEC Paris)

Lionel Paolella

Associate Professor in Strategy & Organisation

PhD (HEC Paris)

Eden Yin

Associate Professor in Marketing

PhD (University of Southern California)

Jennifer Howard-Grenville

Diageo Professor in Organisation Studies

PhD (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Jaideep Prabhu

Professor of Marketing

PhD (University of Southern California)

Khaled Soufani

Faculty (Professor level) in Management Practice

PhD (University of Nottingham)

Dr Shonali Banerjee

Research Associate, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Shonali joined the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at Cambridge Judge Business School in February 2021. Her previous research focuses on emerging digital trends in philanthropy and giving, specifically through crowdfunding platforms. Shonali’s doctoral thesis “Intimate Technologies for Development: Microphilanthropy, Crowdfunding Platforms, and NGO Fundraising in India” explores the social funding gaps filled by digital philanthropy and whether new models of giving are actively changing realities for development actors. This work, along with upcoming pieces in Development in Practice and Third World Quarterly expand existing understandings of digital social capital and the marketisation of giving, broadening bodies of literature on information and communications technologies for development (ICT4D) and philanthrocapitalism.

Prior to research, Shonali began her career as a development practitioner by spending five years working for international organizations in the United States, Morocco, Thailand, and Cambodia. Her roles focused around training charities in digital fundraising, strategic communications, and impact evaluation. Most recently, she was the Research Development Officer at Queen Mary University of London, where she worked with faculty across all disciplines to develop proposals for the Global Challenges Research Fund. Shonali also currently serves as a Program Consultant for her family’s charity, the Banerjee Education Foundation. Shonali holds a PhD in International Development from the University of Sussex, and MSc in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in International Affairs and Political Science from The George Washington University.

Dates & fees



Fees *

March 2022 – exact dates tbc

4 half-day sessions (morning, UK time)

£1,875 + VAT

For information regarding payment terms, cancellation rights, transfer policies and fees, please see our terms & conditions documents:

Terms & Conditions for Self-funded Applicants (pdf, 277KB) (updated 25 August 2021)
Terms & Conditions for Organisation-funded Applicants (pdf, 295KB) (updated 25 August 2021)

Registration closes at midday two working days before the programme start date.

Participants are expected to attend the full programme.

Please ensure that you have read our Frequently Asked Questions, which provide important additional information about our face-to-face and Live Online programmes, in particular during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions or would like to have a chat about this programme and how it could benefit you or your organisation, please get in touch with the programme advisor:

Di Kennedy

Centre Manager
Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

[email protected]

Di Kennedy.

Version 1.2 (28 June 2021)


Strategy & Growth


4 half-day sessions (mornings, UK time)


March 2022 – dates TBC

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