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Centre for Strategic Philanthropy team

Kamal Munir

Academic Director of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Dr Kamal Munir has been teaching at Cambridge Judge Business School since 2000. Dr Munir’s research focuses on technological and business model disruptions at the corporate and societal levels. His research also spans the competitive advantage of nations.

Dr Munir has published several articles in leading organisational and technology journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Industrial and Corporate Change, Organization Studies and Research Policy, and presented his work at numerous international conferences. At the same time, he has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines including the Financial Times, The Guardian, Dawn and Economic and Political Weekly. His work has been quoted and cited in several forums, including BBC’s Hard Talk, World Economic Forum, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired magazine, and BusinessWeek among many others. He is the founder of OTREG, an international discussion forum for organisational theorists, a Senior Editor of Organization Studies, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Inquiry, and serves on the Editorial Board of Academy of Management Review.

Dr Munir has consulted for the State Bank of Pakistan, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He has also been a consultant to the governments of UK, Pakistan and Nigeria. In the private sector he served as a consultant and trainer for several leading organisations and regularly conducts Strategy Offsites for wide ranging firms. He is frequently invited internationally to speak on issues related to social, technological and economic change. Dr Munir is a Visiting Professor in Economic Sociology at LUMS, Pakistan, where he served as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2015/16.

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 organisation’s transition from traditional grant-making to the model of Venture Philanthropy. During her time as CEO, she was elected as the Chair of the Arab Foundations Forum, a regional network of foundations where she helped to promote the model of strategic philanthropy.

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 global development challenges, otherwise known as enterprise-based philanthropy. Prior to this she was the Regional Director of Communications for Royal Dutch Shell in the Middle East and North Africa overseeing the company’s social investment and its transition into a more strategic focused portfolio in 14 countries. Earlier, Clare headed Visa International’s public affairs arm in emerging markets working closely with governments in over 90 markets, to deploy social investment for public good with a focus on financial systems and electronic payments. Previously she worked as the Finance Editor of Middle East Economic Survey, a specialised energy journal reporting on socio-economic development related to oil economies.

Clare writes and speaks extensively on the paradigm shift in the philanthropic sector and is a vocal champion of venture philanthropy. A fluent Arabic and French speaker, she has a BA in Modern Languages and a MSc in Development from LSE.

Kamal Munir

Academic Director of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Dr Kamal Munir has been teaching at Cambridge Judge Business School since 2000. Dr Munir’s research focuses on technological and business model disruptions at the corporate and societal levels. His research also spans the competitive advantage of nations.

Dr Munir has published several articles in leading organisational and technology journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Industrial and Corporate Change, Organization Studies and Research Policy, and presented his work at numerous international conferences. At the same time, he has written numerous articles for newspapers and magazines including the Financial Times, The Guardian, Dawn and Economic and Political Weekly. His work has been quoted and cited in several forums, including BBC’s Hard Talk, World Economic Forum, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired magazine, and BusinessWeek among many others. He is the founder of OTREG, an international discussion forum for organisational theorists, a Senior Editor of Organization Studies, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Inquiry, and serves on the Editorial Board of Academy of Management Review.

Dr Munir has consulted for the State Bank of Pakistan, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He has also been a consultant to the governments of UK, Pakistan and Nigeria. In the private sector he served as a consultant and trainer for several leading organisations and regularly conducts Strategy Offsites for wide ranging firms. He is frequently invited internationally to speak on issues related to social, technological and economic change. Dr Munir is a Visiting Professor in Economic Sociology at LUMS, Pakistan, where he served as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2015/16.

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 organisation’s transition from traditional grant-making to the model of Venture Philanthropy. During her time as CEO, she was elected as the Chair of the Arab Foundations Forum, a regional network of foundations where she helped to promote the model of strategic philanthropy.

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 global development challenges, otherwise known as enterprise-based philanthropy. Prior to this she was the Regional Director of Communications for Royal Dutch Shell in the Middle East and North Africa overseeing the company’s social investment and its transition into a more strategic focused portfolio in 14 countries. Earlier, Clare headed Visa International’s public affairs arm in emerging markets working closely with governments in over 90 markets, to deploy social investment for public good with a focus on financial systems and electronic payments. Previously she worked as the Finance Editor of Middle East Economic Survey, a specialised energy journal reporting on socio-economic development related to oil economies.

Clare writes and speaks extensively on the paradigm shift in the philanthropic sector and is a vocal champion of venture philanthropy. A fluent Arabic and French speaker, she has a BA in Modern Languages and a MSc in Development from LSE.

Jack Lilley

Communications Manager, Centre of Strategic Philanthropy

Jack has over four years of experience within communications and marketing and has joined the team from the Network for East Anglia Collaborative Outreach (neaco) partnership at the University of Cambridge where he supported under represented young people across East Anglia in accessing higher education. Jack has an MA in International Relations and Political Affairs where he specialised in global security and counter-terrorism.

Additionally, Jack co-founded and manages The Cambridge Global Affair which discuss topical issues ranging from human rights, gender equality, economics, and international law.

Di Kennedy

Centre Manager, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Di joins us from the Institute of Criminology where she worked as a Research Administrator for the Centre for the Study of Global Human Movement. She has an MBA from the Open University and has worked extensively in retail and investment banking in both Australia and Switzerland. Her interest in the philanthropy stems from her time working in the third-sector in Australia as a Development Manager.

Shonali Banerjee

Research Associate, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Dr Shonali Banerjee joined the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy as a Research Associate in February 2021. Her previous research has focused on emerging trends in philanthropy and giving, specifically through digital platforms. Prior to academia, Shonali began her career as a development practitioner by spending five years working for international organisations in the United States, Morocco, Thailand, and Cambodia. Most recently, Shonali 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 (GCRF).

She holds a PhD in International Development from the University of Sussex, an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in International Affairs and Political Science from The George Washington University.

Zhiwan Rong

Research Assistant, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Zhiwan Rong recently graduated from the University of Cambridge where she studied Land Economy with Management Studies. Interested in high-impact philanthropy and female empowerment, she joined the Centre as a case writer hoping to explore the best practices of leading philanthropic institutions in emerging markets and learn about the political philosophy of philanthropy and the relationship between philanthropy and government.

During her Cambridge years, she served in multiple student government positions. She will be studying Politics at the University of Oxford next year.

Juvaria Jafri

Research Associate, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Dr Juvaria Jafri joined the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy in April 2021, from City, University of London, where she was Lecturer in International Political Economy. Over the winter of 2020-21, Juvaria held a guest appointment at the University of Kassel, Germany as the Wangari Maathai Visiting Professor, during which she ran seminars for MA students and created e-learning resources. Juvaria received her PhD in 2019 from City, University of London for her doctoral research on shadow banking and inclusive finance in Pakistan. Her previous degrees are from the University of Toronto in Canada, and SZABIST, in Karachi, Pakistan.

She also has several years of work experience working for investment banking and management consulting firms in Karachi, and Islamabad. Juvaria’s research interests are in financial development in the Global South, particularly strategies for funding interventions, including inclusive finance, impact investing, and digital identification databases.

Her research has appeared in the Review of International Political Economy, and the Journal of Applied Economics, and includes a co-edited book published by Edward Elgar on Geofinance between Political and Financial Geographies. She has also written for The Conversation, The LSE Review of Books, and Renewal.

Lionel Paolella

University Lecturer in Strategy & Organisation, Cambridge Judge Business School

Lionel Paolella is a University Lecturer at Cambridge Judge Business School, and an Affiliated Faculty at Harvard Law School (Center on Legal Profession). He graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS) in France, after which he took a MA in Sociology at Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), a MS in Management and Organization Science (University Paris X), and a PhD in Strategy (HEC Paris).

Before joining the University of Cambridge, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago (Booth Graduate School of Business) in 2011, and a Chazen visiting scholar at Columbia University (Graduate School of Business) between September 2012 and December 2013.

His research lies at the intersection of economic sociology, organisation theory and social psychology. He is studying market categorisations and how they affect social evaluation and performance of organisations, specifically in international legal services. His work has appeared in Academy of Management Journal, and Journal of Management Studies. He received the Cambridge Judge Teaching Award in 2017, the MBA Faculty of the Year Award in 2018, and he has been listed among the Best 40 under 40 Professors by Poets and Quants in 2019.

In his free time, Lionel’s interests center around photography and the art of watch making.

Thomas Roulet

University Senior Lecturer in Organisation Theory

Dr Thomas Roulet is a Senior Lecturer in Organisation Theory at Cambridge Judge Business School and the Fellow in Sociology at Girton College, both at the University of Cambridge.

Before Cambridge, he worked in a range of universities including Oxford, Columbia and SciencesPo Paris. His work focuses on social evaluations and institutional theory and is published in a range of research and practitioner outlets, and has been covered among other by The Economist, the Financial Times, and the Washington Post.

Thomas has also published important research contributions in the field of corporate philanthropy, in particular looking at its impact on the theater industry. The originality of his work is to focus on the recipient’s rather than the donor’s side. In a co-authored piece published in the Academy of Management Journal in 2017, he shows how theatres can suffer from lower peer evaluation when they receive corporate money, because of the taint attached to it. He also explains how theatres mitigate this impact on the way they are perceived. Further ideas around this conundrum are discussed in a piece in Harvard Business Review.

In more recent work and with the same co-author, Thomas explores what makes potential recipients more or less attractive to donors.

Finally, together with Meghna Godya of King’s College London, he explores the impact of corporate donations on theatres’ efficiency and the innovativeness of their programme.

Shonali Banerjee

Research Associate, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Dr Shonali Banerjee joined the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy as a Research Associate in February 2021. Her previous research has focused on emerging trends in philanthropy and giving, specifically through digital platforms. Prior to academia, Shonali began her career as a development practitioner by spending five years working for international organisations in the United States, Morocco, Thailand, and Cambodia. Most recently, Shonali 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 (GCRF).

She holds a PhD in International Development from the University of Sussex, an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS, University of London, and a BA in International Affairs and Political Science from The George Washington University.

Juvaria Jafri

Research Associate, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Dr Juvaria Jafri joined the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy in April 2021, from City, University of London, where she was Lecturer in International Political Economy. Over the winter of 2020-21, Juvaria held a guest appointment at the University of Kassel, Germany as the Wangari Maathai Visiting Professor, during which she ran seminars for MA students and created e-learning resources. Juvaria received her PhD in 2019 from City, University of London for her doctoral research on shadow banking and inclusive finance in Pakistan. Her previous degrees are from the University of Toronto in Canada, and SZABIST, in Karachi, Pakistan.

She also has several years of work experience working for investment banking and management consulting firms in Karachi, and Islamabad. Juvaria’s research interests are in financial development in the Global South, particularly strategies for funding interventions, including inclusive finance, impact investing, and digital identification databases.

Her research has appeared in the Review of International Political Economy, and the Journal of Applied Economics, and includes a co-edited book published by Edward Elgar on Geofinance between Political and Financial Geographies. She has also written for The Conversation, The LSE Review of Books, and Renewal.

Zhiwan Rong

Research Assistant, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Zhiwan Rong recently graduated from the University of Cambridge where she studied Land Economy with Management Studies. Interested in high-impact philanthropy and female empowerment, she joined the Centre as a case writer hoping to explore the best practices of leading philanthropic institutions in emerging markets and learn about the political philosophy of philanthropy and the relationship between philanthropy and government.

During her Cambridge years, she served in multiple student government positions. She will be studying Politics at the University of Oxford next year.

Tayyab Ahmed

Researcher, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Tayyab is researching Islamic philanthropy in Pakistan as part of his MPhil, focusing on how they manage paradoxical tensions and competing logics. Before Cambridge, Tayyab was an Associate Director with EY’s Strategy practice, working as a strategy consultant and Islamic finance expert.

Tayyab’s academic background includes an LLM in Corporate Law from LSE, as well as publications (two book chapters and eight practitioners’ articles).

Elena Christodoulou

Researcher, Centre for Strategic Philanthropy

Elena is currently undertaking the MPhil in Innovation, Strategy & Organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School. She holds a BSc in Business and Public Administration from the University of Cyprus and her professional experience includes internships at large multinationals and successful startups. Her current research focus is on addressing social issues through corporate philanthropy, venture philanthropy and impact investing. Her broader research interests include strategy, entrepreneurship, social innovation and decision-making.

Shahzad (Shaz) Ansari

Professor of Strategy & Innovation

Professor Ansari has published in several leading academic journals including Academy of Management JournalAcademy of Management Review, Strategic Management JournalOrganization Science, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate ChangeJournal of Management Inquiry and Organization Studies. He serves on the editorial boards of Administrative Science QuarterlyAcademy of Management JournalAcademy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies and Organization Studies, is a high performing member of the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM) at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and is a Honorary Professor of UCL, London. He is also a consultant at Thinfilms Inc., a New Jersey firm providing thin film services (in particular coating services) to over 150 corporations in the hybrid microelectronics, semiconductor, optical, medical and sensor industries.

Professor Ansari’s areas of expertise in executive education include strategic management, technological and business model innovation, social innovation, and corporate social responsibility. He has contributed to executive education programs in many organisations, including McKinsey, Airbus. Shell, British Telecom, China Development Bank, Nokia, Laing O’Rourke, UNICEF, Essex County Council, City & Guilds, KLEC (Kuala Lumpur Education City), Shanghai University of Finance and Education among several others. He is frequently invited to speak on issues related to strategy, innovation and social change. Professor Ansari is a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN).

Neil Stott

Faculty (Reader level) in Management Practice

Dr Neil Stott is Director of the Master of Studies in Social Innovation programme, and Co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation.

Neil Stott was Chief Executive of Keystone Development Trust until April 2015. Keystone is one of the largest development trusts in the country delivering community development, social enterprises and property development.

Neil is a Senior Associate of Locality’s consultancy. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Place Management (SFIPM), a Fellow of the Inter University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, a Visiting Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, and a Visiting Social Innovator at Memorial University’s Centre for Social Enterprise, Newfoundland, Canada.

Paul Tracey

Professor of Innovation & Organisation

Professor Paul Tracey is Co-Director of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation. Prior to joining Cambridge Judge Business School, Paul was Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Warwick Business School. He has also held posts at the School of Geography at Oxford University and the Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Newcastle. Paul serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management JournalEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Strategic Organization, has previously served on the editorial board of Administrative Science Quarterly, and is an Associate Editor of Innovation: Organization and Management. He is a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network (CCGN), and a Visiting Social Innovator at Memorial University’s Centre for Social Enterprise, Newfoundland, Canada.