In 2010, Badr Jafar founded the Pearl Initiative, a network of businesses in the Gulf Region that is working to drive higher standards across companies and not-for-profit organisations in the area. Their focus has been on improved corporate governance, codes of conduct and reporting, which Badr says can help both charities and philanthropic organisations ensure that the money spent has maximum impact.
Tamer Makary serves as the Executive Director of the Magrabi Foundation, whose offices are based in Cairo, and is a member of the Board of Trustees. Tamer is also Vice President of the Africa Eye Foundation, in charge of strategic partnership and fundraising, and Head of Business Development for Magrabi Optical.
Peter Buffett has an unusual inheritance: the task of giving his father’s money away. He explains how he and his wife Jennifer run their multi-billion-dollar NoVo Foundation to help stop domination and exploitation, and to encourage partnership and collaboration.
Cao Dewang is one of China’s biggest philanthropists, having donated more than RMB6bn. He donated 300 million of his family’s shares in Fuyao Group (with a market value of RMB 3.55bn) to establish the Heren Charitable Foundation in 2011.
Anatoly Sedykh is Chairman of the United Metallurgical Company (OMK) and President of the OMK-Uchastie (OMK-Participation) Charity Fund. OMK is one of Russia’s largest manufacturers of pipes, railway wheels and automobile springs.
Irina Sedykh has been Chair of the Supervisory Board of the OMK-Uchastie Charity Fund since 2009. In 2011, she helped found the Art-Ovrag culture festival in the town of Vyksa (in the Nizhny Novgorod region) and now heads the festival’s council.
Teng Ngiek Lian took inspiration from legendary investor Warren Buffett in launching his own venture, The Silent Foundation, three and a half years ago. To him philanthropy is about more than just giving money – “Taking photos with cheques doesn’t thrill me at all.” Teng is far more interested in helping other charitable organisations grow, and seeing the impact these donations can make to people’s lives.
H.E. Amr A. Al Dabbagh is founding chairman of the STARS Foundation, a UK-registered charity. Discover more about the Foundation’s strategy to support the lives of 20m children and their communities by 2020.