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    Associates

    Meet the team

    SONIA VIDAL

    Sonia uses her experience in the arts, education and gender equality sectors to support small to medium organisations refine their organisational strategy and fundraising goals. She is passionate about inspiring organisations to adopt a strategic mindset, drive innovation, and develop new income streams.

    As an experienced fundraiser, founder and board member, she enjoys working with organisations to review current performance, prioritise opportunities, maximise resources and define strategic goals.

    She helps organisations research funding options, design proposals and use theory of change to demonstrate impact.

    Sonia can offer hands-on fundraising support to bring skills, expertise and a fresh perspective to kick-start fundraising, unlock the potential of a new idea, or plan the next step.

     

    CLARA SABINA BOWLEY

    Clara is an anthropologist and public health professional with fifteen years of work experience in the non-profit sector including five years in Africa. After many years of working with direct project implementation, quality assurance and monitoring & evaluation, she started working as the institutional fundraiser for a Dutch non-profit based in Amsterdam called Health Works. As a member of the fundraising team, she helped to identify and plan all tender submissions. Clara coordinated the process from identification, through actual proposal development, to submission.  In 2016, Clara coordinated the winning proposals for a 3M EUR World Bank project and a 1.2M EUR UNFPA project, both for Afghanistan. Parallel to fundraising she held the role of the portfolio manager, where she focused on Afghanistan, the largest portfolio of the organization with 14 projects funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Global Fund, European Commission, UNFPA, and World Bank among others. Clara established close coordination with the country team and technical advisors to execute donor contracts. She monitored the project’s budgets and gave advice on optimal spending as well as on the quality of implementation. Clara also coordinated the registration of the organisation in Pakistan and networked to re-start the portfolio.

    Currently, in addition to being an Associate consultant at IFC, Clara is also involved as a volunteer institutional fundraiser for a start-up organization called She Matters, which is empowering refugee and immigrant women by connecting them with jobs.

    In Clara’s own words “Supporting non-profit organizations in the international development sector is more than just a job for me, it’s a passion and something I thoroughly enjoy and take pride in”.

     

    STEVEN HAWKES

    Steven has a range of experience in the non-profit sector, from small local start-ups to well-established international development NGOs. Most recently Steven worked at WaterAid and Consumers International, securing significant long-term funds from some of the world’s largest and most prestigious funders including governments, multilateral institutions, and private foundations.

    Prior to this Steven spent five years at FoodCycle in London, managing fundraising and communications for a rapidly growing start-up that brings communities together over the issue of food waste. In this role Steven developed a number of fruitful relationships with funders, local governments and corporates, as well as experience working on campaigns and project management.

    Steven is currently studying a Masters in Public Policy and Governance at the University of Amsterdam. He has a particular interest in food systems, climate change, sustainable development, social justice and human rights.

     

    HAYLEY ROSE

    As well as major gifts experience, Hayley has worked for three start up NGOs. At the age of 26 she was Chief Executive of Beauchamp Lodge Settlement a struggling charity in London.  In three years she turned its fortunes around to become a thriving organisation with a sustainable and diverse income and funding stream.

    Hayley instigated and conducted a thorough overhaul of: staffing structures, accounting systems, programme delivery, impact reporting & quality assurance and asset management (the organisation owned considerable assets which were consistently being undermined through lack of investment and through sale in order to generate short term income).

    With this strong foundation Hayley:

    • Secured a number of long-term grants to support the educational and community development programs delivered to residents in some of London’s most deprived   boroughs.
    • Put in place an investment plan for the organisations assets.
    • Developed the social enterprise aspect of the charity to ensure that assets were maximised to increase earned income.

    From 2007 – 2012, Hayley worked with Aflatoun an Interntional NGO based in Amsterdam.  She saw the organsiation grow from its start-up phase to become a thriving organization working in over 100 countries, reaching over 2 million children with its educational programme.  Hayley initially oversaw the expansion of the organsation in the European region but finally left Aflatoun as Head of Resources responsible for overseeing finance, fundraising and operations.  Hayley was responsible for ensuring that over 1 million euro annually was raised both for the Dutch office and for Aflatoun’s partners globally.

    Most recently Hayley has been the lead consultant on a project to develop Major Gift Fundraising at the Hartstichting.  She has been working with them over the last year to develop the strategy and operational plan in order to establish Major Gift fundraising within the organisaiton.

    With Hayley’s experience of Higher Education fundraising and alumni relations, Hayley has also played a prominent role in the Erasmus Trustfonds 100Mil Euro campaign and has been the lead consultant on several areas of the project including prospect management.

     

    SOMAYE DEBHAN

    Somaye has a diverse yet interrelated educational background: her associate degree in Applied Mathematics in Computer Sciences advanced her analytical skills and sharpened her view on details. Her multidisciplinary under-graduate studies majoring in Social Sciences (a combination of Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology) equipped her with the ability to situate every problem and solution in different contexts and analyse them from different angles with an innovative and progressive approach. Moreover, her highly interdisciplinary post-graduate studies in Comparative Women’s Studies in Culture and Politics prepared Somaye to have an enriched understanding towards the position and status of different groups affected by similar interventions. This diverse educational background, next to her 8 years of professional experience in Public Relations as well as her capabilities with creative writing, makes Somaye an all-round fundraiser.
    Somaye’s philosophy and life motto is “Sharing is Power”. Somaye provides support for NGOs and Universities to build their own development and fundraising department in order to be independent from subsidies and external support. The focus of her work is on long-term planning and strategies yet in short-run she provides variety of fundraising services and techniques as well.
    Thus far, 90% of the proposals that Somaye has written or edited have been granted

    BECKY WALSH

    Marketing consultant with 23 years business experience. She has run several successful businesses, worked with everyone from plcs to start ups and knows how to make your marketing really effective.

    For the last 12 years Becky has been working as a marketing consultant with a wide range of organisations including an award-winning London design agency, an international strategic marketing consultancy, a Middle Eastern cancer foundation and a small African HIV sports development charity.

    Becky has worked in the international marine industry for a long time and to add diversity to an already diverse profile, has owned and run her own profitable restaurant, developed a brand and marketed a gardening service in North London, worked with a leading women in business network, done a Bordeaux harvest, learnt to cook in New Zealand and have worked in six countries including three years in Saudi Arabia.

    Becky studied business and languages at university, majoring in marketing .

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