Friday, October 8

Digital Philanthropy Week – Day 5

Tune in for our final session as we discuss how philanthropists can add an extra layer to their philanthropy – a so-called ‘lens’. Accounting for gender, climate or inequality – among other things – in grantmaking and program design is critical to the success of your philanthropy.


The New Continuum

The driving principles behind investment and philanthropic strategies have historically been unrelated, but we are beginning to see a convergence of these themes among ultra-high net worth individuals and families. This whitepaper aims to function as a blueprint on aligning your interests, investments and impact.

One way your philanthropy can be much more powerful, is by adding an extra layer. In other words, by applying a lens or a perspective to your giving. Think of a lens as putting on spectacles. Out of one lens of the spectacles, you consider your focus area, such as maternal and newborn health - or education for marginalized children. Out of the other lens, you recognize that unless you also tackle challenges such as gender imbalances, climate change or inequality, you can’t achieve your goal. Your vision is optimum only when it is the combination of what each eye sees. And that’s exactly what we’ll be discussing in today’s session ‘Applying a lens to your philanthropy’. Join Dr. Nalini Tarakeshwar, Head of Programs and Monitoring and Evaluation, UBS Optimus Foundation, for a discussion with Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, Julio Frenk Professor of Public Health Leadership, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Kennedy Odede, Co-founder and CEO, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO).

Dr. Nalini Tarakeshwar

Head of Programs and Monitoring and Evaluation, UBS Optimus Foundation

Nalini Tarakeshwar is the Head of Programs and Monitoring and Evaluation for the UBS Optimus Foundation. In this role, she oversees the Foundation’s programs in Child Protection, Health, Education and Climate & Environment. Prior to joining UBS, she worked for the Children's Investment Fund Foundation as Executive Director, Evidence Measurement and Evaluation and for Big Win Philanthropy, leading their Strategy and Programs. Prior to her work with philanthropic Foundations, she served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University and briefly worked for the Global Health Institute at Duke University. Nalini has a PhD in clinical child psychology and the psychology of religion and a post-doctoral degree in public health. She has published close to 50 academic papers on how families and children cope with medical and psychosocial problems. She has a civil engineering degree and has trained and worked as a special education teacher in India.

Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate

Julio Frenk Professor of Public Health Leadership, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate is currently the Julio Frenk Professor of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Until recently, Dr. Pate served as the Global Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice and the Director of the Global Financing Facility for Women and Children at the World Bank. He led the World Bank’s global health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including support to more than 100 countries within one year of the pandemic, and reoriented the Bank’s work on health systems. Prior to the World Bank, Dr. Pate held several senior leadership positions in government, philanthropy, and the private sector, including CEO of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) (2008-2011) and Minister of State for Health in the cabinet of the Federal Government of Nigeria (2011-2013). During 5 years of public service, Dr. Pate successfully led Nigeria’s polio eradication efforts and transformed routine immunization and primary health care system through several initiatives. He is a physician, trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases.

Kennedy Odede

Co-founder and CEO, Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO)

Kennedy Odede is the Founder and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). He is one of Africa’s best-known community organizers and social entrepreneurs. Kennedy grew up in Kenya's Kibera slum, the largest slum in Africa, where he experienced the devastating realities of life in extreme poverty first hand. At age ten he became a street child. Still, he dreamed about changing his community. In 2004, he had a job in a factory earning $1 for ten hours of work. He saved 20 cents and used this to buy a soccer ball and start Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO). 

Driven by the entrepreneurial spirit of the people of Kibera, SHOFCO became the largest grassroots organization in the slum. Today, SHOFCO impacts over 2.4 million slum dwellers across 24 urban slums in Kenya. SHOFCO is on the front lines of COVID-19 response in Kenya’s urban settlements, delivering health care, WASH, food relief, and economic stability at scale. In 2018, SHOFCO became the youngest-ever organization to receive the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world's largest humanitarian prize awarded to nonprofits that have made extraordinary contributions to alleviate human suffering.

Although he was entirely informally educated, Kennedy received a full scholarship to Wesleyan University, becoming one of Kibera’s first to receive an education from an American liberal arts institution. He graduated in 2012 as the Commencement Speaker and with honors in Sociology. He later served on the Wesleyan Board of Trustees. Kennedy was awarded the 2010 Echoing Green Fellowship, which is given to the world’s best emerging social entrepreneurs. He was named to FORBES "30 under 30 list" for top Social Entrepreneurs in 2014 and won the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Prize in 2014.

Kennedy is a New York Times best-selling author of Find Me Unafraid: Love, Hope, and Loss in an African Slum, co-written with his wife and partner, Jessica Posner Odede. Kennedy is the founder of Teach for Kenya. Kennedy has also published opinion articles on urban poverty in The New York Times, CNN, The Guardian, Project Syndicate. His work has been featured by President Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, and on multiple occasions by Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times. Kennedy previously served on the United Nations International Commission on Financing of Global Education Opportunities. Kennedy is a Young Global Leader (YGL) at the World Economic Forum, an Obama Foundation Africa Leader, a UBS Global Visionary, and a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council.