Wednesday, October 6

Digital Philanthropy Week – Day 3

Learn how you can harness the power of collective philanthropy and achieve exponentially more impact through collaboration and partnerships.


Impactful Philanthropy 

All philanthropists want their giving to have maximum impact. Through our work at the UBS Optimus Foundation, we’ve learned that a focus on evidence, scale, and innovative funding is central to impactful philanthropy. Read about our approach on results-based philanthropy in this paper.

Your philanthropy can be effective on its own, but by pooling funds and expertise with fellow philanthropists and delivering aligned outcomes, you reinforce each other’s efforts, and achieve exponentially more impact. We believe by working together as a driver of change, we can mobilize the power of collective partnerships among philanthropists, organizations, and governments. Our speakers will share their experiences working with other philanthropists, as well as their motivations for and challenges in joining collectives. Tune in to this session moderated by Tom Hall, Head of UBS Philanthropy Services, for an insightful discussion with Neera Nundy, Managing Partner and Co-founder, DASRA and Sumitra Aswani, Executive Director, IshK Tolaram Foundation. 

Tom Hall

Head, UBS Philanthropy Services 

With over 16 years' experience working with and advising private clients, Tom leads our Global Philanthropy services to help clients identify and achieve their philanthropic and impact investing strategies. Prior to joining UBS in 2013, Tom spent his career in the non-profit sector.

As Director of Philanthropy and Social Investment at the disability charity Scope, he pioneered the use of social investment structures, including the Scope Bond which was the first listed bond issued by an operational charity in the UK. Tom also worked with the cabinet office on the development of the new Social Investment Tax Relief. Earlier in his career, Tom was the first UK employee of the Microloan Foundation securing the investment for the charity to expand into sustainable microfinance.

Tom is a Politics graduate from Exeter University and has professional qualifications in marketing (CIM), fundraising management and financial planning.

Neera Nundy

Managing Partner and Co-founder, DASRA

Neera is Managing Partner and Co-Founder of DASRA India which started in 1999. Her overarching goal is to enable social entrepreneurs and funders with the support they need to achieve big goals in areas such as gender, urban resilience and sanitation through system change and collaborative philanthropy. Neera plays a crucial role in bringing capacity building, knowledge, funding and networks to the sector. She holds a MBA from Harvard Business School and is a fellow of the third class of the Kamalnayan Bajaj Fellowship of the Ananta Aspen Center and a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is a Board Member of The Hunger Project, American School of Bombay and Aangan Trust. She is Canadian, has lived in Mumbai for 21 years, runs Dasra with her husband Deval and busy raising feminist sons – Ayush, Laxman and Akbar.

Sumitra Aswani

Executive Director, IshK Tolaram Foundation

Sumitra is the Executive Director of Ishk Tolaram Foundation, a philanthropic organization that is part of the Tolaram ecosystem. The Foundation develops and supports programs that provide access to quality education, employment, and healthcare to underserved individuals in Singapore, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Estonia. She has also recently taken on a secondary responsibility within Tolaram, leading their global sustainability strategy.

Through these roles and other voluntary engagements, Sumitra champions progressive philanthropy and responsible stewardship of assets, and has been trying to learn more about effective ways to flex capital to create positive impact.

Previously, Sumitra practiced clinical medicine and healthcare policy in Singapore, with an interest in family and community medicine. She holds an M.B.B.S from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge.