Panel of Senior Advisors

Peter Burdin

PB cropPractitioner In Residence at University of Central Lancashire UCLAN, former Head of BBC Africa

Peter Burdin is the BBC’s former Africa Bureau Chief. He lived in Johannesburg and Nairobi from 2009 to 2014, where he travelled and worked extensively around the continent.

Dr James R. Doty M.D

JD croppedNeurosurgeon, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Founder and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University

Presently a professor of neurosurgery at Stanford University with expertise in the treatment of brain tumors, stereotactic radiosurgery and spine surgery. He is also a philanthropist who has funded projects related to healthcare in the third world and is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.

Wendy Firlotte

Corporate sustainability & social responsibility engagement specialist

Wendy made the shift to the corporate world after working in the non-profit sector for 8 years, implementing and managing projects in developing and transitional countries. Her work included assisting NGOs with organizational and project sustainability as well as leading sector-based field research to analyze aid effectiveness, gaps in assistance and assess levels of household recovery in complicated post-disaster aid situations. 

Kathryn Giblin

KG cropDevelopment Advisor Specializing in Business Transformation

Kathryn is a leading business transformation agent with over two decades helping companies realise their full market potential in Europe, North America and Asia/Pacific.

Connecting people, technology and ideas, Kathryn had helped multiple brands stand out from the crowd and deliver exceptional products, tools and services.

Rebecca Greenhalgh

RG cropSenior Associate, Pro Bono at Ashurst

Rebecca is a practicing solicitor with extensive experience in developing and managing pro bono initiatives within a law firm setting, with particular emphasis on schemes suitable for overseas and dual-qualified lawyers. She has experience at the International Criminal Tribunal and is a member of the CEO’s Committee for the Access to Justice Foundation.

Mandy Johnson

MJ cropUK Director of Partnerships at

Mandy Johnson is the UK Director of Partnerships for where she works with some of the UK’s most innovative charities and agencies. Mandy took her first role as a fundraiser in 2009 and, since then, has worked for a variety of charities and completed a Masters in Fundraising and Marketing.

Ava Lawler

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Managing Director, Weber Shandwick Australia

Ava has spent more than two decades consulting with companies on how to liberate their potential through effective communications in Australia, as well as across Asia, Europe and South Africa. She began her career in Brisbane helping organisations such as the Australian Sugar Industry, Seppelt Wines and Telecom Australia (now Telstra).

Peter Wilson


Senior Advisor, International Development

International development consultant and angel investor in social impact and digital health transformation businesses, Peter is currently a senior advisor in the British Government’s Stabilisation Unit, working on good governance and development in conflict-affected countries.

With an MBA from INSEAD, Peter co-founded Libra Advisory Group in 2006 to work with on large government change programs in developing countries to help build capacity to address economic and social challenges. He co-authored the book, Make Poverty Business.

Mark Heywood

Consultant & Filmmaker

Mark has 20 years of senior business experience across financial services, government departments, city and county councils and the charity sector, providing hands-on management of large operational resilience programmes, and consultancy on business strategy and risk management. In addition he is an experienced writer and filmmaker and helps creative organisations be more corporate, and corporate organisations be more creative.