Executive Team

Meet The Team

Trustees

Debbie Fisher

Chair of Trustees

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Debbie is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience. She is a partner in a boutique private client practice based in Norfolk which also involves her advising and administering several grant making charitable foundations, as well as acting for a number of individuals and trusts. 

Debbie has been involved with Prospero World since its inception but more recently became a Trustee.

 

In her spare time, she enjoys the theatre (especially Shakespeare), visiting museums and art galleries around the world – and keeping her garden under control!

Sita Schutt

Founding Trustee

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Sita founded Prospero in 2007 in response to a growing interest in a donor recommendation service for international charitable work. 

 

Prior to this, she worked for 5 years as a lecturer in English in the UK and Turkey. Her international experience includes researching and assessing development projects in Thailand, Africa, India, the Philippines, Cambodia and Burma (Myanmar).

Sita's special interest is in the Arts and Development. 

Sita grew up in Geneva, read English at Oxford and then obtained her PhD from King's College, London. Sita is a trustee of PAN Arts Intercultural. She is also the Director of Haasch UK which champions sustainable umbrellas for the sunshine as well as for the rain.

 

Sita is a bilingual English and French speaker.

Email: Sita.Schutt@ProsperoWorld.org

Nadeem Shaikh

Trustee

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A visionary thought leader and innovator, Nadeem has over 25 years experience in financial services and information technology. As a pioneer in the Fintech industry, Nadeem is committed to driving the reinvention of the finance industry. He is focused on identifying markets in their most nascent stages, and partnering with promising entrepreneurs, as well as corporations, committed to realizing a new way to address our society’s needs.

 

Nadeem co-founded and was CEO at Anthemis, an early stage venture capital and advisory firm focused on Fintech. Prior to that, he was President at First Data Corporation, where he ran a billion dollar organization overseeing businesses in more than 50 markets. Prior to this, Nadeem was a senior executive at American Management System - a preeminent strategy and technology consulting firm. 

 

Nadeem has served on the boards of leading edge startups including Bento, Currencycloud,Moven, Jumo, PayPerks. As a philanthropist, Nadeem is on board of Trustees of CARE UK, Pakistan’s largest educational foundation, and sits on the boards of African social enterprise Access Afya, focused on providing primary healthcare and Prospero World.

Murray Shanks

Trustee

Murray is a circuit judge.  He hears serious criminal cases in the East End of London at Snaresbrook Crown Court and employment and freedom of information cases in Tribunals.

Until his appointment in 2009 he was a commercial and employment law barrister and he sat as a judge in the West Indies between 2000 and 2005.

Murray has been involved with Prospero World for eight years.  Formerly he was a trustee of Crisis, the single homeless charity, for six years and a volunteer and trustee for the Fulham Legal Advice Centre for 20 years.

Apart from his time in the West Indies he has lived all his life in London.

Elizabeth Benoit

Consultant

Since moving to London in 2006, Elizabeth has contributed her multi-sector experience and her philanthropic and fundraising expertise to support a number of social and educational causes.

She has created fund development infrastructures for high profile American 501(c)(3) organisations working in the fields of women's leadership, social justice, the arts and environment. Elizabeth manages Prospero World's Donor Advised Funds.

Elizabeth holds a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Email: Elizabeth@ProsperoWorld.org

Anna-Louisa Psarras

Consultant

​Anna-Louisa has 20 years experience working in International Development in Programme development, strategy, fundraising and communications . She has a special interest in Logistics and Crisis Response and has worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

 

Anna-Louisa has worked on fundraising campaigns both in the UK and internationally, including large Capital Fundraising Campaigns for Action for Children and CORAM, through Prospero World. She has two decades of experience working with Trusts and Foundations, Individual donors, Corporations and Government funding agencies.

 

Her current work with Prospero World includes overseeing the Fiscal Sponsorship Programme, managing Communications and Design, and supporting work on Donor Advised Fund's. The is company secretary of both Prospero World and Prospero World Trading and is also responsible for  budget management. 

Anna-Louisa is a Director of a Private Consultancy, Psarras Consulting and the newly registered C.I.C Catalyst 21.

She speaks English and Spanish.

Email: Anna-Louisa.Psarras@ProsperoWorld.org

Agata Sivokhin

Consultant

Agata is a former professional Ballroom and Latin dancer with many years of competing and teaching experience. Before joining Prospero Agata successfully ran her dance business for over 10 years. 

After graduating from Cass Business School and participating in international leadership programmes she has developed a strong interest in coaching and leadership training. Agata is a qualified Leadership Coach Practitioner recognised by the International Coach Federation (ICF).

At Prospero Agata is responsible for the Fiscal Sponsorship Programme. She also designs and manages programmes, communications and digital platforms. 


Agata is bilingual in Russian and English.

Email: Agata.Sivokhin@ProsperoWorld.org

Lucy James

Consultant

Lucy James is the Founding Director of Pure Social, an agency offering tailor-made social media management and specialising in facebook ads. They only do Social Media so we do it really well. Lucy has been managing Prospero World's Social media since 2019.

 

Lucy, now a Facebook Ads Strategist, was formerly a solicitor in London's West End. Lucy has experience in dealing with a variety of clients from high net worth individuals, small businesses to large international corporates, providing creative problem solving with clear communication.

Advisory Board

Sayuri Aoyama

Advisor

Sayuri works at Gojo & Company, a Japanese holding company of microfinance institutions in South and Central Asia, including Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, India, and Tajikistan. With steadfast growth, Gojo is becoming one of the largest holding companies of inclusive financial institutions across the globe. Sayuri is responsible for debt fundraising for the group companies; she designs the funding with multinational agencies, development finance institutions, and impact-driven commercial investors in the US and Europe. 

 

Before Gojo, Sayuri has more than 15 years of experience in fixed income, particularly in structured finance. She brought her debt capital market expertise to inclusive finance to channel the private sector capital to frontier markets.  

 

Sayuri is also passionate about directing the private sector funds to charities and NGOs, where only grants and donations can make a difference.  

Vladimira Briestenska

Advisor

Vladimira is an innovator, human systems architect and global ecosystems-builder.  She has founded a design strategists group creating inclusive and diverse workplaces of tomorrow, The Timber. 

Vladimira has a unique skill-set built on a diverse background in complexity thinking, organisational design, ecosystem development, diplomacy and human rights. Operating as a strategic advisor, over 10 years Vladimira has been engaging with fast-growth start-ups, impact businesses, technology and innovation ecosystems including governments across Europe, North America, Middle East and East Africa. 

Recently, Vladimira has been leading the inclusive culture transformation for the global investment fund, Anthemis Group. 

Vladimira is a frequent speaker on international forums and a Forbes contributor on topics related to inclusive workplaces, innovation technology ecosystems and Stanford’s life-design methodologies. She also serves on advisory boards of several social impact initiatives including Perry Talents and Prospero World. 

Mark Cheng

Advisor

Mark Cheng is an impact investor who has invested in and raised capital for many charities and social enterprises in areas including education, healthcare, sustainable agriculture and clean energy. Mark is also a member of the Leadership Group at Ashoka, the global network of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. Ashoka supports more than 4,000 CEOs and founders of social sector organisations through its prestigious Fellowship program in over 90 countries.

Prior to joining Ashoka, Mark started his career as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank in London. He is a guest lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Hong Kong, and writes and speaks frequently on social entrepreneurship and finance. He is the author of the Social Investment Toolkit, a manual for start-up social entrepreneurs on how to raise investment. Mark is based in Hong Kong and London.

Riffi Khan

Advisor

Riffi Khan is a Television Producer and Director with more than 15 years in the industry, and is also an established Media and Communications Consultant. As a film production consultant Riffi helps charities such as CARE PakistanChildren of the Mekong, as well as brands to authentically and humanly tell their story through the power of film.  As Head of Communication at The Big Life Project, Riffi works with young people to teach them important life skill such as speak up for themselves, clearly articulating themselves and speaking from the heart.

Riffi’s portfolio of hit primetime shows for ITV and Channel 4 have been viewed by audiences worldwide and include Hell’s Kitchen, Come Dine With Me and I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here. She was instrumental in successfully rolling out popular Television formats globally from Canada and Poland to Cyprus, the Netherlands, South Africa and Latvia.

 

She graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) and is based in London.

Niall Marriott

Advisor

Niall has spent the last 20 years providing consultancy services to government agencies, non-governmental organisations and companies on strategy development and implementation. A particular theme has been stakeholder engagement and cross-sector partnership, providing clients with a range of partnering facilitation, brokering and training services.

 

Niall has developed a close understanding of the role that cross-sector collaboration can play in delivering robust and sustainable business strategy, particularly in the context of entering new markets and operating environments.

A passionate concern of Niall’s is the need to apply the same rigour of thought and implementation to partnering as to any other aspect of business strategy and implementation. All too often, relationships billed as partnerships lack the resources and support required to deliver the flow and quality of benefits and outcomes intended either for business or development.

As an Associate of TPI, Niall has designed and delivered programmes for a range of organisations including for UNESCO on Partnerships for Education, and a programme on the extractives industry as a partner in development for BG Group

Amelie de Masily

Advisor

Amélie de Marsily is deeply interested in people, teams, their growth, transformation and flourishing. She is currently the Academic Director for IE's Centre for Health, Well-being and Happiness, having previously worked for over 20 years in IT as a lawyer and business leader.Amélie holds an Executive Master in Positive Leadership and Strategy from IE, and trained at IE as a teacher for the Mindfulness Based Strategic Awareness intervention.