Bridget Franklin is a consultant with 15 years of experience in the UK charity sector. She has been a fundraiser specialising in Trusts and Major Gifts and prior to working with Prospero was Charity Director of ShareGift, a grant-making charity specialising in share donations, where she ran the charity's grants programme of approximately £2 million.
Bridget's special interests are UK charities, Tax Efficient Giving and Trusts.
Bridget has an MA in Classics from Cambridge University.
Elizabeth Chatalas Benoit
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.
Elizabeth specialises in individual giving, corporate partnerships, grant writing, and events production. 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 holds a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Meet The Team
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.
Anna-Louisa has 15 years experience in the third sector. She has worked on issues including the environment, human rights, election monitoring and the rule of law, community development and crisis response. Her work has taken her throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Before joining Prospero, Anna-Louisa was the Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Benefit Foundation.
Anna-Louisa has special interests in small and start-up organisations, logistics and emergency response. She is a Director of a Private Consultancy, Psarras Consulting.
Anna-Louisa is based in London, and Madrid. She graduated from Edinburgh University in 2001 with an MA (Hons) in Social Anthropology and Comparative Religion.
Agata is a former professional Ballroom and Latin dancer with many years of performing and teaching experience.
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 volunteer at WYSE- NGO, an international charity providing education and training to emerging leaders, supporting them to make the world a better place.
At Prospero Agata focuses on designing and managing programmes. She gets a kick out of Excel sheets, calendars and to do lists.
Chair of Trustees
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!
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.
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. In 2018, it had approximately 500m USD (AUM). Prior to that, Nadeem 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.
Amelie de Marsily
Amélie de Marsily leads the Cisco EMEAR Advanced Services team that delivers professional services—including the design, planning, building, and optimizing of networks across all of Cisco’s architectures—to enterprise, public sector, and commercial customers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Russia.
Starting off her career at Cisco in 2001 as in-house corporate counsel, she was first promoted to head up the legal department for European markets and then to general counsel for EMEAR.
Before joining Cisco, she worked for several years at the international law firm Clifford Chance, gaining experience in such areas as environmental law, commercial law, build-operate-transfer (BOT) projects, and litigation.
de Marsily currently mentors many women within Cisco.
Mark is founder and CEO of Chelwood Capital, a social investment firm which advises social entrepreneurs on their investment raising strategy. Since 2008, Chelwood Capital has led over $100mn in financing for social causes including micro-finance, healthcare, renewable energy, and conservation. Mark is also Managing Director of Ashoka, the global network of social entrepreneurs, which supports over 3,000 of the world’s leading social innovators in 85 countries through its prestigious global Fellowship.
Mark is a board member for several social sector organisation, including Emerge Education, Europe’s leading accelerator for education technology start-ups. Mark is a frequent speaker on social innovation and finance, and has been a writer for many publications including the Guardian, Forbes, Fast Company and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Mark is based in London but travels frequently to East Asia.
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 Pakistan, Children 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.
Martin is a professional engineer focusing on the efficient production and movement of goods around the world. He is the Founder and CEO of three supply chain related companies; a technology company implementing advanced planning software, a professional services consultancy and a supply chain planning outsourcing company.
He is a regular speaker and writer on technology and its impact on global trade.
Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and is an enthusiastic member of Pan Arts Development Committee.
Since 1998, Niall has worked as an environmental and corporate responsibility consultant providing advisory services to government agencies, non-governmental organisations and companies on strategy development and implementation. He has worked on the BP-Fauna and Flora International Partnership, the Rio Tinto-Fauna & Flora International Partnership, the British American Tobacco Biodiversity Partnership, the Hand In Hand South Africa - Royal Bafokeng Nation-Impala Platinum Micro-enterprise Partnership and the Hand in Hand International - Primark Micro-enterprise Partnership.
Niall is a co-founder and Trustee of the Living Earth Foundation, an international charity specialising in environmental education and community development. He has been a non-executive director of Oxford Index, a consultancy specialising in sustainable development performance and impact measurement since 2004, and a director of The Helical Group, a consultancy specialising in sustainability risk and opportunity management, since 2005. In 2010 Niall founded Carbon-Plus Capital LLP, a firm specialising in forest carbon financing and investment management, which uses an Inclusive Business model based on cross-sector partnership to promote Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation-plus (REDD-plus).
Sayuri is a business owner of FAIR WINES, which offers a service to buy vintage grand cru wines and champagnes on behalf of its customers at French wine auctions. She has developed FAIR WINES' charity support though a wine tasting dinner, working with philanthropists and non-profit organisations.
Sayuri also works at Gojo & Company, a Japanese holding company of microfinance institutions in South Asia including Cambodia, Sri Lanka, India and Myanmar. She is responsible for debt and equity fundraising from the institutional investors in UK, US and Europe.
With more than 15 years financial experience in Tokyo and London, Sayuri worked as a structurer and portfolio manager in structured finance portfolios at Morgan Stanley Invest Management.
Vladimira Mesko Briestenska
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.