Olly Donnelly

International development

After gaining a first class honours degree in Geography and a distinction in her Masters degree both from Oxford University, Olly joined the World Bank in Washington DC where, amongst other achievements, she was awarded the World Bank Youth Innovation Fund. Her time at the World Bank was followed by a move to London where she worked for Accenture Strategy and also helped prepare the 5 year strategy for Accenture Development Partnerships. Olly founded the charity Shivia in December 2007 and has been the Chief Executive since 2010. She forms Shivia’s overall strategy and fund-raises to support operations. Shivia works with some of the poorest communities in West Bengal, India and its mission is to empower them to create livelihoods, boost income and inspire permanent change.

Olly has travelled extensively over the last 15 years throughout the world, particularly to India and Nepal working on a variety of projects including microfinance, HIV/AIDS, education, caste issues and disadvantaged children. Her international work includes working as an International Ambassador for BASE, a grass-roots movement in Western Nepal and also working with NGO's on 'participatory environmental management' and human rights projects. She is also heavily involved with the foster home, Familia, in West Bengal.

Olly sits on the board of the charity MAITS; her Oxford College Committee, St Edmund Hall; her school Alumnae Committee, St Mary’s Ascot. She previously sat on the International Committee for Leonard Cheshire International and the board of Moonpig Foundation.

Olly advises companies and individuals on their CR strategies and is passionate about inspiring corporate/NGO partnerships that can help transform communities. She has been consulting for C&E since 2009. Olly was listed on the Management Today 2009 '35 Women Under 35' list - a roll-call of some of the UK's most talented and inspiring young business women. More recently she was awarded “Women of the Future, Community Spirits”, 2014.

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