Lisa Lai

Lisa Lai

Senior Consultant, Global Philanthropic (Asia)

Lisa Lai joined Global Philanthropic in 2009 as Managing Director, Asia. As the head of Global Philanthropic’s Asian Office, she is part of the company’s senior management and consulting team.

Lisa has vast experience in government relations, liaising with the senior management of various universities and alumni bodies, as well as fundraising for a variety of private and corporate foundations. Through her many years in the business sector, Lisa has developed a rich network of multi-national corporations and organisations across Asia. Through her time with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, she has also developed contacts within municipal and central governments in the PRC.

Based in Hong Kong, Lisa oversees Global Philanthropic’s portfolio and activities in Asia, including Greater China. Her responsibilities include relationship management and development, alumni interaction, fund-raising achievement plans and organisational development.

As an active member of the Hong Kong University Alumni Association, Lisa has served on the executive committee for an extended number of years. She graduated from the HKU with a Bachelor of Arts degree (First Class Honours) and subsequently obtained her Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics. She is fluent in English and several Chinese dialects including Putonghua.

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  • Cantonese speaker
  • Chinese expert

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Martin Haigh

Martin Haigh

Director, Global Philanthropic Holdings

Martin Haigh was an early investor in Global Philanthropic. Martin has enjoyed a few careers, the first in stockbroking which lasted twenty years and saw him head up trading teams dealing in the emerging equity markets of South America and Asia for some of the worlds largest institutional brokers such as HSBC, Banco Santander, Merrill Lynch and Standard Chartered, the second in event ticketing in Asia working for Magnetic Asia and more recently for the world’s largest promoter Live Nation as Head of Ticketmaster Asia.

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Malcolm Hutton

Malcolm Hutton

Hon President of Global Philanthropic Holdings

Malcolm Hutton has a vast amount of experience in the financial sector and became a Director of Global Philanthropic in February 2003. He retired as a Senior Director of Bell Lawrie White (a subsidiary of Brewin Dolphin Holdings Plc) in 2001.

Prior to that his impressive career has included posts as a Senior Director at Allied Provincial Securities Ltd, many years as a Partner at Parsons & Co (later to merge to become Allied Provincial) and previously at Abercromby & Stott. Malcolm is also involved with a number of other appointments including: Former General Commissioner of Income Tax (Aberdeen and Kincardine Divison); Trustee of the University of Aberdeen Development Trust and various other charitable organisations.

Specialist skills

Malcolm is a specialist in principal and major gifts, gift solicitation, marketing, education as well as board/executive coaching and training.

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Bruce R. Salzer

Bruce R. Salzer

Associate, Global Philanthropic (Europe)

Bruce Salzer is a proven business leader with an accomplished background across the United States, Japan and Hong Kong in sophisticated international financial services with experience and interest in CSR/ charity fundraising.

Bruce brings with him particular skills in client relationship development, CRM, as well as creative and innovative business marketing and project management to achieve sustainable leadership positions.

While originally from Florida in the United States, for the last 15 years he has lived in Hong Kong and Tokyo. In his roles, he has worked closely with clients in both North and Southeast Asia, from Australia to Pakistan.

Since 2004, Bruce has been Managing Director, Head of Corporate Access in Asia Pacific for JP Morgan, Standard Chartered and most recently Jefferies. In these roles, Bruce worked with highest levels of corporate leadership as well as senior institutional investors connecting the two parties to mutual benefit. Actively pursuing a corporate access strategy positions a company to succeed with the investment community throughout various market conditions. Keeping investors informed improves a company’s credibility, while increasing liquidity, which in turn lowers the cost of capital and improves a company’s market value. Bruce has been a market leader in this space across Asia and has successfully led the development and on-going management of programs including roadshows, investor tours, and flagship conferences around the world.

Bruce is a keen fundraiser in the charitable and philanthropic space. He was a member of the team that built the first Clinton Global Initiative (‘CGI”) conference outside of the U.S. The Clinton Global Initiative is flagship event of the non-partisan William J. Clinton Foundation. CGI brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s more pressing challenges. The three-day event was held in Hong Kong from December 1-3, 2008. The event hosted by President Bill Clinton included participation by 500 world leaders, corporate heads, non-governmental organisations, and other dignitaries and raised over 180 million USD.

Bruce is currently head of the fundraising committee for Hedge Fund Cares in Hong Kong, helping to raise funds for the prevention & treatment of child abuse in Asia. He is also a fundraising committee member for Premiere Performances, Hong Kong which brings world-class chamber music to Hong Kong.

When he lived in Austin, Texas, he founded and lead a New Year’s Eve Benefit Gala in 1996 and 1997 raising over 100,000 USD for Christopher House AIDS Hospice. Among other volunteer positions, he also led Octopus Club charitable group for AIDS Services of Austin hosting small and large fundraisers and leading efforts of others to raise funds for the organisation.   Bruce for many years was a member of the committee that hosted the Human Rights Campaign Austin Black Tie events and other fundraisers.

Bruce has his M.B.A. from the Graduate School of Business, University of Texas at Austin and his B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Seymour Banks

Seymour Banks

Former Chair and current Deputy Chair, Global Philanthropic Holdings

Seymour Banks is an entrepreneur with 25 years of investment management experience.

Seymour qualified in 1994 as a Chartered Accountant at Coopers & Lybrand before joining Barclays Global Investors in 1996. Involved with the launch of i-shares at BGI, he helped build their billion dollar hedge fund business. In 2003 he left to join a boutique investment management business, Signet Capital, becoming Managing Director of Signet Capital Management Limited. Subsequent roles in the investment management industry include partner at Hyde Park Investment, CEO at Hilltop Fund Management and Head of ESG at Indos Financial. In 2014 Seymour joined the Board of Global Philanthropic as non-Executive Chairman which he relinquished in December 2020. Alongside Seymour’s entrepreneurial activities he continues to be a member of Global Philanthropic’s Board, as the non-executive Deputy Chairman.

Chanel Hughes

Chanel Hughes

Senior Consultant & Head of Marketing (Australia)

Chanel has over 22 years of experience in stakeholder engagement and fundraising, with an equally long track record as a communications professional.

As Alumni Manager for the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and subsequently Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, Chanel transformed small-scale operations into large successful engagement programs generating significant philanthropic support.

This included working closing with international cohorts of alumni and donors in Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, the UK and USA, as well as co-editing the University of Canterbury’s award-winning flagship magazine, Canterbury, for over 10 years.

In her subsequent role as Director of the Australasian office for an international tele-campaign consultancy, Chanel looked after school and education clients across Australia and New Zealand, providing strategic advice on annual giving strategies for telephone campaigns that each exceeded their fundraising targets.

Chanel has deep strategic and operational knowledge across all areas of stakeholder engagement, including fundraising, donor stewardship, event and reunion management, and data management. As a writer, she has specialist expertise in Case for Support development, annual giving and bequest communications, and writes copy that translates directly into major gifts.

Her clients include the University of Melbourne, the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), Canberra Hospital Foundation, Lifeline Australia, Burgmann College, Loreto Normanhurst School, St Andrew’s College (NZ), the International School of Beijing, Questacon, The Orangutan Project, and the Catholic Diocese of Paramatta.

Chanel is a Fellow of Educate Plus and key presenter for the Educate Plus Training Program in Alumni Relations. She chaired the 2014 Educate Plus International Conference in Melbourne, which still holds the record for the largest educational advancement conference staged in the Asia Pacific.

Chanel graduated Master of Arts in English Literature from Canterbury University, along with a First-Class Honours degree in English and History.

Chanel is based in Sydney.

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Iain Rawlinson

Iain Rawlinson

Chair, Global Philanthropic Holdings

Iain Rawlinson is an experienced Board Member & Chair, charity trustee and strategy adviser.

Iain is a Founder and Partner of Vico Partners which works closely with Boards and business leaders to manage and resolve sensitive and complex issues which unlock or defend value.

He began his career in investment banking with Lazard Brothers and was posted to South Africa in 1994 with Robert Fleming. Following a successful period building up a leading Southern African investment banking team, on the sale of Robert Fleming to JP Morgan in 2000 he was appointed to establish Fleming Family & Partners, where he was a founding partner and COO from 2000 to 2003. After appointing his successor, he went on to hold several senior posts within FF&P before establishing his own office in 2005.

Iain has since undertaken a wide range of business and charitable appointments. Among these, in 2009 after a successful advisory role for shareholders, Iain was appointed Chairman of The Monarch Group, leading its transformation and preparing the Group for its eventual sale in 2014. From 2017 to 2020 he was a NED at the Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Trust, and he is currently a NED at Eurasia Mining PLC.

Iain’s philanthropic activities started in 1991 as a founder member of the London International Piano Competition. Since then he has held charitable board appointments, including as Chair of Tusk, the African conservation charity from 2004 to 2013, as Deputy Chairman of Global Philanthropic from 2007 to 2014, and currently as Chair of Governors at Walhampton School. From 2016 to 2019 he volunteered with the Centre for Social Innovation at the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Iain was educated at Birkenhead School, the University of Cambridge and the Inns of Court School of Law. He has a BA (MA Cantab) in Law and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1981. He is also a qualified mediator through the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution in London.

Specialist skills

Iain has specialist skills in corporate philanthropy and foundations, organisational strategy, communications, combined with senior level Board and governance experience in the philanthropic and corporate sector.

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Nick Jaffer

Nick Jaffer

President & CEO, Global Philanthropic (Asia Pacific)

A recognised, award-winning authority on major gifts, capital campaigns, community relations and integrated advancement, Nick leads Global Philanthropic’s Asia Pacific operations.

Over his 30-year career, he has served both in-house and as a consultant to philanthropists and organisations across the sector, including education, health and medical research, arts and culture, public policy and community service.

His clients include University of Melbourne, University Technology Sydney, Canberra Hospital Foundation, South Western Sydney Local Health District, National Gallery Singapore, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Brisbane Grammar School, Hong Kong International School, The Lowy Institute for Public Policy, Lifeline Australia, St Peter’s Cathedral and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Prior to Global Philanthropic, Nick built a strong track record, initially in Canada, working with organisations including the Alberta Lung Association, Leukaemia Research Fund and Aga Khan Foundation. He served as Manager, Annual Giving then Senior Development Officer at the University of Alberta during its first comprehensive campaign—the third largest university campaign in Canadian history to that time, exceeding the goal by 34%.

Moving to Australia in 2001, Nick served as Director, Foundation & Alumni Relations at Curtin University in Perth, and in 2005 joined the University of Sydney as Director of Development, where he led the university-wide fundraising program, including prospect development, annual giving, major gifts, planned giving, and donor relations. He also directed campaign efforts for the faculties of Law, Pharmacy, Medicine and Graduate Studies. Under his leadership, the team tripled the number of donors and grew annual fundraising revenues from $20 million to $75 million per year leading into the University’s Inspired Campaign, the first in Australia to reach $1 billion raised.

Nick is a Fellow of the Fundraising Institute of Australia as well as Educate Plus, the lead body overseeing advancement professionals within the education sector in Australia. He is a contributing author to the best-selling book Excellence in Fundraising in Canada: The Definitive Resource for Canadian Fundraisers, and he has presented widely in Australia, New Zealand, North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

A member of the NORTH Foundation Development Board, Nick has also served on boards for the Australian Theatre for Young People, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Educate Plus, Fundraising Institute of Australia (NSW), Leukaemia Research Fund, University of Alberta School of Business, and Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.

Specialist skills

Nick is a specialist in principal and major gifts, gift solicitation, marketing, as well as board/executive coaching and training.

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Ben Morton Wright

Ben Morton Wright

Founder, Group CEO and Director, Global Philanthropic Holdings

Ben Morton Wright founded Global Philanthropic in 2002. He has supervised the establishment of Global Philanthropic operations in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and Canada.

As Group CEO, Ben has gained recognition as a major gift strategist, an expert in structuring international campaigns and a specialist in higher education and Asian philanthropy.

Since founding the Group in 2002, he has served as senior strategy consultant to, amongst others, the London School of Economics; St Andrews University; Trinity College, Cambridge; St John’s College, Oxford; the United Nations Foundation; the University of Hull; the STARS Foundation; Institute for Cancer Research; Aquaculture Stewardship Council; the Birmingham Royal Ballet; King’s College London; Sussex University; FIP Foundation; Protimos; York St John University; UNICEF UK, and a number of other organisations around the world.

Currently, Ben advises a number of private individuals and philanthropists around the world to develop meaningful philanthropic strategies. He has been acknowledged as an expert on Asian philanthropy.

Ben is a Board Member at DanceEast and a Member of Council for Goldsmiths, University of London He is also a member of the Royal Automobile Club and regularly speaks on philanthropic issues and trends around the world. Ben also co-authored ‘Talking Philanthropy. Volume 1’ book which was published in 2017.

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Ben is a specialist in higher education and Asian philanthropy. He has served as senior strategy consultant to many organisations around the world.

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Global Philanthropic honours three leaders in philanthropy at Talking Philanthropy 2021

On May 14th 2021, Global Philanthropic along with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore and the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy at the University of Cambridge hosted Talking Philanthropy 2021. Talking Philanthropy convened some the world’s leading philanthropic organisations and academic institutions to discuss Asia-Pacific – Supporting a Philanthropic Ecosystem, the forum explored the macro perspectives on the key issues that need to be addressed in the Asia-Pacific region to allow philanthropy to grow and flourish. As part of the programme, Global Philanthropic announces this year’s recipients for its Philanthropy Awards.


The Philanthropy Awards were first created in 2017, to celebrate distinguished leaders and innovators in the philanthropic community whose actions inspire others to do good, create change, and make a positive impact. In past years, Global Philanthropic awarded the Lifetime Contribution to Philanthropy Award which recognises individuals who have demonstrated a sustained commitment and contribution to philanthropy and outstanding action and leadership. Previous recipients included Geoff Holt MBD DL, Dame Stephanie Steve Shirley CH DBE and Yann Borgstedt. This year, Global Philanthropic introduced the Outstanding Young Leader in Philanthropy Award, to showcase young people under the age of 25 who demonstrate leadership, creativity, innovation, and courage to orchestrate change and shape the future of philanthropy.

Choosing the winners for the awards is not an easy task, as such Global Philanthropic developed the Philanthropy Awards Judging Committee which was chaired by Geoff Holt MBE DL (Previous award recipient, founder of the nonprofit Wetwheels and the author of ’Walking on Water’). The judging committee received many exceptional applications from nominees across the globe. The scoring by the judging committee took place in two rounds, first individual anonymous scoring of the nominations and then the top nominations were selected for discussion until a final decision was agreed upon.

Lifetime Contribution to Philanthropy Award Recipient: Fran Perrin OBE

“As a philanthropist, it's not me making the difference, it is me enabling others to change their own lives” - Fran Perrin OBE

This year, we are delighted to announce the winner for the Lifetime Contribution to Philanthropy Award is Fran Perrin OBE.

Fran has spent many years committed to philanthropy and the mobilisation of resources to help others improve their lives. In 1999, Fran established her own philanthropic foundation, Indigo Trust. The Trust has given over £16million to different causes. The Trust focuses on visual impairment, access to justice in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK, and better grantmaking.

“I want philanthropy to be the best that it can… let’s modernise philanthropy, bring it into the 21st century and make it as powerful, efficient and with as much impact as we possibly can.”  – Fran Perrin OBE

Fran embodies leadership, courage, creativity, and innovation. She is the Co-Founder, funder and lead of the UK charity, 360Giving, a charity that helps organisations openly publish grant data. The 360Giving platform empowers people to use data to improve their charitable giving. Fran’s thought leadership and creative vision have helped to transform UK grantmaking. To date, over £100bn worth of grants data can be explored for free using the GrantNav platform on 360Giving.

“Philanthropy at its best is about stepping back and listening to people who already know what the answer is but just need the backing to do it.” – Fran Perrin OBE

Fran’s work has impacted others across the world, changing lives for the good and inspiring others to do the same.

Outstanding Young Leader Award Recipients: Dexter Yang and Marcus Rashford MBE

“[The Outstanding Young Leader Award] is a testament to our youth leaders today who are stepping up in times of crisis. This is an opportunity for us all to be more selfless, to extend our creativity and our talents in order to help those who are less fortunate and who are most affected by the problems that are facing our society.” – Dexter Yang

Dexter Yang

Dexter Yang, defines action and leadership, he is the founder of GoodGovPH, a youth-led movement that works to uphold good governance for a just and humane Philippine society through Civic Engagement, Education and Training, Community Building, Government and Policy. As Executive Director, Dexter leads young volunteers in engaging and empowering youth leaders across the Philippines and Southeast Asia.

As part of his advocacy, Dexter founded two more nonprofit organisations – the Youth Parliamentarians of Laguna and the Sulong San Pablo, which seek to educate, engage, and empower the youth of the Philippines. To date, these organizations have reached over a thousand youth leaders nationwide.

Philanthropy is not only about giving money, through the selfless commitment and contribution of his time, effort and energy, Dexter Yang is bettering the lives of others and inspiring young people to do the same.

Marcus Rashford MBE

“[Marcus] was determined to stick his neck out and do whatever he could to change the lives of young children." – Simon Thompson, Fareshare.

Through the Outstanding Young Leader Award, we wish to celebrate Marcus Rashford MBE as an exceptional example of courage and leadership. Marcus has demonstrated how those with a platform can use the power of their voice and influence to facilitate change and mobilise others to take action. Simon Thomson and James Persad (representatives of the charity, Fareshare, for which Marcus is an ambassador) accepted the award on behalf of Marcus Rashford at Talking Philanthropy.

At the start of the outbreak of the pandemic in the UK, FareShare launched an urgent Covid-19 appeal, to which Marcus responded. He partnered with Fareshare, calling on his millions of followers to donate and support alongside his own donations. Marcus founded the Child Food Poverty Task Force, bringing food retailers, FareShare and other charities together to tackle the issue of child hunger. With the widespread public support of his #MakeTheUTurn campaign, Marcus and Fareshare successfully influenced government policy, resulting in the provision of free school meals to 1.3 million vulnerable children during the summer holidays, and the following Winter Package covering up to Easter 2021.

Marcus Rashford, your work over the last year to ensure no child is left hungry in the UK will change lives and the country for decades to come.


Each of the recipients for the Philanthropy Awards is an inspiration, daring to be innovative and having the courage to make change. We are proud to recognise each of you for your leadership and vision which has inspired and motivated others in your community and around the world to get involved in philanthropic action.

Congratulations to this years Philanthropy Award Winners.