Working for many years in humanitarian emergencies, we became increasingly aware of private donors’ willingness to make a positive contribution to humanitarian and development aid. Philanthropy, however, is more than money transfer to be successful: it is a difficult process that includes the building of meaningful relationships and partnerships, the definition of a clear and sustainable long-term strategy, the evaluation and assessment of innovative, effective, and beneficiary-oriented projects.
Understanding the necessity to fill in the gap between philanthropic aspirations and best practices, we created Philanthropy Advisors, building on the expertise of an experienced and complimentary team, qualified in humanitarian emergency response practices, field monitoring and evaluations, wealth management, development policy analysis, strategy, and communications.
Founder & Managing Partner – CEO
After several years in finance and business development, Eric decided to dedicate the skills he acquired in the private sector to projects of public interest. He spent 7 years on emergency operation on the field with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and then with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in acute crisis contexts such as the Congo (DRC), Uganda, Chad, Sudan (Darfur), Mozambique, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Haiti or Cambodia. Different positions have seen him dealing mainly with project and team management, giving him crucial expertise in situational analysis, the setting up of intervention strategies, as well as in programme planning and execution.
In 2011, he co-founded PHILANTHROPY ADVISORS. As CEO, he manages the relations with all clients, and ensures that their philanthropic aspirations and strategies are valued by and in harmony with the work of the operational team.
Managing Partner – COO
Vincent holds 10 years of management experience the emergency and humanitarian sector. After working in the Philippines and in Afghanistan, he joined Doctors Without Borders (MSF) for 5 years, working in Somalia, Congo (DRC), Sudan (Darfur), Ethiopia, Kenya, Niger and Guinea Bissau. He then worked 2 and a half years in Paris for the French branch of Caritas (Secours Catholique) as emergency program manager. His responsibilities included: design of intervention strategies, monitoring and evaluation of projects, impact assessment and follow-up of missions in Congo, Sudan, Kenya and Haiti.
In charge of team and project coordination and management, he sharpened his analytical and diplomatic skills and enhanced his abilities to design, plan and follow up complex programs. On the side, Vincent shares his professional experience and skills being a lecturer for different universities and institutions.
As Chief Operating Officer at Philanthropy Advisors, Vincent oversees programs design, monitoring and evaluations and all missions on the field.
Executive Director - Switzerland
An international development leader with nearly fifteen years of experience in development and humanitarian contexts, Kelsi has worked with the United Nations, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions across Africa and Asia for most of her career. Most notably, Kelsi has led large scale health programmes for the International Organization for Migration (the UN Migration Agency) in Somalia and South Sudan, designed and implemented mixed methods research studies and monitoring and evaluation projects in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Djibouti and Sri Lanka, and is published widely across academic journals, grey literature and conferences.
Kelsi’s technical areas include migration, displacement, fragile and conflict-affected settings, and global health and social sector – policy and delivery systems. Given her vast professional experience, she is an effective interlocutor with technical, operational and diplomatic expertise working across sectors. She has volunteered with community-based organizations to support vulnerable populations in Canada, the UK, and Switzerland, including Le Cinquieme Jour – a project to support the homeless in Geneva.
Kelsi is the Head of the Office for Philanthropy Advisors in Switzerland, managing relations with all clients, overseeing operations and growing the business to ensure high-impact and sustainable practices across all client portfolios.
Louise balances her time between a varied range of assignments covering M&E of humanitarian and development projects and programs, project scoping and strategic analysis.
Before joining Philanthropy Advisors, she worked for more than 8 years for Doctors without Borders both in Geneva HQ and in the field, in particular in emergency contexts such as epidemics, conflict affected regions and population’s forced displacement. She has worked in Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC), Central African Republic, Cameroon, Tanzania, Guinea, Niger, Kenya, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Honduras.
As content editor in the HQ, she was following the operational activities of more than 20 countries on a wide range of medical projects, and led national and international communication campaigns. In the field, her missions varied from producing multimedia content, developing and implementing communication strategies, designing and leading community approaches and managing health promotion activities.
Louise also worked for the private sector as a strategic and implementation consultant for the Cinema industry in times of Covid, and was the Executive Director of an ethical animation studio.
She holds a Master degree in Risk and Crisis management from the Sorbonne University in Paris and a Master in Philosophy.
Senior Consultant - Switzerland
An international project manager and business developer, with nearly 10 years of experience in producing investment reports on fast-growing countries – including building and managing an economic & political network in the Middle East, Africa and Asia – Alban has worked with global consulting firm Oxford Business Group, the United Nations and private publishers worldwide.
By living and working in some of the fastest growing emerging markets such as South Africa Gabon, Côte d’Ivoire, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, and Saudi Arabia, Alban developed a strong understanding of economic dynamics in the countries and regions in which he worked, including analysing new sectors and their broader economic interplay in the context of post-crisis reconstruction.
Alban also worked in Ghana, Eritrea and Congo-Brazzaville representing the business development & editorial divisions of widely read media outlets: Foreign Affairs, China Daily and Shanghai Daily. In 2017, Alban attended French-university Sciences Po to follow courses on Social Policies in Europe and the U.S., including the analysis of the “welfare diamond” in western communities.
As a Senior Consultant for Philanthropy Advisors in Switzerland, Alban brings support in the management of all types of clients including corporates and HNWIs, strategic advising in the implementation of projects, and actively pursues the acquisitions of new accounts globally.
Sorrel holds a Master’s in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action with specialisations in Migrations and the Middle East from Sciences Po Paris. She previously worked with Action Against Hunger UK, helping to manage evaluations across their international network as part of the Evaluation, Learning and Accountability team. She has additionally worked in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on issues of rights, development and education and with various refugee support organisations in France.
As a Consultant and PA’s M&E Technical Advisor, Sorrel supports a wide variety of clients, including major private and corporate foundations as well as international NGOs, in the definition and achievement of strategic objectives. She leads diverse M&E and action research missions, supporting clients to refine and adapt their intervention strategies to improve performance and impact. Sorrel’s expertise lies in designing and leading participatory studies, facilitating organisational learning and providing strategic recommendations. She also provides support to the wider PA team in the development of methodologies and tools, ensuring the mainstreaming of ‘Do No Harm’ approaches and safeguarding.
Madeleine holds a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Humanitarian Health and Health Policy. After an undergraduate degree in Political Science, Madeleine began working for a non-profit organisation focused on developing social enterprises. She then led the advocacy team at a national nonprofit that elevated women’s voices to the federal political level.
As a Consultant, Madeleine focuses on health projects, ranging from advising on programming for the WHO Foundation, to developing a strategy for the delivery of health services in post-conflict contexts, to the evaluation of public health programs. Madeleine has a particular interest in private-public partnerships and their role in the delivery of health services, and has accompanied several clients on this thematic.
Clients include Work Bank, WHO Foundation, UNICEF, the GAIN and Eurordis.
Analyst - Communication Officer
Financial Officer - Analyst
Ximena holds a double Master’s degree in Public Affairs and Finance. As a finance student, her social engagement led her to volunteer in social and development organizations in her hometown in Mexico as well as abroad. Ximena has professional experience in both the public and private sector. In the private sector, Ximena has previous work experience with consulting firms such as Deloitte and Grant Thornton, and private corporations such as Sonda, a publicly traded IT company in Chile. In the public sector, she worked for the Mexican Embassy in France, focusing on Human Rights and Multilateral Affairs, as well as a position at the Paris City Council developing international relations.
As an Analyst and Financial Officer at Philanthropy Advisors, Ximena is responsible for most of the administrative and financial aspects related to the projects and within the overall firm. Some of her functions include budget management, contracting and legal, among others. Ximena also balances a portion of her time directly supporting PA’s client portfolio in the development of their philanthropic ambitions.
Consultant - Switzerland
Alexa MacLean holds a Masters in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute (IHEID) specialising in finance and conflict with focused on innovative financing mechanisms in protracted settings. In addition, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree from McGill University in Political Science as well as a Post-Graduate Degree in Social Innovation Management from the Amani Institute in Brazil.
Prior to joining PA, Alexa was working for C2 Montreal, a a global business event founded by Cirque du Soleil which explores the intersection between creativity and commerce to foster innovation. Alexa has worked with companies across industries on positioning their thought leadership and her passion for social impact allowed her to develop a network of partners advancing social and environmental objectives in North America, the Middle East and Africa.
As a Consultant at PA, Alexa has managed a number of clients in evaluating their programmes and developing new strategies for resource mobilisation and capacity building including the Global Logistics Cluster, the World Food Programme, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Bank and the WHO Foundation.
Lara has three years of professional experience in the fields of international development, corporate sustainability and philanthropy and holds a MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, U. of London). Starting at GCERF, an international organisation working at the nexus of security and development, Lara managed compliance and risk management projects at Secretariat and grantees levels. She then joined B Lab to engage the Swiss private sector and accompany companies in measuring their social and environmental impact with the B Corporation Certification. Committed to social impact, Lara has in parallel been engaged in philanthropic activity since 2016 when she co-founded an NGO in Tanzania working on issues of childcare and education.
As a Consultant at Philanthropy Advisors, Lara supports a range of clients from individuals, I/NGOs, foundations to corporates in defining and implementing the strategies and processes to achieve their philanthropic and socially responsible objectives.
Consultant - Switzerland
After experiences in the field of human rights working for an NGO in Hong Kong and at the UNHCR in Switzerland, Céline has worked in philanthropy and corporate responsibility in the banking sector in Geneva for three years. There, she took part in the corporate foundation partnerships as well as their monitoring and evaluation. She also participated in creating and implementing a CR strategy to accompany the corporation in transitioning towards a more sustainable model, including topics such as environmental footprint, stakeholders engagement and responsible investments.
In parallel to her professional and student activities, Céline has long been volunteering for NGOs promoting refugee rights and humanitarian law.
Céline holds a MA in Public Administration from the University of Geneva and a certificate of the European Masters of Public Administration Consortium for her specialization in Social Policy and Social Innovation at Sciences Po Paris.
Analyst - Paris Office
Quitterie holds a Master’s in Social Policy, Development and NGOs from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a Bachelor’s in Global Health and Social Medicine from King’s College London. She has two years of experience in strategy and management consulting, in firms such as Ernst & Young (EY) and Eurogroup Consulting, working for both the public and private sector. Quitterie has also worked in the development field, for international organisations and international NGOs, in post-emergency contexts as well as on long-term social needs in Europe (e.g. refugee camps in Greece), Asia (e.g. education in Hong Kong and post-typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines), North Africa (e.g. development projects in Morocco) and North America (healthcare and post-hurricane Sandy in the United States).
As an analyst at Philanthropy Advisors, Quitterie is in charge of developing proposals, designing methodologies and tools, conducting strategy missions, research and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) assignments, using mixed methods approaches. She works for a diverse range of clients, including humanitarian NGOs, international NGOs, international organisations, development agencies, foundations and companies.
Analyst - Paris Office
Leila holds a Master’s in International Development from Lund University in Sweden. In addition, she earned a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Public Law and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toronto. Before joining PA, she worked with Mercy Corps in London where she supported the development of their Program Management curriculum. She has expertise on issues linked to civil society, democratization and Human Rights from professional experiences in local and international organizations in the Middle East & North Africa region. She also served as the coordinator of programs for the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) in their Tunisia and Libya regional office.
As an Analyst at Philanthropy Advisors, Leila is in charge of developing proposals, designing methodologies and tools, research and monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) assignments. She works for diverse range of clients including NGOs, development agencies, foundations and private companies.
Zineb EL OUASSINI
Junior Consultant - Geneva
Ethic and Harmony: By definition, philanthropy needs to respect human dignity and strive to maximize the positive impact on the lives of the beneficiaries
High Standards: It is a moral requirement for a humanitarian project to be well managed, transparent and accountable
Excellence: Achieving excellence is a mark of respect to both donors and beneficiaries
Independence: We remain independent and neutral, to ensure that our actions are effective and focused on improving the well-being of the beneficiaries
Responsible Actions: Our actions are carried out with respect to the environment and the local social and cultural contexts in which we operate