International NGO Conference – 8 November 2017

3 Oct, 2017

The INGO Conference 2017 took place 8 November 2017, we hope you were able to join us and if you wish to register your details for our 2018 event, please click on the register button.

This year’s annual conference marks our 10th year discussing the important emerging and contemporary issues affecting INGOs. We have secured an exciting set of speakers who will cover a range of thought-provoking topics appealing to Trustees, chief executives, finance directors, programme directors and internal auditors. Additionally, we will have sessions led by specialists from our VAT, corporate tax and expatriate tax teams during break times.

Speakers and topics 2017

Pesh Framjee

  • Involved in the Non Profit Sector, both professionally and as a volunteer, for over 30 years.
  • Writes and lectures internationally on matters facing the sector. Joint author of Charities – The Law and Practice. Written a book on Charity Trading and has much experience of governance, resource mobilisation, tax matters, risk management, performance measurement and knowledge management.
  • Previously Finance Director of a major international charity and worked in the field with other INGOs.
  • Pesh also provides training and capacity building at conferences and workshops worldwide. Also worked with charities providing consultancy and research services, including experience of costing for contracts and grants.

Topic: Setting the scene

Purpose of the conference and an introduction to the speakers. This session will also include an overview of the emerging issues INGOs are currently facing.CCW-logo

  • Mike has overall responsibility for financial management, people management, infrastructure (IT and premises) and governance, legal & risk within Farm Africa.
  • With over ten year’s experience in senior positions working for innovative, Africa-focused charities and social enterprises including Riders for Health, Promoting Equality in African Schools and the Africa Governance Initiative. Mike is a qualified Chartered Accountant, having trained with KPMG. He is also a trustee of two other charitable organisations.

Topic: Leading across borders and cultures

  • David became Chief Executive at The Elders in October 2016, where he leads the Secretariat which supports the Elders’ work.  The Elders is an independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights, founded by Nelson Mandela and now chaired by Kofi Annan.
  • His previous roles were as Chief Executive of WWF-UK, Chief Executive of Transparency International based in Berlin, and Finance Director of Oxfam where he also headed up Oxfam’s operations in India. He originally trained with Price Waterhouse and 3i, and was subsequently FD of Field Group plc.
  • David is also a non-executive director of Drax Group plc, and a member of the Board of the International Integrated Reporting Council.

Topic: The world’s big problems – what  can / should INGOs do about them?

  • Kathy has held senior management roles at VSO, Scope and Healthwatch England –  launching a variety of intrapreneurial initiatives along the way.
  • She is currently helping Bond’s members to anticipate and adapt in a volatile and uncertain world. In this role she has pioneered new work on business model innovation in INGOs, and supported members to optimise their innovation efforts.
  • In 2011, Kathy was named one of the top 40 most influential international development leaders under 40 by sector website Devex. She is still (just) under 40.

Topic: Thriving inside the perfect storm: innovation for INGOs

  • Benedict is the new Head of DFID’s Civil Society Team which leads DFID’s policy on civil society and manages UK Aid Match, UK Aid Direct and UK Aid Connect.
  • He has previously worked on DFID’s governance and conflict policy, and on country programmes in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, India and the Balkans. Prior to DFID, he worked for the UN Development Programme in its policy bureau and Mexico office.
  • He has law degrees from King’s College, London and Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, and an LLM from the College of Europe, Bruges.

Topic: DfID and Civil Society: the Civil Society Partnership Review one year on.


Naziar Hashemi

  • Specialises in providing audit and advisory services to non profits.
  • Involved with a number of non-audit assignments ranging from risk and finance function reviews, systems, benchmarking and performance measurements and governance reviews.
  • Knowledge of institutional funding requirements producing reports for funders such as BUZA, CIDA, DfID, EU, NORAD, SIDA and USAID.
  • Often involved with a number of non-audit assignments for INGOs.

Topic: INGO survey results

An overview of the survey results highlighting key findings and themes. This will also draw on past survey results for year on year comparisons and patterns.CCW-logo

  • Tim is responsible for developing Humentum’s membership, strategic partnerships, and regional hubs in order to create an influential global network of those working to improve how organisations achieve social good. Before the merger of Mango with InsideNGO and LINGOs to create Humentum, Tim had been serving as Mango’s CEO since 2010.
  • He leads sector dialogues on financial management issues with NGOs, government, and other funders and coordinates senior finance networks as well as delivering consultancy on strategy development and value for money and designing capacity building projects. Tim has worked in NGOs for over 20 years.

Topic: Localisation – how do INGOs shift power and resources to local actor

  • Alia is responsible for analysing the interplay between economics and geopolitics at global and regional levels, and providing advice to government and private sector corporations.
  • Prior to IISS, Alia worked as Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa region at Barclays Bank, where she produced high quality economic and geopolitical analysis as well as investment advice, and represented Barclays in international fora.
  • She has co-authored several reports and publications, is a regular speaker in local, regional and international conferences, and her commentary has featured in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, Sky News, the BBC, Al Arabiya, CNBC Arabia, Sky News Arabia, Asharq Al-Awsat, Al-Iktissad wal-Aamal, and other regional and international outlets.

Topic: Global megatrends – implications and response


  • Rob Williams OBE is Chief Executive of War Child, the UK charity dedicated to supporting children affected by conflict. War Child promotes child protection, education and livelihoods in a range of countries affected by war including Afghanistan, Iraq and The Democratic Republic of Congo, helping children who have been abused, abducted, displaced or marginalised by conflict.
  • Previously in relief and development, Rob  worked for Save the Children, the British Red Cross and Concern Worldwide in Africa and Asia leading country programmes and also managing emergency response. In the UK he has been, at various times, Deputy Children’s Commissioner for England, Chief Executive of Bliss – the premature baby charity, and Chief Executive of the Fatherhood Institute.
  • Rob was awarded an OBE in December 2014, for services to protecting and improving the lives of children, including those affected by conflict overseas.

Topic: Growing a sustainable NGO in the UK



International Institute for Strategic Studies
Arundel House
13–15 Arundel Street
London WCR2 3DX
Start time: 9am | End time: 6pm

Our survey: Contemporary challenges facing INGOs

Questions touch on Brexit, structure, funding, internal capabilities and much more. Take part now.

Tax breakout sessions led by Crowe specialists

  • Employment Tax
    Susan Ball, Head of Employers Advisory
  • VAT update and recent case law
    Rob Warne, Head of VAT
  • Direct tax issues facing INGOs
    Paul Fay, Tax Partner
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