Beyond the Year of Giving

October 09, 2017 | Richard Kennedy

In 2017 the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan declared 2017 as the ”Year of Giving” to promote the culture of giving back to the community and this in a country that is already one of the most generous in the world.

We believe that as a community we can do even better and we should continue to build on this great initiative. On the 28th September 2017 in Abu Dhabi The Arab Foundations Forum (AFF), Innate Motion and INSEAD combined forces to bring the world of business, academia and NGO’s together for an exclusive event to explore new opportunities and hear from the best people in their respective fields:



We were joined by professionals across government, business, academic and NGO sectors for an engaging discussion on how to make giving more sustainable and the role of business in driving sustainable change.



Posted By Richard Kennedy

Richard has always sought the difficult over the easy where the outcome is for greater benefit. He empowers people to better themselves. His first career was running multi-million turnover restaurants, engaged to turn around underperforming sites. Seeking something with a greater social impact, Richard moved to Cape Town with his wife and baby to study for an MBA with a focus on social enterprise. Richard completed his MBA at London Business School and then joined a pioneering social enterprise providing strategic capital and support to leading social enterprises in the UK. After six years he moved to The Young Foundation as interim Director of Ventures supporting early stage social enterprises and shortly after, became Managing Director at FINCA UK, part of the global FINCA micro-finance network. Richard is also chair of the board for Social Value UK and co-chair of Social Value International which are dedicated to changing the way society accounts for value. Guided by his faith and grounded by his wife and four children, he strives to make charities and social programmes more sustainable and business more socially impactful.

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