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International Development Research @ Cambridge



Clare Woodcraft is Executive Director of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy (Judge Business School), dedicated to enhancing the impact of strategic philanthropy within and from global growth markets through a combination of rigorous research, executive education and the convening of diverse voices.

Clare’s current work in advancing actionable knowledge to catalyse greater philanthropic impact from the world’s fastest growing regions draws on over 25 years of experience working in the field of socio-economic development – namely as the former CEO of Emirates Foundation and Deputy Director of Shell Foundation.

Her particular commitment to the North-South paradigm shift in the philanthropic sector has the potential to positively impact to the lives of the world’s poorest 3 billion people by changing the power dynamics that influence the allocation and disbursement of philanthropic capital.

Clare’s motivation to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals through the participation in Cambridge Global Challenges stems from her long held belief that only with less global inequality can the world develop truly sustainable models of socio-economic progress that move away from simple growth metrics to those focused on well-being, diversity and inclusion and influence over policy-making.

Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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