Clare Woodcraft

Founder and Executive Director, Woodcraft Associates Inc., France

Clare Woodcraft is the founder and executive director of Woodcraft Associates Inc., a boutique consultancy advising corporations and foundations on how to maximize their social impact. She is the former CEO of Emirates Foundation, where she led the organization's transition from a traditional grant-making entity into one pioneering venture philanthropy in the region. Prior to that, Clare served as the deputy director of Shell Foundation, where she was responsible for building its thought leadership platform to promote a 'paradigm-shift' in the sector from traditional grant making to hybrid financing tools, headed up the social investment communications portfolio of Royal Dutch Shell in the Middle East and North Africa, and led Visa International's social investment programs in emerging markets. She has served on multiple boards and was elected the chair of the Arab Foundations Forum, a regional network of foundations in the Arab world. During this role, she was instrumental in creating a youth coalition initiative, which aims to unite the enterprise ecosystem in the Arab world and support job creation and access to finance for start-ups. She is a regular speaker in public forums about the role of philanthropic capital in job creation and supporting social enterprises. She is a British national, a fluent Arabic and French speaker, and has an MSc in development from the London School of Economics.


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