Andrew joined Community Foundations Canada in 2013 and became CEO in 2017, following a six-year tenure as Vice-President of Finance for the London Community Foundation and his long-standing service as a finance and regulatory expert for Canada’s philanthropic milieu. Now at the head of the community foundation movement, Andrew is working closely with the Community Foundations of Canada Leadership team, Board and foundations in Canada and abroad to help the philanthropic sector transform, innovate and meet the new challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. An increasingly active public speaker, Andrew is helping raise awareness for how the philanthropic sector’s convening power, leadership and action around targets such as the Sustainable Development Goals can help Canadian communities reach their full potential.
Outside of Community Foundations of Canada, Andrew has been highly active in the nonprofit community for 15 years, serving on numerous boards including Community Living London and Art for AIDS International. In 2014, he was appointed to the Board of the Southwest Local Health Integration Network by former Minister of Health, Deb Matthews. In 2015, he was among 250 selected emerging leaders to participate in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. He recently joined the Board of WINGS, the global network of grantmaker associations and philanthropic support organisations.
With a background in education in economics and commerce, Andrew obtained his chartered accountant designation in 2002 and began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a manager in the Assurance and Advisory Group.
Jaff Shen sees himself as a social entrepreneur, social innovation catalyst and market maker. After selling his company in 2002, he co-founded, grew and led Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation to catalyze social innovation and build the market for positive changes in China. Jaff has in ten years grew five social enterprises in a series. In 2013, he introduced SVP, a venture philanthropy model, to China. It opens up innovative ways to strengthen the financial market, energize the talent market, and enhance thought leadership in the field of social innovation.
Jaff brings robust strategic planning, vigorous board governance, and increasing social impact to Leping. It has become the umbrella organization for many social innovation ventures and initiatives, managing the largest investment portfolio of social enterprise in China. SVP model has so far drawn talents and resources in several cities across China to support the growth of high potential social purpose organizations in the local area. Recent initiatives including social innovation book series publication and social innovation curriculum development are also in good shape, as an effort to build thought leadership. Most recently, Jaff led the team to become the Chinese publisher of Stanford Social Innovation Review(SSIR). These accomplishments set precedents for the upcoming endeavors in China’s emerging field of social innovation.
In 2014, Jaff was honored Youth Leader of the Year by Southern People Weekly Magazine. He holds a B.A. in Oriental Studies and a law degree from Peking University.
Magdalena Aninat is founding director of the Center for Philanthropy and Social Investments at Adolfo Ibáñez University’s School of Government in Chile, the first academic center devoted to the research and promotion of a culture of private contribution to public goods in the country.
She is the author of diverse applied and academic studies about philanthropy and social investments, including the Chilean research for the Global Philanthropy Report from the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University and the 2018 Global Philanthropy Environment Index of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Magdalena has also led work tables to propose public policy changes to strengthen the Chilean donation system, while also teaching and writing for the media about philanthropy and social development. She has being honored as one of the 100 Female Leaders in 2016 (El Mercurio and Mujeres Empresarias).
Journalist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Master (c) in Project Evaluation and Administration from the Faculty of Engineering at Adolfo Ibáñez University, she also holds a Diploma in Administration specializing in Culture from Universidad de Chile and a Diploma in Impact Evaluation in Social Programs, Harvard Kennedy School. Her background includes working in public policy as senior advisor in the National Council of the Arts and Culture and in the private sector as an advisor for social investments.