Olly Donnelly

Chief Executive, Shivia

Olly founded Shivia in December 2007 and has been the Chief Executive since 2010. Shivia empowers the poorest to create livelihoods, boost income and inspire permanent change.  Prior to Shivia, Olly worked at Accenture Strategy in London and the World Bank in Washington DC. At the World Bank, she was awarded the World Bank Youth Innovation Fund.  Olly has an MSc (Distinction) and MA Geography (First Class Honours) both from Oxford University. She based her undergraduate and Masters theses on issues affecting the poor of West Bengal, India. She has travelled extensively over the last 15 years both in India and Nepal and has much experience working with NGOs and charities.  She sits on the board of the charity MAITS; her Oxford College Committee, St Edmund Hall; her school Alumnae Committee, St Mary’s Ascot. Olly previously sat on the International Committee for Leonard Cheshire International and the board of Moonpig Foundation. She is the UK Ambassador for the NGO, BASE, working with very poor communities in West Nepal and is also heavily involved with the foster home, Familia, in West Bengal. . In 2014, Olly was awarded “Women of the Future, Community Spirits” and in 2009, she was selected as one of Management Todays “35 women under 35”.

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