Andrew Watt, Chair
Andrew Watt is the former president and chief executive officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the professional association of individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for nonprofit organisations. AFP is the largest community of fundraising professionals in the world. Mr. Watt joined AFP as vice president for international development in 2006 and was promoted to chief programs officer in 2008, where he led the Membership and Professional Advancement Divisions of AFP. He also served on the AFP Executive Team that was responsible for the day-to-day operational decisions of the association. From 1993-2005, Mr. Watt was employed by the Institute of Fundraising in the United Kingdom, a professional membership organisation for fundraising professionals. He has served as both a volunteer and board member of many nonprofit organisations. He is currently chairman of the American Friends of Winchester College and an adjunct faculty member of St. Mary's University of Minnesota where he teaches on the globalization of philanthropy.
Richard Cassell is a Partner at Withers, LLP. Mr. Cassell advises on US and international tax and trust and estate planning, with clients based in Europe and the US. He specialises in US tax strategies for individuals, international trusts and closely held business structures. Richard devotes a significant part of his practice to cross-border philanthropy and pioneered the use of dual qualified charitable structures. Mr. Casell was educated at University College London and qualified as a solicitor before moving to the US and attending the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has practiced in Washington DC and London. He is admitted as a solicitor in England, as a member of The District of Columbia and US Tax Court Bars. He is recommended in the Citywealth Leading Lawyers List 2014.
Tony Hopson is a partner of the Buzzacott, heading up the Expatriate Tax Services team and dually qualified in US and UK tax. He has many years experience dealing with the issues faced by American’s overseas including FBAR reporting, possible expatriation, efficient investing for US tax purposes, tax treaty issues, controlled foreign corporation (CFC) ownership, settlors and beneficiaries of foreign trusts. Mr. Hopson is an active member of the London European American Tax Institute and British American Business Tax Forum and has attended the US IGAF Conference annually since 2002.
Clare Woodcraft is the former CEO of Emirates Foundation, the national foundation of the United Arab Emirates focused on youth development and venture philanthropy. She was also concurrently the Chair of the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF), a regional professional philanthropic association seeking to drive greater social impact. Prior to this, she served as the Deputy Director of Shell Foundation, a pioneer in venture philanthropy and angel investing in social enterprises. This followed a career at Royal Dutch Shell where Ms. Woodcraft managed the social investment portfolio of the company for over 14 markets in the Arab world. She earlier served as the Head of Public Affairs for Visa International working with governments in emerging markets to promote the use of electronic payments to drive sustainable socio-economic development. Woodcraft speaks and writes regularly on issues related to social enterprises and the paradigm shift in philanthropy. She is currently on the advisory board of Operation Hope, a US-based organization seeking to promote financial inclusion globally, the advisory board of the UK’s University of Salford and the advisory board of UC Berkeley’s AMENA (Asia, Middle East and North Africa) Center for Entrepreneurship and Development. Ms. Woodcraft has a BA in Arabic and French and an MSc from the London School of Economics in Development.
Joanne Yoo is a senior executive at Development Partners International (DPI), a leading Pan African private equity firm. Prior to DPI, Ms. Yoo was most recently a Managing Director and Partner with CBO Investment Management, a West Africa focused private equity firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. Ms. Yoo was previously the Managing Director and a co-founder of Watermark Alternative Investment Management, a private investment firm based in New York. Prior to Watermark, Ms. Yoo served as a Senior Investment Officer for the New York Common Retirement Fund (CRF). She began her career in the Financial Institutions Group at Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup). Ms. Yoo is Co-Founder of the Africa Alternative Investment Intensive; Co-Founder of the Council of Urban Professionals; and Co-Founder of the Private Equity Women Investor Network (PEWIN). She is also an Advisor to the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Alternative Investment Program. Ms. Yoo received a B.S. in Commerce with concentrations in Finance and International Business from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia; a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard University; and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, where she was awarded a Morgan Stanley Fellowship.