Governance

Meet our board:

The Dafne Board of Directors is responsible for making policy and activity proposals to the membership, setting the agenda for the ongoing year and overseeing the implementation of a work programme, overseeing and monitoring the Dafne budget as well as supervising the Executive Director. 

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Carola Carazzone chairs the Dafne board. She  is Secretary General of Assifero, the Italian membership association of family,  corporate and community grant-making foundations, since 2014. She moved to the philanthropy sector after fifteen-year professional experience in 18 countries, working with civil society for the promotion and protection of human rights, at both national and international level. She is an Italian lawyer specialised in human rights at the René Cassin International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She serves as Advisory Board Member of Ariadne, the European network of funders for social change and human rights, as Member of the Experts’ Reflection Group of ECFI, European Community Foundations Initiative, as Member of the Alliance Magazine Editorial Board, and of Ashoka Italy’s Advisory Committee. In 2017 she was a Senior Fellow with the Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the City University of New York. Read our most recent interview with Carola Carazzone here.

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Magdalena Pekacka is the Executive Director of Polish Donors Forum the country’s only platform for emerging private donors. She has been working in Forum since 2006. She holds a Master of Sociology in NGO Management from the Institute of Applied Social Science at Warsaw University. In 2018 she was a Senior Fellow with the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the City University of New York. Her main areas of expertise are foundation management, data and research as well as legal and fiscal environment. She initiated and ran several programmes aimed to increase organisational philanthropy in Poland and contributed to the development of a more favourable legal environment for the operation of NGOs. Read our interview with Magda Pekacka here.

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Jean-Marc Pautras has been the Executive Director of Centre Français des Fonds et Fondations, an association gathering over 320 French funds and foundations, since June 2019. He studied Economics at the University of Reims and Hasselt (Erasmus) and passed the “cycle des hautes études européennes” diploma of l’ENA, the French National Administration School. Prior to his role at CFF, he was Managing Director of the non-profit department at the French bank Crédit Coopératif between 2004 and 2019. Read our interview with Jean-Marc Pautras here.

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Carol Mack is the Chief Executive of ACF, the UK-wide membership association for foundations and grant-making trusts. ACF’s mission is to support foundations to be ambitious and effective in the way that they use their resources for social good. Its 400 plus members include family trusts, corporate foundations, and independent grant-makers, who collectively support a wide range of charitable causes. Carol has led ACF for four years, having worked in the foundation sector for over a decade, and is a trustee of the National Emergencies Trust and Chair of the Wales Funders Forum. Her professional experience includes national policy formulation at the Charity Commission for England & Wales and working in a small neighbourhood mediation charity, having begun her career in business. She has also served as Vice Chair of Tree Aid and on the funding panel and audit committee of Victim Support. In her spare time, she enjoys learning Welsh in order to keep up with her bilingual daughters. Carol was awarded an OBE for services to charity in the Queen’s New Year honours list 2021. Read our interview with Carol Mack here.