Alisha F. Miranda

Alisha F. Miranda has focused her career on helping innovative programmes build scale and become sustainable. She has been advising I.G. Advisors since its founding in 2011, joined the firm full-time in 2015 as Managing Director, and took the position of CEO in 2018. Alisha brings to the team over a decade of experience in CSR, philanthropy and women and girls related work. 

Previously, Alisha was the Director of TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation's global pro bono service that helps NGOs and social enterprises in over 170 countries access pro bono legal support. In her first 18 months at the organization, Alisha grew the network by over 100% and launched two new products: a global index of pro bono and a training course on social enterprise and impact investing. She also managed global community investment at Standard Chartered Bank, where she designed the global expansion strategy for the Goal programme which gives adolescent girls in urban slums access to critical life skills and knowledge like financial literacy and reproductive health through sport. Goal now runs in 21 countries, and is the largest corporate programme supporting adolescent girls.

Alisha is a co-founder of Not My Style, an app that tells you how much your favourite brands share about the women who make your clothes. She is a trustee of B Lab UK, and Women Win; previous trustee and advisory work includes Coin Street Community Builders, UK National Committee for UN Women, and the Global Reporting Initiative's gender working group on the G3 Guidelines. She received a Master's Degree in Gender, Development, and Globalisation from the London School of Economics, and graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Women's Studies.

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Carlos Miranda

Carlos is an entrepreneur passionate about business with purpose. His work focuses on helping charities and businesses scale their impact, whether it’s through providing strategic advice, or helping clients make better use of technology. Based in London, Carlos splits his time between three socially-driven organisations in various roles as Founder, CEO, and Chairman.

In 2011, Carlos founded I.G. Advisors. I.G. is a strategy consultancy that provides philanthropy, corporate impact, and fundraising advice. Since launching I.G., Carlos has advised a wide variety of philanthropists, foundations, companies, charities, and social enterprises. I.G.’s clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, and the Old Vic Theatre.

Carlos is also the Founder and Chief Executive of Social Misfits Media. Social Misfits advises organizations on how best to use social media to interact with those critical to their success. Social Misfits creates social media strategies for marketing, campaigning, and fundraising. The firm works with a range of businesses and charities including LinkedIn, Amnesty International and the Islamic Development Bank.

Driven by an interest in technology, Carlos understood the need for reliable, robust and practical digital support, tools, and expertise for beyond profit organisations. In 2016, he co-founded Lightful, a suite of social media publishing and fundraising tools. Lightful works with charities and social enterprises looking to scale their impact through the power of technology.

Carlos started his career as a major gifts fundraiser at the New York Public Library, and holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA from New York University. He is fluent in Spanish, an avid sci-fi fan, and father to very rambunctious boy-girl twins; Carlos failed to convince his wife of the benefits of naming them Luke and Leia.

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Juliet Cockram Agnew

Juliet Cockram Agnew's career has focused on connecting high impact social causes with those who have the resources to truly make a difference. Juliet has worked in the fields of international development and philanthropy for more than eleven years, in a variety of senior and leadership roles and settings. She has worked for individual philanthropists, foundations and financial institutions, as well as charities and social enterprises. Her experience is diverse, including the setting up and running of charitable foundations, private and corporate giving programmes; the management and growing of charities to achieve greater sustainability; and development of a philanthropy platform for a global wealth management bank.

Juliet was most recently a Director of UBS Philanthropy Services UK, where she advised UHNW and HNW clients of UBS on effective giving, developed global philanthropy solutions and connected high impact causes with donors. During this time, she managed innovative fundraising campaigns to leverage more than £6million into selected causes. After a year in post, this newly formed philanthropy service was nominated for two industry awards.

Previously, Juliet worked as Foundation Director for the emerging markets investment manager, Ashmore, where she developed the oversaw the company's global philanthropic strategy spanning charitable investments across 7 countries. Juliet is also a Director (trustee) of the Nationwide Foundation, an award-winning UK grant- making Foundation.

Juliet has Masters degrees from Oxford University and University College London, a Certificate in Grant-making, Philanthropy and Social Investment from Cass Business School and has undertaken field-based, Harvard Business School-led training in social enterprise.

In her spare time Juliet is a voracious traveller, foodie and yogi.

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Emily Collins-Ellis

Emily is a fundraising, philanthropy and communications specialist who joined I.G. from the youth mental health charity, Off Centre. Her experience centres on trust, foundation and major gifts fundraising, and editorial and digital communications. Since joining I.G. in 2015, Emily has worked across all three of the firm’s services, and managed many of its non-profit and fundraising clients. This has included advising, training and supporting a wide variety of philanthropists, foundations, companies, charities, and social enterprises, including Stonewall, UNICEF, ActionAid, UN Women, Comic Relief and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Her non-profit career has focused on mental health and human rights, most notably with Helen Bamber Foundation. As well as being a trustee for Walk A Mile in My Shoes, a mental health campaign, and sitting on the LGBT Consortium’s sustainable funding expert taskforce, she has been a LGBTQ and women’s rights campaigner, a trustee of LGBT mental health charity ELOP, & a non-executive director of the national higher education ombudsman, OIA HE. She mentors and volunteers for a number of small projects related to youth empowerment, LGBTQ rights & services, and refugee & asylum-seeking women. 

Emily is completing an MSc in Voluntary Sector Management at City, London University’s Cass Business School; and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Bangor University, where she was also involved in campaigning & representation work with the Students' Union. After graduating, her career continued in the same vein - facilitating campaigns, representation and student engagement - before she moved into charity work. Emily is passionate about intersectional gender equality, human rights & anti-racism, and spends a borderline-unhealthy amount of time on Twitter talking about them. She is the only member of the team who does not drink coffee, and is often reminded of how absurd her independence from caffeine is.

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Rachel Stephenson Sheff

Rachel is a dynamic development professional and creative producer, with a passion for intersectional politics. As a creative thinker, she believes firmly in the fusion of art and advocacy as a powerful force of social change, and in the platform of storytelling to inspire restorative action.

Since joining I.G., Rachel has worked extensively across all three of the firm’s services and managed its primary philanthropic clients. She is also the producer and voice behind I.G.’s podcast, What Donors Want (aka I.G.’s Roz from Frasier). While still a part of the team, Rachel’s primary place of work is I.G.’s sister company, Lightful – a creative technology consultancy that helps beyond-profits transform how they do digital. With her expertise of both the UK and US philanthropic marketplaces, Rachel advises Lightful’s client portfolio on how to build resilience and sustainability through their suite of bespoke products, and manages the many projects that sit between the two companies.

Previously, Rachel was a major gifts fundraiser in New York (the Metropolitan Opera, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Housing Works) – and has worked on everything from multi-million-dollar performing arts capital campaigns to community-based fundraising for HIV/AIDS. Her other hats include creative producer, and in 2015 she produced the hit show, pomme is french for apple, at The Public Theater in New York, which landed the number one slot on Time Out New York’s Hot List. 

Originally from Canada, Rachel graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she earned an honours BFA in Drama with Minors in Producing and Applied Theatre (now she MCs for Sofar Sounds to get her music fix). She approaches her work from an international perspective, and hopes to spend her life creating platforms for important voices to be seen and celebrated.

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Amy Whight

Amy is community programme specialist and multilinguist who has used her Spanish and Arabic language skills internationally to promote intercultural dialogue and exchange, and encourage community engagement. She brings frontline charity experience to complement her work fundraising for community projects, and overseeing grants programmes relating to education and research in the Middle East.

Prior to joining I.G., Amy worked at Paiwand Afghan Association, where she coordinated youth and mentoring services for young unaccompanied minors and refugees in London. Amy has extensive international experience, having worked with a number of charities in Latin America combatting social inequality. Amy also has a strong interest in environmental justice, and has conducted primary research on renewable energy use in Oman with the Anglo-Omani Society. 

Amy holds an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS, and a BA in Geography and Spanish Studies from Lancaster University. She has also attended intensive Arabic language courses at Middlebury Language School in USA, Sultan Qaboos College in Oman and at SOAS in the UK.

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Erin Niimi Longhurst

Erin has been part of the Social Misfits Media team since May 2015. As Senior Manager, she leads on training and workshops and developing digital strategies and plans on behalf of clients.

Prior to starting at Social Misfits Media, Erin had been working in the world of digital content for leading digital agencies, responsible for creating and implementing successful integrated content, community management and social media strategies on behalf of global brands.

Erin brings to the team a strong international background in research, communications and media. Previously, she has worked in sponsorship team for a Premier League Football Club as a commercial analyst for the UK and Japanese markets, as well as for international non-governmental organisations.

As a graduate in Social Anthropology from the University of Manchester and a of United Nations International School in New York City. She is a fluent Japanese speaker, and in her spare time she is a food, travel and lifestyle blogger and published author.

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Hannah Donald

Hannah became part of the Social Misfits Media team as Junior Social Media Advisor in November 2016, having been a volunteer for Not My Style, an app that tells you how much your favourite brands share about the women who make your clothes since December 2015.

Prior to this she completed an undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Nottingham, and a postgraduate degree in Fashion Journalism at Kingston University; these fuelled Hannah’s interest in, and knowledge of, women’s rights and fashion.

Hannah went on to spend two years travelling, mostly around Australia, as well as Asia, before returning to London to work as a copywriter for an international fashion company. Hannah brings to the team extensive writing experience, strong commercial awareness, and driven by the ever changing digital world, as well as a keen interest in social enterprise.

In her spare time she can be found keeping up with all things sustainable fashion, getting her yoga zen on, or cooking up a veggie storm.

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