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 worked with 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 helps organizations 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. Social Misfits is a member of The Brewery, parent company of global communications agency freuds.

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 2014, 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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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. Emily also regularly speaks at events and conferences on fundraising, social impact and philanthropy, including with the Institute of Fundraising, SOFII, Ask Direct’s Fundraising Summer School, and I.G.’s own event series at the Hospital Club.

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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Jasmine Awad

Jasmine is a multi-cultural and multi-language professional with a wealth of entrepreneurial skills gained from working and volunteering in start-ups and social enterprises. She has built her experience working at an innovative soft-drinks start-up, whilst developing partnerships and driving social impact in a number of other areas. These include fields such as women’s financial inclusion, responsible tourism & homelessness, refugee & entrepreneurship, and environmental sustainability.

Jasmine is one of the Directors of Unseen Tours, an award-winning social enterprise that coaches homeless and formerly-homeless individuals to lead walking tours around London. The organisation’s aims are to challenge perceptions of homeless people, and to provide empowering, meaningful work for and with vulnerably-housed individuals.

She is also a launch mentor at The Entrepreneurial Refugee Network (TERN), a pioneering new social enterprise that supports and empowers refugees in the UK to realise their potential, fulfil their aspirations and develop their own businesses. Currently, Jasmine is supporting a refugee-entrepreneur through strategic business coaching to secure funding and launch his cold pressed juice business in London.

Jasmine holds an MSc in Development Economics from SOAS, and a BA in Languages and Cultural Mediation from the University of Milan and Paris 8. She has also attended courses in Cairo, Egypt and Anchorage, Alaska. She speaks Italian, French, Arabic and Spanish.

 Despite her intensive volunteering habit, she still manages to find some spare time to play squash, dance salsa and travel.

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Emma Nilsson

Emma joined the team in 2019 as Office Manager and PA to the CEO. She is responsible for coordinating calendars across the team, liaising with clients and ensuring a smooth running of the office. Emma brings in experience from a variety of fields, having worked in a wide range of industries including Health Care, Financial Services, Sales and Marketing, Education and Farming. She is fluent in Swedish and English.

Before I.G. Emma was working as a PA in a private school where she developed and implemented new structures to the business and extra-curricular programs, as well as organising the Senior Leadership Team and helping students with First Aid related queries.

 She spent her early twenties indulging in foreign cultures, jumping off cliffs, airplanes and bridges ‘Down Under’, diving the deep seas off the Asian coast, and working to gain a first-hand understanding of the unique development needs around the world. Now, (literally) having her feet back on the ground, she is focusing her attention on developing strategies and improving systems to facilitate I.G.’s continued growth and impact.

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