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Join us for a series of online events bringing together the voices of business, industry and philanthropic sectors to discuss how to build resilience for the world’s most vulnerable people and shift towards a more sustainable future.

Image caption: H.E. Yamina Karitanyi, High Commissioner of Rwanda with Maurice Kwizera, WaterAid Country Director for Rwanda, and Dan Jones from WaterAid UK at the WaterAid Water and Climate Summit in London, Spring 2020.

We’d love for you to join the conversation to explore the changes created by the global Coronavirus pandemic, and look to the future in this era of digital engagement.

These will be a mixture of live webinars*, and virtual events and podcasts for you to listen to at your leisure.

See below for details of upcoming events and to register your interest.

What's on

Podcast: How philanthropy can help the world face change head-on – the role of high-value giving during a crisis

Available from: 10am, 30 July from

The crisis of COVID-19 in 2020 has pressed fast-forward on so many of the already burning questions facing philanthropists. How can they free-up funding and in what way can their support help the organisations on the frontline of this crisis? How can charities help philanthropists to understand how this support helps in the short-term and also for long-term systemic change? What do charities need to understand about the changes happening in wealth management? 


In Conversation speakers

Jacqui Lazare (left)
Senior Associate at Clarke Willmott LLP

Jacqui has over 13 years’ experience in High Net Worth UK-based tax and estate planning. With particular experience in wills, trusts and their administration Jacqui also advises philanthropists and their charities. Jacqui is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and belongs to the Charity Law Association.

Katie Hillitt (right)
Head of Philanthropy at WaterAid UK 

Katie leads a team of 12 to develop transformational partnerships with philanthropists, trusts and foundations, towards the vision of achieving universal access to safe water and sanitation by 2030.

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Podcast: One crisis, but no single answer – learning from different countries’ responses to COVID-19 as the pandemic keeps unfolding

Available from: 10am, 28 August from

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected communities across the world, but while there have been lots of shared experiences, there certainly isn’t a one-size-fits-all response for those organisations trying to mitigate and respond to this crisis. As the epicentre of the outbreak has shifted from Europe to South East Asia and the Americas, what are charities doing to help communities prepare?  

Join us in this podcast as we hear from WaterAid whose federation supports 28 countries across the world. Without a vaccine, what are the most effective measures that can be implemented quickly to protect those hardest to reach? And what part can clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene play in mitigating this and future shocks?

Speakers to be announced soon

Live webinar: WaterAid Presents: How can we build back better after the coronavirus pandemic?

Date: 17/09/2020
Time: 5:30-7pm

This event will explore the change created by the global coronavirus pandemic, exploring the current thinking and long-term planning from business and international organisations on how they are adapting and building resilience to similar risks in the future. This event will explore questions such as:

  • How has business as usual changed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak?
  • How have business operations and strategies changed?
  • What has been the impact on supply chains?
  • What is the role of sustainability as business consider their new normal?
  • How can business build their resilience against future crisis?
  • What is the role of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in businesses long term risk assessment for businesses?

Speakers to be announced soon

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that all live webinar sessions will be recorded for our records and to share with individuals who are not able to join. By joining these webinar sessions, you are automatically consenting to such recordings. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

Podcast: The future of Philanthropy after COVID-19 – has the landscape of major giving changed forever with healthcare at its heart?

Available from: 10am, 22 September from

We know modern philanthropy around the world is changing. In part this is due to COVID- 19 as well as other outbreaks creating major financial shocks over the past decade. Philanthropists are becoming more involved in their financial giving, being more reactive which influences the causes they support. The next generation of philanthropists will therefore reflect a new set of values and come to their giving with a vastly different set of expectations than those before. What role will health play, and what part for all the work that enables the delivery of healthcare for all, such as water, sanitation and hygiene?


Natalie Pinon, Director of Development at National Philanthropic Trust UK

Natalie Pinon
Director of Development at National Philanthropic Trust UK (NPT-UK)

Natalie Pinon has over 15 years’ extensive experience working with philanthropist and impact investors to manage their giving. With a background in international development, where she worked for the United Nations Secretary General’s office and later the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Natalie also holds a BSc from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

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