What We Do
The Diversity Project Charity is a grant giving organisation. Our initial aim is to raise £2 million to help the charities who have been affected by the President’s Club disbandment, as well as some regional charities focussing on inclusivity. From 2020, we will support charities with social mobility, diversity and inclusivity aims.
VALUES AND Principles
The Charity’s grant-giving is guided by a set of values and principles that underpin the work that we do. We have a range of policies we aim to adhere to, such as grant giving, safeguarding and volunteer recruitment policies, which are available on request. Do contact us if you would like more information.
Diversity and Inclusion
We believe in empowering people by respecting and appreciating what makes them different, in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, education, thought and national origin.
We ensure we work in an open and honest manner; providing full information required for collaboration and cooperation.
We seek to act with integrity. Value privacy and confidentiality.
We believe in the value of working together and sharing ideas to produce the best results
We want to support and advance charitable causes within the UK and make a positive sustainable impact
We aim to include a diverse range of partners within the Financial and Professional sector to champion causes relating to the fulfilment of our mission. This may be through a variety of ways, including financial sponsorship or through creating a forum in which both institutions and individuals who wish to provide support may do so for the charities supported by TDPC.
Our Trustees come from diverse backgrounds, with a wide range of experience and expertise in the Corporate and Charity sectors.
I arrived in asset management when it was quite eccentric, in the very early 1980s, and in some ways more diverse than it is now. I was one of the founders of the Diversity Project and I was delighted to be asked to be the Chair of the Diversity Project Charity.
I have chaired organisations from a small youth charity in south Islington to a FTSE 100 company, and my responsibility is to support my fellow Trustees and volunteers to identify how we can make a real difference and then go ahead and make it.
Following the Army, I worked at Morgan Stanley in the Institutional Sales and Trading Senior Relationship Management (SRM) team covering institutional clients, before moving to Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM) Frostrow Capital in 2013 as part of the Fund Distribution Team. I continue to manage Fund Distribution for a range of FTSE 250 investment companies.
Outside of work, I enjoy travel, keeping fit and reading. I am also a Trustee of the Mark Evison Foundation (MEF). The MEF’s objective is to promote the personal development of young people through the undertaking of challenges and was founded in memory of Lieutenant Mark Evison, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009.
DIDI OGEDE EL-MAWAS
I am half Ghanaian and half Nigerian. I was born in London and spent my early years in Accra, Ghana. I went to Oxford University to study Theology and completed a Masters in Human Rights at UCL a few years later. For my Masters dissertation I conducted an extensive empirical study of disability rights implementation and monitoring in Ghana.
I have experience of delivering research, project and stakeholder management to a range of Charities and corporations, both in the UK and internationally. Generating insights and providing strategic advice for organizational/business development. During my career I have promoted diversity and inclusion especially in terms of ethnic, gender, disability and social-economic diversity; as well as providing advice for thought leadership development.
I am thrilled to be a part of the Diversity project charity, contributing and applying my varied experience of charity work, strategic planning and interest in social justice. I am passionate about breaking down barriers – promoting equal opportunities for all, celebrating difference and making a positive impact on society.
Jennifer has acted as a trustee director for both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes as well as for charity organizations.
Jennifer is an active member of the Diversity Project’s Neuroinclusion Committee.
Outside of the office, she is mummy to 2 wonderful autistic boys and spends as much time as possible in Ibiza, dancing for both therapy and fun.
Latifa Tefridj-Gaillard is a Managing Director at Digital Colony and is primarily responsible for Investor Relations and Capital Formation in Europe.
Ms. Tefridj-Gaillard joins Digital Colony after more than 16 years at Goldman Sachs in Global Markets & Investment Banking where she successfully led a number of European public and private transactions across asset classes with a focus on capital raising, structured financings, and hedging strategies. From 2004 to 2021, Ms. Tefridj-Gaillard held various positions at Goldman Sachs, including Managing Director, Head of U.K. Institutions Solution Sales from 2010 to 2021 and Executive Director, Cross-Asset Strategies for Pension & Insurance, Global Markets from 2008 to 2010. During her career at Goldman Sachs, Ms. Tefridj-Gaillard assisted and managed the formation of over $40 billion in funds across the capital structure, including over $5 billion for private debt strategies.
Ms. Tefridj-Gaillard earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Banking, Finance and Insurance from Paris IX Dauphine University and Master in Finance and Actuarial Science from ESSEC Business School in Paris. Ms. Tefridj-Gaillard is fluent in English, Arabic and French and she is passionate about ESG initiatives including climate change and diversity & inclusion.
I look forward to using my personal experience and professional expertise to help fund and progress The Diversity Project Charity initiatives.
Lee is the Chief of Staff at the Church of England Pensions Board during the day and an experienced trustee out of the office. He has recently stepped down as Chair of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation after eight years on the Board, and has served on several other boards including Ditch the Label and Children with Aids Charity. He was a co-founder of Stonewall and their first treasurer. He has also advised charitable boards on ways of working together both in the UK and the States.
Lee has regularly been named on the lists of inspirational LGBT senior executives working globally in the public and third sectors, has been a shortlisted nominee for Campaigner of the Year three times by the European Diversity Awards, and was shortlisted for a British LGBT Award as Inspirational Role Model.
I am half Dutch, half Austrian and obtained my international baccalaureate at a co-ed international school in Hilversum in the Netherlands before studying Economics and Law at Durham University. I am the first person in my immediate family to attend university and work in The City.
After having worked in the Investment and Savings Industry to over 10 years, I founded a marketing company specialising in marketing services for the Industry.
This is my first Trusteeship and as such I look forward to learning a lot, but more importantly will be working on developing fundraising strategies to raise funds that will make a real difference in people’s lives.
I have worked in wealth and asset management for over a decade, initially as an investment analyst and more recently in client relationship roles. I currently work in a client and business development role at Genesis Investment Management, a leading Emerging Markets investment boutique, with responsibility for developing the firm’s marketing strategy.
I am delighted to be able to contribute to the Diversity Project Charity as a Trustee. I am excited about helping the Charity raise funds so that it can support a growing number of diversity & inclusion initiatives. I believe the Diversity Project Charity can become the main organisation through which the investment industry supports charities with social mobility, diversity and inclusivity aims.
I very much hope that, over time, TDPC becomes the go to charity for the financial services industry to raise funds and support key diversity projects across the U.K.
She grew up in Italy and started her career in accounting, relocating to London in the early noughties to continue her career in Financial Services.
She has since served in a number of senior assurance roles in the City and when not at work she can be found walking her dogs, volunteering at St. Barts Hospital or tending to her tomato plants.