Director, Management Centre
Bernard Ross oversees the Management Centre, a global consultancy in the United Kingdom that helps organizations improve their performance. He is the author of six award-winning books on fundraising and social change. His most recent book, co-written by Omar Mahmoud, head of global knowledge at UNICEF International, is Change for Good – Using Behavioural Economics for a Better World. Ross has advised many leading international non-governmental organizations, including UNICEF, the United Nations Refugee Agency, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Médecins Sans Frontières. Recently he has raised money to refurbish France’s most famous monument, help a museum in Argentina to house the world’s largest dinosaur, and support efforts to save the last 800 great apes in Africa.
Director of Development
Doctors Without Borders USA
Thomas Kurmann has more than 20 years of fundraising experience. He joined Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2004 as communications and fundraising director of the Operational Center in Switzerland and later became fundraising director in Germany. He assumed his current role in 2013. Before joining MSF, Thomas was communications director at Terre des hommes, a children's aid foundation. Thomas teaches classes on fundraising strategy and strategic management at academic institutions in Switzerland and frequently speaks at international conferences. Previously, Thomas was as a freelance journalist, worked in public relations, and was a dramaturg for a small theatre.
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Nicole Wallace is a senior editor focused on innovation in the nonprofit world. She has written about charities’ use of data to improve their work and to boost fundraising, advanced technologies for social good, and hybrid efforts at the intersection of the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, such as social enterprise and impact investing. Before joining The Chronicle in 1996, she worked at the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs and served in the inaugural class of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps.