Olly Donnelly: Trustee (Founder & CEO)

Appointment date: May 2008

Olly was appointed CEO in September 2010 and drives Shivia’s overall strategy and fundraises to support our operations in India. Prior to Shivia, she worked at Accenture Strategy in London and the World Bank in Washington DC where she was awarded the World Bank Youth Innovation Fund.

Olly has an MSc (Distinction) and MA Geography (First Class Honours) both from Oxford University. She based her undergraduate and Masters theses on issues affecting the poor of West Bengal, India. She has travelled extensively over the last 18 years both in India and Nepal and has much experience working with NGOs and charities.  She sits on the board of the charity MAITS and on the Committee of her Oxford College, St Edmund Hall. Olly previously sat on the committee for Leonard Cheshire International; St Mary’s Ascot School Alumnae Committee and the board of Moonpig Foundation. She is the UK Ambassador for the NGO, BASE, working with very poor communities in West Nepal and is also heavily involved with the foster home, Familia, in West Bengal.

Awards: 2009: selected as one of Management Todays ‘35 women under 35’; 2014: ‘Women of the Future, Community Spirits’ award; 2015: selected for Financial News Extra Mile 40 List; 2016: selected for St Edmund Hall Oxford 35 ‘Women Inspire’ Collection.



Meet some of our farmers



Kalyani is 30 and married with two children aged 8 and 10 years. She started her poultry enterprise with Shivia in May 2015 and since then…



Kamala is 36 and has three children, one of whom has a brain tumour. Her husband is a daily-wage labourer and prior to her poultry enterprise…



Akina is 50 and is married with seven daughters. She and her husband Hajrat used to work as agricultural labourers, earning about £1 each per…



Nishikanta is 45 and he registered for AMS in June 2014. He has a small plot of land, part of which he leases to another…

  • I have witnessed first-hand how Shivia has not just changed but transformed people's lives with its livelihood programmes.
    Yasmine Hilton
    Chairman of Shivia
  • Alquity supports Shivia because they transform lives by giving people the opportunity to do things themselves and they do it with dignity.
    Suresh Mistry
    Director, Alquity
  • We were thrilled to see the impact of the work being done and to meet the team on the ground. It was truly humbling to see the difference being made to so many people by this group of highly motivated and capable people.
    Stewart Brown
    Director, Artemis Investment Management LLP
  • We are excited to support such a strategically-minded and professionally run charity that is making a real and sustainable difference. The focus and design of the livelihood programmes are simple and highly effective – and the results speak for themselves.
    Lars-eric Roden
    Director, The T&J Meyer Foundation
  • Farming is my only source of income... I registered with Shivia to learn how to reduce my farming expenses and produce better quality outputs. I am definitely seeing good results compared to previous years and have learned how to make bio-pesticides.
    AMS farmer
    Familia location West Bengal

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