Olly Donnelly: Trustee (Founder & CEO)


Appointment date: May 2008

Olly founded Shivia in 2008 and was appointed CEO in September 2010. She drives Shivia’s overall strategy and fundraises to support the operations in India. 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 travelled extensively in India and Nepal before joining the World Bank in Washington DC where she was awarded the World Bank Youth Innovation Fund. She returned to London to work for Accenture Strategy and started on her plan to launch Shivia.

Olly sits on the board of the charity MAITS and on the Alumnae Committee of her Oxford College, St Edmund Hall. She previously sat on the committees for Leonard Cheshire International, St Mary’s Ascot School Alumnae and the board of Moonpig Foundation. She was the UK Ambassador for the NGO, BASE, working with very poor communities in West Nepal and remains 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.

2018: in recognition of the National Year of Women, Olly was selected as one of 12 women to be displayed at the School of Geography and the Environment representing diversity of achievements among female alumnae.

olly@shivia.com

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Kalyani

I had no way of earning before Shivia introduced me to poultry farming. Now I am a full-time provider for my family and they are very proud of my achievement.…

Kamala

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    Director, Alquity
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    Director, Artemis Investment Management LLP
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    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.
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