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Lisa Philp, based in Abu Dhabi and New York, serves as the Senior Advisor for Foundation Center (, the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. In this role, she connects donors with data, research, and technology to encourage more strategic and collaborative giving.

Lisa previously served as Managing Director and Global Head of Philanthropic Services for the J.P. Morgan Private Bank, where she supported over $100 million in annual grantmaking by client foundations. Prior to this, she was Program Officer for Youth Development and Education at The Robin Hood Foundation and Director of Communications and Government Relations at Philanthropy New York.

Lisa’s leadership in philanthropy includes past positions as Chair of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Vice Chair of The New York Women’s Foundation, and board member of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families. She earned an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and received her B.A. in Asian studies and economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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Siham Nuseibeh is a certified human rights and labor auditor with 10 years’ experience in the non-profit and private sectors. She currently works as an External Relations Analyst for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Geneva on issues pertaining to human rights, sexual reproductive health and rights, gender-based violence and harmful practices. She spent the previous five years in the private sector as a labor auditor and trainer specializing in migrant labor and human trafficking issues in the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific regions. Prior to that, she spent time working and researching with various non-profit organizations in Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt with refugees, disadvantaged children, and in the field of corporate social responsibility more generally.

She obtained her BSc from Boston University in Journalism, and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.