More to Wealth Countdown: The Philanthropic Panellists

people 06/09/2018

More to Wealth is a phrase that is used a lot here at Sandaire. Not only is it a term that has been used to head up our main client event each year, invoking curiosity and a deeper conversation into what the concept of wealth is, but it is also a phrase that we use internally to identify that the service we offer our clients can be far broader than simply just helping to manage their wealth.

Service excellence is something that is highly important to us. We make it a priority to find out what intrigues our clients and what is important to them, and set out each year with a goal – to deliver a ‘more than money can buy’ experience, to explore that phrase ‘More to Wealth’ and also give clients the opportunity to engage in an insightful discussion, to offer an opportunity and evening that they will not soon forget.

As it is just under one week and counting until the More to Wealth event this year at Kensington Palace, what better time than now to announce the line-up of Panellists. These individuals will appear alongside historian, Dan Snow and President of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Melissa Berman. Each of the speakers and panellists will be exploring Philanthropy, including what it would have meant to Queen Victoria in 19th Century Britain and, of course, what it means to them today, before opening up to what is sure to be a highly engaging Q&A with our clients and guests.

So, now for those all-important names –

Tracy Edwards

Tracy Edwards is a British sailor who, in 1989, skippered the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, becoming the first woman to receive the Yachtsman of the Year Trophy and was awarded an MBE honour. Since that time, Tracy has founded The Maiden Factor.

The Maiden Factor works with and supports a number of charities which fulfil the following criteria: Empower/teach/mentor girls and/or promote, facilitate, lobby for or provide solutions which enable the education of girls not currently afforded that basic human right.

Tracy founded The Maiden Factor in the process of rescuing her beloved yacht Maiden. In 2016 she decided she wanted to do more than just restore Maiden, she also wanted to make sure she was used for something special. Tracy is Patron of, fundraises for and supports a number of small but effective charities who facilitate the education of girls around the globe. For Tracy, the drive to get girls who are currently denied the basic right of an education into school, is particularly poignant as she was expelled from school at 15. She now knows what she gave away.

She also wanted to pay tribute to the late King Hussein I as a thank you for his role in getting Maiden to the start line 28 years ago. His Majesty has many wonderful legacies but his vision of the equality of women through the education of girls is close to Tracy’s heart and a perfect way for her to remember her friend.

With over 30 years’ experience creating and running sailing projects, Tracy will oversee the entire programme. She will skipper Maiden until she gets to Jordan when Maiden’s new up and coming female skipper will take over. Tracy will also work with HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein to make the vision a reality and get girls into school.

John Stone 

John Stone is the Chairman of The Stone Family Foundation and has enjoyed a long, successful career as an entrepreneur in the financial services sector. In 1991, he founded a pan-European wealth management business, Lombard International. On the acquisition of this business in 2005, he established a charitable trust and after testing a range of opportunities to support international NGOs operating in microfinance, education and WASH, decided to focus on the WASH (water, sanitation, hygiene) sector, in particular to finance social enterprises and other market based solutions.

The trust also supports charities focused on disadvantaged youths and mental health in the UK.

In addition to the charitable work that John does, he also continues in business as the Chairman of Blevins Franks, a wealth management business specialising in advice to British expatriates in Europe.

Myriam Vander Elst

Myriam Vander Elst is a social-good advocate and an expert in impact-oriented philanthropic strategies. A graduate of the London School of Economics and of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, Myriam spent 15 years in the private sector as a communications and brand strategist for world leading agencies such as BMP-DDB and Dentsu where she led the communications strategy of several global brands, and she truly found her calling in helping social and community causes find a voice.

Born as the 6th generation of a large industrialist family in Northern France, a region socially and economically affected by the recessions of the 1970s and 1990s, Myriam experienced the gap between the comfortable environment she was growing up in and the impoverished world of surrounding working classes. Distress and need were present in her home where runaway prostitutes, alcoholic uncles and battered women would find refuge, and Myriam grew in that vivid environment where philanthropy was a joy experienced not in figures but in gestures. That childhood built the roots of the inspiring, purpose-driven advocate she is now.

A frequent public speaker, Myriam is often invited to articulate the challenges that women and children experience and to present proven approaches to alleviate those injustices. Recent engagements include the Global Investment Forum (Geneva, 2017), Traveller Made Forum (Deauville, France, 2017), ACE Africa (2017), the ClearView Family Conference (2017), the 4th European Family Wealth Forum (London, 2017), ChangeNOW Summit (Paris, 2017) or Campden Wealth (London, 2017).

In 2015 Myriam joined Epic, a global non-profit start-up which provides solutions to make giving the norm, as head of European operations for their offices in London, Paris and Brussels.

Working closely with Epic’s Founder and CEO, the French serial entrepreneur Alexandre Mars, Myriam leverages impact and giving solutions for individuals and corporations to support high-impact social organizations. Known as the Epic Portfolio, that highly-vetted selection of organizations tackles youth and children issues globally. With these solutions, Epic aims to disrupt the philanthropic market and provide a more transparent experience of giving.

We are delighted to have such an inspiring and varied panel and are looking forward to welcoming guests next Wednesday 12th September at Kensington Palace.

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