More to Wealth Lecture 2018

People Dan Snow 24/07/2018
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Taking place at The Pavilion, Kensington Palace, we present an evening dedicated to philanthropy, hosted by historian Dan Snow and Melissa Berman, President of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Queen Victoria’s childhood home provides the backdrop for this very special More to Wealth event.

Dan Snow discovers the woman behind the crown, contemplating the meaning of wealth to Queen Victoria, whilst considering philanthropy in 19th Century Britain.

Dan will be followed by Melissa Berman, who will reflect on the Rockefeller Family’s approach to philanthropy and talk to a guest panel about their own unique experiences.


Dan Snow

Dan Snow is a historian, broadcaster and television presenter. He was born and raised in London, and remembers spending every weekend of his childhood being taken to castles, battlefields, country houses and churches. He developed a great love of history which he went on to pursue at Oxford University. While there he also rowed in the Boat Race three times.

He left Oxford and immediately started presenting military history programmes with his father, Peter Snow. Their series, Battlefield Britain, won a BAFTA award. He went on to make programmes around the world on a range of historical topics. He has told the story of the Terracotta Army and creation of China, Montezuma in Mexico, the rise of the British Empire, he has looked for previously undiscovered Roman remains in North Africa and the Balkans, and recently he travelled to warzones in Syria and the Congo to explore how their past has shaped their present conflicts.

He has a regular slot on the ONE show on BBC1 and is also part of the BBC Events team presenting anniversary programmes commemorating the end of World War Two in 2005, Trafalgar, the Falklands War in 2007, and recently the ‘Dambuster Raid’.

He has written or contributed to several books including ‘Death or Victory;’ the story of the siege of Quebec in 1759, and ‘Confusion of Command’ in which he published his great grandfather’s war diaries. Dan runs the History Hit podcast, Britain’s top history podcast and has recently started a new TV channel,

Melissa Berman

Melissa Berman is the President of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an innovative nonprofit philanthropy service launched by the Rockefeller family in 2002. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ mission is to help donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy throughout the world. RPA develops strategic plans, conducts research, manages foundations and trusts, structures major gifts, coordinates donor collaboratives, and provides regranting and fiscal sponsorship services. RPA also publishes, convenes and speaks about innovations in thoughtful, effective philanthropy. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors annually manages or facilitates over $250 million in giving to more than 25 countries. It has offices in New York, San Francisco, Chicago and London.

Melissa has led Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors since its inception, building it into one of the world’s leading philanthropic advisory, grantmaking, research and project management services. Under her leadership, RPA developed and published the “Philanthropy Roadmap” series of donor guides with support from the Gates Foundation. She developed and leads RPA’s research initiative, “The Theory of the Foundation,” and is the author of multiple reports in that initiative.

A frequent speaker, Melissa has been a guest lecturer at universities across the U.S., Europe and Asia including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Duke, IMD (Lausanne), Oxford, Sun-Yat Sen, and Beijing Normal universities. As a widely-recognized expert in philanthropy, Melissa has been profiled in the New York Times and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Recent articles she has authored appeared in the Foundation Review and in the International Family Offices Journal. Her ideas and views are featured in the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. She has been interviewed on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, NPR, BBC Radio, CNBC-TV, and Bloomberg TV.

An adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Business School, Melissa is also a director/trustee of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Adrian Brinkerhoff Foundation and the Foundation Center. She serves on the Advisory Boards of the Marshall Center for Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia University.

Melissa holds a B.A. from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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