Harvard Social Enterprise Conference > The Future of the Humanitarian Funding Ecosystem

Alice Armanni Sequi

March 4, 2023 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Alice Armanni Sequi

Alice Armanni Sequi brings significant leadership experience in humanitarian financing given her role in overseeing OCHA-managed pooled funds, including the Central Emergency Response Fund and the Country-Based Pooled Funds. As Chief of OCHA’s Pooled Fund Management Branch, she oversees and ensures the effectiveness of the funds, which channel some $2 billion in humanitarian resources annually. In support of the Emergency Relief Coordinator, she sets the strategic positioning of the Funds and their overall policy direction.

Prior to her current appointment, Alice served as OCHA’s Head of Office in Ukraine and Chad, as Chief of OCHA’s Advocacy and Operations in Central and West Africa and as the Coordinator of the IASC Emergency Directors Group. Alice has a background in the private sector – in both investment banking and working with a corporate foundation – and spent five years at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Society, supporting humanitarian diplomacy, advocacy and resource mobilization.


Phyllis Kurlander Costanza

February 26, 2023 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Phyllis Kurlander Costanza

Phyllis has been delivering positive commercial impact and driving measurable change in society and the environment throughout her career.

She is the Co-Founder and President of OutcomesX which is creating a marketplace for social outcomes. This new company builds on her work at UBS, where she worked for 11 years as the CEO of UBS Optimus Foundation and more recently as Global Head of Social Impact. In her role as CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation, she overhauled the strategy, resulting in a 20x growth (from $10m to >$200m), and in the creation of the first Development Impact Bond in education.

Prior to UBS, she was an Executive Director and Board Member of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). For more than a decade, she also worked as a management consultant, focused primarily on health care, and served in the public sector advising New York State Governor Mario Cuomo on policy and politics in New York City.

She also serves as a Board Chair of Educate Girls USA, and Board Member of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Blue Earth Foundation (Switzerland) and the UBS Optimus Foundation UK. She is a Member of the Council of Foreign Relations, a Senior Advisor to the Education Outcomes Fund for Africa and the Middle East, and a Sorenson Global Impact Leader.


Martin Bratt

February 11, 2023 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Martin Bratt

Martin Bratt is the Senior Vice President for Awards Management at the International Rescue Committee. In this role he oversees IRC’s work with government and institutional donors, who represent around 70% of IRC’s funding. Prior to taking up this role he served as the organization’s Chief Strategy Officer, leading the development of IRC’s Strategy 100. In his current role he oversees the organization’s engagement with public and institutional donors and is a member of the Leadership Board. He is based in New York City.

Prior to joining IRC Martin was a partner at McKinsey & Company in London, UK, where he specialized in economic development and public sector work. He is a graduate of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris, France, and holds a Master in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. A Norwegian citizen, he is fluent in English, French and Norwegian.


Andrew Wolff

March 22, 2022 |by secon2023 | Comments Off on Andrew Wolff

Andrew Wolff is a first year MBA student at Harvard Business School. Prior to attending HBS, Andrew worked on the Strategy Unit at the International Rescue Committee, an NGO that provides more than $1 Bn of aid to people affected by crisis and disaster around the world. Before working at the IRC, Andrew was a Strategy Consultant at McKinsey in their Dubai and New York offices. After the MBA program, Andrew hopes to continue to work in nonprofit leadership. Andrew attended Dartmouth College where he studied Political Science and Statistics and is an avid adventure traveler and hiker.