PersonDeirdre O'Sullivan-WinksAssociated Expert

"I am a champion of building momentum for change in how NGOs and their partners tackle the most complex developmental and humanitarian challenges, and a passionate believer in the power of impactful partnerships to reach these ambitious goals."

Deirdre (Dee) works as an freelance consultant, with a specialist focus on impact investment and disaster risk financing. She has more than 8 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, following a previous career in investment management. Dee believes passionately in driving change for charities and their partner organisations through innovative financing. She has built and led multi-stakeholder development and humanitarian programs in and across International NGOs (INGO), governments, private sector companies and donors, which positively disrupt to deliver systems change and trial pioneering responses to social and sustainability challenges.

Dee has designed, developed and piloted social impact strategies and financial products for leading NGOs such as Christian Aid, Start Network (a network of 42 aid agencies), Save the Children, and VSO.

Her work includes designing credit facilities for Save the Children and The Start Network, in order to support organisational growth ambitions and enable faster, more effective humanitarian response work, respectively. She pioneered the first insurance product to support collaborative emergency response to drought by Start Network aid agencies and the Government of Senegal, via matching parametric insurance policies. Dee led Christian Aid and its partner INGOs’ innovative impact investment platform connecting impact investors and high net worth individuals to agri-businesses seeking investment, sourced through five INGO programs in Latin America, Africa and South Asia.

As a consultant, Dee focuses on insightful research and analysis, developing pioneering concepts that truly make a difference, building ecosystems that foster effective cross-sectoral partnerships, and providing intuitive and adaptable advisory and thought leadership support to senior level executives in the disaster risk financing and social impact investment spaces.

Dee’s earlier career in investment management was mainly with AXA Investment Managers. She holds a Masters in Investment Management from Cass Business School and a BA (Hons) in American History from UCL. She has volunteered in Uganda, lived in five different countries, and is strategic advisor to the Board of a Ugandan children’s charity.