Matching For Impact

Maanch serves a community of global changemakers to promote intelligent grantmaking based on alignment between Funder and Receiver.

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About the Business

Maanch was founded in 2018 by Darshita Gillies. Her idea for a business that fully supports the agenda for Sustainable Development was developed through her work with the UN on the SDGs from their inception.

As part of her work at Blu Dot Advisory, Darshita's fascination with the Goals culminated in her creation of an index to show how countries were performing against key sustainable development targets. This map was the spark that created Maanch, the first global platform dedicated to attaining the SDGs by 2030 through influencing the flow of funds across the Philanthropy sector.

About the team

Business Team

Our technology is built and maintained by a dedicated team of software design and development professionals.

Darshita Gillies

Founder and CEO

Maanch is the manifestation of Darshita’s vision to create a fair future for all.

Her experience builds on and blends four facets, 'Finance and Strategy', 'Leadership Development', 'Technology' and 'Planetary Sustainability'. Her aim is to leverage the power of emerging technologies to address the complex business and societal challenges we face in a more sustainable, conscious, and strategic way. With a professional background as a Chartered Accountant, Investment Banker, Executive Coach, Impact Investing and FinTech/ Blockchain Specialist, Darshita also serves on Boards of 'For Profit' and 'Not-For-Profit' organisations.

Maanch was created by Darshita as a disruptor for greater good and a catalyst for long term sustainable positive change. By building a fully human organisation anchored by impact, her aspiration is for Maanch to serve the global communities that are most in need of support, in the most effective, collaborative and integrated way.

Natalia Nyshchenko

Head of Strategy

Natalia was previously the CEO of an international business specialising in marketing, concierge services, and loyalty solutions. She has over 9 years of experience in project and team management and business development within different industries and geographies. Her main fields of expertise are leadership, innovation, marketing, customer service, and brand & product loyalty. Natalia also holds a Masters degree in Cultural Studies and Philosophy, and an Executive MBA degree from the University of St.Gallen.

Natalia believes that Maanch has the potential to become a unique solution to facilitate global impact focus and transformation, creating substantial change in the way current generations think and behave.

Geert Acke

Philanthropy Coaching & Service Design

Geert has over 17 years of experience as a Program and Senior Project Manager, multilingual Organisational Development Consultant, certified ScrumMaster, accredited Philanthropy Coach, Transition Facilitator and founder of two businesses. Geert also holds a Master’s degree in international political sciences and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology. He completed a post-academic program in international aid and development, and a post-academic program in positive organisation development and change.

Having known Darshita for a long time, Geert has supported her vision for Maanch from its inception. He sees Maanch as the right vehicle to enable his long-standing ambition to shift the focus within philanthropy from transactional to transformational.

Cecilia Hersler

Head of External Relations

Cecilia has previously worked with professional wealth advisors and philanthropy sector organisations to increase knowledge and understanding of philanthropic giving and social investment in the UK and Europe. Before joining Maanch she worked as Director of Training and Development at Philanthropy Impact that works with wealth advisors, philanthropists, charities and governments to develop greater expertise, awareness, and impact in philanthropic action and social investment. Cecilia started her career in international development working at the Nordic liaison office for the World Food Programme in Copenhagen managing relationships with Swedish donors and strategic partners and before that in strategic partnerships at United Nations Association of Sweden in Stockholm.

She sees the Maanch platform as an excellent tool to bring impactful giving to a larger number of people and to raise awareness on how the SDGs can be an excellent guide to measure impact.

Larysa Chernenko

Head of Product

Larysa has extensive work experience in Marketing and Product Development having managed cross-functional product development teams and the development of online loyalty platforms for clients from the financial sector in CIS countries and Europe. She also holds two Bachelor’s degrees in International Economics and Business Management, as well as a Master’s degree in Marketing.

She is inspired and excited by Maanch’s ambition to create an ecosystem which connects Funders and Receivers to tackle global problems. She believes that by leveraging technology and Maanch’s unique data-driven solution, we will be a catalyst to achieving real-world impact.

Serena Mukhi

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Through her work with the Political department of the Malta High Commission Serena aims to engage the community at all levels, educating and empowering them to join the global movement to ‘Transform our World' by meeting the SDGs by 2030.

Through Serena’s childhood spent in Nigeria she witnessed first hand the challenges the SDGs are addressing. This initiated her passion to work for Maanch and help advance impact funding to the global projects that need it most.

Mallory Robinson

Business Development Manager

Mallory has almost 20 years experience in business development, relationship management and fundraising. Prior to Maanch, she was the Director of Development at one of London’s leading business schools.

Mallory is excited to be joining the passionate team at Maanch. She sees the absolute potential for Maanch to develop the philanthropy sector to ensure funders’ donations are having maximum impact and long term, effective partnerships are created in order to secure a better future for all.

Mishelle Brito

Head of Communications

Mishelle has over 10 years of experience in program design, management, and communications working with charities whose efforts are focused on creating social impact for women, minority & immigrant concerns. Mishelle holds a Masters of Art in Culture, Policy and Management and a Bachelors in Public Affairs.

Mishelle believes that Maanch has the ability to shift global giving patterns, motivating a generation of change-makers into social action across the world.

Darshita
Darshita Gillies

Founder and CEO

Maanch is the manifestation of Darshita’s vision to create a fair future for all.

Her experience builds on and blends four facets, 'Finance and Strategy', 'Leadership Development', 'Technology' and 'Planetary Sustainability'. Her aim is to leverage the power of emerging technologies to address the complex business and societal challenges we face in a more sustainable, conscious, and strategic way. With a professional background as a Chartered Accountant, Investment Banker, Executive Coach, Impact Investing and FinTech/ Blockchain Specialist, Darshita also serves on Boards of 'For Profit' and 'Not-For-Profit' organisations.

Maanch was created by Darshita as a disruptor for greater good and a catalyst for long term sustainable positive change. By building a fully human organisation anchored by impact, her aspiration is for Maanch to serve the global communities that are most in need of support, in the most effective, collaborative and integrated way.

Natalia
Natalia Nyshchenko

Head of Strategy

Natalia was previously the CEO of an international business specialising in marketing, concierge services, and loyalty solutions. She has over 9 years of experience in project and team management and business development within different industries and geographies. Her main fields of expertise are leadership, innovation, marketing, customer service, and brand & product loyalty. Natalia also holds a Masters degree in Cultural Studies and Philosophy, and an Executive MBA degree from the University of St.Gallen.

Natalia believes that Maanch has the potential to become a unique solution to facilitate global impact focus and transformation, creating substantial change in the way current generations think and behave.

Cecilia
Cecilia Hersler

Head of External Relations

Cecilia has previously worked with professional wealth advisors and philanthropy sector organisations to increase knowledge and understanding of philanthropic giving and social investment in the UK and Europe. Before joining Maanch she worked as Director of Training and Development at Philanthropy Impact that works with wealth advisors, philanthropists, charities and governments to develop greater expertise, awareness, and impact in philanthropic action and social investment. Cecilia started her career in international development working at the Nordic liaison office for the World Food Programme in Copenhagen managing relationships with Swedish donors and strategic partners and before that in strategic partnerships at United Nations Association of Sweden in Stockholm.

She sees the Maanch platform as an excellent tool to bring impactful giving to a larger number of people and to raise awareness on how the SDGs can be an excellent guide to measure impact.

Geert
Geert Acke

Philanthropy Coaching & Service Design

Geert has over 17 years of experience as a Program and Senior Project Manager, multilingual Organisational Development Consultant, certified ScrumMaster, accredited Philanthropy Coach, Transition Facilitator and founder of two businesses. Geert also holds a Master’s degree in international political sciences and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology. He completed a post-academic program in international aid and development, and a post-academic program in positive organisation development and change.

Having known Darshita for a long time, Geert has supported her vision for Maanch from its inception. He sees Maanch as the right vehicle to enable his long-standing ambition to shift the focus within philanthropy from transactional to transformational.

Larysa
Larysa Chernenko

Head of Product

Larysa has extensive work experience in Marketing and Product Development having managed cross-functional product development teams and the development of online loyalty platforms for clients from the financial sector in CIS countries and Europe. She also holds two Bachelor’s degrees in International Economics and Business Management, as well as a Master’s degree in Marketing.

She is inspired and excited by Maanch’s ambition to create an ecosystem which connects Funders and Receivers to tackle global problems. She believes that by leveraging technology and Maanch’s unique data-driven solution, we will be a catalyst to achieving real-world impact.

Serena
Serena Mukhi

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Through her work with the Political department of the Malta High Commission Serena aims to engage the community at all levels, educating and empowering them to join the global movement to ‘Transform our World' by meeting the SDGs by 2030.

Through Serena’s childhood spent in Nigeria she witnessed first hand the challenges the SDGs are addressing. This initiated her passion to work for Maanch and help advance impact funding to the global projects that need it most.

Mallory
Mallory Robinson

Business Development Manager

Mallory has almost 20 years experience in business development, relationship management and fundraising. Prior to Maanch, she was the Director of Development at one of London’s leading business schools.

Mallory is excited to be joining the passionate team at Maanch. She sees the absolute potential for Maanch to develop the philanthropy sector to ensure funders’ donations are having maximum impact and long term, effective partnerships are created in order to secure a better future for all.

Mishelle
Mishelle Brito

Head of Communications

Mishelle has over 10 years of experience in program design, management, and communications working with charities whose efforts are focused on creating social impact for women, minority & immigrant concerns. Mishelle holds a Masters of Art in Culture, Policy and Management and a Bachelors in Public Affairs.

Mishelle believes that Maanch has the ability to shift global giving patterns, motivating a generation of change-makers into social action across the world.

Tech Team

Our tech team is comprised of highly skilled and dedicated professionals with extensive experience in software development and web design.

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Our Vision

Create a fair future for everyone on the planet

Our Theory of Change

Accelerate global sustainable development through influencing the flow of funds by providing data and insights on impact

Our Mission

Provide collaborative technology to help realise the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030

Our Values

Collaboration

We are committed to bringing people together to create change

Responsibility

We hold ourselves accountable to build a solution of benefit to all our stakeholders

Transparency

We commit to providing an exacting and clear view of our work, and the work of our partners

Innovation

We act boldly, and challenge the system that exists in order to improve it

Service

We build and adapt our solutions in service and for the benefit of our stakeholders

Impact

We advance and refine our understanding of and capacity to measure impact

Meet the advisors

Sundeep Bhandari

Business Mentor

Chris Robinson

Information Technology Expert

Dr. Jane Thomason

Global Fintech and Emerging Technology Expert

Justin North

Legal and Scale-Up Specialist

Lord Stone of Blackheath

Stakeholder Engagement and Multi Sector Collaboration Expert

Mohamed Amersi

Market and Stakeholder Insight Mentor

Morgan Kainth

Market Strategy and Third Sector Expert

Simon Hampel

Multi-sector Expertise & Millennial Insight Specialist

Richard Nunneley

Family Office Expert

Prof Alan Fenwick PhD OBE

Philanthropy, Academic and INGO Specialist

Raza Jafar

Stakeholder Expert & SDG Specialist

Advisors Testimonials

In driving for the SDGs I am involved with academics who know, pragmatists who do and those who are driven by a higher purpose.
Darshita is one of those rare beings who combines all three and is a delight to work with!

Lord Stone of Blackheath

This is an exciting platform that will make its presence felt in the social impact space, by delivering the ability to measure outcomes of donations. Darshita's drive and passion of turning a dream into reality is happening.

Sundeep Bhandari

Maanch is the first platform I have seen that can effectively link investors and projects in the not for profit world and impact investment domain. In tracking capital flows from the developed to the developing world, the vast majority of capital flows through or via the private sector, with less than 20% of capital flowing through aid and philanthropy.

Andrew Macleod

The ability to be involved with an organisation that brings technology and social change together in a new way.

Chris Robinson

The Maanch Platform will exponentiate the matching of global capital to people and projects that can deliver on the SDGs and more importantly track and report on progress.

Dr. Jane Thomason

Maanch is of it’s time. The SDG’s are so important and yet sometimes feel a little distant or high level. Maanch provides a wonderful bridge, creating greater transparency and helping join the bigger dots for the outputs & outcomes we are all hoping to bring into the world.

Simon Hampel
Lord Stone of Blackheath
Sundeep Bhandari
Andrew Macleod
Chris Robinson
Dr. Jane Thomason
Simon Hampel
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