Accelerating Impact

Maanch™ is an impact-platform for philanthropy, impact investors and corporates. We deliver more impact per investment towards achieving the UN SDGs and manage impact data with more insight, immediacy and efficiency.

About the Business

Maanch™ unifies the impact of institutional funders, companies, investors and social enterprises. We inspire and enable participants of the impact ecosystem to re-allocate capital and resources towards achieving the UN SDGs - through data, intelligence, dashboards and networks that make up our (M)-Invest and (M)-Give solutions.

(M)-Invest solutions enable forward thinking organisations to make impact-inclusive decisions. Asset managers and their clients can allocate capital to investments with the greatest impact, and companies can identify and visualise the impact they are having across their operations.

(M)-Give solutions serve the stakeholders of the philanthropy ecosystem by enabling operational efficiencies, cutting down the cost of fundraising and impact measurement activities, thereby increasing the impact of every donation.

Our impact engagement technology instills trust and enables better decision making. We are enabling a fairer future for all by leveraging technology to unify the impact ecosystem and delivering more impact per investment.

About the team

Darshita Gillies

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

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.

Sianne Haldane

Chief Impact Officer

Sianne Haldane works closely with Maanch's clients to help them understand, project, track and report their impact, ensuring our solutions are meeting their needs to become impact evangelists! Sianne believes that relationships are the linch pin in driving positive change and it is with this philosophy that she leads our client services to drive positive impact. 

She is a strong advocate and active member of sector-wide initiatives and thought leadership and is a natural "connector", creating communities that are mutually beneficial to enable impact. 

A dual qualified lawyer in the UK and in her native South Africa, she has had a career that has spanned 15 years across the Philanthropy, Impact,CSR and Private Client space.  

Sianne is also a Trustee of an international education charity which assists with social mobility of refugees and helping them get into tertiary education and is a committee member of the STEP Global Philanthropy Advisors Special Interest Group.

David Stead

Chief Marketing Officer

David has worked across the “social finance spectrum” utilising grants, loans, impact investing and ESG funds to create impact portfolios or programmes aligned to more responsible capitalism at an individual and organisational level.

Before Maanch, he was Executive Director of Philanthropy & Development at Charities Aid Foundation where David’s teams generated around £400m of new donations and social investment each year, and managed over £1bn of philanthropic capital. Under David’s leadership the Division grew significantly with an increasing focus on bespoke solutions and advisory for some of the highest value donors and impact investors in the UK. This included running advisory services, major grant-making programmes and the UK’s market-leading DAF service (donor advised funds).

In addition to an MBA from IESE, David holds a BSc (Hons) from Cass Business School. He is a Trustee on the Board of charitable organisations including the Royal Commonwealth Society and IESE Foundation and is an adviser to a European social innovation fund and a digital volunteering platform. He was also the founder of The Global Philanthropy Network, an informal community of specialist philanthropy advisers.

Chris Robinson

Chief Technology Officer

Chris has 20 years of experience as a CTO/CIO including roles as CTO American Express and Global Head of Technology Innovation at KPMG. He is also founder of a FinTech Blockchain company and Advisory board member of several successful startups across the philanthropy and Fintech communities.

Chris’s twin passions are developing disruptive and innovative technologies and using technology to make an impact in the philanthropic space. In addition to his corporate CTO roles Chris was an Ambassador for Opportunity International in Asia and VP of Technology for the International Justice Mission in the US.

Joining Maanch has given Chris the perfect way of combining his passions and helping deliver highly innovative technology solutions to enable transformational change for good.

Larysa Chernenko

Director, Product Development

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.

Cecilia Hersler

Director, 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.

Vidhisha Masrani

Director, Marketing

Vidhisha has previously worked in IT and coworking sectors in the brand & marketing function. She is a marketer by mind and creator by heart. She's a problem-solver who loves to dissect brands and businesses to produce innovative performance-oriented campaigns

Vidhisha believes Maanch is unifying global efforts in the philanthropy and social impact ecosystem to deliver maximum impact per investment. We're positively impacting lives, communities, and businesses with a vision to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Matthew Billet

Executive Project Manager

Matthew has previously worked in management consulting organizations in a variety of roles, including project management, impact measurement and risk advisory. Before joining Maanch, he was a Senior Associate in the Risk Strategy & Compliance team at KPMG US in New York. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from The London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College in New York

Matthew is passionate about driving the impact measurement space forward so that social enterprises, funds and all other key impact stakeholders can accurately quantify and further add to the positive value they bring to our society.

Susie Steyn

Corporate Partnerships Manager

Susie qualified and worked as a corporate lawyer in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Before joining Maanch, she headed up Social Investment for international banking group Investec, as well as consulting to various corporates, social enterprises and charities, helping them to measure and communicate their social impact effectively.

Susie believes in the ability of the Maanch platform to leverage corporate operations and giving, to help to achieve the UN SDGs.

Anna Wallich

Communications Manager

Anna is a recent graduate from Nottingham University, where she studied English and Spanish. She has previously worked for a variety of non-profits in Europe and Latin America addressing issues such as human rights and social development. This past experience has fed into her passion for enacting positive change concerning attitudes in and towards the non-profit sector.

Anna believes that Maanch’s approach towards addressing global impact is not only appropriate but excitingly unique. She sees the platform as providing a real means of transforming the way people give philanthropically.

Emma Guitera

Impact Data & Relations Manager

Emma’s focus has been on international development, specifically the intersection between human rights law and good governance within firms, non-for-profits, and governments. She has previously worked in start-up structures, and has experience in business development, project management and sustainable consulting. French-Australian, Emma has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics and wrote her dissertation on Human Trafficking practices in Southeast Asia.

Emma strives for a better future, convinced that multi-stakeholder cooperation and real impact-driven action will be key drivers.

Darshita
Darshita Gillies

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

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.

Chris
Chris Robinson

Chief Technology Officer

Chris has 20 years of experience as a CTO/CIO including roles as CTO American Express and Global Head of Technology Innovation at KPMG. He is also founder of a FinTech Blockchain company and Advisory board member of several successful startups across the philanthropy and Fintech communities.

Chris’s twin passions are developing disruptive and innovative technologies and using technology to make an impact in the philanthropic space. In addition to his corporate CTO roles Chris was an Ambassador for Opportunity International in Asia and VP of Technology for the International Justice Mission in the US.

Joining Maanch has given Chris the perfect way of combining his passions and helping deliver highly innovative technology solutions to enable transformational change for good.

david
David Stead

Chief Marketing Officer

David has worked across the “social finance spectrum” utilising grants, loans, impact investing and ESG funds to create impact portfolios or programmes aligned to more responsible capitalism at an individual and organisational level. 

Before Maanch, he was Executive Director of Philanthropy & Development at Charities Aid Foundation where David’s teams generated around £400m of new donations and social investment each year, and managed over £1bn of philanthropic capital. Under David’s leadership the Division grew significantly with an increasing focus on bespoke solutions and advisory for some of the highest value donors and impact investors in the UK. This included running advisory services, major grant-making programmes and the UK’s market-leading DAF service (donor advised funds).

In addition to an MBA from IESE, David holds a BSc (Hons) from Cass Business School. He is a Trustee on the Board of charitable organisations including the Royal Commonwealth Society and IESE Foundation and is an adviser to a European social innovation fund and a digital volunteering platform. He was also the founder of The Global Philanthropy Network, an informal community of specialist philanthropy advisers.

sianne
Sianne Haldane

Chief Impact Officer

Sianne Haldane works closely with Maanch's clients to help them understand, project, track and report their impact, ensuring our solutions are meeting their needs to become impact evangelists! Sianne believes that relationships are the linch pin in driving positive change and it is with this philosophy that she leads our client services to drive positive impact.  

She is a strong advocate and active member of sector-wide initiatives and thought leadership and is a natural "connector", creating communities that are mutually beneficial to enable impact. 

A dual qualified lawyer in the UK and in her native South Africa, she has had a career that has spanned 15 years across the Philanthropy, Impact,CSR and Private Client space.  

Sianne is also a Trustee of an international education charity which assists with social mobility of refugees and helping them get into tertiary education and is a committee member of the STEP Global Philanthropy Advisors Special Interest Group.

Larysa
Larysa Chernenko

Director, Product Development

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.

Cecilia
Cecilia Hersler

Director, 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.

Vidhisha
Vidhisha Masrani

Director, Marketing

Vidhisha has previously worked in IT and coworking sectors in the brand & marketing function. She is a marketer by mind and creator by heart. She's a problem-solver who loves to dissect brands and businesses to produce innovative performance-oriented campaigns.

Vidhisha believes Maanch is unifying global efforts in the philanthropy and social impact ecosystem to deliver maximum impact per investment. We're positively impacting lives, communities, and businesses with a vision to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

Matthew
Matthew Billet

Executive Project Manager

Matthew has previously worked in management consulting organizations in a variety of roles, including project management, impact measurement and risk advisory. Before joining Maanch, he was a Senior Associate in the Risk Strategy & Compliance team at KPMG US in New York. He also holds a Master of Public Administration from The London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College in New York.

Matthew is passionate about driving the impact measurement space forward so that social enterprises, funds and all other key impact stakeholders can accurately quantify and further add to the positive value they bring to our society.

Susie
Susie Steyn

Corporate Partnerships Manager

Susie qualified and worked as a corporate lawyer in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Before joining Maanch, she headed up Social Investment for international banking group Investec, as well as consulting to various corporates, social enterprises and charities, helping them to measure and communicate their social impact effectively.

Susie believes in the ability of the Maanch platform to leverage corporate operations and giving, to help to achieve the UN SDGs.

Anna
Anna Wallich

Communications Manager

Anna is a recent graduate from Nottingham University, where she studied English and Spanish. She has previously worked for a variety of non-profits in Europe and Latin America addressing issues such as human rights and social development. This past experience has fed into her passion for enacting positive change concerning attitudes in and towards the non-profit sector.

Anna believes that Maanch’s approach towards addressing global impact is not only appropriate but excitingly unique. She sees the platform as providing a real means of transforming the way people give philanthropically.

Emma
Emma Guitera

Impact Data & Relations Manager

Emma’s focus has been on international development, specifically the intersection between human rights law and good governance within firms, non-for-profits, and governments. She has previously worked in start-up structures, and has experience in business development, project management and sustainable consulting. French-Australian, Emma has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the London School of Economics and wrote her dissertation on Human Trafficking practices in Southeast Asia.

Emma strives for a better future, convinced that multi-stakeholder cooperation and real impact-driven action will be key drivers.

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 social, environmental, and economic impact.

Our Mission

Provide collaborative technology to mobilise the financial response towards achieving the 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

David Costa

Stakeholder Connections and Overall Business Development

Edward Hoare

Philanthropist, Social Entrepreneur & TBLI (Triple Bottom Line Investment) Ambassador

Ged Backland

Digital Marketing Expert

Justin North

Legal and Scale-Up Specialist

Mohamed Amersi

Market and Stakeholder Insight Mentor

Morgan Kainth

Market Strategy and Third Sector Expert

Natasha Müller

Strategic Partnerships

Prof Alan Fenwick PhD OBE

Philanthropy, Academic and INGO Specialist

Raza Jafar

Stakeholder Expert & SDG Specialist

Richard Nunneley

Family Office Expert

Simon Hampel

Multi-sector Expertise & Millennial Insight Specialist

Sundeep Bhandari

Business Mentor

Amma Gyampo

Africa Insights & Networks

Rupert Cecil

Overall Business Development

Advisors Testimonials

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

My thought of Maanch - helping to use visual thinking to enable MAANCH to be a beacon of collaborative good behaviour connected with the implementation of the SDGs.

Edward Hoare

The Maanch platform provides the tech to enable totally transparent philanthropy that will assist in achieving the UN SDG's Tech to enable philanthropists  to connect with their cause on a level that has until now been elusive. By seeing the social impact of their support of that cause and being emotionally connected to the the effect  will hopefully encourage further philanthropy.

Ged Backland

Maanch is paving the way for technology’s involvement in catalyzing the realization of the UN SDGs. In an era where philanthropic donations are more important, the innovative platform will work to unlock barriers to philanthropic capital and impact investment and measure the extent of its contribution towards advancing the SDGs.

Natasha Müller

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

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
Andrew Macleod
Edward Hoare
Ged Backland
Natasha Müller
Simon Hampel
Sundeep Bhandari