Clare Woodcraft is CEO of Emirates Foundation and was tasked with transforming it from a traditional grant making entity into one investing in long-term social impact.
Earlier she was Deputy Director of Shell Foundation and before that, Director of Communications for Shell in MENA advising on social investment strategy. Prior to this, Woodcraft headed Visa International’s public affairs in Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. In her early career, she worked as an economic researcher and financial journalist in Palestine and the broader region. She has contributed to numerous publications on development and more recently on social enterprises. A fluent Arabic and French speaker, she has a BA in Languages from Salford University and a MSc. in Development from the LSE.