Anna-Marie Harling

Director and Lead, Philanthropic Collaboration at Co-Impact

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Anna-Marie combines practical experience and academic rigor in her work with philanthropists and foundations globally. By fostering collaboration and mobilizing funding for Co-Impact she is helping funders contribute to systems change and meaningful improvements in the lives of millions of people. A graduate of Oxford University and IESE Business School, she brings almost 20 years’ experience across the civil society and private sectors to her role.

Previously Anna-Marie was Head of the UHNW Philanthropy Center at UBS in Zurich where she was responsible for thought leadership on strategic philanthropy. This included working with academic partners such as Harvard University on the Global Philanthropy Report and driving the development of the Global Philanthropists Community, where she advised philanthropists and encouraged collaboration. Prior to that she was Senior Research Associate at the European Venture Philanthropy Association where she worked with the 180+ members on best practice topics to drive more impactful philanthropy. Before, she worked with Ashoka, helping social entrepreneurs scale up their business models both within and across countries. She also worked with Promotora Social Mexico on strategy and impact measurement, with a strong focus on gender equitable outcomes. From her work in Mexico on women’s empowerment programs to being part of the steering committee of UBS’s Women in Business network, gender equality and women’s leadership have always been central to her work.

Anna-Marie began her career in investment banking at Credit Suisse working in both London and Zurich. She holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona and an MA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. Originally from the United Kingdom, she speaks English, Spanish and French and is making progress in German. She lives in Zurich with her husband and two children.

At the School of System Change

Anna-Marie brings both practical experience for how to be a grant maker for systems change from her work at Co-Impact and a deep understanding of some of the challenges faced by philanthropists and foundations in doing so from her prior roles.

"I love to connect with different actors and organizations who are all unified in their search for how to have the deepest and long last impact in the world."
Anna-Marie Harling

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