TEAM OF CONSULTANTS
Our client assignments are usually managed by a team of consultants. In many cases we also use expertise and experience from our international network of consultants to help with the assignments.
Johan WennströmManaging Director
Johan Wennström helped universities in Sweden, Finland and Norway to develop alumni relations programs in the late 1990s and early 2000s (as co-founder of Mira Network). He started collaborating with Brakeley in 2005, and became Managing Director of Brakeley Nordic in 2010.
Inger SternPartner / Senior Consultant
Inger Stern joined Brakeley in 2016. Between 2003-2015, Inger Stern worked as Fundraising Director at Linköping University. She helped the university set up their fundraising operation and then led two capital campaigns. Inger also has extensive experience of managing strategic partnerships between Linköping University and corporations.
Olof HuganderSenior Consultant
Olof re-joined Brakeley Nordic as a Senior Consultant in 2018, having previously worked for Brakeley Ltd, in 2008-2010. He also worked for 8 years at the Knowledge Foundation in Sweden, one of the nation’s largest grantmakers.
Åsa joined Brakeley Nordic in 2016. She previously worked with fundraising, communication and process development 2013-2016 at Blomsterfonden, a NGO working with elderly care and senior housing. Åsa also has experience from the school sector as co-founder and part of the management team of an elementary school.
Pekka LehtinenSenior Associate Consultant
Before joining Brakeley, Pekka worked 23 years at the oldest and one of the leading Finnish corporate law firms, and has also worked in law firms and a commercial bank in USA. Since 2015 Pekka has been in the Board of Kiasma Support Foundation and he has been acting as the chairman of the Board since 2017. Kiasma is the leading contemporary art museum in Finland.
Peter RohméeSenior Associate Consultant
Peter joined Brakeley as a Senior Consultant in 2005. Previously Peter was working for the World Maritime University in Malmö (UN), Sweden. Peter served as Interim Campaign Director for Karolinska Institutet for a period of eight months during Karolinska Insititutet’s first ever capital campaign.
Göran FelldinChairman of the Board
In 2004, Göran Felldin joined Linköping University as Director of Marketing and subsequently as Director of Collaboration and External Relations. During his time at Linköping University, the university carried out their first two fundraising campaigns.
Harriet WallbergMember of the Board
Harriet was President of Karolinska Institutet 2004-2012 and Director General of Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) 2014-2016. Harriet Wallberg led the first capital campaign of Karolinska Institutet.
Magnus BrattMember of the Board
Magnus Bratt is CEO and founder of Mira Network. Mira Network helps universities unlock the value of their External Relations through CRM Solutions especially designed for Higher Education.
Hugh AldridgeUnited Kingdom
Hugh Aldridge specializes in corporate engagement, partnerships and fundraising. From 2014 to 2016 he was Head of Development – Corporate at the University of Oxford, where he was responsilbe for increasing the breadth and depth of the University’s engagements with companies around the world. Previously Hugh has worked with different aspects at corporate engagement at MIT, UC Berkeley, University of Cambridge and the University of Manchester.
Ibrahim Al-TurkiSaudi Arabia
ibrahim Al-Turki is the founder and CEO of Wafi International, the first company in the Arab Gulf region, specialized in the development of non-profit organizations and social responsibility programs. Ibrahim is a strategy consultant of many wealthy donor individuals and families in the Arab Gulf region — who are actively involved in philanthropic works, through their dedicated endowments/ trust funds, donor institutions, charitable associations, and/or corporate social responsibility programs related to their businesses.
Lucy S BlytheUnited Kingdom
Lucy S Blythe has over 30 years of experience in US and UK not-for-profits. She started her fundraising career at the San Diego Museum of Art. As Chief Executive of the Kew Foundation at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, she completed a governance review, developed the Board and increased voluntary income by 400%, raising over £41 million. At the Victoria and Albert Museum, between 1999 and 2002, she completed the £31 million British Galleries Campaign. She now focuses on board development.
Nicolas Boulan joined Brakeley in 2007 and since then has been involved in feasibility studies for non-profit organizations such as Réseau Entreprendre and Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, engineer & science institutes like Ecole des Mines de Nantes and CPE Lyon, leading business schools like EDHEC and Esc Rouen as well as Université Panthéon – Assas, France’s first university in law and Université St Joseph de Beyrouth, Libanon, one of the first Middle East university.
Claire (Kilner) BrownlieUnited Kingdom
Claire (Kilner) Brownlie has worked with alumni relations and fundraising since 1996. Most recently she has been Director of Development and Alumni Engagement at the Queen Mary Univewrsity of London. Previously she has worked at the University of Manchester, the University of Nottingham and the University of Sheffield.
Peter Buss is one of the leading management and fundraising consultants in Switzerland. He has more than 20 years of consulting and operational experience in NPO management and fundraising, specially capital campaigns, foundation fundraising and strategic fundraising planning. Founder of www.stiftungschweiz.ch, the leading onlie plattform and register of foundations in Switzerland. Co-founder of the Swiss Philanthropy Roundtable Zurich.
William J ConnerUnited Kingdom
Bill began his consulting career in 1999 and in 2001 became a director of Brakeley Ltd where he served a wide range of clients in the UK, Continental Europe and the US. He has also served as Director of Development at New College, University of Oxford and the Ashridge Business School. Prior experience includes senior management and fundraising roles with the London Business School, the San Francisco and Miami Operas, the Castle Hill Foundation and the Boston University School for the Arts.
Bruno van DykUnited Kingdom
Bruno van Dyk has over 20 years of experience in development work, university advancement and international activities on every continent, except South America. During this time, he has led major university advancement endeavours, in both South Africa and the UK, exceeding targets in income and alumni engagement. Most recently, he served for 5½ years as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Durham University (a top-4 UK university) where he led a team of 29 professionals. Before that he was Executive Director of the University of KwaZulu-Natal Foundation in South Africa.
Gisela KellerUnited States
Gisela Keller has worked with leaders of global nonprofits, foundations and private companies across American, European and Latin American markets. Before her consulting career, Gisela was a program officer at the Goldman Sachs Foundation (New York), Head of Public Affairs at Dresdner Bank (Frankfurt), steering corporate philanthropy; Program Director at the Armonk Institute (New York); and Program Officer for International Affairs at the governor’s office in the German federal state of Brandenburg.
John KellyUnited Kingdom
John Kelly is a pioneer in British and European fundraising. Before becoming a consultant, John was the CEO of Regent’s College, London. As a fundraising and management consultant he has advised clients in many countries throughout the world, some large and some very small. He was the first consultant to introduce capital campaigns into several European countries including Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Finland, France, Belgium and many others.
Gaby has over 25 years’ experience in raising funds for not for profit and arts organisations in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the US. She worked in fundraising roles for a number of charities in the UK and Ireland, before establishing her consultancy in 2011. Clients include National Gallery of Ireland, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Ireland) and the Irish Cancer Society.
Shawn E O'haraSingapore
Shawn is a Certified Fundraising Executive with more than 25 years of global experience in the nonprofit sector. Her work in Singapore includes leading the Social Service Institute’s adult educator governance program, which included developing their governance curriculum, working with Singapore’s cultural leader – National Gallery Singapore – in delivering major gifts stewardship and moves management training and advice, and teaching new strategies in fundraising for SMU (Singapore Management University).
Johannes Ruzicka became a fundraiser in 2002. He started as the head of the fundraising department at Technical University Munich and has, since 2005, been supporting over 60 different organisations in Europe as a fundraising consultant. Clients include Vienna University of Economics and Business, EMBL – European Molecular Biology Laboratory, UNICEF and Berlin Cathedral.
Astrid von SoostenGermany
Astrid von Soosten used to be head of resource development at EMBL, Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organisation with more than 80 independent research groups covering the spectrum of molecular biology. Previously, she was senior director of development, University of California Santa Cruz; director of library development, University of California Santa Cruz; and development director, Santa Cruz Waldorf School.
Anne Voboril ConnerUnited States
With particular expertise in major gift fundraising, research, analysis and benchmarking, Anne Voboril Conner works with international institutions most often representing them in the US. She was the Associate Director of Development for New College, University of Oxford, where her work focused on US prospect development and has done similar work for the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation, the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (Oxford University) and many more European organisations looking to raise funds in the US.