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Shivia empowers the poorest to create livelihoods,
boost income and inspire permanent change


Nick Jenkins is the founder of After reading Russian at University he spent eight years working as a commodity trader in Moscow before returning to the UK in 1998 to study for an MBA at Cranfield University. Immediately after graduating Nick set up the online greeting retail business which by 2011 had over four million customers worldwide. Since 2008 Nick has been actively investing in other start-up businesses, mostly in the technology and internet retail space, as well as being one of the Dragons on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den. He sits on the investment committee of Impact Ventures UK, an investment fund which invests in social enterprises using innovation to find better solutions to social issues in the UK. Nick is a trustee of the international educational charity Ark.


Stuart is a consultant in the International Gas and Energy business. Prior to this he was a Senior Executive with Shell. He is now advisor to the Boards/CEOs of several businesses across a range of industry sectors. He is a Former Special Adviser on Middle Eastern Affairs to their HRHs The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. Stuart has a First Class Honours Degree in Applied Chemistry.


Olly founded Shivia in December 2007 and became a Director in May 2008. She has much experience working with NGOs and charities and sits on the board of the charity MAITS; her Oxford College Committee, St Edmund Hall; her school Alumnae Committee, St Mary’s Ascot. Olly previously sat on the International Committee for Leonard Cheshire International and the board of Moonpig Foundation. She is the UK Ambassador for the NGO, BASE, working with very poor communities in West Nepal and is also heavily involved with the foster home, Familia, in West Bengal. . In 2014, Olly was awarded “Women of the Future, Community Spirits” and in 2009, she was selected as one of Management Todays “35 women under 35”. In 2015, Olly was featured in the Financial News Extra Mile list, celebrating the '40 in finance' who go further to help others.


As well as being a trustee Chris works voluntarily as Shivia's Finance Director. He has worked in manufacturing and financial services in Asia, Europe and the USA for 30 years at Board Level, in both general management and financial management. He has been a director of two public listed companies and runs his own consultancy business, advising a number of small companies on improving performance. He is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) from Ernst & Young, London.


Tim works for Aventicum Capital Management. Prior to this, he worked for The Townsend Group and Europa Capital Partners having started his career at Goldman Sachs. He has an MA in Geography from Oxford University, gaining the Shell prize for Field Work.


Nishant has extensive experience in the international development and social enterprise sectors, including working with some of India's largest microfinance companies. He formed a new fund, the Global Innovation Fund, to support the development, testing and scaling of innovations that accelerate poverty alleviation. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School; MA in Aeronautical Engineering and a BA in General Engineering from Cambridge University.


Deepak is a solicitor specialising in financial regulatory and compliance matters. He advises and assists banks, financial institutions and financial market infrastructures in dealing with their regulatory challenges and regulator relationship management. He originally assisted Shivia in 2008 with legal aspects of its establishment and Charity Commission application, whilst a trainee solicitor at Clifford Chance LLP (Shivia’s legal advisors). Deepak has close family ties to Kolkata, West Bengal and has regularly travelled to the area since childhood.


Yasmine, former Chairman of Shell Companies in India, is now an independent Director and Trustee. She was ranked 6th most powerful business woman in India in 2016 by Fortune Magazine. Yasmine was born in India and went to the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales. She has a degree in Zoology, and PhD in Genetics from the University of Nottingham.