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Robyn Calder

Executive Director and board member, The ELMA Philanthropies

Robyn Calder is Executive Director and board member of The ELMA Philanthropies, the services arm of The ELMA Group of Foundations. The ELMA Philanthropies develops and manages strategies, investments, and partnerships for The ELMA Group of Foundations. The main foundation, The ELMA Foundation, is one of the world’s largest private foundations focused on improving the lives of children in Africa by investing in healthcare and education. Focus areas of the other foundations include: providing relief to communities affected by humanitarian crises; investing in the growth of high potential social enterprises in Africa; and supporting youth development through music in the United States.

Robyn has an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, with a certificate in Public Management. In addition, she has a M.Sc. in Political Sociology from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in Development Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She has worked at the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and the Clinton Health Access Initiative and is currently a member of the Royal Bank of Canada Philanthropy Advisory Council.  

Robyn is based in New York City with her husband and two-year old daughter.