Jenny Santi is a philanthropy advisor to some of the world's most generous philanthropists and celebrity activists. In 2013 she founded Saint Partners, a philanthropy services firm founded upon the vision that great wealth should lead to great philanthropy. Her firm's clients have included Giving Pledgers, A-listers in entertainment, and some of the largest wealth managers, helping them channel their wealth, power and desire for meaning towards social good. For five years beginning at only 28 she served as Head of UBS’s award-winning Philanthropy Services department based in Southeast Asia. She holds an MBA from INSEAD, attended the Wharton School of Business and New York University’s Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising, and is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy. She serves on the board of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation (USA). She is an animal lover, a student pilot and a global citizen who has called Manila, London, France, Singapore, and New York City home. An accomplished artist, she has trained at the Florence Academy of Art and the Art Students League of New York.
She is the author of the acclaimed book “The Giving Way to Happiness: Stories & Science Behind the Life-Changing Power of Giving” (Tarcher Penguin Random House, 2015), and is passionate about helping people discover how to give their time, talents and treasures in ways that not only change the world, but also bring happiness and fulfillment to their own lives.
Barnaby Marsh is the co-founder of Saint Partners. He is regarded as one of the world's most original philanthropy strategists, known for his skill in structuring projects to generate cascades of downstream results and engagement, including strategic follow-up funding.
Since 2002, Barnaby has advised on over 200 philanthropic projects at academic and cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian, Royal Society, Santa Fe Institute, 92nd Y, CalTech, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Chicago, Oxford, and many others. Barnaby has also advised many of the world’s most generous individuals on their private foundations. For many years, he worked with the late investing pioneer Sir John Templeton to develop novel approaches to philanthropy, including competition-based methods and prizes, and was a key early leader in the development of the $3.5 billion John Templeton Foundation.
Barnaby's technical background is in decision sciences, complexity, and risk. He has held postdoctoral academic appointments at Oxford, Harvard, the Max Planck Institute, Berlin, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. In 2018, co-authored the popular book, How Luck Happens (Dutton Penguin Random House), which has been translated into 6 languages. Barnaby grew up in the Alaskan wilderness and was mostly self-taught before college. He holds an AB Summa cum laude from Cornell University, where he was a College Scholar, and a doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Based in New York City, he currently serves several national organizations as a board member or consulting advisor, including Revive and Restore, Children and Screens, Solutions Journalism Network, the Center for Mind Body Medicine, the United States Office of American Possibilities, and Ashoka.
To meet the needs of our clients around the world, we have a team of experts with the expertise and networks in major business capitals worldwide. Our experts set the standards in their fields, bringing their global footprint and local insights to help you challenge convention and deliver real impact.
Expertise: Impact Investing
Location: New York / Global
Originator of the concepts of Blended Value and Total Portfolio Management, Jed Emerson has extensive experience leading, staffing and advising funds, firms, social ventures and foundations pursuing financial performance with social/environmental impact.
At Saint Partners, Jed currently focuses on working with families exploring how to ensure a long term legacy by managing their full net worth for impact. He also advises investment firms on the implications of an impact investing framework for their practice.
Emerson holds master degrees in both business and social work administration, has written over thirty articles/papers and co-edited multiple books on topics as diverse as sustainable investing, performance metrics and measurement, impact investing and sustainable hedge fund investing. He works with those who seek to maximize the total value of their investing and entrepreneurship to attain their personal and professional visions.
Location: Singapore/ New York/ Global
Based in Singapore and New York City, Olga Iserlis has been specializing in high profile lifestyle event conceptualization and production for over 17 years, and has been behind some of the most memorable and successful charity fundraisers and galas in recent times. At Saint Partners, she lends her expertise in luxury brand services development, arts promotion, charity fundraising, and media relations, building on extensive contacts in Singapore, Asia Pacific, the USA and Europe. Widely hailed as an "event organizer extraordinaire," her events are renowned for their originality, meticulous planning, elegant and unusual settings, exquisite taste, glamour and impact, whether in large-scale or intimate functions. Olga's work has been featured extensively in media channels worldwide including the BBC, Channel News Asia, the New York Times T Magazine, and Harper’s Bazaar, to name a few. She is the author of ‘Save the Date’ - a coffee table memoir and insider’s view of the dynamic events industry.
Location: New York
Parkins Burger is an attorney specializing in law central to the concerns of philanthropists and philanthropic organizations. He has represented corporations and high net worth individuals for the past 10 years, both in-house with the Dubai-based private equity firm Emirates Investments Group, the New York-based financial services firm Omnex Group, and as a Partner for Davies & Associates, LLC. Park has extensive experience helping his clients with domestic and international investments, corporate governance and structuring, security, and privacy matters. In addition to his work in the private sector, for the past 10 years Park has advised Synergos and its Global Philanthropists Circle, a community of leading philanthropic families and social investors, brought together by Peggy Dulany and David Rockefeller, who use their time, influence and resources to fight poverty.
At Saint Partners, he brings a diverse practical skill set in business and law coupled with a creative and compassionate approach to address a broad range of legal issues relating to philanthropy. Park believes much of the change we want to see can be started simply, with improvements to our everyday lives, so in addition to his work with global NGOs, he is active with community organizations near his home in Brooklyn, NY. Park is licensed to practice law in both New York and Pennsylvania. He earned his Juris Doctor from the James A. Beasley School of Law at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and his undergraduate degree at Oberlin College in Ohio.
Expertise: Fundraising & Major Gifts
Location: Europe/ Global
John McCaffrey is one of the world’s leading fundraising professionals, specializing in educational, faith-based and cultural heritage projects. He works extensively in Europe, the United States, Canada and Asia. With Saint Partners, he leads fundraising efforts for institutional clients, helping them have an even greater transformative effect on society.
His notable fundraising operations have included those for Cambridge University’s USA office, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, HH Grand Duke George of Russia, the Russian Imperial Foundation, and a number of HRH The Prince of Wales’ charities. In 2008 he helped Prince Charles establish The Prince’s Charities’ Council. Between 2012 and 2014 he was the UK Labour Party's Commercial Director during which time he successful eradicated the party debt and tripled their fundraising income. He was instrumental in creating the $230M Gates Scholars’ program at his alma mater, Cambridge University. The donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation remains one of the largest ever received by an educational institution in the UK.
John was awarded a papal knighthood by Pope Benedict XVI for his fundraising efforts in relation to the Vatican Museums. John is the Founder of the Galileo Foundation, the philanthropic arm that spearheads the Holy Father’s personal initiatives on human trafficking, modern slavery, migration/poverty and climate change. John also co-founded the Goliath Trust, which serves the needs of primary school children in Northern Ireland’s most disadvantaged areas.