Noted for disruptive thinking and willingness to challenge the status quo, Mark is the founder of global higher ed consultancy, D3 Advancement Strategies, and Strategic Growth Director for ed tech firm, Neutopia.
Having served in leadership roles in higher education and politics, he now works with institutions and colleagues in the areas of strategy and planning; stakeholder engagement, digital engagement; metrics and performance management; and organisational development. His post-secondary experience also includes major project management, media relations; and finance.
Mark has extensive experience working with clients and speaking in Asia-Pacific, North America, and Europe.
James is Head of the Development & Alumni Relations at Sheffield Hallam University where he established the University’s fundraising operations 5 years ago. He has over twenty years’ experience of across advancement from roles in development services to alumni engagement and major gifts and is passionate about the transformative role that Development & Alumni Relations teams can play in shaping our universities response to the challenges highlighted by Covid19.
Nena brings over fifteen years of international experience in the higher education sector. She has recently joined Hertie, where she is responsible for alumni engagement and the strategic growth of the School’s global alumni network in 110 countries. Prior to Hertie, Nena was in charge of alumni relations at the Central European University (CEU) in Vienna and Budapest. A number of successful initiatives were developed under her leadership, including Thesis Buddy Project, which won a CASE Circle of Excellence Award 2022 in volunteer engagement category. Prior to CEU, Nena had managed programmes at leading global organisations, including CASE in London, the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Open Society Foundation (OSF) in Budapest. A firm believer in collaboration and the power of sharing best practice, Nena is active CASE volunteer and has served as speaker, editorial board member, conference co-chair and task force member. A North Macedonia native, Nena has lived and worked internationally for nearly two decades, is fluent in number of languages and considers herself a citizen of the world.
Tristan is currently the Deputy Director of Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving at Durham University and is responsible for both the strategic and operational delivery of key integrated activities including events, communications, volunteering and annual giving to a global alumni community of over 200,000 alumni and supporters. With over 17 years extensive business experience of alumni and corporate relations, fundraising, business development, international recruitment, communications, marketing, sales and customer led service provision, Tristan has held senior management roles both in the UK and Australia and brings a global perspective from over a decade of international stakeholder engagement. Tristan is a passionate supporter of, and long standing volunteer to CASE and is focused on enhancing the Advancement profession through mentoring, the sharing of best practice and ideas and networking with colleagues across the world.
Cindy Crimmins is Associate Vice President of Advancement Resources and Engagement Programs at Carnegie Mellon University. Cindy joined CMU in 2016 where she is a strategic partner in the university’s advancement efforts and is responsible for strengthening relationships with constituents through alumni and constituent engagement programs, including university events; marketing and communication efforts; annual giving; as well as donor relations and stewardship activities. In addition, Cindy oversees several resource programs, including research and management, as well as advancement information services and gift administration. Cindy has worked in higher education fundraising for nearly 30 years. She was previously associate vice president of Advancement Operations at Kent State University, one of the largest state universities in Ohio and executive director of Advancement Services at The George Washington University.
Anne-Ev Enzmann started her career in management consulting in Europe, followed by 12 years in the international retail industry. She left corporate life as Vice President Marketing & Communications and Member of the Executive Board five years ago to follow her passion for learning and education. Since then, she has worked with ed-tech start-up Gnowbe where she developed and marketed learning on mobile devices to universities and corporates. She has joined INSEAD as Director of Lifelong Learning in October 2018. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MA in European Studies from the College of Europe.
David has served as Senior Director of Research for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) since 2017. As part of the AMAtlas team he oversees the global development, direction and implementation of primary and secondary research programs and positioning CASE to serve as the global resource for educational advancement metrics, benchmarks, and analytics. From 2007-2017 David served as Director of Foundation Programs and Research for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. In that capacity he was responsible for programs, research, and thought leadership supporting the work of foundation boards and effective institution-foundation partnerships. He also conducted research, authored publications, and led programs for both foundation and institutional leaders on endowment management, legal issues, and fundraising. David also worked directly with foundation and institutional boards and chief executives though AGB’s consulting service. David led work on the development of AGB’s Board of Directors’ Statement on Institution Foundation Partnerships and the Illustrative Memorandum of Understanding between a Public Institution or System and an Affiliated Foundation, authored Effective Foundation Boards, and conducted studies on foundation board governance practices and endowment spending and management.
From 2000 to 2007 David served as Director of the National Center for Institutionally Related Foundations and Director of Government Relations at CASE.
Prior to joining the staff of CASE David taught as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University, George Mason University, Northern Virginia Community College, and the University of Virginia.
David holds an M.B.A. and certificate in Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. and doctoral coursework from the University of Virginia and studied literature and art history as an undergraduate at The College of William and Mary and St. Andrews University.
Jane has worked in DARO at the University of Birmingham for five years, starting in student engagement with responsibility for developing, leading and implementing a strategic programme which championed engagement with students and recent graduates across the University. More recently she was the lead for the student audience for the launch of the Birmingham In Action campaign and became Head of Engagement in January 2020, managing a team who work across communications, events, staff and student engagement.
Rachael Green has been working in the sector for over 10 years, working her way from a student caller at the University of Birmingham to International Alumni Relations and Acting Alumni Giving Manager at the University of Exeter. Since 2014 Rachael has established the first volunteering programme at Nottingham as part of the Impact Campaign, and is now just about to expand the team working on volunteering and advocacy to a more Faculty aligned model, allowing further support of the student experience. Since 2014 Nottingham have worked with over 3000 volunteers in a range of roles to support the student experience and research, implementing a volunteer stewardship and recognition programme.
Geoff Savage has worked in fundraising since 2001. Since 2007 he has specialised in university regular giving, managing over 50 telephone campaigns as an agency consultant for a wide range of institutions. In 2014, he was appointed Head of Individual Giving at Aston University, where he oversees in-house Telephone, Direct Mail and Crowdfunding campaigns.