The role of financial institutions in promoting sustainable development goals is critical for our delivery in the decade of action. Ranging from impact investment and public-private partnerships, financial institutions have a key role to play in the delivery of the decade of action. Composed by experts from NGOs and financial institutions, our finance and funding board aims to analyse how key financial actors can assist with the UN SDGs.
Finance and Funding Programming Board
Barry Kolodki̇n (Chair), Director, Deputy Chief Evaluator, EBRD
Bilal Khanzada, Head of Cash Transfer Programme Operations, Save the Children International
Mark Astarita, OBE, Director, Astarita Aldrich & Ward
Board Member's Profile
Barry Kolodki̇n (Chair)
Director, Deputy Chief Evaluator, EBRD
Barry Kolodkin is Director, Deputy Chief Evaluator at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London where he also leads the State-Owned Enterprise Community of Practice. Prior to joining EBRD, he was Head of Office for UNDP Greece and Regional Programme Manager for the Black Sea Trade and Investment Promotion Programme.
Head of Cash Transfer Programme Operations, Save the Children International
Bilal works as the Global lead for Cash Transfer Programming at Save the Children International. He comes with 18 years of experience in the commercial and Charity sector. Prior to joining Save the children International he was heading the developmental Organisations department at Standard Chartered Bank that included Multilateral and Bilateral Agencies, Micro-Finance Institutions, Local and International Charities.
He has designed and successfully rolled out a number of Cash Disbursement programmes for United Nations (WFP, WHO and UNHCR) and other prominent International Charities including Save the children by using very innovative methods.
His vast corporate banking experience and on ground presence in emergencies has enabled him to bring an insight in identifying innovative Cash management solutions, fraud management, AML, Sanctions and risk.
Bilal’s decision to join Save the Children is based on his previous volunteering experience with Sightsavers and other local charities in Pakistan and Afghanistan during the major disasters. In his own words, “He has a passion to help those who cannot help themselves” thus moving from the corporate sector to fulfil his passion through Save the Children in making life better for the marginalised children and leaving a lasting change.
Mark Astarita, OBE
Director, Astarita Aldrich & Ward
Mark Astarita, OBE has been one of the most successful fundraisers in the UK. During his 25-year career he has been responsible for raising almost £1.5 billion pounds for charity. He has for a record four times been voted the most influential person in fundraising by his peers.
Mark is the former director of fundraising for the British Red Cross, National Deaf Children's Society and Prisoners Abroad. Mark is the former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising a trustee of St Clare Hospice and has previously held the role of Trustee at the Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) and St Joseph’s Hospice based in Hackney. Today he advises and supports the recruitment of senior personnel at many of the UK's and Global charities through his company Astarita Aldrich and Ward.