co-founders

DONNA REITANO

Donna is an advocate for social-impact and economic-development causes. She has acted at all levels: private enterprise, private and public donors, governments, and intergovernmental organisations.

She has directed an international trade association, and been responsible for strategic planning and fundraising in NGOs.

For the past 10 years as an independent adviser and consultant, Donna has been dedicated to social impact organisations involved with human, environmental and health rights. In 2019, she reached out to her talented colleagues to co-found em4, fulfilling her dream of building operational competencies in the sector.

Donna’s educational qualifications include a Master of Laws in international business law and an MBA. She is on the board of a grassroots development organisation and a member of the Swiss Alpine Club.

She has lived outside her native United States for 40 years, and now splits her time between France and Switzerland.

DONNA REITANO

Donna is an advocate for social-impact and economic-development causes. She has acted at all levels: private enterprise, private and public donors, governments, and intergovernmental organisations.

She has directed an international trade association, and been responsible for strategic planning and fundraising in NGOs.

For the past 10 years as an independent adviser and consultant, Donna has been dedicated to social impact organisations involved with human, environmental and health rights. In 2019, she reached out to her talented colleagues to co-found em4, fulfilling her dream of building operational competencies in the sector.

Donna’s educational qualifications include a Master of Laws in international business law and an MBA. She is on the board of a grassroots development organisation and a member of the Swiss Alpine Club.

She has lived outside her native United States for 40 years, and now splits her time between France and Switzerland.

AJAY MEHTA

Ajay is an organisational development and strategy specialist passionate about supporting the growth and sustainability of civil society organisations globally to increase their social impact.

With significant contributions in the social impact and public sectors he brings a breadth of experience to support the development of organisations in the areas of strategic planning and overhaul, income generation for sustainable growth, leadership development, and good governance.

The extensive portfolio of his work has ranged from large international institutions to smaller community-based organisations, supporting them to review and re-engineer their strategic interventions and maximise impact.

He has held non-executive director positions with national and international charities and with the UK’s National Health Service, and has headed up a charitable, grant-making foundation with investments to develop the health economy in sub-Saharan Africa. He has an MBA from the School of Business at Kingston University, London.

Ajay resides in London, England.

AJAY MEHTA

Ajay is an organisational development and strategy specialist passionate about supporting the growth and sustainability of civil society organisations globally to increase their social impact.

With significant contributions in the social impact and public sectors he brings a breadth of experience to support the development of organisations in the areas of strategic planning and overhaul, income generation for sustainable growth, leadership development, and good governance.

The extensive portfolio of his work has ranged from large international institutions to smaller community-based organisations, supporting them to review and re-engineer their strategic interventions and maximise impact.

He has held non-executive director positions with national and international charities and with the UK’s National Health Service, and has headed up a charitable, grant-making foundation with investments to develop the health economy in sub-Saharan Africa. He has an MBA from the School of Business at Kingston University, London.

Ajay resides in London, England.

NIALL BLAIR

Niall is passionate about helping people and organisations to fulfil their potential and, using technology, to make learning meritocratic, accessible and affordable for all. 

Since graduating from Dundee University with BSC (Hons) in Economics and Electronic/Electrical Engineering, he has headed up Change Programmes, Innovation, Operations, Business Improvement, Customer Service and Learning & Development, in FTSE 100 companies as well as startups across the UK for almost 30 years.

Finally giving in full time to his entrepreneurial spirit, and after forming a digital creative agency in 2004, Niall founded grapl ltd., in 2014, a digital-first consultancy practice delivering a broad range of organisational development services including Leadership and People Development, eLearning, Digital Transformation and Web & Graphic design.

Niall curates and manages our eLearning portfolio and digital platform.

Niall resides in Perthshire, Scotland with his partner and 2 youngest sons.

NIALL BLAIR

Niall is passionate about helping people and organisations to fulfil their potential and, using technology, to make learning meritocratic, accessible and affordable for all. 

Since graduating from Dundee University with BSC (Hons) in Economics and Electronic/Electrical Engineering, he has headed up Change Programmes, Innovation, Operations, Business Improvement, Customer Service and Learning & Development, in FTSE 100 companies as well as startups across the UK for almost 30 years.

Finally giving in full time to his entrepreneurial spirit, and after forming a digital creative agency in 2004, Niall founded grapl ltd., in 2014, a digital-first consultancy practice delivering a broad range of organisational development services including Leadership and People Development, eLearning, Digital Transformation and Web & Graphic design.

Niall curates and manages our eLearning portfolio and digital platform.

Niall resides in Perthshire, Scotland with his partner and 2 youngest sons.

regional-strategy

regional strategy

em4 is committed to delivering solutions in organisational development and capacity building across different regions around the world. The growing network of highly experienced and skilled fundraising professionals and OD Facilitators are onboarded with a clear aim of supporting organisations in their respective regions to be more financially sustainable, robust in their governance and strategy, and confident in their leadership. Our unique digital platform, CloudRooms provides the network with opportunities for in-region and cross-regional peer learning and collaboration to help accelerate social impact globally.

OLIVIER DURAND-EVRARD

France

For the past 5 years, Olivier has worked closely with associations, foundations, and local and regional government authorities to train and accompany them in defining their fundraising strategies and developing their business models.

His experience extends over 20 years in the public sector working in one of France’s largest regional governmental departments – the Grand Lyon authority – and managing the regional economic division of a chamber of commerce. Olivier has expertise in public/private partnerships, public sector-funded project management at both national and European levels, and impact analysis.

Olivier believes that each new client opens a new horizon of challenges and discoveries. He is passionate about developing collective intelligence and supporting the collaborative construction of innovative solutions. He has worked extensively in creative and technical team animation and motivation with Thiagi training games.

Olivier holds the French Fundraising Certificate awarded by ESSEC international business school and has a Masters degree in urban and resource planning from the Institut d’Urbanisme de Grenoble. His undergraduate degree is from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Lyon.

His collaboration as an em4 Regional Partner began in 2020.

OLIVIER DURAND-EVRARD

France

For the past 5 years, Olivier has worked closely with associations, foundations, and local and regional government authorities to train and accompany them in defining their fundraising strategies and developing their business models.

His experience extends over 20 years in the public sector working in one of France’s largest regional governmental departments – the Grand Lyon authority – and managing the regional economic division of a chamber of commerce. Olivier has expertise in public/private partnerships, public sector-funded project management at both national and European levels, and impact analysis.

Olivier believes that each new client opens a new horizon of challenges and discoveries. He is passionate about developing collective intelligence and supporting the collaborative construction of innovative solutions. He has worked extensively in creative and technical team animation and motivation with Thiagi training games.

Olivier holds the French Fundraising Certificate awarded by ESSEC international business school and has a Masters degree in urban and resource planning from the Institut d’Urbanisme de Grenoble. His undergraduate degree is from the Institut d’Études Politiques de Lyon.

His collaboration as an em4 Regional Partner began in 2020.