Visiting Scholars & Practitioners


Visiting Scholars


Lucy Bernholz

Lucy Bernholz is a philanthropy wonk trying to understand how we create, fund, and distribute shared social goods in the digital age – what she calls the future of good. She writes extensively on philanthropy, technology, information, and policy on her blog, Lucy is a visiting scholar at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, where she is helping to launch the Digital Civil Society Lab. She is also a Visiting Scholar at The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she is writing a book while also working with Foundation colleagues to think about foundations in the digital age. 

Charles Keidan

Charles Keidan is a UK based expert on philanthropy and charitable giving, and Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Charles served as the inaugural CEO of the Pears Foundation between 2004 and 2012, establishing Pears at the vanguard of family and faith philanthropy. In this capacity, Charles co-authored and edited Family Foundations Giving Trends between 2008-12, an authoritative source of data and analysis, credited with driving renewed interest in family philanthropy in the UK. At Stanford, Charles co-teaches ‘Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector’ with Bruce Sievers, a class in which students learn about the origins of philanthropy and develop deliberative skills to thoughtfully distribute $100,000 to charitable causes. As Philanthropy Practice Fellow at City University London, Charles is spearheading a study on the teaching of philanthropy at European Universities, for publication in 2014. Other research interests include the political foundations of philanthropy, and the role of philanthropy in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Charles has a deep interest in philanthropy’s capacity to promote, or set back, inter-cultural understanding and he has worked to foster critical thinking about the conflict through the creation of academic posts, experiential learning and intra-faith initiatives.

Susan Liautaud

She is the Founder and Director of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited, a UK-based advisory firm on ethics matters internationally. She also founded Imaginer Consulting Limited, a non-profit consulting firm (UK registered charity) advising non-profit organisations internationally on strategy, governance and accountability, ethics, and management/board relations, now the pro bono division of SLAL. Her prior professional experience includes international corporate and financial law at Sullivan & Cromwell and serving as Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs and Lecturer in Law at Stanford University Law School. She holds a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science; a JD from Columbia University Law School; a M.A. in Chinese Studies from University of London School of Oriental and African Studies; and a M.A. and two B.A.s from Stanford University.

Dr. Bernhard Lorentz 

Dr. Bernhard Lorentz is a visiting scholar at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and a honorary professor at Freie Universität Berlin. He also serves as a Special Advisor for Foundations and Civil Society at the German Federal Foreign Office. Dr. Lorentz was President and CEO of Stiftung Mercator from 2008 until February 2014, where he continues to serve as a strategic advisor. Prior to this, he was Head of Corporate Responsibility and Foundations at Vodafone Germany and Executive Director of the Hertie School of Governance. Dr. Lorentz holds a PhD from Humboldt University Berlin and a MA both from University of Sussex and from Humboldt University. He has been working in and with foundations since 2001 when he joined the ZEIT-Stiftung after having served in several corporate positions. Bernhard Lorentz teaches foundation management and strategy as a guest lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin and in 2011 was made a honorary professor. Bernhard Lorentz publishes on economic history, strategic philanthropy and third sector management as well as in the areas of climate change, migration and research and education policy. He has published in high ranking academic journals and regularly writes op-eds in major Newspapers and sector specific journals. Bernhard Lorentz serves on numerous boards both academic and philanthropic. He is founder and board member of a number of social entrepreneurial enterprises.

Johanna Mair

Johanna Mair is Professor of Management, Organization and Leadership at the Hertie School of Governance and the Hewlett Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and the Academic Editor of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. From 2001 to 2011 she served on the Strategic Management faculty at IESE Business School. She has held a visiting position at the Harvard Business School and teaches regularly at the Harvard Kennedy School and INSEAD. Before earning her PhD in Management from INSEAD (France), she was directly involved in executive decision-making in international banking. In 2008 she was recognized as a "Faculty Pioneer" for Social Entrepreneurship Education by the Aspen Institute. Her research focuses on how novel organizational and institutional arrangements generate economic and social development and the role of innovation in this process. She is the co-editor of three books and has published in leading academic journal. Today, alongside her academic responsibilities, she serves on the Global Agenda Council on Social Innovation of the World Economic Forum and carries out advisory and board work for multinational companies, the United Nations, governments, foundations and social venture funds.

Christian Seelos

Christian Seelos is a visiting scholar at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, where he co-leads the OCCI research project. He is the Leo Tindemans Chair on Business Model Innovation and faculty at the Department of Economics and Business at KU Leuven (Belgium) and an academic visitor at Oxford University (UK). Most recently he served as the Director of the IESE Platform for Strategy and Sustainability and a Senior Lecturer in the Strategic Management Department at IESE Business School. He teaches MBA and executive courses in International Business, Global Strategic Management, Social Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Sustainability. Christian researches the interface between organizational strategy and global sustainability including social innovation, new business models for poverty alleviation, climate change and water stress. The Strategic Management Society recognized his recent research on innovative corporate strategies in emerging markets with the Best Paper Award for Practice Implications and also was awarded the Gold Price of the highly contested IFC-FT essay competition on private sector development. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals in the natural- and social sciences, held managerial positions in the private industry and served as Senior Adviser to the Chairman at the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM) where he led inspection and disarmament efforts on biological weapons in Iraq.

Bruce Sievers

Bruce Sievers is a Senior Fellow of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Consulting Director of the Skirball Foundation, Visiting Scholar at the Haas Center for Public Service, and former Director of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. Sievers consults with Stanford faculty, students, and staff on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. He teaches an undergraduate course on civil society and the nonprofit sector. He is also currently writing a book, tentatively titled Between Public and Private: Philanthropy, Civil Society, and the Fate of the Commons.



Visiting Practitioners

Alexa Culwell

For nearly two decades, Alexa managed foundations and philanthropic initiatives for successful entrepreneurs who leveraged money, influence and knowledge to drive social change.  She served as the CEO of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation from then she was CEO of the Stupski Foundation.  She is also a partner of SV2 and a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley.  She has built and managed foundations and philanthropic initiatives for successful entrepreneurs that leveraged money, influence and knowledge to drive social change. Her work has been cited in Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review and by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.

C.R. Hibbs

C.R. Hibbs is a Visiting Practitioner at Stanford University's Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society. Her current work, which includes consulting to private foundation clients, focuses on integrating organizational capacity and strategy, philanthropic training and learning, and fostering communities of practitioners for collective social impact. Before coming to PACS, C.R. served as Senior Advisor to the President of the Hewlett Foundation. She also spent ten years as a program officer and the managing director for Mexico for the Hewlett Foundation's Global Development Program. In that capacity, Ms. Hibbs established the Hewlett Foundation’s Mexico City office, and developed a portfolio of grants that contributed to significant justice reform and transparency and accountability reforms in Mexico. For a short video of her work fostering collective impact in Mexico click here.

Nadia Roumani

Nadia Roumani is a Visiting Practitioner with Stanford University’s Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS), and a Lecturer and 2013 Fellow with Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the Ms. Roumani is interested in how to integrate design thinking with philanthropy, and she has facilitated design workshops for foundations across the country, including the Gates Foundation, Florida Philanthropy Network, Nexus Youth Summit, Council on Foundations, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation, among others. Her approach is to introduce design thinking as a tool to help foundations better scope challenges they want to address by engaging end users, increase intra-organizational creativity and innovation, and incorporate radical collaboration.

Christine Sherry

Christine Sherry worked for a decade at the Hewlett Foundation as the founding Executive Director of the Philanthropy Workshop West, a program in partnership with the TOSA and Rockefeller Foundations. She taught a course, Giving Wisely, last fall in the Stanford Continuing Studies program and will teach a similar course starting this September. Since 2008, Christine has led her own philanthropic advising practice, working with a number of Stanford researchers. A distinctive focus of her work is field mapping of various philanthropic landscapes, from climate change to global development. She graduated from Stanford with a dual degree in International Relations and the Humanities Honors program.


Jenny Shilling Stein

Jenny Shilling Stein co-founded the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation in 2002 to identify and support the most talented social entrepreneurs. The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation seeks to dramatically improve the lives of people and the world around us through innovative strategies, systems changing approaches, and disrupting technologies. Its goal is to find social entrepreneurs with dynamic ideas and nurture them at the early stages with maximum leverage and total commitment. Jenny currently serves on the boards of FoodCorps, Global Health Corps, Sanergy and Think Unlimited and is an Advisor to New Classrooms. Jenny received both her Master of Business Administration and her Master of Education from Stanford University. She graduated magna cum laude in Psychology and English from Amherst College.