WHAT is the buncher conference? The Buncher Interfaith and Intercultural Conference is a multifaith event aiming at bringing together top leaders from different disciplines to discuss critical issues pertaining to the life of their communities. This year, the conference is looking at bringing together faith and cultural leaders, professional and lay with those in business who work with communities. The conference takes place each year in London at the illustrious Church House Conference Centre.
What to expect? This year’s conference will explore the complex interaction between the business and voluntary sectors and will focus on: social finance; corporate social responsibility; businesses utilizing community values and ethics; and the development of partnership models between businesses and communities.
Who is this conference for? The conference is designed to create a bridge between business, finance and communities and will include input from renowned practioners, leading social finance experts from the Oxford business school as well as a variety of other experts. More specifically, the conference is aimed at: senior community professional and leaders; corporate social responsibility as well as diversity and inclusion directors.
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Professor, Said Business School, University of Oxford
John Hoffmire is Director of the Entrepreneurs in Residence Programme at Said Business School. His main areas of expertise are employee ownership, impact investing, entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, crowdfunding, ownership and wealth.
Revd Dr Fiona Stewart-Darling
Lead Chaplain, Canary Wharf
Revd Dr Fiona Stewart-Darling – The Bishop’s Chaplain in Docklands and Lead Chaplain, Fiona is an Anglican priest who has been working in Canary Wharf from June 2004. Since then she has been providing chaplaincy to all the workers on the Canary Wharf Estate.
Founder, Cathedral Innovation
Francis Davis is the founder of the Cathedral Innovation Centre. He has taught social enterprise, social sciences and community development at Cambridge and Oxford. He is a prolific author on enterprise, EU anti-poverty strategies, migration, public service reform, and social innovation. He has also served as faith advisor to the Secretary of State and Government Ministers.
Chief Executive, NESTA
From 2004-2011, Geoff served as first Chief Executive of the Young Foundation, a leading centre for social innovation. Between 1997 and 2004, he held various roles in the UK government including Director of the Government's Strategy Unit and Head of policy in the Prime Minister's office. Before that he was the Founder and Director of the think-tank Demos.
Founding Partner, Hoxton Ventures
Hussein is a founding partner of Hoxton Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm in London he set up with Rob Kniaz. Throughout the past years, he has been an angel investor in several early stage startups. He is also an advisor to the Chairman of Eros International Plc and Different Capital. He also helps the UK government with technology policy.
Philanthropist and Entrepreneur
Maurice Ostro is Chairman of both Ostro Minerals (UK) Ltd and Fayre Share Investments. Maurice has received numerous international awards for his inventions. As a serial entrepreneur, he has created a number of companies in a wide variety of fields. He is one of the longest standing members of Young Presidents Organisation internationally. He is also Chairman of the organising committee for the Mayor's Interfaith Conference for London, a project he initiated.
Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer
CEO, Spiritual Capital Foundation
Naftali Brawer is the CEO of the Spiritual Capital Foundation. After being ordained as an Orthodox Rabbi he led one of the largest congregations in Europe. Naftali holds a PhD in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from University College London. He is a published author, columnist and broadcaster, presenting on BBC Radio. He teaches ethics and intellectual history to wide and diverse audiences. He frequently lectures at various firms in the City of London and over the years has developed a keen interest in and deep commitment to bringing deeper meaning and values to the workplace.
The Rt Hon Eric Pickles (tbc)
Secretary of State
Eric Pickles was appointed Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in May 2010. He is the Conservative MP for Brentwood and Ongar.
Islamic Finance Consultant
Mohamed Bouli is Head and Co-Founder of Al Maalyam and Managing Partner of the Al Maali Consulting Group. In this capacity, he advises banks, financial institutions and regulators to develop and provide Islamic Finance products. He also teaches Islamic Finance in many institutions and advises the Brussels Capital-Region Ministry of Economic Affairs on a project related to Islamic Finance.