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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Church House Conference Centre
Date TBD
RSVPs Closed

  John Hoffmire

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.

  Francis Davis

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.

  Geoff Mulgan

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.

  Hussein Kanji

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.

  Maurice Ostro

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.

  Mohamed Boulif

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.

Wednesday, October 30th: Hilton Double Tree Hotel

Welcoming Dinner for participants from abroad 30 John Islip Street, London SW1P 4DD

Thursday, October 31st: Church House, London

For those staying in the hotel, meeting at the lobby to walk to Church House (10 mins. walk) Dean's Yard, Westminster, SW1P 3NZ
Official Welcome Eric Pickles (Secretary of State) (TBC)
Opening Session: Business and Community Values Hussein Kanji (Nivio/Eros International, UK) Maurice Ostro (Ostro Minerals/Faiths Forum for London) Moderated by: TBC
Coffee Break
What is Social Finance? New and old models of philanthropy Prof. John Hoffmire (Oxford University) Chaired by: Marcelo Dimentstein (JDC-ICCD)
Lunch (Kosher, Halal and Vegetarian options)
Session: Using practical examples of social hubs and social finance models from around the world Francis Davis (Portsmouth Cathedral Social Hub) Prof. Alean Al-Krenawi (Achva Academic College and Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel) Mohamed Boulif (Islamic Finance Initiatives, Belgium) Moderated by: Alberto Senderey (JDC)
Social Finance Workshop
Coffee Break
Riverboat experience across the Thames
Gala Dinner at London Muslim Centre 46 Whitechapel Road, E1 1JX

Friday, November 1st: Church House, London

Keynote and Discussion: Business in the Community: How should faith and business learn from each other? Geoff Mulgan (Chief Executive, NESTA) Moderated by: Ahmed Larouz (CEDAR)
Coffee break
Models of Partnership Sue Adkins (International Director, Business in the Community) Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer (CEO, Spiritual Capital) Revd Dr Fiona Stewart-Darling (Chaplain of Canary Wharf) Bilal Hassam (London Muslim Social Finance) Moderated by: TBC
Concluding Session
Lunch (Kosher, Halal and Vegetarian options) and Farewell NB. Please note that this program is a draft and may be subject to change.
For those staying in the hotel, meeting at the lobby to walk to Church House (10 mins. walk)
Opening Session: Business and Community Values Hussein Kanji (Nivio/Eros International, UK) Maurice Ostro (Ostro Minerals/Faiths Forum for London) Moderated by: TBC
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