People behind Social Fund

Social Fund is run by a group of volunteers in Washington D.C., New York, St. Louis, London, Doha, Beirut, Dubai and Beijing. If you're interested in helping us out, please shoot us an e-mail at

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Andrew Chappelle is the founder and president of Social Fund. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, he is also a journalist and television news producer for Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar. Andrew has a background in broadcast communication and international relations, with degrees from Saint Louis University and the Webster Graduate School at Regent's University London. Before joining AJE, he worked for the American Red Cross in Baghdad, Iraq, and has also lived in China and Lebanon. Andrew has a dog named Beau who you may see on our instagram feed from time to time. Follow Andrew on Twitter, eh? Andrew Chappelle on Twitter

Travis Collins is a founding member of Social Fund. He is the Video Production Manager for Forbes Media and has also worked for Democracy Now! and NY1. He began his career as a grip/gapher and art director in film and media after studying at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Travis splits his volunteer endeavors between areas of New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina, and parts of NYC affected by Hurricane Sandy. He has also taught international students in the Dominican Republic and at-risk youth in Crown Heights. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. Follow Travis on Twitter here Travis Collins on Twitter

Support Team

Jennifer Lynch is an Associate at McKinsey & Company in Dubai.  Previously she worked in international development based in Washington, DC and Islamabad, Pakistan. She has degrees from Georgetown University and Columbia Business School.  

Dr. Karem Roitman is a consultant for Oxford Development Solutions and a lecturer at the Webster Graduate School London. She holds a PhD in International Development from Oxford University.

Kate Howell is Vice President for Development & Communications at the International Institute of St. Louis, an immigrant and refugee services agency in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tim Paradise is a founding member of Social Fund and an award winning Creative Director with Tribal/DDB Korea in Seoul, South Korea. He is experienced in shaping and selling new ideas all over the world for international brands and products in traditional and digital media. 

Simon Zachary is a Network Operations Manager for Microsoft who lives in Seattle, Washington. He is is an alumnus of Gonzaga University.

Patrick Keefe is a Digital Strategist for HughesLeahyKarlovic, a marketing and advertising agency in St. Louis, Missouri.

Fadi Bizri is a founding member and program director of Seeqnce, an internet startup accelerator based in Beirut. He has degrees in engineering from Université de Montréal - Ecole polytechnique de Montréal and the American University of Beirut. 

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