Labelled a 'responsible business guru' by The Guardian newspaper, Manny is a trusted adviser to some of the world's foremost companies and NGOs, Trusts & Foundations (T&Fs), and high impact philanthropists. He has been a consultancy leader for over a dozen years, following his earlier careers in the corporate and non-profit sectors. He leads on transformation strategy, programme design, strategic counsel work, and is editor of The Corporate-NGO Partnerships Barometer at C&E Advisory, the highly respected Business & Society consultancy which he founded.
Manny advises, coaches, writes on, and catalyzes effective action on sustainable business, stakeholder engagement, diversity & inclusion, social innovation and community issues. His contributions have been published in a range of sources, including The FT, Time, Economist and Newsweek. With a strong belief in the value of optimising opportunity for diverse talent, and a passion for placing societal consideration at the heart of business purpose and shareholder value-creation, Manny has advised on a wide range of 'business & society' issues, working with leading multi-national companies including Accenture, Allianz AG, E.ON AG, Vodafone Group, BP, Barclays, Sky, Unilever, Microsoft, Mars Inc., Aviva, IKEA, Hitachi, ArcelorMittal, and Warner Bros. He has advised on some of the world’s leading corporate-non-profit collaborations and has inspired and facilitated dialogue and collaborations between previously antagonistic companies and NGOs.
Manny also advises leading T&Fs on strategy, programme review, as well as on convening, nurturing or scaling peer collaborations in order to enhance collective impact. In this capacity, he has worked with and convened processes for or with foundations and organisations including OECDnetFWD, Stars, Ford, Gates, Comic Relief, Oak Foundation, The UK’s Department for International Development and many more. He has undertaken similar work for major philanthropists and their family offices.
Manny maintains a deep commitment to community and societal issues. In addition to working professionally with a wide range of NGOs and international agencies, including Greenpeace, UNICEF, Plan International, WWF, Cancer Research, Practical Action, UNDP and Comic Relief, he advises several local, national and international NGOs in a voluntary capacity and has a particular commitment for working to advance the interests of young people around the world. He has been a non-executive/trustee of VInspired, the major implementation body set up to significantly increase youth engagement in their communities through volunteering; Centrepoint (youth homelessness charity); is a founding governor of The Charter School North Dulwich in London, and lead Founder of The Charter School East Dulwich (both inclusive, non-selective, state secondary schools in his local community are amongst the highest performing in the UK). He sits on the Advisory Board of Red Badger - a purpose-led consultancy that helps very large, complex organisations with digital innovation and transformation.
A Fellow of the RSA, Manny has been awarded several honours, including selection in 2000 as a GLT (Global Leader for Tomorrow) by the Davos-based World Economic Forum. In 1999, he was awarded an MVO (Member of the Royal Victorian Order) by HM The Queen, for services to the community in support of disadvantaged young people. He is married, has four sons and lives in London.