Gerry Salole

European Foundation Centre (Belgium)

Gerry Salole is the Chief Executive of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) since 2005. The EFC is an association of over 200 public-benefit foundations and corporate funders active in philanthropy in Europe and elsewhere.

His previous posts have included serving as Representative at the Ford Foundation’s Southern Africa office, based in Johannesburg, and director of the Department of Programme Documentation and Communication of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, based in The Hague. He has also worked for Save the Children Federation (USA) in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, and Redd Barna (Norwegian Save the Children) and OXFAM UK and UNHCR in Ethiopia.

Gerry Salole studied Social Anthropology and African History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He holds an M.A. (Econ.) and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. 

He is Chair of the Global Fund for Community Foundations (Johannesburg) sits on the Education Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations (New York) on the Strategic Advisory Committee of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (Brussels), he is a Board Member of Assifero, the Italian Association of Grant Making Foundations (Milan) and he is the Founding Chair of TrustAfrica (Dakar). Follow him on Twitter at @gerrysalole.