Catherine Zennström, chair and co-founder of Zennström Philanthropies which was founded in 2007, supports the work of human rights organisations fighting for the respect of human rights and dignity, mainly in Europe and Central Asia. The foundation focuses on global climate change, green entrepreneurship and human rights. It works in partnership with over twenty charities.
Catherine worked as a volunteer at Médecins Sans Frontières and Amnesty International in London. She was a trustee with Refuge, a British based organisation dedicated to fighting domestic violence. Catherine serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors at Human Rights Watch. She chairs their Nominating committee and their Europe and Central Asia Advisory committee, covering both regional and issue-specific programs to respect rights and secure justice for all.
Catherine also holds different roles as a member or trustee at the Global Philanthropy Forum, the International Human Rights Funders Group, Ariadne (the European Human Rights Funders Network) and at The Philanthropy Workshop (TPW Co-hort 12). She is an enthusiastic supporter of organisations working to inspire new philanthropists to engage more actively in funding human rights issues.
Before moving to London, Catherine spent over ten years in the European telecom industry as a business developer. She was educated at international schools in the US, France and the UK and holds a BA in Business Administration from the University of Lincoln.