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Catherine Zennström

Zennström Philanthropies

London, UK

Co-Founder & Chair

Zennström Philanthropies

Catherine Zennström

Biography

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.

Catherine Zennström’s Newsfeed

02 Oct 2018
Giving together, growing together with Fondation Philantropia

Searching for solutions that are scalable and sustainable, motivates Catherine Zennström, who sits on the board of Human Rights Watch...“You are not giving money away or giving something back,” said the co-founder of Zennström Philanthropies, UK. “You are investing money, accompanying projects, trying to move the needle on certain issues.”

Catherine Zennström’s Background

Co-Founder & Chair
Feb 2007 - Present
London, UK
Founded by Niklas & Catherine Zennström in 2007, the organisation has two strategic programmes designed to support Human Rights & the Environment. Catherine is Chair of Zennström Philanthropies and manages its Human Rights portfolio.

Other Business Interests

Advisory Committee Chair
2011 - Present
London, UK
Chair of Europe & Central Asia Advisory Committee. Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.
Vice Chair of Board of Directors
2008 - Present
London, UK
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights.
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Catherine Zennström’s Education

BA Business Administration
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