Donna St. Hill is a development advisor and Director of Equity Strategies International, independent consultants on global corporate responsibility, development and economic governance, and “blended value” investment strategies. She is also Founder of Investors for Development (I4D), an initiative to harness international capital markets to create development and prosperity through sustainable profit.
A former television news anchor and public affairs business entrepreneur, she has advised world leaders, global business figures and multi-lateral agencies on financial and partnership innovations for international development and has published and spoken widely on foreign direct investment and economic governance in developing economies; entrepreneurship and poverty reduction strategies; and trade policy and development. She has advised the UNDP and UNCTAD in the areas of trade, investment and equitable growth and is also a Commonwealth expert on social equity, finance and macroeconomic policy.
Donna has worked in over 30 countries including Barbados, Cameroon, Canada, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ireland, Japan, Mali, Mongolia, Mauritius, Nigeria, The Gambia and the UK.
Donna spent four years as a United Kingdom member of the European Union Economic and Social Committee where she sat on the influential sub-committee for reforming African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP)-EU Trade and Aid Relations. In 2005, she co-founded Hooper’s African Trust which provides 10 girls in Kenya’s Masai Mara with access to residential, secondary education each year. She became a Founding member of International Lawyers for Africa in 2006.
Voted one of the UK’s 100 most influential black people in the 2010 PowerList, and one of Management Today Magazine’s “35 Women Under 35” to watch, Donna holds a BA in International Development from Carleton University, and read for the M.Sc. and Ph.D. in International Relations at the London School of Economics.
Specialties: Development finance, innovative social finance, gender and economic empowerment, corporate responsibility, philanthropy and development, public-private partnerships for development, partnership building, diplomatic communications and lobbying