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Standard Chartered Foundation

We aim to tackle inequality and promote economic inclusion for young people around the world. 

Who we are

Find out why the Foundation was set up and its purpose

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Our Board

Meet the people who sit on the Foundation's board of trustees

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About Futuremakers

The Foundation is the lead delivery partner for Futuremakers by Standard Chartered

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Impact and reporting

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Who we are

The Standard Chartered Foundation is a charitable foundation that tackles inequality by promoting greater economic inclusion for disadvantaged young people from low-income households, particularly girls and people with visual impairments.

Established in 2019 by Standard Chartered Bank, it is a registered charity in England and Wales (charity number 1184946).  

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Why tackle inequality?

Social and economic inequality limits individual and collective potential, stifling growth and creating social disharmony. Inequality significantly affects disadvantaged young people who often can’t access the skills and opportunities needed to close the income gap.

Globally, more than 200 million young people are either unemployed, or they have jobs, but continue to live in poverty due to low income. They lack the opportunities to improve their lives and their communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has made this worse.

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Our response

SCF funds programmes in the areas of education, employability, entrepreneurship and eye health. 

It is the lead delivery partner for Futuremakers by Standard Chartered.

It is also a delivery partner for the Standard Chartered COVID-19 Global Charitable Fund, set up in April 2020 by Standard Chartered PLC, to support communities impacted by COVID-19, through economic recovery programmes under Futuremakers.

Futuremakers by Standard Chartered

Empowering the next generation to learn, earn and grow

Standard Chartered PLC has chosen the Foundation as the lead partner in delivering  Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, a global initiative to tackle inequality and promote greater economic inclusion.

Futuremakers aims to raise US$75 million between 2019 and 2023 to empower the next generation to learn, earn and grow through programmes focusing on education, employability and entrepreneurship.

Our Board Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the Foundation’s key strategic and policy decisions.

Tracey McDermott

Tracey McDermott, CBE

Chair and Trustee

Liz Lloyd

Liz Lloyd, CBE


Iraj Ispahani

Iraj Ispahani


Claire Dixon


Andy Halford

Andy Halford


Simon Cooper

Simon Cooper


Marieta Mtawa


Standard Chartered Foundation Programme Steering Committee

The SCF Programme Steering Committee is responsible for the Foundation’s programme review and governance.

All members are from Standard Chartered Bank. 



Alison McFadyen – Group Head, Internal Audit



Mastura Adnan – Head, Brand and Sustainability, Malaysia
Ezaz Naser Bijoy – CEO, Bangladesh
Natasha Kwakwa – Global Head, Community Programmes and Impact
Hind Naciri – Senior Sustainability Manager, Europe
Alex Manson – SC Ventures
Kimberly McMurdo – Head, Organisation and People Capability
Kariuki Ngari – CEO, Kenya and East Africa
Jerry Xiao Lei Zhang – Cluster CEO, China and Japan

Registered with UK Companies House (Company number 11968592 ) and the Charity Commission of England and Wales (Charity number 1184946)

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