Kristen Zara Naude

Director of New Ventures at The Children's Society

Kirsten is the Children’s Society’s Director of New Ventures. She runs a cross-organisational function which is responsible for catalysing income growth, for achieving and accelerating impact for young people. This work focuses on market shaping, funding innovation, social investment, strategic partnerships and new cross-sector collaborations. 

Kirsten has a great deal of experience designing, developing and delivering services for children and families. Part of her week is spent consulting to other organisations on innovation, social impact and investment, organisational design and business development. Kirsten has recently been working on how ‘gaming for good’ can change the face of fundraising for charities – and has been building a blueprint on how charities can use the gaming industry, influencers, game design and theory to support their work – most recently tested out with the ‘You Are Not Alone’ #YANA global gaming event held on the 2nd May. 

She is passionate about seeing the lives of those who are vulnerable or disadvantaged, changed for the better. Outside of work, Kirsten’s interests is an adrenaline junkie, avid gamer and a budding futurist!
 

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