Clare Woodcraft-Scott is the Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Foundation, the national foundation of the UAE focused on guiding, inspiring and empowering youth in the UAE and addressing various challenges that young people face around their personal and professional development. Woodcraft-Scott oversaw the transition of the foundation from a traditional grant-making entity to one that is an early regional adopter of venture philanthropy. Prior to joining Emirates Foundation, she was the Deputy Director at Shell Foundation and earlier led Shell’s social investment portfolio in MENA.
She has over 20 years of experience working in the field of sustainable development primarily in emerging economies, first as a development practitioner, then a journalist and then as a corporate executive specializing in social investment, sustainable development and shared value. She has written extensively about sustainable development in the Middle East, trends in the philanthropic sector and the value of social enterprises. She is a fluent Arabic speaker having studied languages at university and holds a BA from Salford University in the UK and a MSc in Sustainable Development from the LSE.