Rhodri Davies at the launch of Public Good by Private Means


Rhodri Davies leads our think tank, Giving Thought. He is the author of Public Good by Private Means and a recognised expert on philanthropy and technology for giving. Rhodri is much in demand as an adviser and speaker to governments, businesses, charities and philanthropists.



Rhodri's engaging communication style brings clarity to complex issues. Rhodri is an enthusiastic debater with a wealth of knowledge.  He has extensive experience speaking at conferences, seminars, on the radio and TV.

Rhodri's recent engagements include:

  • The Asian Banker Wealth & Society 2018 conference
  • Panel on Tech ethics at Civil Society Media Charity Technology conference
  • The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society & Volunteering, session on “The Future of Charities”
  • The Brazilian Philanthropy Forum 2018
  • Goldman Sachs Charity Forum 2018
  • Blockchain & Philanthropy event for Withers LLP
  • Yorkshire Grantmakers Forum 25 Anniversary Event
  • Charity Finance Group IT Conference
  • Panel on AI and Automation at SCVO Gathering 2018
  • Blockchain for Philanthropy event 2017
  • Keynote panel at The Association of Charitable Foundations Annual Conference 2017
  • The Council on Foundations Finance & Endowment Summit 2017 (in New York)
  • Blockchain session and plenary panel at the Civil Society Charity Technology conference 2017
  • Disruptive Technology speaker at Wilton Park's Future of Philanthropy event, 2017
  • Cass Business School MSc in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment (Jun 2017 & June 2018), lecture on key themes from Public Good by Private Means
  • University of Kent MA in Philanthropic Studies 2016, Lecture on “Criticisms of Philanthropy”
Rhodri Davies, Giving Thought Programme Leader, Charities Aid Foundation

Winter 2018 speaking engagements

16 November; The GeNErosity Festival, speaking on city philanthropy and disruptive technology

20 November; Leaders in Fundraising speaking on technology, trends and predictions

21 November; Blockchain breakfast briefing for Bircham Dyson Bell on cryptocurrency and blockchain

21 November; CharityComms Digital Conference on the current and imagined state of AI

28 November; Inaugural North West Philanthropy networking event for philanthropy advisers 

3 December 2018; European Foundation Centre event on Artificial Intelligence

7 December 2018; NAVCA annual conference, Sheffield 

Confirmed for 2019

7 February 2019; Institute of Fundraising North West Charity Leaders networking event

21 March 2019; WCVA Gofod 3rd annual conference, speaking on Artificial Intelligence


Rhodri leads Giving Thought - our in-house think tank - focusing on current and future issues affecting philanthropy and civil society. He is the author of Public Good by Private Means: How philanthropy shapes Britain, which traces the history of philanthropy in Britain and what it tells us about the role of modern philanthropy. Beyond that, he has researched, written and presented on a wide range of topics – from social investment to the charitable applications of cutting-edge technologies such as cryptocurrency and the blockchain.

Rhodri graduated from the University of Oxford with a first-class degree in Mathematics and Philosophy and embarked upon an academic career before migrating into public policy work at the think tank Policy Exchange. He has since spent nearly a decade specialising in the policy aspects of philanthropy and charitable giving.

TEDx Talk: Philanthropy and the City of London

Rhodri Davies at TEDx Squaremile in Nov 2014. The theme of the event was the power of purpose.

Public Good by Private Means Book Launch

CAF CEO, Sir John Low, introduces Rhodri Davies at the launch of his book, Public Good by Private Means

Block & Tackle | Could blockchain technology transform charity regulation?

Rhodri Davies talks about out report Block & Tackle, in which we consider the possibility of using blockchain technology to create civil society organisations.

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