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:

  • Blockchain for Philanthropy event 2017
  • Blockchain session and plenary panel at the Civil Society Charity Technology conference 2017
  • Disruptive Techology speaker at Wilton Park's Future of Philanthropy event, 2017
  • Cass Business School MSc in Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment (Jun 2017), lecture on key themes from Public Good by Private Means for
  • Launch of Disberse 2017, new blockchain-based global aid platform
  • University of Kent MA in Philanthropic Studies 2016, Lecture on “Criticisms of Philanthropy”
  • Nesta ShareLab 2016, Session on The Growth of the Social Purpose Collaborative Economy
  • Philanthropy Impact/STEP 2016
  • Isle of Man Funds Association/RBS 2015, “Pre-Election Special Event”


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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