Dorothea Arndt

CEO, Hand in Hand International

Dorothea Arndt entered the not-for-profit sector in 2006, leaving a Director role at Yahoo! to join the British Red Cross as Head of Digital. There, she wrote the organization’s first coherent digital strategy, leaving it optimally equipped to maximize its digital income, and tripling its digital audience in two years. In 2013, Dorothea joined Hand in Hand International as Head of Communications. Two years later her role expanded to include corporate partnerships, and in 2018 she was named CEO. As CEO, Dorothea spearheaded a change program that pivoted the organization from being founder-led (and to a large extent, funded) to one that has an award-winning fundraising and program management operation, an experienced management team and a diverse board. Under her leadership, Hand in Hand has achieved a balanced income between corporate, foundation, and institutional funding, securing six- and seven-figure partnerships with Swiss Re, Visa, the IKEA Foundation, Boeing, GIZ and more. She also serves as ex-officio Treasurer of the Board of Hand in Hand Eastern Africa, and Hand in Hand Afghanistan, as well as on the board of Hand in Hand (Deutschland).

Read Dorothea’s case for the role livelihoods programmes in the coronavirus recovery in Business Fights Poverty.

Dorothea is available to speak to the media about development, job creation, microfinance and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan, India and sub-Saharan Africa. To arrange an interview, or to speak with another one of our experts, please contact Ann Dickinson.