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Corporate Philanthropy

Chris West

Chris West takes a businesslike approach to philanthropy, looking for ways to leverage the assets of the Shell Foundation and its corporate parent to improve the lives of low-income people in the developing world.

 

Chris West has been involved with the Shell Foundation since its beginning. He was active in the discussions about its creation, joining as deputy director soon after its 2000 launch. In 2008 he was named director of the London-based foundation.

The Shell Foundation gives away about $16 million a year. Although it isn’t one of the larger foundations, it plays an outsized role in philanthropy, in part because of its ties to the world’s fifth largest corporation —Royal Dutch Shell—but also...


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