Stephanie Draper

Stephanie Draper

Chief executive

Stephanie Draper is Bond's chief executive. Stephanie has spent over 20 years working to accelerate a just and sustainable future, with a focus on sustainable development. She brings extensive international experience of bringing sectors together to collaborate and shape a better future.

She was previously at Forum for the Future working on how to practically achieve the systems change needed to deliver the UN Global Goals. As their chief change officer and deputy CEO she shaped the sustainable nutrition, 1.5 degrees and sustainable value chains and livelihoods Labs and how organisations can deliver transformational strategies. She also created new approaches to understanding impact.

She has been instrumental in creating a number of cross sector initiatives (between business, NGOs and governments) and partnership such as the Protein Challenge, the Sustainable Shipping Initiative and the School of Systems Change, where she is faculty. Prior to Forum Stephanie founded the Corporate Responsibility team at The Work Foundation.


#School4All Supported by EU funding, Norwegian Refugee Council ensures access to school in Heart, Afghanistan, for children from different regions of the country who had to escape conflict or drought. The majority of them have never received any education
6 January 2022
It’s going to be a tumultuous year, but we're hopeful that we can capitalise on the opportunities that it brings – to build a system of international solidarity and equity that is fit for the future with our partners and members across the world.
1 December 2021
With the Future Dialogues project, we are aiming to move the sector beyond a reactive position, defending a system that is no longer fit for purpose, and move towards finding new models for the UK development sector rooted in equity and solidarity. 
Street market crowd at Lagos Island's commercial district.
12 October 2021
If the FCDO is committed to value for money, open societies, effective aid and equity for the world’s most marginalised people, it must place locally led development at the heart of its new International Development Strategy.
Hands and flowers
8 July 2021
Understanding the problem is an important part of creating change. But there are also moments when we want things to move more quickly, to see real action and transformation in response to need.
4 January 2021
A look at five themes that will likely dictate 2021 in international development such as Covid-19 recovery, aid cuts and the climate crisis.
5 August 2020
As Covid-19 disrupts every aspect of our collective lives, the pandemic throws into relief how underprepared and unsustainable our societies are.
Alexander Township in Johannesburg, South Africa, showing new low cost homes fitted with Solar Power for hot water geysers.
2 July 2020
INGOs need to harness their experience and position to become even more effective players as we pursue better development outcomes in the face of world-changing transitions.
A woman in her shelter in Kanyaruchinya
13 May 2020
As civil society organisations support vulnerable communities and hold governments to account during the pandemic, we should consider how to embrace change for the better.
British and Sierra Leonean medics work together at Connaught Hospital, Freetown
10 February 2020
As the UK exits the European Union, we have the chance to redefine what role we play on the world stage. But the right steps need to be taken to ensure "Global Britain" is a success.
9 January 2020
A look at the risks and opportunities that could present themselves in the international development sector in 2020 and beyond.


Conference sessions

The key barriers the UK's international NGO sector faces in supporting community-led development and how INGOs can shift power together.  



Thu, 05/27/2021 - 11:30 to 12:15

An recorded address from FCDO and then reflections on the future of UK civil society.



Thu, 05/27/2021 - 15:30 to 16:15
Lead strand

Leaders share their perspectives on what works and what doesn’t during the pandemic and beyond.



Wed, 05/26/2021 - 14:15 to 15:00