David Russell is Founder and Director of The Social Enterprise, which advises an array of social ventures. Currently the organisation is working with charities and social businesses to build and strengthen their “mission-driven ambition” – to leverage all their assets to deliver the most effective work. In that capacity, he is currently serving as the Interim Chief Executive as Antonio Russo Ltd, a social business which produces the Antonio Russo range of dairy-free iced desserts.
From 2009 to 2013, David served as Director of Survivors Fund (SURF), a UK-based international nonprofit organisation which represents and supports survivors of the Rwandan genocide. He first began working with SURF in 2004 as a consultant, in which capacity he continues to support the organisation today.
David was a co-founder of The PR Office in 2004, where he headed up the third sector division, representing an array of international charities including the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Holocaust Educational Trust. David began his career with Chime Communications as a graduate trainee in 1999.
David is particularly proud to be a Trustee of the Congregation of Jacob synagogue in the East End, and company secretary of the SPID Theatre Company, an innovative theatre project working with urban youth in London.
David has an MPA in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy from the Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service, New York University, and an MA in Social and Political Sciences from Christ’s College, Cambridge University. He is an NYU Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and a 2013 Clore Social Fellow.