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In Your Network: Adiva Kestenbaum

Adiva Kestenbaum FRSA, is Project Lead for UpRising, a social venture set up by the Young Foundation to support the next generation of emerging leaders. Find out how Adiva would like to connect with other Fellows:

1) Please give a brief explanation of what it is you do and why?
I am the Project Lead for UpRising, a social venture set up by the Young Foundation to support the next generation of young leaders across the private public and voluntary sector. I oversee the London and Bedford porgammes with responsibility for curriculum roll-out, communications and stakeholder management as well as fundraising to ensure we can sustain our work.

I believe that the people who lead our country should reflect the communities in which they operate. Furthermore, I believe that leadership should be informed by a social conscious at its core. Through UpRising, I have seen first hand the difference that the right support, training and guidance can do to opening up pathways to leadership to those who have potential but lack opportunity.

2) What did you join the Fellowship for?
To connect to like minded people who are passionate about making social change happen.

3) In what capacity do you think you could contribute to society/the Fellowship? 
Share my experience on programme delivery, social innovation,community and leadership development.

4) What would you change in society given the chance?
Ensure greater synergy between sustainability and CR initiatives and third sector organisations so that engagement becomes embedded in how businesses operate, sustainability is at the core of every agenda and the third sector is in sync with corporate strategy rather than ten steps behind.

5) What recent bit of news have you heard which inspires you? 
Our Head of Operation, Phillip Kerry, becoming the new winner of the Evening Standard’s Ideas for London competition.

6) What did you learn last week? 
Young Foundation research indicates it costs the UK economy £8.2bn per year to sustain inactive Britons. Increased participation in sports and physically active play will improve healthy outlooks, but also reduce crime, improve mental health, increase educational attainment, and result in more cohesive communities. You can read the report online.  

7) Tell us about another interesting Fellow you have spoken to.
Bethan Michael is an UpRising Alumni from our Bedford programme who has recently taken on the role of Fellowship Council at the RSA. Bethan is not only studying for her PHD at the moment but also working as a visiting lecturer at the University of Bedfordshire, she also sits on the board of the UpRising Emerging Leaders Advisory Board in Bedford and continues to commit to social change in Bedford. She is a true inspiration!

8) What would you like to connect with Fellows about? Please tell us if there is anything you would like from other Fellows
UpRising is always seeking new and exciting ways to collaborate. I would be delighted to speak to any Fellows interested in finding our more about our programme and sharing their experience and expertise with our UpRisers. 

Adiva Kestenbaum

Adiva Kestenbaum


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