Skip to section navigation
Skip to content

"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice"

Nelson Mandela

Marcus Bonfanti

Marcus Bonfanti: PatronFrom
 the
 first
 note
 of
 Led
 Zeppelin’s
 “Black
 Dog”
 sixteen‐year‐old
 Marcus 
Bonfanti 
knew 
he 
wanted 
to 
be
 a 
guitar 
player.

Now
 29,
 Bonfanti 
has
 become 
the 
sum
 of
 all 
the 
great
 music 
he
 was 
exposed 
to 
as
 a 
young
 boy 
growing
 up 
in
 North
 London.

 His
 2008
 debut 
album, 
‘Hard
 Times,’
 set
 the
 scene 
and 
sent 
some 
subtly
 effective 
messages
 about 
a 
new
 British 
voice 
demanding 
to
 be
 heard.
 2010’s 
‘What
 Good 
Am 
I
 To
 You’ 
(Listed 
in 
Classic
 Rock 
Magazine’s 
top 
50 
albums 
of
 2010
 & 
Single 
”Give
 Me 
Your
 Cash” 
top
 40 
songs
 of
 2010) 
makes 
good 
on 
all 
those
 promises.
 The 
critical
 acclaim 
that 
both 
albums
 received
 earned
 him
 2
 nominations
 in
 both
 last
 year
 and
 this
 year’s
 “British
 Blues 
Awards” 
for 
Best
 Male 
Vocals 
& 
Best 
Guitar

"Bonfanti
 deserves 
to 
become 
the 
next
 British
 Blues
 Guitar
 Hero" The 
Guardian

"This
 blues
 guitarist
 will
 be
 loosening
 the
 plaster
 from
 the
 ceiling
 with
 outings 
from
 a 
powerful
 new
 album." The 
Independent

www.marcusbonfanti.com

×

Alexis Dubus

Alexis Dubus: PatronAlexis Dubus is an actor and comedian who has performed all over the world including at the Edinburgh Fringe, at Melbourne, New Zealand and Sydney’s Comedy Festivals and at the Adelaide Fringe. Alexis first became involved with Our Sansar in 2011 where he successfully headlined our first comedy event, Comedy Rocks The Battersea Barge. Alexis, along with the other comedians who so generously donated their time and talents for this show helped us to raise £1000 for Street Children in Nepal.

Alexis continues to support Our Sansar with our mission to reduce poverty and provide opportunities to disadvantaged children in Nepal and we are very proud to have him as our Patron.

“I’m happy to support such a great cause, especially living in a country where we take so many things for granted while others have nothing.” Alexis Dubus

Read more about Alexis and his upcoming shows on his website

www.alexisdubus.com

×

Louise Tickle

Louise Tickle: PatronLouise Tickle is a freelance journalist who specialises in education, social affairs and international development. Her background working in press and campaigns for the RSPB, CSV (Community Service Volunteers) and Comic Relief undoubtedly shaped her areas of journalistic interest, but also helped her to realise that she wanted to be the person asking the awkward questions rather than the one flailing around for a corporately acceptable answer.

Louise mainly writes for The Guardian, but has contributed to all the national broadsheets as well as a wide variety of trade and consumer magazines. Louise also runs media training courses and events though her company The Last Word. She lives just north of Bristol with her partner and two small monsters.

www.louisetickle.co.uk

×

Alison O’Leary

Alision O'leary: PatronSenior Vice President, Racepoint Group

Alison is an experienced communications professional with international expertise supporting US and European organisations of all sizes. With 15 years’ front line experience of business-to-business and business-to-consumer public relations, she has good experience of strategic planning, corporate messaging, the development of thought leadership, executive media relations and training, social media, analyst relations, crisis contingency planning and management and internal communications.

Most recently, Alison has worked with companies including IBM, Sony, Skype and Mozilla Firefox amongst others, and brings her experience and contacts to bear for Our Sansar. She holds a BA in Media Arts from the University of London and a diploma in PR from the London School of Public Relations.

In her spare time she can be found trying out unusual sports (zorbing and indoor skydiving are the latest on the list!) or relaxing over a few glasses of wine of an evening.

×

Karen Coe

Karon Coe: PatronFollowing a career in motoring PR, Karen’s life took a different turn when she and her husband, travel photographer Chris Coe, founded the Travel Photographer of the Year awards in 2003. Since then, TPOTY has become one of the world’s leading photography competitions, attracting entries from over 90 countries each year and open to amateur and professional photographers of all ages and nationalities. In 2011 TPOTY entered into a partnership with the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), and the Society has become TPOTY’s ‘home’, hosting major exhibitions of winning images each year.

As well as celebrating the beauty and diversity of this planet and its inhabitants, through many of the images in the awards TPOTY has also done much to highlight the poverty and exploitation that exists in so many nations. The organisation has also worked with charities such as Anti Slavery International, SightSavers and the Elephant Family, raising funds and awareness. And in 2012 Karen’s husband Chris took the 2007 TPOTY winner Cat Vinton to India, where they photographed His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Images from this trip, and details of the life of the Tibetan people in exile, appeared in the TPOTY exhibition at the RGS in the summer of 2012.

Karen and Chris live in rural Suffolk with their children and dogs. She is still involved in motoring PR – specialising in the classic car world – and in her spare time she is an avid reader, but is also full of good intentions to explore more of the Suffolk countryside and coast by bike!

www.tpoty.com

×