Ruby Chorbajian, LL.M. Founding Director

Ruby is a global philanthropy professional, relationship builder and strategic thinker. She is adept at maximizing strengths and opportunities, formulating assessments and framing solutions for social impact organisations. 

Ruby believes that organisations are most likely to amplify their impact and achieve their potential when they adopt excellent fundraising practice. Through At Capacity Consulting, Ruby supports senior fundraisers, Executive Directors, Trustees and Chairs to integrate proven fundraising methodologies into their strategic planning and decision-making processes. 

Ruby has raised millions in public and private funding for dozens of organisations spanning a range of human rights and social impact causes around the world with significant revenue generation related to conflict transformation, health, climate change and the arts. She brings extensive technical knowledge of bid development and reporting to influential global foundations, European governments, and major institutional funders including the European Commission and United Nations agencies. 

An engaging speaker, trainer and facilitator, Ruby has delivered talks at Harvard University and Bentley University and previously ran leadership development trainings through the Washington, D.C. based LeadIN network. 

Ruby holds degrees in Sociology and Anthropology (B.A.) from Warren Wilson College, in North Carolina, and International Human Rights Law (LL.M) from Queen’s University Belfast and the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She recently completed an MBA short course at the London School of Economics. 

Maura James, Associate

 

Working for over a decade with nonprofits, governments, foundations, and in academia, Maura learned how organisations succeed and how they fail in creating systemic change. She brings these lessons to her clients and works with them to increase impact and to sustainably grow their organisational capacity. Maura has worked with clients around the world researching challenges and dilemmas at the frontlines of humanitarian negotiation regarding COVID-19, climate change, and migration, identifying solutions to complex organisational and global challenges, and exploring dynamic funding opportunities for health, conflict and climate policy research and collaboration. She is completing a degree in Creative Writing at Harvard University. 

Nicholas Rijke, Associate

 

Nick is a strategic thinker and planner, with an unusually broad range of technical expertise and practical experience. He helps clients to review individual programmes as well as their whole organisational strategy. He also provides mentoring to senior leaders and executives across a suite of senior leadership themes including strategic planning and organisational development. Nick's core skills are critical and creative thinking.

 

Having worked in the private, public and third sectors, Nick draws on an eclectic professional background. His recent roles have covered public policy, communications and public affairs, medical and social research, clinical practice and healthcare improvement programmes and organisational strategy of international NGOs. Following his first career in investment banking with Kleinwort Benson, Nick has held senior roles with the MS International Federation, MS Society, National Osteoporosis Society, UK Environment Agency, Local Government Association and House of Commons.