Vérane Castelnau

Vérane Castelnau

Partner & Business Development Lead

+44 (0)7947 828759

The country I am from – France – has a proud tradition of an active state which has institutionalised solidarity and generosity through taxation. I value how this ambitious re-distribution of wealth pays for liberty and equality in our society.

Yet for me, when the State provides for all social, cultural, health, educational services and infrastructures, I worry that we lose a little bit of our fraternité: the sense that we are bound together by something more than just obligation. To me, philanthropy is the answer: not as a substitute of state intervention but as a parallel and powerful movement where people consciously give and receive and can feel free but part of a whole.

Some I've worked with recently

  • Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
  • EDHEC Business School
  • Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques
  • Institut Pasteur
  • Medair
  • Institut Santé Parasport Connecté  
  • Institut pour la photographie
  • Scouts et Guides de France 
  • Marie Curie 


  • International environments
  • Fundraising communications and narratives
  • Starting up and campaign readiness 
  • Alumni and major gift fundraising
  • Project management and methodology
  • Detail and big picture questions 

Before More

  • Head of Fundraising communications for Sciences Po (Paris) and its €40m fundraising campaign and previously UK/US Major gift fundraiser
  • Director of Communications for Lycée Français de New York
  • Project Manager for award-winning communications agency Angie, Paris
  • MA in Political science and International relations, Sciences Po (Paris)

Outside More

  • Always lots of friends and family over for dinner parties or longer stays at home in London or in our lovely farmhouse in Baie de Somme, France
  • Love all sports, both for fun and the thrill of competition. Former gymnast, now a runner, yogi and occasional tennis player
  • Always seem to be starting a new craft hobby whether porcelain painting, sewing, jewellery making, knitting or more recently print making. Just enjoy creating things, and being inspired visually
  • All of the above while being busy with my two boys and little girl