Adelaide Adade


Adelaide is the Partnerships and Project Manager at Collaborate. Adelaide has previously worked internationally in the private, public, and social sectors. Adelaide most recently worked for the Commonwealth Secretariat within a Governance and Institutional Development Division, providing technical assistance to member countries in the area of Public Administration. Consequently, Adelaide worked in Tanzania and Zambia on Public Financial Management and Anti-Corruption agendas respectively.

Prior to this, Adelaide worked as a Partnership Development Officer for Fairbridge (now formerly merged with The Prince’s Trust) designing and pitching social development projects and programmes for disadvantaged NEET young people aged 13 – 25.  As part of this role, she developed key strategic relationships with statutory, corporate, and community partners to secure substantial funding and support.

Before this, Adelaide worked internationally for The French Red Cross (Lyon, France) and for an Executive Headhunters group (New York, USA).

Adelaide has a BA in French and Spanish from the University of Bristol and an MA from the UCL Institute of Education.

“Since joining Collaborate in January 2014, I have been lucky enough to work across a multitude of stimulating projects with a number of diverse clients. However nothing captured my interest more so than leading on the ‘Unusual Suspects’ Festival in September. This 4 day international event attracted over 1,000 people from over 15 different countries to attend 28 events exploring the relationship and intrinsic connection between social innovation and collaboration, and how unlikely connections can create real social change.

We talked smart cities, community engagement, building new ecosystems, social enterprise, digital technology and so much more with a real mix of sectors, industries and ‘unusual suspects’. What resonated quite strongly was the convergence of issues and challenges at both an international and domestic level, but also the absolute need to develop diverse and inclusive coalitions of collaborators if we are going to successfully address increasingly complex social problems. This was a powerful event, creating a strong appetite to move along fantastic conversations towards real solutions – I look forward to what 2015 holds!”

About Collaborate

Collaborate is an independent social business supporting cross sector collaboration in services to the public. We are a ‘shared space’ specialising in creative thinking, changing culture and supporting innovative practice. We work with individuals, organisations and systems who want to collaborate to achieve better outcomes for citizens.

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