Our journey began more than 15 years ago when we were working for various NGOs, UN agencies and universities in the development and humanitarian sector. Our main concern: seek funding for our projects and guide our local country office teams in M&E and organisational development. Wonderful times to work on the ground with so many passionate people, see so many country offices grow and projects turning into real live-changing opportunities for thousands of people across the globe.
After settling back in Austria we founded TripleMinds – driven by the passion to accompany NGOs and social businesses in what we had done ourselves successfully over 10 years: identify the right donors and grant opportunities, approach these donors with the right project idea, develop a win-win partnership over time, and observe the changes triggered by these projects.
Looking back we are really proud of our achievements: we have built up a global network of members and supporters of our online funding tool TripleFunds and have effectively raised over €80 million from a wide variety of government agencies, foundations, and institutional donors. What keeps us going and motivated is the wonderful relationship with and rewarding feedback from the people we work with.
Being a dedicated development practitioner with a strong business mind, Silvia has over 15 years experience in writing proposals and implementing projects from various donors such as the European Commission (EU), USAID, DFID, foundations, UN agencies etc. Silvia holds an MBA from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Austria) and the University of Technology Sydney (Australia). She has lived and worked across Asia (Sri Lanka, India, Thailand etc.) and Africa (Zimbabwe, Kenya etc.). She takes her inspiration and creativity from nature in lower Austria, horse riding and outdoor sports.
After various years in the development sector, Lisa will probably remain in this field for many more decades to come. As a practitioner, she loves reflecting, training and writing on prevailing development concerns with various publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Lisa holds university degrees in Tourism Management BA(hons), Development Studies (MA), Business Administration (MBA) and a PhD in Sociology/Social Ecology. Based in Vienna, she and her family are always happy to spend time in Latin America, preferably the tropical rainforest. Her book ‘Fishing, Foraging and Farming in the Bolivian Amazon: On a Local Society in Transition’ takes the reader on an adventurous trip to the indigenous Tsimane.
Ulrike has substantial work experience in emergency preparedness and emergency response and relief. Her main areas of interest are social policy, gender mainstreaming, child protection, social exclusion, education and child well-being, social protection and advocacy. Ulrike holds university degrees in European Studies (Master of European Studies) and economics/languages (Master of Arts). She lives with her husband, their two sons, two daughters, and their Nepali dog in Steyr, Austria.
For certain assignments we team up with international and local experts to complement our expertise and experience.