Overseas Special Interest Group

Thursday 5 March 2020

Oracle NetSuite
Oracle City Office
1 South Place
London EC2M 2RB

Using business intelligence tools within the INGO sector

Over the last few years, a new generation of accessible and affordable business intelligence tools have come on-stream, which prepare, present and help to analyse data from a range of sources.  Increasingly, international charities are considering how they can take advantage of these capabilities to pull together and present financial and other information in a way that makes sense to managers in the organisation and support decision-making on a timely basis.  Not only do these tools enable the collection and presentation of data from multiple sources (including, for example, separate country databases), but they also enable data visualisations and graphics that make the information easy to understand, analyse and drill down within.

In this event we will hear more about the use of business intelligence tools within the international NGO sector.  We will also take a look at what these types of tools can do, and how you can prepare your charity to take advantage of the functionality that they offer to improve reporting analysis and insight for decision-making. There will be plenty of opportunity to share experiences and to learn from other organisations.

We will hear from:

  • Ben Proctor from Data Orchard, a social enterprise which helps not for profit and public sector organisations use data for better decisions and greater impact, on using business intelligence tools to improve reporting and insight
  • Rowena Collings, finance change and compliance Manager, and Nicolas Raynaud, chief operating officer, who will present a case study on BBC Media Action’s experience of implementing Microsoft Power BI
  • Mohammed Alradi, investment officer (programmes officer) at Alfanar, a charity which works with partners in Lebanon and Egypt, on implementing business intelligence tool Qlik to support its own and its partners’ programme and finance reporting

This event is free to attend. 

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Tim Boyes-Watson, Chair, Humentum

Ben Proctor, Data Orchard

Rowena Collings, Finance Change and Compliance Manager, BBC Media Action

Nicolas Raynaud, Chief Operating Officer, BBC Media Action

Mohammed Alradi, Investments Officer, Alfanar

13.30 - 13.45

Registration and refreshments

13.45 - 13.50

Welcome and introductory remarks

Tim Boyes-Watson, Global Director, Alliances and Advocacy, Humentum (Chair)

Business Intelligence tools: what are they, and how can they help with reporting and insight?

Ben Proctor , Data Orchard

BBC Media Action: implementing Microsoft Power BI for dynamic reporting

BBC Media Action: a brief introduction
Background, context and early beginnings
Implementing Microsoft Power BI
Challenges experienced and lessons learnt
Future plans and closing reflections

Rowena Collings, finance change and compliance manager, and Nicolas Raynaud, chief operating officer, BBC Media Action

15.15 - 15.30


Alfanar: developing and implementing Qlik for Alfanar and its partners

Alfanar: a brief introduction
Background and context
Introducing Qlik
Implementing Qlik in Alfanar, including as a service to partners
Achievements so far and partner feedback
Key issues and challenges, and learning to date
Ideas and plans for the future

Mohammed Alradi, investments officer (programmes officer), Alfanar

Panel Q&A and discussion

Quickfire discussion in small groups

Panel Q&A and discussion


Chaired by Tim Boyes-Watson

Panellists:  Sian Basker, Nicolas Raynaud, Rowena Collings, Mohammed Alradi

Closing remarks

Tim Boyes-Watson, Humentum

Open discussion:  for participants to raise any topics or questions that they wish to bring to the meeting



Meeting ends

17.15 - 18.30

Networking drinks

Charities - Members£0.00
Charities - Non-members£0.00
Corporate - Members£0.00
Individual - Members£0.00
Individual - Non-members£0.00

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