Board of Directors


Founder and Chairman

Frederik Federspiel is the founder and chairman of The People’s Fund. A decade of work with global health and development issues led him to establish the organization, aiming to shift the balance for a more equitable, democratic and locally driven development agenda. As a Medical Doctor from the University of Copenhagen and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, he has a solid foundation in the health sciences. His experience includes clinical rotations in Nepal, Uganda and Cameroon, volunteering for, co-founding and leading other global health NGOs in Denmark, and conducting research on global health at Harvard University and currently as a PhD student in Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Frederik is responsible for the everyday management of the organization and works passionately to help realize its vision: A democratic and transparent health and development fund that supports local initiatives by and for some of the most vulnerable communities in low- and middle-income countries.


Vice Chairwoman

Penelope Milsom is the Vice Chairwoman of The People’s Fund. Penelope is a New Zealand trained Medical Doctor with experience working in diverse settings including New Zealand, Cambodia, Samoa and Liberia. She completed a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management at Columbia University in 2014 and has since worked across the disciplines of applied global health research and health system strengthening project implementation. Penelope has worked as a Research Associate at Harvard University's Program in Global Surgery and Social Change conducting preliminary research on global surgical infrastructure and human resources contributing to the evidence base for the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. In 2015 she worked for the International Rescue Committee in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak, and since early 2016 she has continued to focus her work in maternal and child health system strengthening in the West African region as a Research Associate at Anthrologica conducting applied research for UNICEF. She has been a lecturer at the BSc in Global Health at Queen Mary University of London, and is now a PhD student in Public Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Penelope is a strong advocate of community-driven health and social development initiatives and is excited to be part of the team at The People’s Fund. With her tremendous experience in global health she has provided invaluable strategic support in the development of the organization, and will continue to help guide it in a direction that seeks to generate local community-driven change, that holds decision makers accountable to the populations they serve and furthers an evidence-based, sustainable global health and development agenda.



Swagoto Mukhopadhyay is the Treasurer of The People’s Fund. Bio will be added soon.


Target board composition

The above is the current composition of our board of directors. Our future vision for the board as it evolves is for it to become as representative of the composition of the world’s population as possible. As we grow, we will aim for the board to have representation from all six populated continents and have complete gender equality.