Where worlds meet

Ella Saltmarshe

Ella advises NGOs, donors and governments on strategic philanthropy, public policy and social change, with a particular focus on the environment. She also writes stories. Her first feature script, The Kabul Grand, won silver prize in the 2011 Euroscript Screen Story competition. She is represented by The Agency. Her journalism can be found in The Financial Times, Wired, ID, Monocle & Creative Review. Watch Ella’s TEDx talk on the power of polymaths here.

What has she done?

Trained as an anthropologist, Ella has spent the last decade working on communications innovation in international  development, media and social policy. Recently,

  • in South Asia, she has been advising donors and government on strategic communications, behaviour change and advocacy networks.
  • in the UK, she has been setting up The Comms Lab, a new organisation seeking to transform how advertising and television can accelerate positive social and environmental change
  • in Afghanistan, she has written a feature-length screenplay

Ask Ella About...

  • Narrative
  • Systems change
  • Pitching (ideas not balls- she’s rubbish at pitching the latter)
  • Synthesising information
  • The writing process
  • Working in conflict zones
  • Building networks
  • South Asia
  • The Westcountry