Why I support The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award


Lord Stanley Fink is CEO of International Standard Asset Management (ISAM) and Chair of Earth Capital Partners LLP. Prior to this he had an illustrious career at Man Group plc spanning 21 years, stepping down as Deputy Chair in 2008.

Lord Fink is a committed philanthropist whose focus is health, education and the environment. He is a proud supporter of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award and is Chair of the Award's International Business Leaders’ Group (based in London). He is also a Founder Member of the International Special Projects and has recently upgraded to a World Fellowship Benefactor.

In this film, Lord Fink explains why he chose to support the Award:

More on Lord Fink's philanthropic work

As well as supporting the Award, Lord Fink is involved with a number of organisations. His roles include being a trustee of ARK (Absolute Return for Kids), a trustee of the Mayor’s Fund for London and Chair of the 2009 Lord Mayor’s Appeal. Chair of the board of governors of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Stanley is also President of the Evelina Children’s Hospital and a board member of King’s College Campaign Council. More recently Stanley joined the Create the Change Campaign Development Board under Cancer Research UK which is a founding partner in the development of Europe’s premier biomedical research centre: The Francis Crick Institute.  Lord Fink also chairs the board of governors of the Burlington Danes Academy School which he sponsored through ARK.


Our corporate supporters ensure the long-term development and sustainability of the Award. Find out why they chose to support the Award below:

Alan Hinkes OBE, a mountaineer, is a bronze Friend of the Award. Here he explains why he supports the Award:

‘It develops innate resilience in young people. Those who participant in the Award generally remember their experiences throughout their life.’


Corinthia Hotel London is a Silver Friend of the Award. Corinthia Hotel London’s Manager Mr Mirko Cattini explains why:

‘Corinthia Hotel London is very proud to support the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Working towards and achieving a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award is a rewarding and life-enhancing experience for young people everywhere. We also value the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme philanthropy of skills for life, fulfilling the individual’s potential and setting the groundwork for a brighter future. It is our privilege to endorse this worthwhile and rewarding award.’


Kevin Ruth, Executive Director of European Council of International Schools, a Silver Friend of the Award, states:

‘I decided to support The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award because it promotes growth of individual students over time – precisely the kind of measure that matters in the world. When we are caught up in the quest for static data points about learning, the International Award celebrates that which is learning.’


Matthew Blythe, Director at Palette Events, a Silver Friend of the Award, states:

I decided to support The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award because of its broad reach and valuable work with youngsters from so many varied backgrounds, offering life-changing opportunities.’