As members of Global Council of JA Worldwide, Maurice and Katy Ostro are passionate advocates of purpose-driven business.
Maurice Ostro OBE is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist who has fused the two main strands of his career in building Entrepreneurial Giving, a community to encourage entrepreneurs to embed purpose within their businesses. On the one hand, Maurice is a successful entrepreneur. His business ventures have ranged from frozen yogurt and gemstones to media distribution and airline catering. On the other hand, Maurice is a philanthropist. He founded the Fayre Share Foundation with his wife, Katy; serves as Vice Chair to the Council for Christians and Jews; and owns Collaboration House, a charitable co-working space in London. Maurice has never seen philanthropy and entrepreneurship as entirely separate and has maintained both throughout his career.
Katy Ostro studied Law at Oxford University and then went on to qualify as a solicitor at Slaughter & May. Post qualification, she worked with her husband, Maurice, to build up several businesses, focusing on marketing, communications, and legal matters. Following the sale of the businesses, Katy took on the role of Director of Legal & HR at a UK FTSE 250 Company, the only woman on the senior-management team. She recently left her corporate role to dedicate her time to helping catalyze the movement of encouraging entrepreneurs to be purpose-driven.
Katy and Maurice live in London and have three children, all in their 20s.