Jenny Costelloe is the founder of Collective17. She founded the organisation to combine her skills in sustainability and partnerships for development, along with her extensive network in South-East Asia and her ability to build collaborations. Jenny has worked in a wide range of sectors on a broad number of topics, but specialises in the food and agriculture sector and in women’s empowerment. Jenny’s aim for Collective17 is to build flexible teams of experts, who can advise clients on how to work across sectors to address the complex challenges of sustainable development.
Prior to setting-up Collective17, Jenny was Director, Country Partnerships, at Grow Asia, a multi-stakeholder partnership platform that catalyzes action on inclusive and sustainable agricultural development in South-East Asia. Grow Asia was established by the World Economic Forum in collaboration with the ASEAN Secretariat. Jenny was responsible for supporting the establishment and strengthening of country-based partnership platforms, identifying and bringing together partners, and supporting them as they collaborate. Her role involved bridge-building, problem-solving and brokering partnerships for sustainability.
From 2010 to 2015, Jenny worked as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and sustainability consultant with a range of organizations and sectors across Asia, including Skylark Advisory, Tulchan, and CSR Asia. Before embracing the world of CSR and sustainability, Jenny held several corporate communications roles in the international oil and gas sector.
She has a BSc in Natural Sciences (Physics) from the University of Bath, a professional diploma in Marketing Communications, and an MBA (Strategy) from Nanyang Business School in Singapore. Jenny completed The Partnering Initiative’s course on ‘Building Effective Partnerships for Development’ in May 2017. She is an active member of the sustainable development sector and has represented Singapore on the ACCA Global Sustainability Forum and was a member of the British Chamber of Commerce’s CSR Committee. She has coached student teams for the Singapore Compact CSR Award and was a judge on the Sustainable Business Awards in 2014. Jenny has also provided pro-bono advisory to UN Women’s Singapore Committee.