October 11, 2014

Gandel Philanthropy has been the vehicle for charitable giving by the extended Gandel family since its formation as the Gandel Charitable Trust back in 1987. Over the years Gandel Philanthropy has built a proud history of supporting both Jewish and general charitable causes. It provides grants in a number of key areas of interest including arts and culture, education, health and medical research, Jewish identity and leadership, and indigenous programs. As the CEO of Gandel Philanthropy, Vedran has been developing the new granting strategy and direction for the organisation. Under his stewardship Gandel Philanthropy has continued to expand its community involvement and influence, creating stronger links and developing broader philanthropic and charitable relationships.

Vedran spent more than a decade working in a variety of roles with the Red Cross Movement. His involvement started during the war in his home country, Bosnia and Herzegovina, when he joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) firstly as logistics officer and then information officer. He worked with the ICRC throughout most of the war, from 1993 to 1995.

For his dedication and commitment to humanitarian work and causes, Vedran received the Meritorious Service Award medal in 2003 and the Distinguished Staff Medal in 2006 from Red Cross. His citation for the Distinguished Staff medal reads, among other things, “Committed, selfless and virtually always working well above and beyond the call of duty, Mr Drakulic has dedicated his working life to help improve the lives of vulnerable people around the world”, and “Vedran Drakulic embodies the spirit and principles of the Red Cross

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