Dipak Natali oversees program operations in over 34 countries in Asia Pacific providing strategic direction and engagement with the public and private sector to raise awareness and gain support. He also leads fundraising efforts for the region.
Natali has been involved in the Special Olympics movement since 2006, first with the Europe Eurasia region before he joined the Asia Pacific region in 2013. He has worked with the Asia Pacific region’s 35 Programs in areas of leadership development, coach development, competition delivery, fundraising, and communications. He has played a pivotal role in the Asia Pacific region supporting the development of partnerships as diverse as sports organizations like the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to companies like FWD Group and Invisible Artists.
Dipak has a broad history with NGOs having worked for the UK’s largest disability charity Scope, Prince Charles’s youth development organization, The Prince’s Trust, and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. He has also served in a variety of consulting roles and has volunteered with organizations both in the UK and across the world.
Born in Leicester in the United Kingdom, Dipak developed a passion for social justice at a young age after being inspired by Live Aid and his mother’s own efforts to raise money for the Ethiopian famine in the early 1980s. He is a massive sports fan as well as a music fan, citing Stevie Wonder, Bob Marley and Fela Kuti as inspirations.