About the SHM Foundation

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation aims to provide communities and individuals with the practical tools they need to develop innovative solutions. It uses knowledge from the humanities and social sciences to understand human motivation, and draws on academic disciplines, from philosophy to anthropology, to address social challenges.

The Foundation believes in the importance of working in partnership. It uses its resources and financing to forge new alliances which, in turn, attract the resources and financing of other organisations. The Foundation uses these partnerships to empower groups of people to bring about economic and social transformation.

The SHM Foundation actively seeks partnership with those who share its aims.

The Foundation was set up in November 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

Learning and Citizenship

We believe that the best way of responding to social and political challenges is to get people to take a lead.

We aim to equip people to understand and tackle the issues they care about.

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We believe that people who are affected by health conditions should have the right and the means to take part in the development of solutions.

We pioneer approaches that change the balance of power between citizens and healthcare systems.

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We believe that great art should be for everyone and should be an integral part of how we learn.

We look for new ways of ensuring everyone gets the benefit of both participating in and experiencing excellent artistic experiences.

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Our most recent projects


Project Ember is a collaboration between the Mental Health Innovation Network and The SHM Foundation, created to help mental health innovation grow and thrive in low- and middle-income countries.Read more...


Project Insaka is a collaborative initiative of the SHM Foundation and Zambart, aimed at addressing the mental health and wellbeing needs of HIV positive pregnant and feeding mothers in Lusaka, Zambia.Read more...


Project Khuluma: A mobile phone support group initiative to address the mental health and wellbeing needs of HIV positive adolescents in South Africa. Read more...

Learning and Citizenship

We are working with Corazon Taqueria on a literacy project called ‘Me Late Leer ‘in two primary schools in Mexico City. This project involves over 200 students between the ages of 6 and 10 years old. Read more...


Zumbido Health targets three key populations at risk of mental ill health.Read more...

Learning and Citizenship

The Marakwet Education project aims to improve the transition from primary to secondary and secondary to higher education with the ultimate aim of enhancing citizenship and improving livelihoods. Read more...

Meet the team

Professor Maurice Biriotti

Professor Maurice Biriotti is a founding Trustee of The SHM Foundation and CEO of SHM Productions. Until 1996, Professor Biriotti was a full-time academic, holding posts at the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Zurich. Find out more.

Professor Henrietta Moore

Professor Henrietta Moore is a founding Trustee of The SHM Foundation. Professor Moore is Chair and Co-founder of SHM Productions. She is a distinguished anthropologist. Find out more.

Anna Kydd

Anna Kydd is Director of The SHM Foundation and oversees all of the Foundation’s work. She has considerable experience working in the area of mobile health in Latin America and Africa... Find out more.

Zuzana Figerova

Zuzana Figerova is Head of Development at The SHM Foundation. She has considerable experience managing complex projects both in the non-for-profit sector and in... Find out more.

Victoria Marks

Vicki started working with the SHM Foundation in 2014 to provide creative and event management support for Snapshot Songs that was an ambitious new performance celebrating London's zeitgeist.
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Nikita Simpson

Nikita began working with the SHM Foundation in 2015. She is involved in the scale up of Project Khuluma – a mobile health platform that facilitates support groups for HIV positive adolescents... Find out more.

Joshua Olins

Joshua is an experienced designer who has been working with SHM since 2013. He works on a wide variety of projects that see him applying his knowledge of user based design to a diverse set of challenges... Find out more.

Tebogo Konkobe

Tebogo Konkobe is a Project Coordinator for Project Khuluma that is looking to improve the mental health and wellbeing needs of HIV positive adolescents in South Africa. Find out more.

Malebo Ngobeni

Malebo is a Project Coordinator working on Project Khuluma that provides mobile phone support groups for HIV positive adolescents in South Africa. Find out more.

Get involved

There are a number of ways to get involved with the SHM Foundation’s activities


If you would like to make a donation to one of our projects, please click here.


Every year we have a number of voluntary placements and internships, if you are interested to find out more please e-mail us on info@shmfoundation.org.


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Latest News

Project Insaka


We are delighted to have been awarded the ViiV Healthcare Prize in associate with the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) and United Nations Every Woman, Every Child (EWEC) “Retention of Breastfeeding Mothers Challenge” at the United Nations General Assembly in September.


Khuluma: The Film


The SHM Foundation and Filmpark have collaborated to make a 6-minute documentary, showing how difficult it is for a young adult to discover that they are HIV positive, how they cope with stigma and what their aspirations are for the future. (more…)

Comedy for World Mental Health Day, 10th Oct 2016.


To mark World Mental Health Day on October 10 2016, the Country Mile Comedy Club, fundraising for the SHM Foundation, presents a new night of comedy from some of the brightest and best stand-up and sketch comedians around.

The Troubadour hosts a stellar comedy line up, headlined by stand-up Phil Wang (‘Daphne Sounds Expensive’, ‘Have I Got News For You’), who is joined on the bill by sketch duo The Pin, preparing material for the third series of their BBC Radio 4 show, stand-ups Catherine Bohart (BBC New Comedy Award 2016 Finalist and Funny Women 2016 Awards Grand Finalist), and Sarah Keyworth (Funny Women Awards 2015 First Runner Up), and sketch triangle Two Plus Ones, fresh from their Edinburgh Fringe debut ‘Mothers’. (more…)

The SHM Foundation celebrates International Youth Day 2016

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On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly declared 12 August as International Youth Day.


The SHM Foundation’s Project Khuluma works with youth living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa to address their mental health and wellbeing needs.


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The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

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