Exel’s charity work highlighted in US newspaper
The driving force behind the locally-founded ISIS Foundation global charity, Audette Exel, has been celebrated in The Seattle Times for her continuing fight on behalf of destitute children in Nepal and Uganda.
The former managing director of Bermuda Commercial Bank was featured yesterday in the newspaper in Seattle, Washington — where ISIS Foundation collaborates with the University of Washington and the Seattle Children's Hospital.
The ISIS Foundation Bermuda, established here in 1998, opened a new office in Hamilton earlier this summer.
Isis Ltd, Ms Exel's corporate financing business begun with Sharon Beesley, was founded in Bermuda in 1997 — and the success of the company helped propel the charity that she said now brings healthcare and education to 20,000 people a year.
“I spent a lot of my life advantaging the advantaged,” Ms Exel told the Times. “It's so much more fun to advantage the disadvantaged.”
The New Zealand-born investment banker now resides in Australia, where the global foundation is based, but keeps closely connected to Bermuda.
Profits from the company support charitable projects in the two needy countries.
ISIS made headlines in 2004 by bringing Peter Hillary, son of mountaineering legend and Everest climber Sir Edmund Hillary, to a Bermuda-based celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of the world's tallest mountain.