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PARTICIPANTS 2016

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Transnational NGO Leadership Institute 2016

IMRAN AHMED, DIRECTOR OF FINANCE, ADMINSTATION AND HR, POPULATION COUNCIL

Mr. Ahmed has worked for the Population Council since 1992 and currently serves as Director of Finance, Administration and HR in the Pakistan Office and Global Finance & Operations Manager in collaboration with Council offices worldwide. As Global Manger he monitors accounting and management issues, oversees donor and regulatory compliance and internal controls, and provides training on management & accounting tools and best practices. In the Pakistan office, he has played a key role in developing operating policies and procedures, automating office support functions and engaging strategic planning to address long-term capabilities and sustainability. Mr. Ahmed received a Master’s in Business Administration from Preston University. His previous work experience includes teaching COBOL programming at a local IT college and financial management of USAID contracts. Mr. Ahmed is married and has two young daughters, and his interests include tourism and reading.

 

MARTHA BRADY, SENIOR ASSOCIATE, POPULATION COUNCIL

Martha Brady UpdatedMartha Brady is a senior associate at the Population Council, where she directs a portfolio of research and programming on girls’ and women’s health and well-being. Brady has over 20 years of experience as a program leader, strategist, researcher, technical advisor, and evaluator of health and development programs. Her expertise includes adolescence, sexual and reproductive health, family planning, HIV and AIDS, operations research, and technology development and introduction. Brady joined the Population Council in 1987 as a program coordinator and then director of the Council’s Expanding Contraceptive Choice Program, a global initiative to improve access to and uptake of contraceptive products in public- and private-sector markets and health systems. Brady leads several projects related to access and user perspectives on antiretroviral therapy–based HIV prevention products, microbicides, and multipurpose prevention technologies. Brady received her master’s in public health and nutrition from Columbia University in 1987.
 

SIRUI CAO, ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENTIST, GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTE

Sirui CaoSirui Cao has worked on community development projects for the past four years in the Global Environmental Institute (GEI), a local NGO based in Beijing, China. Her major responsibilities range from strategic planning, project management to project implementation and advocacy. The projects implemented by her team exist worldwide from domestically in China to Southeast Asian countries, and now Africa.  All projects developed by her team promote climate-friendly development and use market mechanisms to ensure the sustainability. Through her work, Sirui offers capacity training for local NGOs including sharing experiences, implementation models, and financial support channels so that they can replicate the initial pilots or develop their own projects. Sirui and her team are bridging the newly established Chinese aids  to other developing countries under the South-South cooperation.
 

SIMONA CECI, VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS, NEAR EAST FOUNDATION

Simona Ceci UpdatedDr. Simona Ceci is currently the Vice President of Operations and Legal Affairs at the Near East Foundation in Syracuse (New York). In her role Simona oversees the operations of the Foundation from Program Implementation to Human Resources and Risk Management. She joined NEF in 2013 with over 15 years of experience in cross-border organizational management, compliance and legal affairs in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Immediately prior to joining NEF, Dr. Ceci was the Associate General Counsel of Syracuse University where she led the international, grants and export control practice areas. She has worked in higher education, public and private sectors in both legal and non-legal capacities. A native of Italy, Dr. Ceci has lived and worked in the Middle East, Europe and North America. 

 

OLIVIER GUTH, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM FINANCE MANAGEMENT, ADRA INTERNATIONAL

Olivier Guth Olivier Guth is the Director for Program Finance Management at ADRA International, where he leads the department ensuring financial management and compliance of US government funded awards. Guth has over 30 years of experience as a manager and leader, in finance, project management, but also developing and presenting financial training workshops. Guth joined ADRA in 1977 as a volunteer teaching market gardening in Burkina Faso, where he returned later as director for an agriculture school and for the ADRA country office. He also worked in Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire where he was ADRA I vice president for Africa-Indian Ocean region. Guth was then Bureau Chief for Finance and Operations at ADRA I headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, supervising accounting, IT, and private donor response departments. In his current functions, Guth also personally manages the finances of ADRA largest award, a food security project in DRC funded by USAID Food for Peace. Guth received his MBA from Washington Adventist University

 

JONATHAN JENNINGS, DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MSF CANADA

JonathanAfter some years in ecological and research sciences, Jonathan Jennings lived and volunteered in conflict-affected Kosovo for two years with a small, local NGO. He left Kosovo in 2002 for Croatia where he was a development consultant in the former Yugoslavia. Afterwards, he worked with Save the Children in the Leeds and London offices, and earned a Masters in International Politics and Security at Bradford University. He joined MSF in 2005, working for eighteen months in South Sudan, then on to MSF missions in Somali Regional State (Ethiopia), Bihar State (India), North Kivu Province (DRC), north Uganda, Monrovia (Liberia) and elsewhere. He is currently Deputy Executive Director of MSF Canada in Toronto, partnered with the Executive Director overseeing the representational, operational and financial health of a uniquely ambitious non-profit organization.

 

DAYAPRASAD KULKARNI, FOUNDER, DOCTORS FOR SEVA, AROGYA FOUNDATION

Daya KDr Dayaprasad G Kulkarni - a medical doctor, public health specialist, entrepreneur, artist and development consultant; founded Doctors For Seva Arogya Foundation - a flexible micro-volunteering platform for doctors to provide free healthcare services to over 100000 under-served beneficiaries in 7 countries. He has also set up the Global Health Volunteer Alliance, a not for profit company in the US, having a network of over 25000 medical professionals. He is a medical graduate working for the last ten years at the community level with vulnerable, marginalized and under-served populations. In 2007, after completing his Masters in Clinical Research from the UK, he founded Madhyama Prasaran and Scientific Research Foundation, a multi media NGO, working in the field of health and education. He is also the founder of Handbloom, a socio-bio-ethical enterprise, which brings together diverse eco-friendly, biodegradable products made by communities and individuals who are highly vulnerable in society and are presently not self-sustained. He is an Erasmus Mundus Fellow, an APLP Fellow from the East West Centre, Hawaii, USA, Common Purpose Navigator Fellow, UK. 

 

ERWIN MOM, DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/OPERATIONS, THE SECRETARIAT OF ECPAT INTERNATIONAL

EDWIN MOM Erwin Mom is since 2010 the Deputy Executive Director/ Operations at the Secretariat of ECPAT International, a global CSO network dedicated to the fight against the sexual exploitation of children. In this role Erwin oversees the operational processes of the organisation and contributes to the strategy development of the organisation and of the network. Erwin has an education background in accounting and auditing and before ECPAT he worked in various roles and countries for Medecins du Monde, and seven years as International Financial Manager for the international cooperation unit of the Netherlands’ Immigration Service. Since his time with ECPAT he has been engaged in the monitoring of project implementation by ECPAT member groups in various countries in all continents. The work of ECPAT involves programme implementation at the grass roots level up to global advocacy. 

 

TENDAI MURISA,  EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TRUSTAFRICA 

Tendai Murisa Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Dr. Murisa joined TrustAfrica in December 2009 to coordinate our efforts to build an effective advocacy movement for sustainable and equitable agricultural development in Africa. He was named Executive Director by TrustAfrica’s Board of Trustees in July 2014, and took office on 1 October 2014. Dr. Murisa holds a B.Sc. in political science and administration from the University of Zimbabwe, where he graduated with honors; a Master’s degree in development studies from Leeds University in the UK; and a doctorate in sociology from Rhodes University in South Africa. He brings eight years of experience at the African Institute for Agrarian Studies in Harare, where he developed policy dialogues and training programs aimed at improving pro-poor land and agrarian policies in Africa, and two years of experience at the Poverty Reduction Forum, also in Harare.
 

EUNICE MUTHENGI, ASSOCIATE, POPULATION COUNCIL

Eunice MuthengiEunice Muthengi is an associate with the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth program in Nairobi, Kenya. She is also deputy team leader for the Adolescent Girls Initiative-Kenya, a randomized, controlled trial that is testing combinations of initiatives—in health, violence prevention, wealth creation, and education—to determine which ones most improve the lives of vulnerable adolescent girls in the slums of Nairobi and northeastern Kenya. Muthengi has managed operations research projects in Kenya on social and economic assets for adolescent girls, reproductive health, gender-based violence, child marriage, education, and livelihoods. Muthengi received her PhD and MPH from the Community Health Sciences Department of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and her MSW in social and economic development from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
 

RITAH MUYAMBO, HEAD OF PROGRAMMES, WORLD YWCA

Ritah MuyamboRitah Muyambo is currently the Head of Programmes for World YWCA in Geneva, Switzerland, a human rights organization present in a 109 countries in all regions of the world. Her expertise lie in working with Civil Society Organizations and NGOs in the area of health and human rights including HIV/AIDs in communities with a focus on country programme development, design, implementation, coordination, community systems strengthening, health systems strengthening and management of health related projects. Her work has a strong focus on Young Women Leadership, Violence Against Women, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Economic Empowerment and ICT, Peace and Justice programming including advocacy on national, regional and global level. She is passionate about young women leadership, health rights and ending early child and forced marriage.

 

MINAR PIMPLE, SENIOR DIRECTOR OF GLOBAL OPERATIONS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Minar PimpleMinar Pimple is the Senior Director of Global Operations at Amnesty International. He is responsible for overseeing the operations and impact of the International Secretariat’s regional offices which are being opened around the world from 2013, creating a global presence for the organization. Minar oversees the operations of these new offices where Amnesty International's research, campaigning, communications and development activities are managed by teams based from within the region. Prior to joining Amnesty International, Minar was the Regional Director of the United Nations Millennium Campaign where he led the Campaign’s Asia-Pacific operations and advocacy. He has also held roles as Executive Director of Decade of Human Rights Inc. (PHDRE) in New York, USA, and as Chief Executive Officer of “Youth for Unity and Voluntary Action” (YUVA), a civil society organization that promotes human rights and sustainable development for urban and rural poor in India. Minar has played various global board roles with Habitat International Coalition, Oxfam International where he was the Founder Chair of Oxfam India.
 

Besa Rexha-Rashiti, Finance Manager, Women for Women International

 

JUMBE SEBUNYA, REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR WEST AFRICA, CHILDFUND INTERNATIONAL

Jumbe SebuynaJumbe Sebunya is ChildFund International's Regional Director for West Africa and before that he was ChildFund's Regional Director for East and Southern Africa. Previously, he worked for CARE USA as the Director of CARE's International Liaison Unit where he was responsible for CARE USA's global relations and operational networks within CARE International. Jumbe also served as CARE USA’s country director in Mozambique and a Deputy Regional Director for East and Central Africa. He also held country director positions within the United Nations International Services (UK), Save the Children Fund (UK), and the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) in a number of countries including Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mozambique, Kenya and Somalia. Jumbe has been with ChildFund for over five years and has a Master’s Degree in rural social-economic development from Reading University (UK) and an Honors Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Sussex University (UK). He is based at ChildFund's West Africa Regional Office in Dakar, Senegal, speaks several languages, and is married with 3 children.
 

BETTIE VAN STRAATEN, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, CIVICUS

SUSAN Bettie is currently the Chief Operating Officer for CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, working from its head office in Johannesburg, South Africa and sometimes from London and Washington DC, she joined CIVICUS in 2012 as CFO. The CIVICUS Alliance acts as a defender and enabler of civil society and civil society space on behalf of its members which consist of 3 350 INGO and grass roots civil society organisations across 175 countries around the globe. Bettie is principally responsible for operationalizing the organisation’s strategy, overseeing the auxiliary functions of IT, HR, Finance and legal as well as management of projects. Bettie holds degrees in Commerce, majoring in Accounting and Law and a Masters in Economics from the Universities of Pretoria and South Africa and a post graduate certificate in Project Management from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. 

 

HEATHER SUSSMAN, SENIOR CLINICAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE, POPULATION COUNCIL

 

PLACIDE TAPSOBA, GHANA COUNTRY DIRECTOR, POPULATION COUNCIL

Placide TapsobaDr. Placide Tapsoba, MD, MPH, is the Ghana country director and a senior associate in the Population Council's Reproductive Health program. Tapsoba sets the strategy for public health research and advocacy with a focus on creating and implementing evidence-based programs that improve maternal and child health.Throughout his career, Tapsoba has addressed sensitive public health issues in traditional African settings, and has been recognized as a leader who confronts stigmas surrounding sexual and reproductive health. Tapsoba is on the board the Global Research and Advocacy Group. He studied medicine at the University of Padua, Italy, and subsequently earned both a master's in public health and a master's in medical anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has presented at many national and international conferences and has authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles.

 

RABIH YAZBECK, PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, NEAR EAST FOUNDATION 

rabih yazbeckRabih Yazbeck is currently the Programme Director at the Near East Foundation UK in London (UK). In his role Rabih oversees program development and implementation of the international programs of NEF UK, including program design, feasibility, start-up, quality assurance and outreach, and partnership and strategy functions. Rabih is also a Senior Practice Area Lead for Inclusive Economic Development and Markets in Emergencies for the Near East Foundation. Rabih holds a B.Sc. in civil engineering with specialiZation in public work from the Lebanese University; a M.Sc. in IT for E-commerce with focus on rural development from Sussex University, UK; and, a M.A. in Social Entrepreneurship from Goldsmiths University of London.