Bruno Benjamim is the Head of Fundraising and Strategic Development of ActionAid Brazil. He joined the organization in 2009 to work in the Fundraising department as a recruitment officer. Since then, he has been part of an important financial sustainability transformation of the entire organization. In just over 3 years as the Head of Fundraising, he and his team have more than tripled the amount raised locally for poverty eradication projects in the Brazilian and International contexts. Before joining ActionAid, Bruno spent more than 10 years in marketing for large for-profit companies in Brazil. He recently completed a 5 day international leadership program for fundraisers hosted by The Resource Alliance in Oxford, UK.
Jason Cone is the Communications Director for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the United States. In this capacity, he has overseen crisis and advocacy communications campaigns for MSF, ranging from the Haiti earthquake and cholera epidemic, to global childhood malnutrition and HIV/AIDS. He recently conducted a risk assessment and analysis in South Sudan for MSF's Medical Care Under Fire campaign. Cone began his work in non-profit communications as a writer for the Center for Reproductive Rights, an international women’s reproductive rights organization. Before joining the Center, he was a correspondent and editor for the Earth Times, covering the United Nations, World Bank, OECD, IMF, and World Economic Forum, and reporting internationally on issues ranging from the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Zimbabwe to poverty eradication efforts in rural India.
Mar Aguilar is director of the Population Council’s International Support Unit, which oversees the operations of the Council's international offices. Aguilar and her staff provide administrative and management guidance, communicate local needs and concerns to senior management, and propose solutions, promote uniform office systems, and ensure that Council global policies and procedures are appropriately adapted and applied to the local context. Aguilar has been with the Council since 1990, when she joined the regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in Mexico City. In 1998, she became budget manager of the Council’s International Programs Division in New York City. After leaving in 2002 to complete her master’s degree, Aguilar worked for Habitat for Humanity Mexico as director of finance for the Jimmy Carter Project, which built 150 houses in Puebla and Veracruz in 2004. Aguilar returned to the Council in 2005 as financial manager for International Programs and was appointed director of International Support in 2009. She is a member of InsideNGO and is on the board of directors of Solutions for Innovative Policies, Programs and Technologies, NPC, a national NGO the Council helped establish in Johannesburg, South Africa. Aguilar has a Master’s degree in Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
As Deputy Executive Director, Glynda oversees Clean Air Asia’s programs on air quality and climate change, low emissions urban development, clean fuels and vehicles, and green freight and logistics. A lawyer with an environmental management degree and more than 16 years of experience in the environment sector, she provides advice to countries in the drafting of environment policies the most significant being the implementing rules and regulations of the Philippine Clean Air Act, cleaner vehicle and fuel standards in the Philippines and Vietnam. Glynda helps steer programs for the eight country networks of Clean Air Asia in China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam; and manages a 250-member partnership with organizations from over 30 countries.
Jana Morgan is the National Coordinator for Publish What You Pay United States (PWYP). Jana leads the coalition’s efforts to promote the adoption of good resource governance policies by the US government, multinational companies and international financial institutions. She also collaborates with PWYP coalitions around the world to push for a global transparency standard for the extractive industries. Previously, Jana worked at Global Witness, conducting advocacy and in country field research on the extractive sector of Afghanistan, conflict minerals exploitation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and the development of governance systems for Uganda’s emerging oil sector. She also led advocacy efforts in support of the development of regulations by the US Securities and Exchange Commission to implement Section 1502 of the US Dodd-Frank Act on conflict minerals. Jana holds a MA in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conflict Resolution. She received her BA in Government from St. Lawrence University.
Josephine Oguta is the Regional Governance Advisor for World Vision International (Africa Regions) for the past 4 years.Prior to joining WVI she worked as the Head of Affiliate Development with ActionAid International leading the development of their global Federal governance structure for 5 years. Josephine is also a member of the Task force that drafted the Corporate Governance Code and Principles of Bangladesh and the chief drafts person of the Bangladesh NGO Code of Governance. In the past 12 years, she has been involved with setting up institutional governance systems and structures; Board development, Board Formation and Evaluation and Organization restructuring processes of various international and national organizations such as, Action Aid International, AMREF International, Nelson Mandela Foundation, ECOTA Fair Trade Forum, Proshika, SANASO, Marie Stopes, British Nepal Medical Trust etc. As cofounder of Boards’ Consult she has worked cumulatively in the development and training of over 100 Boards of Directors of Nonprofit Organisations and Financial Institutions in 4 continents (Africa, Europe, Asia and America). She is a holder of a post graduate degree in Law, a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, History and Economic; a Professional Chartered Company Secretary (ICSA, UK) and a Harvard certificate in Leading and managing Nonprofit organisations. She serves as a Strategic Partner of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute, a Member of Commonwealth for British Education Trust (CfBT) and also serves on the boards of various private corporations. She is married with 3 daughters ages 18, 12 and 7.
Sean Maher has been working in the area of International Public Health for the past 10 years and has experience living and working in over 10 countries in Africa. His skills and interests include strategic planning, management and leadership, and NGO and human capacity building—targeted toward HIV prevention and treatment. Currently the Manager of Public Health Fellowships, Partnerships and Community Adherence at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) based in Maputo, Mozambique, he created a new type of capacity building initiative using local university graduates as Fellows to both receive and disseminate skills. Under his strategic leadership, the project has grown and improved—since inception it has doubled its footprint and built excellent relationships with stakeholders, including CDC, MOH (at provincial and district levels), and local universities. In addition to his time at EGPAF, Mr Maher has worked in HIV program management and capacity building with Management Sciences for Health, and started his career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Gao, Mali. Mr Maher received a BBA from Loyola College and an MBA from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management.
Sokhany Prak is the executive director of the Cambodian Civil Society Partnership. CCSP promotes and enables good governance at both national and sub-national levels, and works with partners across government, civil society and the NGO community to raise awareness about decentralization and deconcentration reform and encourage all stakeholders to take their part in democratic development processes. Sokhany has led CCSP since 2009 and has more than 20 years of experience working for international organizations on governance issues including UNDP, USAID, Australian Catholic Relief and JICA. She has dedicated her life to making a better, more peaceful world, where people work together to create a civil society and collaborate to solve problems that cause violence.
Amy Schmitz is the director of marketing and communications at ProLiteracy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing adult literacy and basic education. Her professional expertise is in strategic communications, digital and new media communications, and brand and reputation management. Before joining ProLiteracy, Schmitz was the communications manager for the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. She has also held positions as a communications manager in Syracuse University’s Office of News Services and as the deputy director of communications and media relations in CARE’s Office of Public Policy. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Schmitz served as a teacher-trainer in the higher education institute of Cape Verde, West Africa, from 1998-2000. She holds a master’s degree in communications management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, a master’s degree in writing from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s degree in visual arts from the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
Anwar Khan is one of the original founders of Islamic Relief USA. Mr. Khan was born in Pakistan and grew up in England. He earned a degree in biochemistry with honors in 1993, and began working with Islamic Relief United Kingdom. He then moved to the United States in 1994 and cofounded IRUSA. Since then, he has aided in the organization’s expansion, helping start up offices in Los Angeles and Dallas. Mr. Khan has extensive experience in the field as well: He has traveled to conflict and disaster zones including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Chechnya, Gaza, Darfur, Haiti and Pakistan. During some of his travels, he has delivered emergency aid. He has also traveled for development work in Africa and South Asia, visiting locations including Timbuktu. In the United States, he helped set up a volunteer network that now constitutes several thousand people. Before becoming Deputy COO, Mr. Khan directed Islamic Relief USA’s programs efforts, and managed its fundraising offices and oversaw its fund development work. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Joanne Gleason is the associate director of the Population Council’s Reproductive Health program based in Washington, DC. She manages technical and operational aspects of programs for reproductive health, both in the Council’s country offices and at its Center for Biomedical Research. Gleason serves as a liaison to donor colleagues and works with country offices to support the implementation of projects that improve family planning services and the health and well-being of communities. From 1999 to 2008, Gleason served as administrator for the USAID-funded global Frontiers in Reproductive Health program, supporting Council efforts in LAC, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She is a member of the Respectful Maternity Care Advisory Board, the International Best Practices Initiative, and the International Family Planning Coalition. She holds a master's degree in international studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor's degree in foreign languages and international economics.
Muthoni Muriu provides strategic leadership and management oversight for Oxfam America’s Regional Programs Department. In addition to steering policymaking and systems integration, she is responsible for ensuring that Oxfam’s regionally based programs are well resourced and have impact on the lives of poor men and women. Muthoni worked for Oxfam Great Britain for six years, first as Regional Policy Advisor for West and Southern Africa and then as Regional Program Manager for West Africa. She also worked for Oxfam International as Head of Pan African Trade Advocacy. Before joining Oxfam, she worked for more than 10 years with various regional organizations in Africa, focusing on international policy and development issues. Muriu holds a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the London School of Political Science and Economics and an MSc in Public Policy and Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Walter G. Montgomery
Walter G. Montgomery, a Co-Founder and Partner of RLMFinsbury, served for fourteen of his twenty-seven years with the Firm as Chief Executive Officer, retiring from that position in 2014 but continuing his day-to-day close association with the organization and several clients. He has specialized in developing and executing communications strategies for some of the world’s leading companies across a wide range of industries in the U.S. and key international markets. Previously, Mr. Montgomery served as Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Communications for American Express Company, and was a partner at financial communications consulting firm Kekst and Company. Mr. Montgomery is a director of several nonprofit organizations, including Project HOPE and the YMCA of Greater New York. He is also a member and past Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Mr. Montgomery, a veteran of the U.S. Army, holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Chinese history from Brown University, and a B.A. in political science from Syracuse University.
Mr. Maurice Bloem’s professional experience includes over 20 years in the field of development and humanitarian assistance. Currently, Maurice is the Executive Vice President for the Church World Service (CWS), a New York-based global humanitarian agency with a budget of $80M and an overall staff of 1100 worldwide. Reporting to the CEO, he assists and advises the President in the daily management of the organization, while specializing in analytical and research-based decision-making. Having studied cultural anthropology including courses on medical sociology, epidemiology and nutrition, he always had an interest in public health as well as indigenous cultures.