Transnational NGO Leadership Institute 2011

 Sara E. Anderson

Sara AndersonSara is the Chief Communications and Advocacy Officer of ReSurge International (formerly Interplast). She came to ReSurge after more than twenty-five years of extensive experience in journalism, advocacy and all aspects of public relations. The majority of her career has been based in Washington, DC, where she worked on Capitol Hill on behalf of nonprofits lobbying the government. While in D.C. her work encompassed a variety of roles including serving as a writer and public affairs consultant for a leading international humanitarian organization; director of public relations and marketing for a national trade association and serving as managing editor of a national nonprofit's magazine. Additionally, she has worked within government as a congressional press secretary and as a media consultant for a presidential campaign. Her professional experience is complimented by her volunteer work with the Ragazzi Boys Chorus and formerly serving as a member of Human Rights Watch's California Committee North. Originally from Texas, Sara received her master's degree from Georgetown University, focusing her studies in political philosophy and media and ethics. 

 Adriano Campolina  Adriano Campolina 

Adriano Campolina currently guides ActionAid Brazil’s talented staff in their efforts to eradicate hunger and social injustice in the country.  "I’m a small town man with a love for all things rural" explains Adriano Campolina why he became an agronomist with a commitment to fighting for the right to food security. In his eleven years with ActionAid.  He has had the opportunity to coordinate the fight against poverty in the Americas and in Africa, as well as supervise ActionAid emergency response to disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti.



Sandeep ChachraSandeep Chachra 

A social anthropologist by training, and a development activist who has lived and worked with indigenous people and dalit communities in India, Sandeep Chachra is currently the Executive Director of ActionAid India. He has been an International lead for ActionAid International's, Just and Democratic Governance and Economic Justice theme. Sandeep is an active part of a collective in developing the Global Economic Literacy and Budget Accountability platform (, and the South South Peoples Solidarity Forum ( He has been involved with the work of peasant movements in Asia and Africa and has been a keen supporter of developing social movement platforms.

 Lindsay Coates   

Lindsey Coates RESIZEDLindsay Coates is Executive Vice President of InterAction. In this role, she supports InterAction's leadership and community as a spokesperson, and has responsibilities for internal management. She continues to lead the Public Policy and Communications Team, which shapes and oversees InterAction's outreach to different constituencies; guides communications efforts and strategy; and ensures that public policy, advocacy, public relations, media, and member engagement efforts are aligned to leverage the goals of InterAction and the community of over 190 nongovernmental organizations it represents. From 2004-2008, Lindsay was the COO at Population Action International, and was responsible for the day-to-day management of the research advocacy institute. Prior to her work in the NGO world, Lindsay practiced civil rights law in various capacities. As Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, she oversaw day-to-day management of the 700-employee agency. Lindsay has served as a non-resident Fellow of Seminar XXI, MIT Center for International Studies, studying foreign politics, international relations, and the national interest, and also completed the Graduate Executive Leadership Development Program of Columbia University. She holds a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law, with Honors, and a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Political Science from the University of the South at Sewanee.

Teresa Crawford  Teresa_Crawford 

Teresa Crawford is Director with Partners for Democratic Change. She has over 10 years of experience working with civil society organizations to help them make better use of information and information technology in their work. Teresa has worked in over 30 countries on issues as diverse as eradicating violence against women in war, disability rights and minority civic participation. From 2006 to 2009 she was the Director of the Advocacy and Leadership Center at the Institute for Sustainable Communities and built a robust training and capacity building program for CSOs with a focus on collaborative advocacy and transformational leadership. An experienced trainer, manager and researcher Teresa is also the co-founder of IPKO, the first post-war Internet service provider in Kosovo. IPKO is now a multimillion dollar company and Teresa is on the board of IPKO Foundation, the first endowed local foundation in the region. Teresa has a degree in politics and peace & justice studies from the University of San Francisco and a Master's degree in nonprofit management and policy from NYU.

 Surya_DeujaSurya Bahadur Deuja 

Since 2010, Surya Bahadur Deuja has managed the South Asia Department of the Asia Forum for Human Rights and Development, a regional Asian NGO working in the area of human rights and development.  Before joining FORUM-ASIA, He headed the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Nepal, where he also served as a Focal Person for International Relations. As a Member Secretary of the Constituent Assembly Election Coordination Committee, he provided policy advice and NHRC Nepal on procedural and substantive issues surrounding the electoral process.  Surya Deuja was also involved in a number of human rights investigations and monitoring missions during Nepal’s internal armed conflict.  He received an  LLM in Human Rights from the University of Hong Kong as well as a Masters Degree in English Literature and an  M.Ed. (Specialization in English) from the Tribhuvan University Nepal.  In 2006, he interned for the UN Office of  the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Regional Office for South East Asia in  Bangkok, Thailand.

 Gabriela Joo Dominguez Gabriela Joo

Gabriela Joo Dominguez, has 20 years of experience working for the Institute for Legal Defense (IDL) in Lima, Peru. Currently she serves as head of IDL’s Governance and Human Rights division, overseeing a variety of IDL’s programs to assist those innocently accused of crimes and investigate human rights abuses. Her experience at IDL have ranged from serving as a human rights defender for those in prisons to working on issues of political violence and post-conflict reconciliation with the Quechua-speaking populations of the Peruvian countryside. In addition to her extensive field work, Gabriela has also designed, managed and coordinated social projects for international donors such as CIDA, Christian AID, NED and the European Union. She is also well versed in the challenges of managing an organization, serving as a member of IDL’s Steering Committee for the past 3 years. Gabriela holds multiple degrees in social work and social sciences from the University of San Marcos in Peru as well as advanced degree in psychotherapy from the School of Clinical and Applied Psychotherapy, Peru. 

  Mariela Infante Erazo  MarielaInfante 

Mariela Infante Erazo is currently the Assistant Director for the Chilean Transnational NGO, Humanas: The Regional Center for Human Rights and Gender Justice. She has worked at Humanas for more than five years and during this time she has studied the women's participation in spaces of decision of the executive and judiciary, and she has directed the public public-opinion poll that annually the institution applies to women of the whole country, essential product that generates knowledge of the women's situation in Chile. She has acquired a valuable experience in the application of the sociological perspective in juridical aspects, as working with important attorneys, as investigating diverse topics that include the institutions of justice system and the incorporation of international standards of Human Rights in Chile and Latin America.  She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the Catholic University of Chile.

Diana Rodriguez-FrancoDiana Rodriguez

Diana Rodriguez-Franco is a researcher and social rights advocate at the Center for the Study of Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) in Bogota, Colombia. Her multi-disciplinary work at Dejusticia covers issues of globalization, intellectual property rights, free trade, Colombian taxes and Internally Displaced persons. Diana is continuing her diverse research work with Dejusticia while concurrently pursuing at Ph.D. in Sociology at Northwestern University. Before joining Dejusticia, she served as a research assistant at the Center for Economic Development Research (CEDE) in the University of Los Andes. 


  Nicole Friedland Nicole Friedland

Nicole is the Chief Development Officer of ReSurge International (formerly Interplast). She brings nearly two decades of fundraising experience to her position at ReSurge’s chief development officer. For most of her career, Nicole worked with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, beginning as a special event coordinator for the Greater Bay Area chapter and culminating with five years as the Chapter’s executive director. As director, Nicole oversaw the implementation of a comprehensive development plan that tripled the organization’s annual income. Nicole has also served as director of development for the Seva Foundation, an international NGO, and the American Heart Association. Pursuing her interest in Asian studies, Nicole spent six months in Chiang Mai, Thailand. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Nicole received her bachelor’s degree in community studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

   Michelle Higelin Michelle Higelin 

Michelle Higelin-Beg was appointed Deputy General Secretary of the World YWCA in January 2011. She is a former Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of Australia, where she managed the organisation’s human and financial resources and led the provision of policy advice to the Australian government on issues affecting women and girls. Michelle has also previously worked at the World YWCA as the Director of Campaigns and Communications, where she was responsible for driving the organisation’s campaign to expand opportunities and resources for the leadership development of women and girls and strengthening communications with members and partners. Michelle has sat on various boards, including the Australian Youth Policy and Action Coalition and the Conference of Australian Youth Organisations. Prior to her appointment, Michelle was the General Manager of the Cranlana Programme, a philanthropic organisation that promotes ethical and responsible leadership among business, government and civil society leaders, and managed a consultancy business focused on NGO strategy and communications.  Michelle has a BA in Communications, post-graduate studies in NGO management and is currently completing her Masters in International Relations. 

Ashraf Marie  AshrafMarei 

Dr. Ashraf Marie has advocated for the rights of persons with disabilities (PWD) in Egypt and the Arab region since 1989.  In 1998 he, in cooperation with other Arab leaders in the disability movement, established the Arab Organization of Disabled People under the umbrella of the Arab League.  A professor of Adapted Physical Education, former Paralympic athlete and founder of Special Olympics Egypt, Ashraf prepared the section of Right in Sport & Recreation of the Arab Decade for PWD 2004- 2013 on behalf of the Arab League.  As chairman of NAS Association for PWD (an Egypt-based center for disability rights) since 2001, he strengthened the network and collaborative relationship between his organization and related national, regional and international organizations.  In recognition of Ashraf Marei’s successes in advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities, Arab delegates appointed him as Regional Representative to the 2005 United Nations meeting on the International Convention of the Rights of PWD.  Beyond his academic and educational background, Ashraf’s own experience as person with a disability has informed his broad vision about the needs of people with disabilities and has motivated his advocacy of their rights in Egypt and the Arab region.

Sibusisiwe MarundaSibusisiwe Marunda
Sibusisiwe Marunda is currently the Director of the Zimbabwe-Europe Partnership for Democracy, which coordinates civil society organizations that advocate for, contribute to, and nurture incremental gains within the Zimbabwean search for democracy.  Her major competencies include project evaluation, capacity strengthening, community mobilization, advocacy and public relations.  She believes that civil society serves as the conscience of policymakers in all developmental issues. Sibusisiwe Marunda holds a degree in Sociology from the University of Zimbabwe.  Ms. Marunda’s interests lie in NGO leadership and child rights advocacy -- in the past she served as Advocacy Manager for the Child Protection Society.  While working with the Zimbabwe National AIDS Council, she spearheaded the effort to fulfill the rights of children affected by HIV and AIDS.  She has spoken on their behalf at many fora, including the 2009 UNAIDS meeting for Young People and AIDS in New York, USA.  Prior to her NGO career, Ms. Marunda worked for the Government of Zimbabwe as a teacher and as a Committee Officer for Parliament, where she rose to the position of Clerk at the Table.

 Josephine Namusisi Josephine Namusisi  

Josephine Namusisi  is a human development, and programme specialist with many years of work experience in democracy and governance, education, health, livelihoods, and gender with international and local organisations in Africa. She has specific competencies in management, capacity building, strategy development, training, partnership management, policy analysis, organisational development and institutional development, and  proven ability to network, negotiate, and produce results in both normal and post-conflict conditions.  Currently, Josephine works as Resident Program Manager with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) in South Sudan. The civic engagement program that Josephine manages focuses on supporting the leadership and growth of a civil society coalition of over seventy five local civil society organizations that promote democracy and good governanace in Southern Sudan.

  Anna Shapoval Anna Shapoval 

Anna Shapoval, native of Kyiv, Ukraine, has fourteen years of professional experience in the field of public health, HIV/AIDS prevention and HIV-affected women, youth and at-risk children services in the NIS, including with the International Renaissance Foundation (Soros Foundation in Ukraine), Medecins Sans Frontieres – Holland, the AIDS Foundation East-West, Doctors of the World, and the International Harm Reduction Development Program (IHRD) of the Open Society Institute in New York City. Anna holds a Master of Arts Degree from the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Pennsylvania, for which she received a 2003-2004 Fulbright Fellowship. Currently Anna serves as a Deputy Director of Programs and Operations at the AIDS Foundation East-West’s international office and also works as a free-lance independent consultant/regional representative for the AIDS Project Management Group and as a Technical Advisor for the International Harm Reduction Program, OSI/NYC.      

  Inge Wallage

Inge WallageFor 20 years Inge Wallage has worked in international communications and Public Relations. Currently she serves as Communications director for Greenpeace International, where she is responsible for campaign and organizational communications. Before joining Greenpeace, Inge Wallage served as VP for International Communications for Statoil, Norway’s energy company. She was Director of Global Corporate Communications for container shipping company P&O Nedlloyd and led the Dutch branch of international PR consultancy Burson-Marsteller. Additionally, Inge worked for Motorola EMEA out of the UK and for Philips Electronics Worldwide out of Amsterdam. Her experience ranges from international organisational communications, strategic media relations, crisis/issues management, PR events, speakers management, internal communications and brand management.