practitioner contributors 2013 

Transnational NGO Leadership Institute 2013


 Isaac B. Bekalo, President of International Institute of Rural Reconstructionisaac

Born in Ethiopia, Isaac has twenty five years of practical experience in community and organizational development, management and leadership. As President of IIRR, Isaac takes a lead role in strategy formulation, organizational diagnoses and restructuring, strategic management, business plan development and monitoring and evaluation. Isaac joined IIRR in September 1989 as the Africa Regional Director and was appointed as the 6th President of IIRR in January 2009. Isaac built IIRR’s Africa Regional Center from scratch by mobilizing resources, building strong teams and establishing a presence in four East African countries. As President, he is a voting but non-independent member of the Board of Trustees which he was appointed to in January 2009 when he assumed the role of President. 


  Carolyn S. Miles, President & CEO, Save the ChildrenCarolyn Miles 2013

Carolyn S. Miles is President & CEO for Save the Children.  Carolyn became the first woman to head Save the Children in September 2011, after joining the organization in 1998 and serving as its Chief Operating Officer since 2001. During her tenure as COO, Save the Children doubled the number of children it reaches with food, educational, and other programs, and helped grow the organization’s budget – 90 percent of which goes directly to programs serving children – from $140 million to more than $550 million.  Initially, Carolyn worked in the private sector after earning her M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, on whose board she now sits. She worked for American Express in Hong Kong, and subsequently partnered to start a successful chain of coffee shops there as an entrepreneur.  Carolyn is a member of the Board of Directors of Blackbaud, a major supplier of nonprofit software and is the chair of the Nominations/Governance Committee. She also serves on the Board of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Carolyn received an M.B.A. from the Darden School and a B.A. from Bucknell University


Colm Ó Cuanacháin, Senior Director of Movement Building, Amnesty International  Colm 2013 

Colm Ó Cuanacháin is Senior Director of Movement Building at Amnesty International. He is responsible for ensuring Amnesty International has an increasingly sustainable and effective presence around the world for greater human rights impact. He is a key spokesperson on Amnesty International's Movement issues, including Amnesty international's growth strategy. Colm has coordinated a wide number of international campaigns for Amnesty International on human rights issues, most recently setting up the Demand Dignity campaign on a range of economic social and cultural rights issues. Colm has held a number of other roles in Amnesty International, including as Chair of Amnesty International’s global governance body, Secret ary General of the organization's Irish Section, and as the Senior Director for Campaigns. He formerly worked as Head of Campaigns with ActionAid International. He holds a PhD in Human Rights Education.


Adam Weinberg, World Learning
Adam Weinberg 2013
Adam Weinberg is the president and CEO of World Learning, an international nonprofit organization that runs exchange, education and development programs in more than 75 countries. Weinberg has expanded World Learning’s network to include nearly 200 programs with participants from more than 140 countries. Annual operating revenue at World Learning stands at approximately $108 million. Adam joined World Learning in 2005, serving as executive vice president of World Learning and provost of SIT, formerly the School for International Training. During this time, he focused on expanding SIT’s graduate, study abroad and exchange programs, emphasizing academic quality and programmatic innovation. Prior to World Learning, Adam was vice president and dean of the college at Colgate University, where he served on the faculty for more than a decade. At Colgate he gained national prominence for his work increasing civic education in higher education, including development of organizations such as Democracy Matters and The COVE. Additionally he is a published author of two books and numerous articles in the The Washington Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Education.


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