Transnational NGO Leadership Institute 2012
Davis Broach is Relief International/EnterpriseWork’s (RI/EW) Vice President of Social Enterprise, an incubator and model for enterprises owned and operated by RI/EW. The Social Enterprise division invests, expands and brings to scale sustainable and transformative innovations that create social and environmental impact. Davis Broach has a 15-year track record supporting emerging and developing market entrepreneurs through innovative partnership structures, such as venture capital, quasi-equity loans, carbon financing, and microfinance. Before joining RI/EW, Davis was a Managing Director for the global fund management group SEAF Management LLC, where he oversaw a $30 million development fund financed by the Millennium Challenge Corporation that targeted agribusiness and tourism SMEs in the Republic of Georgia. He also served as Country Director for the Central Asian Small Enterprise Fund based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and was the Senior Representative and Investment Officer for the Central & Eastern European Growth Fund in Warsaw, Poland. Davis holds an MBA and MS in Development Management from American University, completed undergraduate studies at Oglethorpe University and Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and speaks Polish.
Joel R. Charny
Joel R. Charny is Vice President for Humanitarian Policy and Practice at InterAction. He is responsible for leading InterAction’s work on humanitarian response, which involves engaging with the U.S. government, the United Nations, and member non-governmental organizations on both practical and policy matters. Prior to joining InterAction in October 2010, Mr. Charny was the Vice President for Policy with Refugees International. During his tenure, he conducted humanitarian assessment missions to Pakistan in the aftermath of 9/11, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, the Chinese border with North Korea, Burma, Syria, among others. Mr. Charny joined Refugees International in July 2000 after working for four years in Cambodia as Deputy Program Manager with the CARERE project of the United Nations Development Program. Prior to working for the UNDP in Cambodia, Mr. Charny spent sixteen years with Oxfam America, a relief and development organization based in Boston. He first worked inside Cambodia during the famine emergency there in 1980 and went on to manage the agency’s work in Southeast Asia and the wider Asia region. In 1989 he became Overseas Director and in 1994 Policy Director. Mr. Charny has a Masters degree in international education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Debora Cobar is a country director at the Plan International, Guatemala, with extensive experience in rights of the child and development. From both field and regional office positions, she has led the implementation of rights-based programs over the last twelve years, first as Regional Rights of the Child advisor for the Latin America Region and the Caribbean and since 4 years ago, in the field as program support manager and as a Country Director. During these years, she had the opportunity to lead the inclusion of the rights-based approach in the programs of Plan in the Latin America Region. For four years before that she was working with the Guatemala’s government as the President’s Wife advisor for children’s rights and as a Chief of Child Rights section of the Attorney General’s Office. She has strong skills in human resources management working in difficult security situations. During the last years, she has been leading directing and been accountable for country operations working in difficult circumstances related with emergencies and insecurity. Cobar has an MD from San Carlos University, Guatemala, and an MA in Social Development from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.
Aroma Dutta is the founder and the Executive Director of the Bangladeshi national NGO support organization, PRIP Trust. In 1988, she joined PRIP (Private Rural Initiatives Project), a project of PACT USA, and took on the leadership of the organization when it nationalized in 1996. She is a development practitioner who works on strengthening the capacities of civil society organizations in Bangladesh, and on catalyzing and supporting linkages between CSOs and the State. Dutta’s development management experience extends from grass roots to national level organizations. She began her professional career as a Lecturer in the Sociology Department of Dhaka University. She made the transition to the development sector by joining USAID’s Programme Department as a Research Specialist. During 1980s, she also worked with NORAD, as an Advisor to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, developing women’s projects both at Local Government level across Bangladesh, and at inter-ministry level. The major focus of her career is capacity building of civil society organizations, particularly the ones serving the disadvantaged people at the grass roots level. As a civil society, human and women’s rights activist, she is engaged in various national and international strategic Forums and Networks. Dutta received a Master’s degrees in Sociology and International Management.
Bijay Raj Gautam
Mr. Bijay Raj Gautam is the Executive Director of Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC), a leading Human Rights organization in Nepal. INSEC has been relentlessly working for the protection and promotion of human rights across the country since 1988; through campaigns, monitoring, advocacy, lobby, research and legal reviews. Mr. Gautam has an extensive working experience of fifteen years with INSEC. Mr. Gautam has leadership roles in several transnational human rights networks and coalitions, such as Solidarity for Asian Peoples Advocacy, the ICC Coalition, and the South Asian Forum for Human Rights. His professional areas are: Human Rights Documentation and Monitoring; Human rights Education and Advocacy; Conflict Transformation and Peace building; and, Project Development, Management and Reporting. He has also been involved in the development of a number of books, journal, articles and other resource materials on human rights and peace education. In addition, Mr. Gautam has strong expertise in the areas of Organization Management and Development, Program Planning and implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation. He has conducted a series of trainings on Human Rights and Peace Building. Mr. Gautam holds a Master's Degree in English literature; following which he completed a Post graduate degree on Management from London College of Business and Computing and a Master's degree in Human Rights and Social Development from Mahidol University in Thailand.
Dr. Shamim Imam is the Director of Capacity Development at Manusher Johno Foundation, an organization that promotes human rights and good governance. This program provides funding support to NGOs, CBOs, private organizations and government institutions and ensures that the requisite support and capacity building is available to those organizations. Prior to that, Dr. Shamim Imam worked as the Director of Polio Eradication Initiative (PEI) Project (a collaborative project with 4 international NGOs – Plan, World Vision, Save the Children-USA, and CARE) and served as the Director of Secretariat of the CORE PVOs in Bangladesh. From 1998 to 2000, Imam worked in the capacity of Assistant Project Coordinator of the CHILD Project, which is a Child Survival Project working in partnership with Ministry of Health to build up the capacity of the Ministry in order to deliver high quality, sustainable and integrated child survival services at the outreach level and community mobilization. Prior to her work on CHILD Project, Dr. Imam worked as a Project Director at Al-Falah, an NGO providing maternal and child health services for stranded refugees (Pakistanis). Dr. Imam received a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from Dhaka Medical College and completed a Master’s of Public Health Program from Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine from the University of Dhaka in 2002.
Victor Hugo Inchausty is the Regional Director ad-interim of the South American Office of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), based in Quito, Ecuador. Specialized in conservation management with extensive experience in protected areas and wildlife management, in his current position he is in charge of the IUCN regional program implementation. He is responsible for leading the activities of the Union in South America, which involves substantial coordination with governments, institutional members and experts. Prior to joining IUCN, he held managerial positions for the Andean Region, such as Deputy Director at Conservation International in Bolivia as well as Executive Director of the National Service of Protected Areas of the Ministry of Rural Development, Livestock and Environment (Governmental Bolivian Institution). He is also member of two IUCN´s Commissions: the World Commission on Protected Areas and the Commission on Ecosystem Management. Dr. Inchausty holds a PH.D in Zoology and Master of Science from Brigham Young University (USA); Animal Science Engineer from Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua (México); Medical Technologist from Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (Bolivia).
Ms. Isaak is a Partnership Manager at the Center for Development Services in Cairo. She has more than eight years of professional experience in development work as a researcher, trainer and facilitator. She authored several research papers, conducted regional training workshops, and participated in the editing of several publications. She completed her post-graduate studies in Corporate Social Responsibility at Nottingham University, UK. Her professional experience coupled with her academic qualifications give her a wide experience in establishing institutional partnerships that serve the fulfillment of development goals and objects, especially among stakeholders from diverse fields with particular emphasis on engaging the private sector in development. Ms. Isaak has excellent communication and networking skills and experience in managing regional and global networks.
Anupama Jha is the Executive Director of India Chapter of Transparency International, with extensive experience in issues of Governance, Politics, and Development. Having both field and policylevel experience, she has worked towards empowering grassroots communities in different states in India. With more than 22 years of work experience, Jha started as a journalist in mainline media. She has also worked in the private sector and brings to Transparency Internation her analytical, networking and communications skills that contribute to successful outcomes. She has practical experience in diverse field - working with poor communities as well as corporate and media. With masters in Economics, she has experience in project designing, resource mobilization, fund raising, strategic communication and training.
John McGeehan is an Executive Vice President and CEO of Plan International, USA, with over 25 years of experience managing sales and service organizations, in complex business environments. As a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, John served in a variety of management positions, spanning Sales, Sales Management and Firm Management; the latter including Chief Administrative Officer for Morgan Stanley Global Operations & Services, and Morgan Stanley Japan, where he lived and worked for 10 years. John brings to Plan a strong commercial orientation, and the analytical, consultative and influencing skills that contribute to successful outcomes. While John's career has been spent solving big firm problems, he strongly believes his experience will play as well with smaller firms in need of big firm problem solving. Additionally, John has a long history of Board and volunteer service with non-profits, serving the community through Education, and Performing Arts, in the US and Japan. John remains a Board member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, N.Y., where he has served since 2004.
Rebecca Kohler is Vice President for Strategic Development and Communication at IntraHealth International, overseeing business development, fundraising, strategic partnerships, and corporate communications and knowledge management. Prior to joining IntraHealth, Kohler held positions with John Snow, Incorporated; International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Regional Office; Family Health International; and Africa News Service. She is a seasoned public health practitioner who has held key leadership, management, technical, and advisory positions in the field and in the US during her 25-year career. Kohler has hands-on practical experience working on HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, safe motherhood, and child survival programs in more than 20 countries across several continents, including resident assignments in Tanzania, Kenya, Eritrea and Armenia. She has expertise in program design, resource mobilization, strategic planning, behavior change communication, and training. Kohler holds an Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelors of Science from Duke University.
Bhekinkosi Moyo is political scientist currently working as Director of Programs at TrustAfrica, a pan African foundation based in Dakar, Senegal. He has a doctorate from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and is published extensively on issues of governance, development, philanthropy and civil society. His latest book is on the regulation of the public sphere in Africa.
Shingirirai (Shingi) Nyamwanza is Manager, Global Projects at National 4-H Council in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Shingi manages the day to day project and fiscal management for 4-H country programs and works alongside senior leadership to develop strategies with country partners in the Global 4-H Network. Shingi serves as the primary liaison for 4-H Africa country leaders. Prior to this role she was a project manager where she managed a $5 million portfolio and supported senior fundraisers in raising more than $15 million for the 4-H movement nationwide. Prior to joining National 4-H Council, Shingi worked as a product specialist, managing projects for a $200M refrigeration product line team at General Electric, Consumer and Industrial in Louisville Kentucky. Shingi worked on a team that developed a bottom freezer product that was awarded the 2007 CEO Turnaround Award. Shingi received both her Bachelor’s and MBA from Bellarmine University in Louisville Kentucky. She is a native of Zimbabwe.
Christine Sow has been the Vice President for International Programs at Plan International USA since May 2011. In her current position she is responsible for teams undertaking institutional donor prospecting, acquisition, and post award support as well as capacity building and partnership between Plan USA and its affiliated country offices. Prior to joining Plan, she spent 12 years in West Africa in various public health related leadership positions with UNICEF, USAID and Family Health international. An epidemiologist by training, Christine holds a PhD from Tulane University in social epidemiology, a Masters of Public Health and Masters of Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan and a BA in Africana Studies from Vassar College. Christine is married and the proud mother of three children ages 21, 12 and 10.
Steven G. Stirling
Steve Stirling is EVP/Chief Administration Officer of ChildFund International, a leading international child focused development NGO. Stirling leads and oversees the strategic solutions team including: Finance, IT, Global Fundraising & Communications, Sponsorship, HR and Legal. Stirling held senior level positions with: Heifer International (EVP of Marketing & Resource Development), Univera Life Sciences (VP of Marketing and Communications), ChildHelp (SVP of Marketing and Resource Development) and for five years, Stirling served as the Vice President of Marketing Operations and Executive Director, Major Donor Fundraising for World Vision U.S. Stirling earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics at Cornell University and his MBA in Marketing and Finance at Northwestern University (Kellogg Graduate School of Management), during which time he also studied international business in Paris, France.
Mirahan Farag Orabi Farag Zedan
Dr. Mirahan-Farag is currently a manager of the Training Unit at the Faculty of Home Economics at the Helwan University in Cairo that she had created less than a year ago but that has already been recognized as the ‘best practice in training’ at the university. She is a member of the Sustainable development of Resources Committee as well as an active member of the Environmental Development and Community Service Committee. She was a fellow of Democracy and Governance program in 2011 held in Columbus, OH, and prior to that she visited both Upstate New York and Washington DC as a fellow of Leaders for Democracy program. She has been an activist in the field of interfaith dialogue, peaceful coexistence and social cohesion since 2005, as she has a particular interest in working with people from other religious and cultural backgrounds. Dr. Mirahan-Farag is also actively involved in the local NGO sector. She served as a Secretary General of El-Namaa NGO and as a Board Member of Nahdet El-Mahrousa NGO. She acted as a representative of Nahdet El-Mahrousa (NGO) in the Egyptian-Danish Dialogue Annual Conference in 2008 and in an intercultural dialogue meeting with a multi-faith US delegation from National Peace Foundation and The Islamic Society of North America, held in Cairo in 2008.
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