Practitioner Contributors 2019

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Richard Marshall was a Senior Director for People and Culture at World Vision International prior to starting his coaching enterprise in 2016. He has 25 years Human Resources and Organization Development experience in Commercial, Public and Charity sector organizations.

Richard has been working with people management for most of his working life and has lived and worked in both the UK and Asia. He was a Board member at the Charity People in Aid for 7 years. As a Business Psychologist, he has played a key role in transforming leadership teams, HR functions and organization culture. He has designed strategic frameworks for staff and organizational wellbeing and has led executive coaching initiatives for individuals, teams and organizations. 

In 2015 he completed a 2 week Research Fellowship with the Transnational NGO initiative at Syracuse University, New York: subject focus = “Why CEOs Fail - and what you can do about it”.   

Since founding his own company in 2016, he has been coaching CEOs and senior managers in transition and talented emerging leaders, both face to face, and increasingly over Skype. Richard trained at the Academy of Executive Coaching and is qualified to use a range of psychometric tools and assessments (eg Hogan).  He is accredited with APECS (the leading association of Professional Executive Coaches).


minjon9Minjon Tholen is the National Director of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Accessibility (IDEA) at Amnesty International USA where she leads the development and implementation of a comprehensive IDEA strategy across the organization. She has almost a decade of experience in developing innovative change initiatives to foster inclusive organizational development, training and advising senior leaders, and designing and implementing numerous programs. 

Prior to joining Amnesty, Minjon was a Senior Consultant at Cook Ross Inc., a leading consulting firm specializing in organizational development, diversity & inclusion management, leadership development and talent management. She partnered with leaders at numerous Fortune 500 companies, public institutions and nonprofits all over the world to advance their diversity & inclusion strategies. She has been a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and a coach at the Diversity & Inclusion Coaching Center. She is also a co-founder of Inclusion NextWork, a global community of emerging leaders dedicated to driving inclusive organizations. 

Minjon was born in Sri Lanka, grew up in The Netherlands, and resides in the United States. She received her Bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has certificates in Executive Leadership and Strategic HR Leadership from Cornell University. 

Practitioner Contributors 2017

Lindsay Coates

Lindsay Coates recently became a Managing Director of BRAC global Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI). In her new capacity, she leads the UPGI’s advocacy agenda to leave no one behind through effective and powerful solutions for the worlds most marginalized people. A life-long advocate for human dignity, Lindsay currently serves on the steering committee of the World Bank Global Partnership for Social Accountability, the executive committee for Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), and the boards of Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) and United State Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC).  She also served on the Obama administration’s task force on Global Poverty, was a Trustee for her alma mater the University of the South at Sewanee, and a board member for the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Global Heath Council.

Before joining BRAC in 2018, she was President of InterAction, overseeing all management issues and institutional outreach to InterAction members and partners. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Lindsay practiced civil rights law in various capacities. She began her career in Mississippi, and then served as chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Education, and an equal employment opportunity attorney at the National Gallery of Art.

From 2008-2009, Lindsay was a nonresident fellow of Seminar XXI, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies. She holds a JD from the University of Mississippi, a B.A. magna cum laude from Sewanee, and has studied at the London School of Economics.

Deprose Muchena

Deprose Muchena was appointed the first Regional Director for Amnesty International (AI) Southern Africa in March 2014. Muchena currently provides strategic, policy and organizational leadership, working with a team of human rights experts, communication and campaigns specialists, volunteers and interns to achieve human rights impact across the region. He previously served as the Deputy Director at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), a position he assumed after working as Economic Justice Programme Manager at the same foundation.  For eight years, Muchena worked as Senior Governance Advisor at USAID in Harare where he ran a multi-year grant making program supporting civil society, parliament and local governments in furtherance of bilateral strategic objectives.  He began his career at the Zimbabwe Council of Churches working as a junior research and policy officer. In 2011, he co-edited Tearing Us Apart: Inequalities in Southern Africa examining the causes, trends and effects of inequality across Southern Africa. His latest contribution is as co-editor of Prospects for Democratic Developmental States in Southern Africa, (2017). Muchena is a founder member of the broad-based movement that campaigned for a new constitution in Zimbabwe, and a founder member of the Southern Africa Economic Justice Network.

 Nicole Kamaleson

 Nicole Kamaleson is a Partner at Perrett Laver, providing leadership in the Global Non-profit Practice (including international humanitarian, development, advocacy and philanthropy sectors). Perrett Laver is a global executive search firm with offices in London,  Amsterdam, Sydney, Hong Kong, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Vancouver.

Focusing on serving organizations having a transformative impact on society, Nicole is passionate about identifying, engaging with and securing top talent for global organizations with  shared societal ambitions in alignment with outcomes as defined by the MDGs, as follows:  An equitable and peaceful society – through gender empowerment, peace and security in fragile states, human rights and democratic governance, and mitigation against man made shocks and natural disasters; A growing and thriving society – through lands, livelihoods and sustainability interventions impacting the environment, employment and work, social protection and inclusiveness of disparate members of society.

In this capacity, Nicole has worked globally on talent acquisitions specializing on the C-suite level, directors, regional/national leadership positions, as well as board/trustee searches for social/financial development (impact investing), large global organizations, think tanks/research organizations, foundations, and other organizations tackling the societal grand challenges.