Lindsay Coates is the President of InterAction, overseeing all management issues and institutional outreach to InterAction members and partners. 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 InterAction in 2008, she was the COO of Population Action International, a leading international NGO advocating for access to family planning services. 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 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 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.