Steering Group 

The Steering Group includes the following practitioners (some of whom are alumni of the Leadership Institute) who provided their input in the initial design of the program curriculum.


Adriano CampolinaAdriano was appointed CEO of ActionAid International in 2014. He has worked for ActionAid for 14 years in his native Brazil as well as in the Americas and Africa.  An agricultural engineer with a degree from Universidade Federal de Viçosa, he is a specialist in food safety and international trade relations. "I’m a small town man with a love for all things rural," explains Adriano Campolina, which feeds into his commitment to fighting for the right to food security. In his 14 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. In 1998 Adriano joined Brazilian Central of Labor Unions (CUT) in São Paulo, as a Political Advisor for the national management team. He also worked at the National Confederation of Workers in Agriculture in Brasilia as a Formal Advisor on foreign relations, analyzing impacts of Mercosur regional trade policy on rural communities, and developing policy proposals for national agricultural reform.


LINDSAY COATES, President, InterAction

Lindsay CoatesLindsay 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.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.


SUSAN W. HAYES, Former President & CEO, ReSurge International and Board Member, InterAction

Susan HayesSusan formerly served as President and CEO of ReSurge International. As president, she ushered ReSurge through a strategic evolution from a direct service organization to one that also educates overseas medical professionals and builds the permanent surgical capacity in developing countries. Susan led ReSurge with 15 years of management, fundraising and media experience in public broadcasting, including serving as Vice President for development and publicity for the Western New York Public Broadcasting Association. Prior to that, Susan was a Political Science instructor at Syracuse University and the University of South Carolina, and a project manager for public policy think tank, Syracuse Research Corporation. Since 2009, Susan has served on the board of directors of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on the world’s poor and most vulnerable people. She also frequently provides pro-bono counsel to local nonprofits on the subjects of nonprofit governance. Susan holds a Master’s degree from Syracuse University and another from University of South Carolina. She also completed doctorate of philosophy coursework in political science at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. In addition, Susan is an alumna of the Stanford Graduate School Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders. Susan is a native of South Carolina, lived for 20 years in New York State, and now resides in San Jose.


SHERINE JAYAWICKRAMA, Manager, Development and Humanitarian Relief NGOs, Hauser Center for Non Profits, Harvard University

 Sherine JayawickramaSherine Jayawickrama manages the Humanitarian & Development NGOs domain of practice at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University, and is Executive Director of the NGO Leaders Forum. She also manages the Humanitarian & Development NGOs blog and is the blog’s lead writer and editor. Sherine writes on a variety of topics including development effectiveness, U.S. aid reform, impact measurement and NGO advocacy. She worked for ten years at CARE USA in a variety of positions, including Deputy Regional Director for Asia, Senior Policy Analyst and Special Assistant to the President. Earlier in her career, Sherine worked on freedom of expression issues at PEN American Center in New York City and on environmental policy issues in Sri Lanka at the Natural Resources & Environmental Policy Project (NAREPP). She grew up in Sri Lanka, and has a B.A. in economics and international relations from Scripps College, and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.


MARK SIDEL, Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin

Mark SidelMark Sidel is Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin and a former Lauridsen Family Fellow at the University of Iowa and a research scholar at the University's Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. He currently serves as President of the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR), the international academic society supporting research on civil society, the nonprofit sector, and philanthropy. His research focuses on law, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, and on comparative law in Asia with an emphasis on Vietnam, China, and India and South Asia. Professor Sidel teaches philanthropy and nonprofit institutions, comparative and international law, and contracts. Professor Sidel currently serves as the International Senior Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (Vietnam), the Vietnamese Ministry of Justice and the Central Judicial Reform Steering Committee on a $6.5 million project to strengthen access to justice and protection of rights in Vietnam. He is consultant to the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), managing work under a MacArthur Foundation grant to strengthen the law and legal rights of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in China, and Senior Fellow at The Philanthropic Initiative (Boston). Before assuming his current positions, Professor Sidel served in senior program positions at the Ford Foundation. He managed the regional program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector for the Ford Foundation in South Asia (New Delhi, 1999-2000); and earlier developed and managed all the Ford Foundation's programs in Vietnam (1992-1995). Professor Sidel has also served as a consultant on legal reform, philanthropy, the nonprofit sector and related areas for an extensive number of civil society organizations, NGOs and various government funded development programs. He holds degrees from Princeton University (history), Yale University (history), and Columbia Law School.



Ingrid SrinathIngrid Srinath is the former Secretary General of CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, an influential global network of organizations at local, national, regional and international levels, dedicated to strengthening civil society throughout the world. Ingrid took over as Secretary General of CIVICUS in May 2008. She also serves on the board of the IANGO Accountability Charter, World Economic Forum NGO Advisory Group, the UNDP CSO Advisory Group as well as the UN Development Cooperation Forum Advisory Group.Prior to joining CIVICUS she served as Chief Executive of India's leading child rights advocacy organization - Child Rights and You (CRY). At CRY, she led a team of over 200 employees in 7 offices in India and overseas through a process of organizational transformation from a charity orientation to a rights-based approach. Under her leadership, CRY facilitated over 20 NGO alliances including a pan-India national alliance with over 3000 NGO members. Among its many achievements was the grassroots mobilization that led to the amendment of India's Constitution to make education a fundamental right. In addition to her work at CRY, Ingrid also was also a Senior Fellow of the Synergos Institute, a US based network for non-profit leaders and global philanthropists, where she has been a passionate advocate for child rights and social justice movements in multiple public forums and in the media, in India and around the world. Her prior experience of over a decade in the private sector, chiefly in marketing and advertising, has enabled Ingrid to facilitate dialogue across sectors and to build sustainable resource mobilization, branding and advocacy strategies for CRY and, as a consultant and trainer, for other non-profit organizations in India and overseas. She holds a BA from Elphinstone College, Mumbai and a PGDM from IIM, Calcutta.


RAMESH SINGH, Chief Operating Officer, Greenpeace International

Ramesh SinghRamesh Singh is the Chief Operating Officer of Greenpeace International. Prior to joining Greenpeace, Ramesh worked with the  Open Society Foundations and prior to that with ActionAid for over 20 years, initially in The Gambia, then as Country Director in Ethiopia, Nepal - where he was born - and Vietnam, as Asia Regional Director in Bangkok, as Operations Director in London, and as ActionAid International’s Chief Executive for several years. Much of his life has been spent working first hand with development issues in Asia and Africa. He was trained as an agronomist-seed technologist at the University of Edinburgh, UK and came to ActionAid with a depth of experience in agricultural research. He then led ActionAid’s process of internationalization and the delivery of the organization’s strategic objectives of Rights to End Poverty. Ramesh is also a visiting scholar at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University.

INGE WALLAGE, Communication Director, Greenpeace International 

Inge Wallage Inge Wallage has worked in international communications and Public Relations for twenty years. For the past two years she has served 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 organizational communications, strategic media relations, crisis/issues management, PR events, speakers management, internal communications and brand management.

ADAM WEINBERG, President, Denison University

Adam WeinbergAdam Weinberg is the president of Denison University and former 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.