Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken

Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken

Director of the Transnational NGO (TNGO) Initiative at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University


Tosca Bruno-vanVijfeijken is the co-author with Steve Lux of the case “From Alliance to International: The Global Transformation of Save the Children.”  It was the winner of the Snow Foundation Award for Best Case or Simulation in Collaborative Nonprofit Management in 2013. This case examines how leaders in Save the Children, a large International NGO were driven to consider major organizational transformation, how they created a sense of urgency around the case for change, and how they created a coalition for change. It also illustrates implementation issues that may arise when large INGOs undergo significant transformation, and points to signals of early results. 

Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken has worked on international development and civil society issues for almost 30 years, both in practice as well as in academia. She has been the Director of the Transnational NGO Initiative (TNGO Initiative) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University since 2003. Tosca focuses on the governance, leadership and effectiveness of INGOs, and directs the TNGO Leadership Institute and its related customized leadership development work with INGOs. Tosca also works on change leadership and management in INGOs, and on evaluation. She is a board member of InterAction and Public Interest Registry and occasionally engages as executive coach with senior INGO leaders. As a former international development practitioner, Tosca worked at the European Center for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) in the Netherlands, served as UN District Electoral Supervisor in Cambodia during the UNTAC peacekeeping operation, and worked with UNDP and PACT in Cambodia (1992-1994).  Tosca also worked at the World Bank (1995-2001) in Washington DC and Vietnam.