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Teams and Governance

WRA is a global alliance united through a common vision and shared set of values, operating principles, and affiliation responsibilities. We value and protect individual, gender, cultural, religious and social diversity and make concerted efforts to ensure that women, young people and marginalized groups are represented and heard.

Teams and Governance

Amanda Livingstone

Advocacy Officer

Amanda Livingstone

Advocacy Officer

Amanda came to White Ribbon Alliance in 2013 first as an intern, then as Operations Coordinator and is now an Advocacy Officer. She works with her Global Secretariat and National Alliance colleagues to advocate for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health through writing proposals, managing grants, creating accountability tools, and linking national-level campaigns to global events. She continues to be inspired by citizens who advocate for involvement in national and global-level accountability processes, access to respectful maternity care, and health education on self-care.

 

Prior to joining White Ribbon Alliance, she worked with Save the Children and the UN Development Programme’s Washington, DC Liaison Office. She has an MA in International Human Rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and a BA in International Studies and BS in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago.

Angel Katusia

Comm. & Media Strategist, WRA Kenya

Angel Katusia

Comm. & Media Strategist, WRA Kenya

As a volunteer communication and media strategist for the WRA Kenya, Angel leads the design and execution of WRA Kenya’s communications strategy. Angel is a highly driven and passionate communications professional who has vast interests in the media and corporate communications fields. She has an extensive understanding of how the media industry in Kenya and beyond work, allowing her to consult and formulate communication strategies for organizations and conduct media trainings for corporate bodies, NGOs and individuals. She is passionate about maternal health, youth and women’s empowerment.

Angel is currently the Head of Corporate Communications at Simba Corporation, a motor and hospitality group operating in Kenya. Prior to this, she worked at Ogilvy PR’s Nairobi office as a Senior Account Manager for three years following a successful seven-year career as a news and features journalist with Kenya Television Network (KTN) and Citizen TV.

As a journalist, Angel cut a niche for herself in the field of maternal and newborn health, winning several UN recognized awards. She is skilled in technology and digital communications, and has multiple social media outlets where she enjoys an enviable following.

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Angela Nguku

National Coordinator, WRA Kenya

Angela Nguku

National Coordinator, WRA Kenya

Angela Nguku is the Executive Director for the White Ribbon Alliance Kenya. She has 14 years of dedicated experience working toward ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths and adolescent health in Kenya, throughout Africa, and around the world.

Angela has worked for AAHI, AMREF, a Christian Aid-led global consortium, and as an Independent Technical and Advocacy Consultant in the RMNCAH program development and management field, as well as an international trainer, mentor and coach.

A passionate midwife, Angela advocates for accountability for the health of mothers, newborns, adolescents and youth, and for midwives’ voices to be heard. She is an advisory member of the People’s Voice Advisory Board of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDGs Era, the Advisory Group for the Global Action Plan, and the Deliver for Good Campaign in Kenya. In addition, she is a task force member of the CSO Coordination Group of the Global Financing Facility in Kenya, as well as the Kenya SDGs Forum.

BETSY MCCALLON

Chief Executive Officer

BETSY MCCALLON

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of White Ribbon Alliance, Betsy McCallon is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and developing plans, a dynamic team and resources to deliver it.  Betsy joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2004 and has contributed to the growth of the Alliance from a loose network to a driver for global attention and commitments to reproductive and maternal health and rights with a focus on national advocacy and accountability.  Betsy is a global spokesperson and champion for citizen participation and empowerment to advance health and rights; she regularly contributes to publications, speaks at key events, and serves on numerous coalitions and Boards. Betsy has lived and worked in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America and worked in more than 20 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. When she’s not working, Betsy spends much of her time outdoors - cycling, exploring the city and watching soccer.

Bishnu Raj Nepal

Vice President, SMNF, Nepal

Bishnu Raj Nepal

Vice President, SMNF, Nepal

As Vice President of SMNF/WRA Nepal, Mr. Bishnu Raj Nepal is involved in various activities and projects implemented by SMNF Nepal, with a focus on office and HR management, program planning & coordination and policy making. Mr. Nepal join SMNF Nepal in the year 2000.

Bishnu also represents the Community Development Center Nuwakot in the field of safe motherhood and related areas. Bishnu has master degree in Political Science and Education.

In addition to his advocacy for safe motherhood, Bishnu is involved in many organizations and in university groups.

Brigid McConville

Creative Director, WRA UK

Brigid McConville

Creative Director, WRA UK

Brigid McConville is a prize- winning writer who first met the White Ribbon Alliance while making a film, 'My Sister, My Self', in India in 2004. She was working as a journalist, covering stories about the rights of women and girls. Inspired by the passion and achievements of WRA members, she found ways to make their voices heard through the media, connecting them with influential and creative supporters.

McConville was elected to the Global Board of Directors in 2006. She subsequently joined the staff as director of the new UK office in 2008. She is now creative director of the European Network and continues to write books and make films.

 

Caroline Maposhere

Board Member, WRA Zimbabwe

Caroline Maposhere

Board Member, WRA Zimbabwe

Caroline Maposhere is a registered nurse, nurse midwife and a public health nurse with Bachelor of Theology and Master of Science in Counselling studies. She has extensive experience working in reproductive health including counseling young people, parents and religious leaders on sexual diversity and training health care providers on how to be sensitive to the needs of vulnerable groups like teen mothers and LGBTQ people.

Caroline works as a freelance consultant for various civil society organizations and has been a US Peace Corps Pre-Service Technical Trainer on HIV in more than 10 countries. She is "Aunty" on radio, TV and church programs for sexual and reproductive health in Zimbabwe and is a member of the Board of Trustees for WRA Zimbabwe.

Skype: caroline.maposhere

 

CELINE OKOH

Chief Financial Officer

CELINE OKOH

Chief Financial Officer

Celine Okoh is the Chief Financial Officer for White Ribbon Alliance, overseeing accounting, finance, human resources, legal, property management, award analysis and negotiations. She has over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors, and currently serves on Intacct’s Not-for-Profit Advisory Council.

Celine graduated from the University of Maryland with a double major in Business Administration & Economics, minoring in Accounting. She received her MBA from George Washington University with a major in Finance and Investment.

Originally from Nigeria, Celine has lived in the U.S. for quite some time.

Christina Rawdon

National Coordinator, WRA Zimbabwe

Christina Rawdon

National Coordinator, WRA Zimbabwe

Christina is a nurse-midwife and a midwifery educator with a PhD.  She is the current Editor-in-Chief for the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health where she is responsible for reviewing articles for publication and contributing to the journal’s editorials. Christina also acts as a freelance research consultant and country focal lead for the Lugina Africa Midwives Research Network (LAMRN), an ICM competency-based midwifery education trainer and co-supervisor for students on PhD studies.

Christina was drawn WRA because she identifies first and foremost as a woman and believes childbearing women matter and their right to live a healthy, fulfilled life is core to the survival of any community.

David Ssebuggwawo

Founding Member, WRA Uganda

David Ssebuggwawo

Founding Member, WRA Uganda

Sebuggwawo David is one of the founding members of White Ribbon Alliance Uganda. He has led the recruitment of more than 3,000 members in Uganda and the establishment of the 14 WRA Uganda regional teams through which it implements its work across the country. David has supported many projects on maternal and neonatal health advocacy and accountability in Uganda including Saving Lives at Birth, Midwifery Career Promotion in secondary schools in Uganda, Act Now to End Teenage Pregnancy, among others.

Currently, David is a member of the National Steering Committee of CSOs on RMNCAH, Administrator at WRA Uganda National Secretariat and he supports the Health System Advocacy Project with support from Amref Health Africa.

Away from work, David loves spending time with children at church.

DIANA COPELAND

Senior Communications Officer

DIANA COPELAND

Senior Communications Officer

Diana Copeland joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2016 as the Communication Coordinator, working to strengthen and disseminate the organization’s message on its website and social media platforms, and was promoted in 2018 to Senior Communications Officer in order to oversee and grow White Ribbon Alliance's digital and offline presence.

Before coming to WRA, Diana worked for HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” as a Researcher and as a member of Octopus Publishing Group’s Editorial team. Diana graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in English Literature and received her MA from University College London’s Department of Information Studies.

Dina Dewi Landini

Youth Program Officer, WRA Indonesia

Dina Dewi Landini

Youth Program Officer, WRA Indonesia

Dina Dewi Landini is a volunteer with WRA Indonesia, known locally as PPI. Born into a family of medical doctors, Dina chose a different path, graduating with a degree in architectural engineering. She worked as an architect and interior designer and later pursued advanced studies in business administration at the University of Dallas, Texas. Dina’s second childbirth was challenging, with intense contractions for more than 24 hours; a competent midwife helped her get through it. After that, in 2005, Dina accompanied her mother to a capacity building meeting organized by White Ribbon Alliance in India. She was inspired by its vision and mission and decided to help. Like many WRA volunteers who have families and careers, Dina must balance her schedule carefully and often uses her personal leave to do her work for WRA Indonesia (PPI). Dina oversees youth involvement for PPI, but often supports other efforts, and is a valued member of the WRA Indonesia team.

Dr. Aman Ullah

Board Chair, WRA Pakistan

Dr. Aman Ullah

Board Chair, WRA Pakistan

Dr. Aman Ullah, a public health and development consultant, is currently extending his services to Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and World Health Organization. A skilled and well-trained professional with more than 25 years experience in the public and private health sector, including serving on strategic positions, laid the foundation of White Ribbon Alliance in Pakistan and currently chairs the WRA Pakistan board. He is also a member of the National Alliance Council. Dr. Aman has championed maternal and newborn health in Pakistan for years, mediating effective policy change, and he has written extensively, including strategy and policy documents, research papers and articles for different audiences, while also representing Pakistan at various global fora.

Dr. Aparajita Gogoi, PhD

National Coordinator, WRA India

Dr. Aparajita Gogoi, PhD

National Coordinator, WRA India

Dr. Aparajita Gogoi is the National Coordinator of WRA India. She is the executive director of the NGO Center for Catalyzing Change (C3, formerly CEDPA India). Aparajita is a political scientist with 25 years of experience in programming, advocacy and defining strategies for policy issues, especially on young people’s health and rights. She is passionate about women’s health issues and has been an advocate for safe motherhood, firmly believing that surviving childbirth is a fundamental right of every woman.  Aparajita has been leading WRA India’s advocacy for safe motherhood for the last 16 years. She has also been involved in safe motherhood advocacy in Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines.  She has received recognition for her work in various forums, including by The Guardian, which in 2011 named Aparajita as one of the world’s 100 most inspiring women.

She holds a PhD (International Politics), from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Post graduate diploma in Journalism.

Dr. Hafizuddin Faqiree, MD

National Coordinator, WRA Afghanistan

Dr. Hafizuddin Faqiree, MD

National Coordinator, WRA Afghanistan

Dr. Hafiz Faqiree has more than 10 years’ experience working with national and international organizations, including Adventist Development and Relieve Agency, Bakhtar Development Network, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, Oxfam Novib, Nutrition and Education International, Marie Stopes International and Futures Group. His previous managerial positions include Program Manager, Project Director, National Coordinator and Health and Nutrition Program Manager.

Hafiz graduated from Ningarhar Medical Faculty in August 2005 and has experience working in the fields of basic and emergency health, reproductive health, water, sanitation & hygiene, nutrition and advocacy

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Dr. Masood Ahmed Abbasi

National Campaigns Manager, WRA Pakistan

Dr. Masood Ahmed Abbasi

National Campaigns Manager, WRA Pakistan

Dr. Masood Ahmed Abbasi a leading public-sector reform expert, with over 27 years of experience in building institutional capacity to improve public sector delivery, monitoring and evaluation. This includes 10 years as a National Level Team Leader and key expert on donor funded international projects; 5 years as Provincial Lead implementing and overseeing donor funded projects; and, 12 years as a civil servant in Pakistan.

Dr. Abbasi achieved a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Health Services Academy, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad Pakistan in 1999 and Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from University of Sindh in 1988. His career exhibits a good mix of working in the public and private sectors in both humanitarian and development settings. His most recent job was as Nutritionist with the United Nations World Food Program (UN WFP). Dr. Abbasi has experience working with Save the Children, UNICEF and WHO in the areas of Maternal, Newborn, Child Health & Nutrition, Family Planning, Health System Strengthening, Advocacy, and Project Management that includes program development, planning, and implementation. He has worked with Ministry of Health for almost 12 years at district level and has executed primary health care assignments.

Dr. Nanna Bali Chidi

Board Chair, WRA Nigeria

Dr. Nanna Bali Chidi

Board Chair, WRA Nigeria

Dr. Nanna Bali Chidi-Emmanuel is a Public Health Physician and has worked in both public and private health institutions for over 17 years. Her experience spans a broad spectrum from clinical service delivery, preventive medicine, social mobilization, advocacy to technical leadership, management and international experience. She is familiar with clinical and non-clinical strategies; has strong technical expertise in Reproductive Health, Maternal Newborn & Child Health, and HIV/AIDS fostering linkages, integration and ensuring synergy. Nanna has worked closely with high level policy makers both at state and national levels to advocate and consolidate the rights of every childbearing women in Nigeria.

From her days as a Masters Student in Community Medicine at University of Liverpool, Nanna has championed and been a leading voice for maternal, newborn, and child health issues. In 2009, she organized a study tour to India as a cross-learning platform for the promotion of safe motherhood. Participants included representatives of the Nigerian Ministry of Health, parliamentarians, policy makers, community-based organizations, and regulatory bodies including the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and Representatives of the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Nigeria.

Nanna’s wealth of experience ranges from being a house officer at Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, a medical officer at Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Quality Improvement Advisor at NURHI, and Registrar at Lagos State Teaching Hospital. Her professional affiliations include the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Medical Association, TB and Poverty Subgroup, Association of Public Health Physicians and National Reproductive Health Working Group.

Dr. Qudratullah Nasrat, MD

Board Member, WRA Afghanistan

Dr. Qudratullah Nasrat, MD

Board Member, WRA Afghanistan

Dr. Qudratullah Nasrat graduated from Khost Medical Faculty in 2001 and has more than 16 years’ experience working in a variety of health positions, including 10 years in senior-level project management positions with and alongside national and international organizations, including the World Bank, USAID, European Union, and UN organizations. A self- motivated and values-driven executive, he thrives in challenging environments. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Nasarat holds a doctor of medicine and holds a post-graduate diploma in Public Health Administration and a master’s in international public health.

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ELENA ATEVA

Advocacy Manager

ELENA ATEVA

Advocacy Manager

Elena joined the White Ribbon Alliance in 2016 as the Maternal and Newborn Health Policy and Advocacy Advisor, supported by USAID/Health Policy. She is responsible for facilitating the work of the Global Respectful Maternity Care Council, leading global advocacy efforts to strengthen the midwifery workforce and providing assistance to WRA National Alliances that campaign to improve respectful maternity care and increase support for midwives in their countries.

Elena is an attorney and a human rights advocate from Bulgaria, who has been involved in the movement for respectful care in her home country and throughout Eastern Europe. She is the co-founder of Rodilnitza, a non-profit organization that advocates for women’s rights in childbirth.

Prior to joining WRA, Elena was the Eastern Europe Legal Advocacy Coordinator for the international non-profit Human Rights in Childbirth and currently serves on the board of the organization. Her work and career has also focused on domestic violence, trafficking, and women's issues in Bulgaria and the United States.

When she is not working, Elena enjoys exploring new lands and cultures, and biking with her children.

FARIDAH LUYIGA

Communication Manager

FARIDAH LUYIGA

Communication Manager

Faridah has worked with WRA since March 2014, when she began as WRA Uganda's Communications Officer. In 2016, Faridah added the responsibilities of Communication Manager for the Global Secretariat, working specifically to support the National Alliances.

Prior to her time at WRA, Faridah was an independent media consultant where she managed media and public relations for various clients. Faridah also spent time as a journalist with the Daily Monitor newspaper where she served as health editor, as the acting editor of Full Woman Magazine and editor of Rainbow Magazine.

Faridah has a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree and a Master of Business of Administration from Makerere University, where she also served as Fellow with the MakSPH-CDC HIV/AIDS Fellowship Program at their School of Public Health. As a fellow, Faridah was hosted by Communication for Development Foundation Uganda where she was the to-go-to person on communication-related matters.

George Mandongwe

Program Officer, WRA Zimbabwe

George Mandongwe

Program Officer, WRA Zimbabwe

George is a nurse/midwife with an honors degree in psychology. He has wide experience working with communities in the areas of primary health care, maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS. He has strong advocacy and social mobilization skills at the community level, acquired and demonstrated over seven years of practice at public hospitals, with local authorities and as part of several non-governmental organizations.

George has been with WRA Zimbabwe since December 2016, campaigning for childbearing women’s rights in respectful maternity care and empowering women with knowledge and skills through its community-based self-care initiative focusing on birth preparedness and complication prevention readiness.

 

Ibu Giwo Rubianto

Board Chair, WRA Indonesia

Ibu Giwo Rubianto

Board Chair, WRA Indonesia

Ibu Giwo Rubianto almost lost her life while giving birth to her third child in 1997. That event set a new course for Giwo, who decided to use her considerable skills as an organizational leader to advocate for maternal and newborn health with White Ribbon Alliance, known in Indonesia as PPI. Giwo currently serves as the President of the National Council of Indonesian Women and previously served as Chairperson of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission. She is also a member of several other NGOs working to improve the lives and health of women and children.

Jotham Musinguzi

Board Member, WRA Uganda

Jotham Musinguzi

Board Member, WRA Uganda

Dr. Jotham Musinguzi is currently the Director General of Uganda’s National Population Council (NPC). Previously, Dr. Musinguzi was the Regional Director of Partners in Population and Development (PPD) Africa Regional Office (ARO) based in Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Musinguzi is a Public Health Physician. He was the recipient of the 2013 United Nations’ POPULATION AWARD from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Headquarters in New York on June 28, 2013 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). He is also the recipient of the 2014 INTERNATIONAL ALUMNI AWARD for Exceptional Achievement from the University at Albany Alumni Association. He sits on many national and international boards including Women Deliver of New York, Commonwealth Medical Trust of London, among others. In 2012, Dr. Musinguzi was actively involved in the successful London Family Planning Summit, which culminated in FP2020, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United Kingdom Government and UNFPA.

Katy Bumpus

Senior Business and Organizational Development Officer

Katy Bumpus

Senior Business and Organizational Development Officer

Katy Bumpus joined White Ribbon Alliance in July 2019 as a Senior Business and Organizational Development Officer. Katy works to support the Global Secretariat across a variety of cross-cutting capacities, including implementing cross-departmental processes, ensuring key deliverables are communicated and met, collaborating with National Alliance colleagues on efforts related to governance, monitoring and evaluation, capacity development, and learning. She also plays an active role in WRA’s partnership and business development.

Katy’s previous experience spans international development, government and political arenas. Prior to attending graduate school, Katy spent eight years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working with their Executive, Global Policy and Advocacy, and Maternal Newborn and Child Health teams focusing on strategy development, stakeholder engagement, program implementation, and key advocacy deliverables. She has supported projects and staff in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nepal, and Nigeria. Katy has also worked on U.S. policy at state and national levels. She received her MPP from King’s College London and her BA in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

Kimberly Whipkey

Advocacy Manager

Kimberly Whipkey

Advocacy Manager

Kimberly Whipkey joined White Ribbon Alliance in October 2018 as an Advocacy Manager where she oversees the Alliance’s accountability program portfolio. Kimberly has more than 12 years of experience in policy, advocacy, accountability, and communications related to global and domestic health. Most recently, she served as Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at PATH responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advance sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health policy and advocacy goals in PATH’s program countries. In a prior role at PATH, Kimberly was an advocacy and communications specialist with the Protection Options for Women Product Development Partnership, where she led innovative advocacy initiatives to expand access to female condoms. Before PATH, she oversaw grassroots advocacy to strengthen U.S. foreign policy on sexual and reproductive health and rights at the Center for Health and Gender Equity and led community mobilization to advance state-level reproductive health policy at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in Maine. Kimberly has supported projects and staff in Bangladesh, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia. She received an MPH from George Mason University and a BA in sociology and women and gender studies from Bates College.

In her free time, Kimberly enjoys running and hiking, reading dystopian novels, and chasing her toddler around.

KRISTY KADE

Deputy Executive Director

KRISTY KADE

Deputy Executive Director

Kristy Kade joined White Ribbon Alliance in September 2017 with 15 years of policy, advocacy, and communications experience. She most recently served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy at PATH, where she was responsible for developing and implementing PATH’s strategy for advocacy in low-income countries, including the development of multi-year strategic partnerships and subgranting relationships with large international NGOs and local civil society organizations. She oversaw the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and capacity-building initiatives, was the primary donor liaison for country advocacy implementation and reporting, and has managed advocacy staff and projects in a portfolio of projects totaling over $20 million in more than ten countries across Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe and spanning maternal, newborn, and child health, HIV, TB, malaria, family planning, nutrition, immunization, and global health research and development. She was the recipient of two PATH Vision Awards for organizational excellence and partnership.

Kristy’s previous experience includes time as Associate Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Pathfinder International where she oversaw advocacy with US policymakers and building capacity for advocacy in program countries. She helped found the Youth Health and Rights Coalition to provide a forum for the exchange of lessons learned and best practices related to improving policies and programs for young people in low- and middle-income countries. Kristy also provided technical assistance to support Pathfinder field offices in the development of advocacy initiatives in the areas of reproductive rights, contraception, and young people’s sexual and reproductive health.

Kristy received her MPH in international health from Boston University School of Public Health and her BA in sociology/anthropology and women’s studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.

When not advocating for the health and rights of women, children and families, Kristy enjoys sailing and cooking with her husband Wayne.

Larry Liza

National Advocacy, WRA Kenya

Larry Liza

National Advocacy, WRA Kenya

Larry Liza is a Kenya born poet who has recited poems since the age of four – more than two decades –  in Kenya, UK, USA, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. He was appointed in 2010 as a National Advocacy Champion for Safe Motherhood by WRA Kenya, and a Global Champion by the WRA Global Secretariat in 2014, championing maternal health as a performing poet and writer.

Larry’s work focuses on the socio-eco-political and spiritual realms and he’s been described as Africa’s finest poet North of Limpopo and South of the Sahara. A household name in Kenya, he has touched thousands of lives with his electrifying and unique presentations.

Larry has graced different meetings including presidential functions organized by the While Ribbon Alliances in Kenya, International Women’s week celebrations in London, International Women’s Day celebrations organized by the United Nations and more. He has won numerous awards for his works including the Media FOCUS on AFRICA and the Building Bridges for Peace Award for his efforts working toward peace in Kenyan communities.

Larry is the Director of the World Customs Organization for East & Southern Africa in their regional office for capacity building, seconded from Kenya Revenue Authority. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Management and a Bachelor of Science degree, both from the University of Nairobi.

Lennie Adeline Kamwendo

Secretary, Board of Directors, WRA Malawi

Lennie Adeline Kamwendo

Secretary, Board of Directors, WRA Malawi

Lennie Kamwendo is a veteran registered midwife who provides leadership as a board member of WRA Malawi, currently serving as the board secretary. Lennie is a trainer for Malawi's Maternal Death Surveillance and Response team of Assessors.  She teaches midwifery students part-time at Kamuzu College of Nursing.

Lennie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Development in Nursing from the University of Ulster at Colerain and a Master’s Degree in Perinatal Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional work and experience includes 28 years teaching midwifery at the University of Malawi, Founder of the Association of Malawian Midwives, and an instrumental leader in establishing White Ribbon Alliance in Malawi. She has served on the Board of Directors for the WRA Global Secretariat and as Chairperson of the WRA National Alliance Council.

Lennie is an author and advocate for childbearing women and midwives. For recreation, Lennie spends time watching soap operas, listening to music and dancing.

LYNN ALTMAN

Board Member

LYNN ALTMAN

Board Member

Lynn Altman is the president and founder of Brand Now, a well-known branding and innovation agency located in New York City. She has worked on over 600 new product and branding initiatives for Fortune 500 companies, including Coca Cola, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, American Express, UBS, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer. Brand Now also works with several non-profit organizations on their branding and communications challenges.

Lynn is also a co-founder of Parentgiving.com, an online resource for products and information related to senior care.  When she is not founding companies, she loves being active. She is a third-degree black belt, an active yoga practitioner and an avid runner. She lives with her son and big black cat in New York City.

Marissa Ware

Communications and Programs Associate

Marissa Ware

Communications and Programs Associate

Marissa joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2018 as a Program and Administrative Associate before moving into her new role as Communications and Programs Associate. She works to support the Global Secretariat staff across a variety of capacities.

Marissa began her career with an internship at Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health, working on USAID interventions in gender-based violence and family planning taught through community theatre. On completion of her internship, she spent a year in Uganda working for Save the Mothers as a program coordinator for their Master of Public Health Leadership Program. Marissa holds an MPH from the University of Edinburgh, and a BSc in biology and Spanish from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

In her free time, you can find Marissa running the streets and trails of D.C., petting all the good dogs along the way.

Miss Tariah Adams

Comm. & Advocacy Officer, WRA Nigeria

Miss Tariah Adams

Comm. & Advocacy Officer, WRA Nigeria

Ms. Tariah Adams is the Communication & Advocacy Officer for WRA Nigeria where she takes the lead in strategic communication and is involved in nearly every aspect of their work to engage citizens, business leaders, media and government for community-level and system-wide change for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) in Nigeria.

With a degree in Public Administration and a background in radio production and presentation spanning about a decade, Ms. Adams has worked as a publicist, script writer, content developer and image maker.  She has produced and presented popular programs like “Girls Talk,” a program looking at issues that affect the girl child on Aso FM Abuja, Breeze FM and other leading radio stations.

Tariah is adept at identifying stories that persuade decisions makers to drive social accountability processes across communities. She works directly with the citizens, amplifying their voices and highlighting the specific actions that should be taken by government to embrace citizen-led accountability for RMNCAH.

Tariah joined the Alliance in 2016 because of WRA’s unique approach of engaging women at the community level to speak out and demand their rights. Becoming a mother as a teen, she intimately understands the issues and appreciates that she can be a voice for millions of women in communities who believe their thoughts and opinions do not count.

When not working Tariah loves to read, swim and watch movies with the girls.

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Molly Browning

Executive & Operations Assistant

Molly Browning

Executive & Operations Assistant

Molly Browning came to the White Ribbon Alliance in 2019 as Executive and Operations Assistant. Molly oversees all office operations while working to support the senior leadership of the Global Secretariat as well as coordinating deliverables across all WRA teams, including the Board of Directors and the National Alliance Council.  Molly received her bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, and Society with a minor in Molecular Biology from the University of Puget Sound in 2017. In her free time, she loves to take every type of dance class around and enjoys getting outside to hike, kayak, or go surfing.

Mr. Ihatsham Akram

National Coordinator, WRA Pakistan

Mr. Ihatsham Akram

National Coordinator, WRA Pakistan

A founding member of WRA Pakistan, Mr. Ihatsham Akram has been National Coordinator since 2013. He bears the overall responsibility for the development, coordination and implementation of the country program, and plays a pivotal role building new structures, developing new projects and finding new partners. A passionate champion of reproductive, newborn and child health, he has been instrumental in different policy reforms in Pakistan, including ensuring the inclusion of Misoprostol, Magnesium Sulphate, and Cholorohyxedine in the essential drug list of first level care facilities in the health system.

Ihatsham has led citizen engagement activities for individual and community empowerment around voicing health demands with duty bearers at national, provincial and district levels. He has steered reforms such as the inclusion of patient rights and respectful maternity care in key maternal health policies. He has also led several research studies that have contributed to vital policy changes.

Ihatsham has played a critical role in securing safe motherhood and child health champions to speak with news and entertainment media, parliamentarians, national, provincial and district governments, departments, academia, and civil society. He possesses national and international experience in developing and implementing advocacy and behavioral change communications and citizen engagement strategies. He has served in a variety of roles for respected development organizations such as Palladium, Save the Children, British Council, National Rural Support Program, and the Ministry of Health Pakistan and Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan.

Ihatsham possesses Master's Degrees in Public Health and Governance & Public policy. When not at work, he enjoys reading, sports, sightseeing, movies and live music.

Mr. Tonte Ibraye

National Coordinator, WRA Nigeria

Mr. Tonte Ibraye

National Coordinator, WRA Nigeria

Mr. Tonte Ibraye has more than 11 years’ experience in maternal, newborn and child health advocacy and improving the welfare of people living with HIV/AIDS and children orphaned by AIDS. Tonte was appointed National Coordinator of White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria in November 2010. Under his leadership, WRA Nigeria has successfully pushed for the approval of three policies to improve maternal health in Nigeria. This includes increasing access to family planning, maternal death surveillance and reviews, and respectful maternity care. He also led WRA Nigeria to join in the call for passing the National Health Bill, which became law in 2014.

He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the National Reproductive Health Working Group.

A political scientist by profession, Tonte has served as the executive director of Live for Tomorrow, and between 2005 and 2008 was rivers state coordinator for the Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (CiSHAN). During that time, he pushed for the Rivers State Action Committee on AIDS to be transformed into the Rivers State Agency for the Control of AIDS (RiVSACA) through legislation passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly.

Natasha Philips

 Volunteer, WRA European Network

Natasha Philips

 Volunteer, WRA European Network

As a volunteer with the WRA European Network, Natasha Philips is actively supporting the Alliance to ensure the voices of pregnant migrant and refugee women are heard through film, photography, social and traditional media, and pressing for change in policies which are putting women and their babies at risk. Natasha joined the alliance in 2016 and has been involved in project managing the delivery of “Spaces of Sanctuary” photography exhibition in Hull.

Natasha has a BA in women’s studies, post graduate degree in health education and, subsequently earned a master’s in leadership in health and social care. Natasha has spent most of her career within public health working to address population based health inequality across sexual and reproductive healthcare. She was drawn to the Alliance because as a mother, she wants to ensure that all women receive safe maternity care and felt she had skills that she could offer to support the alliance to work towards achieving this in the UK.

When not at work Natasha enjoys time with her family and is currently training for her first marathon.

NISHA SINGH

Grants Administrator

NISHA SINGH

Grants Administrator

Nisha Singh joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2016 as Grants Administrator, with her responsibilities focusing on managing the organization's grants portfolio. She works closely with program and development staff and National Alliances to strengthen organizational effectiveness and compliance.

Nisha came to WRA from a background in community organizing and grants and project management for international nonprofits. She graduated from Macalester College with a BA in Political Science and Mathematics.

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Nora Connors

Board Member

Nora Connors

Board Member

Nora Connors has more than a decade of experience in health care in government, academia and the private sector. In her current position as Deputy Director for Public Policy & Partnerships at the Public Health Institute (PHI), Connors leads federal policy and partnership development for PHI and its programs in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining PHI, Connors was a Principal a consulting firm where she provided strategic counsel and creative solutions for legislative and regulatory challenges to national associations, corporations and non-profits.

Connors previously served as Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) health policy advisor, where she advised the Senator on state and national legislative and policy matters, including health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, health reform implementation, appropriations, hospitals and physicians, biotechnology and pharmaceutical policy, environmental health and women's health. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Connors was a Law Fellow at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center and served as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Connors participated in Hillary For America’s Health Care Policy Working Group and advised the Obama/Biden transition team. She also sits on the board of a women’s fundraising group – The Jenkins Hill Society.

Connors has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and a Law Degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Psychology from Macalester College. She's published articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, among other publications.

Obed Kabanda

Board Chair, WRA Uganda

Obed Kabanda

Board Chair, WRA Uganda

Obed Kabanda is a professional public health leader with more than 17 years of experience in organizational management and leadership. Obed is a founder and CEO of Action for Community Development – ACODEV, which operates in Uganda and Rwanda and is expanding to Malawi, Tanzania and Eastern DRC. He recently won the 2015 Angel for Africa Award for support capacity building and mentoring other organizations on the continent. He also won the 2015 Codes Fellowship hosted in Mexico, and the Global Leaders Fellowship in Seattle, Washington. In 2013, he was recognized as Change Project of the Year for Safe Motherhood in Uganda by Save the Mothers International.

Obed holds an MSci in public health leadership, a bachelor’s degree in community development and leadership, and a post-graduate diploma in leadership development for health. He holds several other certifications and has been awarded numerous fellowships.

 

Patricia Chamia

Vice Chair, Board of Directors, WRA Kenya

Patricia Chamia

Vice Chair, Board of Directors, WRA Kenya

As the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for WRA Kenya, Patricia Chamia supports the development of key partnerships and projects for the Alliance. Patricia has more than 25 years of technical experience in program development and management across civil society in Kenya, and works with faith communities as a key driver for social change in the country and region. Patricia currently leads the health and well-being program with the Interreligious Council of Kenya where she oversees national programming and brokering partnerships among different stakeholders for the organization, a key strength that she brings to the Alliance. She has a wealth of experience in advocating for vulnerable groups, including women, girls and children, grounded in human rights. Patricia is currently pursuing a PhD in community health, holds a Master’s of Public Health and Epidemiology and a BA in Social Work. A passionate advocate for girls and women, her leadership, communication, organization and team-work skills are exemplified by her ability to lead and motivate people for positive change.

Patricia’s interest in WRA came after frequent encounters with WRA Kenya volunteer members while working in different parts of the country, and was moved by stories in the media about maternal deaths and became interested in what WRA Kenya was doing to address them. She became a member of WRA in 2014 and has worked passionately to establish its strong operating principles.

Rabindra Bahadur Pradhan

General Secretary, SMNF, Nepal

Rabindra Bahadur Pradhan

General Secretary, SMNF, Nepal

As the General Secretary of SMNF, Rabindra Bahadur Pradhan is involved in all activities and projects implemented by SMNF Nepal and WRA Nepal, which he joined in 2005. He previously served as a National Secretary General of Nepal Jaycees.

Rabindra mobilizes youth and communities in Kirtipur for social change. He loves facilitating programs and events at the community, national and global level.

In addition to his voluntary work advocating for safe motherhood, Rabindra is involved in many business organizations.

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Robert Mtunguja

Head of Finance and Admin., WRA Tanzania

Robert Mtunguja

Head of Finance and Admin., WRA Tanzania

Robert joined the Alliance in July 2016 and brings to the team his financial and administration capabilities. He has more than 15 years’ experience in accounting, finance and administration. He holds a Bachelor’s degree of Commerce (Accounting) and is currently working toward his MBA (Finance and Accounting) and CPA(T).

Before joining WRA Tanzania, Robert worked with African Wildlife Foundation as the finance and administration officer, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) as operations officer, and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as zonal program accountant.

When not at work, Robert likes to play football and read books. He is the father of two children.

 

Robina Biteyi

National Coordinator, WRA Uganda

Robina Biteyi

National Coordinator, WRA Uganda

As the National Coordinator for WRA Uganda, Robina Biteyi provides overall leadership and guidance to staff and members to ensure achievement of the organization’s mission by; translating that vision into clear strategies and achievable goals and uniting members around the vision, strategies, and goals, while adapting them to the shifting contexts. She was motivated to join the WRA movement because of her desire to ensure that women and children survive and prosper.

Robina Biteyi is a public health nurse with a Masters’ Degree in community health from the School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool. United Kingdom. She has more than 30 years’ experience in maternal and child health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and HIV and AIDS in both Uganda and Kenya.

For 20 years, Robina worked with African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), an international health non-governmental organization, where she developed and managed health projects and programs. Robina’s major interest is maternal and reproductive health with a special interest in advocacy and accountability.

When not at work, Robina enjoys interacting with family and young people. She loves walking as a hobby.

RONALD GEARY

Board Member

RONALD GEARY

Board Member

Ronald F. Geary is a seasoned international finance professional with over 30 years of experience in the areas of global grants and contract management, including expertise in assessment, selection and implementation of accounting software. Ron's work with government, international and domestic organizations has provided him with hands-on experience working with various organizations in more than 25 countries. He is the current Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Jhpiego, where he previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from 2008 to 2011. Ron has worked in complex, international organizations of significant sizes in the past, notably CHF International between 2006 and 2008. He most recently served as CFO for IntraHealth in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ron has a CPA, MBA and CGMA.

Rose Mlay

NATIONAL COORDINATOR, WRA TANZANIA

Rose Mlay

NATIONAL COORDINATOR, WRA TANZANIA

As National Coordinator of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania, Rose Mlay leads in organizational strengthening and sustainability as well as building membership to advocate for Maternal and Newborn Health in Tanzania.

Since 2005, her work as National Coordinator has led her to form a coalition of NGOs, associations, institutions, media, UN and parliamentarians. The Alliance began by identifying contributing factors and solutions to help the 30 women and 180 newborns dying in childbirth every day in Tanzania and proved that the way to resolve this daily tragedy is through comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care (CEmONC). On this basis, Rose led the Alliance into advocating for a specific budget line for CEmONC by targeting high profile politicians. WRA Tanzania’s work led – for the first time ever – to the creation of a budget line for CEmONC in 2015.

Through Rose’s leadership of WRA Tanzania’s 2015-2018 campaign for an increased budget for CEmONC countrywide, we saw a 52.7% increase in CEmONC budget in the 2017/2018 health budget when compared to the 2016/2017.

Rose holds a MN, BSCN from Dalhousie University and was a lecturer at MUHAS.  Rose is one of the editors of the Africa Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health and is the founder of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania (WRATZ).  Rose is a mother of three and in her private time she enjoys Bible Study and Gospel Music.

Said Shamsul Islam Shams, MD

Board Chair, WRA Afghanistan

Said Shamsul Islam Shams, MD

Board Chair, WRA Afghanistan

With more than 17-years’ experience working with various international organizations, Dr. Shams provides technical, administrative and leadership support to a variety of health, research and women’s empowerment projects in Afghanistan. As a women’s health advocate, he has helped develop programs, policies and strategies, and conducted capacity assessments and other evaluations at the organizational and individual level. He has organized trainings in Afghanistan and abroad. He has a broad network of local and national partners and enjoys working across sectors to bring about social change.

Silvia Untiveros

Accounting Manager

Silvia Untiveros

Accounting Manager

Silvia Untiveros is a passionate accountant who graduated from George Mason University with a degree in BS in accounting. Silvia has been with WRA since 2013 and is responsible for the organization’s daily general accounting, financial management support, and financial compliance.

Silvia is originally from Peru and is a devoted wife and mother of two boys.

Outside of work, she loves traveling, cooking, and visiting friends and family.

Stephanie Bowen

Director of Strategic Communication

Stephanie Bowen

Director of Strategic Communication

As Director of Strategic Communication for White Ribbon Alliance, Stephanie Bowen leads the development and implementation of its communication strategy and serves as a spokesperson for the Alliance. Stephanie joined the Alliance in 2016 after spending more than a decade as a communication leader for several global health and development organizations including International Medical Corps, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action at the UN Foundation. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and enjoyed a successful career as a producer and assignment editor with CNN, PBS, CNBC and other media outlets. She later earned a master’s degree in creative writing. Stephanie was drawn to the Alliance because of its focus on locally-led, sustainable solutions and is thrilled to use her love of story-telling and language to help accelerate progress for vulnerable moms and babies.

When not at work, Stephanie enjoys sailing and other outdoor adventures, cooking and live music. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Marc and their dog Pepper.

Stephen Peter Munjanja

WRA Zimbabwe

Professor Stephen Munjanja is a clinician, lecturer and researcher at the University of Zimbabwe. He is a specialist obstetrician and gynecologist who is a consultant at Harare Central Hospital. He has published papers in antenatal care and obstetric epidemiology, and contributed chapters to several books. He has provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe, and has participated in several World Health Organization consultations. Currently he is a member of the Women’s Health and Human Rights committee of the Federation of International Societies in Gynecologist and Obstetrics (FIGO). Prof Munjanja enjoys being with his family outside his work.

 

 

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STEVE CROM

Board Member

STEVE CROM

Board Member

Steve E. Crom received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and management with honors from Beloit College. He studied international economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago with a concentration in Marketing.

Steve works with leaders on their personal, leadership team and business strategies for success. Working one-on-one with General Managers, Mr. Crom helps them develop personal road maps for leading change. With senior management groups, he helps create and communicate a compelling vision of what the client organization can become, building an effective leadership team around strategies for breakthrough improvement.

Mr. Crom has thirty years of experience in helping clients achieve sustainable results, most often measured by top-line growth through innovation, reduced costs of poor quality and improved productivity. His forte is effective collaboration: within a global function, across a matrix organization and between partnering companies. He has consulted to Zurich Financial Services, General Electric Capital, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, Lonza, Novartis, Nycomed and Airbus to name a few.

Steve is the author of over thirty publications including “Re-engineering, Starting With a Dirty Sheet of Paper” which argues that those involved in today’s processes can and must simultaneously redesign them to get breakthrough results and learn new behaviors, essential for Operational Excellence and Innovation. An American national who lived for 17 years in Europe, Mr. Crom is fluent in English, French and German.

“One of the things that I learned is that an individual's opportunity to realize their potential starts with maternal health. To be blunt, no woman should ever die giving life. This is what the White Ribbon Alliance was founded on, and I support this vision.”

Sunil Shrestha

Board Member, WRA Nepal

Sunil Shrestha

Board Member, WRA Nepal

Sunil Shrestha serves as National Coordinator for WRA Nepal and Treasurer Safe Motherhood Network Nepal (SMNF), and is involved in all activities and projects implemented by SMNF, which he joined in 2005 after spending 20 years in the health care sector. Sunil represents SMNF as an Executive Board Member of the Civil Society Alliance for Nutrition Nepal, a movement for scaling up nutrition. He holds a bachelor’s degree in health care management and is a very motivated social service volunteer and active member of Lions Club Kathmandu.

When not advocating for safe motherhood or volunteering in the community, Sunil manages a medical equipment business.

TAMIM MEHERZAD

Financial Reporting Analyst

TAMIM MEHERZAD

Financial Reporting Analyst

Tamim Meherzad joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2017 where he serves as financial reporting analyst. With twelve years’ experience in the development and the non-profit sector, his prior endeavors include working for the United Nations and USAID in Afghanistan, South Sudan and the United States, among others. Tamim received a Meritorious Honor Award from the US Ambassador to Afghanistan for his outstanding performance while working for USAID. He holds a Master’s of Science in Accounting from Stratford University, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Preston University of Pakistan, and he is actively pursuing his CPA certification.

Tamim was born and raised in Afghanistan. When not at work, he loves playing volleyball and spending quality time with his wife Rodaba, their two children Elham and Siyam, and friends.

Tim Thomas

Board Member

Tim Thomas

Board Member

Tim’s training ground was the Population Council, a premier international non-profit, non-governmental institution that conducts biomedical, public health, and social science research, helping to build research capacities in developing countries. He joined the Council in 1991, and was promoted to play a leading role in external relations, public affairs, and fundraising.

Since leaving the Council in 1998, Tim has worked as a consultant and staff member with a range of institutions whose mandate is to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations in developing countries, He has developed expertise in policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, and communications. Some career highlights include building the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations, launching the International Partnership for Microbicides, expanding GlaxoSmithKline’s Positive Action program, leading MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation, launching and directing the Maternal Health Task Force, and most recently, serving as a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helping to shape their integrated reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health advocacy and communications portfolio.

Tim is a long-time resident of New York City and has traveled extensively in Africa, South Asia and Europe. He pursues a lifelong goal of fluency in French and Italian, and studies classical singing. He graduated with honors from the Interlochen Arts Academy; he holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Iowa State University and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from New York University.

Please visit www.timothythomas.net for a full profile.

Yasmina Zaidman

Board Member

Yasmina Zaidman

Board Member

Yasmina Zaidman is the Chief Partnerships Officer at Acumen, a global non-profit venture fund working to change the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. She leads its work to engage with strategic corporate partners and institutions that share Acumen’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurial approaches to tackling poverty. In this role, Ms. Zaidman has elevated the role of corporate partnerships at Acumen to focus on not only potential for fundraising, but also opportunities to directly support social enterprises through access to corporate capabilities and new business relationships, as well as opportunities to inform corporate practices in emerging markets.

Previously, Ms. Zaidman initiated and managed the Water Portfolio at Acumen, where she invested in start-up water and sanitation enterprises in India and East Africa that have brought safe drinking water to over 4 million people and access to sanitation to tens of thousands. She led Acumen’s Communications work for six years, helping to position Acumen’s unique approach as a pioneering new model featured in Time, Forbes, Fortune, The Economist, The NYT and across broadcast media as well as in major global forums. Ms. Zaidman has worked in the arenas of international development, corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship for eighteen years including three years at Ashoka working with its environmental fellows.

She received a BA from Vassar College and her MBA from Stanford’s GSB with a certificate in Public Management.

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