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Grants International Coordinator
I am the International Coordinator for Grants at Friends-International and part of the organization’s management team. I work closely with all our programs across Southeast Asia as well as with partner organizations in North Africa and Latin America and support them to implement best practice projects for marginalized children, young people, their families and communities. I hold a M.S Degree in International Development from University College Dublin. Prior to moving to Cambodia to join Friends-International I worked in the media for several years as a journalist and editor for newspapers and magazines in Iceland and Ireland.
Senior Fellow and Visiting Scientist
Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights
Anne Stetson is an international lawyer and impact investor. She is a Senior Fellow and Visiting Scientist at Harvard University’s FXB Center, where she directs the program on human trafficking. Anne serves as president of Lighthouse Global Consulting, a strategic advisory firm to non-profits and foundations working to address issues related to global poverty. An impact investing pioneer, Anne has developed impact investments, co-founded an impact investing advisory firm, and advocated in writing and speaking for the field. Anne serves as a director of ACCION International, the John Merck Fund, and the Lookout Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has published articles and books in the areas of impact investing, investing in developing markets, and human rights.
Frey Charitable Foundation
Naoko is an advisor and author in the area of microfinance, social entrepreneurship and impact investments. Her passion lies in promoting innovative social/business models that provide sustainable solutions to tackle global challenges and in advocating a much more effective use of resources, especially capital. In 2000, Naoko established NFK Felder Consulting to raise awareness on microfinance investments. In 2004, she joined the Board of Frey Charitable Foundation, a Swiss family foundation that focuses on social entrepreneurship. In 2010, she co-founded Socential Ltd., a Swiss social impact organization that intermediates between donors and social entrepreneurs. Prior to her specialization in this area, Naoko held senior positions in the financial industry in Tokyo and Zurich. In 2010, she attended the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Born in Japan, raised in El Salvador and Guatemala, Naoko has been living near Zurich since 1988.
Program Associate, Water
Skoll Global Threats Fund
Bessma is Program Associate for Water at Skoll Global Threats Fund, and has worked in the areas of natural resources, development, and women’s rights over the last decade. Prior to joining SGTF, Bessma held positions at Global Footprint Network as Project Manager, and at United Nations Environment Programme’s Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch, as Project Advisor, researching and writing on topics of natural resources management, conflict prevention and peacebuilding. She has also worked at the Global Fund for Women and the Center for Environmental Health. Bessma holds a M.S. from the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Associate Director for Special Populations
National Institute of Mental Health
Dr. Pamela Y. Collins is Associate Director for Special Populations and director of the Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health and the Office of Rural Mental Health Research at the US National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Prior to her arrival at NIMH, while a faculty member at Columbia University, Dr. Collins’s research focused on the intersections of HIV prevention, care, and treatment and the mental health needs of people in the US, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Collins currently oversees NIMH’s research efforts to increase mental health equity locally and globally. She was one of the editors of the 2011 Lancet series on Global Mental Health, she is a leader of the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health initiative, and recently led the development of the 2013 PLoS Medicine Policy Forum series on global perspectives for integrating mental health. Dr. Collins is an Echoing Green Foundation alumna.
Field Programme Co-Ordinator
Riders For Health
Ngwarati Mashonga is field programme co-ordinator for Riders in Health. Ngwarati joined Riders in his native Zimbabwe in 1996, after qualifying as a motorcycle mechanic. He became programme director in 2001, overseeing a team of 41 staff and the management of nearly 600 vehicles. He also completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree (specialising in transport economics) by distance learning. In 2007, Ngwarati was appointed to the post of field programme co-ordinator, to oversee the replication of Riders’ programmes into new countries. Riders for Health trains mechanics to keep motorcycles in rural Africa running, providing the means for health workers and resources to reach the people who needed them. The organisation started out raising money by putting on events in the motorcycle community. This strategy is still the cornerstone of their fundraising, but they now also run auctions, take donations and work with a wide range of partners on developing transport infrastructure for Africa.
Author and Speaker
Amazon Conservation Team
Mark Plotkin was born and raised in New Orleans and educated at Harvard, Yale and Tufts. In 1995, Plotkin and prominent Costa Rican conservationist Liliana Madrigal formed the Amazon Conservation Team to protect the rainforest in partnership with local indigenous peoples. ACT has now worked with 32 tribes throughout Amazonia. Plotkin received the San Diego Zoo Gold Medal for Conservation (1993) and the Roy Chapman Andrews Distinguished Explorer Award (2004). Time magazine called him an "Environmental Hero for the Planet" (2001) and Smithsonian magazine hailed him as one of "35 Who Made a Difference" (2005), along with other notables like Bill Gates, Steven Spielberg, and fellow New Orleanian Wynton Marsalis. In March 2008, Plotkin and Madrigal won the Skoll Award. In May 2010, Mark Plotkin received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. In 2013, he published articles in Harvard magazine, Forbes, and the Huffington Post.
Justice Rapid Response
Mr. Vamos-Goldman is a Canadian diplomat, whose career included assignments to the the United Nations in New York (where he served as both political coordinator and legal adviser); as well as Deputy High Commissioner to South Africa. He has also worked as a private international law attorney; as a consultant with the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC); and as law and policy adviser to the CEO of the University of British Columbia’s Liu Institute for Global Initiative. Mr. Vamos-Goldman’s involvement with international criminal justice goes back to the late 1990s. He was on the Bureau of the ICC Preparatory Committee in the years immediately prior to the coming into force of the Rome Statute. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Sierra Leone Special Court, becoming the founding Chair of its Management Committee. He has been involved with JRR from its conception and helped to develop it to becoming a fully operational intergovernmental facility.
Director, Financial Assets Unit
Frank F. DeGiovanni is Director of the Financial Assets unit of the Ford Foundation. He leads the foundation’s worldwide efforts to build financial assets for disadvantaged people through grants and Program Related Investments (PRIs). His team makes grants through a set of focused initiatives on consumer financial services, savings, individual asset development, Social Security reform, and rural livelihood development. Previously, he was Deputy Director of Program Related Investments at the Ford Foundation, where he was responsible for creating and monitoring a diverse loan portfolio of organizations promoting community and economic development in the United States and internationally. Before joining the Ford Foundation in 1992, DeGiovanni was associate professor and senior research associate at the New School for Social Research in New York City. DeGiovanni has a Ph.D. and M.R.P. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.