Megan McKinleyUnited States & Canada
Megan McKinley hails from Ohio, United States of America, and has been living internationally since 2013. For her Undergraduate studies, she attended Long Island University’s Global College where her education took her out of the classroom and into the field of ten countries across five continents. Additionally, she holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification through the world-leading Project Management Institute. Megan believes that the best education is through experience and thus has made it her mission to work in organizations which break down barriers and provide alternative education opportunities to marginalized communities. Professionally, she has worked at Global Leadership Adventures, Guild Education, and is currently serving as a Banyan Impact Fellow in Chennai, India where she partners with Playquity, an early-phase NGO which focuses on providing gender equity programming in rural areas. Throughout her professional career, Megan has worked as a Program Manager, Education Coach, Advisor, and Project Lead. Through these experiences, she has realized she works best in diverse environments where she has the opportunity to collaborate with others and contribute her adaptability and organization. Megan is a firm believer that through daily choices, individuals hold the power to change the world.
Allison CoadyCanada (Org: Partners In Health Canada)
Allison Coady is a Senior Development Officer at Partners In Health Canada. Allison served as the Interim Director of Major Gifts at Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières-USA (MSF-USA). She joined MSF-USA as the Development Officer for Foundations, responsible for managing strategic relationships with US-based foundation donors. She has extensive international experience working on the ground in 13 African countries in the field of human rights. Prior to working at Doctors Without Borders, Allison was based in South Africa representing Canada’s International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development (Rights & Democracy) and served as Programs Manager for the Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI) in Pretoria. During her time with Rights & Democracy, Allison implemented projects aimed at strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations in their efforts to document human rights violations and protect the rights of Zimbabwean asylum seekers. At DHPI, Allison coordinated conflict management, good governance, and constitution-making training programs for local leaders in Ethiopia, South Sudan, Swaziland, and Zimbabwe. Allison is a member of the associate board of ALIMA (the Alliance for International Medical Action). She holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pretoria and a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada.
Fiona ClarkCanada (Org: SOS Children's Villages)
Fiona is a driven and organized individual, committed to positive social change in individual and global spheres. She is passionate about learning and minimizing her impact on the environment. Fiona has lived in six countries and traveled to 30 more, which allowed her to understand different ways of life and cultivate her values and passions. In her current role, Fiona conducts training around the world and enjoys observing how people learn and adapting the curriculum accordingly. Fiona has over seven years of experience in NGOs and currently works at SOS Children’s Villages International. In her role as Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, she leads the implementation of results-based management through a participatory training curriculum. She was also Interim Head of Monitoring and Evaluation, which gave her the unique opportunity to lead the M&E network and raise awareness about its importance in an increasingly results-focused environment. Prior to SOS Children’s Villages, Fiona worked as a Project Manager for APLE Cambodia, a child protection NGO. Here, she designed and implemented planning, monitoring, and reporting system that helped diversify funding and facilitated the creation of a multi-year strategic plan. Fiona has a Master’s Degree in International Development and Management from Lund University (Sweden) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from University of Ottawa (Canada).
Steven CaronCanada (Host: Charity Navigator)
Steven Caron has two years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree (Major in Finance; Minor in International Business) from Concordia University. While working as an intern in financial and business development for project COOPFORH under SOCODEVI, he helped initiate, support, and develop economic activities and businesses to help improve the economic and social situations of rural, cooperative members in Honduras. Steven has also worked for Camp B’nai Brith as a supervisor and managed a team of 13 staff members. He has also trained 42 future staff members. These experiences have taught and prepared him in project management, business development, leadership training, and financial management. Steven has a keen interest in business development, the environment, and microfinance.
Host Organization : Charity Navigator
Caroline NeedlesCanada (Host: Council on Foundations)
Caroline has worked in international development for three years. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies while pursuing development projects abroad and domestically. After graduation, she started working for World Vision Canada where she gained managerial experience in fundraising. In September 2015, she continued her education by completing a postgraduate degree in International Development Business in Toronto, Canada. Focusing on health and education, Caroline worked on projects in the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Mexico aimed at HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, social enterprise projects and coordinating cultural exchanges. She aspires to continue evolving her career in the international sector and utilize her education and professional experiences to grow as a social leader.
Host Organization: Council on Foundations
Role at Host Organization: As the Global Philanthropy Fellow, Caroline will work closely with the Council’s Global Philanthropy Senior Director to grow a portfolio of internationally focused programming, including launching a new capacity building program for global grantmakers. Caroline will also support preparation for the 2019 Annual Conference.