Joan WuyaNigeria (Org: International Rescue Committee)
Joan Wuya holds a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the University of Jos in Nigeria and a Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Management from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. She is an experienced human resources professional who has dedicated most of her life after graduating from the university to working in the nonprofit sector. She is an expert in human resources and culture and has a strong understanding of labor laws, compliance issues and benefit plans. She successfully implements process improvement and staff development initiatives to drive achievement of organizational goals. She is an empathetic coach and mentor, helping her team and organization achieve set goals and strategic action plans through staff development parameters. Her current role as HR & Admin Coordinator is to support the growth and infrastructure that will enable IRC Nigeria’s country program to manage its strategic action plan. She also provides technical support and capacity building to the HR team in the field offices in Northeast Nigeria. Joan Wuya’s primary motivation is to build a highly effective, strategic HR function that ensures IRC Nigeria’s country program has the structure, culture, and talent needed to effectively deliver HR services, so that the teams she works with are adequately equipped to support the displaced and vulnerable communities and individuals in Nigeria.
Murugaraj GIndia (Org: Aravind Eye Care System)
Murugaraj G is a copywriter and a graduate of Anna University in Tamil Nadu with a master’s degree in Business Administration. He is responsible for the creation and dissemination of health education materials and management of official social media pages in his organization. He also works on translating articles from English to Tamil. He is interested in digital marketing and wants to explore its possibilities to reach patients with healthcare messages. He is also passionate about reading and writing about the environment and wildlife. As an avid reader, he is committed to teaching others the habit of reading. To this end, he has started a Tamil monthly online magazine that focuses on literature and the environment.
Jouvens CorantinHaiti (Org: Heifer International)
Jouvens Corantin has seventeen years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He holds a Master’s degree in Control and Audit from the Universite Quisqueya of Haiti. He has worked as a Finance and Administration Director in Heifer International under Heifer International, World Bank, European Union and IDB funding, that helped gather greater understanding in rural development. Previously, Jouvens Corantin worked as a Finance Director with I-TECH, a CDC funded program which provided health mechanisms and systems to alleviate the conditions of those living with HIV/AID and other diseases. Jouvens has also worked as a volunteer for International Child Care and Grace Children Hospital.
Rawan KhouryJordan (Org: HelpAge International)
Rawan Khoury has extensive experience in development and humanitarian projects and approaches with a special focus on technical training. Her professional experience has given her a chance to work with different target groups in different locations, with the aim of engaging local stakeholders through increasing their capacities, allowing them to embrace their responsibilities, and act as agents of change in their own communities. For the past three years, Rawan’s role at HelpAge International has increased her knowledge and skills in relation to older men and women in addition to building strong relations with international, local and government institutions to ensure that the rights of older people are being recognized, respected and protected.
Rhian GastineauUnited States (Org: Médecins Sans Frontières)
Rhian Gastineau is from the United States of America but was born and raised in Zambia and Kenya. She has over twenty-five years of experience in the International Humanitarian Field in complex emergencies, post conflict countries and in disease specific projects. In her twenty-one years at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders (MSF), she has held several positions, ranging from Project Coordinator, Liaison Officer, Deputy Head of Mission, and currently, Head of Mission/Country Director. As Country Director Rhian is responsible for all MSF activities in the country. She works with the country management team to set strategies for the country as well as for the medical activities in the project locations. Supporting the Ministry of Health in different countries, Rhian has conducted exploratory missions that resulted in projects for specificially Sleeping Sickness, Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB), and maternal/child health, among others. In Sierra Leone, along with the medical coordinator, she established the first decentralized diagnosis and treatment center for MDR-TB in the country, in support of the National TB Program Strategy. Rhian holds a Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science from Point Loma Nazarene University as well as a Master of Science in International Relations from University of Bristol. Her passion is providing healthcare to populations who do not have access to quality healthcare in under-resourced settings, and to those suffering from neglected diseases.
AnkurIndia (American India Foundation Scholar)
Ankur has an entrepreneurial mindset with a blend of corporate culture (Processes) and startup experience (Result-oriented). He is passionate about analytics and creativity, with an expertise in understanding and managing the integration of marketing, sales, operations, customer service and analytics in order to create effective, meaningful and result-oriented business strategies. As a communications specialist, Ankur takes utmost care in the finer points of both oral and written communication. He finds it incredibly fulfilling to build excellent, high performing teams–individually, we can’t always be at our best but when camaraderie persists, a team can go far. Good teamwork makes every journey better. Ankur also loves to pursue innovation. And while he enjoys connecting the dots across seemingly unrelated information, his MBA has also refined his pragmatic business knowledge to implement explorative growth ideas.
Host Organization: American India Foundation
Role at Host Organization: At American India Foundation, Ankur will be serving as the Executive Assistant Fellow to Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he will act as a key partner to the Chief Executive Officer, helping to brainstorm and identify solutions to challenges faced by the organization. He will develop relationship building skills while managing interactions with external volunteer bodies and board members, and also manage a variety of program design, resource mobilization, marketing, and communication projects across the US and India.
Sana SalahIndia (Host: American Red Cross)
Sana is a Water and Sanitation Expert and has 5 years of experience in the implementation of sanitation projects and programs. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Calcutta in India and a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Nalanda International University, India. While working with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in the Government of India as a WASH ( Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) and Knowledge Management Specialist for Swachh Bharat Mission(Urban), Clean India Mission, she helped draft national-level policies and guidelines, and aided capacity building of government officials in order to improve solid waste management and sanitation practices in 4200+ urban local bodies of India. In her previous assignment, Sana worked with Tata Trusts to advance the sanitation practices of the rural community in Bihar and promote the use of toilets along with the help of other development partners like UNICEF and the World Bank. Sana has also worked as a climate change volunteer on the issue of displacement of migrants due to climate change. Through these experiences, she developed excellent leadership qualities, strategic thinking skills, program management experience, stakeholder management, and implementation skills. Sana enjoys focusing on the topics of water, sanitation, hygiene, and solid waste management and has a passion for gender mainstreaming.
Host Organization: American Red Cross
Role at Host Organization: At American Red Cross, Sana will be serving as the Knowledge Management & Learning Fellow. Sana will be sitting with the Quality, Data and Learning team at ISD/ARC Headquarters and will be responsible for supporting the Knowledge Management and Learning efforts of the department. She will help facilitate access to, utilization of, and learning from existing data, evidence, and knowledge generated from past operations both within the American Red Cross and with the RCRC Movement Partners
Ming Hong ChoiSingapore
An impact-driven professional, Ming Hong Choi has five years of experience in sustainable investing, real estate, socioeconomic development, and youth empowerment. He is a Senior Analyst in Jones Lang LaSalle’s Asia-Pacific Capital Markets Group, where they originate and execute cross-border investment advisory, private capital raising and buy-side advisory for global investors seeking exposure in the Asia-Pacific region. Before this, he worked at BlackRock as a Private Credit Analyst, where he analysed, structured, executed and monitored opportunistic investment opportunities with a great emphasis on the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) impact metrics across the Asia-Pacific region. Passionate about socioeconomic development, youth empowerment, and sustainability, he concurrently serves as a Senior Curator of the Young ChangeMakers Grant Panel at National Youth Council Singapore and a Co-Founder of DeRiA, an environmental education non-profit that focuses on communicating science for climate action. Previously, he served as a Grant Accessor and a Member of the Grants Committee at the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust, where he deliberated and recommended grant disbursement to support youth-led social ventures across the Americas, Caribbean, and Commonwealth-wide region. He received his Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of London and was a Summer Scholar at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Academic Fellow in Economic Development and Social Entrepreneurship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. He is a Milken Institute Young Leader and a Pacific Forum Young Leader.
Keely Cheong is a Project Lead with the Software & Platforms Practice at Accenture. She is also part of the CSR team and leads on relationship management with local NGO partners in the Women’s pillar. Prior to joining Accenture, Keely spent over four years in the not-for-profit sector, developing the next generation of leaders across Asia-Pacific. She is also deeply passionate about women’s empowerment and marries her interest in social mobility and women’s empowerment with her work with organizations such as the Young Women Leadership Connection (YWLC) and Global Shapers Singapore. In her free time, she works on research involving the use of big data to understand the labour market. Keely holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University.
Júlia Regina GabrielBrazil
Júlia Regina Gabriel has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector and seven years of experience in business consultancy. Júlia has a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of Amazonas. She is determined to fight for social causes such as economic empowerment, women entrepreneurship, and education assessment. While working and studying, Julia volunteered at the Tchibum Institute. She led several groups of volunteers, organized events to raise funds to needy institutions of various causes, and negotiated with companies to get free services and donations to volunteer activities. Later, Julia joined the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, aiming to motivate Amazonas teenagers and young adults to engage in volunteer activities. She left her job at Tchibum Institute as Vice-President to start Urban Hero, her social startup to unite donors and institutions in need. As a result of working with NGOs and small social projects, Julia realized volunteers needed background in management to evolve their projects, so she started the School of Heroes, free workshops for social entrepreneurs and volunteers to learn how to improve their projects. Presently, she is Director at CDL Jovem, an association whose principal goal is Economic Empowerment. In her current role, Julia has created the Pink Wave, a group that focuses on uniting, developing, and empowering female entrepreneurs. She plans to evaluate her work with women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in CDL Jovem and improve Urban Hero as a disruptive social project.
Jean Roberto Luz da Silva has two years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the Federal University of Pará (UFPA) in Brazil. As an assistant researcher, he created a virtual self-access learning center that reached more than one hundred thousand language learners in digital settings under the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) program. Then, Jean was acknowledged with an Academic Laureate from UFPA. He works with two community-based organizations to advance education, culture, and youth leadership. Jean is a volunteer in Mapa Educação—a social movement that enables young leaders to promote changes toward education needs and quality while acting closely with representatives elected by the people. He is also the vice-coordinator of the US-Brazil Exchange Alumni Association in Pará, where he works to spread American initiatives on education, culture, and social entrepreneurship to foster new perspectives for young people in Pará’s capital, Belém City. Jean has volunteered as a peer educator on teacher training initiatives promoted by the US Department of State in Brazil. Through these experiences, he developed strong project coordination, youth mentoring, and consulting skills. Jean enjoys focusing on the topics of language learning and teaching, technological development, and teaching development. He has a strong commitment to underserved people’s empowerment.
Jaswant MeenaIndia (American India Foundation Scholar)
Jaswant Meena is from Dabla Village in the Alwar District of Rajasthan. He holds an Engineer’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. With a keen interest in understanding and learning from rural India, he visited and volunteered with grassroots organizations across the country during and after college. He has also participated in various community-building initiatives. He believes in the power of technology to aid in creating sustainable solutions for holistic development.