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.
Eamon PenneyUnited States (Org: Partners in Health)
Eamon Penney serves as a Project Lead with Partners In Health, where his work focuses on supporting health departments in the U.S. to implement data-driven, equity-first agendas as they rebuild following the emergency phase of the pandemic. Previously, he held a number of roles with MSF (Doctors Without Borders) including coordinating logistics in South Sudan, supporting the Board of Directors in New York, and most recently, leading advocacy and COVID-19 response efforts in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Eamon earned his master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University where he focused on epidemiological methods in complex humanitarian emergencies. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont in Community and International Development. Eamon currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts but returns frequently to his home state of Vermont.\
Nikos AlexiouGreece (Org: METAdrasi)
Nikos Alexiou has more than six years of experience in nonprofit administration and project management. Nikos obtained his first degree in International & European Studies from Panteion University in Greece. He then pursued postgraduate studies in IPE at the University of Sheffield, where his dissertation focused on the topic of common European migration policies. After an internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a brief practice as a researcher at the Institute of International Economic Relations, he joined METAdrasi, the leading NGO in Greece in the field of migration and refugees. As a Field Coordinator, he was present in Moria, Lesvos, during the humanitarian crisis on the Greek-Turkish border in 2016, when millions of Syrians were forced to flee their country and seek safe conditions in Europe. He was responsible for a large, multinational team of interpreters representing the organization on the island. After almost two years in Lesvos, he moved to METAdrasi’s HQ, where he rose to the position of project manager. Nikos enhanced his language and data protection skills after being selected as a Blue Book Trainee for the European Commission in 2021. After a 5-month period, he returned to METAdrasi, to become one of the organization’s young leaders in program management, continuing to work on immigration, human rights, and child protection issues. From his experience with the Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureate Virtual Leadership Institute, he hopes to broaden his horizons while enhancing his career profile and leadership skills.
Simarjeet NagpalIndia (American India Foundation Scholar)
Simarjeet Nagpal has been actively engaged in the nonprofit sector for the last twelve years, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from GGS Indraprastha University, New Delhi. As part of the 2020-21 cohort of the Banyan Impact Fellowship, Simar has been working on regenerative land use ecosystem design and development. Simar is investigating how native dense forests could rejuvenate rural communities by providing economic benefits in an equitable manner. Prior to the Fellowship, Simar served as the National President of the National Association of Students of Architecture, India, and was on the Executive Council for three years. During his stint at NASA India, the organisation overhauled its operations to achieve higher and more effective grassroots engagement, increasing its portfolio of activities and modes of delivery to suit architectural students’ varied aspirations and requirements across the nation. Simar formed a volunteer group called Better Bharat which soon formalised into Axes Charitable Trust with a vision of the welfare of the society. He coordinated all the trust’s programs for seven years, including plastic-free city drives, plantation drives, and a free computer education program for the underprivileged. Working extensively with these organisations, Simar has demonstrated experience in Project Design and Management. The nature of his engagement in these organisations helped him develop partnership building and team-leading skills. Simar is extremely passionate about sustainability and inculcates its tenets in his professional and personal life.
Kian Chong LeeSingapore
Kian Chong has years of experience in the for-profit sector. He earned a Master of Philosophy in Management from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Imperial College London in the United Kingdom. He is an entrepreneur and has activities in the tech, education, cybersecurity, F&B, and industrial gas industries. His work includes increasing accessibility to improving security awareness maturity for companies and individuals as well as upskilling in emerging technology areas. For work in lifelong learning and digital transformation, one of his companies was awarded the SkillsFuture Employer Award 2021 which is presented by the President of the Republic of Singapore. He is passionate about education and youth empowerment. Currently, he serves as a Global Shaper, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, where he is the Impact Officer of the Singapore Hub and driving impact for community projects. He also serves as a committee member of the Oxford and Cambridge Society of Singapore (OCSS), the Imperial College Alumni Association of Singapore (ICAAS), and Canberra Secondary School in Singapore. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). Through these experiences, he has developed skills in technology, partnerships, partnerships, and training.
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.
Ana Cláudia CostaBrazil
Ana Cláudia Costa was raised in Belém, State of Pará. She has always been outraged by the unequal opportunities present in Brazil’s large centers and interior. Seeing herself as a bridge between these two worlds, she has been working for over five years on impact projects in public administration and the third sector to promote sustainable economic development and reduce poverty, especially in the North and Northeast regions of Brazil. This desire to contribute to poverty reduction, in addition to her early contact with politics, motivated her to focus on the area of public law and infrastructure, having worked in reference office and several governmental and non-governmental agencies. Being an agent of transformation everywhere she went, she started working in law firms. When she realized she could do more for society, she joined the Secretariat of Economic Development, Mining and Energy of the State of Pará through Vetor Brasil. Subsequently, she was invited to be Assistant Secretary of Social Assistance. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ana Cláudia coordinated support projects for four states in the Planning and Health Secretariats to optimize decision-making from data analysis. Ana Cláudia is currently a candidate of the Master in Public Policy program at Insper and a J.D. Bachelor of Law from Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV Direito Rio. She is a Vetor Brasil alumna and World Bank Youth Summit delegate.
Neelima RahejaIndia (Host: Heartland Alliance International)
Neelima Raheja is a creative and passionate development professional with 6+ years of experience, and a diverse skill set across project management, capacity building, program strategy & design, and implementation. She discovered her passion for empowering the community and working in the nonprofit sector during her college years, wherein she volunteered for high-impact civic initiatives on issues such as education, gender-based violence, environment, and mental health. She holds an undergraduate degree in commerce; with a diploma in Guidance & Counselling from Panjab University. In her role with Bhumi as a Program Director for Supplementary education, she designed the program’s long-term strategy to ensure holistic education and sustainable livelihood for the children from under-served backgrounds. Previously, Neelima worked with Make A Difference – a volunteer-driven organization, as a Program Operations Director to improve the long-term outcomes for youth from institutional care by supporting and preparing them for life outside institutions. She is currently pursuing a Diploma in Expressive Arts Therapy and Masters in Counselling Psychology. Her goal is to continue empowering children and youth through holistic care with a focus on emotional well-being for better life outcomes.
Host Organization: Heartland Alliance International
Role at Host Organization: At Heartland Alliance International, Neelima will be serving as the Field and Program Operations Fellow. Neelima will help standardize operations and key business process workflows, and support the organization’s strategic planning process. The Fellow will support the development of a global field operations manual and contribute to the new roadmap and strategy for the organization’s future. In addition, the Fellow will provide support to local Chicago-based efforts to support health and healing activities held in conjunction with HAI’s Kovler Center.
Vivek AnandanIndia (Aravind Eye Hospital)
Vivek Anandan has experience in the field of ophthalmology as a surgeon for 12 years. He has been working at Aravind Eyecare System where he has done more than 25000 cataract surgeries to date. Vivek’s main interest lies in doing complex surgeries and training residents and junior surgeons. He currently heads the cataract department at Aravind Eye Hospital in Pondicherry. He has worked with hospitals in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Tanzania in training their surgeons and also in capacity building of those hospitals.
Sankar AnanthanIndia (Org: Aravind Eye Hospitals)
Sankar Ananthan is an ophthalmologist working in one of the world’s largest not-for-profit organizations – Aravind Eye Hospitals, which provides close to 1 million ophthalmic surgeries a year. The institution has given him ample opportunity to demonstrate his strengths. He would like to continue developing his skill set to become a good leader.
For approximately more than 11 years, Veronika Oxtafia has been working in the Public Prosecutor Institution (Attorney General Office of The Republic of Indonesia). As a Public Prosecutor Officer, Veronika Oxtafia handled multiple criminal cases and there are parts of them dealing with crimes against children. Within her law enforcement duties, Veronika focuses not merely on law enforcement efforts, but on the other side, she as well as committing deterrence duties to overcome or at least decreasing the number of crimes against child/children, and as consequences, the children would still receive their physical and/or psychological protection amongst their society later on and still could get their bright future. Due to those reasons, Veronika has committed sort of cooperation with Dinas Pemberdayaan Anak dan Perempuan (Child and Woman Empowerment Service) under the Merauke District Government to makeover District of Merauke to be a region with its characteristic that welcome and care towards children through several deterrence efforts such as establishing a halfway house for street children in District of Merauke.
Ria Oktorina is a passionate working mother who loves to do volunteer work. She has more than 10 years of professional experience in the field of development planning. Ria holds a Master’s degree in Urban Management and Development from IHS-Erasmus University Rotterdam and a Bachelor’s degree in Social-Economic of Agriculture from Andalas University-Indonesia. Ria works as a Government Planner at the Regional Development Planning Board of West Sumatra Province, Indonesia. She is involved in the planning process at the regional level. She also actively contributes to the evaluation of planning policy for municipalities/regencies under West Sumatra Province. She has held an initiative participatory approach program to formulate a planning document in Solok Regency as an action plan from her professional exchange program through Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) in the USA. This program gave her insight about how government build bridge for the diverse background of people in the policymaking process. Ria is also an active volunteer at the organization related to family support. She initiated the Indonesia Breastfeeding Mother Association of West Sumatra, and become the first chairperson as well as a trained breastfeeding counselor until now. She is a volunteer with Rangkul of Keluarga Kita, an organization that focuses on family support and education. She just received an award from Semua Murid Semua Guru (SMSG) Initiative as The Most Empowered Parents for Education. She is also an alumnus of the Australia Indonesia Muslim Exchange Program (AIMEP).