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.
Kindong Eric KinchiCameroon
Kindong Eric Kinchi has over four years of experience in the non-profit sector and earned a Master’s of Law degree from the University of Yaoundé II and a Postgraduate’s Diploma in Sustainable Development and Human Rights from the University of Antwerp. He currently serves as Project Officer for Operations for the Global Schools Program at UN SDSN, where he is in charge of Global Schools’ operations. This includes helping with interviews, people management, creating a team culture, and assisting the Program Manager in conducting internal reviews and solidifying the onboarding and offboarding processes. Previously, Kindong served with the WorldWide Fund for Nature (WWF) Cameroon as a Law Enforcement Intern, where he assisted the implementation of WWF strategy in support of Cameroon’s government effort to address the escalating poaching crisis and illegal wildlife trade. While working as a Project Assistant at Girls Corner International, he led projects that built young girls’ capabilities of hand skills, craftwork, and income-generating activities. He participated in sensitization campaigns on reproductive health, healthy habits, menstrual hygiene, and facilitated the distribution of materials to school-going vulnerable children in 2017. His desire for social change motivated him to engage in local outreach for the integration of the SDGs in schools’ curriculum, empowering students with competencies needed to build resilient communities and perform better in school. He enjoys cooking, singing, shopping, music, tourism, and traveling.
Adedapo SijuwadeNigeria (Org: SOS Children's Villages)
Adedapo Sijuwade is a social worker with over seven years of experience in humanitarian services, project management & community development. Adedapo has a degree in Sociology and professional courses in humanitarian works. He is particularly attracted to the quest of creating and enabling a safe environment for vulnerable groups. He believes in timely and collective action in response to the plights of marginalized groups, orphans, and vulnerable children to overcome their unpleasant situations through quality intervention, community engagement, and advocacy. He shares the vision of protecting the dignity of human lives and hopes for a just society for all with an emphasis on enhancing the quality of human existence. Adedapo is a social reformer, who is proactive about addressing social issues. His understanding of social issues, such as gender inequality, poverty, child rights, climate change, resulted in numerous achievements among the communities where he worked. He has been involved in various initiatives in his quest to improve the quality of life among vulnerable children to increase school enrollment and retention among teenage girls to avoid teenage pregnancy.
Ahmidu BarrieSierra Leone (Org: Partners In Health)
Ahmidu Barrie has over ten years of experience in non-profit administration, logistics, and management. Ahmidu earned his first degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Fourah Bay College in Sierra Leone in 2010 and later pursued his post-graduate degree in public administration at the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM). His drive to help his country comes from seeing his parents work very hard to take care of their family, as well as his experience of being abducted and forced to be a child soldier during his country’s civil war. After working with Wellbody Alliance, a local NGO that helped care for amputees and others with war wounds, he knew his life’s work was to help the poorest of the poor. He established the Community Health Worker Program, which brought care to the doorsteps of people living with HIV and TB across Kono District. When Ebola came to Sierra Leone in 2014, Partners In Health began working with Wellbody, and they eventually merged. During this time, as lead Logistician, Ahmidu was tasked with creating Ebola care and treatment centers across two districts. Currently, as Chief Operating Officer for Partners In Health Sierra Leone, Ahmidu is helping shepherd the development of the Maternal Center of Excellence, which aims to improve health outcomes for women in a country with one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world. Ahmidu is eager to learn from the experiences of his colleagues and hopes that sharing his experience in health systems strengthening in low-resource settings will be of use to others. The skills and training that he hopes to acquire will enable him to improve his capacities as a leader and be an even stronger advocate of social justice, health equity, and education.
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.
Benny KattaIndia (Org: Heifer International)
Benny Katta is a Scholar of “Rural Economy and Digital Tools” with a study on Digital Agriculture, Rural Economy and Social Development. He has 17 years of professional experience in program management and project implementation on rural & social-economic development, corporate social responsibility projects, sustainable livelihood, women empowerment, digital agriculture, capacity building, and commercializing the FPOs. He is a good strategic planner, conflict manager, and social impact player. He has displayed skills in decision making, critical thinking, and demonstrated persuasive communications, team management, and leadership skills. He was recognized with the “Sitara Award” for setting up a benchmark for clean finance handling by Tata Group for DFID Project.
Bikash MannaIndia (Org: HelpAge International)
Bikash has 20 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sector with significant achievements in leading large scale multi-country humanitarian response programs, developing/institutionalizing humanitarian policies and strategies, leading organizational and community-centered Emergency Preparedness Plans, mainstreaming DRR, climate resilience, Comprehensive Safe School programs, and linking relief, rehabilitation and development (LRRD). He has led and supported more than 70 emergencies in several countries across the globe with Action Aid, LWS, CARE, ADRA, Tdh, and HelpAge International, as a humanitarian focal person and commendable technical experience in cash-based programs, nutrition, protection, education, WASH in emergencies, and food security & livelihoods in emergencies. Bikash has facilitated more than 100 training on various areas. He is a seasoned professional with expertise in PCM such as needs assessment, proposal development, log frame & budget preparation, monitoring and evaluation. Bikash currently working with HelpAge International as Emergency Response Manager. The key responsibilities are coordinating and managing the Global Emergency Fund (GEF) and supporting country offices, partners, and network members for humanitarian crisis response. Bikash received a Bachelor’s degree in Law from Utkal University in Odisha, a Master’s degree in History, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Utkal University of Culture in Odisha.
Evan BrownUnited States (Org: Heifer International)
Evan Brown has worked in many domestic and international development capacities to move communities toward a more sustainable and prosperous future. He started his career attending the University of Arkansas, where he graduated with a double major in Financial Investments and Small Business Management/ Entrepreneurship. After university, Evan joined the Community Resource Group, supporting them in gaining and executing their first multi-million-dollar award to establish an inclusive wealth creation project in South Texas. At the project’s conclusion, Evan entered the US Peace Corps as an Economic Development Advisor in Lesotho, Africa. Though his primary role was as an entrepreneurship professor at a technical university, Lesotho has over 20 percent of its population living with HIV. To combat the stigma and low information prevalent in his community, Evan co-founded the Thaba Tseka Holistic Health Club (TTHC) with a local hospital and community leaders. TTHC opened access to exercise equipment, free HIV testing, and sexual health education, focusing on the community’s women and youth. Evan returned from two years in Lesotho as a Master of Public Service candidate at the Clinton School of Public Service. He became class president and worked with the Arkansas Community Foundation to help produce a roadmap to leverage grant money to create lasting change in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Evan is now a Senior Manager at Heifer International, where he leads the Proposal Design Hub, supporting the creation of strategy that acts as a catalyst for community progress toward improved income, nutrition, women’s empowerment, and earth stewardship.
Ioanna SchuppertGreece/Germany (Org: METAdrasi)
Ioanna Schuppert has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a BA in International Relations from Durham University (UK). She currently works as a Program Manager in the Program & Development department of the Greek nonprofit organization METAdrasi – Action for Migration and Development. The most important skills she has developed include project design and development, implementation and monitoring, as well as evaluation and reporting. The programs she manages currently include the certification of victims of torture, projects that support unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, and projects with multiple partners. Previously to working with METAdrasi, she volunteered as Children’s Activities Coordinator (alongside being a volunteer for the Search and Rescue and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene projects) in the Emergency Response Centre International on Lesvos, Greece, as an English teacher in the West Bank, and as an intern with METAdrasi, working with unaccompanied children and supporting the finance and publicity departments.
Janet AjalaNigeria (Org: International Rescue Committee (IRC))
Janet Ajala is a dynamic leader who is passionate about championing Women’s Rights. She has over 13 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She currently works with the International Rescue Committee in Nigeria, where she currently serves as a Field Coordinator. She is responsible for the day to day running of the activities of her field location, where she ensures the necessary humanitarian assistance is provided to the thousands of vulnerable individuals displaced by the prolonged armed conflict in Northeast Nigeria, ensuring they have access to the much-needed medical care, education, and women protection and empowerment activities. In addition to her current role, she heads the IRC Nigeria Women at Work Group, a group established by the organization to provide a safe space for women in the organization. Under this group, she provides leadership on all fronts for the over 300 women in the Country program pushing for their interests with the Senior Management Team and ensuring there is more female inclusion and representation in the organization. Prior to joining the International Rescue Committee, Janet worked with the TY Danjuma Foundation as State Coordinator, where she coordinated the activities of the various community-based and faith-based organizations funded by the Foundation to implement Youth and Women Empowerment programs and Health. Janet obtained a BA in English from the University of Ibadan and an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the same university.
Katerina DownwardCyprus (Org: METAdrasi)
Katerina Downward has committed her professional life to defending human rights, with extensive experience in the fields of humanitarian response, a proven track record as a leader supporting refugee livelihoods, and a longstanding commitment to social justice. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and obtained a Master’s degree in Human Rights, graduating with distinction, from the London School of Economics. She joined METAdrasi as a Project Manager in the education department. In that capacity, she set up three schools for refugee children on the frontier islands of Lesvos and Chios where most refugee arrivals through Greece’s sea borders occur. She was then promoted to Head of the Education and Integration department where in addition to her sustained project management responsibilities, she now leads a team of 60 educators and oversees the implementation of all education programs for refugees and migrants across the country, serving more than 3000 people annually. She was recently nominated to take on additional responsibilities, helming the program for the certification of survivors of torture and building capacity amongst frontline workers in identifying possible survivors. Previously, she worked at an education nonprofit in New York partnering with under-resourced schools to implement curricular materials on social-issue documentaries as a way of engendering civic engagement and human rights literacy. During her formative and academic years, she volunteered at human rights and civil society organizations across four continents and interned at the Washington Peace Centre and Amnesty International.
Kevin ThorUnited States (Org: Operation Smile)
Kevin Thor is a Nebraska, USA native dedicated to public service through international organizations. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and will be attending Columbia University for a Master of International Affairs. Kevin works for Operation Smile as a Regional Program Manager in Asia leading multi-year strategy and implementation for comprehensive care programs and health system strengthening initiatives in the Philippines. He is responsible for relationship engagement and multi-year center strategy with local teams, hospital leadership, government agencies, and key corporate partners to expand the collaborative impact of the organization’s work. Kevin resided in the Philippines with extensive experience across the country. Kevin previously led surgical and education programs across eight additional countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America with Operation Smile, including reestablishing OS presence in Mozambique, multi-site programs in Madagascar, and programming following political unrest in Nicaragua. Prior to Operation Smile, Kevin lived in Viet Nam on a Fulbright Fellowship teaching and working with local nonprofits to increase student engagement. Kevin is committed to community development through cross-cultural understanding with a keen interest in human rights and humanitarian policy focused on access to quality education and reducing barriers to care. Additionally, Kevin devotes time to student development through leadership conferences and various mentorship and coaching opportunities.