Lindsay HarringtonUnited States (Org: SOS Children's Villages USA)
Lindsay Harrington is a global development professional with experience managing development and emergency response programs serving vulnerable children and families in need in Eastern and Southern Africa. As Program Manager at SOS Children’s Villages, Lindsay supports the EduCare Program, which empowers vulnerable children to reach their full potential through education, and builds a more inclusive and resilient societies through family strengthening, economic development, and improving communities’ ability to protect and care for children. Lindsay joined SOS Children’s Villages in 2019 and began her time with the organization as a Hilton Prize Coalition Fellowship Laureate. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in International Social Welfare Policy from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Gettysburg College. During her studies, Lindsay worked for the United Nations Development Program in New York and for the United Nations in Namibia.
Rick Jones JrUnited States (Org: Homeboy Industries)
Rick Jones was born and raised in the Los Angeles area. After graduating from high school, he began his journey in community service as a youth sports coach and as a volunteer in Juvenile Probation with at-risk teenagers from Southern California. These professional experiences led Rick to develop a passion for social justice that inspired him to pursue higher education at California State University Fullerton’s College of Health and Human Development. There, he combined his life experiences as an African American with his formal education in social work and mental health to earn his bachelor’s degree in human services. He uses his knowledge of systemic inequality and workforce development to provide employment opportunities through vocational training to underserved youth in the greater Los Angeles area as a Youth Career & Vocational Counselor for Homeboy Industries’ Youth Reentry Center.
Weamie TahnLiberia (Org: Partners in Health)
Weamie Tahn is a graduate of a master’s degree program in Finance at the Cuttington University School of Graduate and Professional Studies in Liberia. He is a grant management and compliance professional with ten years of experience. He currently works for Partners in Health (PIH), an international nonprofit organization that provides life-saving health care to people in the Global South. As Grants and Compliance Manager, he has spent the last four years helping the Ministry of Health improve the health system in Liberia by managing more than ten public sector grants. He promotes and ensures compliance with internal policies and donor regulations. Previously, he has worked for various international organizations such as Development Alternative Inc. (DAI), Mercy Corps, and Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) as Senior Grants Officer, Subawards & Compliance Officer, and Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, respectively. Weamie is passionate about mentoring and building capacity for grants management for nonprofits and civil society organizations so that their projects benefit historically marginalized communities. He has found his professional calling in training, developing, and managing long-term, impact-oriented projects.
Sara BrihuegaPortugal (Org: Covenant House International)
Sara Brihuega graduated from Kingston University in London with a double degree in International Relations and French and earned a master’s degree in International Development with a focus on Disaster Risk Reduction from King’s College. Sara’s doctoral research at Pablo de Olavide University focuses on bilingual education in the United States and Central America, with particular emphasis on migration patterns and the impact of bilingual and bicultural awareness in children and youth. Sara has several years of experience in international development with a focus on Latin America and Asia, as well as experience supporting bilingual and bicultural children and youth initiatives for a variety of organizations in the United States. Her career has included managing youth and refugee programs, international education initiatives, and disaster risk reduction projects. Sara has extensive experience in international program development and design, project management, and monitoring and evaluation. Her work has ranged from developing and managing child and youth education programs, to supporting migrants and informal settlement communities, to human trafficking, livelihood and women’s empowerment, education, and environmental issues. Sara is multilingual and fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and English and has a good knowledge of Italian, French, and Visaya Filipino.
Revelation NyirongoMalawi (Org: Partners in Health)
Revelation Nyirongo has more than four years of professional experience in nonprofit, nongovernmental and governmental organizations. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences at the University of Malawi. While working as an mHealth & Data Warehousing Specialist, Revelation’s work in remote Neno district in Malawi, has helped improve data management collected by Community Health Workers using pioneer mobile health technology. His work has resulted in more people being screened and existing clients in HIV and NCD programs being effectively followed up and visits being properly managed. Prior to receiving the Global Health Corps Fellowship as a Medical Informatics Specialist working on Electronic Medical Records, Revelation worked at the High Commission of India in Lilongwe and as a lecturer at a local college. Revelation has participated in various volunteer projects and youth and leadership development positions. These experiences have solidified his grant and project management skills. He enjoys discussing topics related to youth leadership and development, personal and professional development, and has a strong passion for global health equity.
Justina HamaZimbabwe (Org: CAMFED)
Justina Hama is a statistician with seventeen years of experience in the field of monitoring, evaluation, and learning. She currently works as the Programme Director for CAMFED Zimbabwe. Previously, she served as the Head of Impact at CAMFED Zimbabwe, coordinating and leading the monitoring and evaluation of CAMFED projects, including formative investigation (pre-intervention), ongoing data collection, and summative research evaluation (post-intervention). She holds a master’s degree in Biostatistics and Epidemiology as well as an honors degree in Statistics.
Simon MwangiKenya (Org: Handicap International)
Simon Mwangi has more than five years of experience working on education, employment, disability, marginalization and inclusion. He is currently the Program Manager for the COVID -19 Recovery and Resilience Program, focusing on inclusive education and inclusive livelihoods. Previously, he served as Program Manager for the professional fellows’ program on inclusive development and as Project Assistant for the Inclusive Disability Employment Project at HI. He volunteered in inclusive education support in informal settlements in Kenya as a teacher support. Prior to joining HI, he was the chair of an organization he founded at Kenyatta University which advocated for the rights of people with disabilities and creates awareness in local communities. Through his strong leadership and interpersonal skills, he has built meaningful relationships with relevant stakeholders so that the projects and programs he has initiated and supported are successful and sustainable. He has awakened the spirit of volunteerism, innovation, advocacy, community service, and activism. His collective efforts in community service were recognized by the Kenyatta University student governing body and awarded Community Service Person of the Year. He recently participated in the Young Africa Leadership Initiative Fellowship in the Public Management track. He enjoys and aspires to focus on young people with disabilities. He believes it is important to put people at the center of development so that progress is equitable and broad-based and people can actively participate in social, economic, and political change.
Christopher ObasogieNigeria (Org: SOS Children's Villages Nigeria)
Christopher Obasogie has over ten years of experience working with nonprofit organizations in Nigeria. He graduated from university of Benin, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in social work. He began his career as a volunteer counselor in an HIV/AIDS program implemented by FHI 360 and funded by USAID. He currently works in SOS Children’s Villages as a Community and Family Development Officer for vulnerable families. His goal is to support them achieve self-reliance through tailored interventions that will help shape their future.
Khadija MrishoTanzania (Org: Landesa)
Khadija Mrisho is a lawyer with expertise in land tenure policy, legal and regulatory reform, customary land rights, land registration and titling, women’s and youth land rights, land-based investment, climate change, land-related institutional capacity building, conflict resolution, and project management. To promote the proper use of land and other natural resources through policy and legislation, Khadija conducted a number of interventions, such as youth land rights assessment to advance policy reforms in line with youth needs and priorities, and youth and climate change assessments. Furthermore, she assessed a range of proposed and existing laws and policies governing land and natural resources, as well as institutional capacity in managing bestowed resources. She also developed and implemented training materials on land rights, women’s and youth land rights, and the environment in general, and conducted capacity building trainings for youth, women, and communities on land rights. Khadija holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Dar es Salaam and a postgraduate degree in law from the Law School of Tanzania.
Belete Hiruy KellilEthiopia (Org: SOS Children's Villages International)
Belete Hiruy Kellil has over ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector in Africa. He earned his master’s degree in Development Evaluation and Management from the University of Antwerp and a bachelor’s degree in Educational Psychology from Addis Ababa University. Belete is an International Certified Project Manager and a Fellow of the American Academy of Project Management. During his tenure as the Regional Partnerships Advisor at SOS Children’s Villages International in the Eastern and Southern Africa region, Belete significantly improved grant procurement, management, partnership building and donor relations in country offices in Mozambique, Uganda, Ghana, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Ethiopia. Previously, Belete established and managed Handicap International’s monitoring and evaluation systems in Ethiopia. He has extensive work experience with multiple donors in both development programming and emergency response. He is a board member of a nonprofit organization working with refugees and displaced populations, and a founding member of a local nonprofit organization working on peace building and conflict resolution in Ethiopia. Through these experiences, Belete has gained solid skills in leadership, coaching and mentoring, project management, M&E, donor engagement, and grant management. Additionally, Belete enjoys focusing on youth development and innovation.
Fredrick IyamuNigeria (Org: SOS Children's Villages Nigeria)
Fredrick Iyamu is a planning, monitoring, evaluation, and program learning professional with more than eight years of work experience and demonstrated proficiency in results-based monitoring and evaluation, data and research analysis, and project management. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Benin and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Project Development and Implementation at the University of Ibadan. Fredrick is very interested in how data can play a critical role in the advancement of developing countries. He believes that data, when harnessed and used properly, can have a tremendous impact on the development of countries and provide a pool of information for evidence-based decisions, policies, and frameworks. While working at SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria as the Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Coordinator, Fredrick helped implement the results-based management approach, which involves making evidence- and outcome-based decisions in project initiation, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing. This has resulted in improved project performance, outcomes, and impact. Over the past eight years, Fredrick has gained extensive knowledge and skills in project planning and monitoring, research, and data analysis. He is experienced in using various data collection, processing, analysis, and presentation tools such as MS Excel, SPSS, ODK, Kobotoolbox, Google Forms, and MS Project, to name a few.
Susan SilikaMalawi (Org: CAMFED)
Susan Silika is committed to supporting young women in Malawi to achieve economic independence and build their leadership potential. Susan joined CAMFED Malawi as a Finance Manager and later became the Head of Finance. After gaining a deep understanding of CAMFED’s programs, Susan transitioned to Operations and was promoted to Operations Director shortly before assuming her current role as a National Director in 2022. Susan oversees CAMFED’s holistic interventions that serve the education of the most marginalized girls and young women. She works closely with the Ministry of Education – including on academic catch-up programs in the wake of the COVID -19 pandemic – and with CAMFED’s Association of Women Leaders on its governance structures, supporting the network’s activities, and creating an ecosystem in which young women can thrive and become independent and influential. Susan holds a Chartered Management Accounting Qualification from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the UK. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from at the University of Malawi, Polytechnic, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Eastern and Southern Africa Institute of Management (ESAMI).