The leadership and direction of WINGS is the responsibility of our multinational Board of Directors.
Dr. Atallah Kuttab (Chair)
SAANED for Philanthropy Advisory
Dr. Atallah Kuttab is current Chairman, Board of Directors, of SAANED for Philanthropy Advisory. Kuttab holds a PhD in civil engineering from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London. He spent three years working in engineering consulting in the private sector and 10 years in education in planning, teaching and research at Birzeit University in Palestine and at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. Kuttab was a GTZ technical consultant for informal sector employment in Zambia for three years, and served with Save the Children for 11 years, most recently as Middle East Regional Manager, covering operations in Palestine, Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan. He joined Welfare Association as the Director General in August 2005 supporting Palestinians, primarily in Palestine and Lebanon. He is a Founding Member of Arab Human Rights Fund and Founding Member of the Arab Foundations Forum. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Alliance magazine and on the Board of Arab Human Rights Fund. Kuttab is the Chair of WINGS and as such presides over meetings of its Board of Directors.
Ms. Tina Thiart (Secretary)
Southern African Community Grantmakers Leadership Forum
Tina Thiart is a Founding Member and Director of SACGLF - Southern African Community Grantmakers Leadership Forum, having previously served as the executive director of INWF - International Network of Women’s Funds until 2010. She has held various positions at international non-profit organisations, including Director of Fundraising at the WHEAT Women’s Fund in South Africa, where she oversaw a diverse funding portfolio and was responsible for the organisation’s marketing. She is the Coordinator of Grant.net, a network of Corporate Social Investment Managers in Cape Town, South Africa. Ms. Thiart holds a Bachelor’s degree from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa, and she has completed a higher diploma in computer studies. In addition, she has certifications in fundraising, marketing and project management. As WINGS Secretary, Ms. Thiart supervises the retention of a full and complete record of the proceedings of the WINGS Board of Directors and its committees, the distribution of official corporate notices, and the creation and retention of the organisation’s minutes.
Mr. John Ulanga (Treasurer)
The Foundation for Civil Society
John Ulanga is executive director of the Foundation for Civil Society since late 2005. Prior to joining the Foundation for Civil Society, he worked with the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), a leading policy research think tank in Tanzania, as its first Coordinator of Commissioned Studies. He formed the consultancy department and coordinated consultancy assignments undertaken by ESRF. Ulanga is former Chairman of the East African Association of Grantmakers (EAAG) and continues to serve on its board. He is also a board member of HakiElimu, a Tanzanian education and democracy organisation that works to realise equity, quality, human rights and democracy in education in Tanzania; board member of Tanzania Financial Services for the Underserved Settlements (TAFSUS), a UN-Habitat-supported initiative to upgrade slums and underserved settlements in Tanzania; member of the Steering Committee of African Grantmakers Network (AGN); member of an Independent Advisory Panel of eminent persons in Tanzania advising the World Bank Country Office on their programmes; and fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, East Africa and the Aspen Global Leadership Network Member of the Africa Policy Advisory Board of ONE (www.one.org), established to enable more aid to come to Africa. Ulanga had an intensive involvement in the Public Service Reform Programme in Tanzania, and was selected to be a Senior Fellow for March 2012 intake of the Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society Studies at the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York.
Mr. Barry Gaberman (Chair Emeritus)
Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS)
Barry Gaberman has served on the boards of the Council on Foundations, the Independent Sector, the European Foundation Centre, the International Fellowships Fund, Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Center for Global Partnership of the Japan Foundation. He is also the past chair of the Foundation Center and the chair emeritus of the WINGS Coordinating Committee. Since retiring from the Ford Foundation in 2006 (where he had been Senior Vice-President since 1996), Mr. Gaberman has been a part-time senior advisor to the Foundation Center. He spent a semester as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Gerhart Center on Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at American University in Cairo, teaching a course he helped design on the role of philanthropy in society. He was also the co-chair of the Council on Foundations Annual Conference in May 2008 in the Greater Washington, DC area. He continues to serve on the boards of the Independent Sector, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, the Scholar Rescue Fund of the Institute of International Education, Oxfam USA, and the Cooperative Assistance Fund. He is the chair of BoardSource and the chair of the Global Fund for Community Foundations.
Mr. Aron Belinky
Fundação Getulio Vargas
Aron Belinky is currently a Coordinator of the Sustainability Study Center (GVces) from Fundação Getulio Vargas, responsible for its Articulation and Partnership area, and for its Local Development Program. Previously, he worked as International Processes Coordinator of Vitae Civilis Institute since June 2009, initially working with a broad Brazilian and international NGOs alliance as national coordinator of the Global Campaign for Climate Action in Brazil (TckTckTck campaign), focusing on UNFCCC COP15. Subsequently ,Belinky coordinated the Institute’s activities related to international processes, such as its partnership with the Green Economy Coalition and the Brazilian civil society articulation towards UNCSD 2012, the Rio+20 Conference.
Ms. Leticia Ruiz-Capillas
European Foundation Centre (EFC)
Leticia Ruiz-Capillas is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the European Foundation Centre (EFC). She is responsible for managing and overseeing the day-to-day activities of the EFC and ensuring smooth operation of the organisation. Prior to becoming COO, Ms. Ruiz-Capillas was EFC’s Head of Development , overlooking the Membership Department, Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Conference Department and Capacity Building -Philanthropy Institute Programme. Ms. Ruiz-Capillas graduated from the International Business School, ESSAM, Zaragoza, Spain and took courses in International Marketing and Marketing Services at the Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
Ms. Maria Chertok
Charities Aid Foundation Russia
Maria Chertok is the director of Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Russia since May 2005, and has been working with CAF Russia since 1997. She has been involved in innovations in the Russian philanthropic sector, including the development of community foundation model, corporate giving and private foundations. Maria Chertok is a board member of the Russian Donors Forum, advisory board member of the Community Foundations Partnership, trustee of the Philanthropy Bridge Foundation (UK), and was a member of the Steering and the Communication and Research Committees of the Grantmakers East Forum of EFC. She authored a number of articles and research materials on philanthropy and civil society development in Russia and globally, and worked as a consultant in the areas of human rights, legal reform and community development at the Ford Foundation in Moscow. In 2009 Ms. Chertok was named one of ten most influential philanthropy professionals in Russia by Russian Reporter magazine. In 2010 her contribution to the development of civil society and participation in the work of the Public Chamber’s Commission of Philanthropy was recognized in a Decree of the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.
Andre Degenszajn is GIFE’s Under-Secretary-General. For the past years Andre has been responsible for the Censo GIFE, a quantitative research carried out every 2 years to collect data on GIFE´s members. André has been working with civil society organizations since 2001. He founded the non-profit Conectas Direitos Humanos, where he is a board member, and is a researcher at Nu-Sol/PUC-SP.
Ms. Jenny Hodgson
Global Fund for Community Foundations
Jenny Hodgson joined the Global Fund for Community Foundations in January 2007. She has worked in the field of local philanthropy development in the former Soviet Union, sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia for the last ten years. From 1998 to 2000 she was Co-Director of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) representative office in Moscow. While based in Nairobi, Kenya, she worked as a consultant to CAF, the Ford Foundation office for Eastern Africa and Allavida. From 2004 to 2006, she worked as a consultant to the Ford Foundation’s International Initiative to Strengthen Philanthropy (IISP), the European Foundation Centre, the Singapore National Centre for Volunteering and Philanthropy, the Barrow Cadbury Trust and WINGS.
Ms. Jane Humphries
Community Foundations of Canada
Jane Humphries is the Vice President of Organization and Professional Development for Community Foundations of Canada ("CFC”), where she oversees the creation and implementation of skills-training workshops, on-site consultations, and mentoring and coaching programs; develops the organization’s resource materials; and leads strategic planning and board leadership development programs. Ms. Humphries is also the director of CFC’s international biennial conference. Previously, Ms. Humphries served as the Executive Director of The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation in Canada. She has worked extensively with community foundations across Canada. Ms. Humphries has a Master’s degree in Management from McGill University in Montreal.
Dr. Barbara Ibrahim
John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, American University in Cairo
Barbara Lethem Ibrahim is founding director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement. In 2011 she convened Takaful. Prior to that she served as regional director for West Asia and North Africa of the Population Council for 14 years. In the 1980s she served as a program officer at the Ford Foundation regional office in Cairo. Currently she serves on the board of a number of organizations, including Virtual Activism and the Ibn Khaldun Center for Democracy Studies, Cairo. She was appointed to the Trustees task force on international community outreach at AUC in 2009 and to a working group on regional outreach in 2011. Her recent publications include articles on the role of universities in the Egyptian uprising (International Talloires Network) and a chapter on global citizenship for a forthcoming volume on service learning from Indiana University Press. Her book "From Charity to Social Change: Trends in Arab Philanthropy" was published by American University in Cairo Press in 2008 and translated into Arabic. Other publications are in the areas of gender, youth-led public participation, faith and philanthropy, and civic engagement in the Arab region. She is a contributor to Alliance Magazine and an aspiring blogger.In 1980 she received a PhD in Sociology from Indiana University following an MA from the American University in Cairo in 1975. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies in 2003.
Ms. Ruth Jones
Social Venture Partners International (SVPI)
Ruth Jones is the Executive Director of Social Venture Partners International (SVPI), the network of social venture partners across North America. Before joining SVPI, Ms. Jones served as Manager of Operations at Community Foundations of Canada and General Manager of Philanthropy Australia, the membership association for Australia’s private, family, corporate, and community foundations. Initially trained as a journalist, Ms. Jones has extensive experience in the public and private sector in media and communications and was Chief Executive of the Australian Film Institute for five years, before she began to focus on working within the philanthropic sector. Ms. Jones has a Post-graduate Diploma of Business (Marketing) from the David Syme Faculty of Business, Monash University, Melbourne Australia.
Ms. Shannon L. Lawder
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Shannon Lawder is program director of the Civil Society program at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. In this capacity, she oversees Mott’s Civil Society program with an annual budget of more than $18 million and offices in London and Johannesburg and staff in the U.S. The Civil Society program’s grantmaking is aimed at strengthening the nonprofit sector and philanthropy and promoting citizen engagement in Central/Eastern Europe (CEE) and Russia, South Africa, and the United States. Since joining the Mott Foundation in 1995, Ms. Lawder has served as a program officer focusing on Russia and Ukraine and as the Regional Director for the Foundation’s work in CEE/Russia. Prior to joining the Mott Foundation, Ms. Lawder was International Program Director at the Olga Havel Foundation in Prague, Czech Republic, where she coordinated international assistance programs to help people with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. She has served on committees at the European level, including the European Foundation Centre’s steering committees for the Grantmakers East Group, the Community Philanthropy Initiative, and Network Building. She is currently a board member of the Alliance Publishing Trust and of WINGS.
Dr. Michael Liffman
Asia-Pacific Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment, Swinburne
Michael Liffman is a founding director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. Mr. Liffman’s professional background is in social policy and research, community work, and philanthropy; he has served as the chief executive officer of The Myer Foundation, one of Australia’s leading private foundations, and as the president of the Australian Association of Philanthropy. He has also served on the boards of the SouthPort Community Residential Home, the Alpine School, the Australian Council of Social Services, the Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs, the Department of Human Services Ethics Committee, the Community Advisory Committee of the Special Broadcasting Service, and the Immigration Review Tribunal. His publications include A Tradition of Giving: Seventy-five Years of Myer Family Philanthropy (Melbourne University, 2004). Mr. Liffman holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master’s degree in Science, and a Ph.D. from Melbourne University in Australia for his research into the history of the philanthropic activities of the Myer family.
Council on Foundations
Vikki Spruill is the President and CEO of the Council on Foundations. Spruill brings a deep background in nonprofit management, communications, and advocacy to the Council. She is also an eminent thought leader and policy advocate and is well-known for her work in building effective teams and coalitions. She most recently served as President and CEO of the Ocean Conservancy, where she modernized its public engagement strategies while maintaining a science-based rigor in guiding its advocacy efforts.
Entrepreneurship is a hallmark of Spruill’s career. In 2003, she helped create FoundationWorks, an independent organization devoted to helping foundations and others in the philanthropic sector use strategic communications to enhance their philanthropic effectiveness. As the first director of the Philanthropic Awareness Initiative, she coauthored publications including Philanthropy in the News and Making American Foundations Relevant. Earlier in her career, Spruill founded and led SeaWeb, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing ocean issues through strategic communications and social marketing. Her work at SeaWeb was built on a 15-year career in public relations, including five years as a senior vice president of Ruder Finn, one of the largest independent public relations firms in the world.
Ms. Maria Carolina Suarez
Asociación de Fundaciones Empresariales
Maria Suarez is the Executive Director of the Association of Corporate Foundations in Colombia (AFE Colombia) where she has been serving in this role since it was established in March 2008. Ms. Suarez is also a lawyer with an LLM in International Trade Law and she has been working with the social sector since 2007. At AFE Colombia, Ms. Suarez works with 54 corporate, family and independent foundations located around the country, the Colombian government and the international corporation entities to influence public policy in order to facilitate the operations of the corporate foundations in the country.
China Foundation Center
TAO Ze is Vice President of the China Foundation Center. He takes charge of the operation of organization and relationship management of over 2,800 foundations. Before joining CFC, Tao was the vice president of NPP, China's first venture philanthropy fund initiated by McKinsey, Ogilvy and Deloitte. Tao holds the certificate of Global Entrepreneurial Leadership from Stanford University, the certificate of Philanthropic Leadership from Harvard University, and a Master's degree from Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden.