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Helena Monteiro, Executive Director


With more than 20 years of experience in international development and the nonprofit sector, Helena Monteiro has worked for the Canadian Public Health Association, the Pan American Health Organization, and the Organization of American States. In Brazil she worked as Program Director at IDIS, a support organization serving corporate and family philanthropy. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Toronto and is Senior Fellow of the CUNY Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Helena joined WINGS in January 2011.

Ana Borges Pinho, Knowledge Management Coordinator


Ana Pinho holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and an MSc in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has worked for grassroots and international non-governmental organisations in Brazil, doing research, administration, and coordination of projects on gender, adult education, and fair trade. Ana's last position was at Amnesty International in London, where she worked on human rights issues in Brazil.

Christopher de la Torre, Managing Editor


Chris de la Torre is a STEM and sustainability advocate—a writer and editor whose credits include The Huffington Post, Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies (IEET) and Vogue. He earned dual bachelors degrees in biology and English, and has completed 33 credit hours in the George Mason University graduate writing program. His multimedia resource, COMPASS, was named 'model program' by the US Department of Education in 2006.

Jane Mayer, Programme Coordinator

Jane Mayer brings more than five years of event planning, media, and communications experience to her position as a Programme Coordinator at WINGS. Originally from Chicago, Jane has previously worked for the Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA USA) as well as for Starcom MediaVest Groupe on the Procter & Gamble team. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Rebecca Soragni, Administrative Assistant


Rebecca has many years of nonprofit experience in administration and with nonprofits, including in London where she worked for The National Benevolent Fund for the Aged. Previous to WINGS, she worked in São Paulo as a workshop coordinator for a charity developing educommunication projects in public schools. Rebecca has an accounting diploma from Italy.

Patrick Johnston, Research Consultant


Former President and CEO of the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy, Patrick is currently the Principal of BOREALIS Advisors, a Toronto based consultancy supporting philanthropists, foundations and charities. Patrick is a past Board Director of both Philanthropic Foundations Canada (PFC) and the Council on Foundations (COF). He was also on the Board of Johannesburg based CIVICUS, serving for three years as Board Chair. Patrick also served for 7 years as President and CEO of the Walter and Duncan Gordon foundation, a Canadian private foundation, and is author of Good Grant Making: A Guide for Canadian Foundations to be published by PFC in late 2012.

Oranutt Narapruet, Research Consultant


Oranutt Narapruet currently works as Senior Project Officer at the International Rescue Committee in Thailand, where she oversees the progress and development of multi-million dollar refugee-focused programmes. Previously, she worked as Programme Officer on social democracy and economic reform for the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Bangkok. Prior to moving to Bangkok, she held the positions of Development Director at the Philanthropy Bridge Foundation and Development Officer at the Charities Aid Foundation in the UK, where she mainly focused on expanding and cultivating activities and partnerships across Asia. In 2011, Singapore’s Social Space magazine published Oranutt’s article on the role and potentials of Celebrity Philanthropy. Oranutt is a Master’s graduate from the London School of Economics and is currently working on her PhD in Sustainable Development and Diplomacy.
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