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Board of Directors

Maria Chertok
Charities Aid Foundation Russia

Maria Chertok is the Chair of the WINGS Board. She has been working with CAF Russia since 1997, and since May 2005 as a director. She has been involved in a number of exciting innovations in the Russian philanthropic sector, including development of community foundations model, corporate giving and private foundations. In 2009 she was named one of ten most influential philanthropy professionals in Russia by Russian Reporter magazine.

Ms. Chertok is a Board member of WINGS, member of the Advisory Board of the Community Foundations Partnership, member of the Editorial Board of Alliance magazine and a co-organiser of the Olga Alexeeva Memorial Prize. She authored a number of articles and research materials on various aspects of philanthropy and civil society development in Russia and globally. In the past Ms. Chertok served as a council member of the Russian Donors Forum, a steering committee member of Grantmakers East Group of the European Foundation Centre, and a trustee of Philanthropy Bridge Foundation (UK).

Before working with CAF, Ms. Chertok was a researcher at the Moscow office of the Ford Foundation. She graduated cum laude in sociology from Moscow State University.

Andre Degenszajn
former Secretary at

 Andre Degenszajn is the Executive Director of Instituto Ibirapitanga, a foundation created in 2017 by Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles. He was Secretary-General of GIFE, the Brazilian association of foundations, from 2013 to 2017. He has a Masters degree in International Relations from the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP) and was a professor of International Relations from 2007 to 2011. He was a founder and is currently a Board member of Conectas Human Rights. He also serves on the boards of WINGS - Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support and Oxfam Brasil.

Barry Gaberman
(Chair Emeritus)

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.

Mr. Gaberman 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.

Dr. Atallah Kuttab

SAANED for Philanthropy Advisory

Dr. Atallah Kuttab is the Director and Founder 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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Kuttab 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.

T.Basak Ersen
Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV)

After earning his Bachelor degree on Political Science from Istanbul University, T.Basak Ersen has completed his Master’s degree on the same subject from Long Island University. After working in a variety of different consulting firms, Ersen has joined Third Sector Foundation of Turkey (TUSEV) in 2004 and is currently serving as the Secretary General of the organization.

Ersen is also an elected member of the Council of Foundations, the highest decision-making body within the General Directorate of Foundations in Turkey. Aside from providing his expertise on association and foundation legislation to different entities, Ersen has written a significant number of articles and reports on subjects such as; capacity building in the non-profit sector, public sector-civil society partnership, legal reform and lobbying for NGOs, tax legislation improvement, and social entrepreneurship development.

Rosa Gallego
Spanish Association of Foundations/DAFNE

Rosa Gallego studied Business Administration at Universidad Complutense in Madrid, with a semester of International Business Studies at the Hanzehogeschool in Groningen, The Netherlands. Her professional experience started at AFS (American Field Service) an international association in the field of education, leading a project to promote intercultural education in the Spanish educational system. Between 1999 and 2001 Ms. Gallego held the position of Secretary General of the International Young Naturefriends in Brussels, an international non profit youth organization with members in more than 19 European countries.

The IYNF mission is to connect and inspire Young Naturefriends for living values of respect, solidarity, equality, sustainability, and love and care for nature. Ms. Gallego is director of the Spanish Association of Foundations since 2001, a membership association with 1,000 members that represents and advocates for foundations in Spain. She is responsible for the international activities of the Association, as well as for the regional groups. From June 2009 she has served as Chairperson of DAFNE (Donors and Foundations Networks in Europe) which gathers 24 associations of foundations and funders from across Europe, representing more than 6,000 foundations.

Ms. Gallego is involved in various initiatives regarding data gathering of the foundation sector, in Spain (where the Spanish Association of Foundations is the leading organisation in the field), in DAFNE and has also participated in the process of the creation of the Global Philanthropy Data Charter launched by WINGS. She is an expert of foundation accounting standards and participates in groups related to this..

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, Ms. Hodgson 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.

Dr. Barbara Ibrahim
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.

Dr. Ibrahim's 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.

Dr. Ibrahim is a contributor to Alliance magazine and an aspiring blogger. In 1980 she received a Ph.D. 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.

David R. Lindberg
Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF)

David R. Lindberg is the Chief Financial Officer of the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF). In addition to financial, investment and administrative responsibilities, Dave provides direct assistance to CMF members on investments, accounting and other regulatory rules affecting foundation operations & reporting.

Dave joined CMF in 1995 after working in the public and corporate accounting fields, earning his CPA license from the State of Michigan. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers located in Washington D.C. and is a member of the COF Community Foundation Fiscal & Administrative Officer’s Group (FAOG) and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA).

Maurice Odhiambo Makoloo
Ford Foundation

Maurice joined the Ford Foundation on January 16, 2012. Previously, Maurice was the Director of the Institute for Law and Environmental Governance (ILEG), a leading environmental research and advocacy institution based in Nairobi that has been a longstanding grantee of the Ford Foundation. At ILEG, Maurice initiated and led a range of research and advocacy campaigns to advance sustainable development and effective governance over natural resources. As a legal practitioner, he also prosecuted many public interest cases on behalf of local communities and other vulnerable groups. Maurice also served a six-year term (2004-2010) as the secretary to Kenya's Public Complaints Committee on the Environment, a position to which he was appointed by the Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources. In addition, he also served as the pioneer convener of the Environmental Law Committee of the Law Society of Kenya, as an appointee of the Council of the Society.

Vikki Spruill
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.

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.

Ana Toni
Public Interest Management, Research and Consultancy

  Ana Toni is the Executive Director of Instituto Clima eSociedade (iCS) and Co-Founder of GIP (Public Interest Management). From 2003 until May 2011, Ana Toni was the Representative for the Ford Foundation in Brazil, during which time she oversaw the Foundation’s work in the areas of human rights, sustainable development, racial and ethical discrimination, sexuality and reproductive health, media democratization and land rights. She was also responsible for coordinating the regional Latin America funding on Economics and Globalization, the IBSA initiative (joint work between Brazil, South Africa and India) and the International Initiative on Intellectual Property Rights.
   From 1998 to 2002, Ana was the Executive Director of ActionAid Brazil, working for the eradication of poverty and inequality through community development projects, as well as public policy advocacy and campaigning at national and international levels. Ana also worked for ActionAid UK as Policy Advisor (1990 – 1993), representing the organization at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.
   She worked for Greenpeace from 1993 to 1997; first, as the International Head of the Political Unit based at Greenpeace International in Amsterdam, and subsequently as Senior Advisor for Greenpeace Germany. Ana was Board Chair of Greenpeace Brazil from 2000 to 2003 and nowadays she is the Board Chair of Greenpeace International.
   Ana was Board member of GIFE (the Brazilian Private Social Investment Association) and Wikimedia Foundation. Currently, she is Board member of WINGS and of the Baoba Fund for Racial Equity, and still integrates the Brazilian Forum of Women’s Leaders on Sustainability. Ana is graduated in Economic and Social Studies at Swansea University, has a master degree in Politics of the World Economy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD in Political Science at the Rio de Janeiro State University.


Tao Ze
China Foundation Center

As the one of the Co-founders and president of the China Foundation Center (CFC), Mr. Tao Ze is in charge of organizational operations and public relations, which involves coordinating the information of over 5000 Chinese foundations and 100 overseas leading partners from over 20 countries. Mr. Tao also manages the CFC’s influential China Foundation Transparency Index, which rates all domestic foundations based on information disclosure.

Before joining CFC, Tao Ze was the Vice President of NPP, China’s first venture philanthropy fund initiated by McKinsey, Ogilvy, and Deloitte. He helped the organization to build an informational network of over 500 active Chinese nonprofits, and assisted 300 executives to provide pro-bono services to grassroots organizations.

Before joining NPP, Mr. Tao worked in Brazil with the Ashoka Foundation. Tao Ze has a certificate in Global Entrepreneurial Leadership from Stanford University, and a certificate in Philanthropic Leadership from Harvard University. He completed his graduate work at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, and graduated from Zhejiang University with a Bachelor’s in Electronics and Business Administration. Mr.

Tao currently sits on the board of the Laoniu Brother&Sister Foundation, the Soong Ching Ling Education Center on Philanthropy and Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS). Mr. Tao is also the Senior Fellow of Synergos Institute of Rockefeller family.

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