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Naila Farouky
(Chair)
Arab Foundations Forum

With over 20 years of experience in project management, media production, and strategic communication, Naila Farouky is a Peabody Award-winning executive who has built a career across several continents.

With 13 years of experience at the iconic Sesame Workshop (the organization that produces Sesame Street) in New York, Naila was responsible for managing the project, content production, and creative aspects of Sesame Workshop’s multi-media coproductions in 17 countries over the course of her career. One of the highlights of Naila’s
career at Sesame Workshop included a multi-media project on HIV and AIDS education for pre-school children in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as several malaria prevention outreach programs in Tanzania.

In 2014, Naila assumed the role of CEO for the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) – a regional, membership-based association of foundations and philanthropic entities working across the Arab Region. Headquartered in Brussels, and with a registered administrative branch in Amman, Jordan, AFF is a network with team members based across the region in Cairo, Amman, and Tunis.




Magdalena Aninat
Center for Philanthropy and Social Investments 

Magdalena Aninat is founding director of the Center for Philanthropy and Social Investments at Adolfo Ibáñez University’s School of Government in Chile, the first academic center devoted to the research and promotion of a culture of private contribution to public goods in the country.

 

She is the author of diverse applied and academic studies about philanthropy and social investments, including the Chilean research for the Global Philanthropy Report from the Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University and the 2018 Global Philanthropy Environment Index of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Magdalena has also led work tables to propose public policy changes to strengthen the Chilean donation system, while also teaching and writing for the media about philanthropy and social development. She has being honored as one of the 100 Female Leaders in 2016 (El Mercurio and Mujeres Empresarias).

Journalist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Master (c) in Project Evaluation and Administration from the Faculty of Engineering at Adolfo Ibáñez University, she also holds a Diploma in Administration specializing in Culture from Universidad de Chile and a Diploma in Impact Evaluation in Social Programs, Harvard Kennedy School. Her background includes working in public policy as senior advisor in the National Council of the Arts and Culture and in the private sector as an advisor for social investments.


Andrew Chunilall
Community Foundations Canada

Andrew joined Community Foundations Canada in 2013 and became CEO in 2017, following a six-year tenure as Vice-President of Finance for the London Community Foundation and his long-standing service as a finance and regulatory expert for Canada’s philanthropic milieu. Now at the head of the community foundation movement, Andrew is working closely with the Community Foundations of Canada Leadership team, Board and foundations in Canada and abroad to help the philanthropic sector transform, innovate and meet the new challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. An increasingly active public speaker, Andrew is helping raise awareness for how the philanthropic sector’s convening power, leadership and action around targets such as the Sustainable Development Goals can help Canadian communities reach their full potential.

 

Outside of Community Foundations of Canada, Andrew has been highly active in the nonprofit community for 15 years, serving on numerous boards including Community Living London and Art for AIDS International. In 2014, he was appointed to the Board of the Southwest Local Health Integration Network by former Minister of Health, Deb Matthews. In 2015, he was among 250 selected emerging leaders to participate in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. He recently joined the Board of WINGS, the global network of grantmaker associations and philanthropic support organisations.

With a background in education in economics and commerce, Andrew obtained his chartered accountant designation in 2002 and began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a manager in the Assurance and Advisory Group.


Andre Degenszajn
Instituto Ibirapitanga 

 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 Oxfam Brasil.

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.


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.


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.

 


Francis Kiwanga
Foundation for Civil Society

Mr. Francis Kiwanga is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS) the largest grants making and capacity development organization to civil society in Tanzania. He joined the Foundation in March 2015. Privioul, he worked as an independent consultant and governance expert at Matrix Consulting in Arusha- Tanzania. Mr. Kiwanga has also worked as Executive Director of the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC), the leading human rights organization in Tanzania between 2008 -2011. He has served on various Boards including the University of Bagamoyo, Evirocare and Caucus for Children Rights. He currently seats as a Board Member for Africa Philantropy Network
(APN) and the chair of East Africa Grantmakers Forum (EAAG).

He is an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and serves as active member in two professional bodies, the East Africa Law Society and Tanganyika Law Society.

 




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.


David R. Lindberg
(Treasurer)
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.



Jaff Shen
Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation

Jaff Shen sees himself as a social entrepreneur, social innovation catalyst and market maker. After selling his company in 2002, he co-founded, grew and led Leping Social Entrepreneur Foundation to catalyze social innovation and build the market for positive changes in China. Jaff has in ten years grew five social enterprises in a series. In 2013, he introduced SVP, a venture philanthropy model, to China. It opens up innovative ways to strengthen the financial market, energize the talent market, and enhance thought leadership in the field of social innovation.

 

Jaff brings robust strategic planning, vigorous board governance, and increasing social impact to Leping. It has become the umbrella organization for many social innovation ventures and initiatives, managing the largest investment portfolio of social enterprise in China. SVP model has so far drawn talents and resources in several cities across China to support the growth of high potential social purpose organizations in the local area. Recent initiatives including social innovation book series publication and social innovation curriculum development are also in good shape, as an effort to build thought leadership. Most recently, Jaff led the team to become the Chinese publisher of Stanford Social Innovation Review(SSIR). These accomplishments set precedents for the upcoming endeavors in China's emerging field of social innovation.

In 2014, Jaff was honored Youth Leader of the Year by Southern People Weekly Magazine. He holds a B.A. in Oriental Studies and a law degree from Peking University.


Ingrid Srinath
Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Ashoka University

Ingrid joined the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Ashoka University as its Founder Director in 2016. The Centre, the first of its kind in India, aims to strengthen the ecosystem for philanthropy and social impact in India through cutting edge research, high level capacity building and convening, and engagement with students at Ashoka and beyond.

Ingrid is a Senior Synergos Fellow, has served on the advisory boards of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Development Co-operation Forum (UN DCF), World Economic Forum (WEF), Streetfootballworld, Magic Bus, Hasirudala, Prajnya Trust and Danamojo, Hivos India Advisory Services, the INGO Accountability Charter, Public Interest Registry, Majlis Law and The Rules.



Amy Taylor
CIVICUS 

Amy is the Chief Networks Officer at CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists in 175 countries working to strengthen civil society and citizen participation. In her role as Chief Networks Officer she provides strategic leadership on network development, membership engagement, civil society resourcing and resource mobilisation. Her passion is promoting opportunities for people to organise, mobilise and take action for a more just and sustainable world.

Prior to joining CIVICUS in 2010, Amy's dedication to social change led her to conduct independent research on social justice policy in Scotland, work with local communities on education projects with Peace Corps Namibia, support community radio managers to promote democratic governance and accountability in Liberia, and produce albums with popular musicians to increase HIV/AIDS awareness in Southern and West Africa.

   
Tao Ze
Yishan Credit

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

Previously 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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