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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
Executive Director at
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 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.

Naila Farouky
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.

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.


Amy Taylor

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.  

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).

Ingrid Sirinath
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.

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.

Maria Carolina Suarez
International Venture Philanthropy Center

Mrs Suarez has been working with the social sector since 2006. Currently, she is a senior consultant of the International Venture Philanthropy Center -IVPC-, with the purpose of promoting the potential establishment of a Latin American Venture Philanthropy / Social Investment network. She was the CEO of the Association of Family and Corporate Foundations - AFE Colombia- since its creation in March 2008 until June 2018; an entity that started with nine entities and as for June 30, 2018, gathered 75  foundations.
In addition, Mrs Suarez is a member of the board of WINGS –Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support-; as well as a member of the Council of Iberoamerican Meetings of the Civil Society -Encuentros Iberoamericanos de la Sociedad Civil-; member of the Editorial Committee of the Alliance Magazine, and one of the heads of the Editorial Committee of the Research “Private resources for social transformation: Philanthropy and Private Social Investment in the Latin America Region”. Mrs Suarez is recognized for her leadership in Colombia and in the Region to boost the articulation of philanthropic actors. Mrs Suarez is a lawyer with an LLM in International Trade Law. 


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.


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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