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Heather Shapter

Heather Shapter is the Executive Director of Crossroads International and has more than 25 years of non-profit leadership experience. Heather started her first NGO when she was 17 years old which was founded on volunteerism and celebrating the diverse gifts of the young and the aged.

Since then, she has held leadership roles in some of the world’s most respected International non-governmental organizations and Foundations, in such diverse environments as the Caribbean, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. In the private sector, she also spearheaded the role technology can play in scaling development initiatives to have them meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband, Gerry and her two sons.

Heather Shapter is the Executive Director of Crossroads International and has more than 25 years of non-profit leadership experience. Heather started her first NGO when she was 17 years old which was founded on volunteerism and celebrating the diverse gifts of the young and the aged.

Since then, she has held leadership roles in some of the world’s most respected International non-governmental organizations and Foundations, in such diverse environments as the Caribbean, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. In the private sector, she also spearheaded the role technology can play in scaling development initiatives to have them meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband, Gerry and her two sons.

Heather Shapter es directora ejecutiva de Crossroads International y cuenta con más de 25 años de experiencia directiva en el sector no lucrativo. Fundó su primera ONG cuando tenía 17 años bajo los fundamentos del voluntariado y la celebración de los diversos talentos de los jóvenes y las personas de la tercera edad.

Desde entonces, ha desempeñado funciones directivas en algunas de las fundaciones y organizaciones no gubernamentales  internacionales más respetadas del mundo en contextos tan diversos como el Caribe, África, Rusia, Oriente Medio y Asia sudoriental. En el sector privado, también ha impulsado la función que puede desempeñar la tecnología en la ampliación de iniciativas de desarrollo para que cubran las necesidades de los más vulnerables.

Vive en Toronto (Canadá) con su marido, Gerry, y sus dos hijos.

Erin Bateman

Erin Bateman is the Director of Volunteer Cooperation for WUSC (World University Service of Canada). She has held leadership positions in a number of volunteering for development organisations over the past 20 years, including VSO (UK) and Cuso International (Canada and Ethiopia). Erin started out as a volunteer in Kenya with Crossroads International, and went on to get an MSc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

Throughout her career, Erin has contributed to volunteering for development programme design and management, particularly focused on youth and women’s economic empowerment, and she has been a strong champion of the unique contribution volunteers make to development.

Erin is committed to building effective partnerships and has been recognised for her ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders in Canada and across the globe. She is an active member of Canada’s Volunteer Cooperation Program coordination group, which facilitates collaboration, policy engagement and mutual learning across the volunteering for development sector in Canada. Erin has served on a number of not-for-profit Boards.

Erin Bateman is the Director of Volunteer Cooperation for WUSC (World University Service of Canada). She has held leadership positions in a number of volunteering for development organisations over the past 20 years, including VSO (UK) and Cuso International (Canada and Ethiopia). Erin started out as a volunteer in Kenya with Crossroads International, and went on to get an MSc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

Throughout her career, Erin has contributed to volunteering for development programme design and management, particularly focused on youth and women’s economic empowerment, and she has been a strong champion of the unique contribution volunteers make to development.

Erin is committed to building effective partnerships and has been recognised for her ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders in Canada and across the globe. She is an active member of Canada’s Volunteer Cooperation Program coordination group, which facilitates collaboration, policy engagement and mutual learning across the volunteering for development sector in Canada. Erin has served on a number of not-for-profit Boards.

Erin Bateman es la directora de Cooperación Voluntaria de WUSC (World University Service of Canada). En los últimos 20 años, ha desempeñado puestos de dirección en varias organizaciones de voluntariado para el desarrollo, entre ellas, VSO (Reino Unido) y Cuso International (Canadá y Etiopía). Erin empezó como voluntaria en Kenia en Crossroads International y posteriormente obtuvo un Máster en Estudios sobre Desarrollo en la London School of Economics.

Durante su carrera profesional, Erin ha contribuido a la elaboración y gestión de programas de voluntariado para el desarrollo, en particular, aquellos centrados en el empoderamiento económico de los jóvenes y las mujeres. Además ha sido una enérgica defensora de la contribución excepcional que aportan los voluntarios al desarrollo.

Erin está comprometida con la creación de alianzas eficaces y se la valora por su capacidad de colaborar con eficiencia con diversos interlocutores en Canadá y en el resto del mundo. Es miembro activo del grupo de coordinación del Programa de Cooperación Voluntaria de Canadá, que facilita la colaboración, la participación en la formulación de políticas y el aprendizaje mutuo en el sector del voluntariado para el desarrollo en Canadá. Ha sido miembro de varias juntas de organizaciones no lucrativas.

Mark Cumming

Mark Cumming brings together his life-long interest in community service, volunteering and international development in his role as Head of Comhlámh. As the Irish association of returned development workers and volunteers, Comhlámh supports people in their journey of working for social justice locally and globally.

His early formative career was in Human Resources with International and Irish owned industry. He worked as a volunteer youth and community worker in Kenya and later worked for several years in recruitment and selection for the Agency for Personal Service Overseas, an agency of Irish Aid. He spent 13 years with Trócaire (Caritas Ireland), across a range of governance and human rights programming, evaluation and policy/advocacy functions in Ireland and the Global South. He is passionate about the place of Development Education in international volunteering. He has served two terms of two years each as a board member of Forum, he also is a director of the Irish Fairtrade Network. He has a Masters in Development Studies.

Marc Cumming réunit son intérêt de longue date pour le service à la communauté, le volontariat et le développement international dans le cadre de ses fonctions de directeur de Comhlámh. Comhlámh est l'association irlandaise de volontariat pour le développement. Le soutien qu'elle apporte à ses volontaires commence au moment même où ces derniers souhaitent s'engager dans la coopération jusqu'à leur retour en Irlande. Elle offre à ses membres la possibilité de tirer profit de leur apprentissage à l'étranger et de continuer à travailler pour la justice mondiale en Irlande.

Marc a débuté sa carrière professionnelle dans les Ressources Humaines pour des groupes internationaux et irlandais. Il a été jeune volontaire et travailleur communautaire au Kenya avant d'être en charge pendant plusieurs années du recrutement et de la sélection du personnel pour l'Agency for Personal Service Overseas, une agence de l'Irish Aid (organisation irlandaise pour la coopération internationale). Par la suite, il a exercé pendant 13 années chez Trócaire des fonctions relatives à des programmes de gouvernance et de droits humains, d'évaluation, de mobilisation politique et de plaidoyer en Irlande et à l'étranger. Il est membre du conseil d'administration de la Irish Fair Trade Network et de Shamrock Appeal.

Mark Cumming aúna su incesante interés en el servicio comunitario, el voluntariado y el desarrollo internacional en su puesto de director de Comhlámh. Comhlámh es la asociación irlandesa de voluntarios y trabajadores para el desarrollo. Ayuda a las personas desde el momento en que quieren participar en el voluntariado para el trabajo de desarrollo hasta que vuelven a Irlanda. Ofrece un espacio para que los miembros apliquen el aprendizaje adquirido en otros países y sigan trabajando por la justicia global a su regreso a Irlanda.

Mark se formó inicialmente en Recursos Humanos en empresas irlandesas e internacionales. Colaboró como joven voluntario y trabajador comunitario en Kenia y, posteriormente, se dedicó durante varios años a la selección y contratación de personal en la Agencia para el Servicio Personal en el Extranjero, una agencia de Irish Aid. Más tarde, pasó 13 años con Trócaire, en diversas funciones de programación en materia de gobernanza y derechos humanos, de evaluación y relacionadas con las políticas y la promoción tanto en Irlanda como en otros países. Es miembro de la Junta Directiva de Irish Fair Trade Network y Shamrock Appeal.

Stephen Goodman

Stephen Goodman joined Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) in September 2017 as CEO following 33 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Initially trained and employed as a specialist Logistics Officer, including undertaking advanced logistics management training with the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom, the early part of his career saw him serve in a range of logistics leadership roles around New Zealand and in Australia. The latter part of his career saw Stephen move into a broader and more senior range of leadership roles within operations, strategic planning, policy development, business transformation and the diplomatic representation areas. Stephen deployed twice on operations, firstly to East Timor (now Timor-Leste) in 2001, where he was part of an international team assisting the development of the new nation’s security structure in the lead up to

independence, then to the Solomon Islands in 2004, where he was the Senior National Officer commanding the New Zealand Defence Force contingent to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). From 2008 until 2010, Stephen was the Defence Attaché within the New Zealand High Commission in Singapore. Stephen was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the 2005 New Year Honours for his leadership role in operations.

Stephen has a Masters in Philosophy from Massey University and a Master of Arts from Deakin University (Australia), and is a Fellow of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, Australia, where in 2013 he attended a 12-month executive strategic leadership course.

Stephen Goodman joined Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) in September 2017 as CEO following 33 years in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. Initially trained and employed as a specialist Logistics Officer, including undertaking advanced logistics management training with the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom, the early part of his career saw him serve in a range of logistics leadership roles around New Zealand and in Australia. The latter part of his career saw Stephen move into a broader and more senior range of leadership roles within operations, strategic planning, policy development, business transformation and the diplomatic representation areas. Stephen deployed twice on operations, firstly to East Timor (now Timor-Leste) in 2001, where he was part of an international team assisting the development of the new nation’s security structure in the lead up to

independence, then to the Solomon Islands in 2004, where he was the Senior National Officer commanding the New Zealand Defence Force contingent to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI). From 2008 until 2010, Stephen was the Defence Attaché within the New Zealand High Commission in Singapore. Stephen was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the 2005 New Year Honours for his leadership role in operations.

Stephen has a Masters in Philosophy from Massey University and a Master of Arts from Deakin University (Australia), and is a Fellow of the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies in Canberra, Australia, where in 2013 he attended a 12-month executive strategic leadership course.

Stephen Goodman se incorporó a Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) en septiembre de 2017 como director general tras haber pasado 33 años en la Real Fuerza Aérea de Nueva Zelanda, que forma parte de las Fuerzas Armadas neozelandesas. Inicialmente se formó y trabajó como oficial especialista en logística, participando, entre otros, en la formación avanzada en gestión logística en la Real Fuerza Aérea del Reino Unido. Durante los primeros años de su profesión, desempeñó diversas funciones directivas en logística en Nueva Zelanda y Australia. En su última etapa profesional, Stephen ocupó puestos directivos más amplios y de mayor responsabilidad en áreas de operaciones, planificación estratégica, desarrollo de políticas, transformación empresarial y representación diplomática. Estuvo desplegado en dos ocasiones: la primera, en Timor Oriental (actualmente Timor-Leste) en 2001, donde formó parte de un equipo internacional que ayudó a desarrollar la estructura de seguridad de la nueva nación en el período previo a la independencia, y la segunda, en las Islas Salomón en 2004, donde fue oficial superior de contratación nacional al mando del contingente de las Fuerzas Armadas neozelandesas en la Misión Regional de Asistencia a las Islas Salomón (RAMSI). Entre 2008 y 2010, Stephen fue agregado de defensa en el Alto Comisionado de Nueva Zelanda en Singapur. Fue nombrado miembro de la Orden del Mérito de Nueva Zelanda en las Condecoraciones de Año Nuevo de 2005 por su función directiva en las operaciones.

Stephen posee un máster en Filosofía por la Universidad de Massey y un máster en Humanidades por la Universidad de Deakin (Australia). Además es miembro del Centro para los Estudios Estratégicos y de Defensa de Camberra (Australia), donde asistió a un curso de Liderazgo Ejecutivo y Estratégico de 12 meses de duración en 2013.

Gerasimos Kouvaras

Gerasimos Kouvaras has 25 years of engagement as executive director, instructor, advisor and volunteer in and for the civil society sector at the national and international level. Since 2007, he has been Country Director of ActionAid in Greece and during his tenure, he has also served from 2014 to 2016 as elected member of the Federation Leadership Team of ActionAid International. Before joining ActionAid, among others, Gerasimos served Amnesty International as Director for Greece and the Greek Ministry of Education as Special Advisor on Volunteering and the Youth Sector. In that capacity, he led the National Office for Youth Policies and chaired the Working Group on Youth of the Council of the EU during the Greek EU Presidency in 2003.

Gerasimos is a PhD in Management candidate at Cass Business School of City University of London and his other academic background includes an MBA from Nottingham Trent University, concentrated in non-profit management (dissertation on volunteer satisfaction), and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki. As an instructor, he has given several lectures and workshops in Greece and abroad within his areas of expertise to audiences including university post-graduate students, UN staff, public officials, NGO senior staff and youth leaders, and he has published educational toolkits, including a handbook for effective volunteer management. His artistic background includes Opera Studies at the Greek State Conservatory and over 150 performances as a member of the Greek State Radio Choir, an international distinction as Artist Photographer (AFIAP) from the International Federation of Photographic Art, and the publication of a poetry collection of haiku poems in Greek. Gerasimos is a co-founding member of the fairtrade movement in Greece, and he is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the feminist organization “Women on Top”.

Gerasimos Kouvaras has 25 years of engagement as executive director, instructor, advisor and volunteer in and for the civil society sector at the national and international level. Since 2007, he has been Country Director of ActionAid in Greece and during his tenure, he has also served from 2014 to 2016 as elected member of the Federation Leadership Team of ActionAid International. Before joining ActionAid, among others, Gerasimos served Amnesty International as Director for Greece and the Greek Ministry of Education as Special Advisor on Volunteering and the Youth Sector. In that capacity, he led the National Office for Youth Policies and chaired the Working Group on Youth of the Council of the EU during the Greek EU Presidency in 2003.

Gerasimos is a PhD in Management candidate at Cass Business School of City University of London and his other academic background includes an MBA from Nottingham Trent University, concentrated in non-profit management (dissertation on volunteer satisfaction), and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Aristoteleion University of Thessaloniki. As an instructor, he has given several lectures and workshops in Greece and abroad within his areas of expertise to audiences including university post-graduate students, UN staff, public officials, NGO senior staff and youth leaders, and he has published educational toolkits, including a handbook for effective volunteer management. His artistic background includes Opera Studies at the Greek State Conservatory and over 150 performances as a member of the Greek State Radio Choir, an international distinction as Artist Photographer (AFIAP) from the International Federation of Photographic Art, and the publication of a poetry collection of haiku poems in Greek. Gerasimos is a co-founding member of the fairtrade movement in Greece, and he is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the feminist organization “Women on Top”.

Gerasimos Kouvaras lleva 25 años interviniendo en la sociedad civil, tanto a nivel nacional como internacional, en funciones de director ejecutivo, instructor, asesor y voluntario. Desde 2007, es director para el país de ActionAid en Grecia, cargo que combinó entre 2014 y 2016 con el de miembro electo del equipo directivo de la federación de ActionAid International. Antes de incorporarse a ActionAid, Gerasimos trabajó, entre otros, en Amnistía Internacional como director para Grecia y en el Ministerio de Educación griego como asesor especial sobre voluntariado y el sector juvenil. En ese puesto, dirigió la Oficina Nacional de Políticas para la Juventud y presidió el grupo de trabajo dedicado a la juventud del Consejo de la Unión Europea durante la Presidencia griega de la UE en 2003.

Gerasimos es doctorando en Dirección de Empresas en la Cass Business School de City University de Londres; además posee un MBA de la Nottingham Trent University,  centrado en la gestión no lucrativa (su tesis abordó la satisfacción de los voluntarios) y es Doctor en Medicina Veterinaria por la Universidad Aristoteleion de Tesalónica. Como instructor, ha impartido varias clases y talleres en Grecia y en otros países sobre sus áreas de conocimiento a estudiantes de postgrado, personal de las Naciones Unidas, funcionarios públicos, personal directivo de ONG y dirigentes de la juventud, etc. También ha publicado herramientas educativas, entre ellas, un manual para la gestión eficaz del voluntariado. Su formación artística incluye Estudios en Ópera en el Conservatorio Estatal de Grecia y unas 150 interpretaciones como miembro del Coro de la Radio Estatal de Grecia, una distinción internacional como artista fotógrafo (AFIAP) de la Federación Internacional de Arte Fotográfico, y la publicación de un poemario de haiku en griego. Gerasimos ha cofundado el movimiento de comercio justo en Grecia y actualmente es miembro del Consejo Asesor de la organización feminista “Women on Top”.

Lucie Morillon

Lucie Morillon has been Director of Studies, Communication and Advocacy for France Volontaires since 2017. The unit she manages is dedicated to promote the recognition of volunteer and solidarity commitments around the world through three complementary approaches: the production and sharing of knowledge, communication, and advocacy. As a member of the leadership team, Lucie contributes in this capacity to the overall management of France Volontaires, as well as to the fulfillment of the organization’s performance, transparency, and accountability objectives.

France Volontaires is the French platform of Volunteering for International Exchange and Solidarity (VIES). Founded in 2009 as an association, France Volontaires is the fruit of a cooperative effort by public sector and non-profit sector stakeholders engaged in international solidarity. As an implementing agency of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, it brings together State, local and regional authorities and associations within the framework of a mission of general interest: the development and promotion of volunteer and solidarity commitments around the world. It is supported by its staff in France and abroad and a network of more than 20 Volunteering Centers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Prior to joining France Volontaires, Lucie Morillon had devoted her career to freedom of expression as the Programs Manager at Reporters Without Borders (RSF), where she handled RSF’s international network, and served as its spokesperson with the media and various institutions. She coordinated the organization’s field projects and advocacy strategy while assuming responsibility for publications. She founded RSF’s Washington DC office, directing the development of its US activities from 2004 to 2009.

Having earned her degree in Contemporary History and in Public and Political Communication, she believes commitment to international solidarity is a cross-cutting and powerful answer to the challenges facing our society and the world.

Lucie Morillon est Directrice du pôle Etudes, Communication, Plaidoyer chez France Volontaires depuis 2017. Un pôle qui a pour mission d’agir pour la reconnaissance des engagements volontaires et solidaires à l’international au travers de trois approches complémentaires que sont la production et le partage de connaissances, la communication et le plaidoyer. Membre de l’équipe de direction, elle contribue à ce titre au pilotage général de France Volontaires ainsi qu’aux objectifs de performance, de transparence et de redevabilité de l'organisation.

France Volontaires est la plateforme française des Volontariats Internationaux d’Echange et de Solidarité. Créée en 2009 sous la forme d’une association, France Volontaires est le fruit d’une construction partagée entre des acteurs publics et associatifs impliqués dans la solidarité internationale. Opérateur du ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères, elle réunit l’Etat, des collectivités territoriales et des associations autour d’une mission d’intérêt général : le développement et la promotion des engagements volontaires et solidaires à l’international. Elle s’appuie sur une présence en France (hexagonale et outre-mer) et sur un réseau d’une vingtaine d’Espaces Volontariats en Afrique, Asie et Amérique latine.

Œuvrant jusqu’ici dans le champ de la liberté d’expression, Lucie Morillon occupait auparavant le poste de Directrice des programmes chez Reporters sans frontières (RSF). Elle coordonnait les projets de terrain de l’organisation, sa stratégie de plaidoyer et assurait la direction de la recherche. Elle a fondé le bureau de RSF à Washington et dirigé le développement de ses activités américaines entre 2004 et 2009.

Diplômée en Histoire contemporaine et en Communication publique et politique, elle est convaincue que la solidarité internationale constitue une réponse transversale et puissante aux défis auxquels sont confrontées nos sociétés.

Lucie Morillon es directora de Estudios, Comunicación y Actividades de Promoción de France Volontaries desde 2017. La unidad que dirige se dedica a promover el reconocimiento de los compromisos solidarios y de los voluntarios en todo el mundo mediante tres enfoques complementarios: producción e intercambio de conocimiento, comunicación y promoción. Como miembro del equipo directivo, Lucie contribuye desde su cargo a la gestión general de France Volontaires, así como al cumplimiento de los objetivos de actuación, transparencia y rendición de cuentas de la organización.

France Volontaires es la plataforma francesa del voluntariado para el intercambio y la solidaridad internacionales. Asociación creada en 2009, France Volontaires es el fruto de una construcción conjunta entre los actores públicos y el sector sin fines de lucro implicados en la solidaridad internacional. Como organismo ejecutor del Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Europeos francés, reúne a autoridades estatales, locales y regionales y a las asociaciones en torno a un interés común: el desarrollo y la promoción de compromisos voluntarios y solidarios a nivel internacional. Se apoya en su personal en Francia y en otros países, y una red de más de 20 centros de voluntariado en África, Asia y Latinoamérica.

Antes de incorporarse a France Volontaires, Lucie Morillon se había dedicado a la libertad de expresión en su puesto como directora de programas de Reporteros Sin Fronteras (RSF), donde gestionó la red internacional de la organización y fue la portavoz ante los medios de comunicación y varias instituciones. Coordinó los proyectos sobre el terreno de la organización y la estrategia de promoción, a la vez que asumía la responsabilidad de las publicaciones. Fundó  la oficina de RSF en Washington DC y dirigió el desarrollo de las actividades en Estados Unidos entre 2004 y 2009.

Después de licenciarse en Historia Contemporánea y en Comunicación Pública y Política, cree que el compromiso con la solidaridad internacional es una respuesta interdisciplinaria y enérgica a los desafíos de nuestra sociedad y el mundo.

Ashraf Patel

Ashraf Patel is the co-founder of two organisations that focus on youth development: ComMutiny - The Youth Collective and Pravah. ComMutiny promotes youth volunteering and youth leadership in partnership with a range of organisations throughout India.

Ashraf has spent over a decade in the youth development sector and has a postgraduate degree in Human Resources from Xavier School of Management. She has been part of a number of policy-making platforms throughout her career, including working groups on adolescents and youth set up by the Indian Ministry of Youth and Human Resource Development. She has also worked in collaboration with UN and Commonwealth agencies on policy and strategy formulation.

Ashraf is a member of the steering committee of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Workers Association (CAYWA). She also has experience in organisation design and development, and has contributed significantly to research and development. She co-authored 'Ocean in a Drop – Inside Out Youth Leadership' in 2013. She also played a key role in the production of an international resource in 2014 called 'Co-creating Youth Spaces: A practice-based guide for youth facilitators'

Ashraf Patel is the co-founder of two organisations that focus on youth development: ComMutiny - The Youth Collective and Pravah. ComMutiny promotes youth volunteering and youth leadership in partnership with a range of organisations throughout India.

Ashraf has spent over a decade in the youth development sector and has a postgraduate degree in Human Resources from Xavier School of Management. She has been part of a number of policy-making platforms throughout her career, including working groups on adolescents and youth set up by the Indian Ministry of Youth and Human Resource Development. She has also worked in collaboration with UN and Commonwealth agencies on policy and strategy formulation.

Ashraf is a member of the steering committee of the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Workers Association (CAYWA). She also has experience in organisation design and development, and has contributed significantly to research and development. She co-authored 'Ocean in a Drop – Inside Out Youth Leadership' in 2013. She also played a key role in the production of an international resource in 2014 called 'Co-creating Youth Spaces: A practice-based guide for youth facilitators'

Ashraf Patel es cofundadora de dos organizaciones centradas en el desarrollo de la juventud: ComMutiny - The Youth Collective y Pravah. ComMutiny promueve el voluntariado y el liderazgo juvenil en colaboración con diversas organizaciones de India.

Ashraf lleva una década dedicándose al sector del desarrollo de la juventud y tiene un posgrado en Recursos Humanos por la Xavier School of Management. A lo largo de su carrera, ha formado parte de varias plataformas de elaboración de políticas, dentro de las que ha participado en grupos de trabajo para la adolescencia y la juventud creados por el Ministerio de Juventud y Fomento de Recursos Humanos del Gobierno de la India. También ha colaborado con organismos de las Naciones Unidas y oficinas de la Commonwealth encargados de la formulación de estrategias y políticas.

Ashraf es miembro del comité directivo de la Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Workers Association (CAYWA). Además cuenta con experiencia en el diseño y el desarrollo de organizaciones, y ha contribuido de manera significativa a la investigación y el desarrollo. En 2013, escribió en colaboración con otros autores, el libro Ocean in a Drop – Inside Out Youth Leadership. Por otra parte, en 2014 desempeñó un papel fundamental en la producción de un recurso internacional titulado Co-creating Youth Spaces: A practice-based guide for youth facilitators.

Jean Tan

Jean Tan is the Executive Director of the Singapore International Foundation (SIF), a non-profit dedicated to international peace-building and development. Prior to joining the SIF, she held senior positions in the ministries of Manpower, Foreign Affairs and Information and the Arts. Jean is a graduate of the National University of Singapore and was awarded the Singapore Government Merit Scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies in the United States. In her spare time, Jean volunteers on the boards of the Global Public Diplomacy Network as well as SG Enable, an agency dedicated to serving persons with disabilities.

Jean Tan is the Executive Director of the Singapore International Foundation (SIF), a non-profit dedicated to international peace-building and development. Prior to joining the SIF, she held senior positions in the ministries of Manpower, Foreign Affairs and Information and the Arts. Jean is a graduate of the National University of Singapore and was awarded the Singapore Government Merit Scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies in the United States. In her spare time, Jean volunteers on the boards of the Global Public Diplomacy Network as well as SG Enable, an agency dedicated to serving persons with disabilities.

Jean Tan es directora ejecutiva de Singapore International Foundation (SIF), una fundación sin fines de lucro dedicada a la consolidación de la paz y al desarrollo. Antes de incorporarse a SIF, ocupó cargos directivos en los ministerios de Trabajo, Asuntos Exteriores e Información y Artes. Jean está licenciada por la Universidad Nacional de Singapur y obtuvo la beca al mérito del Gobierno de Singapur para cursar estudios de postgrado en Estados Unidos. En su tiempo libre, realiza voluntariados en las juntas de la Global Public Diplomacy Network y SG Enable, un organismo al servicio de las personas con discapacidad.

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