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Jean-Daniel Balme

Appointed as Director General of France Volontaires in September 2014, Jean-Daniel Balme developed a strong interest for international volunteering whilst on a volunteer assignment in Chad with the French Association of Volunteers for Progress (AFVP) in 1996.  Since then, Jean-Daniel has been actively promoting international citizen engagement in his various roles – Deputy Director of Scouts of France, Director of the Service of Cooperation for Development (SCD), one of the leading French NGOs of long term volunteerism for development, and more recently, as Vice President of France Volontaires. Going forward, Jean-Daniel aims to promote and develop different forms of volunteerism and enhance the recognition of volunteering for development.

Nommé Délégué Général de France Volontaires en septembre 2014, Jean-Daniel Balme a développé un fort intérêt pour le volontariat international lors d’une première mission comme volontaire au Tchad avec l’association française des volontaires du progrès (AFVP) en 1996. Depuis, Jean-Daniel s’est attaché à promouvoir activement l’engagement citoyen dans le cadre de ses fonctions successives : Directeur adjoint des Scouts de France, Directeur du Service de Coopération au Développement (SCD) – une des principales organisations françaises en matière de volontariat long terme – et plus récemment en tant que vice-président de France Volontaires. Sa mission est aujourd’hui de promouvoir et développer les différentes formes de volontariat international et de contribuer à leur reconnaissance.

Nombrado director general de France Volontaires en septiembre de 2014, Jean-Daniel Balme desarrolló un gran interés por el voluntariado internacional mientras participaba en una misión de voluntariado en Chad con la Asociación Francesa de Voluntarios del Progreso (AFVP) en 1996. Desde entonces, Jean-Daniel ha promovido activamente la participación ciudadana internacional en sus diversos puestos laborales: subdirector de Scouts de France, director del Servicio de Cooperación al Desarrollo (SCD, una de las principales ONG francesas de voluntariado prolongado para el desarrollo) y, más recientemente, como vicepresidente de France Volontaires. En adelante, Jean-Daniel se propone fomentar y desarrollar diversas formas de voluntariado, e intensificar el reconocimiento del voluntariado para el desarrollo.

Paul Bird

Paul Bird joined AVI as Chief Executive Officer in 2015, bringing a track record of professional experience that is innovative, consultative and successful.

Prior to joining AVI, Paul was CEO of Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), an organisation that works with young people experiencing alcohol and substance abuse. Paul has also held leadership roles with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Very Special Kids, The Body Shop, Mission Australia and World Vision.

Paul’s passion for international development was sparked when he managed KPMG’s West African practice and had the privilege to be involved in aid projects across the region, working with international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and government agencies.

Paul Bird s’est joint à AVI en tant que président-directeur général en 2015, fort d’un parcours professionnel fait d’innovation, de consultation et de succès.

Avant de se joindre à AVI, Paul était PDG de Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), une organisation qui travaille auprès des jeunes ayant des problèmes d’abus d’alcool et de drogues. Paul a aussi occupé des postes de direction au sein de Brotherhood of St. Laurence, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Very Special Kids, The Body Shop, Mission Australia et Vision mondiale.

Paul a eu la piqure pour le développement international alors qu’il était gestionnaire des activités de KPMG en Afrique de l’Ouest et a eu le privilège de participer à des projets d’aide dans toute la région, conjointement avec des organisations internationales non gouvernementales et des agences gouvernementales.

Paul Bird se incorporó a AVI como director general en 2015, aportando una experiencia profesional innovadora, consultiva y positiva.

Antes de entrar en AVI, fue director general de Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), una organización que trabaja con jóvenes que sufren problemas de alcoholismo y drogadicción. Paul también ocupó puestos directivos en Brotherhood of St Laurence, Servicio de donación de sangre de la Cruz Roja Australiana, Very Special Kids, The Body Shop, Mission Australia y World Vision.

Su pasión por el desarrollo internacional surgió cuando dirigió la firma de KPMG en África occidental y tuvo el privilegio de participar en proyectos de ayuda por toda la región en colaboración con organizaciones internacionales no gubernamentales (OING) y organismos gubernamentales.

Mark Cumming

Mark Cumming brings together his life-long interest in community service, volunteering and international development in his role as Head of Comhlámh. Comhlámh is the Irish association of development workers and volunteers. It supports people from the time they think of getting involved in volunteering for development work, right through to their coming home to Ireland. It provides a space for members to take their learning from overseas and continue to work for global justice on their return to Ireland.

Mark's 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 later spent 13 years with Trócaire, across a range of governance and human rights programming, evaluation and policy/advocacy functions in Ireland and overseas. He is a serving board member of the Irish Fair Trade Network and the Shamrock Appeal.

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.

Dr. Philip Goodwin

Dr Philip Goodwin has been Chief Executive of VSO since March 2015. VSO is one of the world’s leading international development organisations that uses volunteers to fight poverty and reduce inequality.

Between 2010 and 2015, Philip was Chief Executive of TREE AID International, an international NGO that unlocks the potential of trees to tackle poverty and protect the environment in dryland Africa. As part of that role he led the start-up of a social enterprise, TREE AID Enterprises Ltd.

Philip previously spent 11 years with British Council where in his last role he was in charge of Global Programmes. For five years, he was Regional Director for British Council’s sub-Saharan and East and West African operations based in Nairobi, Kenya as well as holding leadership positions for British Council in Belgium, Pakistan and Uganda.

Before joining British Council, Philip was a researcher on poverty issues at the Overseas Development Institute, a community development worker in Timbuktu, Mali and before that, a professional musician. Philip has a PhD and MSc in environmental policy and a degree in agricultural economics.

Philip is co-author with Tony Page of the leadership book “From Hippos to Gazelles: How Leaders Create Leaders”.

Dr Philip Goodwin est directeur général de VSO depuis mars 2015. VSO est une des organisations d’envergure en développement international qui fait appel à des volontaires pour combattre la pauvreté et réduire les inégalités.

De 2010 à 2015, Philip était directeur général de TREE AID International, une ONG internationale qui utilise le potentiel des arbres pour combattre la pauvreté et protéger l’environnement dans les zones arides d’Afrique. Dans le cadre de ces fonctions, il a piloté le démarrage d’une entreprise sociale, TREE AID Entreprises Ltd.

Auparavant, Philip a passé 11 ans avec le British Council en tant que responsable des programmes mondiaux. Pendant 5 ans, il a été directeur régional des opérations en Afrique subsaharienne, de l’Est et de l’Ouest du British Council à Nairobi, au Kenya. Il a aussi occupé des postes de direction au British Council en Belgique, au Pakistan et en Ouganda.

Avant de se joindre au British Council, Philip a été chercheur sur les enjeux de pauvreté à l’Overseas Development Institute, travailleur en développement communautaire à Tombouctou, au Mali et, précédemment, un musicien professionnel. Philip détient un doctorat et une maîtrise en politique environnementale et un diplôme en économie agricole.

Philip est co-auteur avec Tony Page du livre de leadership « From Hippos to Gazelles: How Leaders Create Leaders ».

El Dr. Philip Goodwin es director ejecutivo de VSO desde marzo de 2015. VSO es una de las organizaciones internacionales para el desarrollo más importantes del mundo que trabaja con voluntarios para luchar contra la pobreza y reducir la desigualdad.

Entre 2010 y 2015, Philip fue director ejecutivo de TREE AID International, una ONG internacional que aprovecha el potencial de los árboles para combatir la pobreza y proteger el medioambiente en las zonas áridas de África. Como parte de esa función, encabezó la puesta en marcha de una empresa social, TREE AID Enterprises Ltd.

Previamente, Philip había trabajado durante 11 años en el British Council, donde en su último puesto se encargó de los Programas Globales. Durante cinco años, fue director regional de las operaciones subsaharianas y de África oriental y occidental de esa organización desde su sede de Nairobi (Kenia). Además ocupó cargos directivos en el British Council de Bélgica, Pakistán y Uganda.

Antes de incorporarse al British Council, Philip fue investigador de cuestiones relacionadas con la pobreza en el Instituto de Desarrollo de Ultramar, además de trabajador por el desarrollo comunitario en Tombuctú (Mali) y, anteriormente, músico profesional. Tiene un Doctorado y un Máster en Política Medioambiental y una licenciatura en Economía Agrícola.

Junto con Tony Page, Philip es coautor del libro sobre liderazgo From Hippos to Gazelles: How Leaders Create Leaders [De hipopótamos a gacelas: Cómo los líderes crean líderes].

Odette McCarthy

With a Master's degree in Management, Odette McCarthy has more than 22 years experience in international cooperation. Odette currently manages the Uniterra Program, the CECI and WUSC International Volunteer Cooperation Program that operates in 14 countries, mobilises over 500 volunteers a year and fosters women’s and young people’s economic empowerment. She actively promotes collaboration amongst like-minded organisations and programs, identifying areas of common ground for coordination and contributing to collective initiatives that position volunteering for development within Canada. Odette believes that gender equality and international volunteering for development are drivers for change in both the North and the South.

With a Master's degree in Management, Odette McCarthy has more than 22 years experience in international cooperation. Odette currently manages the Uniterra Program, the CECI and WUSC International Volunteer Cooperation Program that operates in 14 countries, mobilises over 500 volunteers a year and fosters women’s and young people’s economic empowerment. She actively promotes collaboration amongst like-minded organisations and programs, identifying areas of common ground for coordination and contributing to collective initiatives that position volunteering for development within Canada. Odette believes that gender equality and international volunteering for development are drivers for change in both the North and the South.

With a Master's degree in Management, Odette McCarthy has more than 22 years experience in international cooperation. Odette currently manages the Uniterra Program, the CECI and WUSC International Volunteer Cooperation Program that operates in 14 countries, mobilises over 500 volunteers a year and fosters women’s and young people’s economic empowerment. She actively promotes collaboration amongst like-minded organisations and programs, identifying areas of common ground for coordination and contributing to collective initiatives that position volunteering for development within Canada. Odette believes that gender equality and international volunteering for development are drivers for change in both the North and the South.

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 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.

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