IVCO 2022 Spotlight: Join these inspiring speakers in Senegal this October

With IVCO 2022 less than a month away, we continue to introduce you to the conference’s esteemed speakers in our Spotlight Series. Today, we are delighted to profile the next four speakers that you will have a chance to meet at this year’s IVCO Conference:

  • Rahim Hassanali – VSO
  • Tina Sweeney – Cuso International
  • Tapiwa Kamuruko – United Nations Volunteers
  • Nick Ockenden – Independent Consultant

Discover the full conference program here

Meet the other speakers



Rahim Hassanali – VSO

“This will be the first in-person conference many people will have been to since 2019. Like most, I have missed the personal connections, immersive conversations, and networking opportunities gained from meeting face-to-face. I am most looking forward to interacting with colleagues from across the world, learning about a variety of new projects and approaches, sharing insights and good practice, and rekindling old connections as well as making new ones.”

Rahim has successfully coordinated the development, pilot, and rollout of the world’s first Global Volunteering Standard that establishes and promotes responsible and impactful volunteering. Rahim also led the planning and delivery of Forum’s 2019 annual conference (IVCO) which brought together 200 heads of agencies in Kigali, Rwanda.

During his time at VSO, Rahim has also been the UK lead for the International Volunteering for All Project (IVO4all) which created policy and practice improvements across Europe to ensure international volunteering is increasingly accessible to disadvantaged young people.

Rahim has also worked with Habitat for Humanity International, the Aga Khan Development Network, Tutu Foundation, Raleigh International, and The Prince’s Trust focusing on advancing quality in practice and widening participation across the UK and internationally.

Rahim has worked in 15 countries, won 4 nationally recognised awards and received private audiences with HRH The Prince of Wales, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to recognise his work.

Rahim Hassanali will speak at Session 3: ‘The Role of Volunteering Standards in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’
Monday, 17 October, 3:15 – 4:30pm

Tina Sweeney – Cuso International

Tina Sweeney

After volunteer trips to Tanzania and Dharamsala, assisting with experiential learning and development, Tina found meaning in proximity and that closeness voiced a new narrative and a career transition from the private sector into community engagement and international development.

For the past seven years, Tina has been part of Cuso International’s communications and marketing team. She creates spaces to strengthen global citizenship and social inclusion while amplifying the voices and stories of those around the world. Tina is an executive board member of the Canadian International Council (CIC) Toronto branch and a member of The Program Advisory Committee for the International Development program at Centennial College. In 2019 Tina was nominated by a diaspora partner and awarded Canada’s 100 Black Women to Watch by the Canada International Black Women Event.

Tina Sweeney will speak at Session 7: ‘Engaging the public in support of volunteering in development’
Tuesday, 18 October, 1:30 – 2:30pm

Tapiwa Kamuruko PhD – United Nations Volunteers

Tapiwa Kamuruko

“IVCO 2022 is an excellent platform for practitioners and like-minded people to reflect, exchange, and learn from each other’s experiences. Additionally, global trends in volunteer practices and emerging scenarios such as volunteering during the Covid-19 pandemic, and volunteering in the era of surging digital opportunities are impacting volunteering in diverse ways. At IVCO 2022, we have the possibility for conversations about how to anticipate this impact and enable us to plan from informed options especially as we seek to position and integrate volunteering to advance progress for the global development framework-the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.“

Tapiwa Kamuruko (Zimbabwe) is a Policy Specialist and Team Lead on Evidence and Knowledge brokering with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) based at its Headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Prior to his current assignment, he has worked on different assignments with UNV including being the Regional Manager for East and Southern-based in Nairobi-Kenya. His work involved promotion, advocacy, and integration of volunteering in development frameworks.

He has worked with diverse stakeholders including the UN system, member states, the private sector, academia, civil society organizations, and volunteer-involving organizations to strengthen and position volunteering in development through evidence and research. He has been a convenor of a number of volunteer discussions and provided technical support for the development of volunteer policies, schemes, and programs, especially for youth.

He holds a PhD in International Development with an interest in the use and appropriation of new communication technologies in development.

Tapiwa Kamuruko will speak at Session 2: ‘The Sustainable Development Goals and Volunteering in Development’
Monday, 17 October, 2:00 – 3:00pm


Nick Ockenden – Independent Consultant

Nick Ockenden

“IVCO always brings together a community with a huge depth of knowledge and diversity of experience. At such a challenging time globally, being able to collectively discuss challenges, share good practice and think through next steps feels more important than ever.“

Nick Ockenden is an independent strategy, research and evaluation consultant with a specialism in international volunteering. He’s worked with organisations including VSO, Intercultural Youth Exchange, the Department for International Development in the UK, Raleigh International, Amnesty International and United Nations Volunteers. Currently living in Denmark, he previously worked for ActionAid Denmark where he managed its humanitarian volunteering programmes on behalf of the EU and coordinated its People4Change volunteering programme in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Palestine. In the UK, where Nick’s originally from, he led the research team of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), the largest membership body for the NGO sector in England and worked for Volunteering England where he was Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research.

Nick Ockenden will speak at Session 1: ‘Re-imagining the Future of Volunteering in Development’
Monday 17 October, 11:15am – 12:30pm


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