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Chief Executive Officer
As owner and CEO of Geneva Global, Doug provides expert guidance to foundations, corporations, individuals, and other organizations throughout the world who seek to apply a business mindset and results-oriented approach to their social impact efforts.
With more than 25 years of experience in philanthropy, international development, leadership, and organizational development, Doug brings a wealth of knowledge to his work with Geneva Global’s clients. Since taking ownership of Geneva Global in 2008, Doug has assembled a leadership team that brings expertise from the worlds of international development, global health, finance, consulting, risk management, and marketing to each client assignment. He has led the expansion of the organization’s offerings into a full range of philanthropic and consulting services. Passionate about bringing creative solutions to address social problems, he seeks to revise traditional approaches whenever appropriate and possible.
Throughout his career, Doug has spoken on topics such as maximizing social impact, measuring social change, creating social transformation though collaboration, and the meeting of strategic philanthropy and impact investing. Currently, Doug sits on the boards of Capital for Good U.S., Capital for Good UK, END Fund UK, and the Razoo Foundation.
Prior to joining Geneva Global’s senior leadership team in 2006, Doug helped to create and was Executive Director of London-based Integral, a global alliance of 12 relief and development agencies. He previously served for nine years as General Director of Tearfund, one of the United Kingdom’s largest aid agencies, based in London. At Tearfund, he led a multinational staff of more than 650 people, implementing advocacy, relief and development programs through 300 partners in 70 countries. Earlier, Doug held management and consulting roles with the U.K.-based Lucas Group and lived and worked in various countries in Africa. In 2003, Doug was also part of the founding team of the Micah Network and Micah Challenge. He studied at the University of Southampton in the U.K and earned a master’s in business administration from the Cranfield School of Management in the U.K.
“The highest calling and greatest satisfaction for any philanthropic effort is an unselfish act that releases the potential of another human being to become all that they can be. Surely we should strive for excellence in this transformation. Geneva Global exists to help clients realize their philanthropic dreams with excellence.”
Chief Financial Officer
Karen’s goal is to ensure that Geneva Global is always prepared to provide exceptional service to our clients. As part of the senior management team, Karen provides leadership to the organization through strategy development and managing the operations and finances of the firm.
She works closely with Doug and Warren to direct the organization as it evolves and grows. Additionally, Karen oversees the operations of Capital for Good and The END Fund. Karen is also instrumental in client relationship management by providing support during initial discussions, contracting, implementation and ongoing relationship management.
Karen joined Geneva Global in 2008 as Finance Director, when she reorganized the operations and financial structure and provided critical leadership through a major organizational restructuring. In addition to her finance and operations role, Karen has also been an integral part of the Geneva Global’s management of the $16 million USAID New Partner’s Initiative HIV/AIDS Prevention programs in Ethiopia and Cote d’Ivoire which leveraged both funding from USAID and the Legatum Foundation in a public private partnership. She is actively involved in the ongoing $4 million USAID program in Cote d’Ivoire.
Prior to joining Geneva Global Karen was instrumental in the start-up of Global Linking Solutions, Inc., a Charlotte, North Carolina-based data network management service company, where she worked for 10 years. Additionally, Karen has 10 years of commercial banking experience in the small business, international and asset-based lending areas, along with time spent in banking as an internal auditor.
“I enjoy the challenges of taking on customized projects for each of our clients and then planning and executing the delivery of exceptional results. Our collaborative approach, both internally and externally, focused on building relationships with many diverse stakeholders, lays the groundwork for obtaining the best results for the programs and projects."
Jenna leads Geneva Global’s consulting division which offers strategic support, issue messaging, project management, and donor engagement services to a variety of clients, including nonprofits and foundations.
Since joining Geneva Global in 2009, Jenna has also helped to design and oversee client granting programs in Haiti, both long-term development programs and a targeted response to the 2010 earthquake, as well as HIV/AIDS programs in Cote d’Ivoire and Ethiopia. Jenna has also served on Geneva Global’s marketing team, drawing on her extensive experience in writing and documentary photography in support of both Geneva Global’s and clients’ marketing projects.
Jenna has a master's degree in international peace and conflict resolution, with distinction, from Arcadia University; a certificate in international affairs and multilateral governance from Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement, Geneva, Switzerland; and a BA from Bryn Mawr College in French and Spanish. She speaks English, French, Spanish, and Italian.
“I value the opportunity to support the meaningful work of our clients. Whether helping an individual evaluate her giving or helping a major foundation navigate strategy development, we recognize that the work—when done right—has a substantial and lasting impact.”
Gene helps our clients to design, implement, and manage international development programs. Currently, Gene is directing the team responsible for providing Geneva Global clients with management and monitoring services for several multi-million dollar initiatives in Asia and Africa.
In 2011, Gene managed the design and launch of a US$7 million anti-human trafficking private philanthropy program in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, and in neighboring Nepal. In addition, he has managed a multi-million dollar, post-tsunami USAID program in Sri Lanka, and multiple private philanthropic programs across a variety of humanitarian sectors. Since joining Geneva Global in 2004, Gene has been instrumental in developing a social impact measurement tool, establishing evaluation frameworks, and redesigning the company’s due diligence and grant management processes. During his tenure at Geneva Global, Gene has held the positions of Asia Director and Client Services Director.
Before joining Geneva Global, Gene worked in the banking industry, where his roles included managing a division responsible for more than $100 million in annual sales. Gene has lived in Europe and Asia, most recently in China. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in intercultural studies from Wheaton College.
"At Geneva Global, we have the privilege of partnering with thoughtful individuals and institutions looking to maximize their philanthropic efforts, while also working with some of the world’s best social sector pioneers. Bridging the gap between these groups, we help clients translate their goals into reality and achieve great things.”
Director of Business Development
Eileen has more than 30 years’ experience in addressing the unique needs of philanthropists and nonprofits. She oversees client outreach and engagement efforts for Geneva Global, and specializes in creating client partnerships and strategic alliances.
Eileen has extensive experience in the fields of foundation management, planned giving, and charitable trust administration and taxation. Prior to joining Geneva Global, Eileen headed the philanthropic management divisions at Bank of America and Wachovia, where she directed their national practice and worked closely with ultra-high-net-worth clients to help them meet their philanthropic goals.
Eileen has held over 25 leadership roles at regional and national nonprofit organizations. She is the founder of Pinnacle Philanthropy Partners, a firm that consults to foundations, philanthropists, nonprofits, and financial institutions.
“I am inspired and energized by Geneva Global’s ability to connect its clients to innovative programs and forge strategic philanthropic partnerships to benefit the public good. This is the most rewarding work I have ever done.”
Working from our UK office, Peter provides challenge, guidance and inspiration to individuals, corporations and foundations looking to engage in the next generation of philanthropy and CSR.
Peter previously held the role of International Manager at the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), representing the organisation on the global stage whilst leading and coordinating the work of their international network of offices to achieve success in their domestic markets whilst working directly with HNWI, companies and not for profits looking to operate in multiple jurisdictions on a global scale. Prior to this Peter spent four years in a leadership role in the CAF corporate relations team working some of the largest multinationals based in the UK to deliver CSR strategy and implementation both in the UK and internationally.
“I am excited to be part of Geneva Global because no other organization I have encountered has the experience, tools and reach to deliver the scale of impact for social change makers.”
Ava is responsible for developing Geneva Global’s brand, creating market awareness about the company and its services, and executing programs and activities to generate new clients and company growth.
Before joining Geneva Global, Ava spent 12 years at SEI, a global financial services company. In her previous role she was the global marketing director for one of the company’s five business divisions. Ava has been active in Philadelphia’s impact investing and social entrepreneurship communities, doing work for Net Impact, Investors’ Circle and GoodCompany Group. In addition, she is on the board of ZACUCE, a local nonprofit. Ava has an MBA from Villanova University and a B.A. in Communications from the University of Michigan.
“I love the intersection of business and social change, which is one of the reasons I was drawn to Geneva Global. The company’s mindset and approach is very unique and it’s extremely rewarding to help our clients improve the lives of some of the most disadvantaged people in the world.”
Osman provides advice on strategy development and organizational expansion with a particular focus on Asia and the Middle East. He collaborates with family offices, foundations, individuals, and non-profits to develop programs to address critical needs of the underserved.
Osman has more than 15 years of experience in venture capital and private equity investing. He brings the discipline and expertise of the private sector to the various programs at Geneva Global. Prior to joining Geneva Global, Osman was heading the Alternative Investment Group of a family office in the Middle East managing a portfolio of investments in Asia, Africa, and Middle East. Before embarking on a career in investment banking, Osman held management positions in the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for nature and Acumen Fund.
Osman has a Master of Business Administration and Master of Environmental management from Duke University. He has invested and managed projects in over 15 countries and has completed transactions of over $600 million.
“I was looking to re-enter the development sector with an entity that was addressing issues in the social sector with the skills and accountability of the private sector. I was pleased to discover Geneva Global using such an approach as it assists philanthropists in making a real difference in the world.”
As General Counsel, Andy leads Geneva Global for legal and compliance operations. With 25 years of U.S. and international experience, Andy provides effective legal advice, develops and manages agreements, structures philanthropic projects and investments, and supports the management of U.S. and international operations.
Andy also helps guide Geneva Global’s operations and strategic development. He provides support for client development and relationship management, as well as implementation of projects to maximize results.
Prior to joining Geneva Global Andy served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at a Fortune 100 financial services company, where he oversaw international legal operations for over 50 countries. He led the company’s international restructuring, IPO, mergers & acquisitions and mission-critical projects. Prior to his in-house counsel roles, Andy was a law firm partner with Salans LLP (Dentons), where he advised multinational clients for international transactions, investments, mergers & acquisitions and regulatory relations in overseas markets. Andy lived and worked in Eastern Europe for six years, and helped to found, build and manage a non-profit International Baccalaureate school. He has served on the boards of directors of profit and non-profit organizations.
Andy holds a Juris Doctorate degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Drexel University.
“It is inspiring to work with our clients in achieving transformative change for communities in need. Sustainable change requires the marriage of compassion and practical, market-tested principles. Geneva Global’s investment-oriented approach, local experience, and drive to monitor and assess results are the cornerstones for excellence and achieving our clients’ philanthropic goals.”
Senior Program Director
Kayla is a globally recognized authority on Modern Slavery, with more than a decade of high-impact experience in the field. She currently leads anti-slavery work for Geneva Global.
Prior to Geneva Global, she served as an Expert for the United Nations on Child Abuse, Exploitation and Trafficking. From 2002 to 2011, Kayla served as a federal prosecutor in specialized human trafficking and child exploitation prosecution units for the United States Department of Justice. Through this work, she has worked directly with hundreds of victims in order to vindicate their interest through criminal prosecution, economic redress, immigration relief and medical and psychological treatment. She has also met with and advised government officials and other international leaders from numerous countries including Mexico, Brazil, Japan, Thailand, Poland, Ukraine, Costa Rica, Panama, Israel, Morocco, Bangladesh, among others.
Kayla previously worked as a fellow on technology and entrepreneurship for Harvard Business School and as an Expert Consultant for the World Bank on education technology business ventures in Africa. An advocate of vocational education, she volunteered for Youth Industries, a San Francisco non-profit that launched small businesses to employ homeless youth. She also worked for multinational corporations as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York and Washington D.C.
Kayla holds a law degree from Harvard Law School and a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She also earned a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia.
"It’s extraordinary to find a place that is truly collaborative and singularly focused on the efficient delivery of dramatic and measurable results for a myriad of compelling social causes."
Senior Program Director
Scott is a senior investment manager of institutional and private philanthropy with more than twenty years of experience in global health and community development.
He has recently joined Geneva Global to support and strengthen The END Fund’s grant management of national treatment initiatives targeting seven neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to joining Geneva Global, Scott served as a fund portfolio manager with the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. In this role he was the primary representative of the Fund with national and regional stakeholders and grant recipients. He managed the programmatic and financial analysis, operational risk assessments, and funding decisions in eight countries with over $500 million in commitments. Scott has also worked in managing humanitarian relief and rehabilitation projects, leadership and management consulting, and community development in more than forty countries.
Scott holds a master of science degree in development economics from Imperial College London. He speaks English and French.
“I have been passionate my entire career with making an impact in social and economic development through the combination of organizational excellence, innovation, and connecting philanthropy to performance based funding; this is what Geneva Global is all about.”
Louise currently serves as the chief of party for a USAID-funded HIV/AIDS initiative in Cote d’Ivoire. She is also overseeing an accelerated learning initiative for out-of-school children in Ethiopia.
Since joining the firm in 2004, Louise has overseen several multimillion dollar initiatives on behalf of Geneva Global clients, including the first phase of neglected tropical disease (NTD) control programs in Rwanda and Burundi. In addition, she has worked with partner organizations in designing and implementing economic and environmental sector initiatives in Haiti, and health, education and economic empowerment initiatives in Latin America, West, Central and East Africa. An ardent supporter of anti-human trafficking and the protection of children, she oversaw the largest private donor anti-child labor initiative in Ghana from 2007-2010.
Louise has also served as a senior sector advisor and advised clients on their investments in health and water and sanitation programs, and interacted extensively with senior government officials in several African countries to forge valuable partnerships.
Previously, Louise worked in the securities and investment sector as an investment analyst. She holds a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in international business from Paris ESCLCA Business School in Paris, France, and a master’s in global economic development from Eastern University.
“I enjoy witnessing the transformative power of philanthropic investments and the connection that results from contributions that restore dignity, enabling both parties to be more human and to live more humane lives. For me, it’s all about the trailblazing transformation of clients, beneficiaries, and nations.”
Shira is a Program Director with Geneva Global, specializing in the sectors of public health and community advocacy and with field experience in China, Kenya, and South Africa. In addition to the creation and design of the slum transformation initiative, she is currently leading two programs on behalf of Geneva Global clients.
One is a research study in Ethiopia examining the relationship between child health outcomes and organizational development and performance, and a multi-disciplinary collaboration to improve rural health in Namibia by integrating community health services. With expertise in research and program evaluation, Shira has also overseen the development and launch of a multi-million dollar initiative to develop high-impact projects addressing issues critical to the global health community.
Before joining Geneva Global in 2010, Shira was the interim director for Rural AIDS and Development Action Research (RADAR) in Acornhoek, South Africa. RADAR is a program of the University of Witwatersrand for clinical and social intervention research on HIV/AIDS, with emphasis on developing approaches for the rural African context. Previously Shira was a policy research specialist for the National Association of Community Health Centers, which serves a network of state and local organizations and promotes the provision of high-quality care for medically underserved communities.
Shira received her master's in Public Health with a concentration in community oriented primary care from the George Washington University. She holds a bachelor's degree in international studies and public policy from the University of Denver.
“At Geneva Global, we bring a business mindset to international development, providing efficient, cost-effective, high-quality solutions for every client we work with. Bringing understanding to the need, then working with clients and local communities to provide solutions is one of the most fulfilling aspects of this work.”
Jennifer currently directs two strategic initiatives on behalf of Geneva Global’s clients: one focused on building the capacity and reach of pioneering social-sector organizations in China, and another designed to accelerate development among highly promising projects in several of our focus countries.
Since joining Geneva Global in 2010, Jennifer has also provided project management services to support client outreach to private donors in the Middle East. Before joining Geneva, Jennifer produced creative content for a fair-trade, organic products social enterprise in Laos, as well as taught English and worked on business development for a start-up in Shenzhen, China. In the US, Jennifer has held production and communications positions within several fine arts organizations. She holds an MBA in international economic development from Eastern University and a bachelor’s in art history from Westmont College.
“One thing makes Geneva Global a truly stand-out company: our service. Being client-centered is in our DNA; it’s the lens through which we find every solution. We know our clients want to achieve the greatest impact, see the most change, and realize results beyond the status quo. That’s why we are here, and it’s why I love working here.”
Country Director, Côte d’Ivoire
Dr. Charles is currently the Country Director for Geneva Global Côte d’Ivoire Office since February 2013. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership to the Côte d’Ivoire staff and provides coordination and general supervision of the interventions of the sub-partners.
A medical doctor with 20 years of experience, Dr. Charles has also strengthened the health system through program design, management, monitoring, evaluation and organizational capacity building.
He recently served as the Chief of Party and Country Director for Family Health International in Côte d’Ivoire where he worked closely with government bodies, NGOs and funding agencies (CDC/PEPFAR). Dr. Charles has participated in the development of best practices in the HIV/AIDS sector through technical working groups and task forces in Cote d’Ivoire and the West Africa Region. He has also been involved in publications and reports on HIV Counselling/Testing, Orphans/Vulnerable Children, and Home Based Care/Interventions targeting highly vulnerable populations and sex workers.
Dr. Charles earned his M.D. from the University of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and his Master in Health Projects Management from the African Center for Graduate studies in Management (CESAG) of Dakar, Senegal. He speaks English, Spanish and French.
“I am proud to be part of a fabulous and internationally recognized team working in developing countries to deal with a range of global health and development issues, while partaking in expanding Geneva Global’s leadership throughout low income regions with the goal of achieving sustainable development.”
Country Director & Program Manager, Ethiopia
Jeyachandran (Jeya) is working on behalf of a private foundation to implement an innovative education model for out-of-school children in Ethiopia.
The model, known as Accelerated Learning for Africa (ALFA), is a 10-month catch-up education program that equips out-of-school children with the basic math and literacy skills required to pass the public school entrance exam, and enter the mainstream school system.
Jeya is responsible for implementing, managing, and monitoring the ALFA program. Building on the Speed School model originated in West Africa, Jeya contextualized the program’s curriculum and quality standards for the Ethiopian context. In addition, he identified local partner organizations and introduced appropriate curriculum delivery strategies to partner organizations’ teaching staff.
Jeya also oversees other aspects of the ALFA Ethiopia program, designed to enhance the quality of education and the likelihood of student success. Program components include regular teacher training for local primary school teachers, establishment of local preschools, and economic empowerment programs for the parents of children in ALFA classes.
An experienced education specialist, Jeya worked internationally for over three decades in the field of education, establishing successful schools in Ethiopia and other East African countries. Prior to working for Geneva Global, Jeya held management positions in organizations such as UNHCR-Sudan, World Vision-Ethiopia/Sudan, and SOS Children’s Villages. Through this experience he brings innovative teaching-learning methodologies to the ALFA program.
“I joined Geneva Global to work with an organization that believes in real change, not merely in playing the numbers game in community development. With ALFA, we have developed a program that can bring out-of-primary-school children across Africa into mainstream schools. It’s exciting and fulfilling work.”
In her role as program manager, Neeta is responsible for providing effective grant management services to help foundations and donors realize their philanthropic goals in South Asia.
She brings management experience from both the for-profit and non-profit sectors to provide strategic input and program oversight, including program strategy, grantee selection, due diligence, monitoring, and evaluation.
Currently, Neeta is helping to manage a corporate foundation’s anti-human trafficking program. The program seeks to address the most common and fastest growing forms of trafficking, slavery, and exploitation in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and the bordering regions of Nepal.
Since joining Geneva Global in 2005, Neeta has served in various roles and managed Geneva Global clients’ programs in South Asia, primarily in HIV/AIDs, Maternal and Child Health, Human Liberty. As part of her grant management role, Neeta has organized and overseen numerous capacity building trainings to improve effectiveness of impact and sustainability of local NGOs.
Prior to joining Geneva Global, Neeta worked for a decade for a government of India-owned trading house, handling international trade with Europe, Africa, and Asia. Later she joined development sector where she designed and implemented programs to impact poor and marginalized women. Neeta holds a management degree in human resource development and marketing.
“Geneva Global is constantly learning and changing the way resources are invested to address challenges in the world’s hardest places. I like the approach of finding unsung heroes and partnering to test out innovative, replicable and sustainable solutions. I love helping to bridge the solution and the need.”
Alfred is the program manager for a client’s blindness prevention program in Zambia. In this role, Alfred is responsible for monitoring progress toward project milestones through ongoing interaction with implementing partners and regular field visits.
In addition, he helps to define the strategy for the program, identifies effective local implementing organizations, and determines benchmarks for measuring sustainable impact.
Before joining Geneva Global in 2004, Alfred served as the southern Africa sub-regional coordinator for an international nonprofit, where he oversaw programs in 10 countries. Previously, he worked with the government of Malawi as a land resource specialist in the Ministry of Agriculture. Alfred holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the University of Malawi.
“My eight years with Geneva Global have accorded me the rare opportunity of researching and developing a wide range of granting opportunities. The life changing impact on individuals or communities as beneficiaries of the work has been an inspiration to my continued service to fellow mankind through Geneva Global.”
Based in Kathmandu, Sunil is helping to manage a client’s $6.6 million grant program, which seeks to address the most common and fastest growing forms of trafficking, slavery, and exploitation in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and the bordering regions of Nepal.
Sunil contributes to defining the strategy for the program, identifies highly effective local social sector organizations combatting human trafficking, and determines benchmarks to measure real and sustainable impact. In addition, he provides ongoing grant management, conducts site visits, convenes conferences for grant recipients, government officials and other stakeholders, and partners with grant recipient organizations to conduct capacity building and improve program effectiveness.
Sunil comes to Geneva Global with a wealth of experience in the anti-human trafficking and child protection sector, having worked for Planete Enfants in Nepal from 1994 to 2008, during which time he managed programs for donors such as the European Commission's EuropeAid, UNICEF, DfID and Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND). Between 2009 and 2011, he was responsible for the operations of the National Consortium Secretariat of Fair Trade organization in Nepal. His work there included diverse functions from Fair Trade certification to activism for the economic promotion of marginalized communities. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Tribhuvan University in Nepal.
"I appreciate that Geneva Global provides me with tremendous flexibility and opportunities to be inventive. This flexibility and the focus on enabling creative and effective local solutions to issues our client’s care about are so important to addressing ever-changing social issues, such as human trafficking in Asia."
Client Services Manager
Danielle oversees the grant process for clients’ programs and research initiatives. In coordination with program directors and senior staff, Danielle ensures that portfolio granting and deliverables are aligned with client expectations and best practices. Danielle also manages the production of custom reports for client circulation.
Before joining Geneva Global, Danielle served as a business administrator and product developer for Vanguard Charitable, one of the largest donor-advised funds in the United States. She previously worked for the Annenberg Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation. Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Danielle was an operations analyst in the clinical research field. Danielle holds a bachelor’s in business communications from Rosemont College and a master’s in nonprofit management from Eastern University.
"Donors need solid advice based on what works, and real plans to reach their goals. Geneva Global provides a practical approach to performance philanthropy that meets this need. It’s truly a privilege for me to help our donors and partners create sustainable impact."
Anne provides direct support to the accounting and finance functions of Geneva Global. As the Accounting Manager, she works together with the Finance Team to maintain the company’s accounts receivable and payable position, ensuring uninterrupted cash support to our projects in the field while providing expense accountability for our clients and donors.
Prior to joining Geneva, Anne served as the controller and office manager of an IT security consulting firm. Anne holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hollins University, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
“It is a privilege to work alongside such a talented and passionate group of people. I consider myself fortunate to be able to utilize my skills and energy in a collaborative effort toward positive social change.”
As Controller, Tom is a member of the Charity and Financial Services Administration Team. He directs the accounting operations of Geneva Global and contributes to overall operations planning and coordination of company business. He oversees the monthly accounts receivable and payable processing and prepares monthly financial statements and analysis for various groups and entities of the company. He also directs the charity administration function, ensuring compliance with governance documents.
Tom joined Geneva Global in November 2012. He is a graduate of Temple University with a BBS in Accounting. Tom has over 20 years of experience as a controller in the distribution Industry.
"It is a pleasure to work with the people at Geneva Global. Everyone works together to help our clients meet their goals of changing people lives for the better."
Lisa helps to ensure the soundness of Geneva’s operational, financial and IT structures, positioning the company to exceed clients’ expectations. As a member of Geneva Global’s charity and financial services team, she provides operational support for multiple nonprofit clients. She also lends her creative eye and design skills to client reports and communications materials.
Lisa has contributed her multi-faceted abilities in diverse roles throughout the growth of Geneva Global. She has worked with Geneva’s regional teams as an operations coordinator, interim regional manager of the Asia research team and operations manager for Asia. She was involved in the project management of a $2.3 million U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) grant to 49 Sri Lankan organizations following the December 2004 tsunami.
Before joining Geneva Global in 2003, Lisa volunteered full-time with Washington, D.C.-based AmeriCorps, working with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, where she gained experience in community development. Lisa has also worked as an architectural designer for Minneapolis-based Augsburg Fortress. She graduated summa cum laude from Drexel University.
"It is a privilege to be part of a dynamic and collaborative team that uses creativity and expertise to provide the best possible service for our clients—ultimately resulting in the positive transformation of lives around the world."
As a member of Geneva Global’s consulting team, Lindsay works alongside clients to establish scope, create deliverables, and manage effective partnerships.
From 2008 to 2012, Lindsay helped manage a $50 million grant portfolio consisting of 27 global health and community development programs operating in 19 countries around the world. In this role, she worked closely with senior staff to design and implement grant and research initiatives, facilitate ongoing communication with the client, and manage the development of reports and implementation plans.
Before joining Geneva Global, Lindsay worked in the areas of public relations and donor services at the Chester County Community Foundation, gaining valuable experience in marketing, client care, and community development. Previously, Lindsay interned for a grassroots human rights organization that provides pro bono legal assistance in civil matters. She graduated summa cum laude from Bucknell University, where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
“At Geneva Global, we provide the support services and know-how to move from strategy to implementation; from vision to reality. It’s incredibly invigorating to help our clients realize their goals, take action, and create social change.”
As part of the Consulting Team, Alison develops compelling materials on critical global health issues and supports client relationship management and partnership-building in emerging geographies for philanthropy, including the Middle East.
Prior to joining Geneva Global, Alison worked with Pathfinder International, where she covered a grant portfolio for family planning and maternal health projects in India, Pakistan, China, and Ethiopia. She also worked for Physicians for Human Rights where she served as a Senior Foundation Relations Manager and managed a grant portfolio on international human rights issues. She has worked with refugees, asylum seekers, and survivors of human trafficking both in the U.S. and overseas. She was an Advocacy Project Peace Fellow in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina where she provided marketing and communications support to microenterprise projects developed by women survivors of war. She holds a master’s degree in non-profit management from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Mount Holyoke College.
"It is exciting to be a part of the Geneva Global team because of the opportunity to work with colleagues, clients, and partners who are passionate about making evidence-based and often ground-breaking change in international health and development. Every day, I am challenged to think creatively about how to communicate about complex global issues and develop materials that are tailored to our clients’ interests."
Keren brings more than a decade of experience in institutional fundraising and program development to Geneva Global. As a member of the consulting team, she provides strategic support to clients, with a focus on nonprofit infrastructure, relationship management, and project strategy both internationally and within the United States.
Prior to joining Geneva Global, Keren held a number of positions within educational organizations, including several years with the University of Pennsylvania honing her skills in prospect research, relationship management, strategic communications, and major gift fundraising.
“At Geneva Global I don’t just feel good about what we do, I feel good about how we do it—and our consulting philosophy is a good example of this. We aim to build client relationships with honesty, humility, and a commitment to listening deeply, which allows us to develop solutions in partnership. This approach results in solutions that are highly attuned to the client’s specific circumstances and needs, and lasting relationships that are built on trust.”
Kasey brings over nine years of experience working with global health nonprofits to the consulting team. Kasey works with clients to meet philanthropic objectives by supporting relationship building and partner management. She currently leads the team providing grant management services for the Capital for Good Advocacy Initiative portfolio.
Prior to joining Geneva Global, Kasey worked with the Boston University Center for Global Health & Development, where she managed the development of multi-million-dollar proposals for research and evaluation projects based primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. In previous positions, she developed communications infrastructure, designed collateral, and executed marketing activities in support of research and academic objectives. Kasey graduated cum laude from the Boston University School of Management. She holds a BA in anthropology from Smith College.
"From strategic vision to on-the-ground implementation, Geneva Global offers clients custom, evidence-based solutions to take the next step on their philanthropic journey. Our work supporting clients is meaningful to me because philanthropy -- when done well -- is a powerful tool for improving the lives of the vulnerable."
Lexi provides support to the Program Directors as part of the grant management team throughout their process of research, project management, reporting and analysis. Previously, Lexi was based in Africa for Geneva Global for three years helping launch multiple projects in Namibia, Burundi and Ethiopia.
Lexi was in Namibia as a project manager to support the Government implement a national neglected tropical disease (NTD) control program on behalf of the END FUND. She also assisted the project launch and coordination of a collaborative health initiative, which seeks to study the integration of rural health services in Namibia. Before Geneva Global, Lexi was a consultant for the MENTOR Initative in France, and completed internships with a number of organizations such as Ashoka, CARE and NYPIRG. Lexi holds a bachelor's degree in international politics and history from Penn State University.
“I love working with such creative colleagues at Geneva Global, and I particularly appreciate their willingness to implement innovative ‘out of the box’ concepts. It’s a unique and inspiring experience, seeing firsthand cutting-edge initiatives flourish as sustainable models for change.”
Colleen manages a portfolio of grant programs focused on treating and preventing neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), on behalf of The END Fund, a private philanthropic initiative to combat NTDs in the developing world. She works closely with grantees on project design, monitoring, and evaluation activities.
Previously, Colleen managed grants focused on global health advocacy initiatives on behalf of a private foundation. She has prior experience working in health policy and advocacy, particularly with underserved communities. She was a policy analyst for the National Association of Community Health Centers in Washington, DC, where she worked with a nationwide network of advocates, providing technical assistance and support on a range of issues, including health care coordination and delivery, maternal and child health, and public health insurance programs. In addition, she was a coordinator for Food Day, a national nutrition-focused campaign promoting healthy, affordable, and sustainable food policies.
Colleen holds a bachelor’s degree in health and human development from Penn State University and a master’s in public health from George Washington University with a focus on prevention and community health.
“Geneva Global takes a unique, innovative approach to helping clients solve some of the most pressing issues facing the developing world. I enjoy working on a team that’s passionate about making a difference within vulnerable communities.”
As part of the consulting team, Dakota supports a variety of client engagements in the global health and development sector. She also helps clients develop their outreach and partnership strategy, with a particular focus on Asia.
Prior to joining Geneva Global, Dakota worked at the World Bank as part of the Agriculture and Environmental Services team, where she collaborated with financial institutions throughout Africa and Asia to increase their agriculture lending capacity. In this role, she primarily focused on developing knowledge products to support the implementation of successful agriculture business models in emerging markets. Additionally, she managed partnerships, international events, and research projects at a corporate sustainability initiative based at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She holds a master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in metropolitan studies from NYU.
"Geneva Global is dedicated to driving positive social change on a global scale. Together, we create and implement solutions addressing some of the most challenging global health and development issues. I am proud to be part of a team striving to deliver innovative solutions and measurable change for our clients."
As an associate on the grant management team, Hannah assists the Program Directors by providing support on a variety of planning, reporting, and monitoring tasks. For the Integrated Fund, she provides program design assistance within the economic, health, and education sectors.
Before coming to Geneva Global, Hannah’s experience includes work with both domestic and international nonprofit organizations. She previously worked with a grassroots organization, assisting in the development of local leaders and supporting community advocacy initiatives. She also has experience providing research and logistical support in helping nonprofits develop better strategies for improving efficiency and executing their mission with excellence. Most recently Hannah worked as a Technical Assistance Fellow with the microfinance organization HOPE International, where she supported a variety of projects related to client satisfaction and program impact.
Hannah has an MBA in international economic development from Eastern University, as well as a BA in cross-cultural sociology and applied psychology from Carson-Newman University.
“I enjoy working with a collaborative team that promotes client satisfaction through impactful programs. Geneva Global’s expertise across sectors makes it an exciting workplace, and cultivates an inspirational environment in which clients see their visions and passions come to life through creative development approaches with a track record of success.”
As a member of the grant management team, Maria provides support to the Program Directors. Throughout the process of planning and reporting, Maria supplements the grant management team with research, reporting, and analysis.
Maria has previously worked at Headwaters SC, a consulting and investment banking firm focusing on middle market family businesses located in Pittsburgh. As a Business Analyst, she was involved with financial and operational analysis as well as the valuation of companies. Performing industry research, Maria was able to provide forecasts and advise strategic movements for family businesses looking to increase their margins. Additionally, Maria has interned with HOPE International, a microfinance institution located in Lancaster, PA. As a member of the marketing department, Maria executed advocacy initiatives and was a community liaison.
“Geneva Global is an inspiring place to work because of the desire for collaboration, innovation, and effective implementation. Pursuing the best investment of philanthropic dollars, Geneva Global is measured, yet maintains a desire to transform communities, restore dignity, and care for people. This combination is of utmost value.”
As part of the consulting team, Christa offers project support to clients. For the Capital for Good Advocacy Initiative, she works directly with grantees from health and development organizations around the world and provides ongoing grant monitoring and reporting.
Prior to joining Geneva Global, Christa's experience includes managing grant funded research to improve the quality of early childhood education, furthering human rights advocacy campaigns, and working in higher education. At Arcadia University, she taught as an adjunct faculty member and co-led international field study courses to Costa Rica, Serbia and Kosovo, and Northern Cyprus. Christa also coordinated the intern program for an international development and health organization in Ghana, through which she supported the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of rural community health programs created by interns. In addition, she interned at Amnesty International where she collaborated with the campaign director to forward the economic, social, and cultural rights campaign. Christa earned a dual master’s degree in public health and international peace and conflict resolution, with honors, from Arcadia University; and a BS in Psychology, cum laude, from St. Joseph’s University.
"Everyday I am grateful to be a part of a team who is committed to helping marginalized populations around the world. It inspires me because in partnership with our clients, we each do our piece to contribute to improving global health and development through innovative and high-impact solutions."
As a member of the grant management team, Alex provides support to the Program Directors. Throughout the process of planning and reporting, he supplements the grant management team with research and analysis.
Prior to joining Geneva Global, Alex was an Institutional Banking officer at Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited. In that role, he developed and managed initiatives to expand the Bank’s Public Sector portfolio.
Before Fidelity, Alex held positions at Optimal Solutions Group and The Bank of New York as a Research Analyst and Research Correspondent respectively. Those positions involved the collection, management, analysis and reporting of data for various economic and public policy projects. He also tested and implemented Management Information Systems to facilitate the execution of these projects.
Alex graduated from The College of Wooster with a B.A. in Economics and obtained an MBA, International Business from Hult International Business School. He is a certified in Micro, Small and Medium Scale Lending as well as Environment and Social Risk Analysis.
"As a Ghanaian, it’s a privilege to have my work improve the lives of the disadvantaged. I’m proud to be part of an experienced team that daily demonstrates the passion, creativity, and flexibility necessary to successfully navigate the complicated development terrain to achieve measurable social impact through philanthropy."
As an associate on the Consulting team, Virginia supports clients by developing clear communications materials, conducting strategic research, and cultivating partnerships. Virginia began work with Geneva Global as a marketing intern and joined the consulting team in March 2014.
Virginia’s past experience includes international study, Congressional communication and research, and strategic support in the non-profit sector. While studying abroad at Oxford University, Virginia traveled to Zimbabwe to research political impacts on development progress. As an intern at The Carter Center, she worked with a team monitoring elections, engaging in disease eradication, and maintaining one of the largest organizational endowments in the country. In Washington, DC she worked in the United States Senate to support legislative research and constituent communication.
Virginia graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia Honors Program in 2013. Upon her graduation, she was awarded a fellowship to study civic service leadership, focusing on public and private leadership in international development.
“Geneva Global is a dynamic environment where team members accomplish a variety of goals on behalf of clients. I love the opportunity to share knowledge and collaborate effectively to create custom deliverables for high-achieving organizations.”
Mark manages a portfolio of grant programs focused on treating and preventing neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), on behalf of The END Fund, a private philanthropic initiative to combat NTDs in the developing world. He works closely with grantees on project design, monitoring, and evaluation activities.
He started with Geneva Global in mid 2011 as a graduate school intern and started formally in his current role, January 2012.
Mark earned Master’s in Business Administration from Eastern University, concentrating in international economic development. A significant part of his coursework included researching the impact of globalization on inequality in Angola during the scale up of oil production over the last ten years. Mark also holds a bachelor of arts degree from Messiah College.
“My excitement for work at Geneva Global grows from a fundamental conviction to serve the world’s marginalized in unique and creative ways. Working in the private philanthropic sector provides the opportunity to participate in measurable improvement for those living at the bottom of the world’s economic pyramid.”
As a member of Geneva Global’s consulting team, Kate is responsible for supporting numerous client projects that focus on creating evidence-based yet innovative deliverables for a variety of clients, ranging from individuals to large nonprofits.
Kate has extensive experience in producing communications materials, assimilating and consolidating data, and making strategic recommendations based on current research. Before joining Geneva Global, Kate worked in the research field focusing on global and domestic health issues. She supported maternal health efforts in a rural community in Honduras, and studied diarrheal disease in children under age five in Peru to inform future interventions. Domestically, she managed a number of research projects relating to health education and behavioral economics at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kate holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University and a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with cum laude honors from both universities.
“Geneva Global has given me the opportunity to promote social good through the delivery of high-impact solutions to a range of clients. This team shows passion and dedication in helping clients realize their potential to improve the lives of others, and I’m very lucky to be a part of it.”
Jennie has been working for the past 5 years as a Senior Consultant with Geneva Global, specializing in community development program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and organizational capacity development.
This work has involved programs in Nepal, India and Uganda and covered slum transformation, integrated platforms for development and human liberties, in particular anti-human trafficking initiatives. Jennie’s experience involves 18 years of working in the field in Bangladesh and Nepal, nine of those as Chief Executive Office (CEO) of a large multi-sectored development agency in Nepal. Prior to that she was employed in the United Kingdom as International Development Director in a London based international non-government organization (INGO) working across multiple sectors and continents and engaged on development, advocacy and humanitarian assistance. Earlier she held senior leadership roles in the national health sector in London. Jennie is a member of the board of trustees of a number of international organizations working globally in development as well as coaching and mentoring in the same field. Jennie has a master’s degree in social and behavioral sciences from City University, London.
"At Geneva Global, our work allows us to help clients reach beneficiaries in a unique, sustainable and customized way. It is a privilege to be a part of the process and share my expertise."