Prior to joining Geneva Global, Samantha worked for Transparency International where she was a Regional Coordinator for the Asia and the Pacific Department. Working to support over 20 local independent partners of various sizes, she was a jack-of-all trades supporting these partners on capacity development; program development and delivery; fundraising; monitoring, evaluation, and learning; partnership building; advocacy; and more. She has also contributed to numerous advocacy based-research projects and managed numerous grants. Samantha has worked on projects and programs concerning many issues, including: corruption and transparency issues, human rights, deforestation, disaster relief, education, access to information, anti-bribery, international conventions, and access to public services to name a few.
She has a master’s Certificate in Chinese Business and International Relations from Sheffield University and a BA in Politics, Law and Society from Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Originally and now from Audubon, PA, she has spent over 15 years abroad and has lived in Germany, China, and England and speaks Mandarin and German.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
Talking with people and solving problems. I have had the pleasure of working with organizations across the globe, small and large, and learning about the specific needs and situation is always exciting. I really enjoy listening and drawing on my previous experiences, or coming up with new innovations to help clients achieve their goals.
What’s an interesting fact that others would not know about you?
I love anything to do with nature, including flowers, animals, and camping. I love working in the garden and I foster giant breed dogs with a local rescue.
How many countries have you visited?
Twenty-six – probably at least half of which are in Asia.
What book, film, or quote has shaped the way you think?
So many, but one of my favorite’s was Alice in Wonderland. I particularly like this exchange:
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
Often the hardest part of project planning is figuring out the change you want to make – where you want to go. Helping clients define that change, and setting them up on the right course, is a passion of mine.