Recognized by the Obama White House as a Champion of Change and a Forbes Under 30 Honoree in Law and Policy, Jamira has made it her mission to employ her personal experiences as the driving force to advocate for those most vulnerable. From implementing anti-violence programs throughout the City of Philadelphia when she was just a high school student, she organized youth training around the world as an appointee to the United Nations Global Education First Initiative; Youth Advocacy Group, Jamira’s ardor for personal and social advancement is undeniable. Jamira leads with expertise on workforce development, social justice, youth engagement, education reform, and corporate social responsibility. In 2018, Jamira was the first United States citizen awarded the Global Leadership Award for Vital Voices and selected as an MIT Media Lab Fellow. Today, she works as a next-gen social impact consultant and Head of Youth Engagement and Skills for the Global Business Coalition for Education. For more information, follow her on Twitter/ Instagram @JamiraBurley or visit www.jamiraburley.com
Lauren is a manager at KPMG in their Deal Advisory practice. She is a Certified Public Accountant and focuses on technical accounting issues for global financial service companies. Lauren is a Colorado native and received her Undergraduate and Master’s degree from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Representing KPMG US, she was selected to participate in the 2041 Foundation’s ClimateForce: Arctic 2019 leadership development expedition. Lauren has a passion for workforce development and poverty alleviation. She created an annual initiative focused on basic bookkeeping training for small business owners and entrepreneurs in Uganda. In addition, she is a member of the Board of the Directors for the Global Livingston Institute and on the Young Professional Board of the Denver Health Foundation. Lauren received the 2019 CPAs Make a Difference award for Colorado. She has traveled to over 50 countries on volunteer and backpacking trips.
Elaina Conrad is a Communications Associate on the UPGI team and is responsible for supporting the development and execution of communications strategies through research and monitoring of key stakeholders and activities, drafting content, supporting administrative work and logistics, tracking ongoing communications efforts, program communications, and advocacy and public relations activities. Elaina holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Iowa State University with a concentration in Global Resource Systems, Agriculture and Society, and Spanish.
Jesmine is a Development Associate at BRAC USA and is responsible for supporting the individual giving team with prospect, donor, and stakeholder relationship management.
Prior to joining BRAC USA, Jesmine served as an Agriculture Extension Volunteer with Peace Corps Ghana where she focused on increasing food security, agricultural adaptation to climate change, and women’s empowerment through financial inclusion, literacy, and numeracy. She brings experience in individual and institutional giving from her previous roles at leading organizations such as Climate Group and All Stars Project, Inc.
Jesmine holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a concentration in International Relations and a secondary focus in Environmental Studies.
Cora Neudeck is a Development Associate at BRAC USA, where she works closely with senior leadership to cultivate individual and institutional partnerships that strengthen BRAC’s development programs, research, and emergency response efforts across 11 countries.
Prior to joining BRAC USA, Cora was a Lower School Teacher of Science and Literacy in Abaarso Village, Somalia. She also developed social-emotional learning curriculum for recently arrived refugee children to the US from Latin America and MENA with the International Rescue Committee, and advocated for maternal health and youth development with the Foundation for Post-Conflict Development as a UN Youth NGO Representative. During university, Cora supported grassroots peacebuilding in Israel-Palestine, and interned with Women for Women International in Kosovo and the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children in Nicaragua on health projects for women and girls.
Cora holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology from Harvard University, with a Secondary in Global Health and Health Policy.
Dirk Booy has over 40 years of international development experience having worked at the village/community level, ran a National Field Office, managed a large fundraising office in Canada, and provided global leadership across 96 countries. He has held senior positions in large INGOs, both Western and Southern led, and helped mentor and develop over 100 leaders in the sector. Most recently, Booy served as the Senior Director for Program Development, Resource Mobilization and Learning (PRL) in BRAC helping to establish the PRL unit across the organization.
Currently, Booy is a Consultant/Mentor/Advisor to INGOs helping to build organizational capacity to improve overall impact. His unique focus is on facilitating meaningful change in complex, multicultural organizations. Booy has a Bachelors in Social Economics from Calvin (College) University, and a Masters in International Rural Development Planning from University of Guelph. He resides in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.
Donella Rapier is the President and CEO of BRAC USA, the North American affiliate of BRAC, one of the largest humanitarian and development organizations in the world. Founded in Bangladesh, BRAC now touches the lives of more than 100 million people throughout Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. Donella brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in finance, fundraising, and strengthening and scaling nonprofit organizations.
Before joining BRAC USA, Donella served as the Chief Development and Administrative Officer at Accion, a pioneer and global leader in microfinance and financial inclusion. Prior to that, she was the Chief Financial Officer at Partners In Health, a global healthcare organization working in remote places where healthcare alternatives are limited or otherwise nonexistent, such as Haiti, Rwanda, and Malawi. Earlier in her career, Donella spent more than a decade in senior leadership roles at Harvard University, including Vice President for Alumni Affairs and Development and Chief Financial Officer for Harvard Business School. Donella received her MBA from Harvard Business School and began her career at Price Waterhouse.
An outdoor enthusiast, Donella enjoys bicycling, hiking and kayaking. She also serves as a Trustee and Treasurer for the Lake Titus Protective Association in the Adirondacks, where her family vacations. She lives just outside of Boston, MA, with her husband, Andy Pickett, a practicing attorney.
Greta Bull is the CEO of CGAP and a director at the World Bank Group. Ms. Bull has 18 years of experience in development finance, primarily focused on small and medium enterprise finance, microfinance, and digital financial services. She has worked with financial services providers and policy makers in Latin America, Central, Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia. Her clients have included banks, microfinance institutions, mobile network operators, and fintechs.
Before joining CGAP, Ms. Bull was a manager for Financial Institutions Advisory Services at the International Finance Corporation. Other career highlights include serving as director of the Finance, Banking and Enterprise Division at DAI Europe and holding senior-level positions at the Eurasia Foundation. Ms. Bull has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Washington.
Ron Grzywinski was the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ShoreBank Corporation, the nation’s first and largest certified Community Development Finance Institution. Starting in 1973, ShoreBank provided finance and information services to disinvested communities in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and rural Arkansas. Subsequently, the Corporation provided advisory and operational assistance to Grameen Bank and BRAC in Bangladesh, the Aga Khan Foundation in Pakistan, as well as local development banks in the former Soviet Union, Africa, and Asia. In 1996 ShoreBank Corporation created ShoreBank Pacific, the nation’s first environmental development bank.
Ron has been the recipient of the Independent Sector’s John W. Gardner Leadership Award, the Medal for Entrepreneurial Excellence from the Yale University School of Management, the President’s Founders Award from Loyola University (Chicago), and the Theodore Hesburgh Award for Ethical Business Practices from the University of Notre Dame. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business Degree from Northern Michigan University and was a founding member of the Ashoka Global Academy for Social Entrepreneurship. He has been the CEO of several banks and serves on the boards of numerous social purpose organizations. He is an Alumnus in Residence at Loyola University.
Lynn Thoman is Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her primary focus is non-governmental organizations, international business, and education. She is co-Chair of the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, and Managing Partner of Corporate Perspectives LLC, an investment firm. She previously worked at American Express in international marketing, strategic planning, and finance.
Thoman is a member of the Board of Harvard Medical School and the Brookings Institution. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, the Steering Committee of Women in Leadership at Princeton, the Dean’s Council at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, the Harvard Global Health Advisory Council, the Dean’s Council at the Kennedy School, and the Advisory Board of the Center for Economic Policy Studies at Princeton. She is also a member of the ACCION Women’s Network and the New York Academy of Sciences. She was formerly co-Chair of the Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Thoman holds a BA from Princeton in economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She has worked in over 40 countries in Europe, Asia, and Latin America, and has lived in China.