Advisory board

We can all use a bit of help from time to time. The PCDN Career Advisory board is made up of a group of extraordinary individuals representing a diverse range of expertise. From recruiting in the social sector; to development or peacebuilding practice, to tech for social change, they are truly awesome!

While the PCDN Team has a combined 40 years+ experience in the social sector, we rely on our Advisory Board to provide insights for the most challenging questions related to building careers of impact.

 

Bob Spoer

Chief Entrepreneur for People/Search
Ashoka

ElsaMarie is the Founder & CEO of Red Dot Foundation (Safecity) which isa platform that crowdsources personal experiences of sexual violence and abuse in public spaces. Since Safecity started in Dec 2012, it has become the largest crowdmap on the issue in India, Kenya, Cameroon and Nepal.

ElsaMarie is an alumni of the Stanford Draper Hills Summer School, the US State Department’s Fortune Program and the Commonwealth Leadership Program. She is also a fellow with Rotary Peace, Aspen New Voices, Vital Voices and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader. She is listed as one of BBC Hindi’s 100 Women and recently was awarded the Global Leadership Award by Vital Voices. She has spoken about her work at the Aspen Ideas Festival , at TEDx MidAtlantic, UN Women, State Department, Vital Voices South to South Leadership Summit. Prior to Safecity, she was in the aviation industry for 20 years where she worked with Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines. Her last portfolio was Vice President Network Planning & Charters where she oversaw the planning and implementation of 500
daily flights.

ElsaMarie D’Silva

Founder/CEO
Red Dot Foundation (SafeCity)

My passion revolves around connecting people and supporting them with finding their purpose at the intersection of social and environmental impact and leadership. Working at THNK is the right place to be.

I have a background in sustainable development and have extensive experience working as a marketer in the responsible investment and impact investing space. Most notably I held senior marketing roles at Nyenrode Business University, Sustainalytics (leading responsible investment research firm), FMO (Dutch Development Bank) and Phenix Capital, an investment consultant focused on impact and sustainable development investing.
Born and bred in Paris, France, I have visited over 35 countries and lived in Switzerland, Canada and the UK before settling in Amsterdam in 2006. I hold a Bachelor’s in International Business from La Sorbonne University, Master’s in Sustainable Development from Sussex University and an MBA in General Management from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management

Marthe Reinette

Global Participation Director
THNK

Pro Mujer is a leading women’s development organization that delivers transformative services to low-income women in Latin America. Diana brings broad experience in social finance, private banking, consulting and private equity in Latin America. Prior to Pro Mujer, she was the Founder of Ascenda, a consultancy committed to business solutions that drive meaningful social change. Diana was also Principal of FIRST, a private equity fund investing in Brazilian growth stage companies delivering social impact alongside financial returns. Additionally, she spent several years as an international private banker at Royal Bank of Canada and Barclays. Diana serves on the boards of Pro Mujer Nicaragua, Pro Mujer Bolivia and the Career Advisory Board of Peace and Collaborative Development Network. She was also Co-Founder of the Association for Corporate Growth, Brazil chapter. Diana graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and later earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She also attended Harvard University’s Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development, an executive education program for microfinance at the JFK School of Government.

Diana Castro

Chief Alliance Officer
Pro Mujer

Michael Davidson is the Director of Global Recruitment at the Open Society Foundations where he is responsible for the development and delivery of the overall talent attraction strategy, from pre-recruitment through on-boarding for all of Open Society’s hub and regional offices. Michael further acts as an advisor to Open Society’s individual foundations on the development and implementation of their recruitment strategies. Prior to joining Open Society, Michael oversaw recruitment and onboarding at the Clinton Foundation where he expanded the recruitment function across the Foundation’s multiple international entities. Before the Clinton Foundation, Michael worked at Human Rights Watch overseeing recruiting, onboarding and global mobility and was the co-chair of HRW’s Diversity Committee. Michael received his BA in Political Science and Intercultural Studies from Fordham University.
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Michael Davidson

Director of Global Recruitment
Open Society Foundations

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini is the Co-founder and Executive Director of ICAN. For over two decades she has been a leading international peace strategist. In 2000, she was among the civil society drafters of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. In 2011, Ms. Naraghi-Anderlini was the first Senior Expert on Gender and Inclusion on the UN’s Mediation Standby Team. She provides guidance and training to senior personnel in UN agencies, governments and NGOs worldwide, and has worked in conflict affected countries globally.

Between 2002 and 2005, as Director of the Women Waging Peace Policy Commission, Sanam led ground breaking field research on women’s contributions to conflict prevention, security and peacemaking in 12 countries. Between 2008-2010 she led UNDP’s 10-country action research on men in crisis settings. She has published extensively on peace and security issues, including Women building peace: What they do, why it matters (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007). Ms. Naraghi-Anderlini holds an M.Phil in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. Iranian by birth, she is a UK citizen, and has twin daughters.

Sanam Anderlini

Co-founder and Executive Director
International Civil Society Action Network

Anne leads the general management and strategic direction of the office, ensuring the Graduate Career Center produces quality programs and services to the many different constituents supported by the office: students, employers, alumni, faculty and the greater GSFS and MA Government communities. Anne also oversees new and existing employer relationships, as well as leads professional skills workshops. Anne individually coaches students and alumni as they grow and develop into industry leaders. Anne is a professionally certified Executive and Leadership Coach (PCC) as well as a certified Career Management Coach.

Prior to coming to Georgetown, Anne taught career management courses at George Mason University. She also served as the Associate Dean of Students at American University. Anne holds a M.Ed. in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Mary Washington.

Anne Steen

Director of the School of Foreign Service Career Center
Georgetown University

Elisabeth Kvitashvili is an accomplished development professional with global humanitarian and crisis response leadership and field operations expertise spanning more than 35 years. She was a Senior USAID Manager, and held multiple positions within USAID including Mission Director for USAID/Sri Lanka and Maldives, Colombo, Sri Lanka,2015, Mission Director for USAID Russia, Moscow, Russia, 2009-2010, and Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Middle East, 2013-2015. She was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in the Conflict Resolution Program and created and taught “Food Security and Conflict Resolution: An Operational Perspective; Food Security,” and “Humanitarian Assistance and Conflict Resolution: An Operational Perspective”. She is a part-time senior development advisor for International Orthodox Christian Charities and Crown Agents and a Senior Associate (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

Elisabeth Kvitashvili

Consultant

Mohit is an innovator in the education space, focused on developing curriculum to help youth be ‘changemakers’. He is the founding Director of the Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace (UPEACE), headquartered in Costa Rica. In this role, he has developed and taught over 50 seminars in eight countries on themes ranging from ‘Education 2.0’ to ‘Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Change’. Prior to this role, he served as VP of Programs at Watson U and Education Program Manager of the Earth Charter Initiative, an international nonprofit organization. He also spent four years at A.T. Kearney management consultants. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and did his Master’s at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Mohit Mukherjee

founding Director
Centre for Executive Education at the University for Peace

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini is the Co-founder and Executive Director of ICAN. For over two decades she has been a leading international peace strategist. In 2000, she was among the civil society drafters of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. In 2011, Ms. Naraghi-Anderlini was the first Senior Expert on Gender and Inclusion on the UN’s Mediation Standby Team. She provides guidance and training to senior personnel in UN agencies, governments and NGOs worldwide, and has worked in conflict affected countries globally.

Between 2002 and 2005, as Director of the Women Waging Peace Policy Commission, Sanam led ground breaking field research on women’s contributions to conflict prevention, security and peacemaking in 12 countries. Between 2008-2010 she led UNDP’s 10-country action research on men in crisis settings. She has published extensively on peace and security issues, including Women building peace: What they do, why it matters (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007). Ms. Naraghi-Anderlini holds an M.Phil in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. Iranian by birth, she is a UK citizen, and has twin daughters.

Tammy Lynn Gilmore

Senior Conference Programmer and Non-Profit Grant Specialist
SXSW

Dr. Abdalla’s current position is the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in the Washington, D.C. area. From 2014 to 2017 he was the Senior Advisor on Policy Analysis and Research at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University. In 2013-2014, he was Vice President of SALAM Institute for Peace and Justice in Washington, D.C. From 2004-2013 he was Professor, Dean and Vice Rector at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. From 2001-2004 he was a Senior Fellow with the Peace Operations Policy Program, School of Public Policy, at George Mason University, Virginia. He was also a Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, Virginia. He was a public prosecutor from 1978 to 1987 in Egypt. He then emigrated to the U.S. where he obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

Amr Abdalla

Assessment and Evaluation Director of the Reform of Education in Muslim Societies Project
International Institute of Islamic Thought

Throughout my career I have been helping individuals and organizations achieve their goals in nonprofit, education, start-up, and international settings. I have a natural ability to help others craft their pitch, develop a strategy for their search, and connect them with resources and people. Institutionally, I apply these skills to develop strong teams, cultivate partnerships, streamline systems, and lead innovative initiatives. As a skilled career coach who uses a multicultural and multidimensional lens, I know that searching for a job impacts many facets of one’s life. My joy comes from making the unwritten rules of a job search more explicit and guiding others on their journey to career success. I am passionate about developing talent, cultivating innovation, and creating cultures where individuals and teams thrive.

Surabhi Lal

Director of Career Services
NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Based in London, Carolyn works as part of the global recruitment team at Open Society Foundations on talent engagement, attraction and direct sourcing strategies for mid to senior level hires. Before coming to OSF she worked in executive search, most recently as part of the not-for-profit team at Odgers Berndtson, the UK’s pre-eminent executive search firm, where she handled the delivery and execution of a range of executive and non-executive appointments across the sector.

Carolyn Goodman

Recruitment Source
Open Society Foundations

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini is the Co-founder and Executive Director of ICAN. For over two decades she has been a leading international peace strategist. In 2000, she was among the civil society drafters of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. In 2011, Ms. Naraghi-Anderlini was the first Senior Expert on Gender and Inclusion on the UN’s Mediation Standby Team. She provides guidance and training to senior personnel in UN agencies, governments and NGOs worldwide, and has worked in conflict affected countries globally.

Between 2002 and 2005, as Director of the Women Waging Peace Policy Commission, Sanam led ground breaking field research on women’s contributions to conflict prevention, security and peacemaking in 12 countries. Between 2008-2010 she led UNDP’s 10-country action research on men in crisis settings. She has published extensively on peace and security issues, including Women building peace: What they do, why it matters (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2007). Ms. Naraghi-Anderlini holds an M.Phil in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University. Iranian by birth, she is a UK citizen, and has twin daughters.

Tammy Lynn Gilmore

Senior Conference Programmer and Non-Profit Grant Specialist
SXSW

Dr. Abdalla’s current position is the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) in the Washington, D.C. area. From 2014 to 2017 he was the Senior Advisor on Policy Analysis and Research at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University. In 2013-2014, he was Vice President of SALAM Institute for Peace and Justice in Washington, D.C. From 2004-2013 he was Professor, Dean and Vice Rector at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. From 2001-2004 he was a Senior Fellow with the Peace Operations Policy Program, School of Public Policy, at George Mason University, Virginia. He was also a Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, Virginia. He was a public prosecutor from 1978 to 1987 in Egypt. He then emigrated to the U.S. where he obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

Amr Abdalla

Assessment and Evaluation Director of the Reform of Education in Muslim Societies Project
International Institute of Islamic Thought

Throughout my career I have been helping individuals and organizations achieve their goals in nonprofit, education, start-up, and international settings. I have a natural ability to help others craft their pitch, develop a strategy for their search, and connect them with resources and people. Institutionally, I apply these skills to develop strong teams, cultivate partnerships, streamline systems, and lead innovative initiatives. As a skilled career coach who uses a multicultural and multidimensional lens, I know that searching for a job impacts many facets of one’s life. My joy comes from making the unwritten rules of a job search more explicit and guiding others on their journey to career success. I am passionate about developing talent, cultivating innovation, and creating cultures where individuals and teams thrive.

Surabhi Lal

Director of Career Services
NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
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