Our Board of Directors
Dr. Arvind Singhal teaches and conducts research in the diffusion of innovations, the positive deviance approach, organizing for social change, the entertainment-education strategy, and liberating interactional structures. His work spans sectors such as health, education, peace, human rights, poverty alleviation, sustainable development, civic participation, and corporate citizenship
He currently serves as Director of the Social Justice Initiative at the Department of Communications at the University of Texas-El Paso. He has lectured in over 60 countries.
Laura Giadorou Koch, JD and LLM - CEO, Dolium SA, the first winery in Latin America with a “B Corp Certificate” and awarded in 2014 & 2016 “The Best for the World in Environment” by B Lab.org. At Young Presidents Organization (YPO), she is Chair for the Social Engagement Networks Council. She serves on non-profit boards: Eye to Eye National, Think Equal and Million Peacemakers; and in the advisory boards of Grameen Prima Care, Impakt, Ignite Power and BUILD. Also she is member of the Economic Club of New York, Women Corporate Directors, and Financial Women Association. In addition, she serves as Ashoka Senior Advisor and gives talks on Social Entrepreneurship at several universities: NYU, Columbia University and Fordham U.
Laura serves as Senior Editor for e-AboutMicrofinance, and has published reports and articles for the United Nations, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Real Leaders Magazine and Argentine newspapers. Prior to the above, she practiced corporate law on Wall Street for practically two decades specializing in cross-border transactions for Latin American and European clients.
Eliana brings over twenty-five years of experience working in LAC to design and implement strategies that combine communications for social change, women’s leadership, and sustainable community development. She has consulted hundreds of NGOs and over 100 indigenous groups involved with education, health, conservation, and community development. She co-founded Minga Peru and has been invited to present at the University of El Paso – Texas, the Clinton School for Public Service, the Global Philanthropy Forum, CNN, Funders without Borders, and Funders for Human Rights, among others.
She received the Ashoka prize for social innovation, is a member of the Avina Foundation’s Latin American Leadership Network and was the first international recipient of the “Triumph of the Spirit” award for her human rights defense work.
Marcela has ten years of experience as a program coordinator and graphic designer. She is responsible for organizing all FICE events, including needs assessments, workshops, follow-ups and small grants program.
She provides tailored follow-up assistance to partners and assists in evaluation and monitoring. Marcela also helps partners to design and disseminate compelling educational material, including government programs supporting citizen participation of leader women in the Amazon.
Jenna is from Chicago, Illinois and a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign, her studies focused on sustainable business development in Latin America. She is working with Minga Peru as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer and is supporting the FICE program in institutional strengthening and program management. Before moving to Lima, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Peru. She has over 5 years’ experience working in sustainable development in Latin America, international business, and human resources. When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and photography.
Ruth is a communicator for development with over five years of experience in the management of communication strategies for programs and projects of advocacy and social transformation.
She has worked on issues of university social responsibility, gender equity, and environment preservation for the State, international cooperations, NGOs and universities. Ruth has a bachelor’s degree in Communication for Development from the PUCP University in Peru.
Karina is a journalist with over eight years of experience in the design and implementation of communication strategies for the formulation of policies, programs, and projects to promote citizen participation in public and private institutions.
She has worked as a consultant for different agencies of the United Nations, International Cooperation and non-profit organizations. Karina holds a degree in journalism from the Jaime Bausate y Meza University, she also has an academic background in Governance and Political Management from the PUCP University and the George Washington University; as well as in the design of Performance Indicators and Policies from the PUCP University.
Ana Lucía is a professional advertiser. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, she has been working for five years in advertising campaigns, corporate communication strategies, and brand building in various communication platforms.
She has worked in Peruvian advertising agencies like Joe Quispe and Youpanqui BBDO. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Advertising from the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) (Lima, Peru), and then studied an intensive course in Advertising Creativity at Underground School (Buenos Aires, Argentina). Ana Lucía is currently following an International Master Degree in Corporate Communications at EAE Business School (Spain).
Johnny is an accountant with experience in the private sector and nonprofit organizations. He has a long experience in financial management for rural development projects.
Jhonny assists organizations trained by FICE to strengthen their financial reporting and management. His exceptional work and attention to detail have earned him recognition from a number of international foundations.
Emira is an indigenous Kukama leader with fifteen years of experience in sustainable community development and in human rights. She is an expert in developing intercultural radio programs and was elected to serve on a multidisciplinary team addressing issues of poverty in the Loreto region.
She holds a degree in Sustainable Rural Tourism and Marketing from the University of Texas-El Paso (USA).
Daniza is a professional communicator with three years experience in creating content for different communication platforms, social media strategies, photography and graphic design. She has worked in communications for Amazon Conservation, Eco Negocios Tambopata and as a freelancer. Daniza holds a bachelor's degree in Social Communication from the University of Lima.
DIRECTOR OF SMU'S EMBREY HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM
INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING AND COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
IT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EXPERT
PHOTOGRAPHER AND FILM VIDEO DIRECTOR
COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST AND ADVERTISING CREATIVE DIRECTOR
RAUL ÑATO ZEVALLOS
GLADYS CHAVEZ CASTAGNOLA
JENNIFER M. BIENEMANN