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.
Luis is an experienced organizer, working collaboratively with grassroots communities throughout Latin America since 1994. Since he co-founded Minga Peru in 1998, he has served as Program Director, developing Minga’s training methodology and facilitating hundreds of workshops and radio programs.
He has academic training in Business Administration, Nonprofit Management, Rural Micro-credit Programs, Conservation, Natural Resource Management, and Gender Studies with a specialization in Contemporary Masculinities.
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.
Marita is a social communicator and digital media expert with seven years of experience in branding, social media strategies, digital photography, magazine editing, and social projects.
She has worked with the National Commission on Truth and Reconciliation and has coached university students to design and evaluate social responsibility projects. Marita holds a degree in Communications and Media Relations from Il Sole 24 Ore (Milan, Italy), a Communications degree from the PUCP University in Perú, and a Philosophy degree from FTPCL.
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 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).
Jhonny 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.
Jennifer M. Bienemann has an extensive record of fundraising and administrative success as a key staff member in non-profit organizations. Over the past 25 years, Jenny has worked closely with Board, administrative, and community leaders to establish and execute comprehensive contributed income strategies that advance the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission. In addition to crafting strategy and participating in high-dollar solicitations, building the pipeline of potential major gifts contributors, advancing annual fund initiatives and overseeing special events, Jenny’s professional experience encompasses committee work, including Development, Major Gifts, Gala, and Nominating/Board Development, through which she facilitates the process of new Board member identification, cultivation, stewardship. She has served as a grant panelist for the Illinois Arts Council, and as a featured presenter at the Theatre Communication Group's National Conference and Fall Forum, Folk Alliance International and Folk Alliance Midwest, and The Arts and Business Council of Chicago.
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).
Sebastián is a professional audiovisual communicator with two-years experience in creating audiovisual content for different communication platforms, social media strategies and graphic design. He worked as an assistant editor in audiovisual studios like 'Ayni Producciones' and managed social media content for companies like Gaima App. Sebastián holds a bachelor's degree in Audiovisual Communication from the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC).
ALBERTO ARÉVALO DEL ÁGUILA
INSTITUTIONAL STRENGTHENING AND COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
PHOTOGRAPHER AND FILM VIDEO DIRECTOR
COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST AND ADVERTISING CREATIVE DIRECTOR
IT INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EXPERT
DIRECTOR OF SMU'S EMBREY HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM
GLADYS CHAVEZ CASTAGNOLA