|Paul Levengood||Board Chairperson
U.S. Vote Foundation
|Keith Allman||Deutsche Bank|
|Cenk Aydin||Lara Holdings and Investments|
|Dan Bader||Bader Philanthropies|
|Amanda Barnes||Oxford Global Media|
|Eden Collinsworth||Collinsworth & Associates|
|Rob Cope||Remember a Charity|
|Debra Davis||Women in the Informal Economy Globalising and Organizing (WIEGO)|
|Dana Freyer||Global Partnership for Afghanistan|
|Ellen Frost||East West Center and National Defense University|
|Julia Guth||The Oxford Club|
|Steve Hansch||Georgetown University|
|Dave Hardman||Warburg Pincus LLC, Goddard Investment Group|
|Leon Irish||International Center for Civil Society Law|
|Sezgin Baran Korkmaz||SBK Holding|
|Barbara Simmonds||Independent Accounting Professional|
|Kamran Elahian||Chairperson Emeritus|
|Val D. Rust||Chairperson Emeritus|
Paul "Chip" Levengood built his career in banking, spending the first half in commercial banking, operations management and systems development and devoting the second half to investment banking. He retired from the Madrid office of JP Morgan in 2000. He previously worked in and has lived and worked extensively in Latin America and Europe, including Sao Paolo, Brussels and Madrid.
Upon graduating from Yale University with a BA in political philosophy, Chip joined the Peace Corps. He was sent to Costa Rica to work as a rural community development volunteer, an experience that was to be a formative influence in his life. After returning to the US to continue his education, he earned an MBA at Columbia University in international finance.
Chip served on the board of EnterpriseWorks/VITA at the time of its merger with Relief International in 2009. He was then elected chairperson of Relief International in 2012. In addition to his long service with RI, EWV and VITA, Chip has dedicated his time to two organizations with the mission of improving access to the vote for U.S. citizens overseas, as chair of the board of the nonpartisan U.S. Vote Foundation and treasurer of the board of Operation BRAVO. He also remains connected to his alma mater through his role as President of the Yale Club of Spain and management of the undergraduate applicant interviews for applicants on the Iberian Peninsula.
Chip is married with two sons and three grandchildren and splits his residence between Madrid and Philadelphia.
Keith Allman is a Director in Deutsche Bank's Structured Credit group working on esoteric asset backed securities. Previously he was an Investment Manager with Bamboo Finance, a commercial investment firm managing a unique portfolio of direct venture and private equity investments around the world. He was responsible for generating new deal flow and providing board representation on the following portfolio companies: VidaGas, Immersion, Greenlight Planet, and Vienova. Earlier, he was a Director at Pearl Street Capital Group, where he focused on private equity fund of funds, capital relief transactions, and venture debt funds. He also founded Enstruct, which services clients worldwide in capital markets and equity valuation, distressed valuation, and quantitative-based training. His analytical expertise originated at Citigroup where he modeled structured products for their conduits and eventually emerging market transactions for their Principal Finance group. He has published four books on quantitative finance related topics including: Modeling Structured Finance Cash Flows, Reverse Engineering Deals on Wall Street, Corporate Valuation Modeling, and Financial Simulation Modeling. Prior to becoming a board member for Relief International he was a volunteer for them in the Middle East, training microfinance analysts on consumer credit risk analysis. He holds bachelor degrees from UCLA in Political Science and Psychology and a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University.
Cenk Aydin, an international businessman and entrepreneur, is the Founder and CEO of Lara Holdings and Investments (LHI) with investments, services and development projects in Finance, Energy and Technology Sectors across Holland, UK, USA and Turkey.
Aydın, a Turkish-British banker, served as the Head of Corporate Segment for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at JPMorgan until 2013. Aydın started his career at Citigroup in 1999 with the Management Associate program in New York. He took on several leadership responsibilities, including Global Strategy and Client Coverage within the Corporate and Investment Bank and Global Transaction Banking Divisions and Natural Resources Sector in New York and London.
Before joining JP Morgan, Aydın served Bank of America as their Chief Operating Officer for the Global Global Corporate and Investment Bank across theEMEA region. Cenk Aydın primarily spent his career in formulating and executing global expansion plans for the world’s largest banks and financing global expansion of Fortune 500 Companies. Aydın holds an MBA in Corporate Finance and Marketing and a BA in Economics. Aydın studied Public Policy and Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Aydın is a Councilor at the EastWest Institute, Board Member of Teach-A-Man-to-Fish, Hydromx International, Chairman of Quants Corporation and E-Farm B.V.
Cenk’s areas of expertise are Global Corporate Expansion Strategies, Corporate Finance, M&A, Corporate Strategy, Technology and Finance Investments, Global Distribution/Sales Strategy, Energy, Technology and Finance.
Aydın was named Young Global Leader, one of the 100 Global Leaders under the age of 40 in the world in 2010 by the World Economic Forum. He is currently an active member of the World Economic Forum.
Since 1992, Bader Philanthropies has made grants and facilitated idea sharing in support of thousands of charitable efforts of all sizes. As President and CEO, Daniel Bader strives to ensure that the Foundation and its partners have a lasting impact on a range of issues across the world.
A Milwaukee native, Bader is devoted to using the Foundation’s human and financial resources to ultimately help individuals of all backgrounds reach their fullest potential. He discussed the Foundation's unique approach and the importance of education in an interview with PASS, LLC. His primary responsibilities at the Foundation include: developing programmatic and operational strategies; facilitating community relations and outreach to the public and private sector; and ensuring long-term financial stability. He is a frequent speaker on subjects affecting philanthropy and nonprofit organizations.
Outside of the Foundation, Bader is an active participant of the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations working on many of those same issues. He is currently chair of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, which bolsters the social, education, and cultural institutions of the area’s Jewish community. Bader’s other board appointments include: Greater Milwaukee Committee for Community Development, Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Milwaukee Water Council, and Rogers Behavioral Health System.
In the private sector, Bader is chairman of Generation Growth Capital, Inc., a Milwaukee-based private equity firm that invests in mature businesses in low-to-moderate income communities. Bader has also served as a director of a number of emerging technology and life science firms, and he is currently co-chair of Materia, Inc., a Pasadena, Calif.-based company working to bring greener technologies to the pharmaceutical and chemical research fields.
Bader holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2006, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree in recognition of his efforts to improve the quality of life in the city.
Bader lives in Shorewood, Wis., with his wife and three children.
Amanda Barnes is a consultant specializing in strategic communication at Oxford Global Media where she develops media and stakeholder engagement strategies for international NGOs, UN agencies and other non-profit organizations. Amanda's experience spans marketing, media relations, digital communications and advocacy.
Amanda has traveled widely across Africa and Asia, helping local NGOs and community groups develop their communications skills, advocate for change, and enhance their engagement with donors and other stakeholders. In the U.K. she focuses on changing the way global poverty is represented to northern audiences and finding new ways to amplify voices from marginalized communities.
Before becoming a consultant Amanda held a variety of senior NGO posts with strategic responsibilities at Plan International, Amnesty, Help the Aged/HelpAge and Save the Children.
Eden Collinsworth is a former media executive and business consultant with a diverse background in international and emerging markets, and with 35 years of leadership in the private and public sectors. She was the president and publisher of Arbor House Book Publishing Company before co-founding the Los Angeles-based monthly lifestyle magazine, Buzz, in 1991. Five years later, Buzz was nominated for a National Magazine Award. The magazine enjoyed partnerships with National Public Radio, Paramount Studios and CBS-TV, and launched spin-offs such as Buzz Weekly, Buzz Online and Buzz books, a St. Martin’s Press imprint. Cap Cities/ABC bought Buzz, Inc. in 1999, after which Collinsworth became vice president and director of cross media business development at Hearst Corporation.
She has also served as vice president, chief-of-staff at The EastWest Institute, a global think tank. In 2011—upon writing a bestselling book in China for Chinese businessmen on Western deportment—she launched Collinsworth & Associates, a Beijing-based consulting company that specialized in intercultural communication.
She is the author of a novel, It Might Have Been What He Said and a memoir, I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became Its Own Unforgettable Lesson. Her book on modern morality is to be published in 2017 by Random House.
Rob Cope is director of Remember A Charity, a consortium of 140 U.K. charities that work together to make gifts in wills the social norm.
Rob was previously deputy director of marketing and communications at The Prince’s Trust. He was with The Prince's Trust for seven years, overseeing all high-profile national campaigns, including The Trust's 30th birthday appeal.
Debra Marie Davis is a highly rated financial advisor specializing in institutional processes and performance. A former partner at Deloitte, Debra hails from Washington, D.C. but makes her home in London, where she has lived and worked for more than two decades. Debra is skilled in the financial and operational issues of international businesses, as well as in mergers and acquisitions.
Debra mentors young U.K. entrepreneurs through the Enterprise Programme of the Prince’s Trust. She sits on the board of Women in the Informal Economy Globalising and Organizing (WIEGO), a Harvard University-based network dedicated to securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women. Debra also sits on the board of The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and has long experience with other non-governmental organizations and socially conscious endeavors
Debra is a cum laude graduate of Baylor University and earned a Master of Business Administration at the University of Texas. She also holds a Diplôme de Cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu.
Debra brings to RI her deep experience in finance and audit, as well as her creativity and expertise in negotiating stakeholder interests and regulatory frameworks. Debra joined the Relief International board of directors in 2017.
Dana H. Freyer is Chair of the Board of Directors of Global Partnership for Afghanistan (GPFA), a U.S. nonprofit organization that she co-founded in 2002. GPFA worked with rural Afghan women and men to build farm businesses that alleviate poverty, build sustainable livelihoods and restore the environment.
Dana was recognized by former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative for GPFA’s groundbreaking work in lifting Afghan farm families out of poverty. She was awarded a 2010 Purpose Prize for her role in restoring Afghan farmers’ livelihoods. The Purpose Prize recognizes innovators age 60 and over who are solving the world's most pressing problems. She also received the prestigious Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award from Tufts University. The award is given to individuals and/or organizations dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems. She was awarded the Harriet Buescher Lawrence Prize from Connecticut College, which recognizes outstanding contributions to society by an alumna, and delivered the keynote address at Connecticut College’s alumni reunion on the subject: “Crossing Boundaries, Moving Mountains: How Individuals Are Changing the World.” She has traveled extensively in Afghanistan.
Ms. Freyer retired in 2009 after more than 30 years with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP where she was a partner and head of the Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution and Corporate Compliance Program practice groups.
She is a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S.-Afghan Women's Council, and an Advisor to the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration project.
Ms. Freyer has repeatedly been named by prestigious trade journals as one of the world's leading commercial arbitration and dispute resolution lawyers. In 2001, the National Law Journal named her among the country’s top 50 women litigators.
Ellen Frost is a Senior Advisor and Fellow at the East-West Center and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the National Defense University's Institute of National Strategic Studies, both in Washington, DC. Her most recent book is Asia's New Regionalism.
Frost served in the U.S. government as Counselor to the U.S. Trade Representative (1993-95), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Economic and Technology Affairs (1977-81), various positions in the Treasury Department (1974-77) and the State Department (1963), and Legislative Assistant in the U.S. Senate (1972-74). During the 1980s she worked for two multinational corporations. In addition to her new book, she is the author of For Richer, For Poorer: The New US-Japan Relationship (1987) and Transatlantic Trade: A Strategic Agenda (1997), co-editor of The Global Century: Globalization and National Security (2001), and author of numerous articles and chapters. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, the U.S. committee of CSCAP (Council on Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific), and the Public Diplomacy Council. She also does volunteer work in southeast Washington.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts in l945, Frost received a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University, where she specialized in the politics and foreign policy of China; an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; and a B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College, where she majored in international relations and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
John Gage is now a partner with KPCB, with a primary focus on Greentech. John was formerly the Chief Researcher and Vice President of the Science Office for Sun Microsystems, an international information technology company based in California. He was one of the founders of Sun, in 1982, when a group of students and professors from Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley joined to create open systems in hardware and software. He has served on the Boards of Trustees of the United States National Library of Medicine, FermiLabs, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, NetDay, Schools Online, United States National Research Council, the Internet Society (ISOC) and other scientific and educational groups. Mr. Gage serves on the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security, the Board of Advisors of the United States Institute of Peace, the National Academy of Sciences, and the International Advisory Board of the Malaysian Multimedia Corridor.
Julia Guth is the Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of The Oxford Club, a private international network of investors and entrepreneurs dedicated to helping members grow and protect their wealth.
She’s led the organization since its founding in Baltimore, Md., more than 26 years ago. Julia is also the founder of Investment U, the educational arm of The Oxford Club. With more than 150,000 members in 152 countries, The Oxford Club offers a multifaceted investment philosophy and the ability to share timely ideas through investment-focused publications.
In the course of growing this large and dynamic online investment education network, Julia developed substantial expertise in business and team management, online marketing and copywriting/editorial publishing. She applies these talents and skills on behalf of Relief International’s mission.
Julia holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a Masters of Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is also the Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of the non-profit Roberto Clemente Health Clinic in Nicaragua. She joined the board of Relief International in 2017.
Steve Hansch has spent the last 35 years working with international profits in humanitarian assistance, including fundraising, evaluation, lessons-sharing, standards-setting, training and governance. He has done field work in a range of crises, beginning with the IRC in eastern Sudan during the Ethiopian famine where he was lead nutritionist for Ethiopian refugee camps. As an epidemiologist, he's collected data in over 100 refugee camps, and a dozen wars, including Somalia, Rwanda, Kosovo, DRC, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Darfur, etc. He has worked for over a dozen NGOs, several UN and red cross agencies.
He currently services as RI’s Treasurer as well as Chairman of the Finance & Operations Committee.
In 1998 he first joined the Relief International board of directors and then served as Board chair from 1999-2001. He has spent time with Relief International field programs in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Darfur Kosovo, Albania, Somalia, Azerbaijan, Haiti, and Iraq/Jordan. He has trained RI staff both through field programs, headquarters events and as part of the technical RI/Kaiser Permanente training workshops for medical professionals interested in working in emergencies.
In addition to SPHERE, ALNAP and other NGO training workshops he runs routinely, he also has been an instructor in humanitarian aid starting at Stanford University in the late 1970s and continuing today at Johns Hopkins, Columbia and George Washington schools of public health, and for the last twelve years at American University and GW graduate schools. Since 2001 he has been a Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for the Study of International Migration.
Traveling in the field as much as possible, he has worked with a variety non-governmental organizations including Food Aid Management, the Refugee Policy Group and serves on several other nonprofit boards. Since 2008 he has also been a lead liaison in the United States for DARA which conducts evaluations of donors and the aid community in major emergencies. A graduate of Stanford University, he received his Masters in Public Health from Boston University.
Dave is a managing director focused on real estate investment at Warburg Pincus LLC, a global private equity firm. He is also Vice Chairman of Goddard Investment Group, a real estate investment firm. Earlier in his career, Dave spent 25 years at Morgan Stanley where he started and ran the Asia real estate principal investing business. He later served as the company’s U.S. Head of Real Estate Investing.
Dave also is a director of The Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation, which supports basic science research striving for the advancement of a healthy and sustainable future for humans. He was a member of the board of directors and interim chief operating officer at Global Partnership for Afghanistan, a U.S. nonprofit organization that worked with rural Afghan women and men to build farm businesses that alleviate poverty, build sustainable livelihoods and restore the environment. He served in the U.S. Army and participated in Operation New Life, which cared for more than 110,000 of the first wave of Vietnamese refugees to the United States.
Dave earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the United States Military Academy and is a graduate of Harvard Business School. He has five children and one granddaughter. He resides in Connecticut.
Leon ("Lee") E. Irish is President of the International Center for Civil Society Law. His principal current activities are teaching comparative not-for-profit law and human rights, providing technical assistance to developing and transition countries on laws affecting civil society, and publishing a monthly newsletter and quarterly journal through www.iccsl.org. Previously he was a senior partner at Caplin & Drysdale and Jones Day.
Before founding the International Center for Civil Society Law, Dr. Irish co-founded the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, where he served as Chairman or President from 1994-2002. Dr. Irish is a member of the District of Columbia and Supreme Court bars and has been an officer or director of many professional and voluntary organizations, as well as an adjunct or visiting professor at a number of top law schools in the US and Europe. For USAID, UNDP, the World Bank, and others, Dr. Irish has provided technical assistance in over 45 countries around the world for the creation and improvement of laws affecting civil society and citizen rights.
Dr. Irish is a member of the College of Tax Counsel, the American Counsel of Employee Benefits Counsel, the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute, the American Association of International Law, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Byron White of the United States Supreme Court, and for over thirty years he was a member of the Advisory Board of the BNA Pension Reporter. He is listed in Who's Who and Who's Who in America.
Lee was born in Superior, Wisconsin. He received his B.A. in history from Stanford University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, and his D. Phil. (Oxon) in law and legal philosophy at Oxford University.
Sezgin Baran Korkmaz is the founder and CEO of SBK Holding, a firm which invests in distressed bank assets and companies in financial distress. However, instead of breaking these assets and selling the component parts, SBK invests in them with intention of returning them to sustainability and successful businesses. Currently SBK Holding employs over 8,000 people worldwide, and has investments in finance, pharmaceuticals, mining, energy, real estate, technology and logistics. SBK Holding operates with the aim of becoming an industry leader in each of the fields they enter. SBK Holding has operations in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, the United States and Belize. In the United Stated, SBK Holdings USA has offices in Beverly Hills, CA.
Mr. Korkmaz began his entrepreneurial career by inventing, producing, selling, and distributing innovative technologies. At a young age, Mr. Korkmaz invented Protective Engine Oil Additive, an electromagnetic device used to maximize fuel efficiency, as well as a device to improve the quality of drinking water. Shortly thereafter, he opened his first factory, manufacturing a product by the name of Rock Oil. Baran further established a robust distribution network for his products to service both the public and private sectors.
In addition to being a successful entrepreneur, Sezgin Baran Korkmaz has a strong social mission. He has donated to 8 boarding schools in his hometown and has provided humanitarian aid to Somalis, Turkmens and Yazidis in Iraq. Having lost his father at the age of 3, he is passionate about helping Syrian refugees and children all over the world. Over the past 5 years, Mr. Korkmaz has donated over 30 million USD to various causes.
Mr. Korkmaz is married with two children. He likes playing bridge, sailing and watching baseball. His life motto is to “plant goodness to harvest goodness”.
Barbara Simmonds is a Chartered Accountant who for the last 20 years has been working both in the U.K. and overseas as a freelance financial consultant. She has worked as a Finance Director/Team Leader/ and an Accounting Specialist on a variety of international aid projects funded by the European Union, U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), and other donor organizations in Asia, Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Middle East, and Eastern Europe. She also has contracts with a number of companies in the U.K., including other charities.
Barbara’s projects have included advising on business and strategic planning, financial management, financial and management accounting, preparation of financial reports, implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards, review and development of accounting systems, grant management and donor reporting, capacity building of local professional institutions and training accountants and non-finance managers in financial management and accounting.
Previously she was with Pricewaterhouse Coopers for 12 years in the audit and corporate finance departments and then with Avis Europe plc for three years as Company Secretary and Director of Corporate Development.
Barbara has a B.A. in Modern Languages and a M.A. from the University of Oxford.
Irene Wurtzel is a playwright, and teacher of playwrighting. She is a winner of the Margo Jones Playwriting award, the Jane Chambers award for outstanding woman playwright, and a Cine award for a documentary film on the history of the American labor movement. Four plays, co-written with Charlotte Anker, have appeared on and off-Broadway, in regional theater and in England. IN THE MOOD was produced at Olney Theater in September 2006.
Currently Ms. Wurtzel is co-chairman of the Board of Theater J, serves on the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund, and the boards of Shenandoah University and The Phoenix Project. For five years she was chairman of the Board of Enterprise Works/VITA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to alleviate poverty in the Third World by working with small producers to create profitable and environmentally sustainable businesses.
In the past, she served on the Board of Arena Stage,and was former former chairman of the board of the Family and Children's Trust Fund of Virginia, a commission aimed at preventing domestic violence and child abuse in Virginia. During the Clinton presidency, she was appointed to the President's Commission on The Celebration of Women in American History.
Kamran Elahian is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Global Catalyst Partners. He is a veteran entrepreneur with over 27 years of experience in the high-tech industry. Mr. Elahian has co-founded ten high-tech companies, one venture capital firm and two non-profit organizations. Mr. Elahian also co-founded Schools Online (1996), a non-profit public charity organization with the goal of bringing the Internet to every school in the world, and co-founded the Global Catalyst Foundation (2000), a private philanthropic foundation. Mr. Elahian is the Chairperson Emeritus of Relief International. Mr. Elahian is currently the Chairman of Centillium Communications, Planetweb, Greenfield Networks, Entopia, Actelis Networks, Omnitrust, and the Global Catalyst Foundation.
Val D. Rust is Professor of Education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He received his PhD from the University of Michigan. He has recently served as the Faculty Chair of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and the Director of the International Education Office at UCLA, which houses the Education Abroad Program, the Travel Study Program, non-University of California study abroad providers and other student exchange programs. He is also Director of the Center for International and Development Education in the Department of Education (CIDE), which deals extensively with higher educational mapping around the world, international educational leadership, and teacher training.
His primary research interests are with the politics of educational reform, the role of education in broader social change, and internationalizing higher education. He presently heads a number of educational development projects around the world. He participates actively in distance learning programs as well as evaluation and training programs connected mainly with organizational development and professional renewal. He has also been actively engaged in humanitarian relief projects, especially those related to education.