"one of the greatest leadership challenges of our time is finding new models of development that overcome...limits to human progress by harnessing the interests, competencies, and resources of all sectors" -Partnering for Success: Business Perspectives on Multistakeholder Partnerships, World Economic Forum Report, 2005.
Frank Cohn: Executive Director
Eugenio Cano: Director of Consulting
Kristine Lim Ang: Development Officer
Kaitlyn LaRiviere: Development Officer
James Burke: Cash Honey Project Manager
James Dreiss: GlobalVote Project Manager
Tiffany Yip: GlobalVote Fundraising Coordinator
Fu Jie Zhang: GlobalVote Political Partnership Coordinator
Michael Slaven: Web & Tech Manager
Jeffrey Garofalo: Graphic Design Coordinator
Talla Mboup: Researcher
Makhete Cisse: Researcher
See Our Flagship Program Website for all Global Potential Staff Bios.
Roster of Consultants: Globalhood's diverse roster of 82 (and growing) consultants have a background in 59 disciplines and areas of expertise, speak 35 languages, and are originally from 44 countries (39 of which are developing countries).
Kristine Lim Ang
Kristine originally hails from the Philippines and currently resides in Singapore. She holds two bachelor’s degrees, International Studies and Business Administration from Miriam College and the University of Santo Tomas, respectively. While in college, she spent a semester as an exchange student at the RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Kristine’s experience spans both the non profit and private sectors having previously worked at the Alliance Française de Manille and PeopleSupport Philippines, and subsequently serving as an intern at the Asia regional office of The Foundation for Development Cooperation in Singapore. Apart from currently working in a Singapore-based marketing consulting firm, she is also an active and dedicated intern/volunteer in a number of international NGOs/non profit organizations. Kristine speaks fluent English and Tagalog, intermediate Mandarin and Hokkien Chinese and basic Spanish and French.
Contact: kristine at globalhood.org
James was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He received a degree in Conservation Biology from the College of Santa Fe. James is an amateur myrmecologist and an aspiring middle-school science teacher. For the past five years he has worked in New York City as an Environmental Consultant with Velocity Consulting. James spent 2007 living in Sierra Leone, where he learned to speak Krio and worked with the Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL) on several projects, including a chimpanzee program and an extensive survey of "honey hunting" practices in two chiefdoms in northern Sierra Leone.
Contact: james at globalhood.org
Eugenio held the post of minister counselor at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Nicaragua to the United Nations in New York, NY from 2002 to April 2007. In that position, he was the assigned delegate for the Economic and Social Affairs Second Committee of the United Nations and the principal contact for Nicaragua's elected memberships to the Board of Directors of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) 2004-06 and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) 2004-06. He was previously posted at the Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua in the Republic of China (Taiwan), Taipei, from August 1998 to August 2002 where he organized investment and commercial promotion activities among other diplomatic activities. He is author of Nicaragua: Land of Opportunities, published in 1999 and its second edition published in 2002. He has also advised major international investors seeking to invest in Nicaragua in manufacturing and infrastructure projects. Eugenio earned a Master of Public Policy in 1997 from the Gerald H. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He holds a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Columbia College, Columbia University in the City of New York. Though his mother tongue is Spanish, he speaks English fluently; he also has attained an advanced level of Mandarin Chinese, an intermediate level of French and basic knowledge of Portuguese.
Contact: eugenio at globalhood.org
Makhete Cisse holds his Master in Policy Administration from School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University, specializing in Economics Policy Management with a focus on International Energy Policy Management. Prior to coming to Columbia University, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Pre-Law after having had an Associate of Arts in Media Communication. From his study of Political Science, he worked in the office of Senator Frank R. Lautenburg of New Jersey. He also had 17 years of professional experience with public, private sector, and non profit organizations. In the latter, he designed and delivered sustainable health programs in Senegal. He speaks fluent French, English, and Wolof.
Contact: makhete at globalhood.org
Frank holds his MSW from Columbia University, specializing in International Social Development and Social Enterprise Administration, and in addition to his work with Globalhood, also works part-time as the Associate Director of Bushwick IMPACT, a family resource center in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, he has worked extensively in the field with marginalized youth, women's groups, and communities, including a post as Field Director for an NGO in Central America and with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in Social Policy and Development. In 2005-6 he was the Co-Founder and President of the Columbia University Partnership for International Development (CUPID), an organization with over 1250 current members from across 12 graduate school disciplines. He brings 10 years of managerial and supervisory experience with Community Service and Development programs, and regularly conducts trainings for human service staff on Communication, Stress Management, and Team Building. He has work experience in 12 countries in Asia and the Americas, and speaks fluent French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, and intermediate Hindi.
Contact: frank at globalhood.org
James recently received his BA from New York University, studying Art History and English. Besides GlobalVote, James works in US immigration law, obtaining visas and greencards for foreign nationals and specializing in the Permanent Labor Certification process. He has also worked as a fact checker for Vanity Fair magazine and as an archivist for the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York. Contact: james at theglobalvote.org
Jeffrey holds a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from New York University. He is currently a student at Parsons the New School for Design pursuing a degree in Graphic Design. Jeffrey has nine years experience working in city government. More info at jeffreygarofalo.com
Contact: jeffrey at globalhood.org
Ms. Sarah Gogel, LMSW, is Global Potential (GP) co-founder and Director of GP Boston. Simultaneously, Sarah is going to Law School for her J.D. at Northeastern University School of Law, and specializing in international development through a dual degree Masters at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University (expected graduation, 2013). Sarah is former Development Officer and Clinician at PARTNERS Program, a youth empowerment and PTSD treatment program at St. John’s University. She holds her A.B. in Sociology from Harvard College (C'04) and a Masters in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Sarah has in-depth experience working with diverse at-risk populations, specifically with trauma survivors, youth, the elderly and migrants. Sarah has worked for 11 years in the fields of international development, advocacy and human rights (L’Oréal Recherche, Physicians for Human Rights in Israel, International Institute of New Jersey, Fédération Internationale des Droits de l’Homme). Originally from Paris, France, Sarah is a native French speaker, is fluent in English and Spanish, and speaks Hindi and Urdu. She has worked with multiethnic and multicultural populations in India, Israel, Nicaragua, France and the United States. Sarah's vision is to open up GP in France, Israel and the Palestinian Authority by 2012, where there is a significant need for a program like GP. Sarah is currently the recipient of 2011 PresenTense for Social Innovators Fellowship and is a YouthActionNet Global International Youth Fellow (IYF, 2009). She was recognized by the Boston Metro as Boston Hero of the Year in 2010.
Contact: sarah at globalhood.org
Dr. Sandra Gomez
Dr. Sandra Gomez is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and a senior candidate at the New York University's Psychoanalytic Institute. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General and in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Gomez graduated Cum Laude from Pedro H. Urena National University School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic. She completed her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Columbia University's St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center where she became chief resident during her senior year. She has Co-found Latino Mental Health Services in under-served communities in New York and Massachusetts. Dr. Gomez has a strong interest in studying psychogenic illnesses in youngsters, an interest that originated from her contact with hundreds of children, adolescents and young adults during her tenure as the Director of the Emergency Services for the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. Since then Dr. Gomez has participated in prominent research projects in this field such as the treatment of Adolescents Suicide Attempters (TASA) study. Dr. Gomez has co-authored several peer-reviewed articles, contributing to her field in areas as diverse as Anxiety Disorders and ADHD in adolescents, among others.
Contact: sandra at globalhood.org
Harinder Janjua is an international health and development professional, specializing in HIV/AIDS policy, research and programs. With nearly 10 years of experience, she has worked all over the world for a variety of different organizations, including grassroots-level organizations, international non-governmental organizations, foundations, and multi-lateral organizations. Since moving to New York a few years ago, Harinder has been a full-time consultant to the United Nations. She is currently consulting for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the management of its portfolio of AIDS, TB, and Malaria grants. Harinder completed her BSc degree at the University of British Columbia in her native Canada, an MPH degree from the University of Sydney (Australia) and most recently, an MBA degree from INSEAD (France and Singapore). She speaks Punjabi and English fluently, Spanish and Hindi at an advanced level, and French at an intermediate level.
Contact: harinder at globalhood.org
Kaitlyn is a graduate of Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. During college, Kaitlyn studied urban planning, development and sociology in Brazil, South Africa and New Zealand with the International Honors Program's 'Cities in the 21st Century'. Also, she interned at Advocates for Children, a New York City educational NGO, as part of the Everett Public Service Program and at the Environment Department for the City of Boston. Kaitlyn currently works as an assistant media strategist at TargetCast tcm.
Contact: kaitlyn at globalhood.org
David M. Mars
Mr. Mars is a Partner of White Owl Capital Partners LLC, a New York based early stage investment firm. Prior to joining White Owl in 2007, he was the Director of Strategy & Business Development at IDT Telecom. In this role, he was responsible for all product management, market expansion and strategic partnerships and helped grow the division to over $200 million in revenue. Before working at IDT, he was one of the founders of Steamtunnels, Inc., a venture backed national collegiate magazine and integrated marketing company. In addition, he worked as an Analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Mars currently serves as a director of Intelligize Inc., Pixily Inc., Windstream Energy LLC, and West Wind Energy LLC and is a board observer for Shera International Ltd. Mr. Mars also serves as the New York chapter leader for the Wharton Private Equity Partners. Mr. Mars is a graduate of Boston University, magna cum laude, and received an M.B.A. with concentration in Venture Capital from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Contact: david at globalhood.org
Talla Mboup holds his Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. He specialized in Economic and Political Development with a focus on African Development. In addition, Talla earned an Advanced Certificate in African Studies from the Institute of African Studies (IAS) with a focus in gender equality and conflict resolutions. At the IAS, he learned a multidisciplinary approach to research, and attended many seminars, workshops, and conferences related to African issues such as poverty, education, health, and hunger. Talla worked alongside six colleagues on the Earth Institute Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI) project in Senegal, identifying an urban development strategy through research and policy analysis. He has his BA in psychology, and is fluent in French, English, and his native Wolof.
Contact: talla at globalhood.org
Adam, President of the Board of Directors, is currently a Senior Associate at Booz & Company, a management consulting firm. He specializes in Operations design and improvement in the Consumer & Media practice. Before business school, Adam worked for Capital One Financial Corporation. It was at Capital One, where he was exposed to international business development. Adam worked extensively in the United Kingdom and France, and helped launch businesses for Capital One in Italy and Spain. Adam has a degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a masters in business administration from Columbia Business School. Adam lives in New York with his wife and 2 year old son.
Contact: Adam at globalhood.org
Michael has an MA in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he works as a Programmer/Analyst specializing in web development and integration.
Contact: michael at globalhood.org
Nanske L. Wood
Nanske has over twenty five years of experience in the healthcare industry. Her broad healthcare background encompasses big and small Pharma (Abbott Laboratories, Wyeth, Merck, Esprit Pharma), a dot.com start up (Rxcentric), and various leadership roles in medical communications. She played the leading role in the creation and development of Carbon Healthcare, a major healthcare communications company, and has received an HBA (Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association) “Rising Star” award. Currently, Nanske heads up a small start-up named Vanjan Inc. It is focused on improving health outcomes for patients in underserved markets, in particular HIV. Nanske received her B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Illinois, and her MBA degree from DePaul University.
Contact: nanske at globalhood.org
Born in Hong Kong but raised in New York City, Tiffany was always surrounded by cultural diversity that became rooted to her understanding of the world. Years later, she found her passion in studying global affairs, concentrating in civil-military relations and African politics. As a graduate of Stony Brook University, she joined GlobalVote as the Fundraising Coordinator for its goal to promote democracy through the Internet. Contact: Tiffany at theglobalvote.org
Arash, Treasurer of the Board of Directors, currently works in Global Trading at Barclays Capital, where he is responsible for working with senior management to build out the firm's Equities division globally. Prior to his current role, Arash worked in the Global Mergers & Acquisitions division, first at Lehman Brothers and subsequently, Barclays Capital, where he advised financial sponsor and corporate clients, primarily executing sell-side mandates across all industries. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Arash began his career in Citigroup's Corporate & Investment Bank where he covered a portfolio of global Industrial and Healthcare companies. Arash earned a BA in Comparative Literature in Persian, Hebrew, and Arabic from Columbia University and a BA in Middle East Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He was born in Tehran, Iran after the Islamic Revolution and during the Iran-Iraq war. He was raised there and in Vienna, Austria prior to immigrating to New York, where he currently resides. Contact: Arash at globalhood.org
Fu Jie Zhang
Fu Jie received his undergraduate education at Peking University, concentrating on International Relations. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in the Department of Politics at New York University. As the Political Partnership Coordinator, Fu Jie joined GlobalVote due to his interest in international relations, organization and law. Email: Contact: FuJie at theglobalvote.org