- Marco KIRSCHBAUM
Marco has worked on human rights and humanitarian issues since 1986. As a student, he worked for the protection of refugees and detainees. After an MA in Chinese studies in Berlin in 1991, Marco started working for the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), first in Sri Lanka, then in the Philippines, Djibouti and Israel as a delegate, head of mission and coordinator. At the ICRC’s HQ in Geneva, he served as head of sector for Protection for the Middle East from 1998-2003, and for Asia from 2003-2007.
He co-founded the NGO Management Association in 2001 and its NGO Management School in 2009, and served as its executive director until joining the OSCE for a mission in Ukraine. He now is a senior advisor (unpaid).
- Cecilia Ona
Cecilia has six years of experience in accounting at the Ministry of Public Finances of Ecuador. She has a diploma in commerce and administration and is currently completing her education as a certified accountant in Switzerland.
She has been living in Lausanne, Switzerland, since 2003.
- Irene Penrose
Irene Penrose joined NMA in October 2015. She has 10 years of experience in communication in the private and NGO sector. Her focus is digital marketing. Previously she worked for Pain pour le prochain and Magasins du Monde.
She has a master in business Administration from HEC Lausanne and is currently enrolled in graphic and web design programme at Design & Formation. She is a member of the information commission of the Fédération Vaudoise de Coopération.
Christine is a market research and communications professional with over four years’ previous experience in the private sector. She holds a Business Information and Technology degree from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya). Previously, she worked with Lifestyle Management Africa, an offshore financial investment company based in Nairobi as their Lead Generator. During her spare time, she is a keen community and social mobiliser who is continually devoted to the work of League of Young Professional, Kenya. An avid global health and human rights advocate, Christine hopes to build a career in the international development sector. At NGO Management Association Switzerland, Christine serves as the Administrative and Logistical Support coordinator. She highly holds this position to expose her to the greater international development world.