- Laura FAEHNDRICH
Director ad interim and Head of Programme Development
Laura Fähndrich has 17 years of experience in international development organizations and consulting firms, including seven years in the field, primarily in communications and corporate social responsibility (CSR) positions.
Laura worked as Corporate Development Manager for the Ecuadorian Consortium on Corporate Social Responsibility (CERES) in Quito, Ecuador, and as Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist for the Canadian Cooperation Support Unit (USACC) in Lima, Peru. She began her professional career in public relations and as a translator for NGOs, foundations and associations. Since, she has worked for the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Global Commission on International Migration in Geneva, the Netherlands Development Organization (SNV) in Quito and the United Nations for Training and Research in New York, among other international and national institutions.
Laura has a degree in translation and a Masters in International Relations. She obtained a Public Relations Specialization from SPRI-SAWI in Lausanne, a postgraduate degree in Marketing and Communications Management and a postgraduate degree in Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2003, she founded the International Social Entrepreneurs Association jointly with 15 social entrepreneurs from Latin America. Her collaboration with NGOs, public institutions and international companies in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas has allowed her to understand their differing needs and contexts, as well as how to best communicate them.
- 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 Kabare
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.
- Callie Robinson
Callie is a junior at the University of Virginia (United States) pursuing a Bachelor’s of the art degree in History with a minor in Social Entrepreneurship. In her free time she volunteers with a local elementary school in Charlottesville, Virginia and works as the Fundraising Executive for Habitat for Humanity. This past Spring Habitat for Humanity raised $5,000 at the Fall Fest, which she and her fundraising committee organized. Her devotion to volunteering and helping improve the local community has lead her pursue a future career in Social Enterprises and NGOs. She will be interning with NMA though the end of April, and then will return home to Virginia to intern with Hatch (Norfolk, VA) and Rutter Mills Law firm. At NMA, she will be researching potential customers and drafting proposals for future companies. She has studied Social Entrepreneurship for two years now, and will be finishing her degree next year.