Meet our outstanding Advisory Board!
Amber Oberc - BNID Board Chair
Amber Oberc is the US Managing Director of the Tanzanian Children’s Fund, a Cambridge-based organization which works to improve the lives of marginalized children in Tanzania. Amber joined the TCF team in 2013, and is responsible for leading all aspects of TCF’s US operations.
Having been struck by a passion for working with orphans and vulnerable children after a trip to Uganda, Amber has spent the past 13 years at Boston area international development organizations working to promote social justice. At Management Sciences for Health, she served as a Program Officer for the organization’s Leadership, Management and Sustainability Program, working on monitoring and evaluation projects. She also served as the assistant to the Chief Medical Officer at Partners In Health, then transitioned to managing PIH's Right to Health Care project.
Most recently, Amber worked as the US Managing Director for Project Muso, a community-based organization in Mali that integrates health care delivery, community organizing, microenterprise, and education to stop cycles of poverty and disease.
Amber serves as the Board Chair of Boston Network for International Development’s Advisory Board, and is passionate about bringing people together in order to achieve a greater and more lasting impact in the communities they serve.
Jenny Aker - Assistant Professor of Economics at the Fletcher School and Department of Economics at Tufts University
Jenny C. Aker is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Fletcher School and Department of Economics at Tufts University. She is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development, a member of the Advisory Board for Frontline SMS and the Boston Network for International Development (BNID). She also serves as the Deputy Director of the Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs.
Joseph Assan - Assistant Professor of International Political Economy of Sustainable Development in the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, at Brandeis University
Joseph Assan is an Assistant Professor of International Political Economy of Sustainable Development in the Heller School of Social Policy and Management, at Brandeis University. Joseph Assan holds a Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool, UK. Until his recent appointment at Brandeis University, Joseph was an Assistant Professor of Development Practice at Trinity College Dublin where he co-directed the Masters in Development Practice Programme which was jointly run by Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, Ireland. Before this, Dr. Joseph Assan served as the Director of the International Development Programme at the University of Liverpool. He previously worked as a Lecturer in Development Studies at the University of East London, UK. Joseph has extensive field research experience in international development policy and practice and has worked as a project officer with organizations such as the Global Hunger Project-New York. He has published in numerous international peer-reviewed journals including Foreign Affairs, Journal of Sustainable Development, Journal of International Development, and International Development Planning Review.
Gail M Carter - MA Board Fellow from the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University
Gail M Carter is an MA candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management studying and interested in advancing sustainable International Development and environmental policy. She is a versatile, visionary leader with social, business and technical savvy passionate about making a difference. Gail earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Central Florida and a B.S degree in Civil Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology. She is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and project manager. Her business managerial and technical work experiences included private sector Fortune 250 and international and domestic public sector companies, NGOs and universities in the fields of business operations, infrastructure development, energy, utilities and education. International experiences include Asia, Central and South America, Caribbean and Europe. Gail enjoys building relationships and opportunities to help companies find sustainable solutions, improve business processes and reduce cost.
Hillary Chisholm - Development Associate at Partners In Health
Hillary Chisholm is a Development Associate at Partners In Health and has been with the organization since 2014. Originally from the Boston area, Hillary attended undergraduate at Bates College, where she was an Environmental Studies major with a focus on global environment and social change. In her spare time she enjoys running, spending time with her dog, friends, and family, as well as learning about all things related to Public Health.
Brian Concannon - Director of the Boston-based Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH)
Brian Concannon, a human rights lawyer, directs the Boston-based Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), which promotes human rights and the rule of law in Haiti through litigation, capacity building, public advocacy and the dissemination of information. From 1995-2004, Brian lived in Haiti, working for the United Nations and for the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI). IJDH’s current cases include a claim against the United Nations on behalf of 5,000 victims of the cholera brought to Haiti by UN troops in 2010, defending people made homeless by the 2010 earthquake against evictions from tent cities, representing victims of rape, and the pursuit of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier. Brian is a graduate of Georgetown Law School and Middlebury College and has received Fellowships from Harvard Law School and Brandeis University. He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Health and Human Rights: An International Journal.
Raina Fox - Partnerships Director at Millennium Campus Network
Raina Fox, MA, is the Partnerships Director at Millennium Campus Network, where she leads program development and partnerships with universities, non-profits, government and for-profit agencies to advance MCN's vision of a generation of global development professionals who are more ethical, effective, and engaged.
Raina brings extensive experience in leadership development, community engagement, and program development working with social change non-profits and academic institutions in India, Hong Kong, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Washington DC, Providence, and Chicago. She is committed to working alongside diverse communities to form creative, meaningful, intentional and impactful opportunities for personal and social change. Raina holds a BA in Art History and Cultural Studies from Macalester College and an MA in Public Humanities from Brown University.
Justin Kang - Executive Director of City Awake
Justin Kang is the Executive Director of City Awake, a nonprofit organization focused on building the ecosystem of civic engagement and social innovation throughout Greater Boston. Recognized by the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, and the City of Boston, Justin started his career as an associate at MassChallenge where he learned the importance of community building. He remains the Industry Champion ("Dean of Students) for the Social Impact track at MassChallenge. He later joined Opportunity Nation as a national organizer around economic mobility issues. Most recently he was a customer success manager at Yesware. A graduate of Brandeis University, Justin is also on the Massachusetts board of Generation Citizen, an active Big Brother, and a New Leaders Council Fellow.
Vicky Kelberer - Pardee School of Global Studies MA Candidate and Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Boston University
Vicky Kelberer is an MA candidate in the International Affairs program at the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies, where she serves as the Co-Chair of the Initiative on Forced Migration and Human Trafficking. She also works as an academic advisor for approximately 400 undergraduate students at the Pardee School. Vicky is a Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies (BCARS) Junior Scholar and conducts research with BCARS in Jordan on the Syrian refugee crisis. She holds a BA in International Relations (summa cum laude) from Boston University, and has published articles with the Middle East Research & Information Project, Huffington Post, Foreign Policy in Focus, Parabellum Report, and her own international affairs blog, The Global Atlas.
Abigail Kelble - Managing Director Millennium Campus Network
Abigail Kelble, MPH, leads MCN's Operational, Strategic, and Programmatic Impact, bringing experience in leadership development, education, public-civic-private partnerships, and global health to the Millennium Campus Network. Abigail served with the Peace Corps [Moldova '06-'08] and worked with City Year, the Flour Fortification Initiative, and Broadreach. Her international work experience includes Poland, Belize, Moldova, and Jamaica. Abigail completed her Bachelors in Anthropology and Biology at the University of Colorado and completed her Master’s of Public Health at Emory University.
Sonia Kikeri - MBA Board Fellow from the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University
Sonia Kikeri is an MBA/MA candidate at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management where she studies nonprofit management and conflict resolution. She just recently completed her capstone consulting with a nonprofit organization in the Philippines that provides mechanisms for indigenous cultural regeneration. Before her graduate studies, she worked with a research team based in Atlanta, Georgia and Gaziantep, Turkey on civil society mapping in Syria. Her academic background is in international relations and human rights studies. She enjoys hiking, biking, and traveling.
Jacob Kuipers - Attorney at Mcdermott Will & Emery
Jacob (Jake) Kuipers is a cross-border transactional attorney at the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery. Throughout his academic and professional career, Jake has maintained a significant interest in international development, working across the public and private sectors. Among other issues, Jake’s research covers global investment and financial law, strategic mechanisms in bilateral investment treaties, and the rule of law in developing countries. Drawing on his research and international experience, he has written numerous articles for a variety of publications. Jake is a graduate of Boston College Law School and Middlebury College and will receive a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.
Simone LaPray -
Simone LaPray recently graduated with an MBA/MA in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School at Brandeis University. Before coming to the Boston area, Simone served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine from 2006-2011 and worked with the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review for the Social Security Administration. She co-founded Peace Corps Ukraine’s Multicultural Awareness Council to bring Peace Corps Volunteers and Host Country Nationals together to promote diversity awareness and inclusion for visible ethnic and religious minorities in country. Simone has also served as a Grants Coordinator for the Seattle Area Peace Corps Association.
Cully Lundgren - Director of Development at Abraham Path Initiative
Cully Lundgren is the former Director of Development with Abraham Path Initiative, a long-distance walking trail across the Middle East which connects the sites visited by the patriarch Abraham as recorded in ancient religious texts and traditions. Cully has a BA in History and an MA in East and Southeast Asian Studies. He has previously spent time implementing programs in Indonesia, and with Mercy Corps has visited programs in Haiti, Niger, Nepal and Uganda. Cully is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and last year completed the Entrepreneurial Leaders Program, a joint initiative between Portland State University and Mercy Corps focused on developing the entrepreneurial and business skills of humanitarian relief and development workers. Cully is currently exploring ways in his own life and career to achieve scale while digging deep.
James MacNeil - Vice President of World Education's Asia Division
D. James MacNeil, Ed. D. is Vice President of World Education's Asia Division. He has 20 years of experience working on education, livelihoods development and natural resources management in South and Southeast Asia, and has lived and worked for 10 of those years in Thailand, Vietnam and India. Since 1999 he has worked with World Education providing technical assistance and managerial oversight to school governance and community-based sustainable agricultural programs in Indonesia and projects that get vulnerable children and plantation child laborers back to school in India.
Michael Pizziferri - Public Affairs Attaché at Québec Government Office in Boston
Michael Pizziferri works on government relations and policy analysis, focusing on energy, climate change and sustainable transport. The Office represents Québec in the six New England states and is one of 28 international representations maintained by Québec's Provincial Government around the world. Michael most recently served as the Manager of Global Education Programs at WorldBoston, the city's World Affairs Council. He holds a B.A. in International Relations and Politics with a concentration in French and Francophone Studies from Brandeis University.