Ms. Maura Barry Boyle is a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) serving as a Regional Advisor for Local Capacity Development in the USAID/Asia office in Bangkok, Thailand. In this role she supports USAID efforts to improve local capacity development in the region and provides guidance for incorporating capacity development into strategies and projects. Prior to this she served as the Deputy Office Director for USAID’s Office of Democracy and Governance in Afghanistan. Her other assignments include serving as USAID East Africa’s Office Director for the Somalia. In addition to her twelve years with USAID, Maura worked for four years with the United Nations Development Program and six years with CARE International. She has worked on a broad range of development programs, with a particular focus on civil society strengthening. Maura holds a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) focused on Public and Non-profit Management from New York University. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching secondary students English in rural Kenya from 1985 – 1987.
Lex Rieffel joined the Brookings Institution in 2002 and is now a nonresident senior fellow with the Global Economy and Development program. At Brookings, he has produced policy studies related to Southeast Asia, emerging markets finance, and reform of the IMF and World Bank. His three published books have focused on sovereign debt restructuring, military business in Indonesia, and the transition to democratic rule in Myanmar/Burma. For 18 years, he worked as an international economist with the US Treasury Department and then for 7 years was a Senior Advisor at the Institute for International Finance. Since joining Brookings, he has taught graduate seminars at Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Syracuse University-Maxwell School, and George Washington University-Elliott School. He was engaged as an advisor for three months by the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry in November 2011, and taught 3-week economics courses in the International Center of Excellence program at the University of Yangon in mid-2013 and mid-2014.
Peter Britton has worked at Australian Volunteers International (AVI) since 1984 and for most of that period has served in the organisation’s Executive Team. He has played a key role in developing organisational policy and strategies for renewal, and has initiated new programs in many parts of the world. His Executive role encompasses AVI’s international programs and activities in Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa and the Middle East.
Prior to his role with AVI, Peter spent extensive periods living and working in Indonesia. A fluent Indonesian speaker, he has written on Indonesian political analysis and in 1983 edited a social science journal in Jakarta. He has a Master of Arts (History) from Monash University.
Peter currently sits on the Board of the Herb Feith Foundation at Monash University and the International Health Workforce Society of Australia.
Dr. Kang-Hyun Lee is an internationally well known volunteer leader. He pioneered volunteer movement in Korea. He was the initiator of legislative campaign to establish volunteer infrastructures in Korea.
He founded VOLUNTEER 21 in 1996 (now Korea Volunteering Culture), a unique NGO providing leadership, consulting, and training on volunteer management.
He served on various advisory committees for volunteering in various levels of government sector including Yeosu Expo2012, 2002 World Cup, Korea National Human Rights Commission, Ministry of Education, etc.
He was the principle investigator of research on “Giving and Volunteering in Korea” 5 times since 1999. He authored several books on volunteerism including “Volunteering, the way of changing ordinary people to good citizens” and “Service-Learning for High School Students”.
He taught on “Civil Society and Volunteer Program Management” at several universities in Seoul.
He received a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Brown University, Providence, RI.
As elected as the World President of IAVE in 2008, he has contributed in promoting strengthening and celebrating volunteerism in worldwide.
He received a Korean Presidential Medal of Honor in 2001 for his volunteer leadership.
Julia Mayerhofer is an Austrian national and started the position as Programme Manager at the Asia Pacific Refuge Rights Network in April 2011. Prior to this she worked at Christian Action in Hong Kong where she was in charge of fundraising and project development at the Chungking Mansions Service Centre, a community-based centre for refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong. Previously she was also the Director of Help without Frontiers, an Austrian based charity supporting Burmese refugees on the Thai-Burma border.
Julia has a BA in educational sciences and a MA degree in Development Studies. In addition she has participated in various trainings related to human rights and refugees.
Julia also has a strong interest in social enterprises and won the Hong Kong Social Enterprise Challenge in 2011.
Mr Ingill Ra is based on 15 years of experience as the leading actor in Youth development and volunteerism and 6 years in Development through Football and Food & Agriculture, partnering with international companies, governmental and intergovernmental institutions, foundations and civil society institutions.
Since 1994, Ingill Ra supports countless youth in universities through volunteerism as a tool for positive youth development.
Since 2009, Ingill Ra supports the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in the design and implementation of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy in his capacity as Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Director of Social Responsibility Department. The role of Ingill Ra in partnership goes from counselling services to the implementation of concrete projects. He serves through his commitment and contribution to social development, the football has become a fundamental instrument for social change and youth development in particular, which aims to fully utilise the power of football in society.
Ingill Ra also serves international community as a head of partnership and resources mobilization, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO, 2012-2013). Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. Mr. Ra has contributed to bring a wide range of partners from Governments, Civil Society Organizations and Private Sectors into the platform to build a solid network to solve the pressing issues in food security.
He is a Korean and studied the interfaith peace-building in his mater program at UTS, NY, USA.
Catherine Wilczek is a Programme Advisor ar FK Norway. She hold a Masters Degree in International Business and has worked for 5 years in the commercial field as Business Development Manager before joining FK Norway. “FK Norway http://www.
Dr. Estrella Abid Babano, Regional Administrator and professional leader, was a superb architect and advancer of the Mindanao Peace Initiative, based on her vision of empowering all people through public education and training that would be most successful under peaceful conditions and inter-group trust and cooperation. A former Regional Director of the Department of Education for Northern and Central Mindanao and also the former education attaché of Philippines Embassy in Riyad for Philippine schools overseas in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. Now serves as the Chairwoman of the Mindanao Peace Initiatives
Dr. Kevin F. F. Quigley, is the Peace Corps Country Director here in Thailand. Kevin’s overriding interest is in how civil society organizations can work together with governments and corporations to expand service opportunities in ways that better address pressing social needs. He has held senior positions in civil society and government, as well as at various research institutions. These include:
• President and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association
• Acting CEO of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation
• Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Workers and Communities
• Vice President of Policy and Business at the Asia Society
• Director of Public Policy at the Pew Charitable Trusts
Kevin was previously Vice Chairman of USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Assistance, Legislative Director to Senator John Heinz, Budget Examiner and Presidential Management Intern in the Office of Management and Budget and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. Kevin has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Fulbright Senior Specialist, Guest Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Resident Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a U.S.-Japan Leadership Fellow at the Keidanren in Tokyo. In addition to being the author of For Democracy’s Sake, he has published on a broad array of international issues, as well as previously authoring a quarterly blog on service in The Huffington Post. Before his current position, Kevin was one of the founders of the Building Bridges Coalition and served on numerous boards related to international development issues and education issues. He has been adjunct faculty at the School of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and holds degrees from Georgetown University, Columbia University, University College Dublin and Swarthmore College.
Grete Thingelstad is Deputy Director General of FK Norway, responsible for communication, strategic analysis and administrative services. FK Norway http://www.fredskorpset.no/en/ is part of an international movement of exchange and cross-border volunteering for development. As an integrated element of Norwegian development cooperation, FK promotes reciprocal exchanges between a diverse range of institutions and organizations globally. The purpose is to foster mutual learning, youth leadership and change for the common good.
Through FK, Grete has 12 years of experience from facilitating and training professionals and volunteers on exchange between institutions in Norway, Asia and Africa. For 15 years she held management positions in various research institutes in Norway, including the International Institute for Peace Research (PRIO), the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), and on the international programme Training for Peace in Southern Africa.