Sreeni has extensive experience in the development sector spanning over two decades. A Chemical Engineer by training with an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management, he has led & been involved in development projects in over 20 countries across Asia.
His brainchild, the AsianNGO, is a one-stop set of interlined databases of funding and grant opportunities, partnership prospects, and learning resources for NGOs, nonprofits, and development organizations in Asia. It has become Asia’s leading platform supporting development organizations to address issues that they face.
Within the AsianNGO ecosystem is a quarterly publication called iMPACT Magazine, the first and only publication for Asia’s social sector. With online and print versions, iMPACT has become a great source of learning for development professionals. The magazine features insights, interviews and practical advice that cut across borders and themes, from some of the most innovative and influential minds in their industries.
Both AsianNGO and IMPACT are social ventures of the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), an NGO also founded and managed by Sreeni. It is an international, self-sustaining, Pan-Asian non-profit organization that promotes capacity building to achieve progress and profit in the region.
Courtney is a global connector and social entrepreneur focused on accelerating ecosystems, social innovation and applied design thinking through her work as a consultant and educator. She’s lived in Central and South America, the US and Southern Africa, yet for the past five years she’s been Asia-based working in the social impact sector as a university lecturer and the co-founder of DSIL Global. She is a current Vital Voices Fellow, faculty member at the Thammasat University Global Studies and Social Entrepreneurship Program, the Amsterdam-based THNK School of Creative Leadership for in-company programs and she volunteers her time as an advisory board member to the Frontier Innovators DFAT program. Since 2016 she has also worked with the MIT International Development Design Summits, by co-leading in the Colombia, Thailand and Australia programs. From 2006-2014 she also served on the Executive Committee of the of the Swiss-based NGO, World Alliance of YMCAs as a global representative of the North America region. Previous to co-founding a US social enterprise dedicated to creating a hub for closed loop systems and sustainability entrepreneurs, she worked with Ashoka’s Full Economic Citizenship initiative in Washington, D.C.
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Joanne works with Care2 clients to help them create campaign actions and supporter journeys that are designed to lead to further support. Before Care2, Joanne spent ten years working in UK charities, including being responsible for the digital fundraising strategy for Cancer Research UK and establishing the fundraising strategy and resources team at Diabetes UK, whose remit was to create a new emphasis on innovation, creativity and identifying new income streams. Joanne is passionate about the democratisation of technology, cycling and cats.
Emily has a heart for strategic partnerships that cross the norms into finding a better fusion between non-profit and for-profit partnerships. She is the founder of Reemi, a social enterprise creating sustainable products for women’s health in Asia and the Pacific.
Hailing from New Zealand, Emily began her career by looking for fusion between charity and business. She founded a social enterprise, twoWORLDS – a fashion label for social good. Through fashion, she fell into the buying world and realised that the world needs more help than clothes. Moving to Hong Kong four years ago to join Crossroads Foundation as Communications and Fundraising Manager, she has used her creative and analytical mind to help create change. Emily has also served as a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Hong Kong.
Beth is an author, virtual facilitator and trainer and is internationally recognised thought leader in digital transformation and wellbeing in the workplace with over 35 years of providing capacity building for nonprofits and foundations. She named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of the BusinessWeek’s “Voices of Innovation,” Beth is the co-author of the award winning Network Nonprofit books and The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout (http://bit.ly/happyhealthynpbook). Her clients include Packard Foundation Resilience Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Save the Children, Counterpart International, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and others.
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As the Executive Director, Payal ensures The Resource Alliance India is sharply focused on delivering relevant, high-quality services to the non-profit sector. Payal has a deep appreciation of innovative social change models, having worked in India’s dynamic social entrepreneurship sector for over a decade. She has held senior-level positions including serving as Executive Director at the National Association of Social Enterprises, India (NASE) and Director – Social Entrepreneurship at the Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation. Payal has a Master’s degree in communications and many films to her credit. Passionate about telling stories of human endeavour, her films have dealt with issues around social change and community development.
Kyla Shawyer She has spent 20 years in fundraising, marketing and resource mobilisation both within the international non-profit community, as well as inside the commercial sector.
She provided overall leadership to the Resource Alliance when she was CEO, working closely with various stakeholders, including institutional partners and the global volunteer network as well as engaging with the wider philanthropic sector.
Most recently, Kyla’s experience has included leading the international fundraising, marketing and programme delivery for Operation Smile International, a global children’s non-profit organisation with programmes in over 60 countries.