The Amani Institute Founding Board of Directors
- Joe JosephOpen or Close
Joe Joseph is currently a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Putnam Investment Management where is he responsible for managing a team that runs mutual fund and institutional portfolios investing in both US and non-US stocks. Joe joined Putnam in 1994 in the Equity Research department as an analyst. He was the Associate Director of Research at Putnam's Boston, London and Tokyo offices. He has been in his current position since 1998. Prior to joining Putnam, Joe was a co-founder of Vert Independent Capital Research. Before starting Vert, Joe was a Manager at Price Waterhouse in their private equity valuation group for four years and in the Audit group for three years. He has an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. He is also a CPA and a Chartered Accountant.
- Ed KaniaOpen or Close
Ed is a native Philadelphian who received his B.S. in Accounting from Saint Joseph's University in 1983. He currently serves as the Vice President for Finance & Administration at Davidson College where he has been employed for the past 21 years (he served as Controller and Director of Business Services from 1990 until 2010). He also served as President of Davidson College Development Corporation from 1997-2008. Prior to Davidson, Ed worked for the audit practice of Coopers & Lybrand for 6 years. Ed is currently a member of the Small Institutions Council of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Ed’s past community service roles have included Chairman of the Board of the Metrolina AIDS Project, President of the Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg, Vice President for Education of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, and membership on the Education Futures Commission (appointed by the Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners). Ed is married to Donna Kania, and they have one daughter, Kristina, a doctoral student in clinical child psychology.
- Erin KrampetzOpen or Close
As Community Director, Erin fosters the strategic development and growth of the Ashoka U community of practice with the goal of supporting colleges and universities everywhere to become hubs of social innovation. Before coming to Ashoka in 2008 to help launch Ashoka U, Erin served as Program Director for Escuela Nueva International, coordinating collaborative partnerships for the global expansion of Escuela Nueva. Prior to Escuela Nueva, Erin evaluated program effectiveness for MobileMetrix, a community-based data collection company in Brazil, and as an Eben Tisdale Fellow, contributed to Hewlett Packard’s Global Citizenship Program. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, Erin participated as a contributing author and researcher for the Stanford Study of Writing, a five-year longitudinal study of college writers. Erin holds a BA in International Relations and an MA in International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University.
- Roshan PaulOpen or Close
Prior to The Amani Institute, Roshan has worked at Ashoka Innovators for the Public for more than seven years, helping create five new programs and managing two other global projects. Among these are Ashoka’s Peace Initiative (supporting social entrepreneurs in conflict zones) and Globalizer program (helping social entrepreneurs scale up their innovations). Originally from Bangalore, Roshan has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, a Bachelor’s in International Relations from Davidson College, and is one of the founding participants of The Amsterdam School for Creative Leadership. He has guest-lectured at over a dozen universities in the United States and Europe and served on the Advisory Boards of several organizations working in peacebuilding and education. His writing has been published in leading journals, magazines and newspapers as well as a co-written chapter in the recent book, Dream of a Nation.
- Ilaina RabbatOpen or Close
Since the age of 15, Ilaina has been working actively towards social change. In Argentina she worked at the Argentine Youth Organization for the United Nations (OAJNU), serving on the Cordoba Region’s Executive Committee as well as on the National Board. To understand government better, she worked for the Córdoba Government’s International Cooperation Science and Education Secretary. In Spain, she worked in the International Cooperation Department of the Youth Council of Galicia-Spain, working on relations with the European Union. Then, seeking to help youth make a positive change in their communities she joined Ashoka’s Southern Cone office as Director of the Youth Venture Program, expanding the program to 16 states. She then launched Ashoka’s El Salvador office, where she built and managed a youth violence prevention program through social entrepreneurship and the construction of social capital. She has also worked in community-based projects in Uruguay, Ecuador, Bolivia and Haiti. Ilaina studied International Affairs, Social Communication, Mediation and Conflict Resolution in Córdoba, Buenos Aires and Washington DC.
- K.C. SoaresOpen or Close
K.C. Soares is a Senior Consultant in organization development and institution building, leadership, and human capacity building. She worked for over 18 years in the Organization of American States and was the head of their Center for Training and Development. Subsequently, she started her consultancy practice and works on large macro systems change and development at national and regional levels, working in areas ranging from information technology to disaster management, and from microfinance to human capital systems development. K. C. serves on several Boards, among them – the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University; the OAS Staff Federal Credit Union; Partnership for Sustainable Peace; and was the founding President of the International Organization Development Association. K.C. holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Business from Cornell University; Scholar-in-Residence in Business, Vanderbilt University; and, an M.S., honors, in Education and a B.S. in Business, University of Southern California. She has worked in over 40 countries and been published in 11 countries.
- Ehsan ZaffarOpen or Close
Ehsan is an attorney and consultant specializing in post-conflict and post-disaster rule of law, civil rights and national security issues. He has worked on legal and civil rights issues in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the South Asian earthquake, the earthquake in Haiti and most recently during the BP oil spill. His past clients include the American Bar Association, the American Red Cross, Ashoka and CDRS. After law school he co-founded the Los Angeles Mobile Legal Aid Clinic (LAMLAC), a self-sustaining mobile legal aid clinic focused on providing preventative legal aid to low-income communities in Southern California. Ehsan now serves at the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C. where he advises DHS and its components on the civil rights and civil liberties implications of existing and proposed Department policies, programs, and procedures.
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