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Who We Are


We believe in the power of diversity and having a global mindset – the different nationalities and professional backgrounds of our staff all contribute to our mission. The team members are listed below with their current titles and, in brackets, the Amani office they are based in.

Shehzia Lilani is Amani´s country manager in India

Shehzia Lilani

Country Manager (India)

Abby Ter Haar

Abby Ter Haar

Communications and Programs Coordinator (India)

Pauline Ndonga

Programs Manager (Kenya)

Marcela Ricupero

Associate Program Manager (Brazil)
Co-Founder, 6th Sense Coffee

Stephanie Sacco

Programs Manager (Brazil)
Brazil Class 1

Maria Carolina Marum Zemella

Finance and Operations Coordinator (Brazil)

Magdalyne Kanjejo

Communications and Programs Coordinator (Kenya)
Kenya Class 5

Geraldine Hepp

Geraldine Hepp

Global Community Director

Irene Moloney

Finance and Operations Manager (Kenya)

Jau Santoli

Communications and Programs Coordinator (Brazil)
Brazil Class 2

Julia Rodrigues Melo

Country Manager (Brazil)
Kenya Class 2

Roshan Paul

Co-Founder and CEO (India)

Ilaina Rabbat

Co-Founder and Executive Director (Brazil)


Board of Directors

Joe Joseph

Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Putnam Investment Management

Erin Krampetz

Senior Change Manager, Ashoka

Roshan Paul

Co-Founder and CEO (India)

Ilaina Rabbat

Co-Founder and Executive Director (Brazil)

Advisory Council

Francesca Folda

Director of Cultural Impact and Corporate Communication, Sky Italia
Kenya Class 3

Rajiv Ball

Partner, THNK; Lecturer, Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley 

Rupa Chaturvedi

Head of Design, Visual Intelligence at Sentient Technologies

Marshall Ganz

Senior Lecturer, Harvard University

Andreas Heinecke

Founder and CEO, Dialogue Social Enterprise GmbH

Ed Kania

Vice President for Finance & Administration, Davidson College

Anya Kamenetz

Staff Writer, Fast Company Magazine

Nick Martin

Co-Founder and President, TechChange

Menno Van Dijk

Co-Founder and Managing Director, THNK

Jerry White

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Department of State, and leader in the Nobel Peace-prize winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines 

Craig Zelizer

Founder, Peace and Collaborative Development Network

Ehsan Zaffar

Senior Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Official, United States Department of Homeland Security