Ben André joined the Co-operative Development Foundation of Canada (CDF Canada) as its Executive Director (ED) in April 2018. Mr. André has over 12 years of experience in the Canadian non-profit sector, having served as an executive director for several organizations, including a legal professional organization in Vancouver, British Columbia and a settlement center for refugees and immigrants, in Atlantic Canada. Prior to moving to Canada, Mr. André practiced law in Belgium and France. He has been legal manager for large corporations, worked for the European Central Bank and was also an entrepreneur. He holds a Master’s degree in Law and a Master’s degree in Public Law from the University of Brussels, Belgium.
Donna Miller currently the Director of Operations & Engagement which encompasses International Human Resources, International Safety & Security, Health & Safety (HQ), Risk and Contract management, Fundraising and Donor Engagement. She has been working with CDF Canada since 2014 in a variety of capacities.
Ms. Miller says her greatest joy is managing CDF Canada’s Women’s Mentorship Program and hearing so many inspiring stories from graduates from around the world and how this program made a difference in their lives. Over the course of her long-standing, successful career in many sectors, Ms. Miller held several executive positions as well as served on non-profit Boards of Directors focused on alleviating poverty, empowering women and girls and reducing violence against women.
Amyn Hyder Ali is Director of Finance with CDF Canada and started in March 2018. At CDF Canada, Mr. Hyder Ali is accountable for the financial and risk management operations, including development of a financial strategy. He is also responsible to ensure the implementation of financial controls, policies and practice to achieve organizational goal.
Mr. Hyder Ali brings with him extensive finance experience in the non-profit/charity organizations sector in the senior financial management role. He has managed grants; accounting processes, budget and planning, forecasting and monitoring the budget by variance analysis.
Sanjeev Singh is the Director, Program Development with CDF Canada. Mr. Singh has been responsible for strategic, operational, and technical assistance for a multimillion-dollar portfolio across 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
Mr. Singh brings over 25 years of professional experience in management consulting, international development, policy, and program management. He has collaborated extensively with NGOs, governments, the private sector, funding agencies, and multilateral organizations.
He has worked with and consulted organizations such as World Education Inc, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group), The European Commission, The German Technical Agency (GTZ), Cuso International, and CDF Canada.
Mr. Singh has a Bcom degree from the University of South Africa and an MBA from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom. Over the years, Mr. Singh has served on many different Boards.
Jane Kuluo is the Manager, Programs at CDF Canada. She has been working to support the implementation of projects to build the resilience of smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia. A fully PMP certified, Ms. Kuluo is adept in international development, gender equality, human rights and humanitarian issues, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, and community development.
Before joining CDF Canada, Ms. Jane worked at the Parent Resource Centre (Canada), engaging with children, parents, and caregivers, supporting early learning and development, and connecting families with resources to facilitate lifelong learning and transformation. Ms. Jane previously worked at the Canadian High Commission (Kenya) within the Global Affairs Canada department, supporting international development projects across the East Africa region.
Jane Kuluo has recently been elected as a Board Member of the Kenya North America Diaspora Savings and Credit Co-operative Society Ltd (K-NADS). She is also part of the Executive Board serving as Honorary Secretary for K-NADS. In November 2021, Ms. Kuluo was nominated and appointed Board Member of CDF-Kenya.
Jane Cooper is a monitoring and evaluation specialist at CDF Canada, responsible for designing, implementing and operating M&E systems, including supporting staff across the organization as they build their capacity to monitor and evaluate project implementation in the field.
Ms. Cooper has more than 25 years of experience designing and implementing qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methods, which have provided clients in government, non-profit and the private sector with evidence-based findings to help them make sound policy and program development decisions. Jane is recognized as a Credentialed Evaluator by the Canadian Evaluation Society and has worked for clients in Canada and internationally in Central Asia, South Asia and Southern Africa.
She holds an MSc in Human Resource Management and Development from the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester. Before joining CDF Canada, she worked for The Conference Board of Canada, the Aga Khan Foundation Tajikistan, and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, among other organizations.
Roseann Hageraats is a Gender Specialist at CDF Canada, responsible for integrating gender mainstreaming across the organization’s programming and internal practices. She works with staff from both Headquarters and the Country Offices to ensure that gender-transformative approaches are taken in all phases of project cycles, that these approaches are culturally appropriate, and that gender equality impacts are sustainable over time. As part of CDF’s Specialist Team, her role is to provide gender-focused expertise that contributes to improving best practices and organizational learning, along with other specialists in monitoring and evaluation, climate change and co-operative development.
Before joining CDF Canada, Rosa worked as a Gender Advisor with the Canadian international development organization Cuso International. She supported women’s political empowerment processes with grassroots Afro-descendant and Indigenous Women’s Organizations in Colombia and Peru.
She completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and Development at the Federal University of Paraiba (Brazil), where she focused on Food Security and Food Sovereignty issues in Afro-Brazilian Quilombola communities. Her community-based experience includes roles she has fulfilled as a Marketing Counsellor with women Shea butter-transformation co-operatives in rural Burkina Faso, and as a Team Leader for a sustainable greenhouse initiative in Ecuador. She is most motivated by collective processes led from the ground-up and strongly believes in achieving meaningful and intersectional gender justice as a requirement to tackle all other issues.
Waleed Hakim is the Programs Manager at CDF Canada. He is working to support the implementation of projects to build the resilience of smallholder farmers in Africa. Mr. Hakim is experienced in project management and brings experience in international development, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation and rural assistance programs.
Mr. Hakim holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and before joining CDF Canad, he worked for over a decade in managerial positions with a few nongovernmental organizations, including CARE International and worked with Asian Development Bank.
Stéphanie Pitre, Program Manager with CDF Canada, leads the implementation of the VOICE for Women and Girls Volunteer Cooperation Program to advance gender equality and economic empowerment of co-operatives members, in particular women and youth from rural communities in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Senegal.
Ms. Pitre brings over 15 years of professional experience in program management, business development and marketing, working in the international development and the private sectors. She brings experience in sustainable economic development, maternal newborn and child health (MNCH), volunteer management, women empowerment and monitoring and evaluation. She previously volunteered in West Africa to build capacities of a federation of women shea butter producers and a dairy company.
Ms. Pitre holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing and International Business from McGill University and a Certificate in International Development from Université de Montréal. She is also fully bilingual in French and English. She was also on the board of directors of a non-profit organization that works to empower Muslim women and youth in Quebec.
Qian Wan is Cooperative Development Specialist at CDF Canada. He supports the design and implementation of projects to use the cooperative model as a vehicle for local economic development and social resilience.
Mr. Wan has experience designing cooperative development strategies to facilitate technology adoption, access to financial services, agricultural value chain, women empowerment, climate-smart agriculture, childcare service provision, etc. He also provides technical support to the program team regarding cooperative governance, cooperative assessment, cooperative start-up, etc.
Before joining CDF Canada in 2019, Mr. Wan was completing his Ph.D. at the University of Saskatchewan. He received the Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation (CASC) Scholarship in 2020.
Philippe Leroux, Program & Finance Officer with CDF Canada, supports the implementation of international development programs within the framework of organizational strategies, policies, procedures, and goals. He collaborates with all levels of programmatic, financial, and business development staff in both CDF Canada headquarters and international locations.
Mr. Leroux brings over nine years of professional experience in financial roles in results-based management environments for projects and operations. Amongst those, he brings four years’ professional experience for women’s social development projects in a local Canadian NGO, responsible for the financial reporting to external funders and volunteers management. His motto is “I care about people.”
In 2022, Mr. Leroux completed an MA in International Development Policy and Data Science, preceded by a Bachelor of Commerce. Native French speaker, he also speaks English and Spanish fluently. With experience working in major corporations and small NGOs alike, an inquisitive mind, a self-starter attitude and a collaborative work ethic, he is proud to contribute to CDF Canada’s mission.
Chris Chung is the Donor Relations Officer of CDF Canada. He combines a strong background in human resources and technology from his previous work experiences. Mr. Chung pairs it with strategy and fundraising efforts that include major gifts, stewardship, donor relations, and data management at CDF Canada. He also supports Human Resources and Communications. Joined in 2019, Mr. Chung has been working to develop and implement a new donor engagement strategy and seek ways to improve fundraising and engagement objectives.
Before joining CDF Canada, Mr. Chung worked in human resources and web design & marketing in government, education institutions, and start-ups.
Sheila Vaselenak is the Executive Assistant at CDF Canada and brings 20 plus years of administration and client service experience. Ms. Vaselenak’s primary role is to provide administrative and organizational support to the Board, the Executive Director, and the CDF Canada engagement team. Ms. Vaselenak also provides administrative support to HR and the VOICE program and is the Coordinator for the flagship Women’s Mentorship Program (WMP).
In addition, Ms. Vaselenak is a creative and musician who enjoys helping others and bringing about team success. Before joining CDF Canada, she worked in the Investment and Financial Industry and is pleased she is part of an organization that empowers people and communities.
Alisa Gehrels is the Senior Business Development Officer at CDF Canada. She joined the organization in 2018.
She collaborates with the CDF team to develop new project initiatives that strengthen and use co-operatives as an international development approach. This process includes coordinating inputs and feedback from subject experts, partner organizations, project teams, monitoring and evaluation specialists, and financial experts. She works in collaboration with government representatives and foundations to secure support and move these initiatives toward implementation.
Ms. Gehrels has a multi-disciplinary background with a focus on monitoring and evaluation, non-profit management, and organizational development. Before joining CDF Canada, she consulted with several non-profits, working with ethno-cultural communities in Ottawa to create responsive programs in the settlement and mental health sectors
Jimmy Agbayani is Senior Programme Development Specialist at CDF Canada. Mr. Agbayani develops project proposals and concept notes in response to the development priorities of donors, multilateral finance institutions, governments, and the private sector. He also supports business development and project implementation. Joined in 2021, he is currently involved in project identification and project development activities in selected countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Before joining CDF Canada, Mr. Agbayani worked in international development for over 30 years in the education and social development sectors involving foreign-assisted projects in 18 countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Sharon Alexanian joined CDF Canada in 2007 and served as its Finance Assistant for six years before moving into the accountant position for the organization and has been the Manager of finance for the last three years. Before joining CDF Canada, she worked for Accenture Business in Enbridge billing.