Paola Gianturco is an author and photographer who has documented women’s lives in 55 countries. She has had five books published and is a grandmother whose website is about Grandmother Power.
Her involvement with women’s issues is long standing. She has lectured about them in the US, Canada, France and Spain. She spoke at UNESCO International Headquarters in Paris on International Women’ s Day 2008; her photographs were exhibited there in 2009 and 2011.
Paola co-developed and taught Executive Institutes on Women and Leadership at Stanford University, and served on the Board of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). She was a principal in the first women-owned advertising agency in the United States and is a current member of International Women’s Forum.
Paola presented a TED TALK in May, 2014.
In 2013, Paola was named one of “40 Women to Watch over 40” – and in 2014, she was named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews.
Rutendo is Managing Editor of African Peace Journal and is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
She is originally from Harare, Zimbabwe and is recently completed a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law at Lund University, Sweden. Prior to this, Rutendo spent five years at Rhodes University, South Africa, studying for a Social Sciences and a Law degree.
During her studies she worked for the Rhodes University’s Community Engagement office as a student liaison officer. In her own words:
“I earnestly have a passion to serve people, especially children who may not have developed the capacities to help themselves.”
In Sweden, she actively volunteered at Save the Children Gotland and Save the Children Lund.
Rutendo was a project leader for the Kids in Transit Project in Lund. In addition to being fluent in both English and Shona, Rutendo has a working knowledge of French, Afrikaans and Ndebele.
To read Rutendo’s blog on Rutendo’s Corner at the African Peace Journal, kindly click here.
Fiona and her family – husband Will and two young sons Ned and George – moved to San Francisco from Sydney in May 2014.
Prior to having children Fiona was the Executive Assistant to the CEO of JPMorgan in Australia and New Zealand for eight years and prior to that held various senior Executive Assistant roles within JPMorgan, Schroders and the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS).
Fiona’s passion is education and empowering young people to realize they are capable of reaching their goals with a willingness to never stop learning, a strong work ethic and always treating people with respect, regardless of their job, gender or age. She has mentored many young ladies over the years, many of whom have gone on to achieve their dreams.
Fiona’s involvement with Africa, in particular School For Life, started when Ned was a baby and she and Will attended the inaugural School For Life fundraising ball. Will bought a life size lion for Ned and so began their beautiful relationship with Africa and School For Life!
Will sits on the Board of School For Life Foundation (a selected member of the Portfolio PFA group of school fundraising targets) and Fiona is involved in many aspects of the charity including strategy and event planning. Fiona also has many contacts in the Sydney and Melbourne business community so has been able to tap into those for fundraising opportunities.
Fiona sits on the Board of the Fundraising Committee for the Grace Gala, which raises funds annually for The Grace Centre for Newborn Care and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. The Grace Centre is located within Sydney Children’s Hospital and provides newborn intensive care for critically ill babies, neonatal education, follow up clinic for critically ill newborns and research. The Cerebral Palsy Alliance is a non-profit organization that provides services to thousands of people with a disability and their families.
The Committee has raised over $5 million for the charities over 5 years.
Sharon Adongo is a social entrepreneur based in Nairobi, Kenya.
She is co-founder of Uwazi Technology Consulting, a data and technology consulting firm and the leading Salesforce Cloud Alliance Partner in East Africa. Uwazi builds systems that help nonprofits and social enterprises successfully collaborate with their constituents, scale their programs and unlock opportunities through insightful data.
Sharon has a BA in Science, Technology & Society, with a correlate in Computer Science from Vassar College in New York. She is passionate about making the world a better place through the use of technology, innovation and philanthropy.
She has previously worked for Samahope, developing systems to streamline organization-donor relations and Unilever East Africa Limited where she was a Management Trainee.