C20 Leadership

C20 Leadership 2020-03-05T17:10:41+06:00

Steering Committee Members

Nouf bint Muhammed (Chair)

King Khalid Foundation

Nouf bint Muhammad is the Chair of the official G20 Saudi Arabia 2020’s Civil Society Engagement Group and the CEO of the King Khalid Foundation. She has served as part of King Khalid Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 1996, playing a key role in shaping the foundation’s finances, strategy and activities. Nouf has been a longstanding philanthropist and a strong supporter of civil society and its growth in Saudi Arabia.

She has contributed to the development of the King Khalid Foundation’s current strategic direction, focusing on creating equal opportunities and prosperity in Saudi Arabia as well as the Foundation’s engagements and support for the non-profit sector. Nouf serves as the Chair of the Saudi ADHD Society, and a member of AlNahda Society for Women. Princess Nouf graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in business management and has represented both King Khalid Foundation and the Saudi ADHD Society in several international civil society forums.

Dania Al Maeena (Co-Chair)

Al Oula

Dania Khaled Al Maeena is the Co-Chair of the official G20 Saudi Arabia 2020’s Civil Society Engagement Group. She is currently the CEO of the Al Oula Nonprofit Organization, the first nonprofit in Saudi Arabia that aims to fight poverty through early intervention. Dania was previously the head of Zahra Breast Cancer Association and the Director of the Mini Jobs initiative at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development in Saudi Arabia. She is also a sports advocate and the co-founder of Riyadh United Women and Youth Sports Academy. 

Dania’s 17-year career spans various programs and initiatives around capacity building of Saudi youth and career counseling, enabling them to unlock their hidden potential beginning as student counselor in Effat University. Dania is passionate about social work and giving back to the underprivileged segments of Saudi society, specifically the empowerment of women and youth.

She was the winner of the Sayidaty Award for social and humanitarian work in 2015 and a winner of the King Khaled nonprofit excellence award (2018-2019). She holds a master’s degree in Mental Health from Queen Mary, University of London as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from George Mason University.

Stefania Burbo

Global Call to Action Against Poverty – Italy 

Stefania Burbo has been working as a focal point and advocacy officer for the Global Health Italian Network since 2004. The network is composed of ten civil society organizations promoting the right to health among countries with inaccessible health care.

She is also member of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) Italy Steering Committee, and since 2017, she has been GCAP Italy Co-Spokesperson. The Coalition is an expression of the world’s largest civil society movement and calls for an end to poverty and inequality and promotes the adoption of sustainable policies respecting human rights, dignity, gender equality, social and environmental justice. GCAP Italy is a key interlocutor for Italian institutions on G7/G20 processes and the 2030 Agenda debate.

Stefania Burbo graduated in with a degree in political science and has been working in the International Cooperation since 1997. She started in Sub-Saharan Africa, working on both development and emergency projects.

Riccardo Moro 

Global Call to Action Against Poverty – Italy

Riccardo Moro is one of the three Global Co-Chairs of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) and represents, with Stefania Burbo, GCAP Italy in C20 process. He’s been active in the international dialogue that shaped the Agenda 2030 and now is part of the global civil society process to monitor and strengthen its implementation.

He spent several year working in Lima, Peru, where he manages one of the biggest debt swap funds that finances sustainable development projects implemented by NGOs and central and local authorities.

He teaches development politics at the University of Milan and has taught international politics and international economics at several institutions in Africa and Latin America. He was very active in the Jubilee Campaign, which focused on debt cancellation in the late 1990s and for the improvement of poverty reduction policies in the first decade of 2000.

Masaki Inaba 

Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs 

 Masaki Inaba is the Policy Advocacy and International Relations Adviser for the Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs (SDGs Japan). He also serves as the Program Director of Global Health for the Africa Japan Forum, a Japanese non-profit working on African issues.

Masaki has been coordinating Japanese civil society activities on international issues, including the G20 Osaka Summit in 2019 as the 2019 C20 Sherpa and Director of the 2019 Japan G20 Summit Civil Society Platform. Masaki has also been involved with TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) as one of the Board members of Japan Citizen’s Network for TICAD (Afri-Can). He has also been working on global health issues as the Chair of Japan Civil Society Organization Network on Global Health (GI-Kon).

Previously, he served as the executive director of Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) Japan from 2009 to 2015. In addition, he was a member of the Developed Country NGO Delegation of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) from 2004 to 2009. Before that, he worked as a human rights activist for minorities and precarious workers in Japan during the 1990s.

Harsh Jailti

Voluntary Action Network India

 Harsh Jaitli is the Chief Executive Officer of Voluntary Action Network India (VANI). VANI works to strengthen the voluntary sector in India.

For almost two decades, Harsh has been active in capacity building and research-based advocacy efforts on issues like environment, health, local governance and organizational development. Previously, he worked as a Director for Participatory Research in Asia.

Harsh received his degree in political science and international development.

Jürgen Maier

German NGO Forum on Environment and Development

Jürgen Maier is Director of the German NGO Forum Environment & Development, a network established after the Rio conference in 1992 to coordinate activities towards sustainable development, as well as to monitor negotiations in the climate convention (UNFCCC), biodiversity convention (CBD), WTO, the Rio follow up process (Commission for Sustainable Development),FAO, G8 and others. The Forum also launched several NGO campaigns on energy-related issues, such as the German Climate Alliance and its Anti-Coal Campaign. 

Prior to joining the Forum in 1996, he was Director of the German Asia Foundation, the International Secretary of the German Green Party, and a board member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Biofuels (RSB) and the Climate Action Network Europe (CAN-E).

Petter Matthews

CoST – the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative

Petter Matthews is an infrastructure and international development specialist with more than 40 years’ experience. Petter is the Executive Director of CoST the Infrastructure Transparency Initiative which works in 19 countries to improve transparency and accountability in public investment and infrastructure. He is also the Executive Director of Engineers Against Poverty (EAP), an independent NGO that works to influence infrastructure policy and engineering practice to maximise the benefits of infrastructure investment for poor and marginalised people.

His involvement in international development began in 1989 as a Construction Manager for the Public Works Division of the Government of Tuvalu. Since then he has held senior positions with international NGOs and worked in more than 20 countries. His international postings included five years in South Africa (1993 –1998) in which he provided technical and policy advice to the Mass Democratic Movement on land and housing policy.

Petter has a track record of leading organizations, managing complex projects and achieving impact. His early career was in the UK construction industry as a bricklayer and construction manager. He has a BA Development Studies and Politics (SOAS, London) and an MSc in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries (LSE, London).

Patricia Miranda

Latindadd

 Patricia Miranda has been working as the Advocacy Coordinator for the Latin American Network for Economic and Social Justice Latindadd since March 2018. Prior to Latin American Network, she represented Latindadd as a Senior Officer on Finance for Development from member state Bolivia since 2006.

Prior to Latindadd, Patricia Miranda worked at Centro de Estudios Monetarios Latinoamericanos (CEMLA) in México, the regional organization of Debt Relief International (DRI) based in London, serving as Programme Officer of a Capacity Building Programme for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC), where she developed fiscal, macro and debt analysis at the national and sub-national level.

Her areas of expertise include public and private debt, external and domestic debt, responsible financing, publicly-backed private finance, finance for development policies and transparency and accountability. She has written papers and reports on finance for development, development banks, private finance, aid, debt, tax, gender and public private partnerships.

She holds an MBA at EMI from Bolivia and Tecnológico de Monterrey from México and studied at a specialized program on financing strategies at Debt Relief International.

Sara Almuhaidib

Al Muhaidib Social Foundation

 Sara Almuhaidib is Executive Director of Al Muhaidib Social Foundation, which she established in 2015. The foundation institutionalizes the various social, charity and philanthropic initiatives of Al Muhaidib Group. The Foundation’s focus today has expanded into child development initiatives with special focus for children with disabilities.

She started her career as a banker with Saudi British bank focusing on Corporate Banking in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, then relocated to the HSBC regional headquarters in Dubai as a relationship manager working with corporate clients in mid-market segment.

In addition, she is a member of Sharqiyah’s Business Women Executive Council, the advisory board member at Dhahran Ahliyya school and a member of the Eastern province municipality friends and a member in the Family Business Network.

Hammam K. Zare

Majid Society

 Hammam Zare currently works at The Society of Majid Bin Abdulaziz for Development and Social Services (Majid Society) as a general manager, specializing in management and marketing consulting.

Hammam has held positions across a variety of sectors including Director of Jeddah International Exhibitions and Conferences Center, Secretary of Jeddah Festival, Country Manager of Dabbagh Information Technology (Saudi Arabia), Advisor to Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City and Executive Director of the Arab Conference Company. In addition, he was a member of the founding teams of both the Jeddah Economic Forum and the Jeddah Festival.

International Advisory Committee

Akmal Ali  

Pacific Islands Association of Non-governmental Organisations (PIANGO)

Akmal Ali is the Programme Officer at the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO). He works on strengthening capacities of PIANGO members for greater knowledge on SDGs and VNR processes at the regional, national, and local levels; empowering for the conversation to be translated to the grass root level. He has also been working in the area of Development Effectiveness where he was able to assist with national Accountabilty Codes for CSOs in 8 PIANGO countries.

In 2016, when Tropical Cyclone Winston (category 5) hit Fiji, Akmal was deployed to the Fiji Council of Social Services for 6 weeks to reactivate and coordinate the NGO Disaster Coordination Centre. In early 2018, Akmal was posted to set up of the PIANGO Micronesian Hub based in Guam strengthening the capacity of all the 7 Micronesian National Liaison Units (National Umbrella NGOs). Akmal was instrumental in securing ICSW 2017 to be hosted by PIANGO.

Prior to joining PIANGO, Akmal was formerly employed as the Secretary General of the University of the South Pacific Students’ Association Federal Office. He has been a strong advocate of the Pan Pacific identity and the aspirations of the Pacific as a whole for over 20 years. Akmal holds a post graduate diploma in Social Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Arts with double majors in Politics and Sociology from the University of the South Pacific.

Anselmo Lee 

Asia Development Alliance

Anselmo Lee has been engaged in the C20 since 2010 when he chaired the Civil G20 Dialogue – the first formal civil society engagement with the G20 in November 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. He is currently a member of C20 International Advisory Committee for the G20 Summit in Saudi Arabia in 2020.

For over 30 years, Anselmo has been actively involved in international civic engagement in the fields of human rights, development and peace through various organizations such as the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asia Development Alliance (ADA), Asia Democracy Network (ADN), CIVICUS, and the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with the UN (CoNGO). In 2020, he will serve as an adviser in two global peace forums in Korea: the Pyeongchang Peace Forum and Seoul Peace Forum.  

Anselmo is a senior fellow at the Institute of International Peace Studies at Kyunghee University in South Korea. After graduating from Seoul National University, he earned a master’s degree in sociology from the Catholic University of Korea.

Daniel Perell  

Baha’i International Community

Daniel Perell joined the Baha’i International Community’s United Nations Office as a Representative in 2011. He is currently a Global Organizing Partner of the NGO Major Group and Chair of the NGO Committee for Social Development. Daniel has worked with the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva, the UN in Aceh, Indonesia and other organizations in the Marshall Islands and Chile.

His areas of work include social and sustainable development, global citizenship, human rights, the role of religion in society, and advocacy for the Baha’i Community.

In 2010, Daniel received a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and a master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. 

Steve Price Thomas

Oxfam

Steve Price Thomas is Oxfam International’s Director of Advocacy and Campaigns where he is responsible for leading Oxfam’s worldwide advocacy, campaigns and policy work. Steve has also served as Oxfam’s G20/BRICS lead and as Vietnam Country Director.

Previously, Steve held staff positions with other NGOs in Europe, Asia and the Pacific and with the World Bank in Washington, DC and Hanoi.

He holds a master’s degree with distinction from the London School of Economics and a First Class Honours degree from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.

Noura Selim

Arab Foundations Forum

Noura Selim is the executive director of the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development. Prior to this position, Selim worked at McKinsey & Company in New York, Dubai and Cairo. At McKinsey, Noura served public and private sector clients, particularly on healthcare and education topics. She was involved in the implementation of a large-scale transformation in technical education and training, improving performance and employment outcomes, as well as leading a healthcare reform program aimed at increasing access and quality of care.

She holds a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School, a master’s in biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude.

Noura currently serves as treasurer on the board of the Harvard Arab Alumni Association and chair of the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF), representing the Sawiris Foundation on the AFF Board of Directors.

Martin Tsounkeu

Africa Development Interchange Network Organisations

Dr. Martin Tsounkeu is the General Representative of the Africa Development Interchange Network (ADIN) and Leading Consultant for the Bureau of Economic Technical and Commercial Studies (BETEC) in Cameroon. Martin worked on the impact evaluation of the Millennium Development Goals and, more recently, the Sustainable Development Goals. Over the last 30 years, he has worked with institutions including the World Bank and UNDP, as well as many international working groups, on topics including development economics, corporate structure, monitoring and evaluation and civil society.  He has also served as the National Coordinating Expert for the United Nations in Cameroon from 2013-2014 as part of the Post-2015 Development process. 

He is also a researcher specializing in Financing for Development, with a focus on the inclusion of local people through grassroots tactics.  He is the author of several publications and studies: “Chinese Investments In Cameroon: Examining the Trends, Challenges and Perspectives on the Environment And Communities” (WWF, 2014); “Smallholders’ access to credit and financing in the basic agricultural value chains and risk management” (FAO, 2010) and “China – Africa Cooperation and the Peculiarities of Chinese Development Assistance in Africa: The Case of Cameroon” (AFRODAD, 2011).

Claudio Fernandes

Gestos

is a multidisciplinary economist, with a background on design and technology, working for Gestos – HIV and Aids, communication and gender NGO from Recife, Brazil, – on taxes and inequality issues from the perspective of sustainable development financing. He has been engaged with financing for development advocacy since Rio+20, including the negotiations toward the 2030 and the Addis Ababa agendas. He did participate at the summit and followed the G20 under France’s presidency while advocating for financial transactions taxes, and was part of the C20 under Germany’s presidency. Gestos, through Claudio Fernandes, is part of the Global Civil Society coalition for FfD. Mr. Fernandes is the leading economist for the Brazilian civil society working group for the 2030 Agenda implementation (@GTAgenda2030)