Organizational Leadership

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RON ISRAEL
FOUNDER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ron Israel is a leader in the “eld of human capacity development and education, both in the formal and non formal sectors. He formerly headed Education Development Center’s (EDC) International Development Division. He has worked with groups of scholars and teachers from countries around the world, facilitating projects within a broad array of cultural settings. He has more than 20 years of consulting and project management experience in the “elds of education, health, the environment, democracy and civil society programs, and has consulted for clients including the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), United Nations Development Program, UNESCO, UNICEF, World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Bank.
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ASH HARTWELL
Co-FOUNDER and SECRETARY

Ash Hartwell has served as an education advisor to USAID’s Africa Bureau, UNICEF, CARE, and the World Bank. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the 21st Century Learning Initiative, a transnational program to synthesize the best of research into the nature of human learning. In 2002, he joined the faculty at the Center for International Education, where he focuses on learning in post con#ict situations, educational policy and planning, and alternative learning systems. He has extensive experience evaluating the impact of international development programs
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HISHAM JABI
CO-FOUNDER AND BOARD MEMBER

Hisham Jabi has been leading large-scale public and private initiatives in international development in the Middle East and in the United States since 1993. Mr. Jabi’s areas of expertise include youth development, entrepreneurship, information technology, knowledge management, organizational learning, service learning and community service. He started MABCO, one of the leading information technology companies in the Middle East. In 2004, he launched and directed the Ruwwad Project to provide leadership, livelihood and civic engagement support for Palestinian Youth. Currently, Mr. Jabi is a Senior Associate at Management Systems International (MSI), leading their e!orts in the areas of positive youth development and knowledge management for the MENA Region.
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NANCY DEVINE
CO-FOUNDER AND BOARD TREASURER

Nancy Devine is Vice President and Director of the West and Central Africa Regional Center in EDC’s International Development Division, where she also helps lead the Basic Education Team. She has more than 25 years of experience in leadership positions with nonpro”t organizations, working in education and youth development in the United States and Africa. In her current role, Devine designs and manages projects in the areas of basic education, community participation to improve education, and youth programs. Speci”cally, she provides technical and strategic oversight to education programs in Mali, Ghana, and the Philippines. Prior to joining EDC, she held positions at World Education as Senior Advisor for increasing the role of civil society in education and as West Africa Regional Director and Country Director in Mali.