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RAGM Board of Directors
Lawrence Wright
President 2017 - 2018
Business owner for 41 years and Rotary member for 34 years; BS degree from Eastern Michigan University; District Governor 1995-96; Major Donor & Bequest Society; Past CEO/President of regional trade association; past RI Training Leader; GETS Training Leader; Zone Institute Chair (2x); Chairman of  Nominating Committee for Zone Director (2x); RRFC & RC for Zone 29; COL Rep; Past Chairman of 'LaunchDETROIT' Micro-lending (domestic lending project).
James Louttit
Incoming President 2018 - 2019
Jim Louttit became a Rotarian in early 2005 as a founding member and Second Vice-President of the Rotary Club of Lima Sunrise in District 4450.  He left Peru in 2007 to return to Canada and joined Toronto Sunrise in District 7070.  He is a Past President of the Club.

Jim is also active at the District 7070 level currently serving as Chair of the Microfinance Committee and a member of their Long Range Planning Committee.  He is also the Vice-President of the Toronto International Microfinance Summit in its third year of operation and is the 2011 Conference Chair.
Recently, Jim started his own microfinance consulting business after retiring from the Bank of Nova Scotia where he was the Vice-President and Deputy Head for Latin America in their International Banking Division.  Prior to this role, he was the Bank's Country Head in Peru for four years and has also worked in El Salvador heading the Bank's Retail Banking Division.

Education for Jim includes the Professional Banking Program and he is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.  He majored in Marketing while attending Fanshawe College and while at Queen's University completed the Executive Program and Sales Management Program.  He also attended Dalhousie University partially completing his MBA studies.

Jim is also active in several other organizations serving as Vice-President of the Peruvian-Canadian Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Board of The Hearing Foundation of Canada as well as serving as the Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee.
Michael McCullough
Past President
Michael (Mike) is a long term community minded Rotarain. 

In the Volunteer Sector: As a member of Rotary since 1974, Mike was elected President of the Rotary Club of Trenton, Michigan in 1984-85 and led international District 6400 as its Governor in 1990-91.  During 2003-2005, Mike represented all Rotarians as their Director on the Rotary International Board from North Central US and Canada, Zones 27 & 28. 

Mike is a Board member of the Hope and Relief International Foundation, and was President of the Rotarian Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development (RAGM) and a trustee for Rotarians for Safe Water and Sanitation Foundation. He is also a director of LaunchDETROIT, a micro finance initiative in Southwest Detroit.

In the Public Sector: Mike serves as the Treasurer for the City of Trenton, previously serving as its Mayor Pro Tem and councilman.  Presently he serves as director of the Trenton Business Association, President of the Fire & Police Retirement Board and Chairman for the Trenton Education Foundation. Mike has delivered "Meals On Wheels" every Tuesday since 1990.  He was named Trenton's Outstanding Man in 1977.

In the Private Sector: Mike was President of M & M Printing, Inc. Previously, Mike was the editor & Publisher of the Trenton Times and Vice President of Chief Publishing, Inc.  He received his training in journalism from Bowling Green State University. Mike and Sherry have resided in Trenton since 1971.
Nathan Frankle
President Elect 2019 - 2020
Nick Frankle joined the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise in 2002.  He was club president in Rotary Year 2006-07.  During his year as president, the club was selected the best medium club in District 5240 and the best large service organization in his home community of the Conejo Valley.  He has also served his club as Club Service Chair, International Service Chair and Foundation Chair.

Nick has served District 5240 as an Assistant Governor and Executive Assistant Governor.  He has also been Membership Chair, International Service Chair and Communications Chair. He was a member of the Zone 26 team implementing the Ignite Membership Initiative. In Rotary Year 2014-15, Nick and his wife Heather, a member of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise, served the District as Co-Chief Operating Officers.  In 2016-17, Nick serves as District Governor of Rotary District 5240.

Nick is a Major Donor, Benefactor, member of the Bequest Society and a member of the Paul Harris Society. He is a graduate of the District 5240 PRLS and Master PRLS leadership training programs. For RY 2012-13, Nick was the recipient of the District 5240 Samuel L. Greene Service Above Self award.

Nick was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the Maryland suburbs.   He attended The Johns Hopkins University graduating with a BA in Physics.  He worked summers as a computer programmer for NASA which led to an MS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and a lifelong career in information technology and telecommunications.  He has managed large information technology projects for the US government and Fortune 500 companies.  He was the operations executive responsible for the first seamless international data communications network - a position that took him around the world and introduced him to the cultural differences of doing business in thirty countries.   He has recently retired as a business unit manager for a high technology firm developing advanced predictive analytics technology for government and commercial use.

Nick holds a teaching credential in the California Community College system.  He has taught college classes in Computer Science and has also taught classes to Non-Profit Organizations on the use of technology to reduce costs and increase fundraising.

Nick has participated in international projects in Mexico, Honduras and South Africa.  He helped establish the District 5240 Rotary Safari program which encourages Rotarians to participate in international projects.  He has seen how Rotarians change the world "one life at a time" while understanding that often the people most changed by humanitarian projects are the Rotarians themselves.
Karen Somerville
Experience: Volunteer on 2009/2010/2011 Toronto Microfinance Conferences.

Toronto International Microfinance Summit ( May 2015)
September 2009 to Present (5 years 9 months)

Director of Sponsorship
East York Soccer Club
1996 to  August 2013 (17 years)

Toronto East Rotary Club
July 2010 to June 2013 (3 years)
Wilf Wilkinson
LIaison with Rotary International
Wilf Wilkinson has been a member of Rotary for Fifty years during which time he has held all the Rotary offices including International President 2007-08 and Chairman The Rotary Foundation 2012-13.  He was a practicing Public Accountant and specialized in forensic accounting in the latter years of practice.  When President of Rotary International, he created an RI committee on Micro Finance.
Nadim Matraji
Regional Outreach to Middle East & North Africa Director
Nadim Matraji was born in Beirut, Lebanon. Throughout his life he has been continually placed in leadership positions: top scholastic honors, patrol leader in Boy Scouts, President of Student Council in grade school.
Active Rotarian at Rotary Club Beirut Phoenix, member in the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians, and board member in the Rotarian Action Group for Microfinance & Community Development.

He received his university degrees, a Bachelor of Business Administration at the American University of Beirut and an MBA from the same University as well. He is a Certified Management Consultant and a Chartered Business Strategist.
Philosophy, History, Theology, Politics, Finance, Economics and other similar studies contributed significantly to his education and continue to interest Nadim even today.

Professionally, Nadim is a results-focused management professional offering more than 15 years of experience in senior-level leadership for start-up, early stage growth, and global operations; Recognized for delivering and sustaining revenue and profit gains with proven ability in sales, marketing, and operation.

Founder and Managing Partner at 360 Key a multi-dimensional business management consulting firm; on any level, his job is to find solutions to problems for which there is no textbook answer.

When he is not working, he loves to spend quality time with his family; he loves to read, to travel, to learn, and to support his community.
Marilyn Fitzgerald
Developed World Microfinance Director
Dr. Marilyn Fitzgerald consults with organizations investing in projects intended to achieve sustainable outcomes.  Marilyn is dedicated to offering assistance by providing opportunity to the economically disadvantaged in collaboratively determining their own sustainable solutions to poverty. 

She is passionate about recognizing beneficiaries as major stakeholders and partners in the collaboration and integrative negotiation of all projects. 

Marilyn Ann Fitzgerald, Ph.D., is a past-president of the Rotary Club of Traverse City, Michigan. Within District 6290, Marilyn has served as an Assistant Governor, Chairperson of the District World Community Service Committee, and she is currently the District Microcredit Advisor and the District Economic and Community Development Coordinator. 

Marilyn is a former Group Study Exchange Team Leader to Bali Indonesia; upon return directed a fundraising drive among multiple Rotary Clubs to raise $80,000 in 45 days to build a new blood bank building, she co-authored a 3-H Grant totaling $475,000 for the purchase of medical equipment for the blood bank in Bali.  Within three years, TRF acknowledged the Bali blood bank was self- sustaining. She has also successfully authored numerous Matching Grants and District Simplified Grants involving multiple Rotary Clubs. 

Currently, Marilyn is involved in micro-loan-plus projects in rural western Guatemala, working for the empowerment of impoverished families through economic community development. 

Marilyn is the Founder/President of Common Ground Solutions, LLC while maintaining an active practice in clinical psychology 25+ years.

Dr. Fitzgerald designed and conducted original in-field research focused on economic and community development taking place in two Central American countries, the results are published as her dissertation The Unintended Consequences of Humanitarian Aid; she is also the author of the book If I Had a Water Buffalo, 2nd publication 2014, with the Forward written by Dr. Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate. 

Marilyn has conducted formal project evaluations in Romania, Indonesia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, New York City and Detroit, Michigan.
Safina Rahman
Strategic Partnerships Director
Rotary has been a major component of Rtn. Safina Rahman's life since October 2002, when she joined the RC Dhaka Midtown. Dedicating herself to Rotary she was soon made the club secretary the next year and became the president of her club in 2005-06. Due to her very active role in Rotary in Bangladesh she soon after joining the Organization became the Chair District Family of Rotary Committee, in 2003 -04, and went on in succession to become the President of the Presidents' Forum, Chair District Cultural Committee in 2006-07, Assistant Governor in 2007-08 and Deputy Governor in in 2010-11. She Chaired the District Conference and Major Gift Committee in 2008-09, Gift of Life Committee and the high profile Gold Medal Award Committee & Ceremony in 2010-11. Playing a very prominent role in her Club and the formation of the Rotary Club of Dhaka Midtown Foundation she became the Founder Member Secretary. Before her election to the position of DG, she also was the Chair of the District Fellowship Committee, Assistant Trainer and Member Secretary National PolioPlus Committee. Beyond our District RI 3280 she has been the Zone Coordinator for Literacy, Assigned to Zone 6A (Eastern India, Bangladesh and Nepal).  She moved up the Rotary ladder quickly and served as DG during RY 2014-`5.

Awarded for her dedication to Rotary, she has received the Service Above Self Award (the highest individual Rotary award) in 2009-10.  Before that in 2003-04 she also received the Four Avenues Citation.  In the RI District 3280 she was the Rotarian of the Year I 2006-07 and the Best President in 2005-06. She is a PHF, Benefactor and Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation. She is also a Paul Harris Society Member as she pledged to donate at least $1000.00 to TRF each year.

Attended RI Zonal Institutes in Manila (2009), Bangkok (2010), and had the distinction of being panelists both the Institutes. Also attended Bali Institute (2011) and RI South Asia Conference on cooperation and development held in Colombo, Sri Lanka (2011). She has attended the RI Convention in Montreal (2010) and Bangkok (2012).

Born in 1964, she is married to Mr. Sajjad Ahmed, a business man, and is a mother of two lovely daughters. The elder Ariqa Satar is an Actuary and pursuing her Phd in the U.S. the younger Ariba is obtaining her Bachelor's degree from Monash University in Malaysia. 

Education wise Safina is a graduate in Nutrition from the College of Home Economics, Dhaka University. Following the graduation she earned Diplomas in SMC Management, Human Resource, Child Psychology, Child Development & Nutrition. She has attended numerous symposiums and seminars at home and abroad.

Professional career revolves around Lakhsma Sweaters Ltd. as Chairman of the 100% export oriented company which is known for its excellent quality exports of readymade sweaters to countries in North America, Europe and Australia.  She worked as Program Manager (1991-95) - Marie Stopes Clinic Society Worked in the field of reproductive health. Early job experiences were as Volunteer - Salvation Army, Melbourne, Australia Raised funds and mobilized volunteers for humanitarian service and as a Teacher in Scholastica School, teaching in elementary level.

Also Involved in many other business, community, social and cultural forums she is the First woman Director to the Board of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industries as Convener SME Development & Product Diversification, Member of SME Foundation, France Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, BGMEA and Zonta Club, Chair, Future Leaders Forum, National Commissioner Bangladesh Scout Foundation Fund Raising, Past National President Junior Chamber International (JCI) Bangladesh (2005). She was also actively involved in the Gulshan Society and served as Vice President. She is the recipient of Best Female Entrepreneurship award- Rokeya Podok received from Nari Kontho Foundation (2006).
Venkatesh Ananthanarayanan
Regional Outreach, South Asia
Venkatesh Ananthanarayanan (Venky) is a member of Rotary Club of Chennai Mambalam, District 3230, India and served as its president in 2001-02 . He served as the District Governor in the year 2007-08. During the year, his district surpassed all previous records in both membership development and in contributions to TRF. The year also saw the launch of a successful community service project aimed at empowering women. 

He also successfully organized two presidential conferences, one on membership and the other on micro credit. Venky is currently serving his 3rd year as Rotary Coordinator for Zone 5 covering 14 districts with a combined membership of over 54,000 spread across South India and Sri Lanka.

He has been a trainer at many GETS and other district events of many districts. He has also been  a panelist at breakout sessions at several RI conventions. He has represented the RI president at many District conferences both in India and outside.

Venky is an Engineer and a management graduate. He runs a successful construction company employing over 1400 people. He is a level 2 Major Donor to TRF . He is happily married to Rtn.Vinita and they have two daughters.

Sergio Bortolani
Training Information & Volunteers Director
Sergio Bortolani is Director of the School of Management and Economics of the University of Torino (Italy). His popular "Ethics and Finance" University Course has a large portion of the content dedicated to Microcredit.

He is Governor 2013-14 of the Rotary District 2031 (Piedmont-Aosta Valley).

His District 2031 has launched a huge Project "Job Emergency and Microcredit", involving 265 Rotarian volunteers and a Rotary Guarantee Fund of $ 250,000, for accompanying micro-entrepreneurs of the District Territory to start or to consolidate their small business in this present economic recession.
Cassandra Bradley
Community Development Director
My name is Cassandra Bradley and I live in Center Harbor, NH with my three children.  I have been in involved with Rotary since the mid 90's and held a host of positions both within my clubs and for the Districts including Past President, Assistant Governor, District Governor and District Group Study Exchange selection committees, Amigos de Honduras - humanitarian trips to Honduras 10 years, District Conference planning committee and District Chair for Matching Grants and District Simplified Grants committee.

My current position with Community Development Finance Authority enables me to put funding together to participate in both community and economic development projects throughout the state.  I am also the project manager / commercial lender for three revolving loan funds, which are all funded with federal and state funding.  Prior to this position, I was in banking for 20+ years as VP Commercial Loan Officer.  I am finishing up my Masters Degree (June 13') in Community Economic Development with an emphasis in International at Southern New Hampshire University.  This degree has helped me develop my understanding of the processes needed to initiate, develop and implement community development project in order for them to be successful, viable, and sustainable.

This knowledge, coupled with my hands on knowledge from my job, provides me with the experience and understanding of what is involved and necessary in pulling together a successful project.  This awareness will enable me to provide guidance needed to other Rotary clubs looking to do community development projects in their towns, cities, or abroad.  Community development projects bring a community together to achieve a common goal or objective while helping to build a stronger more viable community for the future.             
Yves Fecteau
Francophone Outreach Director
Yves Fecteau was born in Québec City on January 14, 1947. He is married to Claire Veilleux since September 1971 and they have two children: Charles born in July 1972 and Annick in April 1974. They are very proud of their seven grandchildren.

Yves is now retired from Place Laurier Shopping Center where he worked since 1984 as Operations manager.

A member of the Club Rotary de Québec from 1977 to 1978, he joined again in 1995. He is actively involved in most of the club activities. He was President in 2001-2002 and he was President of the Board of Directors of La Société Grand Village in St. Nicolas for almost ten years, a summer camp for handicapped people owned by Club Rotary de Québec. He also served as Assistant Governor for the District, Governor in 2008-2009. Responsible for the center of peace and conflict for the district and district trainer In 2003, 2010and 2012 Club Rotary de Québec recognized him with three  Paul Harris followed by the Nanterre Rotary Club (France) in 2005.

Claire and Yves love to travel, to visit and take care of their grandchildren. They spend most of their free time at their summer house in Charlevoix.

Yves has always been involved in the community mostly with organizations helping the deaf persons, the Red Cross Society as well as leisure activities.

He is very proud to follow his father's footsteps who was District Governor in 1981-1982.
John Ayliffe
Regional Outreach to Europe Director
Founder and Chairman of 1to4, a provider of working capital loans to small MFIs.
Board Member / Loan committee member of Microcredit Enterprises, a provider of working capital loans to small MFIs.

Co-Founder, former CEO & Board Member of Precimed, a Swiss MedTech company.
Former Director of Greatbatch Medical, a US MedTech company.
Married to Cathy, 2 children Kelly (13) and Jack (9).
Live in Lignières, Switzerland. A peaceful place...
Enjoy hiking, cycling, football (read soccer!), skiing and wine!
Jane Otima Mung'oma
Regional Outreach to Sub-Saharan Africa Director
Jane Otima Mung'oma is a Development Consultant specialising in Market, Value chain and Enterprise Development. She has over 20 years working experience in the African Region. 

Jane is a Senior Consultant for Legacy Consulting Ltd; a company that focuses on enabling transformation in the private, public and social sectors for inclusive growth and lasting legacies. Jane, a Multiple PHF, is Past President of the Rotary Club of Muthaiga where she currently serves as Club Services Director. 

She is the incoming District 9212 Water Resources Chair for the Rotary Year 2016-17. Jane also serves on the RI Cadre of Technical Advisors for Community Economic Development and Micro Finance. 

Above all Jane is passionate about making Africa and the World a better place for the New Generation
Wally Gardiner
RAGM Communications Director
Wally Gardiner holds degrees in Technical Education and Spanish and is the outgoing President of the Rotary Club of High River. He is the CEO of Gardiner Computer Consulting Inc. a value added retailer in the field of networks, servers, computer hardware and technological business solutions. He is the retiring Chair of the District 5360 Microcredit Task Force, a speaker on Microcredit 101, and most recently spoke at the Feria de Proyectos held in Oaxaca Mexico. 

He is married with three children and is a professional grandfather of six!  In addition to operating  Amateur Radio Station VE6BGL, he serves as an Asst Director for the National Organization and instructs in Disaster Services management (ICS) to other Amateur Radio operators and is a past President of the Foothills Amateur Radio Society, where he presently serves as Emergency Services Chair. 

He is a volunteer translator for new Spanish speaking immigrants, and teaches an ESL session-in Spanish- at the local library.

He has been Chair of International Service for High River and  promotes Rotary projects between Canadian Rotarians and other countries.  Just recently he returned from Honduras where he helped to arrange a large microcredit initiative with Honduran Rotarians. He also serves with the Rotary Foundation as a member of the Cadre of Technical Advisors and Communications Director of RAGM
Stephanie Emond
Speakers Bureau Director
Stephanie Emond is Director of Development at FINCA Canada. She has been spearheading FINCA's activities in Canada since 2010, building partnerships with Canadian entities and individuals who wish to support financial inclusion and lend a hand to entrepreneurs in the developing world. 

Before joining FINCA, she worked as a management consultant with Grant Thornton, on business and strategic planning, market analysis and marketing strategies, and for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA - now DFATD Canada) as an economic advisor focusing on private sector development and financial inclusion. 

Previous to that, Stephanie worked with FINCA Peru, a Peruvian microfinance institution. 

She holds a MBA from HEC Montreal.
Carmen Villalta
Director, Regional Outreach, Latin America
Carmen was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and attended the American School in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She studied at Purdue University, Indiana, where she obtained a degree in Medical Technology. She is the supervisor of a medical laboratory in Tegucigalpa. Carmen joined the Rotary Club of Nueva Tegucigalpa in 1994 and was club President in 1996 - 97. This was the first club in Honduras to admit women. She then became a charter member of the Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa Real de Minas and was President in 2006 - 2007. She has held multiple district positions and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. She was the first woman to serve as District Governor, in District 4250 and was featured in the Rotary Video Magazine "Women in Rotary", which celebrated the 20th anniversary of women in Rotary.
Quentin Wodon
Director of Membership
Quentin Wodon is a Lead Economist at the World Bank. Previously, he managed the World Bank unit on values and development, served as Lead Poverty Specialist for West and Central Africa, and as Economist/Senior Economist in the Latin America region. Before joining the World Bank, he worked among others as Assistant Brand Manager with Procter & Gamble, volunteer corps member with the International Movement ATD Fourth World, and (tenured) Assistant Professor of Economics with the University of Namur. He has also taught at American University and Georgetown University. A lifelong learner, he has more than 500 publications and holds PhDs in Economics, Environmental Science, Health Sciences, and Theology and Religious Studies.

Quentin has served on several advisory boards for non-profit organizations and university programs, and as Associate Editor for academic journals. A past President of the Society of Government Economists, he is currently President of the Association for Social Economics. He is actively involved in Rotary with his club (serving as President), District (former Evaluation Adviser and Interact Chair, among others), and Rotary International (committee member for the Rotary Foundation and other roles). Quentin launched the Rotarian Economist blog in 2014 and the Rotarian Economist Short Books series in 2017.

See also a publication on membership by Quentin entitled:

Double Your Membership In Six Months: 10 Lessons from a Rotary Club Pilot
Narayan Murarka
Global Grants, Major Programs & TRF Coordinator
Murarka is the Past & Current President of Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club, D-6440. He has served as Assistant Governor and in multiple positions at the club and district level in such areas as membership, foundation, club service, international service and fundraising.  He has been a frequent speaker at District Conferences.

He has chaired an ongoing club program on Micro-Finance for over six years.  The program addresses the needs of local businesses and has been successfully implemented in our own community. 

He has also been responsible for sponsoring two micro-finance projects in Guatemala.  One relates to helping women to carry out weaving business.  Twenty women have already been provided financing.  Another project relates to preparation and sale of okara blended food products.  Okara is a byproduct when soy milk is made processing soy beans with water and steam in a pressure cooker type machine called mechanical cow. 

Murarka has been the Global Grants Chair of D-6440 District Foundation Committee for the last five years.  During this time, over 35 global grants have been sponsored by clubs within his district.  He organized and conducted the Grant Management Seminars for four years.  Murarka is well versed in the Global Grants policies, procedures and processes having helped multiple Rotarians to navigate through the challenges.  Some of these grants have micro-finance component.

Murarka is also the Primary Rotarian for four major Global Grants related to Water & Sanitation, Nutrition, Health and Literacy in Guatemala.  These projects are the result of multi-country, multi-district and multi-club partnership in pooling financial resources.
Murarka is the recipient of "The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service".

Murarka is also the Primary Rotarian for a new competitive challenge grant on WASH in Schools (WinS).  This project is in partnership with Club Rotario Guatemala Sur and involves integration of WASH activities with health, hygiene and education for 48 schools with over 16,000 students.
Funds Development Director
Currently working on as lead for Rotary in China's humanitarian projects in North Korea along with other Canadian, Chinese and American Rotary Clubs have been providing financial assistance for. I participate in the following charities HIPS, olpc.ca, Food Bank, Hospital Volunteer, Feeding the Homeless, Salvation Army Literacy Program, Salvation Army, SMILES, tree planting, Environmental Defence, Youth for Human Rights, Global Ivey M.B.A., North York Seniors Assoc, Korean Business Assoc, Korean Canadian Cultural Assoc, Chinese Business Asso, work in Africa, Bayview Village Association, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus Social Enterprise, United Nations Toronto and New York City Fundraising, Global Citizen, WE, Terry Fox Run, Rotary Local and International projects in Canada, USA, South Korea, North Korea, China, Japan, Europe, South America, Haiti, and Australia.

I have received the following awards: Volunteer of the Year Salvation Army / Yorkwoods Community 2016, Volunteer of the Year Willowdale Federal Liberal Association 2016, Youth for Human Rights accolades 2016, Living Realty Inc, Brokerage "Rookie of the Year" 2016. I am a presenter for my charities.
Samuel Veerasingham
Conferences Director
Rotarian Samuel Veerasingham is Past President for Mississauga City Centre, District 7080. Samuel is the 7080 representative to RAGM working closely with the RAGM Committee and District 7070 promoting Microfinance among the 7080 clubs. 

Rtn. Veerasingham has strong knowledge in the Microfinance concepts and the benefits that can create to local and global communities. Rtn. Veerasingham is looking forward to work with the 7080 clubs as well Rotary to make the RAGM a successful working platform creating benefits to global communities.
Candace Bangura
Regional Outreach to Oceania Director
Candace Bangura was born in the U.S., grew up in Saudi Arabia, and studied economics at University.  After graduation, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer where she became interested in economic and community development while working at a savings and loan cooperative in Yaguaron, Paraguay.  Upon returning to the U.S., Candace received her master's degree with a specialization in community and economic development.  As the Executive Director of World Relief - Chicago, Candace oversaw wrap-around social services for refugees and immigrants. 

Candace's involvement with Rotary began in 1999 when she joined staff as a 3-H Grant Coordinator. Prior to the Future Vision Pilot, she worked in a variety of positions including the Program Officer for District Simplified Grants/Americas Department Manager.  During the Future Vision Pilot and Launch, Candace served as the Area of Focus Manager for Economic and Community Development, working closely with RAGM on a number of initiatives related to microfinance. 

Upon moving to New Zealand in 2015, Candace became the Director of Southland Youth One Stop Shop, which provides medical and social services to youth aged 10-24 years.  In 2016, Candace joined the Rotary Club of Gore.  She currently serves as the President-elect of the Gore club as well as the Grants Subcommittee Chair for District 9800.
Howard Weinstein
Social Business Director
I have over 25 years  of for profit and non-profit experience. I have gone from driving a truck, to marketing a manager at Gillette and General Foods to becoming CEO of a large international plumbing construction business, to co-founding a very successful global NGO selling packaged healthcare goods. I have worked in Canada, USA, South Korea, New Zealand, Botswana, India, China and Brazil where I have finished a contract as a consultant in May 2016. I have raised funds  from venture capital firms, Foundations and Development Banks. I have also written the fund raising  strategy for may NGO's as well as was the keynote Speaker to UBS Global Family Foundation Congress in St Moritz and spoke to 150 of their wealthiest clients.

I also teach leadership, part time, globally as part of Duke University and INSEAD University corporate Executive education program. I have been and am the Keynote speaker at many international congresses.

I have recived numerous Technology, Economic Empowerment, Entrepreneur and Humanitarian awards I have won as well as winning an award at UN last years as Global Social Entrepreneur of the Year by WTN. My work has been written up in National Geographic, Newsweek, Brazil Business Week , Don ( Quebec)  and 20 other magazines. Products I have invented but did not patent appeared in Smithsonian, Alexander Graham Bell Museum and others. I have successfully raised over five ( 5) million dollars from national and international foundations and US government agencies as well as helped other NGO's raise over 2 million dollars.  The many on the ground projects I help start both in for-profit and NGO field globally. I acquired a working knowledge and understanding of all aspects of a business as well as the deep understanding and appreciation of the goals , dreams  and respect of local community groups as well as all employees from a truck driver up to CEO of an organization.

Nurul (T I M) Kabir
Regional Outreach to East Asia Director
Mr Nurul Kabir of Dhaka Bangladesh is a successful businessman with more than 28 years of progressive experience in the Information Technology sector. He has worked in both the private sector (two start up computer companies) and the large corporate sector (as Chief Operating Officer of the Association of Mobile Telecom Operator of Bangladesh, the apex body of all cellular mobile operators of Bangladesh).

In demand as a public speaker in the computer technology sector he has also published newspaper and magazine articles as a guest writer and columnist. Since 2003 Nurul has participated in committee work in the development of Telecommunication Policy. As a University Guest Lecturer, among other topics, he has addressed e-Business and Intellectual Property. . Mr. Kabir is a certified Cost and Management Accountant and retains a Masters of Management and Business Administration.

Turning to Rotary, Nurul became the 75th President of the Rotary Club of Dhaka, amongst the Premier Rotary clubs in Bangladesh. He is a member of The Rotary Foundation's Cadre of Technical Advisors, a trainer of Rotary on-line tools and Director of Communications for the Rotarian Action Group for Peace (2015 to 2018). He has also served as an Assistant Governor (2014 to 2015), a Rotary District Trainer, and he is Certified as a Faculty member of the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI).
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