Our People

Dane Smith

Dane Smith is a consultant on peacebuilding and development, with emphasis on Africa. In 2014 he spent five months teaching peacebuilding as a visiting professor at the Martin Luther King Evangelical University of Nicaragua in Managua. In 2011 and 2012 he served as Senior Advisor on Darfur in the State Department’s Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan.

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David S. Bassiouni

Dr. Bassiouni joined IIRR’s Board in 2011. A veteran humanitarian and emergency expert, Dr. Bassiouni served in the United Nations system for over two decades, primarily working with UNICEF, DHA,OCHA and UNDGO. He was the first-ever Humanitarian Coordinator and the only Coordinator to be appointed by the Secretary-General and the Security Council.

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Emily Cheng

Vice Chair
Emily Cheng is an artist, professor and curator. Emily Cheng’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, with over 50 solo exhibitions including 6 solo museum shows in the US, China, Taiwan and the Philippines. She is the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Award and a Yaddo Fellowship.

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George SyCip

George SyCip was born in the Philippines and received his A.B. in International Relations/Economics from Stanford University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Aside from serving as a member of IIRR’s Board of Trustees since 2003, George is the Chairman of Give2Asia and serves on the board of the Global Heritage Fund.

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James C. Diao

James Diao has had a career spanning over 35 years as an investment banker, specializing in risk management and global financing transactions for both equity and fixed income.

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James F. Kelly

Secretary & Treasurer
James Diao has had a career spanning over 35 years as an investment banker, specializing in risk management and global financing transactions for both equity and fixed income.An International Economist and Bank Credit Officer, Jim was a Peace Corps Volunteer in a UNDP-led Rural Development Program in the Rif Mountains of Morocco for three years.

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James F. Munsell

James F. Munsell is a Senior Counsel of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, having joined Cleary as an associate in 1969, become a partner in 1976, and, upon retirement, a Senior Counsel in 2002. His practice focused on domestic and international financial and corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, workouts and restructurings and bank and other public and private financings.

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Joel Santos

Joel’s experience spans 25 years predominantly in marketing, business development, impact investing, and entrepreneurial management in Southeast Asia. He held various corporate positions in several companies such as Procter and Gamble, Philippine Airlines, before culminating his career as CEO of Franklin Baker. As an entrepreneur he has started up and exited in companies in advertising, in-store media, agri-business and food & beverage distribution.

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Lisa Milton

Lisa Milton is the founder and CEO of AZAP Mobile where she has helped create over 50 applications using social media and user generated content. AZAP has worked with Samsung Electronics, Excelsior Newspaper, and the government of Mexico City to create applications for the Latin American market.

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Mary Racelis

Mary is a research scientist and former Director of the Institute of Philippine Culture, as well as a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University. She is also a Professorial Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of the Philippines.

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Paul Marquardt

Paul Marquardt is a partner at the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, based in the Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Marquardt’s practice covers a broad range of domestic and international transactional matters, including public and private international law and he has represented a number of governments and international organizations in negotiations of international agreements.

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Peter Williams

President, IIRR
Peter is a social entrepreneur who was the founder and executive director of ARCHIVE Global - an international NGO that designs homes to improve health. Forbes Magazine named his organization as having one of the eight best sustainability ideas on the planet, and in 2018, Fast Company recognized it as one of the most innovative social good projects in the world.

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Ricardo A. Anzaldua-Montoya, Esq

Ricardo A. Anzaldua is Executive Vice President and Senior Legal Advisor to CEO Don Layton of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) and after a transition period is expected to succeed Bill McDavid as Freddie Mac’s General Counsel. He was appointed to this position on May 14, 2018.

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Alden D. Secretario

Finance Director
Alden is the Finance Director at IIRR. He joined the Institute in 1997 as a finance clerk. Alden has comprehensive experience in the areas of accounting, auditing, computer programming and demonstrated knowledge in legal laws and operational management.

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Chrispin Mwatate

Kenya, Country Director
Chrispin Mwatate joined IIRR in 2014. He supervises the implementation of the IIRR-Kenya flagship program entitled: “Education for pastoralists and marginalized communities which support pastoralists’ children, especially girls to fulfill their educational dreams”. Chrispin has a passion for poverty alleviation within marginalized communities and believes that education is the only way to empower them to take leadership in addressing root causes of poverty and gender inequality.

Emilita Monville Oro, R.N. MPH

Philippines, Country Director
Emily currently works as the Country Director in the Philippines and is also the Acting Director for IIRR Regional Center for Asia. She provides strategic directions of the Philippine country program and oversees implementation of its flagship program.

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Isaac Bwire

South Sudan, Country Director
Isaac joined IIRR in April 2011 where he served as a Programs Manager with the IIRR Uganda Country Program until April 2015 where he was promoted to his current position. He holds 15 years of experience in Organizational Program Development and Management.

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Or Thy

Cambodia, Country Director
Or Thy has been the Country Manager for IIRR Cambodia since May 2012. He has previously worked for Concern Worldwide Cambodia as National Food, Income and Market Advisor and CEDAC (Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture) as Senior Program Advisor.

He obtained his Master of Science, major studies in Rural Development, at International University in Phnom Penh, and his Bachelor of Science, major study in Agronomy, at Royal University of Agriculture in Phnom Penh.

Pamela Nyamutoka Katooro

Africa Regional Director and Uganda Country Director
Pamela Bella Nyamutoka Katooro is a lawyer and development specialist with a career spanning more than 15 years. She is the Ag. Africa Regional Director for IIRR providing leadership to the Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Zimbabwe Country programs.

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Philip D. Usi

Director, Yen Center
Prior to joining IIRR, Philip was an Operations Officer at the Angel’s Hills Foundation in Tagaytay City, Philippines. As a hotelier, his experience includes supervising and managing the front office, food & beverage and housekeeping operating units. Here he was able to expand his knowledge in procurement, human resources, sales & marketing and facility maintenance. Philip values the promotion of teamwork and leadership among staff members through basketball games.
His thirteen years of working experience enables him to contribute in revitalizing the Yen Center including now the farm operation.

Soil Muzenda

Zimbabwe Program Coordinator
Soil Muzenda joined IIRR in 2016. She is an Agriculture Specialist with more than 20 years in development work as an instructor and lecturer at agriculture colleges and universities, agriculture extension specialist, food security and livelihoods expert. With vast experience in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of livelihoods and food security projects under the NGO sector, she currently coordinates the development of Zimbabwe Country Program and works closely with the Africa Regional Director. Soil holds a Master of Philosophy Degree in Agriculture and Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Agriculture attained at the University of Zimbabwe. She also holds a National Diploma in Agriculture, from Chibero Agricultural College.

Wilson John D. Barbon

Myanmar, Country Director

Wilson has done extensive social development in the Philippines and other parts of Asia, such as community organizing, coalition-building and capacity development. He has been working in the Myanmar program since 2014, incubating programs and setting up IIRR’s country presence. Wilson holds a Master degree in Environment and Natural Resources Management, with special focus on upland ecosystems, from the University of the Philippines - Open University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Ateneo de Davao University. His work philosophy has always been to work towards excellence, to innovate and to find optimism amidst the difficulty because the marginalized deserve nothing less.

Zerihun Lemma Damenu

Ethiopia, Country Director
Zerihun joined IIRR in 2007 with over 27 years of experience managing development programs and various other social sector projects. Prior to his Ethiopia Country Director position, he served as Country Director in South Sudan.

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Dr. Y.C. James Yen (Yen Yangchu)

Founder and 1st President, 1960-1978

Juan M. Flavier

2nd President, 1978-1992

John T. Rigby

3rd President, 1993-1998

Pratima Kale

4th President, 1999-2005

Juan Miguel M. Luz

5th President, 2006-2008

Isaac Bekalo

6th President, 2009-2019

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