Andy is Director of Alliance4Impact, Founder & CEO of Impact17, and Chair of the Board of the Sustainable Impact Association, all dedicated to supporting and building partnerships for social good.
Andy led the Private Sector Section at UN OCHA encouraging and engaging the private sector in coordinated humanitarian action.
He has 20 years of humanitarian experience in the non-profit sector, the United Nations and the World Economic Forum.
He is a Certified Professional Facilitator with the International Association of Facilitators, an alumni of the Partnership Brokers Association and a Board Member of the Martin Ennals Foundation.
David spent his early career in financial roles in manufacturing and publishing before a number of commercial roles in the advertising industry.
David is passionate about helping alleviate poverty with a commercial approach to humanitarian issues.
In 2007 David established Advance Aid, an international NGO creating aid and trade benefits by prepositioning locally sourced emergency items globally, including a 300- person manufacturing unit in Kenya, deployment of thousands of pre-positioned emergency kits and an environmentally friendly energy project which created significant local employment across East Africa.
The projects were completed following a rigorous analysis of humanitarian supply chains and how they might be improved.
David is a Founding Director of a leading social care agency in the UK.
Karen 巧琳Kreidi (Wong) is Director of Engagement at Impact17 and passionate about making the impact-driven connection happens.
She is a public-private partnership junkie with years of experience in fostering multi-sector partnerships in array of issues – from regional security, human trafficking to cybersecurity, you name it.
Karen is a cultural chameleon with an interesting multicultural background. She uses her cross-cultural/sectoral superpower to help organisations bridge their differences and work towards a common goal.
Her official credentials include a Masters in International Relations, a Journalism degree and a PMI-Project Manager certification. She worked at the World Economic Forum, RR Donnelley, Ricoh, and Sing Tao Newspaper in Hong Kong. She is a polyglot fluent in Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, and English, and conversational Thai and French. She aspires to add Spanish and Arabic to her belt in the coming years.
When she is not above ground, she is dedicated to marine conservation and passionate about the protection of sharks, whales and coral lives. #SDG14 “Stop throwing plastics into the ocean!”
Ivy Wandia is a Kenyan student currently enrolled at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. She’s in her second-year pursuing a Masters in International Affairs specializing in Gender and Global Health. She is also currently the Partnership Mapping project Lead at Impact17 and is in charge of the ‘Partnering for Good online course’ at Alliance 4 Impact.
Due to her dynamic areas of interest, Ivy is determined to create cross-sector partnerships between the public and private sector to build sustainable impact while promoting the three P’s: People, Planet and Profit.
Ivy has held various leadership positions throughout her academic and professional experience. She has worked with organizations such as AIESEC where she promoted Community based SDG projects in different countries, Sustainable startups such as ECANDI and Policy Advocacy initiatives such as IMARA AFRICA that seek to Invest in Africa’s future policy leaders.
For fun, Ivy enjoys road trips, dancing and most importantly a good meal or barbeque with friends and family. After a hard day of work, Ivy will most likely retreat to her little corner where she snuggles in bed and watches reruns of Modern Family with a glass of wine.
Her motto in life is: No one is You and that is Your Power!!.
Born and raised on the continent where life began, sunny South Africa, Riona Rooplal has been evolving her career and skills into a hybrid consultant. She is a specialist in Digital Transformations along with strategic implementations with over 14 years senior management consulting experience, including project management, business analysis, process engineering, Team Lead, to name but a few of her capabilities.
Currently Riona is in her second year of her MBA studies at the prestigious school in France, Grenoble Ecole de Management which falls among the 1% of business schools and universities within the world that is triple accredited by AMBA, EQUIS & AACSB. In her spare time, she is researching, or mapping partnerships for Impact17.
When Riona does not have her nose in books and researching, you will find her in the kitchen, cooking delectable dishes from around the world, or surrounded by her family and friends enjoying a good ‘braai’. She leads a balanced life ensuring she has time for her favorite activities as well as ends the day with gratitude and journaling.
Her Motto: Keep Moving Forward…
Zhiyao (Allen) Yang is a Research Intern at Impact17, focusing relatively more on the Partnership Evaluation aspects of already-implemented partnerships and what lessons they can provide for future partnerships to thrive even more.
Zhiyao (Allen) was born in China but grew up in the United States. Currently, he is a Master of Arts student in International Affairs specializing in Global Security and Environment, Resources, and Sustainability at the Graduate Institute Geneva.
His bicultural ties have brought about hopes to strengthen cross-sector relationships in health and environmental global governance. In particular, he wishes to promote stronger cross-sector partnerships between both Chinese and American companies who would like to develop stronger partnerships with international organizations. Hopefully, these efforts will eventually pave the way for a fruitful and cooperative bilateral relationship between the United States and China.
Some of Zhiyao (Allen)’s hobbies are listening to music and traveling. He is also a food enthusiast and loves trying out local cuisines when traveling. After a workday, Netflix is his best friend and he will very likely be watching comedies such as The Office (U.S.) or Modern Family.
Reetta Delás Näsi is a Partnership Analyst at Impact17.
She is currently leading a Partnership Analysis project to help partnerships flourish and to reach their potential.
Reetta holds a Masters’ degree in Sociology from the University of Lapland in Finland. She has worked in several countries, including in Kenya with the Finnish Red Cross, in Turkey with the UNDP and in Iran as a Political and Commercial Affairs Trainee. Currently she is based in Geneva and works in the humanitarian sector.
Broad working experience including experience from the private sector has allowed Reetta to gain a broader view on partnerships and have highlighted the crucial importance of cross-sector collaboration in striving for a better world.
Steve likes being at the bottom so he can feel like he supports all the other people.
He can be selfish like that.
David Lyle Dela Pena is a Research Intern at Impact 17 who specializes in research pertaining to the field of fake news, misinformation, technology and social media trends.
David completed his Undergraduate Bachelor of the Arts in International Relations at Webster University in 2018 and graduated in 2019 with Magna Cume Laude, Scholarly and Departmental Honours.
In line with his research areas, David is resolved in mapping cross-sectoral partnerships in the fields of social media, technology and online platforms which aim to utilize these elements to support the Sustainable Development Goals.
David has worked in a variety of professional environments from the spheres of Academia to NGOs as well as Embassies. David first served as an Administrative Volunteer for the World Student Christian Federation in 2015. David worked both as a Human Rights Advisor Intern for the Maldives Mission to UNOG and as a Remote Law Faculty Research Assistant for Zurich University in 2019.
David enjoys listening to music, researching miscellaneous topics, watching cooking videos on YouTube, good food and playing with his loveable pet German Shepherd – Greyhound mix, Mirto.
His life’s tagline is: “Push forward, relentlessly.”
Cheryl is Director of Cultivate UK a consultancy specialist in business development and sponsorship. She was Vice President and Head of Events, EMEA & Asia for Bank of America (Nov 2005–2008) and Vice President, Sponsorship & Hospitality for Deutsche Bank (Dec 2001– Nov 2005) in London.
Cheryl moved to London from Paris where she was Director, Client Development for Host Communications, now IMG (Jan 1999 – Dec 2001). Prior to living in Paris, she worked for Lehman Brothers in Zurich and Orbit Television Network in Rome.
Cheryl is an avid runner having completed 15 marathons and currently attempting a half Ironman. She is Canadian by birth, Ukrainian by heritage and Italian by chance and now a British citizen! Foodie! Shameless networker!
Beatrice is an expatriate, growth-oriented business professional with extensive international experience and demonstrable track record of success in positions across Brazil and the U.S. Over time, she has come to appreciate the power of private organizations as engines of economic growth. This realization led her to the conclusion that sustainability makes good business sense. She is interested in developing sustainable business strategies focused on product and brand development; project management; corporate sustainability and international private sector development.
Kandice has a passion for interdisciplinary research and collaboration. She loves deep dives into complex global health issues and working to advance global health equity through policy development.
With her many years of public health and international development education, she has developed a solid foundation across a number of academic disciplines in health and social sciences, providing a strong footing to jump into new areas. She is always striving to grow personally and professionally while channelling her passion for research, policy and global health program support.
She is particularly fascinated by the application of evidence-based policymaking, knowledge mobilization and community development on a global scale.
She holds a Master of Public Health Degree from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts (BAH) Degree in Global Development from Queen’s University in Canada.
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