May 9, 2016

Board of Trustees

Dr. Roberto Bonino, Board Director

roberto_boninoAn entrepreneur, a researcher and a trainer, Roberto Bonino is president of the Institut futura21 (, a research and development institute dedicated to labour and employment that offers coaching , career transition and change management services to managers and organizations in the Geneva area .

Roberto is also active in research in the field of Higher Education and in the development of international educational programs throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Until recently, he was Managing Director at a Higher Education institution, which he co-founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 2006, where he also served in the administrative and academic areas.He also developed and delivered graduate and executive programs in technology, entrepreneurship and management.

In the early 2000s, he established his own company in the field of Internet technologies where, among other things, he developed knowledge and skills management tools. A physicist by training, Roberto Bonino graduated from the University of Rome in 1980 and , before turning his interest towards the business world, led an active research career in High Energy Physics working at various institutions like UCLA, Birmingham University, University of Geneva, University of Rome and CERN.

Ms. Nina Joyce, Deputy Board Director

Nina_joyce Applying her background in communications and international relations, Nina develops advocacy and strategy plans for civil society organizations that wish to influence global policy making at the United Nations.

At Action for Development, she has brought together UN agencies and diplomatic missions to draw attention to the issue of maternal mortality. She is also Co-Chair of the NGO Working Group on Human Rights Education and a United Nations Representative for Graduate Women International where she advocates for education for girls and women.

Prior to her civil society life, Nina worked for the World Economic Forum in Geneva and the Financial Times newspaper in London. She holds a Masters degree in International Relations and speaks fluent French.

Dr. Anna Lewicka, Board Secretary

AnnaMrs Lewicka holds a PhD in Human Nutrition and Food Technology from Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland. She is an expert in nutrition and consumer research. Previously she has worked as an academic teacher, a researcher, as well as a university administrative employee. She is the author of approximately 25 publications and a monograph in the field of consumer behavior in the foodservice market. After relocation to Geneva, Mrs Lewicka decided to continue her career in the nonprofit sector.

Dr. Evan Lee

Evan LeeDr. Evan Lee assumed his role as Eli Lilly’s Vice President of Global Health Programs and Access in January 2012. In this position, Dr. Lee oversees Lilly’s global health activities and represents Lilly on the global health stage in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also responsible for Lilly’s signature CR initiatives, the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership and the Lilly NCD Partnership, as well as efforts related to access to medicines.

Previously Dr. Lee served as Sr Policy officer at the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) leading efforts to reduce the burden of TB and malaria. His accomplishments included the launch of EXPAND-TB, a project funded by UNITAID, which is helping to introduce new TB diagnostics in 27 countries. Prior to FIND, Dr. Lee served in various positions, including for Management Sciences for Health and Médecins Sans Frontières.

Dr. Lee holds a BA, Chemistry and Physics from Harvard. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University School of Medicine, and his Master of Business Administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management. 

Dr. Teshome Lemma

Teshome LemmaDr. Lemma holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from the University of London and has over two decades of emerging market experience in designing practical approaches to address gaps in policies, institutional efficiency, and market failures that contribute to food insecurity and rural poverty. He has worked with national-level Ministries, civil societies and the private sector in Asia and Africa. He has extensive experience working with the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in assessing national competitiveness, in Tajikistan as a National Planning Advisor, and in Ethiopia where he led a team in examining the competitiveness of the horticulture value chain. He has led teams in conducting numerous agriculture program designs, value chain assessments, as well as impact evaluations for USAID and other donors and NGO projects. Currently, Dr Lemma is the Chief of Party for one of the USAID-FTF projects in Ethiopia.

Mr. Ignacio Gracia

IgnacioGRACIAMr Ignacio Gracia is one of the Managing Directors of Kavelin Consulting Group in Madrid, His experience includes the development of business in the Telefonica Group and management of Real Madrid CF. He has worked in different areas of social and international business, in various countries, including Afghanistan. Mr Gracia holds an MBA from the IE Business school in Madrid.

Mr. Jamshid Pouranpir

jamshid_pouranpirMr Pouranpir has devoted his life to humanitarian services starting his career as a journalist where he edited newsletters and magazines published in Geneva. He has worked with the International Red Cross and with refugees in many countries, including Afghanistan. His passion for Afghanistan and working for the rights of displaced populations evolved from his experience of working in countries where conflict dominates. Mr Pouranpir is currently the Secretary for the SSP/VPOD (Syndicat des Servies Publics) in Geneva. He is also an active member of CGAS (Communauté Genevoise d’Action Syndicale). He was an active member of the official commissions for DSE (Département de la Solidarité et de l’Emploi) and for DARES (Département des Affaires régionales de l’économie et de la Santé) to tackle issues related to migration and coordination with official authorities.

Ms. Elodie Vieux

elodieMs Vieux acquired her Masters degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Swiss by birth, she has always been passionate about improving the lives of the underprivileged around the world. She started her career working with several NGOs on environmental issues in Argentina, education in Thailand and migration in Switzerland. She has worked with Action for Development overseeing project implementation in Afghanistan and assisting with the establishment of the head office in Geneva. She currently works as Junior Programme Advisor for the United Nations Development Programme supporting the Green Commodities team on external communication, capacity-building and monitoring and evaluation.