QUENTIN WODON (CHAIR)
Quentin Wodon is a Lead Economist at the World Bank. Previously, he managed the Bank’s unit on values, faith, and development, and served as Lead Poverty Specialist for Africa and Economist/Senior Economist for Latin America. Before joining the Bank, he taught with tenure at the University of Namur. He also taught at American University and Georgetown University. Trained in business engineering, he first worked in brand management for Procter & Gamble before shifting career and joining a non-profit working with the extreme poor. He has tried to remain faithful to the cause of ending extreme poverty ever since. He holds four PhDs, served as President of two economics associations, and has 500+ publications. His research has been covered by leading news media globally. In his volunteer work, he focuses on poverty reduction, service clubs (Rotary), and education. Married, he has two daughters.
SARAH NADIV (SECRETARY)
Ms. Nadiv is the Senior Business Development Strategist at WestEd and Chief Executive Officer at Global Health and Education Strategies, LLC (GHES) a bespoke consulting firm focused on developing education, health and wellness solutions. In addition to her strategic business development activities, Sarah has led multidisciplinary teams, managed large, complex multi-million dollar proposals and projects, and developed both in-person and online professional development materials for practitioners, policymakers, and families around the world. Trained in infant and early childhood mental health, her work focuses on providing mental health, trauma, and social and emotional learning.
Ademar Bechtold is a member of the Rotary Club Washington Global. He was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the State University of New York at Buffalo, for a year, before earning a Ph.D. from the same university. Ademar is a professor of economics at Notre Dame of Maryland University and teaches at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. His focus has been on inspiring education and promoting fair trade to grow local economies and reduce poverty. Ademar has created many opportunities for faculty and students from the US, Brazil, and other countries to exchange ideas and experiences through study tours and international teams & technology, inspiring everyone to learn from the experiences of others to create a more prosperous and "just" world.
Bryan is a performance-driven innovator, entrepreneur and reformer. He establishes long-term strategic partnerships with key decision makers, ranging from Fortune 100 CEOs to government officials and Heads of State internationally. He creates circular economic and regenerative infrastructure strategies to the world's most pressing challenges.
Elaine Hernandez is the Regional Director for Baylor University's Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) McAllen office. She is responsible for building sustainable public-private partnerships to address food insecurity at the border, especially in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Starr Counties. Elaine earned a BA degree in Spanish, MEd degree in Adult Education, MPH degree in Social and Behavioral Health, and a PhD in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. Elaine also has 12 years of experience in international development in Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala, with a specialty in maternal and child health, and infectious disease prevention and control. She has received numerous awards for both her local and international community service.
Adewale Lateef Ogunbadejo is a Medical Doctor who served as the 37th District Governor of Rotary International District 9110, Nigeria. He attended the University of Ibadan Medical School for the Bachelor of Medicine Surgery Degree followed by his housemanship at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. Since 1990, he serves as the Medical Director, Aniyun Hospital Limited, Lagos. In 2000, he got his Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Management, University of Lagos and in 2015, his Diploma in Family Medicine.
Navin Poddar is an alumnus of Mayo College, Ajmer, India. He joined Rotary in 1990 and serves as club President. He has been on various district assignments mainly focusing on Youth Exchange since 1995. He is currently a member of The Rotary club of Bombay Central in District 3141. He is an active committee member of various NGOs in Mumbai where his family opened two schools for the underprivileged children in the 1950s. He is self-employed and currently active in the field of energy sustainability, regeneration and hospitality. Previously he was operating food courts in a large IT park in Kerala for over nine years.