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)
Sarah 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.
Elise Cadigan lives in Rockford, Illinois where she has a full-time practice in out-patient mental health. She joined the Rotary Club of Rockford in 1988 and was honored to be the first woman president of her club and to serve District 6420 as District Governor in 2009-10. She has since had District and Regional leadership positions with the Rotary Foundation and was a member of the RI Trustee Programs Committee 2015-17. In 2007, she co-led a team of 20 Rotarians to Nigeria for project development.
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.
Justin Ho Guo Shun
Justin Ho Guo Shun is a leader with a track record of producing, managing and directing. A highly motivated individual with a proven ability to develop people and commercialize all aspects of a business. Proving thought leadership, corporate governance, capable of resolving multiple and complex (human resource, and operational) issues and motivating staff to peak performance. He has been an active volunteer for human rights & quality government. Justin Ho is also a strong advocate for all the SDGs especially SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals), he is also the Advisory Board for the United Nations Youth Association of the Philippines, Chair for International Relations at the United Nations Association of the Philippines, CEO and Chair for the ASEAN Youth Organization - Philippines, the Partnership Executive for ASEAN Business Youth Association - Singapore, the Partnership Coordinator for Ashoka Philippines, the Strategic Advisor for the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), a Mentor at the Microsoft for Startups Middle East, and also the concurrent Nuclear Weapons Education Subcommittee in the Rotary Action Group for Peace.