International Development Board

Focusing on key issues within the international development sector ranging from SDG 4 on education to SDG 17 on partnerships for the goals, our International Development Programming Board is composed of UN officials, academics and private sector officials. They assist our agenda through speaker proposals, topic suggestions and further informing us on what the objectives and aims for the international community.

Dr. Jon-Has Coetzer (Chair), Team Leader, Online Learning and Education, Division for Peace: UNITAR

Beris Gwynne, Director, Incitare 

Charles Strickland, International Development Consultant/Advisor

Courtney Sunna, Manager, Global Community Investment & Philanthropy, AstraZeneca

Daniel Rajmil Bonet, International Relations Professor, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Fatiha Serour, Co-founder, Justice Impact Lab

Kimberly Gire, Founder, Global Women Leaders Strategic Philanthropy

Mandy Sanghera, Philanthropist

Toyin Abiodun, Strategic Advisor,  Ministry of Trade and Industry, Rwanda/ Affiliation / Tony Blair’s Institute for Global Change Embedded Government of Rwanda Governance 

Board Member's Profile

Dr. Jon-Hans Coetzer (Chair) 

Dr. Jon-Hans Coetzer (Chair) 

Team Leader, Online Learning and Education, Division for Peace: UNITAR

Jon-Hans Coetzer joined the Peacekeeping Training Programme in February 2019 as Team Leader of the Online Learning and Education Pillar.

Prior to joining UNITAR, Jon-Hans has served as the Chief Academic Officer of the EU Business School Group with campuses in Geneva, Montreux, Barcelona, and Munich. He also served as Chief Academic Officer of Glion Institute of Higher Education, as Academic Dean of IHTTI, He has an established record of working with a variety of higher education partners including private and public universities in the United Kingdom, Europe and in the United States. He has over 20 years of experience as a senior academic leader in higher education.

Jon-Hans has specific areas of expertise that include quality assurance and student learning outcomes assessment; faculty development; curriculum design and high-impact educational practices; strategic planning; international education; enrolment management; strategic partnership and research; accreditation; instructional design and strategic crisis management. 

His research interests focus on the cross-cultural challenges in the international classroom and the learner experience in higher education. He has a passion for human centred organizational development and instructional design.

He has worked as Spokesperson and Regional Delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in more than 22 countries, Project Coordinator for the Swiss Federal Crisis Management Training, Swiss Federal Government. 

Jon-Hans holds a Doctorate in International Relations from the Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations and a MA in Management from Bournemouth University and a D.E.S.S. in Management from the Université de Savoie.


Toyin Abiodun

Toyin Abiodun

Strategic Advisor,  Ministry of Trade and Industry, Rwanda/ Affiliation / Tony Blair’s Institute for Global Change Embedded Government of Rwanda Governance 

In her current role, she’s advising on trade and industrialisation sector strategies for Rwanda. As a Strategic Trade and Industrial Development Advisor, her experience has encompassed trade facilitation, industrial cluster mappings, value chain development and investment engagements with both public, private and non-profit sectors in ways that have centred on the enabling of a thriving business climate that underscores sustainable inclusive growth and development. Toyin furthers trade interests through diplomatic liaisons at regional economic communities – EAC, COMESA, ECCAS. 

Prior to this role, Toyin worked as Private Sector Development Consultant at PwC UK/Nigeria helping to catalyse inclusive growth through private sector strategic partnerships on several development partners funded projects. Toyin’s also held numerous Business Development Exec/Director roles in professional services and magic circle law firms, most recently as BDD at a social enterprise in East Africa that cater to World Food Programme’s lactating mothers and malnourished school going children in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, the DRC etc. 

In independent consulting capacity, with Toyin’s entrepreneurial flair, she supports various financial inclusion and economic empowerment initiatives through engaging public, private, civil society actors in Africa to advance the course of women business owners, drawing attention to bottlenecks in cross-border trade and informal sectors. As a proactive development professional with almost two decades of professional experience backed by a strong strategic cap and a natural ability to identify and capitalise upon investment opportunities, she helps to identify a nexus between development and trade for sustained economic growth. 

Toyin also sits on the International Advisory Council for World Tourism Forum Institute as the Vertical Lead for both Gender and Cultural Activities to spur trade in travel & tourism. Additionally, on Women Economic Imperative Inc’ Council of Advisors Board.

Charles Strickland  

Charles Strickland  

International Development

Charles Strickland is an international development and public policy specialist with over 20 years expertise in social protection, public health, sexual & reproductive health, youth participation, sport diplomacy and humanitarian coordination. Charles currently works as a freelance consultant engaged in projects focused geographically on East Africa, the MENA region and South Asia and has previously worked with organisations as varied as Sarvodaya, MSF, UNICEF, UNDP, UNOCHA, CARE, MERLIN, Dalhousie University/Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiatives and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.  Charles has working most notably in countries as varied Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Iraq, Qatar, Kenya, the Philippines, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Ghana, and South Sudan.

Charles sits on the advisory board of the Act-Impact Foundation of Canada and provides pro bono support to numerous local organisations in the global south.  Charles studied sociology and comparative religion at Acadia University and has an advanced diploma in youth and development from the University of Guyana and short course work through the Aga Khan University and the University of Wales.

When not working Charles divides his time between the home he and his partner maintain in Sri Lanka and with their extended family and friends in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is vociferous advocate for SDGs 3, 5, 10 and 17. 





Courtney Sunna

Courtney Sunna

Manager, Global Community Investment & Philanthropy, AstraZeneca

Courtney Sunna manages the Global Community Investment and Philanthropy portfolio at AstraZeneca, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, with an emphasis on the prevention of non-communicable diseases in youth and adolescents via the Young Health Programme. She also oversees global non-profit giving including disaster relief efforts, grant-making and community investment reporting. Courtney has over a decade of experience in partnership development, social impact, and youth-focused programs with a passion for sustainable development. She is also Senior Advisor to LEAP, a women’s leadership development non-profit, a 2020 IMF Fellow, a One Young World Ambassador, and has served as a UN Youth Delegate for Innovation and Sustainability. She received her MBA from the University of Pisa and completed her Certificate in Disruptive Strategy at Harvard Business School (HBX). Courtney has lived in the USA, Europe, Dubai, and Australia, enjoys traveling to cultures far from her own, and considers herself a global citizen. 

Daniel Rajmil Bonet

Daniel Rajmil Bonet

International Relations Professor, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)

Dr. Daniel Rajmil (PhD In Political Sciences and International Relations, BA in Political Sciences, BA in Market Research, and an MA in Middle East Studies) is Lecturer at the UOC School of Law and Political Science and Associate Teacher at the Political Sciences Faculty of University Pompeu Fabra (UPF). 


Dr. Rajmil’s research focuses on International Relations and International Conflict analysis. He has been active in the field of academic research, leading different research projects in this area of interest. As an interdisciplinary scholar, his research also emphasizes the Middle East, International Economics and International Diplomacy strategies. Dr. Rajmil’s  professional and academic experiences have been developed in different countries, working in both private and public sectors; from consultant for international organizations to news correspondent in the Middle East. 


 He is also a short term electoral observer for the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 


Fatiha Serour

Fatiha Serour

Co-founder, Justice Impact Lab

Fatiha Serour is Co-founder of Justice impact Lab as well as member of the Africa Group of Justice & Accountability (AGJA), an independent group of Senior African experts on international criminal law and human rights, including political figures, members of domestic tribunals, and human rights advocates that came together in November 2015 to strengthen justice & accountability in Africa. Prior to joining AGJA, Fatiha was United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Special Representative in Somalia. She is an international development and peace-building expert with over 25 years-experience and has held numerous positions within the United Nations, international non-governmental sector, universities and study groups. She set up and led Serour Associates for Inclusion & Equity, an association that focuses on supporting the right to inclusive development, justice and equity through practical, transparent and cost-effective approaches. 

Having held various positions with the UN system, her experience covered over 45 countries in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia where she led initiatives aimed at achieving the nexus peace-development-justice with specific focus on gender and youth. As a human rights and social justice activist, Fatiha is undeterred in her commitment to justice and the fight against impunity.  

Ms. Serour holds a PhD in Political Economy and an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Aberdeen. She is fluent in French, Arabic and English.

Kimberly Gire

Kimberly Gire

Founder, Global Women Leaders Strategic Philanthropy

Kimberly Gire is the Founder of Global Women Leaders.   A career banking and finance senior executive, she was previously the CFO for the retail, business and private banking divisions of Westpac Banking Corporation and has worked extensively in the international capital markets with Citi.  

As a strategic philanthropist, Kimberly donates her professional skills and experience in capital markets, treasury and structured finance to support humanitarian and development organizations, as a pro bono Special Advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), The World Bank, UNHCR, UNICEF, Swisscross Foundation and the World Food Programme.  

Mandy Sanghera

Mandy Sanghera


Mandy Sanghera is an award winning philanthropists , an community consultant and global campaigner often referred to an global catalyst 

As well as being  an international human rights activist & motivational Tedx speaker from UK ,  Mandy  has travelled  all over the world   empowering & motivating others With  over three  decades of experience, Mandy  is an expert in various development related fields. She  has been driving innovation, building strategic partnerships, promoting advocacy and programming in the areas of human rights, gender equality, accountability and social justice globally

Mandy  has helped hundreds  of individuals and now reaches thousands through social media and her generous amount of worldwide TV appearances and public speaking engagements 

In November  she spoke at the  US House of Representatives for the 3rd year in a row

I was at the World Economic Forum this year I spoke at a couple of side events 

Mandy has recently been appointed to the board at Trafficking in America Task Force as an adviser 




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