Who are the people who make up this international Canadian women’s fund? What drives us to be our best selves? Read our Humanifesto: a glimpse into the essence of who we are.
We are all optimists. Every single one of us. In spite of it all. We stand on the shoulders of the most incredible people. And we don’t take that for granted. We claim the right to speak up and tell stories of courageous women and trans* people around the world. We lend our unique voice, our energy, our passion and our talent to a collective movement for rights, for justice, and for change.
We fought our way back up, we are firing on all cylinders, and we are in our ascension. That means we don’t sit still. Not at meetings. Not at our desks. Not when it comes to getting more money for women and girls. We build experimentation into everything that we do, and we ‘punch above our weight’ like it’s a mantra. (It’s actually our mantra.). We always check in with our gut, our heart, and our heads. Sometimes this means that the goose bump factor sways our decision. We cultivate spaces to doubt, to take risks, to ask questions, and to have dance parties, even when it’s uncomfortable (and even though some of us are better dancers than others).
So what’s our magic sauce? It’s a unique combination of grit, humour, and boundless passion for the work. It’s our diversity. It’s recognizing that we all have something to offer. (We love working with men who use their powers for good.) Our children, our partners, our parents, our siblings, our pets are all part of The MATCH Fund’s story. We believe there is an emoji for every situation, especially the urgent unicorn. We wear our Development Hats and our Failure Mittens with pride. This is our DNA. This is what makes us who we are.
Jess is the President and CEO of The MATCH International Women’s Fund, Canada’s only global fund for women. Emphasizing the role of innovation in social movements, The MATCH Fund resources women’s organizations around the world working to change systems and dismantle barriers through innovative and disruptive approaches. Jess has worked in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Asia for a range of actors including the World Bank, the UN and USAID. Jess was the Director-Women’s Platform for CARE Canada’s signature ‘I am powerful’ campaign. Prior to her appointment at The MATCH Fund, Jess was with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), managing large-scale reform for the Agency that supports Palestinian Refugees in Jordan, the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria.
Read Jess’ blog: Because It’s 2116.
Beatriz Gonzalez Manchon is the Vice President, Global Programs for The MATCH International Women’s Fund. Beatriz shares responsibility for coordinating all aspects of the fund with Wariri Muhungi, including global calls for proposals, grantee selection processes, and the monitoring and evaluation system. She brings to The MATCH Fund twelve years of experience working with women’s rights organizations around the world, documenting innovative program approaches and facilitating knowledge sharing. Prior to joining The MATCH Fund, Beatriz worked for seven years at Oxfam Canada as a women’s rights specialist and her international development and human rights career has also included program positions with the Delegation of European Commission in Thailand and Amnesty International. Beatriz holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Gender and Development Studies from the Asian Institute of Technology. She has lived and worked in South East Asia, the Americas, Central Europe, and the Middle East and loves working in different languages and cultural contexts.
Amany Alhadka is a senior professional with more than 20 years of experience in spearheading the management and development of Operations, Finance, and Organization Management. Throughout her career in the area of Financial and Operation Management in the development field, she visited and supported many organizations and field operations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Prior to joining The MATCH Fund she worked as an Independent Management Consultant helping NGOs to improve their operational efficiency and effectiveness. She also worked at CARE International in Egypt, USA, and Canada, and MEK Foundation in Egypt. Amany holds a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Accounting and Auditing from Cairo University. She is a Certified Public Accountant from University of Illinois, Chicago and a Certified Trainer from PrepMaster institution in Atlanta, Georga.
Alison Azer is the Vice President of Philanthropy at The MATCH International Women’s Fund. Alison has lead responsibility for raising capital from individuals, philanthropists and foundations with a focus on cultivating major donors and legacy gifts. She brings a decade of experience with women’s rights organizations, believing that her greatest contribution to changing the world is directing capital into the hands of bold women and girls at the grassroots. Prior to joining The MATCH Fund, Alison worked for six years at the Canadian Women’s Foundation as the Director of Development for Alberta. She has written for several magazines on topics related to women and finance – shining a light on women’s C-suite value. Alison holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science, a Masters Degree in International Business, and is a member of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners. She is, alas, monolingual, and grateful for her polyglot colleagues.
Wariri Muhungi is the Manager, Global Programs for The MATCH International Women’s Fund where she shares responsibility for managing all aspects of the fund including global calls for proposals, grantee selection processes, and the monitoring and evaluation system. She oversees the Fund’s program development and grant-making in Africa, the Caribbean and Asia. She has been working globally with girls, women and LGBTQ led organizations for 10 years where she led both international and community based human rights initiatives in Canada, Kenya, Guatemala, Ghana, Australia, South Korea, and Malaysia. Ms. Muhungi holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies as well as a master’s degree in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE (Ontario Institute of Studies in Education) at the University of Toronto.
Read about Wariri’s visit to our partners in Africa.
Erin Edwards holds a Master’s degree in French and International Development and, for the past nine years, has worked in the nonprofit sector in Haiti, Canada, and the United States. Erin’s professional experiences include program development for a dance and theatre troupe in Port-au-Prince, leading an anti-hunger coalition in Chicago, and overseeing the individual and family health investments of the United Way of Winnipeg.
Read Erin’s op-ed: A New Year for Normal Girls
Julie is our go-to person when it comes to all things digital. She works to deliver engaging, innovative and effective online content and campaigns to support fundraising, brand-raising and thought leadership goals. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa in International Development and Globalization with a minor in Psychology. Julie has worked in a variety of workplaces prior to The MATCH Fund including: United Way Ottawa, the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and Farm Radio International.
Read Julie’s blog: 5 Reasons Why I Believe in Superheroes
As the Development Assistant, Fatou supports our fundraising efforts through strategic development, donation processing, donor relations, and coordination of special events. With a Bilingual Degree in International Studies, Fatou has worked in various capacities of international development and fundraising. Prior to this role, she was a Project Officer at VIDEA and a Resource Mobilization Officer at the Women’s Legal Aid Centre. Her passion for women’s rights stems from her distinct upbringing in a Gambian/ Canadian household. Fatou has lived and worked in France, Canada and Tanzania. She also speaks four languages.
Anna brings over a decade of experience and background working in the field of Accounting, Finance and Administration to The MATCH Fund. Anna holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Commerce – majoring in Accounting from Holy Name University – Philippines and earned a post graduate diploma in Accounting and Payroll Administration – Algonquin College, Ottawa. Prior to joining The Fund, Anna worked with In-TAC Ottawa, Fastcargo Logistics Corp., Fastpak Global Express Corp., WG&A Phils., Alturas Group of Companies and P.R. Sia Manufacturing.
Beth is the Policy Lead at The MATCH Fund. Coordinating joint work with the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Beth provides strategic analysis of funding and support for women’s rights organizations focusing on Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy. Beth brings over 25 year of working on women’s rights and gender equality issues as an independent analysis and activist. She has developed analytical tools, supported policy development, designed training, and provided technical support for a wide variety of clients including bilateral aid agencies, UN entities, and NGOs. Outside of her work with The MATCH Fund, Beth coordinates the Women, Peace and Security Network-Canada. Beth has degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Toronto.