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.
Named by the Stevie Awards as 2017’s Most Innovative Woman of the Year, 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.
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.
Kathryn is a seasoned fundraiser across the continuum of grassroots campaigns to multi-million dollar corporate partnerships. She played an instrumental role in the Canadian Women’s Foundation to become of one of the largest women’s foundations in the world. Her role at Canada’s only global women’s fund is to help source capital that will fuel the game changing work of The MATCH Fund. An author and trainer, Kathryn has a specialization in breakthrough fundraising ideation that serves as a catapult for the work of charities.
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.
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.
A Montréal native, Francesca D’Ambrosio believes in a strong work ethic, empowering others and operating from a place of kindness. An eternal student, her undergraduate studies were followed by graduate school, and she is currently completing a Masters degree in Organisational Psychology. An ardent defender of social causes, Francesca D’Ambrosio left the Diplomatic Corps to pursue domestic advocacy within the nonprofit sector. She spends her time practicing yoga and meditation and reading about Politics, international Development and Fundraising in both for- profit and non-profit world. Her past position at United Way Ottawa offered many rewards and challenges and Francesca is excited to take her professional journey full circle, back to the international forum. Her current position as Director of Philanthropy is one she is ready to roll up her sleeves and step into, with excitement and determination.
Erin E. 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
Read Erin and Wariri’s piece in the Stanford Social Innovation Review: Supporting Women’s Rights in Troubled Times.
Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Aden considers herself an intersectional feminist and strives to bring an intersectional analysis to all the work she does–even finance! Aden has a Bachelors degree in Economics with a minor in Accounting. She was always involved in community grassroots organizations and was one of the co-founders of PAECO, an organization that connects young newcomer Ethiopians to professionals. Aden’s most recent role was as Logistics, Administrative and Finance officer for the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, where she developed an understanding of the importance of youth voice and engagement.
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.
Sumaiya Mir holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Victoria and a post graduate certificate in Human Resource Management from Algonquin College. Prior to her role at The MATCH Fund, she has worked as a project coordinator at OCCSC for the Canada 150 Host Project, which involved recruiting 250+ local volunteers to welcome and engage with Refugees in Ottawa through various events and activities. Sumaiya is fluent in English, Bengali and semi-fluent in Hindi and Urdu. During her spare time, she loves to explore new places, enjoy nature and spend time with family and friends.
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 Wariri and Erin’s piece in the Stanford Social Innovation Review: Supporting Women’s Rights in Troubled Times.
As the Executive Coordinator, Dana supports the CEO, VPs and staff by facilitating day-to-day operations of the team. With a Bachelor’s Degree in General Economics from Carleton University, Dana has more than 10 years of administration experience. Prior to this role, she occupied different roles across various organizations in Canada and the Arabian Gulf region, including a Customer Service Representative at a telecommunications company, an Executive Assistant at a real estate company, an Office Manager at a British school, an Academic Administration Supervisor at an Australian college, and, last but not least, a Receptionist & Consular Officer at a Canadian embassy. Although Dana first came to Canada at a young age, her vast work experience in Kuwait helped in maintaining her first language. She’s fully bilingual in both English and Arabic.
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.