Meet Our Team

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.

Read Jess’ Huffington Post blog.

Amany 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.

Beatriz 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.

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.

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.

Sheena is a former diplomat with the Singaporean Foreign Ministry, where she spent seven years working on portfolios including Sub-Saharan Africa, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and development issues at the UN and Commonwealth. Currently a Masters candidate in International Development at the University of Ottawa, she combines her extensive experience in policy analysis and strategy with critical perspectives on gender and development.

A Montréal native, Francesca 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 Organizational 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 holds a Master’s degree in French and International Development and, for the past 12 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.

Catherine is a fully bilingual advocacy and communications practitioner who specializes in non-profit marketing, public relations, digital campaigns, government relations and corporate communications. Over the past 14 years, Catherine played a senior communications role within the House of Commons Administration and Skills/Compétences Canada, and provided advocacy and marketing expertise to a variety of non-profits including in the social justice, housing, transportation, health, international development, and travel sectors. Over the past two years, Catherine has led Francophone and international initiatives for Equal Voice. Through partnerships with governments and NGOs, she recently traveled to Morocco, Sri Lanka and Mexico City to provide political empowerment best practices to women leaders and to share her own experiences as a municipal political candidate in Ottawa in 2014. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wake Forest University, where she was a scholarship student-athlete. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Non-Profit Marketing from Carleton’s Sprott School of Business.

Bruna holds a degree in Finance Accounting and Mathematics. She brings to The MATCH Fund 20 years of experience working with national and international organizations such as UNICEF and WHO. Her main areas of expertise are finance, budgeting, reporting, audit, and cost recovery services. 

Sumaiya 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 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. Wariri 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 Kenya and Uganda.

Read Wariri and Erin’s piece in the Stanford Social Innovation Review: Supporting Women’s Rights in Troubled Times.

Nuala brings over 10 years of experience working with non-profits and international development NGOs in the areas of fund development, volunteer management, project coordination, research and policy. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and a Master’s degree in International Development from the University of Ottawa. Nuala has worked in various roles with UNICEF Canada, Global Affairs Canada and the International Development Research Centre. She has spent time living and working in South America with the Canadian Embassy in Ecuador and has volunteered with women-led community organizations in Tanzania and Northern Ontario. Most recently, Nuala was a Regional Campaign Manager with the Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights where she worked with donors to build support for exhibitions, capital projects and education programs. Nuala was an integral part the team that launched The MATCH International Women’s Fund in 2014 and she is thrilled to be re-joining The MATCH Fund in 2018 with a focus on growing Canadian philanthropy for international women’s rights.

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.

Natalya is a graduate of Algonquin College, Faculty of Business and Hospitality, Event Management with Honor; she also holds a Master’s degree in History from Syktyvkar State University in Russia. Natalya brings a great experience in data management, event planning, and program coordination. Most recently, she was a Coordinator, Strategic Partnership with United Way Ottawa. With over 10 years of Canadian and international experience, she has also many community contributions as a volunteer which she feels proud of.

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.