[ Open All
| Close All ]
Mrs. Neeru Singh is the wife of former Indian
Ambassador to Indonesia, HE Gurjit Singh. They have
recently moved to Germany for another posting.
She started her career with the prestigious Indian
Administrative Service and worked there for over
12 years. Thereafter, she worked with numerous UN
agencies: International Tropical Timber Organiation
in Yokohama, UN Habitat in Nairobi, World Food
Programme and the International Fund for
Agricultural Development in Rome, the Economic
Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa and the
Department of Management at the UN Headquarters
in New York. She joined the UN because she wanted
to make a difference to the world and left the UN 18
years later with the firm belief that she needed to
leave the UN to make a difference.
Today, she strongly believes that being entrusted
to be the Chairperson of the Wadah International
Committee is the fulfillment of the said dream.
ALFREDO TORNO III
Alfredo Torno III currently serves as the Operations
Director of PT. ARSARI PEDULI INDONESIA, a social
enterprise established and operated to support Wadah
Foundation’s operations in the long term. He also serves
as the Executive Assistant of Wadah Foundation founder
and concurrently appointed as the Co-Chairperson of
Wadah International Committee.
Born in Manila, Philippines and remains to be a Filipino
national up to this date despite having lived and loved
Indonesia for the last 22 years. His work brought him to
Indonesia in 1994 and has served various companies in
Indonesia over his 22-year stint in the country.
His involvement with Wadah Foundation started when
he was asked to moderate the very first Wadah Gathering
in 2009 in Jakarta. From then on, he got deeply involved
in the staging of each and every Wadah Gathering
earning him the post of the Secretary General of the
Wadah Global Gathering.
LIM CHOO HIN
Choo Hin is the Wadah Singapore contact
personnel. She handles the regional distribution
of Wadah newsletters and solicit funds from
individuals for ad hoc emergencies and causes.
Her community services were largely with the Reach
To Recovery breast cancer support group as its
Chairperson under the umbrella of Singapore Cancer
Society. Advocacy and educational programs were
organised for breast cancer patients, survivors and
caregivers; cancer survivors were delegated to visiting
and counselling post-surgery cancer patients.
She also used to serve the Children’s Ministry before
joining Arsari Singapore Office.
Nathalie is of French nationality based in Switzerland for
over 20 years, working for an Indonesian international
group. During these years, she had the privilege to be in
contact with Mrs Anie Djojohadikusumo and observe
her charity work. During her visits to Indonesia she had
a chance to participate in meetings with the Founder
of Wadah. In a way, she was always very frustrated to
only be there as a guest and not be able to play any
role in helping because of the long distance.
Ian Rose was born in Belfast Northern Ireland 28th April 1958
Schooled in Belfast and became interested in the jewelry
business quite early on. His grandfather was a master
watchmaker, jeweler and businessman, and both his parents
were involved in the business.
In the late 70’s, he left for the mainland to study gemology
and apprentice at a highly reputable company in Liverpool.
After 4 years he finally achieved his ambition of securing a
position with one of the leading and successful fine jewelry
companies in London, and soon after he was sent to open
and manage their new showroom in Geneva. After a further
4 years, he returned to London and spent the following 30
years pursuing his career and passion of trading fine and rare
gemstones and jewelry as a managing director for a few of
the leading private companies.
With this he added, “my career has been a wonderful journey.
It has allowed me to provide a relatively comfortable life
for my family and myself, it has given me access to meet
interesting and amazing people, it has allowed me to travel
to many places in the world, whilst I do what I enjoy most,
which is to work with nature’s miracle gemstones and help
create and trade wonderful jewelry pieces. Every day I see
something I have not seen before.”
“My son and daughter are grown up now but my daughter
has recently passed her GIA diamond diploma and may well
be a fourth generation jeweler, who knows, no pressure,” he
With an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School
of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford
University, Joan spent more than 25 years in banking and
finance with major banks and multinational companies
(Chase Manhattan Bank, Union Carbide Corporation, Praxair
Inc, UBS, Union Bancaire Privée, and Proxima Alfa (BBVA),
first in New York City and Connecticut, USA then 20 years in
Geneva, Switzerland, and eventually in Madrid, Spain.
In 2010, she moved into teaching university business
courses. She now teaches in universities in Madrid, Spain
and Geneva, Switzerland. The courses she teach currently
include Multicultural Management, International Business
Policy, Multinational Enterprise, Entrepreneurship, and
Strategic Management. Prior courses included Financial
Accounting and Fundamentals of Business.
Since 2004 she has been privileged to visit various
communities sites of the Wadah Foundation in diverse parts
of Indonesia. She has participated in the multiple gatherings
(Jakarta 2009, Manila 2010, Bali 2012, and Yogyakarta 2015).
In 2013/2014 she was also a visiting professor in the Business
Faculty at UKDW, Yogyakarta, Indonesia thanks to the Wadah
Foundation and the Djojohadikusumo family foundations.
Her current interests are trying to combine her business,
humanitarian and educational interests to awaken
awareness of young people in other cultures so they can
make a difference. Participating on the Board of WADAH
International Committee is both an honor and responsibility
and is a perfect platform to bring my skills and interests to
the benefit of others.
Babli is the wife of former Indian Ambassador
to Indonesia, H.E. Ranjit Singh Kalha (1988-
1992). Babli and Wadah Founder Mrs. Anie
Hashim became friends during their tour of duty
in Indonesia. Mrs Anie’s stellar work with Wadah
Foundation inspired Babli to become a part of the
Wadah family. Babli now lives in New Delhi, India and is
the representative for Wadah in India.
Alongside her responsibilities with Wadah, Babli works
as a volunteer and is associated with a number of NGO’s
based in India. She assists Maiti Nepal, an organization
that works toward protection, rescue and rehabilitation
of survivors of trafficking. She also helps Udayan Care,
a nurturing home with a mission to ensure quality care
for orphaned and abandoned children and delivering
empowerment to young girls through education and
employability training. She likewise helps Saksham, an
organization that empowers visually impaired persons
and other forms of visual illnesses. Babli also assists Earth
Saviour foundation, an organization that aspires to give
a better life to the homeless and underprivileged.
Linda Linsmayer is a mother of two adult children and
a former ad agency strategic planner who helped
clients maximize effectiveness of each marketing
communications dollar spent. Previous clients included
prestigious world-wide corporations. Yet Linda feels most
deeply motivated by her connectedness with mothers
and women around the world who she has seen “love
their children and communities as much as I love mine”
and thus longs to help women in developing countries.
“Seeing how many people’s lives were tangibly
transformed, and infused with contagious hope, was
more than touching, it was transformational.” Linda
explained after visiting several Wadah communities.
“To witness the impact of the Wadah model addressing
real world problems in an effective, impactful, selfperpetuating
way, changed not only how I view the
world, but how I give my time, talent and financial
resources.” Linda continued.
“There are countless extremely worthy causes in the
world. Yet I decided I maximize the R.O.I. of my resources
by partnering with Wadah Foundation. I’m honored that
I can make even the smallest of contributions to their
already extremely successful transformational efforts.”
In addition to helping on a grassroots level, Linda offers
her expertise in communications to help Wadah create
awareness with the hope that their efforts may multiply
and ripple on. “Wadah has shown me, I may not be able
to do everything. But by joining in with Wadah, I can do
something that is having a lasting impact in our world.”
When not engaged in humanitarian efforts, Linda can be
found shelling and enjoying her community on Sanibel
For the past 32 years, Margaret Connor has lived
and worked at secondary boarding schools in
the US and Switzerland. With experience writing
grant proposals in the Alumni/Development
Office at Holderness School, in Plymouth, New
Hampshire, her current focus is on residential
and school life. Most recently she has been able to
combine her commitment to service in the community
and beyond as the Director of Community Service
at St George’s School, in Newport, Rhode Island.
Finding creative approaches to fundraising challenges
and raising awareness through meaningful service
opportunities for students and faculty is the heart of
She is “humbled and honored to serve the Wadah
Foundation and the communities it empowers.”
MARY BETH LOPRESTI
Mary Beth knew early in life she wanted to make a difference
and reach out to those in need. For 30 years, she has—both
personally and professionally—as a social worker, recruiter,
fundraiser, business owner, wife, mother, and perpetual
With her degree in Social Work from LaSalle University in
1985, her experience included working in foster care and
mediating for the City of Philadelphia. From there she moved
to Boston and worked for ten years as a national recruiter
for targeted health care. Eventually, her husband John’s
career took them to the Washington DC area where they
currently reside. As she and John raised their three children,
she threw herself into volunteerism and fundraising for
her kids’ schools, sports and scholars’ programs from preschool
through college. It was also during this time that she
launched a national flower-pressing business, “All Seasons
Floral Preservation,” catering artfully and sensitively to
weddings, graduations and funerals. During those eight
years, her company earned multiple industry awards and
the gratitude of countless clients.
Three years ago, her sister Margaret (fellow WIC member)
encouraged her to visit the Wadah communities in
Indonesia. It was there that her heart was captured. In her
subsequent trips, Mary Beth says, “I have witnessed firsthand
the impact Wadah’s programs have in the lives of the people
and in the faces of the families. Becoming a part of creating an avenue for the international community to learn about—
and support—all that is being accomplished by the Wadah
Foundation is an absolute answer to my prayers.”
Raof Shan’s banking experience spans more than 25 years
with Bank Bumiputra Malaysia Berhad (now known as CIMB
Bank). He worked with the International Banking Division
for more than 10 years.
His first overseas attachment was with Bank Bumi
Daya, Jakarta in 1983 under the Asean Banking
Council initiative, where he was responsible for
the overall business development among the
ASEAN countries particularly between Indonesia
He was the General Manager of Bank Bumiputra
Malaysia Berhad, Offshore Banking Unit in Manama,
Bahrain in 1989. In 1991, he was then seconded to
Coutts & Co., Nassau, Bahamas to familiarize with the
offshore private banking business.
Before leaving the bank in September 1994 he served as the
Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of the bank’s
two subsidiaries, BBMB International Bank (L) Limited and
BBMB International Trust (Labuan) Berhad respectively.
Raof later embarked into the technology industry as the
Chief Financial Officer of VtoV.com in Los Angeles, USA
established in 1999. He was responsible for the overall
financial affairs of the company.
Raof is qualified with a Masters in Business Management
from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), Makati,
Philippines. He is currently the Principal Consultant for RDR
Management, a consultancy company that provides
business advisory services in all aspects of credit management
and risk evaluation.
He is also the co-founder and President of Wadah Malaysia.
Tim is Senior Associate/Engaged Scholar for Ravensong
Associates through which he consults in global servicelearning
design, development and research in the US, Africa
and Asia. He is director emeritus of Stanford University’s
Bing Overseas Studies Program, Cape Town. Prior to joining
Overseas Studies Tim founded and directed the Scholarly
Concentration in Community Health and Public Service at
Stanford Medical School. He served as Associate Director
and Director of the Haas Center for Public Service from
1985-1999. He has published numerous articles on servicelearning
and engaged scholarship, including a book,
Service-Learning: A Movement’s Pioneers Reflect on its
Origins, Practice, and Future.
In a past life, Tina was a corporate public communications
specialist who founded Redeman International (HRI)
a regional consultancy firm with offices in Jakarta,
Indonesia, Manila and Cebu, Philippines. HRI evolved from
Communications Counsellors, a Jakarta-based marketing
communications firm, where she built a reputation as a
PR consultant’s consultant. She helped establish other PR
firms and was a resource for affiliate PR firms and graphic
design agencies in the region. In addition, she was Country
Representative of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM),
a Manila-based graduate school of management. From
her base in Jakarta, she was a contributing editor of the
World Executive’s Digest, the Asian Manager, Lifestyle Asia.
More recently, she has contributed to various Philippine
publications: Bulletin Today, Zen Health, and Bravo Filipino.
At present, Ms. Ferreros is president of the Board of Trustees
of Philippines Wanita dan Harapan Inc., or Wadah Ph, a
satellite of the Wadah Foundation. Before Wadah Ph was
established, she belonged to the Friends of Wadah, a
movement of women friends of the Wadah founder, seeking
to make a difference in the lives of their countrymen...
and women. Typhoon Haiyan galvanized the formation
of Wadah Ph when the Friends partnered with Robin Lim,
CNN Hero of the Year 2011, to take over a maternity clinic
in a tent inside a damaged schoolhouse in San Jose, Leyte,
in January of 2014. Wadah Ph is focused on expanding the
reach, scope and scale of the Bumi Wadah Medical Relief
Camp and Birthing Manger--where there is ALWAYS room-
-as global warming escalates and super typhoons threaten
to become more fierce and frequent, wreaking ever-greater
havoc across the length and breadth of the country in the
years to come.