WADAH INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE

The role of the WADAH International Committee (WIC) is to help sustain WADAH Foundation’s programs in all the communities that it supports, and encourage more kind-hearted individuals and organizations to actively participate in WADAH’s programs. 

(Click on the names of the WIC Members to find out more about them.)

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CHAIRPERSON


JENIFER GILIO


CO-CHAIRPERSON


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.

BABLI KALHA

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.

MEMBERS


CAROLE BUTERA


GRACE FARHANI


IAN ROSE

Ian Rose was born in Belfast Northern Ireland 28th April 1958 at 11.30pm. 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 added.

JANE HAWKINS


LINDA LINSMAYER

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.” Linda concluded.

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 Island, FL.

MARGARET CONNOR

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 her work. 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 volunteer.

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.”

RASMINI GARDNER


TIMOTHY STANTON

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.

TINA FERREROS

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.