Meet the Team

ADVISORY BOARD

ROHIT K. POTHUKUCHI

ROHIT K. POTHUKUCHI

Founder of Verdentum

Rohit is the Founder of Verdentum, a technology solution to launch, coordinate, and track impact on development sector projects. Verdentum works with leading international organizations across continents to monitor and evaluate high impact projects. Rohit is an Affiliated Fellow, Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School. He was named in Forbes magazine’s 30 most influential under 30 lists in 2017.

Rohit K Pothukuchi is graduated in law from NALSAR, Hyderabad in India and done Masters from UC Berkley School of Law. He is the founder of Standard Indian Legal Citation (SILC), an Indian academic citation system covering more than 250 law schools in the country which is also included in Harvard Law School library list of foreign citation manuals. SILC is also free to use, giving less privileged lawyers access to important style information. Pothukuchi, who was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School, is also an affiliate fellow of the Harvard Law School Center.

JIMMIE BRIGGS

JIMMIE BRIGGS

Motivational Speaker UN Goodwill Ambassador

Jimmie Briggs is a documentary storyteller, writer, and advocate for racial and gender equity. A member of the New York City Mayor, Gender Equity Commission, he is also an adjunct professor in social change journalism at the International Center of Photography in New York.

Briggs was the founding executive director of Man Up Campaign, a global initiative mobilizing young people to stop violence against women and girls through arts, sports, and technology. The Man Up Campaign formally launched during a Young Leaders Summit at the University of Johannesburg during 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, bringing together youth from 25 countries throughout the world, including Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the Middle East and Latin America. He has been selected as the winner of the 2010 GQ Magazine – Better Men Better World; Search, as well as one of Women News; 21 Leaders for the 21st Century. Briggs work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, LIFE, El Pais, The Village Voice, Fortune, and scores of other publications.

A National Magazine Award finalist and recipient of honors from the Open Society Institute, National Association of Black Journalists (for work in Uganda and Rwanda), the Freedom Center, Congressional Black Caucus, and The Carter Center (for research on mental health trauma among rape survivors), among others, Briggs; book Innocents Lost: When Child Soldiers Go To War won accolades in 2005, and took readers into the personal journeys of child soldiers and war-affected children in Rwanda, Uganda, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Colombia. He has served as an adjunct professor of investigative journalism at the New School for Social Research and was a George A. Miller Visiting Professor in the Department of African and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois: Champaign-Urbana.

AMY LOTT

AMY LOTT

Musician, Performer & Social impact influencer

Instrumentalist and Singer-Songwriter, Amy Lott, hails from Meridian, Mississippi, globally known as the birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers and arguably the genre of Country Music. Make no mistake though, Amy Lott is not a country artist. Yes, she is influenced by her birthright but Amy has transcended the genre and has created a sound that, while reminiscent of Linda Ronstadt, Flying Burrito Brothers and others, is decidedly her own sound. Amy’s music reflects her own personal struggles and achievements and stands alone as a beacon of optimism. Recently, Amy recorded her first EP of original music in Nashville, Brooklyn, NY and New Orleans, LA with an ace band and producer Drew Young at the helm. 2018 finds Amy releasing her EP and the first single, “You Give Me Hope” leading the charge. The animated video received 2.3 million views! You can catch Amy on the stage throughout the American South with international appearances in the UK, Sweden and the United Nations.

David Grad

David Grad

Advisor for Leadership & Education

David Grad is an executive coach, facilitator and professor of leadership. As co-founder of Elevator9 and senior consultant at The Kaufman Partnership, he brings the skills and experience of an entrepreneur, executive producer, actor and corporate leader to his work helping to accelerate the professional development of leaders looking to scale their impact.

Prior to his career in leadership David spent over 20 years in media, marketing and communications where he worked as an actor, writer, creative director and producer, contributing to a body of work recognized by over 30 industry awards including four Emmy® nominations and an Emmy® win in 2014 during an eight-year period at MTV. His proven track record driving strategy, creative development and execution of multi-channel branding and social impact campaigns helped shape brands, connect with audiences, drive action and change behaviour.

A frequent speaker, David is also an Adjunct Professor teaching Values-Based Leadership as part of the core curriculum for the three Impact-Focused Master’s Degrees at Glasgow Caledonian New York College. He holds an M.S. in Strategic Communication from Columbia University, B.A.’s in both Mass Communication and Theatre from Florida State University and graduated from the 2-year acting program at the prestigious William Esper Studio in New York City. When he’s not lecturing in the classroom, coaching leaders, managing his leadership companies or facilitating programs, David can be found advising impact-focused organizations and playing hard in the outdoors with his wife and son.

RACHEL HENDERSON

RACHEL HENDERSON

Advisor for Marketing & PR

Rachel is an award-winning senior communication professional with close to 15 years of social impact storytelling and causes marketing experience. Currently, she is Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Good at Fenton, a social change agency. She is a sought-after thought leader and speaker on virtual reality storytelling, social good communications, branding and CSR strategies and brings this expertise to her clients.
Most recently, Rachel was the Founder and Managing Director of The RHA Group, offering communications strategies for leading brands and global organizations to build a better world. Throughout her career, Rachel has served in a variety of senior leadership roles at global agencies and nonprofit organizations, including Warschawski as Vice President and Head of XR Storytelling, and Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs for Ogilvy Public Relations in Washington, D.C. For almost five years, Rachel led communications for the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, the world’s largest grassroots advocacy effort to fight malaria. She built the campaign’s communications from the ground up and led all media, partnership and celebrity communications strategies to raise awareness, funds and voices to join the campaign. Rachel has won more than a dozen communications and film industry awards, including several for her work launching the virtual reality film, “Under the Net,” for Nothing But Nets; for her role
on the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign; and for her role on the Huggies® Every Little Bottom program. Rachel is an active member of PRSA, Washington Women in Public Relations, Women in Sports and Events and a founding member of Virtual World Society. She serves on the Board of Prevent Human Trafficking and the Mahendra Singh Foundation. Rachel holds a dual B.A. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Media and Society and Spanish and Hispanic Studies. When not at work, you can find Rachel country line dancing or spinning.

KIM QUARLES

KIM QUARLES

Advisor for Development & NGO Relations

Ms Quarles has been in the insurance business for 25+ years, having practised law before joining the insurance industry as a Claim Attorney. She focuses on Professional Liability
exposures for law firms, management consultants, and the unique cyber risk insurance
needs of professionals. Ms Quarles is a frequent speaker on law firm issues, professional liability, Cyber, TRIA and Global Warming. Most recently she presented comments at the closing plenary session of 67th United Nations DPI NGO Conference at the United Nations and was a panel member at the CLM Conference on Cutting Edge Issues in the Practice of Law. She has also presented at the NOHLGA Conference, on Cyber issues, the World Jurist Association Cyber Conference in Barcelona, Spain, on Ethical Issues for Law Firms in a Cyber World, the Arbitration and Investment Summit for the Caribbean and the ACI Conference regarding Cyber Issues for Lawyers. She has also presented to the World Jurist Association on The Economic Implications of Insurance on Economic Development Following a Terrorist Event; Insurance Issues Related to Global Warming; TRIA’s Impact on the availability of Insurance; The Issues Surrounding TRIA’s Renewal; and at the Insurance Forum, on Professional Liability Conditions, Issues and Options.

SAVITA IYER

SAVITA IYER

Writer & Communication Consultant

Savita Iyer is a journalist and writer whose articles and essays on women and girls have appeared in multiple publications, including SELF, Teen Vogue, Vogue India, Yahoo Lifestyle, and Refinery 29. She is currently the senior editor of Penn State University’s alumni magazine, The Penn Stater, and is at work on her first novel. She attended the International School of Geneva and studied at the University of Geneva, before completing her post-graduate education at the University of London, U.K., and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications.

Born in India and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, Savita is fluent in French, Spanish, Tamil and Hindi. She cares deeply about the girls and women in her country of origin and across the world and is dedicated to helping and encouraging them in realizing their full potential.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

MONICA SINGH

MONICA SINGH

Founder & Managing Director

MoniCa Singh is a philanthropist and Award-winning international Social Activist for Violence Against Women. She is a Founder & President of Mahendra Singh Foundation. Her major work to inspire and motivate women around the world and enhance their capabilities. She is one of Superhero character of the world-renowned comic book – Priya Shakti’s Priya’s mirrors edition. She co-produced the comic and now the book is being incorporated into the education system and social and moral science exposure in India.

Her dream is to provide underprivileged girls/women skills to work in the fashion industry to make them self-efficient and empowered. Her foundation works on sustainable development goal of Quality Education, Economic Growth & Wellness, and Gender Equality.

The Mission for Self: To help in improvement in Acid Attack Survivors, Rape Survivors, Domestic Abuse & Physical Violence Victims Lifestyle and Living condition by providing them skills and help them to gain confidence to stand as strong individuals.

NIKHIL SINGH

NIKHIL SINGH

Co-founder & Vice President

Nikhil Singh is a Vice President of Mahendra Singh Foundation Inc. He is a transaction advisor with experience in investment banking, M&A, business consulting, financial consulting, credit appraisal and project financing. He has a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from IET, Lucknow and MBA from Symbiosis International University, Pune in India. He is working on Global Goal of Green Earth with Social benefit of using renewable energies for sustainable growth.

Like his father, his innate desire to help people was augmented when his sister was brutally attacked in 2005. With this foundation, he hopes to provide the ray of hope in the lives of those that have been devastated because one of their own was attacked.

“What my family have experienced in past decade, I don’t want anyone experience the same”

KELLY EGAN

KELLY EGAN

Secretary

Kelly’s communications background working with financial services, corporate clients, luxury brands, non-profits and associations world-wide has provided a foundation for forming strategic partnerships and developing messaging for varying levels of local and global communication. She has formed working relationships and partnerships with several United Nations department and inter-departmental agencies over the past several years. Through the organization that she founded, Peace Day 365, has organized the annual Peace Day Youth Summit for the observance of the International Day of Peace on 21 September. Past Youth Summits have included esteemed hosts and guests from Member States Sweden, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, and Nelson Mandela’s Founding Initiative “The Elders”, and the SDG Action Campaign. She continues to develop and grow extensive, strategic partnerships both within the UN and with UN-affiliated NGOs world-wide, particularly to make young people’s voices heard, youth organizations such as World Merit, AEISEC, JCI and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network Youth (SDSNY).

CATHERINE NEIRA

CATHERINE NEIRA

Board / Event Coordinator

Catherine is a Community Service Coordinator for the past 2 years and has over 5 years of Event Planning. Her dedication to serving others has been a large part of her life since her early childhood. Starting with donating her time to an old orphanage in Caracas, Venezuela, she has continued throughout her education and professional career helping those in need. Her collaborations have reached homeless communities in Philadelphia through her Alma Matter ( St. John’s University) program of local projects to communities in need; Rome, Italy in collaboration with Mensa Caritas- an soup kitchen that serves more than 400 people per night; and Bogota, Colombia by volunteering as an English teacher with a local school- Mi Gran Casa Azul.

Passion to serving others, as well as making an impact- whether big or small, is something she takes dear to heart and has made her commitment to helping others as part of her life goals a reality. Although her studies and interests in global affairs brought her to New York and then back to Rome upon completion of her M.A. in International Relations, her current working experience is in the construction private sector. Nevertheless, her passion for helping those in need has allowed her to travel and assist communities locally and internationally. Her hobbies have been surrounded around volunteering her free time to projects and communities all around the globe.

XIOMARA MEYERS

XIOMARA MEYERS

Treasurer

Xiomara Meyers is community Service Specialist, who is helping our most underserved community to continue their education and to get training so that they can gain or in most cases regain their financial power. Ms. Meyers has always been involved in various causes for the poor and underprivileged. Xiomara Meyers also plays an important role with MSF as Event Manager and Organisers for projects for advocacy campaigns. Her motivation is direct the survivors of any kind and survivors in need to continue their lives with empowering methods. Education and taking them to next level by providing them skill training supports. Ms. Meyers connect survivors to the training center to let survivors continue theirs on the path to success.

Meet the Team

MAE FLORES

MAE FLORES

Award Winning Filipina-American Actress

Mae is an award-winning Filipina-American actress and talk show host. She is well-known for her work in the sci-fi, independent cult classic, “Atlantis Down” and her philanthropy-focused, independent music show, “Mae Flores Presents.”

In 2013, Mae was awarded the highest honor in entertainment at the Filipino American Hall of Fame for her contribution to the arts and entertainment within her Filipino community.

She was lauded with recognition in the State of Virginia from her Honorary US Naval Membership to the USS Theodore Roosevelt active aircraft carrier, to being commemorated on Oct 3 “Mae Flores Day” “to celebrate her successes as a true representation of what being a Filipina-American is about.” Mae advocates for women’s rights and gender equality. She founded 1Kind Collective, a consortium of organizations that advocate, educate and develop initiatives to create a gender equal world.

PRIYANKA GUPTA

PRIYANKA GUPTA

Volunteer Advisor

Priyanka Gupta is a finance professional in infrastructure sector with specialization in renewable energy financing and investment management.

She is an MBA with dual specialization in Finance & Marketing and a graduate in Economics with Hons. from the University of Delhi, India. She has also cleared Level I of C.F.A (U.S.A) in 2009.

Priyanka has worked for over 7 years in Project Advisory & Structured Finance Deptt. in India’s leading Investment Bank with global presence through its offices based in Singapore and U.K. Currently, she is handling entire business development operations and investment management cum strategy formulation for a reputed Non-Banking Finance Company based in India.

She has an intensive experience in cleantech energy and has good relations with various renewable energy developers, PE Funds, Multilateral agencies ( especially IFC).

NEELAM CHANDWANI

NEELAM CHANDWANI

Volunteer Communication

SHINING STAR’S

NURJAHAN KHATUN

NURJAHAN KHATUN

MSF Ambassador Speaker

The scars and burns on Nurjahan Khatun’s face still remain, but her heart and mind are healing. At 9 years old, Khatun was the unintended target of an acid attack in Bangladesh. She happened to be sleeping in the same bed as her cousin, Bilkis, who was 13 at the time. Bilkis spurned a man’s marriage proposal. The acid that flew through her bedroom window was meant for her. Bilkis’ face was burned on one side and she lost an ear. Khatun’s face was completely marred. Only her mouth and eyes were recognizable. She had a hole in her forehead and lost her left eye. She was brought to Southwest Florida in 2000 for medical treatment. The cowardly act left her disfigured, but not destroyed.

“I’m alive,” she said. “I told myself I could have a better life or a worse life. I have to choose. I choose a better life.”

Now 26, Khatun graduates with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida Gulf Coast University on Sunday. She wants to be a doctor. Her dream job is to work for Doctors Without Borders.

“It’s the only way I can repay all the people who have helped me and taken care of me — to give back,” Khatun said.

Khatun first arrived in Southwest Florida in 2000 with the help of Healing the Children, a nonprofit organization that helps children worldwide get medical attention. In 2004, she returned to Bangladesh after an initial round of surgeries was completed. During her time back home, Khatun testified against one of the men responsible for the acid attack and he was jailed.

Khatun returned to the U.S. in 2006 on a B-2 visa with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The B-2 visa applies to tourists, business travelers and those seeking medical attention. Khatun plans to go to medical school. She’s thinking about being a medical scribe for a while — it’s a job that will give her plenty of experience. She has shadowed the doctors who have operated on her but isn’t sure she wants to be a plastic surgeon. Maybe geriatrics or pathology, she said. She likes microbes and the elderly.