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Established in 1999, the UBS Optimus Foundation Switzerland is an independent legal entity and a registered charity in Switzerland. As part of its growth strategy, and reflecting UBS's commitment to support the Foundation's activities, new entities have, or will be set up in key locations in which UBS operates.

We have a team of highly-qualified, dedicated individuals who bring a breadth and depth of experience to the Foundation.


Phyllis Costanza, CEO

Phyllis Costanza was appointed CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation in 2011. Optimus is UBS's in-house Foundation dedicated to helping our clients fund impactful philanthropic programs that improve children's lives globally. Phyllis has been instrumental in reshaping the Foundation's strategy and introducing innovative financing vehicles, like the first Development Impact Bond. Prior to UBS, she was a senior executive and Board Member of the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), a UK-based philanthropic organization, linked to the hedge fund TCI. She also has more than a decade of experience as a management consultant, and has worked in the public sector as the Manhattan Representative for New York State Governor Mario Cuomo, advising on policy and politics in Manhattan. In addition to her role as CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation, Phyllis is also a member of the Boards of both the Power of Nutrition and the Micronutrient Initiative. She holds a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Nina Hoppe, COO

Nina Hoppe joined the UBS Optimus Foundation in July 2012 as Deputy CEO. For 10 years, Nina has been working for UBS in Zurich in different positions including Risk and Business Management, Relationship Management and Investor Relations. Prior to this she worked for 5 years in London as an analyst in the M&A Department as well as an Associate in a small Private Equity boutique. She holds a dual German-French Masters degree in Business Administration from ESCP Europe. Nina speaks several languages including German, English, French and Spanish.

Tom Hall, Head Client Relations, UK

With over 12 years' experience working with and advising private clients, Tom leads our UK Philanthropy services to help clients identify and achieve their philanthropic and impact investing strategies. Prior to joining UBS in 2013, Tom spent his career in the non-profit sector working with wealthy individuals and companies to deliver award winning, sustainable philanthropic and social investment solutions. As Director of Philanthropy and Social Investment at the disability charity Scope, he pioneered the use of social investment structures, including the Scope Bond which was the first listed bond issued by an operational charity in the UK. Tom also worked with the cabinet office on the development of the new Social Investment Tax Relief. Earlier in his career, Tom was the first UK employee of the Microloan Foundation securing the investment for the charity to expand into sustainable microfinance business reaching over 20,000 clients a year in Malawi and Zambia.

Tom is a Politics graduate from Exeter University and has professional qualifications in marketing (CIM), fundraising management and financial planning.

Wei Wei, Director of Asia

Wei Wei joined the UBS Optimus Foundation in January 2013 as the Director of Asia. Prior to his current role, he was an aid worker for more than two decades in East Africa and South Asia. Wei has more than 10 years of experience in poverty alleviation and child development. Wei served as the National Director of Right To Play China, the Program Director of Plan China and a Senior Program Officer of Pact. Wei has tremendous experience in organizational development, strategic planning, program management and fundraising. Wei managed programs in education, health, sanitation, community development and micro-finance. Wei holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Classics from Stanford University.

Maya Ziswiler, Head Social Finance

Maya Ziswiler is the head of Social Finance at the UBS Optimus Foundation. She is responsible for leveraging social finance solutions to mobilize private capital in new and more efficient ways. She spearheaded the foundation's work on the first Development Impact Bond in Education and has been supporting the potential of public private partnerships. Prior to this role, she was the Foundation's Program Director for Education and Early Childhood Development. She joined UBSOF from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria where she was responsible for managing partnerships with the private sector. Previously, Maya worked for UNICEF in Peru and Procter and Gamble's development and export markets. Maya holds degrees from McGill University and the University of Geneva. She speaks French, English, Spanish, German and some Mandarin Chinese.

Sally Faiz, Head of Philanthropic Programs

Sally Faiz is head of Philanthropic Programs at UBS Optimus Foundation, where she works with the bank and private clients to support high impact philanthropy in the areas of child protection, health, ECD and education. Previously, Sally worked at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) where she managed large scale programmes in global health, education and nutrition in India and sub-Saharan Africa. She was also a strategy consultant at McKinsey and Company serving private sector and non-profit clients in Europe, US and Africa, and a humanitarian aid worker. She has an M.B.A. from INSEA‎D.


Guangshen Gao, Program Director

Guangshen Gao joined the UBS Optimus Foundation in 2014 as a Project Manager based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining UBS Optimus Foundation, he worked for a Chinese family to manage its family foundation since 2009. He was China Rural Education Manager in an international development agency from 2005 to 2009. Before his career in development field, he served for Chinese government for 7 years and a state owned energy enterprise for 2 years. He got his MPA degree from Columbia University in 2005 as a Ford Foundation International Fellow.

Linda Mao, Grants Manager

Linda Mao is a seasoned Business Controller with an entrepreneurial spirit. She brings ten years of experience as Business Controller and three years as Investment / Financial advisor at UBS and other financial services firms. In addition to this, she was also a small business owner for over five years. Linda has a diploma in statistics from Zhengzhou Institute of Aeronautical Industry in Henan province, China, and an MBA from The American Graduate School of Business in Vevey, Switzerland. She speaks Chinese, English and German.

Ann-Marie Sevcsik, Program Director

Ann-Marie Sevcsik is a Program Director at the UBS Optimus Foundation in the field of health. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in biomedical research, with the past 10 years engaged in research, development, and access issues related to bringing relevant health tools to improve the health of vulnerable populations worldwide. Prior to joining the UBS Optimus Foundation, Ann-Marie worked at the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative which develops and makes available new treatments for neglected diseases, including the first anti-malarial treatment by a public-private partnership. Educated at Harvard and the University of California, San Francisco, she has worked with a wide range of organizations – including the World Health Organization, multinational pharmaceuticals like GSK Pfizer, Sanofi-Aventis, biotechnology companies like Amgen and Chiron, and patient advocacy organizations – and on projects in more than 15 countries including Argentina, Brazil, DR Congo, Egypt, India, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia and Spain.

Dragana Djokic, Program Support Officer

Dragana joined the UBS Optimus Foundation as Management Support Officer in July 2014. She started her professional career by finishing the commercial apprenticeship with UBS in 2003 and has been working for several years as a Client Advisor as well as an Assistant to Client Advisors in the Private Clients segment. In December 2010, she joined the Family Services team which is part of Global UHNW and provides specialist advisory services to UHNW clients worldwide in the areas of Philanthropy Services & Values-Based Investing, Family Office, Family Governance and Art and help them to conceive, set up and monitor effective philanthropic and impact investing solutions.
Since November 2013 Dragana worked as a Process and Risk Specialist within Wealth Management Global Emerging Markets where she was supporting a Desk Head in process and risk related topics. Dragana completed her bachelor degree in Business Communications in 2012.

Dhun Davar, Program Manager

Dhun Davar joined UBS Optimus Foundation as Program Manager in January 2017. She has nearly a decade of experience in international development and joined the Foundation from Hand in Hand Switzerland Association, where she was Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, she headed the non-profit organization Apnalaya, where she worked on integrated community development in Mumbai’s slums with particular focus on education and maternal and child health. Dhun has also worked with GiveIndia, Guidestar India, the Monze Mission Hospital, and VSO Zambia. She holds a degree in Economics from St. Xavier’s College and a master’s in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

Sietse Wouters, Program Manager Social Finance

Sietse is responsible for Social Finance programmes at UBS Optimus Foundation. Prior to his current role, he worked for UBS & Society, an umbrella platform within UBS Group that aims to grow the Bank into a leader in sustainable banking. Before joining UBS he worked for ABN AMRO Bank in Singapore and the Netherlands and Arthur D. Little in various roles in strategy, performance management and M&A. Sietse has a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science (Process Technology) from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). Sietse grew up in the Netherlands, Botswana and Kenya.

Client relations

Martina Gaus, Head of Optimus Philanthropy Services Switzerland

Martina Gaus is the head of Optimus Philanthropy Services for UBS in Switzerland and manages the client advisory and partnerships of the foundation in Switzerland. Prior to this role, she was part of the programs team as Director for Program Strategy and Performance, developing the foundation's own set of metrics for impact measurement across all areas. In this role, she has played a central role in growing the organisations' innovative programmatic solutions. Beyond a profound understanding of social impact programs, she brings 10 years of experience from the for-profit sector, specifically strategy consulting, having worked for UBS Wealth Management internal consulting unit, Booz & Company and Executive Insight. She has a Master in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen HSG and a doctoral degree in Sociology.

Claire Freymond, Optimus Philanthropy Services Switzerland

Claire Freymond joined the UBS Optimus Foundation in April 2015 and is now part of the Optimus Philanthropy Services for UBS in Switzerland. In her role, she helps clients achieve their philanthropic goals, focusing on measurable social impact. Prior to joining the UBS Optimus Foundation, Claire worked for six years in the private sector for a medical device company in the French part of Switzerland.

Claire holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. She speaks several languages, including German, English, French, Italian and Spanish.

Nicole Sebastian, Director, U.S.

Nicole joined the UBS Optimus Foundation in 2014 to establish the Foundation's presence in the U.S. and to help clients fulfill their philanthropic goals in supporting international children's causes. She has over two decades of aggregate experience in the non-profit, philanthropic and corporate sectors, and brings a wealth of knowledge in non-profit management, corporate and non-profit governance, fundraising, performance assessment, leadership advisory services and policy research.

Previously, Nicole held roles with Heidrick & Struggles, Robin Hood Foundation, VCG Governance Matters, French-American Chamber of Commerce, Saint-Gobain Desjonquères, UNICEF and UNDP. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, teaching a graduate-level Strategic Management course, and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor and Advisor for NYU Stern's Board Fellows Program.

Nicole received her MPA from Columbia University and BA from SUNY Geneseo. She is a founding member of the Young Professionals Committee of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and serves as a Board member of the Women's Executive Circle of New York (WECNY). Nicole is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Shirley Zhao, Client Relations Manager APAC

Shirley Zhao joined the UBS Optimus Foundation in September 2017. Prior to joining UBS Optimus Foundation, she worked in a Canadian Child Development Organization for seven years with several roles including partnership development, program support, policy research, etc. Shirley holds a BA in Law, a BA in Literature and a Master of Science in Management in Beijing Normal University in China.

Business Operations

Karen Schneider, UBS Optimus Foundation Germany


Esther Choi, Business Manager US

Esther Choi is the U.S. Business Manager for the UBS Optimus Foundation, where she handles the daily activities and operations of the foundation in the U.S. She uses her passion for philanthropy and experience in wealth management to help clients make the highest positive social impact both nationally and globally.

Esther joined UBS in 2012 as part of the Wealth Management Americas professional recruiting team. She then joined the WMA Client Advisory Group, where she was responsible for handling multiple cross-functional projects in driving daily business across the field nationally, as well as in the home office. Most recently, Esther was part of the Capital Markets group, where she managed key strategic projects and initiatives in order to enhance the suite of services offered to advisors and clients.

Esther earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, and loves to ski and travel as much as possible.

Anthony Donatelli, Business Manager UK

Anthony joined the UK Philanthropy Services team in April 2015 after spending two years working in Group Strategic Change Management and Group COO Risk Management in the UBS London office. Prior to relocating to London, Anthony was based in the Sydney office for three years responsible for business continuity in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, and Indonesia. He joined UBS in the Americas headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut within the Office of the COO in 2008, performing project management and business continuity roles. Anthony is also a Trustee of a local London charity focussed on education and employment of young people. Anthony has dual Bachelor of Arts degrees from Boston College in History and Education and his MBA through Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Volker Niederländer, Risk & Business Support Manager

Volker is responsible for the design and execution of the network risk control framework and supports the organization in any risk-related topics. Within his role and as a result of his more than 10 year work experience in UBS Risk functions he is the link to the UBS control functions and manages requests by internal and external auditors. He designed the UBS Optimus Foundation risk dashboard and kicked off the first Financial Audits of selected grantees. Volker joined UBS Optimus Foundation in 2016. Prior to this, he headed the Compliance department of UBS Swiss Financial Advisers AG and worked 6 years in Group Internal Audit at UBS AG. Volker holds a master degree in Business Administration from the University of Saarland, Germany and the Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy.

Dr. Tanja Hebrok, Legal, Compliance and Tax Officer

Dr Tanja Hebrok moved from the Legal department at UBS AG to the UBS Optimus Foundation in July 2017. As Legal Counsel, she is responsible for legal/compliance and tax within the Swiss foundation. After spending several periods abroad and completing the second state examination in law in Germany, she worked for various international companies as a commercial lawyer.

Adrian Schlauri, Finance Director

Adrian Schlauri joined UBS Optimus Foundation in 2014 and was until mid-2017 responsible for Operations in Hong Kong. He then relocated to Zurich and took over the responsibilities of the Finance Director.

Prior to joining UBS Optimus Foundation, Adrian worked for the Wealth Management business of UBS in different positions since 2001 during which he advised Middle Eastern Ultra High Net Worth clients for more than four years before he focused his work on business and project management, driving new initiatives within UBS Wealth Management’s Affluent segment.

Adrian holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration with a Major in Banking and Finance from Zurich University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland and is a CFA charterholder.

Owen Strickland, Project Manager

Owen joined the Optimus Foundation in April 2015 as Project Manager, with responsibility for various business development initiatives. Prior to this he worked in various departments in UBS Wealth Management in Zurich, including Controlling for several markets and most recently client development for European Ultra High Net Worth clients.

Owen comes from Southern England and holds a bachelor degree in Economics from Cardiff University.

Paulo Santos, Business Manager UK

Paulo is an experienced entrepreneur and business manager having been involved in the set-up of several companies in Brazil, both personally and as part of a corporate. Paulo led the team which managed the re-entry of UBS into Brazil in 2010 and then held various COO Office and Treasury Middle Office roles through 2014.

Paulo also mentors social enterprise start-ups and is the COO of Educa Foundation, a UK based charity focused on the education of children in Brazil.

Paulo is an Agricultural Engineer from UFSCar (Brazil) and earned his MBA thorough IUM - International University of Monaco (class of 2008).

Cynthia Li, Business Manager APAC

Ms. Cynthia Li joined UBS Optimus Foundation in June 2017 as APAC Business Manager based in Hong Kong. Cynthia is a key member of UBS Optimus Foundation APAC operation, particularly on the setting up of UBSOF China Representative Office. Cynthia speaks fluent Mandarin/Cantonese/English. Prior to her current role, she worked in UBS Investment Bank as HK/China equity sales person and Asian corporate access specialist. Cynthia graduated from Tsinghua University in 2004 with a master degree of management.

Communications and Marketing

Ian Welle-Skitt, Head of Communication

Ian Welle-Skitt joined the UBS Optimus Foundation as Head of Communication in May 2015. Prior to this he was Head of Writing and Editorial Delivery within UBS Communications & Branding. Before moving to Switzerland he worked in political and government communications in London. Prior to this Ian worked in the legal and finance industries in the UK. Ian holds a BA in History, LLB Law, and a BSc in Finance from the University of Ulster, Thames Valley University, and the University of Manchester (UMIST), respectively. Ian also holds an MA in International History and Politics form the London School of Economics.

Sarah Gonzalez Arza (Renfer), Marketing and Communications Specialist

Sarah Gonzalez Arza joined UBS Optimus Foundation in Zurich in January 2016 as marketing and communications specialist. She was previously responsible for Business Development in the Swiss Education market for Apple, where she brought transformative teaching and learning technology to schools and universities. Prior to this, she has worked for non-profit organizations in Spain, India and Switzerland gaining invaluable innovation and project management experience. She recently completed a fellowship in microfinance for Kiva.org in Paraguay.

Sarah holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a CAS in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Applied Sciences in Lucerne. Sarah is fluent in German, English, French and Spanish.

Foundation Board - Switzerland

Sergio P. Ermotti, Chairman, UBS

Sergio P. Ermotti has been Group Chief Executive Officer of UBS AG since November 2011, having held the position of Group Chief Executive Officer on an interim basis since September 2011. He has been Group Chief Executive Officer for UBS Group AG since November 2014. Mr. Ermotti became a member of the GEB in April 2011 and was Chairman and CEO of UBS Group Europe, Middle East and Africa from April to November 2011. From 2007 to 2010, he was Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer at UniCredit, Milan, and was responsible for the strategic business areas of Corporate and Investment Banking, and Private Banking. He joined UniCredit in 2005 as Head of Markets & Investment Banking Division. Between 2001 and 2003, he worked at Merrill Lynch, serving as co-Head of Global Equity Markets and as a member of the Executive Management Committee for Global Markets & Investment Banking. He began his career with Merrill Lynch in 1987, and held various positions within equity derivatives and capital markets. Mr. Ermotti is a Swiss-certified banking expert and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Programme at Oxford University.

Other activities and functions

  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of UBS Switzerland AG
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of UBS Business Solutions AG
  • Chairman of the UBS Optimus Foundation Board
  • Chairman of the Fondazione Ermotti, Lugano
  • Chairman and President of the Board of the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Board member of the Fondazione Lugano per il Polo Culturale, Lugano
  • Board member of the Global Apprenticeship Network
  • Member of the Institut International D'Etudes Bancaires
  • Member of the Financial Services Forum

Robert J. McCann, UBS

Robert J. McCann was appointed Chairman UBS Americas in January 2016. He previously served as President Wealth Management Americas of UBS AG (formerly CEO of Wealth Management Americas), and became a member of the GEB in October 2009. He held the same position for UBS Group AG since November 2014. In addition, he was President Americas since December 2011 (formerly CEO of UBS Group Americas). From 2003 to 2009, he worked for Merrill Lynch as Vice Chairman and President of the Global Wealth Management Group. In 2003, he served as Vice Chairman of Distribution and Marketing for AXA Financial. He began his career with Merrill Lynch in 1982, working in various positions in capital markets and research. From 2001 to 2003, he was Head of Global Securities Research and Economics. In 2000, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Global Markets and Investment Banking. From 1998 to 2000, he was Global Head of Global Institutional Debt and Equity Sales. Mr. McCann graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Bethany College, West Virginia, and holds an MBA from Texas Christian University.

Other activities and functions

  • Board member of UBS Optimus Foundation
  • Member of The Clearing House Supervisory Board
  • Vice Chairman of the Bethany College Board of Trustees
  • Member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy
  • Board member of the American Ireland Fund
  • Board member of the Partnership for New York City
  • Board member of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
  • Advisory Board member for the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative

Amy Lo, UBS

Amy Lo is the Head of UBS Wealth Management Greater China and Country Head of UBS Hong Kong. She is appointed a Group Managing Director at UBS.

Based in Hong Kong, Amy leads and manages UBS's wealth management business in the Greater China region. In her capacity as the Country Head of the Hong Kong Branch, she also oversees the strategy development, regulatory interface, and UBS activities in Hong Kong.

Since joining the bank in 1995, she has held a number of senior management positions including Deputy Head of Wealth Management Hong Kong; Regional Market Manager of Hong Kong; Country Team Head of Hong Kong; Chief of Staff of Hong Kong. Before taking on her current role, she was the regional Head of Ultra-High Net Worth and Head of Global Family Office for Asia Pacific.

Amy chairs the Private Wealth Management Association in Hong Kong, and is a member of the Banking Industry Training Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Education Bureau. She is also a member of MBA Advisory Board at The University of Hong Kong. She is also a member of the UBS Diversity & Inclusion Council.

Christian Wiesendanger, UBS

Christian Wiesendanger is Head of Wealth Management Switzerland at UBS AG since October 2010, when he was appointed as Group Managing Director of UBS. Most recently, Mr. Wiesendanger worked for the Swiss bank Credit Suisse, where he was initially responsible for Wealth Management in central Switzerland and later became Head of Wealth Management for Latin America.

Mr. Wiesendanger holds a Master in mathematics and theoretical physics from the University Zurich, where he also obtained a PhD in theoretical physics. After achieving this he added Master of Business Administration at Insead Fontainebleau in France.

Ulrich Körner, UBS

Ulrich Körner has been President Asset Management of UBS Group AG (formerly CEO Global Asset Management) since November 2014, having held the same position at UBS AG since January 2014. He became a member of the GEB in April 2009 and was Group Chief Operating Officer from 2009 to 2013. In addition, he was appointed President UBS Europe, Middle East and Africa (formerly CEO of UBS Group Europe, Middle East and Africa) in December 2011. In 1998, Mr. Körner joined Credit Suisse. He served as a member of the Credit Suisse Group Executive Board from 2003 to 2008, holding various management positions, including CFO and Chief Operating Officer. From 2006 to 2008, he was responsible for the entire Swiss client business as CEO Credit Suisse Switzerland. Mr. Körner received a PhD in business administration from the University of St. Gallen and served for several years as an auditor at Price Waterhouse and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

Other activities and functions

  • Member of the Supervisory Board of UBS Europe   SE
  • Chairman of the Foundation Board of the UBS   Pension Fund
  • Chairman of the Widder Hotel AG, Zurich
  • Member of the UBS Optimus Foundation Board
  • Vice President of the Board of Lyceum Alpinum   Zuoz
  • Member of the Financial Service Chapter Board of   the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce
  • Advisory Board member of the Department of   Banking and Finance at the University of Zurich
  • Member of the business advisory council of the   Laureus Foundation Switzerland

Christopher A. Holder, external expert

Following a banking career in the City of London and nearly 30 years in the Property Investment Market, Christopher retired in 2016 to focus solely on his love for philanthropy. He presides over 2 philanthropic organisations, The Maria Holder Memorial Trust and MariaMarina Foundation and is on the Board of Medicor Foundation. He is also on the Board of FC Vaduz.

Christopher is Chair of Safe Partnership, a charity working to secure the homes of victims of crime. He is an Ambassador of AVUK, a charity working with profoundly deaf children and sits on the Development Committee of the London Chamber Orchestra.

Christopher is an avid art collector and philatelist. In November 2017 he was honoured by the Government of Barbados with a Silver Crown of Merit in recognition of his philanthropic contribution and charitable services to the people of Barbados.

Sonal Shah, external expert

Sonal Shah is Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, Georgetown University. She is a global leader on social innovation policy, including impact investing, data and technology for social good.

Previously she worked at Goldman Sachs, Google and was a Fellow at Harvard University. Also served as Deputy Assistant to the President for President Obama and founded the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.
Sonal earned an M.A. in Economics from Duke University and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Theo Sowa, external expert

Theo Sowa is Chief Executive Officer of the African Women’s Development Fund. She previously worked as an independent advisor on a wide range of international social development issues. Her earlier work was with children at risk in UK and international settings, leading to an appointment to the Board of the UK National Youth Agency by the then UK Minister for Education.

Theo has worked for many years as an Advisor to Graca Machel and other public sector and civil society leaders on a range of global issues, including women’s rights, child rights, African and international women’s leadership, and strategic advocacy. She has worked with a variety of international multilateral organisations, civil society organisations and national government bodies, including Save the Children Fund and UNICEF. Theo’s work has had a special focus on the promotion and protection of women and children’s rights in armed conflict situations, as well as on women and youth leadership. She has a special interest in strengthening the role and impact of philanthropic activity on social development issues, in Africa and internationally.

An experienced writer, Theo has produced a number of policy reports for NGOs, journal and magazine articles and was also a contributing editor to a book on the Impact of War on Children and the co-author of a book on Groupwork with young people. She is co-editor of a recent UNICEF Innocenti/ Harvard University book on Children and Transitional Justice.

Marcel Tanner, external expert

Marcel Tanner obtained a PhD on medical biology from the University of Basel and a MPH from the University of London. He is Director of the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology at the University of Basel and at the Federal Institute of Technology. Since 1977, his research ranges from basic research on the cell biology and immunology on malaria, schistosomiasis, trypanosomiasis and filariasis to epidemiological and public health research on risk assessment, vulnerability, health impact and district health planning. His research, teaching and health planning expertise are based on substantial long term experience from working in rural and urban areas in Africa (mainly Tanzania, Chad, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire) and Asia (China, Thailand, Laos). He was co-investigator and coordinator of the first African malaria vaccine trial in 1992 and participated as co-principal investigator in several major intervention trials on malaria (iron supplementation, intermittent preventive treatment) and schistosomiasis. Besides research the capacity building and North-South partnership was a main interest as reflected in the development of the Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania. He has published extensively in the many fields (>500 original papers). He also acted and acts as advisor on communicable diseases research and control, health systems strengthening and capacity building in various national and international agencies / bodies and in boards/committees such as e.g. WHO/STAC-TDR, Wellcome Trust, DNDi, NITD, INCLEN-Trust and INEPTH.

Fay D. Twersky, external expert

Fay Twersky is Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Twersky has an extensive background in program design, strategy development and evaluation. She served for four years as a Director and member of the leadership team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, designing and developing their Impact Planning & Improvement division. She was also a founding principal of BTW - Informing Change, a firm that provides strategic consulting to foundations and nonprofit organizations. Before launching BTW, she worked for nine years with two other consulting organizations, Harder+Company Community Research and the Center for Applied Local Research.

Twersky has authored more than 100 articles and reports. Most recently, she has been a contributor to the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Alliance Magazine and was principal author for Measurement and Evaluation in Israel's Third Sector, and A Guide to Actionable Measurement. She also co-edited the book, “New Social Entrepreneurs: The Success, Challenge and Lessons from Nonprofit Enterprise Creation.” She holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Rhetoric and Middle Eastern Studies with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jeffrey R. Williams, external expert

Jeffrey R. Williams is a corporate director and independent consultant with over 30 years experience in the financial services and education industries in Greater China.

In 2004, Williams became the first foreigner to lead a Chinese bank -- Shenzhen Development Bank -- since the founding of the PRC. Previously, he had served in various roles for Citibank in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Shenzhen, and as the Taiwan general manager for American Express Company and Standard Chartered Bank. Most recently, Williams was the inaugural Executive Director and General Manager of Harvard Center (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Harvard University’s base of operations in China.

In 1979-80 Williams taught at Peking University, shortly after the resumption of diplomatic relations between China and the United States.

Williams has extensive experience at the board level in private and listed companies as well as non-profit organizations in Greater China and the USA. Williams is currently an independent director at China Universal Asset Management, a Shanghai-based mutual fund company, and a director of Shanghai FRoad Commercial Services Co., a provider of mobile banking solutions to smaller banks across China.

He is also a trustee of the China Medical Board based in Cambridge, MA. Williams formerly served as chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei and chairman of Taipei American School. He has been the President of the Harvard alumni clubs of Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Williams graduated magna cum laude in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard College in 1978 and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1982, and is currently a Rajawali Senior Fellow at the Ash Center of Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.