Meet Our Global Team
Miguel Raimilla is a social entrepreneur, and founder of several international and multicultural initiatives linked with youth, social development, and social enterprise throughout Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the United States. Among these initiatives are World Corps, OneRoof, and Channel International – all of which encompasses different local expressions of ICT4D worldwide. Miguel has more than 20 years of international experience developing non-profit organizations and social enterprises in the field of appropriate technology, ICT4D and telecentres. He has promoted the concept of public access center or telecentres in places (and with people and organizations) where it had never been heard of before. Creating, running, and managing telecentre units in several countries, Miguel has established a unique perspective of the realities, challenges, and opportunities that ICT4D projects face on a daily basis. During these years, Miguel has developed local teams, and training content and methodologies, while collaborating with non-profit and governmental programs in more than 50 countries.
Ana Agudo, was previously Director of Citizen Innovation at Guadalinfo, the largest local telecentre network in Spain with more than 800 telecentres. As part of this role, Ana was responsible for the management of the whole network and as part of it, she developed and implemented a number of policies to aid the local development through the training of telecentre facilitators to turn them into agents of change. Prior to that, Ana was involved in the mobile industry working with Vodafone, O2, and BT with marketing roles looking after highly profitable products such as data services. At TCF Ana has supervised content development for TC Academy on subjects such as innovation and entrepreneurship, leading training and workshops on behalf of TCF. Ana is an international consultant and capacity building expert based in the city of Granada, Spain.
Nabil Eid is the Regional Community Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Nabil has a successful record of accomplishment and experience in ICTs for development of disadvantaged communities. He has served at the National ICT Training Strategy with MOCT and UNDP in Syria through Reefnet and the Syrian telecentre project and has contributed in many national, regional, and global initiatives. Nabil has also been elected and appointed as Executive Secretary of the Knowledge Hubs for Disadvantaged Communities project in the UN-ESCWA Region. Nabil is the Founder of Studies Centre for Handicapped Research (ICT for Persons with Disabilities) and he has written many books, articles and programs in the field of ICT4PWDs. Nabil holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering as well as several ICT training and workshops certificates from different organizations in many countries.
Cleopa Otieno is a computer specialist with a particular interest in computer networks, internet and technical support. He has spent over five years of his career working with telecentres, a major accomplishment of which are his efforts in setting up the Kenya Telecentre Network (KenTel) of which he is currently the National Coordinator. He has also been one of the key telecentre leaders from Africa involved in the setting up of a pan African Telecentre Network, NetAfrica, where he is a committee member. He has previously managed the Microsoft Unlimited Potential project at a telecentre in Western Kenya, offered technical support to various telecentres, and organized various capacity development events for telecentre managers and staff in his country. He has vast skills in the use of various Web 2.0 tools and has great passion for community development and empowerment through ICTs.
Timothy Dubel, support Global Partnerships and Business Development for TCF, was previously Director of Global Community Affairs at Microsoft Corporation, where he was responsible for development and implementation of global philanthropic programs. This includes the Community Technology Skills program, a community-based learning program to provide basic information technology skills training to underserved communities around the world. Prior to Microsoft, Tim was with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where he managed private sector development programs in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Tim has an M.A. in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC.
Laia Fauró Gual obtained both her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and postgraduate studies on Migration, Society and Religion, from the University of Barcelona. Since 2008, Laia has been involved in international projects focused on promoting social inclusion through ICT, starting in Esplai where she had the chance to know Telecentre.org Foundation and Telecentre-Europe. Before joining the TCF team, she also worked for Dynamic Organization Thinking, a society platform that offers professional consultancy for organizations willing to contribute to the knowledge society.
Jimena Betancourt is an international consultant with more than 14 years of experience in social innovation, strategy and management for sustainable development enterprises and social businesses in ICT4D. She has been involved with the telecentre movement since 2009 when she integrated the consulting team advancing the Project 360 Latam, which aimed to generate products and services distribution channels in Latin American networks. Jimena has an Master’s in Business Administration from Simmons College and a degree in Finance and International Relations from Universidad Externado de Colombia.
Maria Josefina Echeverria, better known as Cuchie, was connected to what was then known as the Philippine Commission on Information and Communications Technology – National Computer Center (CICT-NCC) as web development project leader and portal administrator of PhilCeCNet.ph, the official website of the Philippine telecentre program. She was also responsible for the creation of the PhilCeCNet Online Community in Ning which now boasts of having around 800 members. In late 2008, while still with the CICT-NCC, she joined telecentre.org as one of the Community Facilitators and led the English Community for more than a year. During the spin-off of telecentre.org from IDRC-Canada to the Telecentre.org Foundation in the Philippines, Cuchie served as a member of the transition team and managed the turnover of the Knowledge Sharing/Community Learning Pillar of the program. She is a communications and social media professional.
Christian Hizon is a professional librarian in the Philippines with more than ten years of experience in traditional and digital libraries. Before joining TCF as their Online Librarian, Chris used to be part of the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation (RMAF) where he gained experience working in Digital Libraries. At RMAF, he became first acquainted with the telecentre movement through Magsaysay laureate, Mahabir Pun, from Nepal. He has also previously worked for media nongovernment organizations such as the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of the Philippines Diliman where he studied Thesaurus Construction.
Board of Directors
Akhtar Badshah is the Former Senior Director of Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs. Among others, Dr. Badshah was responsible for leading Microsoft engagement with thousand of non-profits organizations and development programs throughout the world, and more recently he was a key leader of YouthSpark YouthSpark, a global program by Microsoft that aims to create opportunities for 300 million young people around the world. Prior to joining Microsoft, Dr. Badshah was the CEO and president of Digital Partners Foundation, a Seattle-area nonprofit organization whose mission is to utilize the digital economy to benefit the poor. At Digital Partners, he established the organization’s core programs in India, Africa and Latin America. His work included development of the Digital Partners Social Venture Fund, designed to support the expansion of IT-based anti-poverty efforts around the world, and the Digital Partners Social Enterprise Laboratory (SEL), an initiative that provides mentorship and seed money to entrepreneurs whose vision and business models use ICT to empower the poor and their underserved communities. – See more at: http://old.telecentre.org/who-we-are/#sthash.hWpJr70t.dpuf
Richard Fuchs is Co-Founder and CEO of Futureworks Consulting Inc. and Vice-Chair of Telecentre.org Foundation. A Sociologist, Rich established North America’s first system of rural telecentres and online services beginning in 1988 as the CEO of a Crown Corporation in Newfoundland (Canada), called Enterprise Network Inc.
As former Regional Director for Southeast and East Asia for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Rich has led many new development start-ups and worked with people and projects all over the world – in Africa, Asia, Australia and the Americas. His 10 years at IDRC saw him lead the establishment of many major ICT4D, not-for-profit, start-ups valued at over $100 million in new external resources. Rich’s work has been acknowledged both nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the World Telecentre Leader’s Forum in Santiago, Chile, 2011 and Canada’s Export Excellence Award, 2000.
Rebecca Masisak is an American nonprofit executive best known for her impact in creating a social enterprise model within a nonprofit organizational and governance structure. Under her leadership, TechSoup Global has become the largest technology assistance nonprofit in the world, coordinating an international network of 36 technology support organizations and serving more than 7,570 nonprofits and libraries each month in 2012. During her tenure, TechSoup Global has distributed nearly 9.7 million software and hardware product donations, and enabled recipients to save more than USD 3.1 billion for direct services. As CEO, Ms. Masisak has been instrumental in building TechSoup Global’s capacity and reach to support the entire portfolio of TechSoup Global’s programs for bringing products, information, human capacity, and resources to the communities who need them most.
Dondi Mapa is Microsoft’s National Technology Officer (NTO), responsible for national projects geared towards enhancing the country’s competitiveness. He served in the Philippine government as the Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CICT) Commissioner from 2004 to 2006, where he spearheaded the creation of the Philippine Cyberservices Corridor to generate jobs in the IT/BPO Sector, and chaired the Senate Technical Working Group for the Republic Act 9369, the Amended Elections Automation Law. He is currently the President of the Infocomm Technology Association of the Philippines (ITAP), Board Member of EITSC Foundation (the European Innovation Technology and Science Center Foundation), and a member of the Board of Trustees for Telecentre.org Foundation.
Having had 36 years of experience in electronics and IT, Louis Casambre has been in the IT industry for his entire professional life. Graduating from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he started his IT career as early as a junior in college working as a consultant with C.I.S., the I.T. arm of the Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), designing firmware for the Apple II. He then kicked off his professional IT career with the then newly formed Microelectronics Division of the Advanced Science and Technology Institute before going on to work with various companies in the private sector, with his last stint being Division Director of ROHM LSI Design Philippines, a wholly owned subsidiary of ROHM semiconductor of Japan, one of the top semiconductor companies in the world. Now back in government as Executive Director of the ICTO Philippines, Undersecretary Casambre aims to contribute significantly to the upliftment of his countrymen and communities around the world through the application of ICT technology.
Maria Teresa Camba is Telecentre Foundation Secretary and Advisor and former Director of Operations of Telecentre.org Foundation. Tess played a major role in the organization of the Philippine Community eCenter Network and in the development, management and implementation of the Philippine CeC program. She also led the Philippine team in the successful transition of telecentre.org program from Canada to Telecentre.org Foundation in the Philippines. Tess has a Masters degree in Public Administration and currently works at the Department of Science and Technology at the Information and Communications Technology Office.