Meet our Board of Trustees2022-01-14T22:42:55+00:00

ICF Foundation Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees guide and direct the strategic plans and goals to achieve the mission of the ICF Foundation. These leaders unique blend of experience and understanding will guide our passion that social change is accelerated and amplified through coaching.

Lisa NitzeLisa Nitze
Chair

Lisa has 30 years’ experience leading organizations and initiatives working with government, corporations, foundations, nonprofits, and educational institutions to develop and implement strategies for building sustainable social systems change and for maximizing social impact. As recent CEO of Social Venture Partners Seattle, Lisa led a team responsible for engaging and educating over 500 philanthropists making pooled investments in social enterprises and collective impact initiatives.

Lisa is an Adjunct Professor in the Social Enterprise Program, School of International Studies, American University and a Lecturer at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. She has taught graduate courses on Impact Entrepreneurship, Social Mission Businesses, SROI Metrics Measurement & Evaluation, and Corporate Social Responsibility. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a B.A. from Harvard University. Lisa and her husband Peter live in West Seattle and spend as much time as possible with their four children and two grandchildren.

Saima ButtSaima Butt, MCC
Treasurer

For Saima, coaching and societal progress are inextricably linked. Her purpose is to connect people with the abundance of their potential. She holds a vision for humanity in which people come together to generate social change for an equitable place for all to thrive.

She is co-founding director of a business approaching 20 years delivering in private and public sector organizations. Her coaching, training, mentoring and facilitation are drawn on by executive leaders wanting to create and drive change. Leaders are drawn by her passion in applying strategic thinking and intuitive awareness in delivering focused outcomes for business success.

After university, corporate experience, the pharmaceutical industry, and an MBA, she certified as a Master Trainer and Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coaching Federation. Saima served as UK ICF Chapter Board Director and on the Inaugural Council of Ambassadors, ICF Foundation.

Wang Ching
Secretary

Wang believes everybody has the desire to be a better person and the will to contribute to what they believe in. And coaching is a powerful tool to clarify what makes sense for each person and to unleash potential to become who the person wants to be. When people improve, we build a better society. The change must start with us, but not limited to ourselves. This may give us a good reason to join efforts and help more people to access coaching.

Over more than 30 years of her career, she acquired a very diverse experience of themes and positions, such as Project Manager throughout Brazil for more than 5 years, market access manager for small companies, an accountant at the beginning of her career. Since 2012, through 4Coach, we have conducted a social project for the Development of Young Leaders, with annual editions, for young people between 18 and 25 years old, of low income, offering training in leadership, profile assessment, and coaching. Currently, Wang is an executive and career coach, and also the founder of 4Coach, a company in Brazil, that provides lectures, training in Soft Skills and Coaching since 2011.

Morel FourmanMorel Fourman
ICF Global Board Representative

My work is driven by a love for people and nature and an unstoppable commitment to making a difference – at scale. This is a self-observation, rather than a declaration.

I naturally see the opportunity for a shared win in diverse perspectives. I am experienced in designing processes and systems to reveal hidden patterns and shared interest, to large groups, institutions and networks. When interacting with leaders – I naturally invoke vision and ambition through inquiry into mandate, impact and scale.

I have provided strategy shaping advice to clients/partners ranging from the secretary general of an international trade body (for profit); to unemployed youth leaders in Africa, to AIESEC leaders – on how 70,000 members can partner governments to deliver the SDGs. Since 2000, I have helped shaping and delivering strategic NGO initiatives in Europe, Africa, MENA, Americas, China and India.

Yene Assegid, PhD, MCCYene Assegid, PhD, MCC
Trustee

Yene Assegid has been working in the field of leadership and personal development since the early nineties, close to 28 years. The focus of her work is coaching and designing/delivering leadership training. She spends three fourth of her time working with Fortune 500 Companies and multinationals as well as various UN Agencies and European Union Institutions; and one fourth with Civil Society organizations in Africa.

Yene is most appreciated for her ability to engage with a wide range of individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. She is appreciated for her capacity to relate to people and create a safe environment, enabling effective learning at all levels of management. Her life journey has given me the opportunity to naturally learn the and understand the global mind-set, including cross-cultural dynamics in leadership development, change management and team building, in an increasingly diverse work environment.

Ann Dorgan, PCCAnn Dorgan, PCC
Trustee

Ann Michael Dorgan is CEO and Founder of Gumball Enterprises, a leadership development company in Seattle, WA., USA. For the last 20 years Ann has worked as a strategic advisor, executive coach, facilitator, leader in the private, public and non-profit sectors as coach, consultant, director, and manager. Ann is credentialed by the International Coaching Federation (PCC) and holds a MA from the Leadership Institute of Seattle in Applied Behavioral Science.

The last seven years have been spent coaching and facilitating teams and leaders of Fortune 500 companies. Her international work has taken place in Malaysia, China, Canada, and Argentina. She’s most recognized for her ability to create a space for trusted and candid conversation. Ann is also committed to community service and continues to volunteer her services to various boards and organizations.

José PiñeroJose Pinero, ACC
Trustee

José Piñero is also the Co-Founder & Chief Mentor at The Cultivation Company, a diversity consulting firm focusing on empowering women and minorities. His firm has coached and developed women and minority professionals in top companies including Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and others. For half a decade he led the diversity and multicultural marketing initiative for all of Microsoft. In this role, José was the voice of Microsoft to the U.S. Hispanic community and an advocate for Latino opportunities. Before Microsoft, José performed brand management at Procter & Gamble.

In his spare time, Jose plays electric guitar, reads psychology books, travels, and spends time with his loved ones. He is a fan of music and trivia and was a member of the Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences (Grammys). He divides his time between Los Angeles, Seattle, and Puerto Rico.

 Jeff Cheah, PCC
Trustee

Jeff is passionate about giving back and creating ways for coaches to give their service to those who are underprivileged. He is an Executive Leadership Coach and Facilitator.

Jeff holds several certifications including Certified Master Performance Coach and Certified Coach with Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder-Centered Coaching.

As he found purpose and passion in Coaching, he has committed time and served as Vice-President (2016-2018),  President (2018-2020), and currently served as the Immediate Past-President of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) Malaysia Chapter promoting coaching awareness and mentoring new Coaches.

Rashmi Shetty, PCC
Trustee

Rashmi believes that societal changes conversations organically enhance the coaching process. She coaches in Voice and Self. A National & International Award for scripting & narrating Radio Documentaries provided clarity to her calling. She believes that coaches can affect the climate crisis through coaching for social impact. She works to be a catalyst working with women leaders transitioning to senior leadership roles. She served with the ICF Bengaluru Chapter as Director of membership and is with the Climate Coaching Alliance in Asia and globally.

Coura Badiane, MBA, CAE
ICF Foundation Vice President, Ex-Officio

With a passion for international development and relations, Coura has experience in association management, economics, project & program management, strategic thinking, business development and strategy, and multi-cultural communications.   Fluent in French and Spanish, Coura currently serves as the Vice President of the ICF Foundation.

Her previous experience includes positions with the World Bank, Northwestern University, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and the Radiological Society of North America.

Coura holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Keller Graduate School of Management, Devry University, Naperville, IL, and a Master in International Development (MAID) from the American University, Washington, DC.

Magdalena MookMagdalena Mook
Ex-Officio

Magdalena N. Mook is the Executive Director and CEO of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She joined ICF in 2005 and has supported ICF with extensive experience in fundraising, development, consulting and association management.

Previously, Magdalena worked as Assistant Director of National Policy and Director of Development with the Council of State Governments (CSG). Prior to CSG, she served as program manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

Magdalena’s formal education includes an M.S. in Economics and International Trade from the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland and completion of the Copenhagen Business School’s Advanced Program in International Management and Consulting. She is also a trained coach through the College of Executive Coaching, and she holds a certificate in the Fundamentals of Systemic Coaching.

Magdalena is fluent in Polish, Russian, and English, and has a working knowledge of French.

Past Foundation Board Members

20182019-09-25T21:43:58+00:00

President: Dave Wondra, PCC (USA)
Director: Paula Cushing (USA)
Director: Ann Dorgan, PCC (USA)
Director: Morel Fourman (UK)
Director: Dumi Magadlela (Africa)
Director: Maria Elena Retter, ACC (USA)
Director: Mark Thompson (USA)

20172019-09-25T19:55:48+00:00

President: Paula Cushing (USA)
Director: David Brown (UK)
Director: Ann Dorgan, PCC (USA)
Director: Morel Fourman (UK)
Director: Janet Harvey, MCC (USA)
Director: Sir John Whitmore (UK)
Director: Dave Wondra, PCC (USA)
Director: Mark Thompson (USA)

20162019-09-25T19:57:09+00:00

President: Janet Harvey, MCC (USA)
Director: Silvia Tassarotti, MCC (Italy)
Director: Paula Cushing (USA)
Director: Sir John Whitmore (UK)
Director: David Brown (UK)

20152019-09-25T19:58:21+00:00

President: Janet Harvey, MCC (USA)
Director: Silvia Tassarotti, MCC (Italy)
Director: Paula Cushing (USA)
Director: Sir John Whitmore (UK)
Director: David Brown (UK)

20142019-09-25T19:58:47+00:00

President: Janet Harvey, MCC (USA)
Director: Silvia Tassarotti, MCC (Italy)
Director: Paula Cushing (USA)
Director: Sir John Whitmore (UK)
Director: David Brown (UK)

20132019-09-25T19:59:13+00:00

President: Karen Tweedie, PCC (Australia)
Director: Diane Brennan, MCC (USA)
Director: Silvia Tassarotti, MCC (Italy)
Director: David Brown (UK)
Director: Paula Cushing (USA)
Vice President: Janet Harvey, MCC (USA)
Director: Sir John Whitmore (UK)

20122019-09-25T19:59:46+00:00

President: Karen Tweedie, PCC (Australia)
Director: Diane Brennan, MCC (USA)
Director: Silvia Tassarotti, MCC (Italy)
Director: Paula Cushing (USA)
Vice President: Janet Harvey, MCC (USA)
Director: Sir John Whitmore (UK)
Director: Silvia Tassarotti, MCC (Italy)

20112019-09-25T20:00:45+00:00

President: Karen Tweedie, PCC (Australia)
Director: Diane Brennan, MCC (USA)
Director: Sylviane Cannio, MCC (Belgium)
Director: Silvia Tassarotti, MCC (Italy)
Director: Ruth Ann Harnisch (USA)
Director: Beverley Wright, PCC (USA)

20102019-09-25T20:01:08+00:00

President: Karen Tweedie, PCC (Australia)
Past President: Diane Brennan, MBA, MCC, (USA)
Director: Sylviane Cannio, MCC (Belgium)
Director: Ginger Cockerham, MCC (USA)
Director: Ruth Ann Harnisch (USA)
Director: Ed Modell, PCC (USA)
Director: Silvia Tassarotti, MCC (Italy)
Director: Barbara Walton, MCC (USA)
Director: Beverley Wright, PCC (USA)

20092019-09-25T20:01:32+00:00

President: Diane Brennan, MBA, MCC, (USA)
President-Elect: Giovanna D’Alessio, MCC (Italy)
Director: Sylviane Cannio, PCC (Belgium)
Director: Ginger Cockerham, MCC (USA)
Director: Ruth Ann Harnisch (USA)
Director: Barbara Walton, MCC (USA)
Director: Beverley Wright, PCC (USA)

20082019-09-25T20:01:55+00:00

President: Kay Cannon, MCC (USA)
Treasurer: Karen Tweedie, PCC (Australia)
Vice President: Ginger Cockerham, MCC (USA)
Vice President: Barbara Walton, MCC (USA)

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