QUENTIN WODON (CHAIR)
Quentin Wodon is a Lead Economist at the World Bank. Previously, he managed the Bank’s unit on values, faith, and development, and served as Lead Poverty Specialist for Africa and Economist/Senior Economist for Latin America. Before joining the Bank, he taught with tenure at the University of Namur. He also taught at American University and Georgetown University. Trained in business engineering, he first worked in brand management for Procter & Gamble before shifting career and joining a non-profit working with the extreme poor. He has tried to remain faithful to the cause of ending extreme poverty ever since. He holds four PhDs, served as President of two economics associations, and has 500+ publications. His research has been covered by leading news media globally. In his volunteer work, he focuses on poverty reduction, service clubs (Rotary), and education. Married, he has two daughters.
DIANE RISH (SECRETARY)
Diane currently serves as Secretary of the Rotary Club of Capitol Hill. Prior to becoming a Rotarian, she was an Ambassadorial Scholar for a year in Concepción where she helped coordinate district and global grant projects between the United States and Chile. Diane has more than 11 years of experience working in the field of immigration law, policy, and advocacy. She currently serves as Associate Director of Government Relations at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Prior to joining AILA, she practiced as an immigration attorney for several years in North Carolina and Virginia. Throughout her career, Diane has volunteered with refugees and asylum seekers through a variety of organizations including the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Capitol Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIR), and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center. She spent her early years in Canada, France, and Switzerland, and is a citizen of Canada and the United States.
Lara is President of the Rotary Club of Washington Global for the Rotary year 2021-22. She is also the Communications Director for the Trust for the Americas, a non-profit affiliated to the Organization of American States in Washington DC. Lara lived and worked in Venezuela. She leads one of the programs at the Trust for the Americas to benefit Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Latin America gain access to digital training though private-public partnerships. As part of her tenure, she oversees efforts to raise awareness about Venezuelan migration in the region. Lara has more than 20 years of experience managing critical strategic communications endeavors and public relations efforts for institutions and corporations.
Christine is Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva and Director of the Centre d'études juridiques européennes. She has served as President of the Swiss Society for International Law and Vice-President of the Swiss Association for European Law. She is currently taking part in research projects in the fields of EU-Switzerland Bilateral Relations, the free movement of persons and services, as well as in the field of consumer protection and multilingualism. She also serves as alternate Rotary International Representative in Geneva with UNHCR.
Tatjana is a medical doctor, researcher and management executive with a passion to improve the quality of life of people and quality of healthcare. Since 2012 Dr. Kobb worked in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the USA advising on occupational health and safety, culture of health, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. She is committed to citizens diplomacy through her latest initiative Tamar Heritage and to the UN Sustainable Development Agenda and the 17 SDGs as a founder of Boston Sustainability Advising. She serves as Rotary International Representative to UNDP.
Rose is the Rotary International Representative with UNICEF. A former Army Medical Service Corps Officer and Professor of Human Security, she is currently the CEO of the Education for All Coalition. She serves as Director on various nonprofit boards. Her work has focused on meeting the needs of displaced children living in refugee camps through education, wellness, and related activities. She has coordinated humanitarian, medical assistance, or education missions in: Haiti, Jordan, Turkey, Algeria, Thailand, Greece, Lebanon and on the U.S.-Mexico border. Her organization is a Global Refugee Forum partner with the UNHCR, and she was a delegate to the OXFAM International Refugee Congress in Istanbul, Turkey that developed the Global Compact on Refugees.
Paul is a Rotaractor from the refugee settlement of Navikale in Uganda where he founded the first Rotaract club in the settlement. He is a social entrepreneur aiming to unleash opportunities for both refugees and non-refugees alike. He is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He received awards from Rotary for his work with refugees, as well as a Change maker award from the American refugee committee and Office of the Prime Minister of Uganda.