Board of trustees

Niels Dabelstein


Niels Dabelstein, Chair

Niels Dabelstein was Head of the Evaluation Department of Danida, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark from 1988 to 2007. He was Chairman of the OECD/DAC Working Party on Aid Evaluation from 1997 to 2002. He led the drafting the DAC Principles for Aid Evaluation (1991) the DAC Guidelines for Evaluating Humanitarian Assistance (1998) the DAC Evaluation Glossary (2002) the DAC Guidance for Joint Evaluation (2005) and the DAC Evaluation Quality Standards (2006). From 2007 – 2012 he managed the Joint International Evaluation of the Implementation of the Paris Declaration, which received the American Evaluation Association 2012 Outstanding Evaluation Award. In 1994 he initiated and led the Joint Evaluation of the International Response to Genocide in Rwanda. He promoted the creation of ALNAP (honorary member since 2007) and he was Chairman of the board of the Humanitarian Accountability Project, which led to the creation of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership (HAP) in 2003. He was instrumental in initiating and managing the ‘Tsunami Evaluation in 2005-2006. He has served as member or chair of a number of committees and boards concerned with development, humanitarian and human rights issues and has been teaching evaluation at three Danish Universities as well as at IPDET at Carleton University in Canada. Niels Dabelstein holds a M.Sc. from Copenhagen School of Economics and Business Administration.



Martha Maznevski

Martha Maznevski is Professor of Organizational Behavior and International Management at IMD Business School. She teaches courses and modules spanning a broad range of organizational behavior topics, including teams and leadership in global and virtual (distance) contexts, diversity and inclusiveness, and the relationship between organizational and national culture. She teaches company programs for Borealis, Skanska, and others, and has served as a consultant and advisor to public and private organizations in North America, Europe, and Asia on issues of managing people globally. Professor Maznevski has presented and published numerous articles on these subjects, most recently The Blackwell Handbook of Global Management: A Guide to Managing Complexity (Blackwell, 2004), and she is a co-author of the popular textbook International Management Behavior (Blackwell). Her current research focuses on the on-going dynamics of high-performing teams and networks in multinational organizations, and managing people in global complexity. Martha Maznevski co-developed the Cultural Perspectives Questionnaire, an instrument that measures individuals’ cultural orientations and is widely used as a diagnostic tool in global teams and organizations. Before joining IMD, Professor Maznevski served as Faculty at the University of Virginia (USA) and the University of Western Ontario (Canada), and as a visiting researcher at the Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden). She earned degrees in education from the University of Toronto (Canada), and in anthropology (undergraduate) and business administration (PhD) from the University of Western Ontario.

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Kathleen Cravero-Kristoffersson

Kathleen Cravero-Kristoffersson was appointed President of Oak Foundation in February 2009. In this capacity she supports the Trustees of Oak Foundation to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. She also provides leadership and guidance to Oak Foundation staff in each of the six substantive programmes of the Foundation, including the Environment, Child Abuse, Housing & Homelessness, International Human Rights, Issues Affecting Women and Learning Differences. Prior to joining Oak Foundation, Ms. Cravero worked for over two decades on a range of international development issues, from newly emerging democracies to conflict and emergency situations. Ms. Cravero worked in various posts of increasing responsibility with UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNDP and WHO. Dr Cravero holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (Fordham University), and a Masters in Public Health (Columbia University).

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David Noguera

David Noguera is the president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Spain since October 2016. He previously worked as a general practitioner in Girona, before going to the field with MSF for the first time in 2001 as part of a mission caring for migrant populations in the Canary Islands. Since then David’s work with MSF has taken him to Somalia, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Angola, Zambia, India, Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Tunisia, Libya, Ethiopia and South Sudan. David has extensive experience in emergencies, and has worked in a variety of contexts, from nutritional crises to epidemic outbreaks. Founder of ReAcció Humanitària, an organisation that seeks to increase social knowledge on humanitarian crises and NGO’s response, he has worked for institutions like the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) and organisations such as the Red Cross. Dr. Noguera holds a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery (UAB, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) and an MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health (UB, Barcelona University).

Tania Dussey-Cavassini

Tania Dussey-Cavassini

Tania Dussey-Cavassini combines experience in global health, management consulting, executive education, diplomacy and law enforcement. Until July 2017, she was Ambassador for Global Health and Vice-Director General of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, in charge of International Affairs. From 2006 to 2012, Tania worked at IMD, ranked #1 worldwide by the FT in Executive Education. As Director of Partnership Programs, she was responsible for developing IMD’s custom programs for multinational companies, designing transformational learning and development initiatives that blend capability building with business impact. Since 2010, she is also an adviser to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Parallel to her official function, Tania helps women executives find their own voice and coaches them in career transitioning and leadership. Prior to these activities, Tania held diplomatic assignments for Switzerland in Paris, Bern, Moscow and Geneva. She started her career in 1991 as a lawyer working in the realm of international criminal matters and extraditions proceedings. Tania is a Harvard Fellow (2012-2013). She was educated in management at IMD (2006), in law at the University of Lausanne (1989), and music at the University of Music Lausanne (1988), Switzerland. She is a certified coach with The Actor’s Institute, New York (2010). Tania serves on the Board of Directors of the Here-Geneva Foundation (Humanitarian Exchange and Research Centre). She is member of the Advisory Board of The Women’s Brain Project, promoting gender-based research.



Balthasar Staehelin

Balthasar Staehelin is deputy director-general at the International Committee of the Red Cross. He joined the ICRC in 1993 and has served in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and at headquarters. From 2002 to 2006, he was delegate-general for the Middle East and North Africa, overseeing all ICRC work in that region, including the operation in Iraq. He served as deputy-director of operations for policy and global affairs from 2006 to 2008. In 2008, he left the ICRC to join the local government in Geneva where he ran the department in charge of providing social welfare, housing, health and integration programmes for asylum-seekers and refugees. He returned to the ICRC in August 2012 to take up his current position. Mr Staehelin holds a master’s degree in history, English literature and constitutional law from the University of Basel, Switzerland.

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Daniel Toole

Daniel Toole is currently a private consultant helping companies and organisations with strategic and management issues. He previously worked for over 30 years with the UNICEF, most recently as UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific and previously for South Asia. He also served as Director of Emergency Programmes at UNICEF, as Chief of Staff to the UNICEF Executive Director, and as Country Representative in Mali and in Rwanda immediately following the genocide. His work in UNICEF and previously with USAID and Peace Corps included extended periods in Asia, Africa and New York, as well as numerous missions in South American and the Middle East. From 2001-2003, he was Chief Operating Officer of the start-up team of Acumen Fund, now Acumen, the first venture philanthropy fund supporting international private social enterprises. Daniel continues to serve as an Advisor to Acumen. Daniel Toole holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague, now part of Eramus University.