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NetHope elects new Board Chair, five new Board members

Contacts: NetHope Communications Team:Nan Hall, | 206-604-5118 Ric Brewer, | 206-276-5200Media Center:  DUBLIN, November 7, 2018 –  NetHope, a global consortium […]

NetHope Communications Team:
Nan Hall, | 206-604-5118

Ric Brewer, | 206-276-5200
Media Center:

DUBLIN, November 7, 2018 –  NetHope, a global consortium of 56 of the world’s leading nonprofits, recently announced that it elected five new Board members, as well as a new Chairman of the Board. NetHope member representatives voted on the changes at the NetHope Global Summit in Dublin, Ireland, this week.

Farhan Irshad was elected as NetHope’s Chairman of the Board. He has served on the NetHope Board for the last year, most recently as Chair of Finance Committee, and Treasurer. Irshad is the Chief Operating Officer of HIAS, a 137-year-old organization devoted to protecting refugees globally. Irshad’s breadth of technology expertise, as well as his leadership experience in the nonprofit, private, and government sectors provide critical direction for NetHope’s Board.

“It’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of outgoing Chair Jonathan Palmer and I will continue to ensure NetHope is governed to support the missions of its members, delivering compelling outcomes and impact across the 150-plus countries where NetHope and its member organizations operate,” said Irshad. “The technology landscape has changed immensely since I began working in the nonprofit sector almost 22 years ago. Fifteen years ago, the challenge was getting connectivity to individual sites; now our leadership is pivotal in transforming sectors such as emergency response, health, conservation, and development. NetHope is a critical catalyst for so many technological changes, and well positioned to help its members through digital transformation. I look forward to working with members, tech partners, and donors in providing better value through our relationship. It’s a pleasure to be elected as Chair for such a successful organization.”

Irshad is joined on the board by leaders from within the NGO community and the private sector. Included in this year’s class of new Board members are:

  • Lisa Bronder, Director at International Finance Corporation
  • Danusia Dzierzbinski, Deputy CFO of International Rescue Committee, Inc.
  • Celine Fitzgerald, General Manager at GOAL Global
  • Pam Jennings, Vice President, Global Business Transformation at Auto Data Processing, Inc.
  • Macon Phillips, Chief Digital Officer at CARE

“It is always important to have a strong, diversified Board of Directors, but particularly so as NetHope leads digital transformation throughout our membership, and throughout the NGO sector,” said Lauren Woodman, NetHope CEO. “This Board, led by Farhan Irshad, is well-positioned to guide NetHope through this next phase of fostering and embracing what it means to be truly digital. It is a privilege to lead alongside such an experienced Board.”

About NetHope
NetHope empowers committed organizations to improve the world through the power of technology. NetHope, a consortium of nearly 60 global nonprofits, unites with technology companies and funding partners to design, fund, implement, adapt, and scale innovative approaches to solve development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges. Together, the NetHope community strives to transform the world, building a platform of hope for those who receive aid and those who deliver it.  

NetHope Members
Accion, ActionAid, Ashoka, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, ChildFund International, Children International, Christian Aid, Compassion International, Concern Worldwide, DanChurchAid, Danish Refugee Council, Direct Relief, FHI360, Global Communities, Grameen Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, HIAS, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Management Sciences for Health, Marie Stopes International, Medair, Médecins Sans Frontières, Medical Teams International, Mennonite Central Committee, Mercy Corps, Mercy Ships, Norwegian Refugee Council, Oxfam, Pact, PATH, Plan International, Pro Mujer, Project Concern International, Relief International, Samaritan’s Purse, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages International, The Carter Center, The Nature Conservancy, Trócaire, VSO, WaterAid, Welthungerhilfe, Wildlife Conservation Society, Winrock International, Women for Women International, World Vision, World Wildlife Fund International


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