OUR TEAM, FOCUS AND CULTURE

We blend our passion for amplifying local impact with technology and build upon our backgrounds in international development, tech and philanthropy. Our values are:

  • Do the difficult.

  • Be vulnerable.

  • Step up.

  • See the whole person.

  • Protect the town.

  • Seek joy.

  • Move with purpose.

We share a deep commitment to providing local organizations with greater access to the knowledge, resources and support so they can do more.

Our values embody the 5 values of Omnipreneurship, which were developed by our Founder His Excellency Amr Al-Dabbagh. Integrity, Passion, Respect, Forward Thinking and Teamwork are all an integral part of how we approach our work. You can learn more from His Excellency in our Leadership: Ten Rules for Impact and Meaning course.

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Our Valuable Team Members

Ali Siddiqui
Ali SiddiquiSenior Instructional Designer
As an instructional designer, Ali takes industry best practices in capacity-building and translates that information into engaging and effective courses for learners across the globe. When he’s not working, Ali enjoys traveling, going on hikes and scouring the internet for the best recipes and food videos.
Andrew Wyndham
Andrew WyndhamManager, Instructional Design
As an instructional designer, Andrew works with experts in the field of non-profit capacity building to create Philanthropy University courses. In his free time, you will find Andrew spending time with friends and family in California and beyond.
Cathy Huang
Cathy HuangManager, Product Operations
Cathy empowers our product to grow exponentially and sustainably. She is focused on building features that our learners love and decreasing production costs. Offline, Cathy loves long-distance running, discovering obscure plants and exploring grocery stores in foreign countries.
Connor Diemand-Yauman
Connor Diemand-YaumanChief Executive Officer
Connor Diemand-Yauman is chief executive officer of Philanthropy U. He is passionate about social impact, education reform, and show tunes.
Dan Fang
Dan FangManager, Business Development
Dan imagines new possibilities and builds relationships with partner organizations in his role as Business Development Manager in order to scale Philanthropy U’s impact. He is an outgoing introvert, a human-centered designer and a slow eater.
David Crook
David CrookDirector, Partnerships
David Crook leads the organization’s work on partnerships and fundraising. David has helped to forge ground-breaking partnerships between non-profits, companies and philanthropists for 20 years.
Gina Herrera Moreno
Gina Herrera MorenoManager, Marketing
As our Marketing Manager, Gina works to strengthen our online presence and improve the customer journey as an integral part of the marketing team. In her free time, she enjoys travel, gardening and spending time with her cats.
India Perdue
India PerdueFellow, Social Impact
As the Social Impact Fellow, India investigates partnerships in key sectors to fuel Philanthropy U’s core mission. She loves to ask questions and dances whenever she can.
Jessica Sanders
Jessica SandersData Analyst
Jessica works on all things data related at Philanthropy U. This can include maintaining data pipelines, developing analyses to provide insights into learner outcomes, and producing visualizations for the team and partners. She is passionate about the data privacy of our learners, about the use of analytics to help in key decisions and about creating a data-driven culture.
Leila Makarechi
Leila MakarechiVice President, Partnerships
Leila leads Philanthropy U’s partnerships team. She is responsible for the organization’s financial and learner acquisition growth. She loves spending time with her two young sons who teach her how the world really works.
Maisha Kabir
Maisha KabirAssociate, Course Design
Maisha works at the intersection of course design and implementation to deliver impactful learning experiences to a global audience of social impact leaders. Outside of work, she enjoys painting, dancing and getting lost in good books.
Mark Goldstein
Mark GoldsteinSenior Associate, Community
As Senior Associate of Community, Mark’s work focuses on harnessing the power of local expertise and peer-to-peer connection to empower learners addressing social issues at scale. In his spare time, you can find Mark exploring the beautiful mountains, beaches and city streets of the Bay Area.
Paige Dearing
Paige DearingSenior Director, Marketing
Paige leads Philanthropy U’s marketing, communications and thought leadership as senior director of Marketing and Communications. When not creating marketing magic you will find Paige drinking D.C.’s best coffee, attending concerts and spending time with her loved ones.
Phil Clark
Phil ClarkVice President, Product
As the VP of Product, Phil manages design, engineering, product operations, instructional design and analytics to ensure that we build a product our users love. When he is not working, Phil enjoys running, biking and backpacking through the Sierras.
Sharon Lew
Sharon LewPeople Operations, Senior Associate
Sharon supports the executive team on people operations, strategic projects and facilitates communications among senior staff, board members and external partners. In her free time, Sharon enjoys cooking complex recipes, traveling to discover new culinary delights and pounding the pavement in Oakland training for her next foot race.
Stan Hou
Stan HouDirector, Strategy and Business Operations
As the director of Strategy and Business Operations, Stan manages organizational strategy development and planning, oversees people operations and mobilizes strategic projects. Outside of the office, Stan enjoys catching the latest movies, traveling to other countries (sometimes solo) and nearly all forms of getting in a good workout.
Sukhita Karthi
Sukhita KarthiProduct Designer
Sukhita utilizes human-centered design to empower our product and organization. Through user research and intuitive UI design, she aims to enhance our learners’ experience. Outside of work, Sukhita likes to hike, play tennis and watch cute dog videos.
Sunga Kufeyani
Sunga KufeyaniCoordinator, Volunteer Program
Sunga works as a program coordinator who works directly with the Course Facilitators to refine the program, grow the Facilitators’ impact and escalate general feedback to the Product and Operations team. In her free time, she enjoys reading, music, volunteering and exploring the Bay Area.
Thao Tran
Thao TranAssociate, Learner Operations
Thao helps oversee the learning platform and keeps a pulse on our users to ensure that a custom-tailored experience is consistently delivered. When she is not working out of the Oakland office, she can be found de-stressing through boxing, playing her ukulele, or hopping on a plane to immerse herself in a different culture.

Our Board of Directors

Amr Al-Dabbagh
Amr Al-DabbaghBoard Chair
Amr Al-Dabbagh is the founder and chairman of Stars Foundation & Philanthropy U. He co-authored “Governpreneurship” and is the author of “Omnipreneurship: An Organized Approach to Living a Life of Meaning.” Amr is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Eisenhower Fellowship and is a board member on the Cleveland Clinic International Leadership Board. He is also a special fellow for Social Impact at the Institute for Business and Social Impact at The Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley and a distinguished fellow of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils. Amr serves as the chairman and CEO of the Al-Dabbagh Group, a family business established in 1962 with four strategic portfolios – Food, Housing, Auto-Services and Packaging – with operations that span 60 countries, employing over 15,000 people.
Mona Mourshed
Mona MourshedBoard Member
Dr. Mona Mourshed is the president and CEO of Generation: You Employed, a global employment non-profit. Generation trains and places disconnected youth in jobs; and, after four years of operation, it is live in 13 countries and 100 cities, with 31,000+ graduates and 3,200+ employer partners. Mona previously founded and led McKinsey & Company’s global education practice, and currently leads McKinsey’s global social responsibility agenda and the nonprofit McKinsey.org. Mona has authored widely cited education reports, including Education to Employment: Getting Europe’s Youth Into Work, Education to Employment: Designing a System That Works, How the World’s Most Improved School Systems Keep Getting Better and How the World’s Best Performing School Systems Come Out on Top. She was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40’, sits on the boards of New America and Teach for All, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and previously served on the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate Organization. Mona has a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT. She holds dual Egyptian and American citizenship.
Laura D. Tyson
Laura D. TysonBoard Member
Laura D. Tyson is a distinguished professor of the Graduate School and faculty director of the Institute for Business & Social Impact at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. She chairs the Blum Center for Developing Economies Board of Trustees at UC Berkeley. From July 2018 to December 2018, she served as interim dean of Berkeley Haas. Previously, she was the dean of the London Business School (2002-2006) and the dean of the Berkeley Haas (1998-2001). Tyson was a member of the US Department of State Foreign Affairs Policy Board and a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. She served in the Clinton Administration as the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (1993-1995) and as director of the National Economic Council (1995 – 1996). She is a member of the Board of Directors of AT&T, CBRE Group Inc., Lexmark International Inc., and Apex Swiss Holdings SARL. She is the co-author of Leave No One Behind, a report for the United Nation’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.
Paul Polman
Paul PolmanBoard Member
Paul Polman is chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), The B Team and vice-chair of the UN Global Compact.

As CEO of Unilever (2009-2018), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model – captured in the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan – goes hand-in-hand with good financial performance. During his tenure, Unilever was one of the best-performing companies in its sector, delivering ten years of consistent top and bottom line growth.

In recognition of his commitment to driving transformational change, Paul was appointed to the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel that developed the Sustainable Development Goals. He has played a leading role since in highlighting the business case for the 2030 development agenda, including as a founder member of the Business & Sustainable Development Commission. He remains a UN-appointed SDG Advocate.

Paul actively engages across industry sectors and global organizations to build scale and maximize impact, including as a leading member of Focusing Capitalism for the Long-Term (FCLT), the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate and the Food and Land Use Coalition, which he chairs.

Conscious of the role that tomorrow’s leaders will play in tackling our most pressing environmental and social challenges, Paul actively supports and mentors young leaders, and is a counselor and chair of the Global Advisory Board of One Young World.

In recognition of his contribution to responsible business, Paul has received numerous awards, including the Rainforest Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award, the UN Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth Award, the Oslo Business for Peace Award and 13 honorary degrees.

He has been honoured with France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, in recognition of his role in the historic 2015 UN Climate Change agreement in Paris. In 2018 he was named an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for services to business. He is also a recipient of the Public Service Star from the Government of Singapore and received the Treaty of Nijmegen medal.

Together with his wife, Kim, Paul founded and helps to run the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust, which works to improve the lives of blind and visually impaired children in East Africa.

Sharifah Sofia Albukhary
Sharifah Sofia AlbukharyBoard Member
Sharifah Sofia serves as a trustee of the Albukhary Foundation and currently works in the private sector, with a focus on corporate finance and strategy.

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Sharifah Sofia is an economist who holds an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences (LSE). During her graduate study, Sharifah Sofia led her team to the regional round and qualified as one of the regional finalists of the Hult Prize 2016. During the same period, Sharifah Sofia was an external consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, examining methodologies to empower rural women in low income countries. Prior to that, Sharifah Sofia has worked at the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and interned as an investment banking analyst in Morgan Stanley, Singapore.

She currently also serves as a member of the Albukhary International University’s (AIU) Board of Governors. She has a keen interest in international development, social entrepreneurship, and more specifically, exploring the role of education in promoting progressive change.

Steve Davis
Steve DavisBoard Member
Steve Davis is president and chief executive officer of PATH. Combining expertise as a technology business leader, global health advocate, and social innovator, he has led PATH’s growth and evolution into a leading social enterprise advancing health solutions across the globe.
Before joining PATH in 2012, Mr. Davis served as Director of Social Innovation at McKinsey & Company, Interim CEO of the Infectious Disease Research Institute, CEO of global digital media firm Corbis, and practiced law at the international law firm K&L Gates. Earlier in his career, he worked on Chinese politics and law, and refugee programs and policies.
Mr. Davis is a lecturer on social innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Challenge Seattle. He serves on the board of InterAction and sits on several
advisory groups, including the AXA Stakeholder Advisory Panel, Medtronic Labs and the stewards of the World Economic Forum Health and Healthcare Challenge. He has previously served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards, including as chair of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, United Way of King County, and the Washington State Technology Alliance.

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