kristen rodrigues

Interim Executive Director, Program Director 

Kristen is an international development practitioner with over 10 years experience in global project management and multilateral cooperation. She holds a Masters in Development Practice, specializing in Global Health and Sustainable Development, as well as a Bachelors in Environment Resource and Business Studies.  Through her experiences working across Africa and Asia, Kristen has gained deep understanding and appreciation of the importance of cross-sectoral and cross-cultural understanding. Kristen brings extensive knowledge of food security, MEL(monitoring, evaluation and learning), and women’s economic empowerment to her role within the VWB/VSF Canada team from her time with WUSC, CIDA, the Guyana Red Cross, and SEW Tanzania. She is passionate about improving the lives of the most vulnerable through international cooperation and committed to strengthening communities’ relationships with animals and their environment.

Kailash Dongol

Finance and Administration Manager

Kailash Dongol brings over fifteen years of progressive full cycle accounting and financial management experience to his position. Kailash has worked with a number of organizations including the former CIDA (Global Affairs Canada) from which he received the 2002 President’s Award of Excellence in honor of his outstanding contribution and exceptional work as a Team Leader (Director of Finance) of the Canadian Cooperation Office (CCO) in Nepal for the Asia Branch. From 2010 until recently Kailash served as the National Finance Manager for the Canadian Parks & Wilderness Society. He also holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration (specialization in Finance) along with relevant training/ knowledge of database and accounting software for effective financial management.

Millicent Zichawo

Africa Program Officer

Millicent is a Public Health Nutritionist. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Bachelor Degree in Food Science and Nutrition. She has more than 6 years’ professional experience in the rights sector and has engaged with pioneer organizations whose focus is on Child Rights and gender equality. Millicent is well grounded in the humanitarian and development sector. She has first-hand field experience having worked in various projects in emergency settings in South Sudan for 4 years as well as developmental settings for 3 years. Millicent has extensive experience working in food security, nutrition and health roles improving both livelihoods and health of individuals. Her greatest passion is to improve livelihoods of those most in need

Katherine Clark

Asia Program Officer/Communications Specialist

Katherine is a problem solver, committed to participatory and inclusive development. She spent nine years as a communicator and project officer for the Canadian Co-operative Association, working on projects in Africa and Asia. Specializing in digital communications, Katherine supported high-profile Health Canada campaigns and consulted for the Social Enterprise Ecosystem Project. As a Project Manager working with herder co-operatives in Mongolia, she learned firsthand how the health of people is fundamentally connected to the health of animals and the environment and recognizes the importance of engaging a One Health approach to foster resilient communities.


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