Dr. Belinda Bennet
chief international programs officer
Three words that best describe her
Inspiring, passionate, empathetic
What’s her role and connection to the cause?
Dr. Belinda Bennet is a values-based passionate leader with more than three decades of experience in international development, particularly as it pertains to child rights, excluded communities and women.
She was previously the regional head of Christian Aid U.K. and forged a thriving new business model for India. She's spent years addressing social inclusion by working with excluded communities, having founded Sakthi-Vidiyal (which helps children facing difficulties, such as life on the street) and served as the Chair for Cure International India Trust (which addresses the disability caused by clubfoot among children).
Formerly the country director of our India office, Belinda heads up the programs-and-policies team. Aside from overseeing our six directors in our offices around the world, she also supports management of our grant program from her office in India.
What academic work set her up for success?
Belinda holds a Doctorate in Social Work from Shivaji University in India as well as a Masters in Social Work from MK University India and a Masters in Philosophy in Psychiatric Social Work from the prestigious National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences — also in India.
An avid reader, Belinda also enjoys cross-cultural experiences — such as visiting a small fishing village on the west coast of India — with her husband and teenage son.
Chief development officer
Three words that best describe him
Strategic, innovative, bold
What’s his role and connection to the cause?
Passionate about giving back since he was a teen attending camp, Tony has been bringing that positive energy to the non-profit sector for more than 20 years. He’s known for exceeding fundraising targets, building brand awareness and inspiring teams to high performance.
He brings experience working with such reputable organizations as World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, and most recently, the Canadian Cancer Society. Tony is also associated with professional organizations, such as the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Canadian Association of Gift Planners.
The chief development officer, who joined the team in January 2018, leads domestic marketing, fund development, communications and public-relations strategies and operations.
What academic work set him up for success?
Tony holds a Masters in Business Administration from Edinburgh Business School in Scotland and a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) degree from McGill in Montreal.
A motorcycle racer in his youth, Tony now loves travelling and skiing with his wife and two teenage sons.
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