• The ChildFund Alliance

    Our ChildFund Alliance partner is a worldwide group of 11 child-centred development organizations working in 63 countries to implement long-lasting and meaningful changes for children and families living in poverty.

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ChildFund Alliance

Tim D’Souza, CPA, CMA
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Three words that best describe him

Hardworking, caring, inquisitive

What’s his role and connection to the cause?

Tim brings more than 25 years of experience in strategic management, finance and consulting in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. His career began with the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association where he helped the organization develop and implement its first strategic plan. He has since worked in leadership roles at USC Canada, IBM and Pet Valu.

At Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC), Tim oversees finance, IT, human resources, internal audit, risk, procurement and facilities. Skilled and knowledgeable people work with him to ensure the success of these functions.

What academic work set him up for success?

Tim holds a MBA in finance and strategy from Yale university in the U.S.; a master of arts in international development and political science from the University of Guelph in Ontario; and a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Toronto. In his spare time, he works as a part-time faculty instructor at various colleges and universities in Canada. He has also volunteered on multiple Boards, many supporting charities devoted to helping disadvantaged children and youth.

Interesting tidbit

Tim loves spending time with his family — his wife Jennifer and three girls, Lexi, Lauren and Madeleine. They share their house with a 110-pound golden doodle named Ollie.

 

Aklilu Mulat, FCPA, FCMA
DIRECTOR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Member of the Board, since 2018

Three words that best describe Aklilu

Compassionate, committed, optimistic

What’s his life’s work?

Born and raised in Ethiopia, Aklilu grew up with a passion for catalyzing transformation in the lives of those caught in the cycle of poverty. He’s applied that positive energy to senior positions at non-profit and private-sector organizations in British Columbia (B.C.), including the Burnaby Hospital Foundation and HOPE International Development Agency. Committed to mentoring young people, Aklilu has been involved in teaching both professionally and in academic settings. Currently an adjunct faculty member with the University of B.C., he also works at VRX Studios, Inc. in Vancouver and serves as vice-chair on the Board of Arrow Leadership International Ministries in B.C.

What academic work set him up for success?

Aklilu has undergraduate degrees in Natural Sciences and Business Administration from Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. Most recently, he’s been completing graduate work in Public Policy and Management from the University of London in England.

Interesting tidbit

The father of two young adults enjoys spending time with his wife and other family while exploring the outdoors by kayak, bicycle or on foot.

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.

Interesting tidbit

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.

 

Linda Gibson Hiebert
DIRECTOR, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Member of the Board, since 2018

Three words that best describe Linda

Friendly, compassionate, faithful

What’s her life’s work?

The director brings 35 years of experience in the non-profit sector, having worked at organizations such as Save the Children, World Vision and currently the United States Agency for International Development. That work has taken her from Laos to Vietnam, Malaysia and the United States, giving her a deep understanding of what it means to work with partners locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on health and education issues in countries with varying levels of need.

What academic work set her up for success?

Linda earned a master of public administration at Harvard University in Boston and a bachelor of science in nursing from Goshen College in Indiana.

Interesting tidbit

Linda loves discovering and reading books to her three grandchildren that ignite their interest in justice and peace.

Tony Lee
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.

Interesting tidbit

A motorcycle racer in his youth, Tony now loves travelling and skiing with his wife and two teenage sons.

 

ChildFund Alliance

  • Christian Children's Fund of Canada
  • ChildFund Australia
  • ChildFund Deutschland (Germany)
  • ChildFund International (USA)
  • ChildFund Ireland
  • ChildFund Japan
  • ChildFund Korea
  • ChildFund New Zealand
  • Barnfonden (Sweden)
  • Educo (Spain)
  • Un Enfant Par La Main (France)

ChildFund Alliance mission: Together with children, we create sustainable solutions that protect and advance their rights and well-being.

ChildFund Alliance members create sustainable child-focused, community-based development programs in areas where children are impacted by war, natural disaster, poverty and global health issues. Each member organization promotes child sponsorship as a comprehensive and meaningful approach to child development.

The 11 ChildFund members provide assistance to more than 15-million impoverished children and families in more than 50 countries. See here for a map of where we work.

For more information, please contact us with any questions you have about ChildFund Alliance. You may also wish to review the websites of our member organizations, which are linked from our membership page.