Board of Directors

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CHAIR AND CEO

Arsenio Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) 

For 30 years held senior advisory and managerial positions at both national and international levels. His work has focused on (a) leading multidisciplinary teams in the analysis of sustainable development and natural resource management issues, and the formulation and implementation of corresponding policies and programmes, and (b) the establishment of private-public sector partnerships. From 2000 to present he has provided advisory services to the World Bank, the United Nations, the Central American Commission on Environment and Development, and the DEVNET Association. He co-founded, developed and coordinated as Secretary General during 5 years a broad alliance for human understanding, the Alliance for a New Humanity, with a group of world leaders from all sectors of society including Deepak Chopra, Oscar Arias, Betty Williams, Ricky Martin, Baltazar Garzon, Kerry Kennedy, Roberto Savio, Ashok Khosla and other personalities. His expertise lies in networking governments, private sector and non-governmental organisations and forging alliances for collaborative work addressing common development concerns.

  

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND SECRETARY 

Lidia Peroni (Italy)

Served as Executive Assistant to the former Director-General of DEVNET for the UNDP/Trade and Technology Information Promotion System (TIPS) project and the UNDP/Women into the New Network for Entrepreneurial Reinforcement (WINNER) project. She also acted as overall administrator of the “Gender and Peace in Somalia – Implementation of Resolution 1325” project which was implemented by the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW) and the Italian ”Diaspora and Peace Association” (ADEP) and was designed to support the peace and reconstruction processes in Somalia and in countries of the Somali Diaspora with the aim of advocating for the participation of women and of women’s rights associations. 

 

 

 

 

Member of the Board

Legal Counsel

Zhaoxin Geng (China)

Founding Partner of C&H Law firm in Beijing. She has a Masters degree in Law from Temple University, a Masters in Public Administration and a Bachelors degree in Economics. She has been practicing law for more than ten years since she was licensed to practice law in 2001. During her career, Zhaoxin has been invited to act as general counsel to several government agencies; and was awarded the Beijing Excellent Lawyer consecutively for years 2009 to 2011 and honored as the Excellent Female Lawyer of Chaoyang District of Beijng. Zhaoxin is a member of the Financial Derivatives Committee of Beijing Lawyers Association. She has specialized in the areas of banking, private equity funds, cross-border transactions, FDI, real estate, as well as commercial litigation and international arbitration. Zhaoxin has successfully handled quantities of complicated and difficult commercial transactions and commercial disputes, and provides general or specialized legal services to financial institutes, foreign invested enterprises, and real estate companies. She has published several jurisprudence articles in national prominent publications.

 

 

Member of the Board

Ben Milano (Philippines)

 As a development professional, he has been in the international development field since he joined the Technological Information Promotion System (TIPS), a technical and economic cooperation network for developing countries sponsored by UNDP/UNFSTD (United Nations Development Programme/United Nations Fund for Science and Technology Development, 1986-to date). Until joining the UNDP project, he was with the Technology Resource Center of the Philippines, where he served as managing director for technology dissemination and media affairs. Currently, he is Asia Regional Director of TIPS which implements a global programme on women’s economic capacity enhancement with the use of information technology tools – the Women Into the New Network for Entrepreneurial Reinforcement (WINNER) programme, sponsored by the UNIFEM (now UN Women) and with support from the Italian Cooperation for Development.