Our City Chairs organize and coordinate Global Dignity activities in their territories. Our City Chairs include: Ms. Diana Tsui (Hong Kong); Ms. Silvia-Gabriella Cristus (Bukarest); Ms. Nadia Zeine (Accra); Ms. Daniela Paoli (Caracas); Mr. John Osborn (New York); Ms. Maria Fernanda Gándara Gil (Monterrey); Ms. Elke G. Geraerts (Amsterdam).
Diana Tsui began heading up NIKE’s Community Affairs function in Asia Pacific in 1997. She tackled some key brand issues so that the company could play a significant role in bringing positive changes to disadvantaged communities. She joined Mercy Corps, a leading international relief and development agency, in 2002 as the managing director for East Asia and was instrumental in helping establish its China and Asia regional headquarters. Diana was recruited by KPMG as the director of Corporate Social Responsibility in 2007. She oversaw the establishment of the KPMG Foundation and has served as its CEO since.
Diana holds a BA, a Masters in International and Public Affairs (MIPA), and an Executive MBA. She is an honorary adviser of the Faculty of Social Science, The Hong Kong University, and sits on the board of the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation in the PRC.
Nadia Zeine started off her career early, in building business from the scratch by setting up Humane Investors, an innovative non-profit organization that sought to give advice on immigration issues affecting particularly West Africans schooling in London and also to take away their burden in finding accommodation. During her stay in London, she set up Wishes Alliance Group, another NGO focused on developing charitable partnerships and Venues Limited, a successful event management company.
In 2007 the concept of BrandEffect was born and the Firm was established in 2009 in Accra, a first of its kind in Ghana. Zeine remodelled the concept of Wishes Alliance Group, to Wishes Alliance making it an online NGO/NPO hub and portal. The Wishes Alliance website and its concept in its entirety, seeks to give the whole world the ability to create a bigger transformation for those who most need it.
As an e-Government Specialist at the Organization of American States (OAS), Daniela works from Washington DC in the implementation of MuNet (Efficient and Transparent Municipalities) e-Government Program accross Latin American and Caribbean municipalities. This program supports the introduction of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) into public administration as a mean of streghthening transparency, efficiency and citizen participation. MuNet eGov has been implemented in 120 municipalities accross Panama, Paraguay, Costa Rica and Guatemala.
John B. Osborn is President & CEO of BBDO NY, the flagship office of BBDO worldwide, the largest agency network within the Omnicom network. He is a passionate, energetic leader who is actively involved with many of the agency's clients including FedEx, GE, Lowe's, Hyatt, Johnson & Johnson, Monster and Mars. Among Osborn's notable accomplishments was his involvement with the “New York Miracle” campaign, lifting the spirits of New Yorkers in the wake of 11 September 2001.
He serves as President of the Board the Police Athletic League, New York City's largest independent youth development not-for-profit. He is also Chairman of the Board for the Center for Excellence in Advertising at Howard University, Vice-Chairman of the Board of the American Advertising Federation (AAF), and serves as an Executive Committee member on the Board of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Osborn has been inducted into the AAF Hall of Achievement, named to the Crain's New York Business list of “40 under 40” and to BtoB magazine's “Who's Who in BtoB”.
Candidate, BSc in Architecture, Monterrey Tech. Has been involved in projects that address different social, environmental and peace related problems, as well as disaster release actions. Formerly in corporate social responsibility, Sigma Alimentos, worked on the design and implementation of a project that promoted healthy lifestyles in children; implemented a pilot of the project involving 250 kids and their families in 2 low-income schools. Since 2011, with Ignia Partners. Since March 2012, Social Development Consultant, following Leadership for Social Development Programme. 2011, Mexico's Delegate to One Young World Zurich; Global Shaper, World Economic Forum.
Elke Geraerts is an assistant professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. She obtained her PhD at Maastricht University and has worked since then as a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and as an assistant professor at the University of St. Andrews.
Her main focus of research is the examination of how people remember traumatic events and how people cope with such events.