PRESIDENT AND CEO
Danny is the President and CEO of Save the Children Canada. A journalist by training, Danny has more than 16 years of experience in the non-profit and media sectors in Canada and internationally – and his work has taken him to more than 60 countries. This includes a stint as managing editor of the Gender Links news service in South Africa, a role with the United Nations in the Palestinian Territories, and media development work in Sierra Leone, Namibia, and Rwanda.
Danny is formerly the executive director of Action Against Hunger Canada, an international humanitarian and development organization specialized in fighting hunger and its underlying causes. Danny sits on the Board of the Canadian Network for Women and Children’s Health (CaNWaCH), and the Humanitarian Coalition, and is a member of the advisory committee for the Centennial College International Development program in Toronto. Danny was previously the managing editor of The Philanthropist, an online journal for practitioners, academics, supporters, and others engaged in the non-profit sector in Canada, the managing editor of Xtra newspaper in Toronto and the executive director of Journalists for Human Rights. Danny has written extensively about gender issues, media literacy, and Canada’s role in international development. Danny holds a master’s degree in international development from Italy’s Pavia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Ryerson University.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Rebecca has worked in international development for over a decade with non-profits based in Canada and the U.S. with a strong focus on enabling children to realize their rights and full potential. Rebecca holds a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Global Health from Simon Fraser University. She began her career in West Africa, first managing and evaluating school health programs and from there served as a member of a mixed methods research team conducting program evaluations for USAID-funded child health, education and youth livelihood programs across Africa. From 2010 to 2012 Rebecca managed an iNGO country office focused on child centered programming in Guinea, WA, and in 2012 she joined Save the Children Canada where she has held leadership positions in Business Development, People, Organization and Strategy and most recently as Chief Operating Officer.
SPECIAL ADVISOR TO THE CEO ON STRATEGY AND THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
Marlen is a Chilean/Canadian feminist with over 25 years of experience in international development. Marlen currently holds the position of Special Advisor to the CEO on Strategy and Thought Leadership focusing on foresight analysis of key trends that are affecting the aid sector and supporting Save the Children to reflect on transformational change processes. Prior to her current role, she served as Director of International Programs and Chief Programs and Policy Officer at Save the Children and as a Public Policy Advisor for Oxfam Canada and Oxfam GB with a focus on violence against women, trade and food security issues. Marlen is known for her long-standing commitment to programs that are holistic and gender transformative for children and adolescents, with a particular focus in addressing power dynamics and social norms as integral to quality and sustainable programming. Marlen is also a strong proponent of localization and the need to work to develop and support strong local organizations. Marlen holds Masters’ Degrees in Political Science and Journalism.
CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
After 8 years with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Toronto, Sarah Matte joined Save the Children in 2006. Since then, she has held numerous key roles within the fundraising team which led her to her role as Chief Development Officer. Sarah has developed a keen understanding of the importance of relationship building, and believes it is the cornerstone of an effective fundraising strategy. She is a strong believer in empowering individuals to take their ideas to the next level and working in an inclusive and collaborative way to support the organization’s strategy.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Luis has a wealth of international strategic and operational leadership experience in financial management, operations, and business development, having responsibilities in many countries including Canada, USA, China, Spain, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador. Luis has held numerous Finance executive roles over the last 30 years and has extensive global experience in developing and executing growth strategies to expand markets, optimizing finance and accounting functions, and achieving timely quality financial reporting to internal and external stakeholders.
Before joining Save the Children Canada he worked in International Companies including McCain Foods Limited, Vifan USA, and others.
Luis holds an MBA and an MScE from the University of Michigan, USA, and a degree in Chemical Engineering. He is a CPA, Certified Public Accountant, in the Province of Ontario.
DIRECTOR, NATIONAL RECONCILIATION PROGRAM
Conrad Prince is an Anishnabe/Caribbean and a member of Sagkeeng First Nation (Treaty # 1) in Manitoba and was adopted into a white Canadian family. Conrad co-chairs a national committee dedicated to examining children’s aid issues and is one of the founders of a non-profit organization, Connecting Will All my Relations, which offers assistance to trans-racial adoptees. He considers himself to be a social justice advocate and has dedicated a significant amount of time, energy and passion to speaking out against the Indigenous adoption and foster care removal system for over 15 years. He is trained in Criminology and Sociology.
DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS AND PARTNERSHIPS
Rachel has worked with Save the Children for the last 4 years, leading the humanitarian team and overseeing humanitarian strategy, operations and programs to ensure coherence across the organization’s humanitarian and emergency work. Rachel has worked in the field of humanitarian affairs, emergency response and development for the last 20 years, with Community Based Organizations and International NGOs, in both Canada and overseas in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. She has significant field experience working in and leading humanitarian operations and programming in Gaza, northern Sri Lanka, northern Uganda, DRC, Somalia, South Sudan, Jordan and managing development programming in East and West Africa, as well as undertaking deployments in notable locations like North Korea. Beyond programming, Rachel has a keen interest in Government relations and has built, and led many policy and advocacy initiatives. She values partnership, currently leading as co-chair of the Humanitarian Response Network of Canada (HRN), acting as a Program Advisory member of several academic institutions, and supporting SC Canada’s relationship with the Humanitarian Coalition. Rachel has studied International Humanitarian Law, International Development and Child Rights at a variety of institutions and has completed the Executive Education program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.