Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo
President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services

Monday, February 2
4 p.m. Opening Keynote Address, Weasler Auditorium
5 p.m. Public Reception, AMU Rotunda

Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo is president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. She came to CRS in January 2012 after a distinguished academic career, serving from 1997–2011 as dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and, previously, as associate executive vice president for academic affairs at Purdue University. She was the first female dean to chair the accreditation body for business schools, AACSB, and directed its initiative Peace through Commerce.

Woo has many awards for her teaching, research and administrative leadership, including receiving a Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management; being named to the list of Forty Young Leaders of the American Academe by Change Magazine, the journal of the American Association for Higher Education; being honored as a distinguished alumna and honorary alumna by Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame; and receiving honorary doctorates from Providence College, the University of St. Francis, Lewis University and the University of Notre Dame.


Dr. Mwayabo Jean Claude Kazadi
Senior Technical Advisor, HIV Care and Treatment, Catholic Relief Services

Thursday, February 6
4 p.m. Closing Keynote Address, Weasler Auditorium
5 p.m. Public Reception, AMU Rotunda

Dr. Kazadi serves as Senior Technical Advisor for HIV Care and Treatment with Catholic Relief Services and is based at CRS headquarters in Baltimore. Dr. Kazadi has extensive experience with anti-retroviral therapy and other approaches aimed at fighting HIV, including the prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) and health system strengthening.

Previously, Dr. Kazadi served as AIDSRelief Chief of Party in Uganda, managing a PEFPAR-funded HIV and AIDS program. He has also worked in Haiti, where he led the process of recovery and stabilization of the AIDSRelief program after the earthquake in 2010. Before moving to Haiti, he worked as a pediatric HIV and AIDS mentor in Ethiopia and in Zambia as a Hospital Medical Director, health zone supervisor and sustainability coordinator. In Zambia, Dr. Kazadi was among the first to oversee anti-retroviral treatment of HIV positive people and initiated the first ever Pediatric ART Guidelines in Zambia

Dr. Kazadi was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he obtained his Degree in Medicine from the University of Lubumbashi (UNILU) School of Medicine in 1998 and worked for one year as a general medical practitioner. He also holds a Master's Degree in Public Heath from the University of Point Care, Nancy, France. He recently completed (2012) a Master's Degree in Business Administration with Atlantic International University of Hawaii. He speaks English, French, and several languages.

Dr. Kazadi is currently the Co-Chair of HIV/AIDS working Group at CORE Group, member of the International AIDS Society, the Southern African HIV Clinicians Society, the American Academy of HIV Medicine, the Clinical Care Option and many other technical working groups.

Vanessa Tobin
Senior Technical Advisor for Water Supply, Sanitation and Water Resources, CRS

Vanessa Tobin is the Senior Technical Adviser for Water Supply,Sanitation and Water Resources Development for Catholic Relief Services,Baltimore,USA, which includes support to five strategic areas: WASH for health and well-being; WASH in emergencies; water and agriculture; water and environment; and water and conflict.

Until December, 2011, Ms. Vanessa Tobin led all the activities and functions of UNICEF in the Philippines which include planning and implementation of programs for children and women;advocacy and resource mobilization;and emergency response.

Ms. Tobin is a national of the United Kingdom. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Birmingham University, United Kingdom, followed by a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She earned her second Master's degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Prior to her assignment in the Philippines, Ms. Vanessa Tobin served as Deputy Director for Program Division at UNICEF New York Headquarters from July 2006. In this capacity, she was responsible for the guidance, management and coordination of the program advisory sections. Ms. Tobin also served as Chief, Water, Environment and Sanitation (WES) in UNICEF New York Headquarters, from February 2001to July 2006. Ms. Tobin worked for UNICEF for 24 years in various management and technical capacities, serving in the Philippines, Egypt, Nepal and Pakistan. Prior to UNICEF, she worked for the UK-based NGO, Accord in South Sudan and in Lesotho for the British Government as Technical Cooperation Officer.

Jen Betz

Jennifer joined CRS in 2010 as an International Development Fellow in Honduras, primarily working in peacebuilding. Her next assignment took her to Haiti where she was part of the Partnership and Capacity Strengthening Unit and served as an Acting Head of Office for the sub-office of Ouanaminthe. In Guatemala, she pursued growth and diversification opportunities for the country program, including the winning proposal for a USDA FFE program. She then returned to Honduras as deputy head of programming and supported program quality. In 2013, she returned to the US and began as a relationship manager for the Midwest Regional Office with a focus on universities. Prior to her career with CRS, she served in Chile, Mexico and Cambodia. Jennifer has an MA in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Madeleine Philbin

Madeleine Philbin has served as Regional Director, CRS Midwest, based in Chicago, since 2005, opening the regional office at that time. The MW office serves dioceses and colleges in the 12 Great Lakes & Plains states of the U.S. Midwest. With a team of staff,Ms Philbin is responsible for coordinating and directing CRS relationship building, outreach, programming and advocacy in the region. Ms Philbin has visited CRS work in Nicaragua, Uganda, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Nepal,Jerusalem and the West Bank. She served a one month temporary assignment with CRS Haiti in June 2010. Prior to joining CRS, Ms. Philbin held numerous community-organizing positions within Chicago neighborhoods, and also served as a counselor at Catholic Charities of Chicago. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. David Leege

Dr. David Leege is Director of University Engagement and Research with Catholic Relief Services (CRS). His focus is to develop research and other collaboration with universities through institutional partnerships. David joined CRS in 1991in Angola, managing food security and income generation projects in war-affected communities. He then served successively as CRS Country Representative in Benin, Pakistan, Cambodia, Rwanda and Burundi where he oversaw programs in food security, agriculture, microfinance, maternal child health, and peacebuilding, funded by USAID, the European Union and other private donors.

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