LINGOs represents Eric’s third career. He began in social work and remedial education with the NJ Department of Community Affairs and the YMCA. He worked in the Street Academy Program in Harlem and Newark and with rural youth in Maine. He then took a turn to “the dark side” and began a 25 year career in the private sector which began with the founding of a training and development firm that was recognized as an INC 500 company. After selling that company, Eric became an officer and Group VP for a NYSE company. The attraction of high tech and the West Coast brought a move to Seattle where he became a principal and CEO of a software and computer interface company which was eventually sold to a division of General Electric.
After a brief break to travel, he then began his third career initially by volunteering in the non-profit sector with Social Venture Partners, The Rensselaerville Institute and Mercy Corps and eventually as the first Executive Director of LINGOs. On the personal side, he is married with two grown children and three grandchildren and he competes in Senior Tennis Tournaments – though generally unsuccessfully.
Manager, Learning and Performance at PSI
Marie-Laure (ML) has worked in the field of international development for 15 years. She first started at the World Bank Institute, organizing training events on reproductive health and infrastructure finance for World Bank stakeholders. She then joined PSI as a program manager in 2000. Over the 10 years she spent at PSI, she managed programs in Uganda, Madagascar, Senegal, Morocco, Russia, Georgia, Romania, Nicaragua, Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Burundi and Haiti. She then took the responsibility of running the newly-created central training department and is now serving as Manager for PSI's Global Capacity Building Department. ML is comfortable working in English, French and Spanish. She also would love to practice her Japanese more often in order not to forget it (her first job which she had for 5 years, was with the Japan External Trade Organization). She holds a French business degree which is equivalent to an MBA and a degree in statistics. She lives in Washington, DC and has two young kids.
Co-founder and Partner of Nexus Global Partners; Managing Director, QuickLessons
Alfredo is cofounder and partner of Nexus Global Partners, a boutique cross-border advisory firm focused on international expansion of technology companies. At Nexus, Alfredo manages strategic development of the company and is responsible for ICT related projects with focus on North and Latin America. Nexus is active in all continents with a network of local partners and associates that Alfredo was personally instrumental in identifying and establishing.
President and CEO, Counterpart International
Joan has been at the helm of Counterpart International since 2010. With her colleagues, she works to develop a global network of community leaders, building on Counterpart's 10,000 community partnerships over almost 50 years, with special emphasis on women and youth leaders. Joan began her career as an agricultural economist in Africa, highlighting the sector’s importance to national income, employment and economic stability. She’s worked with the Kenya Rural Enterprise Porgramme, working at the inception of the microfinance movement, and spent 15 years with Development Alternatives, Inc. Over her career, she’s worked in the private sector as well as the development sector in programmatic and executive roles.
General Manager of Microsoft Sales, Marketing & Services Group Readiness
Christopher Pirie serves as General Manager of Microsoft's Sales, Marketing and Services Group Readiness (SMSG-R) organization, delivering field readiness and training for 42,000 field employees worldwide. Through Chris' leadership, the SMSG-Readiness team delivers 190,000 days of conference, classroom, online and virtual training each year, and manages over 2.4 million hours of social and online learning for Microsoft Consultants, Sales, and Marketing professionals. After joining Microsoft in 2004 as Senior Director of Learning Product Development, he later served as General Manager for Microsoft Learning where he led the worldwide effort to drive deep customer engagement and to build personal, organizational and regional capability through technology learning and technical certification. Prior to Microsoft, Chris worked at Oracle Corporation as VP of eLearning, and at a division of Lloyds Bank in his native UK. He has a passion for technology and education and building capacity at scale through learning technologies.
Chris also served as the 2012 Chair of the Board of Directors for ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) -- the world's largest association dedicated to workplace learning and development professionals, and a LINGOs Partner.
Technology Learning Center Program Director of The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Todd has been in the instructional technology field for over 25 years. Currently, as the Program Director for The Nature Conservancy’s global eLearning program he is responsible for setting the strategic eLearning direction for the world’s largest conservation organization. His team regularly trains over 12,000 learners across the globe in multiple languages.
Chairwoman of LINGOs Board, Executive Director and Founder of, InsideNGO
Alison has taken InsideNGO from a volunteer support group for operations professionals to a respected and well known training, resource sharing, advocacy and networking organization with a focus on Human Resources, Finance, Grants, Contracts, Legal and Tech issues within the international relief and development sector.
Prior to InsideNGO, Alison served as CFO and Director of Training at PACT. While CFO at PACT, Alison helped found the Association of PVO Financial Managers and of The Personnel Co-op. Prior to PACT, Alison served as Events Coordinator, CFO and Acting Executive Director at Oxfam-America.
Alison serves on the Board of Directors of InterAction, ASAE’s Content Action Committee, and Independent Sector Advisory Group on Nonprofit Effectiveness. She and her husband live in Westport, CT.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Medical Mission Board
Bruce is the President and CEO of Catholic Medical Missions Board, a position to which he brings over 35 years of of global experience in development, more than 20 of which have been focused on public health. Beginning with a stint in Ghana as a Peace Corps volunteer and continuing as an executive with World Vision International, he has dedicated his career to the alleviation of poverty in the developing world. He holds a BA in Economic/Business from Gordon College in Massachusetts and an MBA in International Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, England. He and his wife, Linda, have five children.
I am very impressed with the quick, professional and personal response from people at LINGOs, I feel they really care about what we do.
Anne Kristine Arbon
Save the Children UK