Global Advisory Council members on a field visit to Peru

Global Advisory Council

The Global Advisory Council is a community of members from around the world who deeply care about making a difference and want to share in, and support, the mission of TechnoServe. Members of the Global Advisory Council are ambassadors for TechnoServe, providing financial support, strategic advice and connections to others in order to advance the life-changing work of the organization.

The Global Advisory Council is a community of TechnoServe supporters from around the world that act as ambassadors for the organization.


Andrea Stepanski, TechnoServe's Manager, Major Gifts

Andrea StepanskiManager, Major Gifts

About the Program

The Global Advisory Council has been an integral part of TechnoServe since our founding in 1968 and will continue to be as we strive to increase our impact throughout the world.  Even though many of our programs are funded by substantial grants from large organizations, TechnoServe relies on funding from private donors to provide vital support to innovate and deepen our impact in the developing world.

Members receive invitations to exciting events to learn more about TechnoServe’s work and connect with others equally as passionate about international development. Global Advisory Council activities are designed to provide an “insider’s perspective” into our work and include:

  • Annual trips to visit TechnoServe’s programs in action and speak with beneficiaries
  • Quarterly webinars highlighting TechnoServe’s successes and challenges
  • Regional events to connect with other TechnoServe supporters
  • Special communications to better understand the impact of poverty in countries where we work
  • Recognition for your outstanding support

Supporting TechnoServe

To help TechnoServe bring economic development and hope to even more enterprising individuals across the developing world, Global Advisory Council members are asked to make a minimum annual gift of $2,500 USD and to connect TechnoServe to potential new GAC members and supporters.

Meet Our Global Advisory Council

Membership in the Global Advisory Council is an exciting opportunity to learn more about TechnoServe’s life changing work. Meet some of the GAC members behind our latest efforts to empower men and women to lift themselves out of poverty.

TechnoServe is able to maximize its impact in poor communities thanks to the generous support of our donors. Even though many of our programs are funded by substantial grants from large organizations, TechnoServe relies on funding from private donors to provide vital support to innovate and deepen our impact in developing world. Meet some of the people behind our latest efforts to empower men and women to lift themselves out of poverty.

"TechnoServe has consistently impressed me, both as a volunteer as well as a donor. The organization has a tremendous impact on people around the world, by providing individuals with the tools (rather than just a charitable payment) that they need to lift themselves out of poverty – and remain out of poverty for the long-term."

Justin Heyman, Global Advisory Council Member

Global Advisory Council Events

Field Visit to Peru

September 8-15, 2019
Join us for this special experience to see TechnoServe’s coffee and cocoa work in action, speak directly with beneficiaries, and forge meaningful connections with fellow members and TechnoServe leaders.

Council Conversation: Creating Shared Value in Fragile Economies in Partnership with Nespresso

August 13, 2019
The next Global Advisory Council Conversation event will feature Myriam Sainz, TechnoServe’s Director of Strategic Initiatives. Myriam leads our strategic partnership with Nespresso and is excited to share her experience identifying how to best invest in coffee communities hit by conflict or crisis. Myriam led the scale-up of the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program, impacting over 60,000 coffee farming families in East Africa, and developed Nespresso’s Reviving Origins programs across Zimbabwe, Puerto Rico, and formerly South Sudan.

Global Advisory Council Breakfast in New York

June 17, 2019
Global Advisory Council members and other close supporters are invited to a breakfast to meet TechnoServe Benin’s Country Director, James Obarowski, to discuss how TechnoServe is creating lasting change in Benin. James is excited to share updates on the country’s flagship programs, such as BeninCajù—a project that will increase the yields and revenues for over 40,000 smallholder farmers and create thousands of jobs.

Friends of TechnoServe Cocktail Reception in San Francisco

May 30, 2019
Join us for a special evening of drinks, discussion, and hors d’oeuvres to meet other TechnoServe volunteers and supporters who share your passion for international development and to learn about initiatives like TechnoServe Labs, a new project that will leverage technology-based solutions to make a unique and powerful contribution to poverty reduction around the world.

Council Conversation: Building a Stronger Future

April 30, 2019
Global Advisory Council members are invited to join an exclusive discussion with Kindra, TechnoServe’s Chief Transformation Officer. During this dynamic conversation, Kindra will share insider updates about plans to strengthen TechnoServe for sustainable growth and tactical steps for delivering greater impact.

Members of the Global Advisory Council

Evelyn A. Windhager SwansonChairman

Payson BullardSteering Committee Member

Chris SchipperSteering Committee Member

Rick WalleighSteering Committee Member

Emily A. WestSteering Committee Member

David B. Abernethy

John Adractas

Monica G. Adractas

Kanika Bahl

Susan Ball

Chris Benson

Lauren Blum

Katie Boland

Kenneth Branson

Andrew Briggs

Gary Brownell

Mary Ann Brownell

Carol H. Bullard

Amy Bullard Davies

Andrew Chapin

Kevin Charlton

Lori O. Clauson

Peter A. Clauson

George Clothier

Graeme Clements

Alison Conway

Bill Day

Gregory de Sousa

Erika DiGiovanni

Emma Dorn

Elizabeth Ebzery

Carter Emerson

Russell Faucett

Sandi Finn

Ronald Foisy

Johannes Frey

Kristin Frey

Eric Fuller

Gerald Garbacz

Rolf Goetze

Charles G. Hadley

Lisa Halsted

Scott Halsted

Susan Heerin

Justin Heyman

Corky Hoffman

Lynn Johnson

Burt Kaliski

Michele Kaliski

Paisley Kelling

Timothy M. Kingston

T'Shaka Lee

Dan Levin

Paul Linthorst

Andrzej J. Lubowski

Caroline Lundberg

Yasmine Mahdavi

Robert McCarthy

Laura McCarty

Ellie Mendesh

John Mendesh

Louise Middleton

Arshad Mumtaz

Timothy Ohlwiler

Susan Okie Bush

Lorna Power

Alice Ramsey

Rudy Ramsey

Bonnie E. Raquet

Peter Raquet

James T. Riordan

David Rodriguez

Hans Rueedi

Lindsay Schallich

Gerald L. Schmaedick

Wayne Schultz

Benjamin Segal

Richard Seltzer

Robin Sherwood

Eric Sillman

James Small

Sarah Spiegel

Chuck Stocking

Scott Straus

Matthew Tierney

Michael Tierney

Patricia E. Tierney

Edward Tomeo

Joan Tomeo

Manfred Tuerks

Rudy Veerjee

Wendy Walleigh

Ralph Watson

Theodore S. Weber

Amy Liane West

David West

Sarah Wester

Shay Wester

Andrew Zuraw

Rachel Zuraw