The IOMBA Alumni Association Executive Committee is composed of up to ten members and one president. Individuals on the the Committee are elected by the full IOMBA alumni body to serve for a period of two years. This term can be renewed twice (for a total of six years) with elections occurring in September/October of each year.
President (Current term 2015-2017)
Petra ten Hoope-Bender (2007) is an independent consultant on women’s health and development. She is a midwife, former Secretary General of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), former Executive Officer of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and Director of the Dual Career and Staff Mobility programme at the United Nations. She was the coordinator of the Lancet Series on Midwifery 2014 as well as lead author on the fourth article of the series, the international policy paper. She has expertise in policy development and analysis, organisational development, workforce assessment, advocacy and communications and capacity building. She was part of the author team of the State of the World’s Midwifery reports 2011 and 2014 editions.
In early 2015 Petra set up her consulting company in women’s health and development allowing her to combine various roles: Jhpiego’s Senior Advisor on Global Partnerships, organiser of the concurrent sessions for Women Deliver 2016 (www.womendeliver.org), and policy support to ICM as well as support for the promulgation and implementation of the Midwifery Services Framework. In addition she is co-author of a paper on human rights and quality maternal and newborn care as follow-on from the Lancet Series on Midwifery 2014, lead author on a the Dream Team paper for the correct balance of professionals in maternity services and lead author on an article on the links from global to national accountability in Evidence 4 Action countries.
Executive Committee members (Current terms 2015-2017)
Örs BOLVÁRY (2010) is a legal consultant focusing on international legal matters. He has worked in both, private and public, sectors including law firms and the International Organization for Migration, and currently involved with human rights and international investment debates. He graduated from the IO-MBA Programmes in 2012 and holds a Law Degree from the University of Budapest, and a LL.M. in Commercial and Corporate Law from the University of London. Örs is Hungarian and fluent in English, German, Spanish and French.
Cassandra Quintanilla (2011) is a consultant working on the measles vaccine implementation at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Previously, she spent 4 and a half years working as a communications consultant at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; in addition to this, she was a teacher and research assistant for the Marketing and Fundraising course at the International Organizations MBA since 2011 after graduating from the program herself. Her professional experience includes cultural and social events in Mexico, as well as conferences such as the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, where she joined as External Media staff. Prior to her MBA, she completed a Certificate in Politics at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse (Sciences Po) and a Bachelor degree in Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Monterrey.
Colin Paterson (2014) completed the IO-MBA program in 2014 and has been in Geneva ever since. He interned at a variety of organizations in the city, including the Oak Foundation, World Trade Organization, and Gavi, where he currently works as a consultant for their Coverage and Equity initiative. Prior to studying at IO-MBA, Colin spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between Canada (his home country) and Germany, working at a Canadian ski resort in the winter and a German youth camp in the summer. Colin decided to pursue a degree at IO-MBA because of its location in an international city, its focus on both private and public sector management practices, and the variety of its curriculum and alumni. He enjoys running, skiing, cycling, and travelling, and is looking forward to the remainder of his term as a member of the committee.
Nick Kootnikoff (2014), is based in Ottawa and works for CARE, an international NGO focusing on international development and humanitarian relief projects, and is working in business analyst & program development roles. While in Switzerland completing the IO-MBA, Nick worked with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on their Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) and CSR Roundtable initiatives. Previously, Nick worked in financial roles within the Canadian government and the private sector and held management roles on a progressive mining project in British Columbia, where he first developed his passion for sustainability. Nick is an avid traveller through work and play, is an advocate for finding green economic solutions to address the problems of today, and still enjoys coming out of retirement from his first career as a chef. He holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Designation in Canada, and a Bachelors in Commerce specialising in entrepreneurship from Royal Roads University.
Executive Committee members (Current terms 2016-2018)
Ian Cronin (2015)