BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President

Feroza Ardeshir is the President of Alliance4Empowerment. She is on her third career, having previously been a molecular biologist on a malaria vaccine project and a sixth grade Montessori School teacher. She is passionate about her family and friends, social justice, students of all ages, education, health, nutrition, science, yoga and meditation, feminism, world peace and saving the planet and all the creatures on it. All you need is love!

Neville Billimoria is an effective communications and values leader, growing organizations through external marketing, media, and sales effectiveness, as well as internal organizational alignment, corporate communications and leadership development. He brings experience, energy and empowerment to his leadership role as SVP Membership/Marketing and Chief Advocacy Officer at Mission Federal Credit Union where he has accountability for a strategic array of crucial outward facing functions including leading and managing Marketing, Community Relations, Digital, and promoting Mission Fed’s public image and brand. Neville also serves on several boards including; the Mission Federal Community Foundation Board., San Diego Non Profit Association Board, Education Synergy Alliance Board and Real World Scholars Board of Directors among others. After graduating from UC San Diego, Neville has remained involved as a member of the UCSD Alumni Board of Directors, where he also has been teaching martial arts, yoga and meditation for 35 years. He is a frequent guest speaker & facilitator on topics including marketing, brand as culture, 21st century networked leadership, social capital optimization and civic engagement.

Chair | Co-Founder

Naila Chowdhury is a leading management professional from Bangladesh. She has served in a UN agency as well as several multinationals, locally and globally (Norway, Thailand, Ukraine, Malaysia, and Pakistan). She has worked closely with Nobel Peace Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus for more than 15 years. Her core focus now is women’s health and economic empowerment through modern information and communications technologies. She is also an advisor for the Ashoka Support Network Members, and a technical advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is an active mentor for Youth and Women in constructive entrepreneurship, information communication technology (ICT), global networking and the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). She is presently one of the Founding Women Members of F4D in New York, USA and Board Director of Athgo International, USA. She holds a Master Degree in Marketing from Dhaka University, and a Senior Executive Business Management Diploma from Singapore National University, as well as an Executive MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. Presently, she is the Chair of TeleConsult Group, US and Bangladesh. TeleConsult Group where Women come first, is an organization focused to ensure, competence and skill development, job opportunity for the under-privileged populations, and domestic violence and acid survivors.

Treasurer

Giovanna’s professional career has been in managing admissions & enrollment functions and marketing initiatives in graduate university settings. Her spirit, however, is always volunteering and supporting organizations that contribute to transitioning our society to respect nature, social & economic justice, and a culture of peace. She wants to be an agent of change, and make a positive impact in her community to help alleviate poverty, hunger, and help end violence against women.
Giovanna holds a Master degree in Public Administration and recently returned to update her resume to include a graduate degree in Peace and Global Education aimed at teaching skills necessary for peacemaking and replacing conflict with agreements based on mutually beneficial outcomes.
Born in Italy she is cross-culturally aware and sensitive. Her heart longs for the day she can live in both continents.
Having met & blessed by Mother Theresa, Giovanna tries to remember these words in her daily life: “If you can’t do great things, do little things with great love. If you can’t do them with great love, do them with a little love. If you can’t do them with a little love, do them anyway.” Mother Theresa.

Janet C. Salazar is a social innovator, human rights activist, global thinker and a humanist. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of IMPACT Leadership 21™, a global leadership platform that provides solutions to creating inclusive economies. Janet also serves as the Permanent Representative to the United Nations at Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN), an international NGO in General Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC and associated with UN DPI. She is the President and Co-Founder of MVI Advisors, a New York–based global firm of experts providing highly specialized consulting, coaching, training and advisory on multicultural leadership development, strategies and business platforms. A Leadership Architect for Emerging Global Leaders (EGL), Janet’s expertise is assisting leaders in creating authentic, profound, long lasting impact in their organizations and personal lives. She is a confidential advisor and sounding board to top senior and emerging women executives and leaders, CEOs, expatriates, nonprofit leaders, diplomats, entrepreneurs, artists and visionaries across the globe. Janet holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from the University of Baguio, Philippines, graduating with Honors. She also attended Saint Louis University-Philippines, where she pursued Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications. She is on hiatus from the final stage of her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA).