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We have just received the terrible news that Corinne Whitaker passed away on August 24 from a fall sustained during a walk on a hiking trail in upstate New York. Our condolences, thoughts and prayers go to her family. We will provide information about a memorial when it is available. Corinne was a humanifatian, an outstanding professional and dear friend.
Jeanne Betsock Stillman
Corinne N.C. Whitaker
Carol J. Dabbs
David Stillman is a founder and the Executive Director of the Public-Private Alliance Foundation, which was established with support from the ambassadors to the UN from Madagascar, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. He has led PPAF activities in those countries, and seminars at the UN and elsewhere on aspects of sustainable development including, since the 2010 Haiti earthquake, renewable energy for cooking.
During a career with the United Nations he worked with intergovernmental bodies and UN agencies for collaborative efforts on development, relief and reconstruction. As a Senior Officer in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, he was a member of the team that supports the deliberations of the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly. He was posted to Pakistan with the UN Development Programme, and before joining the UN he worked in Togo, Ghana and Kenya.
Stillman is a member of the board of the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA) Southern New York State Division, a past president of the UNA-USA Westchester Chapter, is associated with the Rotary Club of New York, and is an honorary board member of the North Carolina-based American Freedom Association. He and wife Jeanne Betsock Stillman are partners in a consulting firm, Strategies for Development, Inc.
Stillman holds a BA from the School of International Service of the American University and an MA and PhD in political science from Duke University. He was a research student at the University of Ghana. He speaks English & French, and reads Spanish.
Jeanne Betsock Stillman
Jeanne Betsock Stillman is the Secretary of the Foundation and a founding member.. She has served as a staff member or independent consultant with non-governmental organizations, international organizations and universities in the US and 20 other countries in the fields of non-profit management, international public health, gender issues and program development. She is President of the consulting firm Strategies for Development, Inc.
She is active in the United Nations Association of the USA, where she served for 6 years as President of the UNA Southern New York State Division. Since 2011 she has been co-chair of the UNA-USA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference and Members Day at the UN. She is also a Middle Atlantic Representative to the UNA-USA National Council. Previously, in the UNA Westchester Chapter, she served as Executive Director and as a Board member and Secretary. There she produced the 70 video series "Going Global with the UN".
During a career as an international consultant she has designed and led training programs in women's health, HIV/AIDS, curriculum design & project management for health professionals in the US and many sub-Saharan African countries, Tunisia, Haiti and, in relation to Afghan refugees in Pakistan. She managed multi-million dollar USAID-funded projects in relation to Tunisia and Nigeria and to medical and nursing schools throughout Africa. She was part of a team in 2004 which drafted a Five-Year Master Plan for Rural Development for the Government of Madagascar.
Stillman holds a BA from the School of International Service of the American University, an MSPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health, and carried out doctoral coursework at Columbia University. She edited the 11-volume Training Course in Women's Health (1993), and supervised the translation into French of a training course on HIV/AIDS. She was Associate Editor of the two-volume International Encyclopedia of Population (Macmillan/Free Press, 1982). Honors include various editions of Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who of American Women.. She is a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Donna Rosa is an international business consultant who provides business development services to micro, small, and medium enterprises and startups in developing countries. She has a unique complement of corporate management and nonprofit leadership experience, augmented by technical skills in food processing and nutrition. In her work and volunteering she promotes livelihoods, poverty reduction and food security through capacity building, business plans, strategic advice, market research, and training for food and agricultural businesses. She has a special interest in sustainable development and corporate social responsibility.. More about her experience can be seen at: www.donnamrosa.com
Donna has worked with small businesses in dairy farming, horticulture, flavor extracts, herbs, coffee, cereal, confectionery, biscuit, milling, and food manufacturing, including women-run businesses and community groups. She also helped UNDP work with the private sector in the early stages of the Global Compact. Donna has an MBA in Marketing from University of Connecticut and a BA in Food and Nutritional Science, Cum Laude, from the University of Rhode Island.
Her geographical experience includes Liberia, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Jamaica, El Salvador, Madagascar, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa, Kosovo, China, Russia, Panama, Latvia, Czech Republic, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, and The Netherlands.
Scott Wright was elected Chair of the Foundation in February 2013, having formerly served as Treasurer. He has been in private legal practice since 1988. His practice involves the representation of lenders, borrowers and arrangers in international trade finance transactions. He currently is involved in over $2 billion of emerging market trade finance transactions in numerous countries around the world. He has significant experience representing creditors in U.S. bankruptcy matters. He also represents US and international insurers, reinsurers, and financial institutions in diverse capital markets, insurance and derivative transactions. Through his practice Wright has developed a network of legal contacts in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.
In 2003 and 2004 Wright represented the Government of Japan in a dispute with Loral Space & Communications over the MTSAT-1R satellite. The MTSAT-1R satellite replaced the existing weather satellite for weather forecasting in all of Asia. He protected the Government of Japan from losing its multi-trillion Yen investment in this project. This matter was reported by the American Lawyer. "Japan v. Loral," Big Suits Column, American Lawyer (April 2004).
Wright has written and spoken widely. His article on sovereign trade finance was published in 2005. "Sovereign Trade Finance Transactions: A Legal Perspective," Reed Smith Financial Services Newsletter "Material Matters," vol. III, no. 1 (January, 2005). His speech on United States bankruptcy law to The Japan Industrial Institute, "The United States Bankruptcy System and the Japanese Bankruptcy System: A Comparison," (Tokyo, May 2004), was published by the Japanese Institute of International Business Law. Journal of the Japanese Institute of International Business Law, vol. 32, no. 7 (July 2004) and vol. 32, no. 8 (August 2004). Mr. Wright also is the co-author of The Law of Reinsurance Claims (Andrews Publications, 1994/1997) and @Risk-Internet and E-Commerce Insurance and Reinsurance Legal Issues (Reactions Publishing Group, 2000).
Wright was named one of the world's leading lawyers by Euromoney Institutional Investor Plc. and is included in the International Who's Who of Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers. He is a 1988 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he was the Current Developments Editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. He graduated from Lake Forest College in 1985.
Corinne N.C Whitaker
Dr. Corinne Whitaker was elected as Treasurer of PPAF in December 2015. She is an international health and economic development consultant with over 25 years of substantial and diverse experience in developing, implementing, assessing and researching/ mapping human rights- and advocacy-based strategies and program approaches which respect, protect and promote the health and well being of girls, women and their communities. She has worked extensively in Africa, especially in Nigeria, Cameroon, and Tanzania, as well as other sub-Saharan countries. Recent clients have included Arc Finance, Action Health Incorporated, Engenderhealth, Girl Hub/Nike Foundation, the International Initiative on Maternal Mortality and Human Rights (U.P., India), International Planned Parenthood Federation (London, U.K.), Empower: the Emerging Markets Foundation, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the United Nations Development Program, and the International Women's Health Coalition.
Dr. Whitaker has written extensively on human rights in relation to maternal mortality and morbidity, gender equality and rights-based sexuality education, non-standard income generation programming for young women, addressing the needs of highly marginalized adolescent girls and other materials related to sexual and reproductive health and livelihoods.
Dr. Whitaker obtained her A.B. cum laude, with a certificated in Latin American studies, from Princeton University, and her PhD in International Health from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also serves as Secretary of the Board of the United Nations Association of the USA Southern New York State Division (UNA-SNY).
Carol J. Dabbs
Carol J. Dabbs was formerly the Senior Coordinator for Investing in People at the Office of the Director of U. S. Foreign Assistance. There she was responsible for budget formation, program review, strategy development and sectoral analyses for health, education and social services aspects of foreign assistance in the State Department. In this capacity, she served as the liaison with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and State Department health community for the Global Health Initiative.
In the USAID Global Health Bureau from 2003-2006, Carol Dabbs was Division Chief for Strategic Planning and Budget, and served as Deputy Director of the Program Office. For eight years she was Health Team Leader in the Latin American and Caribbean Bureau. During her career with USAID, she specialized in providing support for public health strategy development and project design to USAID Missions in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, working in over 25 countries.
Ms. Dabbs is currently Vice President for Membership for the Arlington Branch of the American Association of University Women, and previously served for four and a half years as Treasurer. She served as Secretary of the Executive Board of the Fairlington Citizen's Association for six and a half of her seven and a half years on the Board. She has organized a neighborhood dining group since 1993. Dabbs served for thirteen years on the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., and for nine years was on the Advisory Board of Mt. Carmel House, which provides permanent supportive housing for formerly homeless women. She has a B.A. from Duke University in Spanish and French and an M.P.H. from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health.
Ambassador Zina Andrianarivelo-Razafy
Ambassador Zina Andrianarivelo-Razafy retired in 2018 as the Permanent Representative of Madagascar to the United Nations. From 1999 until his appointment in 2002, Andrianarivelo-Razafy served as Madagascar's Ambassador to the United States, as well as Ambassador to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. From 1987 to 1998 he was Senior Manager at Henri Fraise Sons and Company Group in Madagascar. Between 1983 and 1986 he was assistant to the President of HTR Enterprises, Inc., in Washington, DC.
Zina Andrianarivelo-Razafy holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration, specializing in International Business, from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana; a Postgraduate Degree in Organizational Management from Poitiers, France; a Master's Degree in Economic and Social Administration (Angers, France); and a Bachelor's Degree in International Trade and Applied Foreign Languages (English and German) obtained in Nates, France. In addition to his native languages of Malagasy and French, he is also fluent in English and German. Married with two children, Andrianarivelo-Razafy is a cousin of the late former Ambassador to the United Nations Blaise Rabetafika.