Staff & Consultants

WGNRR has an international, multicultural team originating from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Philippines, the Netherlands, Mexico, Russia and the United Kingdom.

 

Kathy Mulville, Executive Director (kathy@wgnrr.org)
 
Kathy is an experienced leader and advocate, with over 15 year’s experience of managing  international networks.  Her expertise is in organizational development and capacity building, and  international networking. Originally  from the UK, Kathy studied in London gaining her BA and MA in Social Legal Studies. Kathy’s priority on joining  WGNRR in 2009 was to complete the transition  of WGNRR coordinating office from The Netherlands to The Philippines. Since that time she has  led the further decentralisation of WGNRR activities with the relocation of programme staff to  Africa, Asia and Latin America. Reporting to the board of trustees, Kathy is responsible for  developing and implementing the strategic plan, monitoring and evaluation, donor relationships and 
income generation, and leading the WGNRR staff team.

From 1995 to 2007 Kathy worked at the Telephone Helpline Association where she established a network of over 500 NGOs providing telephone advice and support, developing best practice and quality standards for the sector. She established a consultancy and training unit which provided services to governments and the private sector both in the UK and abroad. In 2007 Kathy took a career break in order to volunteer as a Knowledge Management Adviser for VSO, and moved with her partner and two children to Manila. Kathy’s work has always been underpinned by her vision of a world where all people can access their human rights.

 

Benily “Nel” Valerio-Dimbuyu, Finance Manager (nel@wgnrr.org)

Nel joined WGNRR as Finance Manager in February 2010. She is responsible for the financial management of the Coordination Office, working closely with the International Coordinator and Operations Manager in the monitoring and administration of grants and personnel salaries and benefits.

She is an accountant by profession, and has been with the NGO community for the past 20 years. She has worked with various groups involved in human rights, environment, women and children, alternative education, farmers, indigenous people and fisher folks, and disaster preparedness, mitigation, relief, and rehabilitation.

 

Irina Otmakhova, Campaigns  // Eastern Europe and Central Asia (irina@wgnrr.org)

Irina joined the WGNRR team as Membership and Networking Officer in November 2007. In 2008, she moved to Manila from Amsterdam as part of the transition of the WGNRR Coordination Office.  In 2012 she assumed the responsibilities of managing WGNRR campaigns in the position of Campaigns Officer. Currently she oversees all aspects of the international campaigning from creative conceptualising and building partnerships to the global mobilisation, with May 28 and September 28 being the two major WGNRR campaigns.
 
Irina holds a BA in European Studies and International Relations from the University of Amsterdam and an MSc in Development Public Administration from Leiden University. Her MSc thesis research was on public health care decentralisation in Senegal. Prior to joining WGNRR, Irina worked as the Programme Manager of the Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the University of Amsterdam.

Irina speaks English, Russian, Dutch, Spanish and French. She is currently learning Tagalog.
 

Joralyn "Jurai" Wenceslao, Support Officer (jurai@wgnrr.org)

Jurai joined WGNRR in March 2009 as the Operational Support Officer. Apart from her tasks at WGNRR, Jurai volunteers with a medical mission. She is also a leader at the Learning Centre, as well as of the grassroots women's organisation in her local community. 

Prior to joined WGNRR, she worked with a Manila-Based international women's NGO.  Apart from English and Tagalog, she is currently also studying basic Spanish.

 

Maria Criselda “Dada” Ritual-Penaverde, Operations Manager (dada@wgnrr.org)

Dada, as she is fondly known, joined WGNRR in July 2008 as the Operations Manager. Her formal education is in the field of Agricultural Economics.  She gained her experience in administration and financial management through working with various non-governmental organisations.  Her responsibilities are mainly administrative and finance related, which includes supervision and overall responsibility of the operations team. She is responsible for financial transactions and maintaining the financial assets of the organisation (bank, petty cash and other accounts) and bookkeeping.  She is also responsible for the personnel administration.

Prior to working at WGNRR, She was the director of administration and finances of Education for Life Foundation (ELF), a grassroots non-formal institution working for different sectors including women.

She is a wife to Arnold and a mother to two grown-ups. She speaks English and Filipino and can also understand the Spanish language.  She is fond of travelling, photography and craftwork.

 

Marevic “Bing” Parcon, Communications//Asia Programme Officer (marevic@wgnrr.org)

Marevic- or Bing, as she is known- joined WGNRR in August 2009. As the Asia Programme Officer, Bing is responsible for membership and networking, campaigning and advocacy activities on sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Asian region. She also implements the capacity building activities and supports the local partners, building alliances with regional networks, gathering data for M&E, sharing outputs of the capacity building activities with WGNRR members. 

Bing has been a women's rights development worker and advocate for two decades with expertise in gender issues, paralegal work and community-based trainings on violence against women and sexual and reproductive rights. Her political involvement began in the 1990s as a women and students' rights activist and continued with the women's movement after college. In 2000, together with a team of lawyers and paralegals, she established a feminist legal organisation called the WomenLEAD Foundation. She also worked with local and international NGOs as a trainer, paralegal, advocacy officer and program officer, and organised national and international events on a feminist legal framework, militarism and war, aid effectiveness and gender and conflict. 

She speaks English, Tagalog and Visayan.

 

Nondo Ebuela Ejano, Programme Officer- Africa (africa_officer@wgnrr.org

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nondo currently lives in Tanzania. He holds a BA in Environment & Development. He began working in the rural development movement just after his secondary education, where he was Co-Founder and Executive Manager of Kikonde Rural Farmers and Breeders’ Cooperative. He worked with a local NGO named "Societe de Cooperation pour le Developpement de Fizi (SOCOODEFI)" which was a leading Network of over 250 members in the Fizi territory.

Nondo joined the feminist movement in 1997 when he worked as a Communications Facilitator between the Congolese Refugee Community and many UN Aid agencies in Nayrugusu Refugee camp in Tanzania. Since 2002 to date, he has been working with the Women Promotion Centre (WPC) as a Programme Director for Gender and Human Rights Education. WPC has been an organisational member of WGNRR since 2005, sending Nondo to the Africa RCM & the AWID Conference in 2008. In 2009, Nondo attended the WGNRR Abortion Advocacy Institute in Cape Town. Since 2010 Nondo has been working as the WGNRR Program Officer for Africa, fostering and empowering members and allies to build a strong SRHR movement from the grassroots.

As Program Officer he manages the network in the region; ensures the direct link between members’ realities and WGNRR’s international advocacy efforts; supports local members’ campaigns/advocacy activities; provides policy input in the WGNRR priority areas and build/strengthen members’ capacity in policy analysis and rights based advocacy. 

Nondo speaks English, French, Swahili and several other regional dialects.  

 

Vanessa Coria Castilla, Advocacy and Programme Manager & Focal point for Latin America and the Caribbean (vanessa@wgnrr.org)  

Vanessa joined WGNRR in April 2012 being responsible for creating and developing advocacy strategies for sexual and reproductive health and rights with a human rights and feminist perspective, both globally and regionally, in coordination with WGNRR officers. Vanessa is also responsible for overseeing along with the Executive Director WGNRR programme areas and activities and supporting Programme Officers for achieving WGNRR objectives and goals. Since 2013 Vanessa is based in Mexico City focal point office for Latin America and the Caribbean, where she implements WGNRR strategies within the region.

Vanessa is a Mexican human rights and feminist lawyer with more than nine years of experience in developing national, regional and international advocacy and litigation strategies before human rights mechanisms such as the Inter American System for Human Rights and the UN Bodies, looking for structural changes to advancing human rights in different areas, especially women’s rights using different types of strategies. She holds a BA in Law from ITESM-CCM. She studied one year of Law School at Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain as part of an internship programme. She has post graduate studies in “Human Rights and Women: Theory and Practice” from University of Chile and in “Population, Equity in a Changing World” from El Colegio de México. Vanessa had published papers and articles in human rights issues and has taught in several courses, diplomas and workshops, including the Diploma on “Human Rights and Women: Legal Strategies for the Advocacy” from the Women’s Rights Program of the University of Chile.