Our Team

The GFEMS Board of Directors supports the GFEMS team to make evidence-based investment decisions and create programs with the highest potential for impact.

Leadership and Staff

Board of Directors



Alison Kiehl Friedman

Executive Director

International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR)

Meet Alison

Assefa Bequele

Founder and Executive Director

African Child Policy Forum

Meet Assefa

Cardinal Vincent Nichols

11th Archbishop of Westminster

Meet Cardinal Nichols

Ernie Allen

Founding Board Member, Former President & CEO, Nat’l Center for Missing and Exploited Children; founding President & CEO, Int’l Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Meet Ernie

Jean Baderschneider, PhD

Chair of the Board and Founding Board Member

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Sir Rob Wainwright

Senior Partner


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Sophie Otiende

Regional Operations Manager– Africa

Liberty Shared

Meet Sophie