Presenter Bios

Presenters & Attendees



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Presenter Bios

Eugen Baldas

EUGEN BALDAS is Vice President and the Regional Representative (Europe) for the International Association for Volunteer Effort. Eugen served as the head of the Germany Caritas Association’s Volunteer Sector, which currently has a network of 60+ volunteer centers. Eugen is also the Chair of the international “BeSo” association (Begegnung und Solidarität e.V.), organizing full-time voluntary service overseas.

LUCILA BALLARINO is the Global Head of Telefónica’s Corporate Volunteering Program and also a member of IAVE Board of Directors, as one of two corporate representatives. Since 2009, Lucila has worked with Telefónica Foundation’s “Telefónica Volunteer” program, offering over 125,000 employees the opportunity to participate in different volunteering initiatives around the world.

Kylee Bates

KYLEE BATES is the World President for the International Association for Volunteer Effort. Kylee has extensive experience in the non-profit sector. She previously served as the State Director of Service Delivery for Mission Australia, one of Australia’s largest non-profit community services organizations, and was also the Deputy CEO of Volunteering Australia for over four years. She was also the General Manager at Jobactive for Advanced Personnel Management.

TANYA BELL is the Senior Manager of Citizenship Engagement Programs for RBC, with responsibility for strategy, developing and managing programs affecting almost 80,000 employees globally. Her encouragement of cross platform collaboration and understanding the business, socio-economic and community impacts, are identifying features of her experience to date.

GABRIELLA CIVICO is the Director of CEV (European Volunteer Centre). At CEV, Gabriella launched the Employee Volunteer European Network (EVEN) and The European Volunteering Capital Competition. She represents CEV in the European Economic and Social Committee Liaison group and is a member of Civil Society Europe Steering Committee. She was previously the project manager for the European Year of Volunteering Alliance.

KATHLEEN DENNIS is the Executive Director of IAVE, with overall responsibility for working in partnership with the board of directors to implement IAVE’s strategic plan while managing the secretariat team and working closely with the World President on outreach to external partners. In the past she also worked with Habitat for Humanity International and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

EYAD EL-KHOULY is the Head of Volunteering-Social Innovation at Siemens in Germany. Eyad has had a long history working with Siemens, starting off his career with Siemens through their Graduate Program in 2005. Since then, he has held multiple positions within the company, working in project procurement, business development, portfolio management, consultancy, and marketing. He was also a part of AIESEC, a global youth network impacting the world through leadership development experiences.

MICHAEL EVASON is Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs manager for IBM, covering around 30 highly varied markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. His major focus is on Corporate Volunteering, including all aspects of employee volunteering, community engagement and pro bono technology engagements with NGOs and government organizations across the region. Michael has worked in a number of leadership roles with IBM, including leading communications for UK and Ireland and managing IT analyst outreach programs across Europe.

LORRIE FOSTER is an independent consultant specializing in corporate-non-profit partnerships, strategic planning and transition leadership. She is currently the Facilitator for IAVE’s Research Working Group on Disaster Response and the Director of IAVE’s Global Corporate Volunteer Council. Prior to joining IAVE she was the Vice President of Councils at The Conference Board.

NAVA HINRICHS is the Managing Director of The Hague Process on Refugees and Migration (THP) in the Netherlands. THP seeks to affect policies and policy decision-making processes in the migration field through research collaborations and engagement with key stakeholders, particularly the private sector and cities. She is a regular guest lecturer on International Migration Law and Refugee Law in Maastricht University.

FLORIAN HOFFMANN is the founder and president of the DO School, an organization that empowers individuals and teams by teaching them ways to turn their ideas into action, create innovations and make an impact that benefits both themselves and the community. Florian regularly contributes to the public debate on new forms of learning and innovation and has been teaching the DO School method at a variety of universities worldwide.

VAHIDA HUZEJROVIC is the National Representative for IAVE in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 1992 she was forced to leave her hometown in Bosnia as a refugee. She obtained refugee status in Slovenia and in 2002 obtained a Slovene citizenship. Since her arrival in Slovenia, Vahida has been working in the civil society sector and in the field of humanitarian work and development cooperation not only in Slovenia but also globally in conflict or otherwise affected countries.

KAZUMI IKEDA-LARHED is the Chief of Partnerships and Communications Division at the UN Volunteers Program (UNV) Headquarters in Bonn, Germany. She is a member of UNV’s Strategic Management Team, which leads UNV’s priority setting, innovation and investment decisions. Her Division is responsible for partnership management, resource mobilization and corporate communications to promote volunteering for peace and development.

MICHAEL JANSEN is the head of the Volkswagen representative office in Berlin. He began his career as a research assistant in the Bundestag. He then worked as a consultant in the CDU / CSU parliamentary group and later headed the office of the CDU federal chairman, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel. From 2010 on, Mr. Jansen was Manager Governmental Affairs Deutsche Post DHL and from 2011 was Head of Corporate Representation of Deutsche Post DHL in Berlin.

SALAM KANAAN is the CARE Country Director in Jordan. She is a development and humanitarian professional with over 25 years of experience with international organizations, the UN, academic and research institutions in the Middle East. She has extensive knowledge of strategizing, implementing, coordinating and leading development and emergency programs. She is also a board member of several organizations in the Middle East including Defense for Children International – Palestine Section.

GABRIELE KOTULLA is the Vice President Group Corporate Responsibility at Deutsche Telekom. Gabriele ensures that the Group observes its responsibility towards employees, customers, investors and society. She is in charge of developing the Group-wide Corporate Responsibility (CR) strategy in three dimensions (ecological, economical and social) and manages CR that is consistent throughout all of Telekom locations worldwide.

PETER KUSTERER is the Corporate Citizenship & Corporate Affairs Manager at IBM Deutschland GmbH. He is responsible for developing and delivering on IBM’s Germany’s citizenship initiatives and programs, as part of the worldwide team of Citizenship Managers at IBM. Peter has a long history with IBM, working with the company since 1984, within various departments.

SUSANNE LANG is Founder and Executive Director of CCCD (Centrum für Corporate Citizenship Deutschland), an organization that brings together leading businesses, academic institutions and civil society organizations. CCCD is a platform for dialogue, a catalyst and host for corporate citizenship. Prior to founding the CCCD in 2005, she worked as an independent political consultant at the intersection of politics and academia, both in Germany and abroad.

HECTOR MUJICA is a Social Responsibility Program Manager at Google. He manages Googler volunteering and giving engagement for various regions of the United States and Latin America, as well as various other philanthropic initiatives and programs. Hector is the portfolio lead for disaster relief within the GooglersGive team, managing Googler disaster giving and volunteering via the GooglersGive Disaster Corps (GDC) program.

LEJLA SEHIC RELIC is the Executive Director and Founder of Volunteer Centre Osijek, an organization that strives to be an inspiration and support to volunteers and organizations in building an open and democratic society. She has many years of experience in the civil society sector. She has personal experience as a Bosnian refugee in Croatia, which has inspired her involvement with volunteering for refugee relief. She is also a board member of CEV, serving as the Vice President.

JESSICA SOMMER is the Director of Corporate Partnerships & Foundations at Save the Children Germany. Together with her team she focuses on building strategic alliances and partnerships with the private sector. In collaboration with Tchibo, Postbank, IKEA, C&A BASF and others, she develops high-value, industry-leading partnerships to transform children’s lives.

FRANZISKA STREIPERT is the Learning and Quality Manager at the Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg. She is responsible for leading the hotel-wide CSR program, Community Footprints. Community Footprints is Ritz-Carlton’s social and environmental responsibility program. It aligns The Ritz-Carlton around the issues that are important to the communities where they operate.

HANS-PETER TEUFERS is the Director of International Humanitarian Supply Chain for the UPS Foundation. He works with humanitarian partners of the Foundation in Europe to deliver critical services in humanitarian situations. The UPS Foundation cooperates with non-profit organizations, providing various resources and charitable donations for projects in different focus areas. He also works on capacity building projects in preparedness and resilience improvement.


The Forum was intended for corporate representatives actively managing employee volunteer programs or contemplating a program. Representatives from NGOs and humanitarian organizations that partner with or intend to partner with corporations to address the refugee challenge were also present.

List of attendees:

AmCham Germany
Büerger helfen büergern e.V.
C&A Foundation
Coca Cola
Croatia Volunteer Center
Deutsche Telekom
Emerging World
Freiwilligen-Zentrum Augsburg
Fundação EDP
German Bundestag

German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
Give Something Back to Berlin e.V.
Hague Process on Refugees and Migration
Sloven Philanthropy
Joblinge gAG Hanse
Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V.
Sachsen-Anhalt e.V.

RWE Group Business Service GmbH
Save the Children
Stichting Arnhem voor Vluchtelingen
TENT Foundation
The DO School
The Ritz-Carlton
United Nations Volunteers (UNV)
UPJ e.V.
Volkswagen Group
Volunteer Vision
Volunteering Australia