President 2021 - 2023
Margaret Williamson

Margaret has served as Executive Director/CEO of Pro-Literacy Detroit since March 2001.  Pro-Literacy Detroit, founded 34 years ago, provides free literacy tutorial services for adults, using trained volunteer tutors. Pro-Literacy Detroit has assisted over 11,000 adult students and trained more than 9000 volunteer tutors. In the city of Detroit, an estimated 90,000 adults lack a high school diploma or GED, which makes the work of Pro-Literacy Detroit and those of other Literacy Centers so critical to ensuring that everyone is prepared to take advantage of the new opportunities that exist in Metro Detroit.

Williamson, a Rotarian, is Chair of LaunchDETROIT, created by Rotary District 6400 in 2012 to support and develop entrepreneurs and small businesses in under-resourced communities in the Detroit region by providing access to bu...

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RAGCED Treasurer
H Russell Ives

Russ is a third generation Rotarian, having joined in 1980.  He is the CEO of Rose Pest Solutions, a closely-held regional pest management company serving clients in six Midwest states in the USA.  He served as President of the National Pest Management Association in 2015-16.  In addition, he is currently President of CPS Insurance Company Ltd, a Bermuda based captive insurance company, a Director of United Methodist Retirement Communities, and Chair of the Administrative Council of the First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, Michigan.

Russ has twice served as President of the Rotary Club of Detroit (Club 16), and is currently Treasurer of the Detroit Rotary Foundation.  He also serves as the Treasurer of LaunchDETROIT Global, which supports local entrepreneurs in the ...

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Secretary RAGCED
Summer Lewis
Summer started her career in international development in 2004 thanks to a Rotary Volunteer Service grant that took her to Guatemala to work with a women’s textile cooperative. She went on to work in peacebuilding, economic and community development, and gender equity initiatives in various countries, and ultimately became a Rotary Peace Fellow, completing a Master in International Studies: Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2012. Summer co-founded True Roots International, a consulting organization providing international donors and nonprofits training and monitoring and evaluation services to better plan, implement, and measure project impact. She currently supports Rotary’s peace and development work, coordinating Rotary International’s strategic partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace. Originally from Manhattan, Kansas,...
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Education Director
Syed Ershad Ahmed
Ershad Ahmed Syed Ershad Ahmed MPHF joined Rotary in the year of 1986 as a charter member of the Rotary Club of Dhaka Cosmopolitan. His classification is Corporate Management. He served as the President of  Rotary Club of Dhaka Cosmopolitan  in the Year 1997-98. Under his leadership, his club was awarded as the Best Club in the district, and he became the Best President. He was also the chartered member of the Rotary club of Baridhara and served as the President of the club in 2011-12. Under his leadership, Club became the Best Club, and he became the best President. He served in many important roles in the districts. Assistant Governor 2009-10 (RID -3280), Lt. Governor 2014-15 (RID-3281), District Conference Chair (RID-3281) 2013-2014, Rotary Brand Ambassador 2015-16, and Governor’s Special Aide 2019-20. He attended several Rotary inte...
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Internal Strategic Alliances Director
Ulhas Vishwanath Kolhatkar
Child specialist,practising since last 30 yrs., Rotarian since 1986, Past Governor from R.I.D.3140, currently serving as Rotary coordinator for Rotary zones 4&6A. Had organised Microfinance conference at Mumbai for the first time in Dist. in 2007/08. Author of 27 books on various Rotary and NonRotary Topics.
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Public Image Director
Roberto Ribadeneira
I live in Ecuador and I am a former two term president of Club Rotario de Quito Norte. My last term was during the pandemic and that is where most of my work was done. I learned from the growth and gratitude that helping so many people brought. As a new member of RAGCED I am eager to learn and help as much as I can with a unique perspective, on one hand from a different generation and on another that comes from my experience living in a developing country. I own a few companies in different areas. I am in the import/export business of several products from Ecuador, fresh cut flowers, chocolate, coffee, manufactured food, and handmade products. I own a software company that focuses on inventory management and automatization. I manage CrediPorvenir a program developed with the Central Bank of Ecuador, that focus on helping woman and children with courses and studies in mic...
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Social Business Director
Howard Weinstein
I have over 25 years of for profit and non-profit experience. I have gone from driving a truck, to marketing a manager at Gillette and General Foods to becoming CEO of a large international plumbing construction business, to co-founding a very successful global NGO selling packaged healthcare goods. I have worked in Canada, USA, South Korea, New Zealand, Botswana, India, China and Brazil where I have finished a contract as a consultant in May 2016. I have raised funds from venture capital firms, Foundations and Development Banks. I have also written the fund raising strategy for may NGO's as well as was the keynote Speaker to UBS Global Family Foundation Congress in St Moritz and spoke to 150 of their wealthiest clients. I also teach leadership, part time, globally as part of Duke University and INSEAD University corporate Executive education program. I have been and am the Keynote sp...
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Global Programs Director
Guillaume BOURGOGNE started his career with managerial positions in large distribution groups, he is now CEO of a supermarket and real estate investment firm. Guillaume has been a Rotarian since 2016, having been prviously a Rotaractor for many years. Guillaume is involved in many projects, both financially and /or through monitoring / consulting to help them succeed in the face of complexity. To complete his experience, he took microfinance courses, and successfully completed a master's degree in management of innovation and complex projects in 2020. For several years Guillaume has been involved in microfinance and local economic development in developing countries, by supporting or participating in projects that impact the community and provide solutions to local problems. Guillaume has developed a pilot project in Uganda since 2020 which will lift around...
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Global Outreach Director
Cristina Calaguian

Cristina Calaguian is an international motivational speaker, social entrepreneurship advocate, activist, and private business owner.

Speaking both to corporate and public audiences on the subject of Personal and Professional Development – specific topics include Happiness at Work, Leadership, Career Management, Social Engagement & Entrepreneurship, and Financial Literacy. In addition to participating as a keynote speaker and panelist at frequent business events.

Advocating and facilitating personal and corporate involvement in Social Entrepreneurship and support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through leadership roles in non-profit organizations including

President (2020-2021) Rotary Club of Manila 101

President and Member of the Board of Trustees of the...

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Global Grants & TRF Director
Fabio Carballo
PDG Fabio Carballo is Founding Vice President of the Rotarian Action Group for Microcredit. He is a member of the Club Rotario San Jose Noreste, Costa Rica and a Past District 4240 Governor. Fabio has been involved in organizing the annual Uniendo America Project Fairs for many years, where he has made numerous presentations. A lawyer by profession, Fabio is also an active sportsman, including fencing and scuba diving
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Conferences & Volunteers Director
Mary Coward
Mary Coward has been a Rotarian in District 5020 for over five years. She has been active in World Community Service and attended four Uniendo America Project Fairs in Central America. Mary spearheaded four Matching Grant projects three of them for microcredit projects in Costa Rica and Guatemala. Mary also led a team that organized microcredit conferences in 2008 and 2011 in Victoria, British Columbia. RAGM had a strong presence at both conferences, which were successful in building a network of microcredit practitioners and supporters in the area. Mary is retired. Her professional life was primarily with provincial governments in Western Canada, in economic development and energy. Mary also has international training and consulting experience in oil and gas regulation and the environment. She has a B.A. in Geography from University of Toronto and an MBA from University of Alberta.
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Immediate Past President
Nick Frankle
Nick Frankle joined the Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise in 2002. He was club president in Rotary Year 2006-07. During that year, the club was selected the best medium club in District 5240 and the best large service organization in his home community of Thousand Oaks, California USA. In Rotary Year 2016-17, Nick served as District Governor of District 5240 - Central California Coast , USA.. He previously served as District Membership Chair, International Service Chair, Assistant Governor and Chief Operating Officer. He has worked on membership initiatives at the Zone and is currently a member of the Zone 26-27 Education Week team engaged in training future District Governors. Nick is a Major Donor, Benefactor, member of the Bequest Society and of the Paul Harris Society. He is a graduate of the District 5240 PRLS and Master PRLS leadership training programs. For ...
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Research & Training Information Director
Khalid Hasan
Dr. Khalid Hasan is the Chief Operating Officer of ResInt Canada, an international research company. He is passionate about microfinance and poverty alleviation. Worked in research projects for Grameen and Brac. He is in the Executive Committee of Toronto International Microfinance Summit (TIMS). He is a senior project management and research expert of 25+ years of a unique blend of experiences spanning social and community development, media and market research, impact evaluations and business focusing North America and emerging markets in Asia. He worked as Senior Advisor South Asia for Nielsen and also led Business Process Improvement unit at Nielsen Canada. He is an experienced Six Sigma Black Belt, capable of solving problems using tools and methods of Business Process Improvement. To his credit, there are two books on marketing: Strategic Marketing Management in Asia, co-authore...
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Interim Funds Development Director
Irene Makar

Irene C. Makar, BEd., MEd., MSc., MPhil bio-sketch  Innovation Management Advisor – self employed Achievements and influences Irene Makar has 25+ years of experience in executive roles in multiple sectors, as well as start-up ownership, investment, and commercialization from product concept to scale-up and to market.   Her work in business, academia, and consulting spans several sectors across Canada and Internationally that includes expert advisory roles to the European Commission, ISO, and Canada’s Prime Minister's office.   Alongside earning a living, her life-long goal was to accomplish a research-degree every ten years – currently holding 4 degrees, two in "science and technology and innovation" policy (STI). For the most part, Irene has been brought into organizations ...

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Funds Development Director
Kudzai Angeline Nyengerai
I am an author and agronomist who is passionate about fighting discrimination as well as hunger and malnutrition. I direct the African Chapter of the Rotarian Fellowship of Corporate Social Responsibility, and under this banner founded the social enterprise  Sevana, an anti discrimination project which uses art work  (including the book I authored) as an anti discrimination tool, and the proceeds of art work to to fight hunger and malnutrition with a focus on the victims of discrimination. More detail can be found at I am am employed by Welthungerhilfe as the head of project for the UNDP funded Zimbabwe Resilience Fund. This is a USD 10 million project  which focuses on resilience building in rural food systems.
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Strategic Partnerships Director
Carl Walter Treleaven
Carl Treleaven has been a Rotarian since 1991, first as a member of the Crescent Rotary Club in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA, and since 2006 as a member of the Rotary Club of St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.  He served as District Governor of District 6950 in 2011-12, as District Rotary Foundation Future Vision Chair in 2012-13, District Rotary Foundation Chair for 2013-16, and as Zone 34 Endowment/Major Gifts Advisor during 2015-18.  He and his wife, Lina, have participated in multiple polio immunization efforts in India, Nigeria, and Pakistan.  He presently serves on the Governance Committee of RAGCED. He is Chairman of EM Labels, a specialty label printing company, and also heads Westlake Ventures, which invests in seedand other early stage companies. Carl is also Chairman of Smile Asia, a federation of cleft lip and palate charities in Asia, as well as its USA aff...
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Liason To Rotary International
Valarie Kay Wafer

Valarie Wafer joined Rotary in 2005 in order to fuel her passion for making an impact that matters. Valarie was District Governor of RI district 7070 covering the Greater Toronto Area in 2013/14. Now residing in Thornbury, her home club is the Rotary Club of Collingwood South Georgian Bay, RI district 7010. 

Valarie’s journey as a Rotarian has involved a number of international roles. She is an International Trainer, a member of the Host Organizing Committee for the Toronto 2018 Rotary International Con...

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