He served as Executive Secretary of Finance and Administration at the World Alliance, Geneva, from 1999-2007. Here he was centrally involved in the development of strategic direction of the World Alliance and the subsequent Global Operating Plan, was responsible for the Inter-Movement Support Services ( IMSS) and instrumental in the introduction of a new policy and management of the John R. Mott Fund as well as launching a serious Review of the World Movement Fair Share formula.
Carlos began his journey with the YMCA as a volunteer for the Togo YMCA to recruit new members as part of the revitalisation of the movement. He joined the staff of the Togo YMCA in 1987 as a Leadership Development Secretary, and worked his way up to Deputy General Secretary, in which position he served for five years, before working for the World Alliance.
He holds a first degree in Physics and Chemistry from Université du Bénin in Togo and a Masters in Sociology from Université Lyon Lumière II, France.
“In Africa, as YMCAs we need to shift our mindset from being everything to everybody and focus on what we can be the best at: empowering our young people to take charge of their future. Only then, can meaningful change happen.”
Her professional experience involves corporate public relations; editorship of Agenda Feminist Journal and various South African business and black business publications; media and dispute prevention at a parastatal labour organisation. She was schooled in journalism at technikon in South Africa.
She joined the South Africa YMCA as a volunteer after being contracted to handle the media management of the 16th World Council of YMCAs which was held in Durban, South Africa, in 2006. In February 2008, after two years as a volunteer, she joined the staff of the Africa Alliance.
Powered by a strong background in grants and financial management, Elizabeth is enthused to make her contribution to the empowerment of young people for the African Renaissance.
She later joined the staff of the national movement; her experience gained through participating in various youth forums and trainings at national and international level was fully invested into the organisation both in-country and internationally. After moving to other professional occupation, Evelyne remained a YMCA volunteer, and has been serving in the Senegal YMCA and Africa Alliance Executive committees since 2006.
Over the last ten years Evelyne has been involved with Save the Children in various capacities encompassing administration, communications and programme work. Currently working as a Programme Officer, Evelyne’s responsibilities include a wide spectrum of children’s rights i.e. right to education, civil society organizational development, rights-based planning and budgeting, HIV and AIDs, and gender-based violence.