Board of Directors of the Humanitarian Coalition

The Board of Directors is made up of the respective CEO or Executive Director of the seven member agencies.

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Karin Achtelstetter CEO of Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR)

Canadian Lutheran World Relief - Karin Achtelstetter

Karin Achtelstetter is the Executive Director of Canadian Lutheran World Relief. She is an ordained Lutheran minister. Through her years of executive leadership, she has firsthand experience working with churches, grassroots communities and project partners around the world. Karin served two terms (2010-2018) as general secretary of World Association of Christian Communication in Toronto, Ontario. She also worked for 17 years in Geneva, Switzerland where she held executive positions in the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation. Karin is the Treasurer and an Executive Committee member of the Canadian board of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, Toronto 2018. She holds a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Kent (England), a Master of Theology from Friedrich Alexander University (Germany) and has been granted an honorary Doctor of Divinity from the Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology (India). She also holds a certificate in Humanitarian International Strategy from Fordham University (USA). Karin is fluent in English, French, German and Spanish.



Gillian Barth CEO of Care Canada

CARE Canada - Gillian Barth

Gillian Barth is the president and CEO of CARE Canada. She has more than 30 years experience in the field of global development and relief, specializing in program and human resources. Since joining CARE in 1991 as a manager of the Latin America program, Gillian has served in progressively senior management positions in a wide range of programs, including water, health and environment, resource development, monitoring, human resources and external relations. Earlier in her career, she worked with Global Development Group, Canadian University Services Overseas and World University Service of Canada in positions relating to long-term development programming and human resource applications, both in Canada and internationally. Gillian holds a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations. She has volunteered on several NGO boards and has travelled to 52 countries on six continents. In 2013, she was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in international development.



Zaid Al-Rawni - CEO of Islamic Relief Canada (IRC)

Islamic Relief Canada - Zaid Al-Rawni

Zaid Al-Rawni is the CEO of Islamic Relief Canada. He has worked in the humanitarian sector since 2002. He has worked in several emergencies context including in Darfur, Gaza, Haiti and the Philippines. He graduated with a communications degree and followed that up with an MSc in International Development Management, he is currently completing his MBA.






Julie Delahanty - Oxfam Canada

Oxfam Canada - Julie Delahanty

Julie Delahanty is a leader on gender equality and human rights with more than 20 years of international development experience. She has led an accomplished career at the Government level, working with both the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and formerly, the Canadian International Development Agency with work focused on human rights and gender equality.  She has also worked as an independent consultant for Oxfam International, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the UK’s Department for International Development, and Health Canada. A published author, Julie has written extensively on issues of gender and employment, genes, garments and globalization. She began her career at the North South Institute and served on the boards of organizations such as USC Canada and Women’s Health Interaction. A committed feminist, she is very well connected with the Canadian women’s movement. Julie has lived and represented Canada in a number of countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and has built solid relationships with leaders in development theory and practice. She has extensive experience in managing complex issues, delicate relationships and people from diverse backgrounds. She works in English, French and Spanish.



Denise Byrnes, CEO of Oxfam-Québec

Oxfam Quebec- Denise Byrnes

Denise Byrnes is Executive Director of Oxfam-Québec and CLUB 2/3.Denise joined Oxfam-Quebec as Senior Director of International Programs in 2011. A seasoned manager, Ms. Byrnes has extensive experience in the international NGO sector. For over 20 years, she has been developing and implementing programs, both in Canada and in the field, in countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Ms. Byrnes has previously occupied the positions of Executive Director for SUCO, Regional Director for Ovarian Cancer Canada, Team Leader for Africa for Development and Peace, Programme officer for CUSO and Programme Coordinator for Canada World Youth.





Caroline Risoboro CEO of Plan Canada

Plan International Canada - Caroline Riseboro

Caroline Riseboro is the president and CEO of Plan International Canada. Prior to joining Plan in March 2016, Caroline was the Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Development at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation. She has also held several senior executive roles in the international development sector, including Senior Vice-President at World Vision Canada where she oversaw its advocacy both nationally and globally — as the first and youngest woman in the agency’s history to serve in this senior role.
Her volunteer leadership positions span across numerous boards and task forces including Imagine Canada, the Association of Fundraising Professionals GTA chapter, and the Canadian Marketing Association’s Not-For-Profit Council. She has been credited as an innovator and champion of ground-breaking and award-winning campaigns that have engaged Canadians in new ways on some of the world’s toughest issues.



Bill Chambers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Save the Children Canada

Save the Children - Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers is the President and CEO of Save the Children Canada. He first became involved with Save the Children Canada as a member of the Board of Directors from 2003 to 2011, serving as Board Chair from 2005 to 2009. Previously, he was Principal at W.B. Chambers Consulting, which focused on strategy, governance and leadership consulting for non-governmental organisations, including consulting on Save the Children Canada’s brand strategy.

He has also sat on the boards of many NGOs including UNICEF Canada, the Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, Pollution Probe, and Toronto Dance Theatre. From 2003 to 2015, Mr. Chambers held various roles on the Senior Executive Team of CBC/Radio-Canada, most recently as VP of Strategy and Public Affairs. Prior to CBC/Radio-Canada he worked as a corporate executive, ran a research business and served in government, including as Chief of Staff to the then Foreign Minister, The Right Honourable Joe Clark.