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Our Team

DOROTHY DOUGLAS TAFT :: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dorothy has 30+ years’ experience engaged in US and international policy to advance human rights protection, democratic governance and civil society program development, as well as issues related to trauma healing.  She has worked in the United States Congress, the US Agency for International Development, and the nonprofit sphere. Representing the US Government and Members of Congress, she has defended the human rights and dignity of men and women in virtually every continent around the globe, with particular focus on violence against women and children, torture of political and religious prisoners, accessibility for those with disabilities, and the crime of human trafficking. Her commitments have taken her to more than 60 countries. Dorothy serves as a lay counselor and family mediator. She and her husband James live in Alexandria, Virginia.

JAMES DIRKSEN :: FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS CREATION

James has over 20 years’ experience bringing products and services to the global market. He began his career as a consultant working at Northrup Grumman and PricewaterhouseCoopers. In 1997 he began working in the computer and network security industry and has started, grown, and sold companies and technology to companies including Microsoft, Symantec, Telefonica, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Citrix, and Cisco. James has founded two non-profit organizations that operate around the world. He serves on the Board of Directors of Serge and is Chairman of the Board of The Elisha Foundation that serves families with children with physical and mental disabilities. James has a degree in biology and chemistry from Point Loma University. He lives with his wife Dana and six children near Portland, Oregon.

RICK BAKER :: DIRECTOR OF EXPANSION, NGUVU IN UGANDA

Rick Baker is a creative problem solver with a background in community development, outdoor leadership, and small business creation. He is passionate about entrepreneurship that uses technology appropriate to the local economy and creates transformative economic opportunities for those in poverty. Offering jobs that enable men and women to thrive brings Rick great pleasure. Born in the USA, Rick is a life-long learner. His work experiences have included commercial fishing, dairy, poultry and cash crop farming, homewares design, and mentoring of at-risk youth. He has called Uganda “home” since 2012.

KONDAIAH MALAVATHU :: PROJECT MANAGER

Kondaiah has 9 years’ experience in program development for nonprofit and service-oriented organizations. An advocate for underrepresented and disadvantaged groups in India, he mobilized students to effect reforms that increased opportunity and lessened discrimination. He is passionate about creating new avenues for those who face discrimination and barriers to personal and professional growth. He worked for Lead India Olympiad and Lead Foundation, both dedicated to better education through character development, leadership training, and providing lay counseling. Kondaiah has a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics & Communications Engineering (JNTU), MA in Philosophy (University of Hyderabad), and Masters in Religious Studies (Reformed Theological Seminary). He and his wife live in Fairfax, Virginia.