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Alliance Ambassador Program

Alliance Ambassadors 2016-2020The Ambassador Program was created to provide individuals working in or with the social service workforce opportunities to develop leadership skills, inform strategy and influence policy at the local, national and regional level in support of social service workforce strengthening efforts. Ambassadors reflected a range of geographic regions as well as stakeholder groups to play a leading role in growing awareness and interest in the work of the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance to plan, develop and support the social service workforce. 

We are thankful to UBS Optimus Foundation, GHR Foundation, USAID and Rockefeller Foundation for supporting this program from 2016 - 2020.

2018 - 2020 Ambassadors

Ambassadors served two-year term from September 2018 - 2020. The program began an in-person orientation in Uganda to review advocacy and outreach, increasing stakeholder support and develop plans of action toward strengthening the social service workforce regionally and globally. 

Dr. Erick Ater Onyango, Social Protection Specialist and Lecturer, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya

Ms. Nune Balyan, Executive Director, Child Protection Network, Armenia

Dr. Sanjai Bhatt, President, National Association of Professional Social Workers in India (NAPSWI), and Professor, Dept. of Social Work, University of Delhi, India

Ms. Camille Evans, Consultant, UNICEF and UN Women

Dr. Rosemarie Hunter, Dean, School of Leadership Studies, Gonzaga University, USA 

Ms. Lilly Elizabeth Gossman Montenegro, Catedrático universitario en Universidad Rafael Landívar, Guatemala 

Mr. Neckvilleus Kamwesigye, Sector Head, Case Management, World Education Inc./Bantwana, Uganda           

Dr. Malineo Matsela, Academic Programmes Manager, Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI), Lesotho and East/Central Africa           

Dr. Nkatha Murungi, Deputy Director, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Mr. Braima Sellu, Child Protection Advocacy and Gender Advisor, World Vision International, Sierra Leone


2016 - 2018 Alliance Ambassadors

The first cohort has completed their two-year term as an Ambassador, but remain committed to leading social service workforce strengthening efforts nationally, regionally and globally, and will support the new group of Ambassadors in their activities. Read about their successes.

Mr. Michael Byamukama, Uganda Country Representative, Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative, Uganda/East and Southern Africa region; and President, National Association of Social Workers Uganda

Ms. Jane Calder, Regional Advisor for Child Protection in Asia, Save the Children, Thailand/Asia region

Ms. Jennifer Kaberi, Founder, Mtoto News, Kenya 

Dr. Suresh Pathare, Professor and Director, Centre for Studies in Rural Development, Institute of Social Work and Research, India

Ms. Betsy Sherwood, ChildFund International

Mr. Tata Sudrajat, Director of Advocacy and Campaigns, Save the Children International, Indonesia/Southeast Asia region

Ms. Agnes Wasike, TPO Uganda Officer working as Coordinator of National Child Protection Working Group under Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Uganda