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LINGOs Board

Eric Berg, Executive Director, LINGOs
Marie-Laure Curie, Manager, Learning and Performance, PSI
Chris Hedrick
Alfredo Leone, Managing Director, QuickLessons

Joan Parker, President & CEO, Counterpart International
Christopher Pirie, General Manager of Microsoft Sales, Marketing & Services Group Readiness
Todd Slater, Technology Learning Center Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
Alison Smith, Executive Director, InsideNGO
Bruce Wilkinson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Medical Missions Board

Eric Berg, Executive Director

Eric BergLINGOs represents Eric's third career. He began in social work and remedial education with the NJ Department of Community Affairs and the YMCA. He worked in the Street Academy Program in Harlem and Newark and with rural youth in Maine. He then took a turn to "the dark side" and began a 25 year career in the private sector which began with the founding of a training and development firm that was recognized as an INC 500 company. After selling that company, Eric became an officer and Group VP for a NYSE company. The attraction of high tech and the West Coast brought a move to Seattle where he became a principal and CEO of a software and computer interface company which was eventually sold to a division of General Electric.

After a brief break to travel, he then began his third career initially by volunteering in the non-profit sector with Social Venture Partners, The Rensselaerville Institute and Mercy Corps and eventually as the first Executive Director of LINGOs. On the personal side, he is married with two grown children and three grandchildren and he competes in Senior Tennis Tournaments – though generally unsuccessfully.



Marie-Laure Curie, Manager, Learning and Performance at PSI

ML CurieMarie-Laure (ML) has worked in the field of international development for 15 years.  She first started at the World Bank Institute, organizing training events on reproductive health and infrastructure finance for World Bank stakeholders. She then joined PSI as a program manager in 2000. Over the 10 years she spent at PSI, she managed programs in Uganda, Madagascar, Senegal, Morocco, Russia, Georgia, Romania, Nicaragua, Benin, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Burundi and Haiti. She then took the responsibility of running the newly-created central training department and is now serving as Manager for PSI's Global Capacity Building Department. ML is comfortable working in English, French and Spanish. She also would love to practice her Japanese more often in order not to forget it (her first job which she had for 5 years, was with the Japan External Trade Organization). She holds a French business degree which is equivalent to an MBA and a degree in statistics. She lives in Washington, DC and has two young kids.


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Alfredo Leone, Co-founder and Partner of Nexus Global Partners; Managing Director, QuickLessons

Alfredo is cofounder and partner of Nexus Global Partners, a boutique cross-border advisory firm focused on international expansion of technology companies. At Nexus, Alfredo manages strategic development of the company and is responsible for ICT related projects with focus on North and Latin America. Nexus is active in all continents with a network of local partners and associates that Alfredo was personally instrumental in identifying and establishing.

As part of the activities that Nexus manages directly related to eLearning, Alfredo is Managing Director of QuickLessons LLC which is a Joint Venture with the leading Brazilian Corporate Training company Affero. In this role, Alfredo manages all activities aimed at growing an international market presence for an innovative software as a service content development platform for both B2B and B2C as well as represents Affero in other international partnership opportunities. Keeping in line with Alfredo's interest for eLearning, he is also Managing Director for EMEA and Latin America for IntraLearn Software Corporation responsible to manage international sales channels for this pioneer LMS company.

Alfredo holds a BS and an MS with honors in Electrical Engineering from Boston University. He is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and fully conversational in Portuguese. Traveling is the most enjoyable activity for Alfredo. As any good Italian, he is also very fond of soccer, food and a nice glass of wine!


 Joan Parker, President & CEO, Counterpart International

Joan Parker Joan has been at the helm of Counterpart International since 2010. With her colleagues, she works to develop a global network of community leaders, building on Counterpart's 10,000 community partnerships over almost 50 years, with special emphasis on women and youth leaders. Joan began her career as an agricultural economist in Africa, highlighting the sector’s importance to national income, employment and economic stability. She’s worked with the Kenya Rural Enterprise Porgramme, working at the inception of the microfinance movement, and spent 15 years with Development Alternatives, Inc. Over her career, she’s worked in the private sector as well as the development sector in programmatic and executive roles.




Christopher Pirie, General Manager of Microsoft Sales, Marketing & Services Group Readiness

Christopher PirieChristopher Pirie serves as General Manager of Microsoft's Sales, Marketing and Services Group Readiness (SMSG-R) organization, delivering field readiness and training for 42,000 field employees worldwide. Through Chris' leadership, the SMSG-Readiness team delivers 190,000 days of conference, classroom, online and virtual training each year, and manages over 2.4 million hours of social and online learning for Microsoft Consultants, Sales, and Marketing professionals. After joining Microsoft in 2004 as Senior Director of Learning Product Development, he later served as General Manager for Microsoft Learning where he led the worldwide effort to drive deep customer engagement and to build personal, organizational and regional capability through technology learning and technical certification. Prior to Microsoft, Chris worked at Oracle Corporation as VP of eLearning, and at a division of Lloyds Bank in his native UK. He has a passion for technology and education and building capacity at scale through learning technologies.

Chris also served as the 2012 Chair of the Board of Directors for ASTD (American Society for Training & Development) -- the world's largest association dedicated to workplace learning and development professionals, and a LINGOs Partner.


Todd Slater, Technology Learning Center Program Directory, The Nature Conservancy

Todd SlaterTodd has been in the instructional technology field for over 25 years. Currently, as the Program Director for The Nature Conservancy’s global eLearning program he is responsible for setting the strategic eLearning direction for the world’s largest conservation organization. His team regularly trains over 12,000 learners across the globe in multiple languages.

Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Todd led a creative team for a large financial services organization in St. Petersburg Florida. During his tenure, he implemented new technology approaches to learning, for which his team won numerous national awards.



Alison Smith, Chair of LINGOs Board of Directors, Executive Director and Founder of, InsideNGO

Alison has taken InsideNGO from a volunteer support group for operations professionals to a respected and well known training, resource sharing, advocacy and networking organization with a focus on Human Resources, Finance, Grants, Contracts, Legal and Tech issues within the international relief and development sector.

Prior to InsideNGO, Alison served as CFO and Director of Training at PACT. While CFO at PACT, Alison helped found the Association of PVO Financial Managers and of The Personnel Co-op. Prior to PACT, Alison served as Events Coordinator,  CFO and Acting Executive Director at Oxfam-America.

Alison serves on the Board of Directors of InterAction, ASAE's Content Action Committee, and Independent Sector Advisory Group on Nonprofit Effectiveness. She and her husband live in Westport, CT.


Bruce Wilkinson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Medical Missions Board

Bruce WilkinsonBruce joined Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) as its President and Chief Executive Officer on June 1, 2012. In this position, he brings to CMMB over 35 years of global experience in development, more than 20 of which have been focused on public health.

Wilkinson’s entire career, beginning with a stint in Ghana as a Peace Corps volunteer and continuing as an executive with World Vision International, has been dedicated the alleviation of poverty in the developing world. He has acquired a depth of expertise in virtually all areas of work that form CMMB’s focus. Wilkinson has long been a trusted advisor and advocate on public policy issues that support the provision of aid to the developing world.

He holds a BA in Economic/Business from Gordon College in Massachusetts. He has attended both the University of Texas and the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and received an MBA in International Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, England. He and his wife, Linda, have five children.


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