Our Active Team

Our diverse team is composed by  people at our headquarters, by regional staff that work at the community level and at academic institutions, and by external collaborating specialists and development experts. Some of our colleagues are located in different parts of the world to cover different communities’ needs (read more here). The general operations management is conducted at our headquarters in Vienna, Austria, where a truly multinational and multidisciplinary colleagues team is based. The majority of our motivated colleagues are local residents of their communities, and thus are able to sustainably and effectively assist these communities establish and conduct their own development practices. Below you will find some  of our active Team Member in Vienna, Austria.

Department of Operation and Management

Mrs. Claudia Alvarez

Claudia Alvarez is originally from Colombia and is also a French citizen. She holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s in Agribusiness Administration. She moved to Vienna in August 2017 after living 5 years in India.
A strong interest in community development and serving disadvantaged groups has inspired her to successfully work with diverse internationally based and Colombian organizations. Among others, she worked for a Non-Profit Organization based in Washington D.C. that provides medical assistance and offers educational and labor reintegration programs for seriously disabled Colombian victims of the internal war. Her interest in helping unprivileged communities broadened after taking a MOOC on Financing for Development and now she would like to collaborate with KFDWB. She has expertise in spearheading campaigns, developing projects and managing teams. She is fluent in English, French, and Spanish. Claudia is currently working on research and develop a database of organizations that share missions similar to KFDWB’s and can support or fund the organization. Click here to view the project proposal.

Department of Operation and Management

Ms. Isabella Jaffe

Isabella  has been involved with KFDWB since February 2018. Isabella is a native Californian and worked as a Recruiting Coordinator and Vendor Manager in San Francisco until moving to Vienna in the summer of 2017  for study. She received a BA in International Relations and German from California State University, Chico. While attending college, Isabella developed a strong sense of devotion to international development, particularly international education. This was a source of motivation for joining KFDWB , which she feels offers invaluable knowledge and skills for development  opportunities for poor  people all over the world. Isabella is currently working on the project “Combatting Violence and Extremism”. Isabella also hopes to develop a stronger social media presence for the organization. Click here to view the project proposal.

 Department of Operation and Management

Mr. Jamie Bergin

Jamie has worked as an intern with KFDWB since October 2017. He comes from Ireland originally and currently studies for a Masters of Advanced International Studies at Diplomatische Akademie Wien. Prior to joining KFDWB he completed an internship at the United Nations Offices for Drugs and Crime where he, among other things, contributed to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda. This was a source of motivation for joining KFDWB, which he feels offers pragmatic and creative solutions for the achievement of the SDGs. He has worked on a project titled “Putting the SDGs into practice” (click on here to download or view the project concept note); in this project he is preparing video materials which link the work KFDWB to the substantive content of the SDGs, while at the same time encouraging young people in the developing world to develop the requisite skills and knowledge for the achievement of the SDGs. The result of the project will be shared on KFDWB Open Community platform (click here for more details) and across various SDGs media channel. The outcome of the project can be found here.

Jamie is currently working on the project “Combatting Irregular Migration” click on here to view the short proposal of the project. The outcome of the project can be viewed and downloaded here.

Mitigation irregular migration

KFDWB Regional Academy Proposal