CID Global Team
Change Interventions for Development has international partners that form the CID Global Team. Their expertise in training and development work around the world creates opportunities for introducing change and building capacity for strategic communication, client engagement, conflict management and mediation in the private sector, academia, civil society and government.
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Caby Verzosa is an international development professional with extensive experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of change interventions in developing countries worldwide. Her work on change interventions in various sectors integrated field-based technical assistance, learning and knowledge – sharing systems. Core competencies include: Conflict Management, Multi-Stakeholder Engagement, Coalition Building, Social Marketing, Strategic Communication, eLearning and Online Games.
Her extensive work in international development at the global, regional and national levels includes programs at the World Bank Group; at the Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC; at the Asia Regional Office of the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health; and at Kabalikat, Manila, Philippines.
Her work at CID includes the development of a new regional learning program ‘Mobilizing Multi-Stakeholder Action for Reform’ for the Asian Development Bank delivered yearly at ADB headquarters since 2014. This course was adapted to address Nepal’s leadership challenges following the massive earthquake and delivered in Kathmandu in 2015. She co-produced an online performance support tool for workshop participants. She also co-facilitated a classroom demonstration of the learning program ‘Negotiating Strategic Change’ at the 29th Annual Conference of the International Association of Conflict Management held at Columbia University, New York City, June 26-29, 2016. In 2017, she developed and co-facilitated a workshop on reputation risk management for 35 communication officials of a multi-lateral institution based in some 20 African countries. She also designed and co-facilitated a ten-month leadership development program for 40 leaders from the private sector, academia, civil society and government in 22 countries.
Caby Verzosa has a PhD in Intercultural Communication and Conflict Management from the University of Maryland at College Park (USA), a Master of Public Administration from the University of the Philippines, and a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting from the University of the Philippines.
Benedicto Bacani (Bachelor of Laws, Fellow in Conflict Management and Mediation, Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs) is founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Autonomy and Governance in Cotabato City, Mindanao, Philippines, which specialises among others, in the conduct of political dialogues to address societal divides. He received his training in mediation and conflict resolution from the University of Minnesota as a Hubert Humphrey Fellow. Since 2001, he has facilitated countless workshops to build consensus between and among conflicting interest groups on constitution, law-making and public policies to attain sustainable peace and development. He is a lawyer and a law Dean who built a reputation for independence making him an effective interlocutor and facilitator in negotiations.
Mark Baril (MS Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies) is an internationally certified team performance coach with a MA in Mediation and is a contract Ombudsman. He focuses on helping teams be great at communications around conflict.
Mark engages with large and small businesses, governments, unions, schools, not- for- profit organizations, startups and NGOs. Recent clients include: Keurig, Grounds for Health, Fair Trade USA, California, USA Counties and Agencies, United Way, Environmental Charter Schools, Mediators Beyond Borders International, plus dozens of public and privately held organizations. Common issues for Mark and his clients include; racism, women’s empowerment issues, slavery, violence, mergers & acquisitions, health and environment, farmers and fair trade, and most human resource related issues. His work currently takes him all over the United States and to parts of Europe. Technical tools support his organization training and change work with actionable data. Mark has developed programs and delivered training in several areas including: mediation for court mediators, emotional intelligence for government leaders, conflict triggers for team coaches, and normalizing conflict in teams for executive level leaders.
Anna M. Fader (J.D. and LLM Masters of International Trade) is an internationally trained attorney specializing in International Trade and Government Affairs. Having lived and worked in several countries outside of the United States, Australia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan, she has a unique perspective and ability to problem solve across various languages, legal systems, cultures, and customs.
A master level mediator, she was one of ten Mediators selected globally to participate in a forum at the Berghof Center, Berlin, Germany on international and cross-cultural mediation. She was a Fellow with the United States Department of State, Department of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs advising on regional, bilateral and global agricultural biotechnology trade development issues in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.
Thomas Fiutak, (Ed.D). is currently Senior Fellow in the Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He has taught Conflict Management, and Mediation Systems in the Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and initiated and directed the Conflict and Change Center which coordinated research in the areas of negotiation, mediation models, and conflict management systems. His specific focus has been on organizational and conflict cultures and their effect on the negotiation arenas they create. Since 1985 as Fellow at the Salzburg Seminar (Austria) on Dispute Resolution, he has provided negotiation training for policy makers, government officials, educators, judges, private sector negotiators, leaders of non-government organizations, and financial officers in North America, as well as 15 other countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa. A founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders, International, he co-leads the Climate Change Project and has observer status with the United Nations Convention on Climate Change.
Fatiha Osmani (MA Development Economics, Higher Education Degree in Farming Development) is a professional mediator who has worked in different organizations for 25 years involving the French government as well as local governments and associations. She has focused on sustainable development and established programs using a participatory approach, bringing together all stakeholders and setting up specific training. With her professional and personal life set in different kinds of socio-cultural environments, her experience has led her to focus on the quality of relationships as a key element of successful projects. She is committed to enhancing her skills in communication and mediation. As a member of Mediators Beyond Borders International, Climate Change Team, she pursues her passion for sustainable development and mediation in an international context. She has lived and worked in France as well as in Egypt (Cairo and Alexandria), Syria (Aleppo), Reunion Island and Mali.
Natalie Simmonet is a leading specialist in professional mediation as well as managing director in a school that trains professional mediators. She started as a lawyer dedicated to contractual negotiations as a way to prevent conflicts in organizations and a learning tool to constructive business relationships in the commercial world. Her deep interest in communication, human relationships and peace building process led her to actively contribute to conflict resolution and become a professional mediator in conventional and judicial settings. Since then, she continuously transmits her experience and knowledge as a trainer in mediation, negotiation and communication. She has lived and worked in France, United Kingdom, and Switzerland. She has also worked in Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Malta, Israel, as well as San Francisco and Atlanta in the United States.
Manuel J De Vera (Master in Public Administration, Harvard; currently completing his PhD in Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex) teaches at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). He has extensive experience in the area of negotiations for multi-stakeholder engagement having taught this discipline to executives in both the private and public sectors in the Philippines, India, Timor Leste, Malaysia, Lao PDR, Vietnam and Myanmar. In 2014, he was appointed as Executive Director of AIM’s TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership-- a research center developing a leadership approach on stakeholder engagement and mobilization for social change that has been introduced in the conflict-affected areas of Mindanao.