Silbi Stainton, Founder
Silbi Stainton is Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows.  She previously served as President of Peace of the Action and Execute Director of Marshall Direct Fund.  Silbi is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where she earned a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy focusing on International Security Studies and International Negotiation and Conflict Management. She cross-enrolled at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where she studied non-state threats to international security and leadership. Her thesis, which began prior to 9/11, focused on the U.S. management of the war on terror. She also holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado where she majored in International Affairs and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude in 1998, also focusing on counter-terrorism.  Silbi is the proud mother of two active children and enjoys international and local adventures with her family including meeting people in foreign lands. camping, mountaineering, reading, and practicing yoga.

Danielle Givens, US Team Executive Director

Danielle brings more than ten years experience in International Development to Marshall Direct Fund; including extensive fieldwork in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Eastern Europe. She began her international career in Peace Corps Romania as an Institution Development volunteer, assisting Caritas Petrosani and a national Gender and Development Committee. Upon returning from Romania, Danielle worked with Episcopal Relief & Development for six years where she provided technical oversight to all aspects of integrated development programming (livelihoods, health, gender equity and GBV, and disaster relief and recovery) in over 11 countries. Most recently she was the International Program Director with the JC Flowers Foundation where she worked closely with implementing partners in malaria control and elimination on the borders of Angola/Namibia and Zambia/Zimbabwe. Danielle holds a Master degree in International Development from the University of Denver.

Farida Ahmad, Pakistan Team CEO 
Farida is an education and development expert with over thirty years of experience in education, teacher training, curriculum development, evaluation, school management and administration. Previously, as Director Programs at Value Resources (Pvt.) Limited she led training programs for CBOs and community mobilizers focusing on social mobilization skills. Other projects have included carrying out evaluation and assessment of innovative education projects focusing on quality education and improved access. She has held senior management positions at Westminster School and College and The Capital School. Miss Farida has set up and managed free schools, through which she has gained familiarity with the local development realities, how to recognize/act on priorities, and develop methods for relevant, responsive, and successful projects. Farida has designed and implemented various education projects including professional development programs for teachers, mentor projects, language development programs, Teacher Training Workshops, and needs-based and research-backed trainings. Farida has also been engaged with various initiatives focused on women’s empowerment, livelihoods, and skills development. A graduate of Lahore College of Women University, Farida is also a certified trainer from Oxford Seminars, USA.

Teachers & staff in Pakistan: MDF works with 12 teachers and several other staff. We keep their names and associated photos off our website intentionally for security purposes

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