- Meet the Team -
Ricardo Leiman (Chairman)
Chairman of Tag, Ricardo is a partner of BTG Pactual, based in London.
Previously, he was COO, then CEO of Noble Group, and COO of Louis Dreyfus Agricultural Commodities. He has an economics degree from Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP) and MBA from Nyenrode University in Holland and University of Rochester, USA. He is a member of the executive advisory committee of the Simon School of Business, University of Rochester.
Rabbi Dr Yossi Ives (Chief Executive)
Yossi is the founder and CEO (formerly chairman) of Tag International Development and of Tag Institute for Social Development (www.taginstitute.org), a think tank and research centre that addressed pressing social challenges. Yossi is also an expert on singles and relationships and is the author of 5 books on Jewish values and on coaching psychology.
Philip Caplan (Treasurer)
Philip is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Manager. He trained in a large city practice in London and has for the last 25 years plus been a partner in general practice advising individuals, corporations and non-profit organisations in relation to compliance issues and business development. Additionally, over the last 20 years has been a Chair and Trustee of a number of charities.
Yosef Y Metal
Yosef Metal is the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer at Bowery Investment Management, LLC. Yosef previously was a Controller at Longacre Fund Management, LLC and an Assistant Controller at Sandelman Partners. Previously, Yosef was a Senior Accountant at RSM McGladrey. Yosef graduated from Touro College with a B.S. in Accounting and is a New York State licensed CPA. Yosef is co-founder of the Brecker Metal Foundation and sits of the board of Tag USA.
Anne is an accomplished business leader with a record of achievement on a global scale. She is experienced at board level across multiple industries, including financial Services, manufacturing, retail, transport, energy, automotive, pharmaceuticals and media. Anne is currently co-owner of several technology-related companies. She is a member of numerous prestigious organisations, including fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
Rachel Ellison MBE
Rachel is a highly regarded executive coach with clients in leading business and government organisations. She is an expert in women’s self-empowerment, emerging post conflict economies and development aid, with fifteen years’ experience in Asia and Africa as an international project director and news correspondent for the BBC. She was awarded an MBE for ‘the promotion of human rights and the self-empowerment of women in Afghanistan’.
After a senior management career in manufacturing and the IT services industry, Chris is now a consultant and interim manager working in the charity sector, specialising in business transformation and the business application of IT. He previously worked in a voluntary capacity for Business in the Community and is currently also a trustee of Transform Housing and Support, based in Surrey, UK.
Dr. Michal Dishi-Galitzky is an Obstetrics specialist. She has extensive experience of both research and practice in Israel and the USA. She specializes in victims of gender-based violence as well as at-risk births. In Tag, she is Strategic Programming Advisor in the area of Maternal and Reproductive Health and a board member of Tag USA.
Richard has some 20 years of experience dealing with Asian markets. He works in Asian Equities at a Japanese bank in London and is a fluent Mandarin speaker, having lived in Greater China for 10 years. He has served on Wizo’s young professional charity committee.
Inbal is the founder and economic policy consultant at RPC. Prior to this post Inbal worked as a senior economist at the Institute of Directors and the National Economic Council. She graduated from the London School of Economics, Georgetown University, USA, and the IDC in Herzliya, Israel.
Management and Experts
Marina Pevzner Hennessy MALD
Marina is the Head of Partnerships and Director of Tag USA is based in Seattle, USA. Marina has extensive experience in corporate responsibility and international development in Israel, US, UK, Sri-Lanka and Georgia. Prior to working at Tag, she worked as a Deputy Head of Business Development at Shelter UK, as Manager at Business in the Community, led research at Save the Children and delivered monitoring & evaluation at Mercy Corps. She is a graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and Brandeis University.
Shaike is Tag’s agronomist. Shaike has expertise in beekeeping; horticulture, apiculture, plant protection and extension methods; creation of training materials; training and supervision. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in agronomy, and is a member of the Israeli Society of Engineers and Agronomists; the Asian Apiculture Association. Shaike has had a distinguished career in Israeli government departments, including Head of Agricultural Projects, Africa-Asia-Oceania at the Centre for International Agricultural Development Cooperation.
David began his humanitarian career as a 14 years old boy volunteering with Magen David Adom, Israel’s national ambulance service. He later qualified as a paramedic and was elevated to chief paramedic. For several years, David was the coordinator to the Red Cross, during which time he initiated and oversaw projects around the world – some in collaboration with Tag – in such places as Indonesia and Haiti. David is now president of a human resources company, IraNet. He is Tag’s expert in emergency medicine, disaster preparedness and community resilience.
Amir Yechieli is a science teacher in Jerusalem who runs an organisation, Yevul Mayim, to build rainwater catchment systems on school rooftops to conserve and reuse the water. Amir studied storm-water runoff in the Sinai Desert for his master’s degree and has installed four rain harvesting systems in Kenya for Tag.
Yael Livneh MA
A Ph.D candidate, Yael is an Israeli expressive art therapist with over 17 years of practice in psychodrama and inter-modality approach and has developed Water Play Therapy with extensive experience in Israel and Africa. She is the director of the Inter-Modality Art Therapy Center, dealing children and adolescents and a frequent lecturer in universities and medical centers. Yael is a preforming art director. Yael is Tag’s expert on girls’ empowerment and gender-based violence.
Vered Kater RN MsN CNS
Vered is a paediatric clinical nursing specialist. She taught paediatric and community health nursing at Hebrew University School of Nursing in Jerusalem, where she completed an MA in public health. Vered is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing in Saint Louis University’s School of Nursing. She volunteers to share her nursing knowledge across the globe, in countries such as Rwanda, Uganda, India, China, and Cambodia. Vered is Tag’s expert of maternal and infant mortality.
Saw Myint Aung
Saw Myint Aung is Tag’s Head of Mission in Myanmar, based in Yangon. He graduated in veterinarian studies, following which he had a distinguished 36 years career in beekeeping, including serving as director of Myanmar government’s Apiculture Division, Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries.
An Israeli national, currently living in Myanmar, Michal is Chair of Tag Myanmar and is Head of Training and Education in Myanmar. Previously, she was Head of Operations for Tag Myanmar. She has over twenty years’ experience in the education field as a teacher and Head teacher of large scale Agriculture Community College. From 2009 -2012, Michal was general manager of LR Foundation in Angola, where she managed numerous innovative initiatives. c
Kallene is Tag’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Projects Development Manager for Myanmar. Kallene has a BA in Political Science/International Development and an MPH in Global Health. Prior to Tag, Kallene worked on and managed projects in Vietnam, India, Kenya, Ecuador and the U.S, liaising with a variety of actors ranging from local communities to policy makers.
Yalee is business development manager for Tag’s beekeeping project in Myamar. She has a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Education and an MA in International Community development. Yalee has wide ranging development experience. She was a project manager at the Art and Culture Foundation, overseeing a women’s empowerment project in Angola. At the Population Council in Zambia, Yalee managed a monitoring team across 10 sites.
Aung Baw is Tag’s agronomist in Myanmar. His career includes thirty one year’s working in the Myanmar Agriculture Service and 10 years in Community Development Projects under FAO/UNDP, ICDP/UNDP and INGOs. He has particular expertise in plant protection and Agronomy. In recent years, he has conducted extensive field research and farming field projects.
Zaw Myo Win
Zaw is finance and marketing manager for ARBC (Apiculture Resource and Business Centre) in Shan State, Myanmar. He has a BA in Commerce and MA in Development Studies. Previously, Zaw was a Budget Officer at Myanmar Government’s Ministry of Rail Transportation, later Finance and Admin Manager positions at Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar companies.
Zar Zar Hlaing
Zar Zar is Tag’s Head of Administration in Myanmar, based in our Yangon office. She has a BA in Mathematics and diplomas in International Relations, in English and in I.C.T. and she is a scholarship recipient of the Australian Leadership Awards. Previous she has served as Admin Manager in Seezar Soesan Construction Co., and as an accounts manager at IMAGE Construction.
Aye Aye Toe
Aye Aye is Tag’s Community Engagement Manager and TVET coordinator, based in our Shan office. She graduated in Zoology and Master of Public Administration, along with diplomas in Social Work and in Applied Psychology. She has many experience in the NGO field and previously was Tag’s M&E Manager.
Aye Nandar Tun
Aye Nandar serves as Tag’s Finance Manager in Myanmar, based in Yangon. She has a degree in mathematics and served for ten years in an audit firm as an external audit assistant.
Avrom joined the Tag team in February 2014 as London-based manager for our Kenya project. His work background is in marketing and human resources with particular experience in project management. He has qualifications in the social sciences, business management, literature and art history. Working with our Team Kenya partners, Tag personnel and our Israeli experts he developed the project plan and is ensuring its effective and timely delivery.
Lorraine is Tag’s director of Girls’ Empowerment, with responsibility for developing projects and initiatives that help young women achieve their life potential. She has a background as a family law barrister and mediator in New Zealand representing parties or acting as advocate for the child. Lorraine is originally from England where she was a high school teacher specialising in the teaching of life skills. She is presently living in Warsaw, Poland.
Valerie Awino Opiyo
Valerie is Tag’s National Coordinator for Kenya, having previously being project manager for i-tek, Tag’s ICT project Leader in Ndhiwa, Western Kenya. She holds a Social Communication degree from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and is an alumna of YALI Regional Leadership Center – East Africa. She has three years professional work experience in Communication, Advocacy and Community Development.
Mike is Project Manager for i-tek, Tag’s ICT project in Kenya. With degrees in mathematics and computer science, Mike worked for various software consultancies and has wide international experience. He joined BP in 1983 and since then has worked as an IT project, programme and portfolio manager, specialising in the delivery of global IT programmes.
Aliza is project manager of Tag’s Hoops for Kids project and brings to Tag USA with deep project-management experience. She previously worked on large USAID-funded projects. Other past projects include YouthNet, a USAID-funded youth health project, and a large USAID-funded health consortium in Bangladesh and has provided project management support to team members in Rwanda, Mozambique, Kenya, and Zambia.
Born in Aorachuodho, Homa-bay County, Risper the fourth child of a family of ten. Having studies at Eregi Teachers college, she became a primary school teacher for nearly 25 years. During this time she attained diploma in special education. In 2012 Risper joined Team Kenya as CEO, where she oversees the Water Works for Girls project. She is currently also studying for a degree in Human Resource Management.
Evans is Tag’s agronomist and business development officer in Kenya. He has a BSc in Agribusiness management and is completing his MSC Agribusiness management. In our Water Works for Girls project, Evans oversees our agricultural projects – such as our greenhouses, poultry farms, demonstration plots, and school agriculture plots. He also is developing our community agricultural enterprises and leading the business and agriculture training programs in the schools and communities.