Nancy Natilson has over 25 years of international finance experience, specializing in microenterprise development and its intersection with reproductive health. She has developed curricula on financial analysis, performance monitoring, strategic planning and budgeting. Some of her more recent projects include financial management and sustainability assessment of rural pharmacies in Tanzania; development of business plans for district hospitals and community health worker cooperatives in Rwanda; and business management training for rural private clinic owners who belong to a social franchise network in several African countries. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Nancy was Financial Advisor to ProMujer, a microfinance organization in five South and Central American countries that integrates access to credit with empowerment and business skills training, savings and reproductive health education and services. Nancy was a fellow of the Gates Summer Institute at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received a Masters in Business Administration in International Finance from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and is Treasurer of Global Doctors for Choices. She is a past Board Member and Treasurer of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the Florida Community of Mindfulness. She has a daily meditation practice and facilitates workshops on mindfulness, compassion and leadership. Nancy splits her time between Florida and Nova Scotia where she enjoys rowing, kayaking and sailing.
Ellen Sprenger is a strategist and advocate for social and climate justice and since 2004 the founder and Chief Exploration Officer of Spring Strategies. She is a believer – especially in human potential and our collective ability to solve the problems of our time. She is a curious, energetic and impatient optimist, an espresso enthusiast and avid meditator. Her areas of expertise include multi-actor meeting facilitation, future-scenario development, accompaniment of Civil Society Organizations in building greater financial strength, and executive coaching. Previously, she was the executive director of Mama Cash, a foundation based in Amsterdam, and held several leadership positions at Oxfam-Novib. Ellen holds a Masters in Development Studies, an MBA from Erasmus University, is an Integral Master Coach™ and Certified Integral Facilitator®. She has published about the future of women’s rights, organizational transformation, and global funding trends. She does her most creative work listening to Baroque music. Ellen is from the Netherlands and Canada, and has lived in Tanzania, South Africa and the United States. Her home base is Toronto and KLM seat 12C.