Meet the Team

Meet the Team
Meet the Team 2017-09-25T13:57:59+00:00

We are immensely proud of NGN’s committed and diverse staff. Currently, our staff includes individuals with a range of working experience in South Asia, the USA and Europe. Without their hard work and unwavering commitment to NGN’s values, we could not do what we do for trafficked children of Nepal.

US-Based Staff

Anna Howe

Executive Director

Anna has over 17 years of experience working in Nepal and has previously served as NGN’s Nepal Country Director.

Anna’s long history in Nepal began in 1994, when she moved there to start a nonprofit organization called Nepal Outreach that worked to provide water systems and healthcare education to young women in remote areas of Nepal. But being in Nepal throughout the country’s vicious civil war exposed Anna to many atrocities and eventually led her to a different calling—helping children who had been trafficked from their families for exploitation.

For 10 years, Anna worked independently to rescue children in destitute conditions and bring them to safety, before taking a management position with an INGO in Kathmandu working in this field. Through that position, she met NGN founders Conor Grennan and Farid Ait-Mansour and began to contribute her knowledge and expertise, becoming an instrumental strategic advisor in the creation of NGN. Soon after, in 2007, she became NGN’s first Nepal Country Director.

In addition to her extensive background working on the issue of child trafficking in Nepal, Anna was named a 2005 recipient of the Unsung Heroes Award, which is presented by the H.H. Dalai Lama and recognizes individuals from around the world who give their heart and soul to help others.

Larry Closs

Director of Communications (part time)

With a career that spans global media corporations, leading nonprofits, international consumer brands and high-profile federal agencies, Larry Closs is a versatile writer, editor and media producer.

At News Corporation, Time Warner, Hearst and Viacom, Larry honed his expertise at brands such as TV Guide and Nickelodeon. At Gesso, an interactive agency Closs co-founded, he crafted communications solutions for a diverse portfolio of clients, including Sony, the NBA, Estee Lauder, Smithsonian Institution, National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Larry is the founder and editor of TrekWorld, a travel magazine devoted to adventure, insight and inspiration, and author of the novel Beatitude. His personal passions include writing, photography, filmmaking and travel, and he considers himself fortunate to spend many months doing what he loves in Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Latin America and Europe.

Iris Silver

Full Charge Bookkeeper

Iris is responsible for payroll, tracking donations, paying bills and recording all financial transactions within the organization. She produces monthly financial statements for review by the Executive Director and the Board of Directors of NGN.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA.

Scott Rosefield

Communications and Advocacy Director

Scott Rosefield holds a Masters in International Affairs and has been working in the development field for the last 10 years. Scott has run Ford Foundation funded projects for the India-China Institue in New York, Kolkata, India and Kunming, China. His first visit to Nepal was as a researcher on the Civil War in 2009 and he has returned many times since. After working for BASE in rural Tulispur, Nepal Scott was a volunteer for Next Generation Nepal in Kathmandu. During this time he edited the NGN Reunification Guidelines, wrote the earthquake response plan, and oversaw the installation of earthquake alarms in NGN’s transit home, offices and youth flats. In June of 2015 Scott was hired as Communications Director for The Umbrella Organization in Kathmandu and was later made interim Country Director. He ran Umbrella for 4 months with only board management based in Dublin, and was instrumental in hiring and training the current Country Director at Umbrella.

Nepal-Based Staff

Samjyor Lama

Nepal Country Director

Samjyor Lama is originally from Humla, a remote mountain district of Nepal. He excelled throughout his schooling, and completed his bachelor’s degree in Management in 2014 from Tribhuvan University. He is currently working toward an M.A. in Social Science.

In 2009, Samjyor started his career in child protection as a field assistant at the Nepali NGO, The Himalayan Innovative Society (THIS). THIS works for underprivileged children in the Karnali region of Nepal, and is NGN’s local implementing partner.

As an experienced reintegration officer, Samjyor was involved in reconnecting and reunifying over 400 trafficked and displaced children in Nepal under NGN projects. In addition, he worked to reunite trafficked children with their families when he was a social worker for The Umbrella Foundation in 2011.

In 2012, Samjyor joined Next Generation Nepal as a Program Officer where he led NGN’s reintegration and youth scholarship projects for a year. In 2014, Samjyor became Project Director of NGN’s partner organization, THIS, to oversee NGN’s projects in Nepal.  He also worked as a technical advisor for NGN on the drafting of the NGN-THIS’ “Reintegration Guidelines for Trafficked and Displaced Children,” which was launched in 2015.

Throughout his career, Samjyor has worked in different capacities on behalf of children in Nepal—from serving as a junior field officer to holding a senior management position. Samjyor carries a wealth of knowledge and experience in the area of child protection, youth empowerment, and non-profit project management.

Ram Sharan Shrestha

Finance and Office Manager

Ram Sharan Shrestha hails from the small village of Chisapani in the Janakpur Zone of northeastern Nepal. Upon completing his SLC exam Ram moved to Kathmandu to begin his plus 2 schooling. Ram then continued his education, receiving his Bachelor in Business Studies from Tribhuvan University, and then continuing on to receive his Masters in Business Studies. Professionally Ram has gained experience in both the NGO and INGO sectors, in addition to his work in private corporations.

Ram began working for THIS in 2007 as both their head of accounting and human resources. This led him to his position as the Finance and Office Manager at NGN. Ram’s expertise is an integral part of keeping NGN running on a day to day to basis, and his experience is a major part of NGN’s vision for the future.

Kiran Bikram Moktan

Administrative Assistant

Kiran started his career volunteering and tutoring students at St. Xavier Social Center in Jawalakhel. He has since worked in administration and as a finance officer at Informed International Education Support in Kathmandu. In 2006 Kiran started and ran a successful agricultural business in the central region of Nepal. Kiran has completed his Higher Secondary Education certificate in English, Business and Office Management and is currently studying for his Bachelor degree.

Board

Conor Grennan

Founder and President

Conor Grennan is the President and Founder of Next Generation Nepal. He is also the author of “Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal,” a New York Times and No. 1 international bestselling memoir of his time in Nepal.

Grennan began his career at the EastWest Institute, an international think tank focusing on resolving international conflict through a variety of means. As a project manager in the Czech Republic, Grennan oversaw a network of parliamentarians from eight Balkan countries and the European Parliament to help harmonize legislation between the countries. Subsequently, he moved to the EU headquarters in Belgium as Deputy Director of the Program of Security and Governance to lead policy development for post-conflict democracy building in South Eastern Europe. In 2006, he founded Next Generation Nepal.

In 2014, Grennan was named a recipient of the Unsung Heroes of Compassion, which was awarded to him by His Holiness the Dalia Lama. Huffington Post named Grennan one of its “Game Changers of the Year” in 2011. His book, “Little Princes,” was shortlisted for the 2011 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, has been translated into 14 languages and is required reading in numerous colleges and universities around the country.

Grennan also serves as the Dean of Students for the MBA program of NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business. In this role, Grennan serves as liaison between the administration and the School’s more than 2,500 full-time and Langone MBA students.

Grennan is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He lives in Connecticut with his wife Liz and his two children, Finn and Lucy.

Elizabeth L. Grennan

Secretary

Liz Grennan is a corporate lawyer currently serving as the General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, for a technology company providing software and analytic solutions for commercial clients. Grennan is also an entrepreneur, and founder of an online health and wellness site, Still the Sea.

As a lawyer, Grennan has spent the past dozen years practicing corporate law at Latham & Watkins LLP and Hogan Lovells LLP, as well as serving as the General Counsel to a technology start-up within the U.S. Intelligence Community, now a thriving division of The Boeing Company. Her work has spanned the following practice areas: intellectual property; technology; cross border business, finance and tax; mergers and acquisitions; securities law; and international project development law.

Prior to her focus on Nepal, Grennan has worked in orphanages throughout the world, including children’s homes in Mexico, Vietnam and Zambia. Since 2006, Grennan has since made six trips to Kathmandu to work with Next Generation Nepal. While at Latham & Watkins, Grennan worked to found “Buildable Hours,” a nonprofit organization of law firms committing financial and physical resources to build homes for local Habitat for Humanity chapters for deserving families. She served on the Buildable Hours board from 2002-2006. Grennan has also served as pro bono counsel to a large nondenominational church in New York City since 2002.

Grennan received her BA from the University of California at Los Angeles, her MSc from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and her JD from The University of Virginia School of Law.

Grennan and her husband Conor are based in New Canaan, Connecticut, with their children Finn and Lucy.

Tracia Luh

Treasurer

Tracia Luh has almost 20 years of financial experience. Luh was most recently CFO and Senior VP of Corporate Development at Newsweek, a division of The Washington Post Company. She was hired in 2009 to help lead the restructuring of the business. Newsweek was sold at the end of 2010. From 2000 to 2009, Luh was Vice President of Finance & Strategy at ESPN, a unit of The Walt Disney Company. At ESPN, she assessed business unit performances, evaluated and executed M & A transactions, and created and analyzed strategic plans, in addition to managing a finance team. From 1994 to 1998, Luh worked in the High Yield Research departments of Merrill Lynch and Chase, analyzing and publishing investment recommendations on highly leveraged companies.

Luh’s prior work in assisting children includes having served as the director of TEACH (Tutoring/Enrichment for Asian Refugee Children) in West Philadelphia and over 10 years as a mentor in the Manhattan program Everybody Wins. Luh sits on the steering committee of Lincoln Center Kids and serves the board of Lincoln Center Education, which is Lincoln Center’s educational cornerstone and provides education programs in New York City’s public schools.

Luh received a B.S. in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She lives in Old Greenwich, Connecticut with her husband and three daughters.

Bill Shope

Bill is the co-founder and CEO of Replogic, an early-stage B2B startup. Prior to Replogic, Bill spent 19 years on Wall Street, with a focus on the technology sector.

He was most recently a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he was Deputy Director of Research (U.S.). Before that, he served as Deputy Business Unit Leader of Tech, Media and Telecom research and covered companies such as Apple, IBM, EMC and HP. Prior to working at Goldman, Bill was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse and an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan.

He has a degree in economics from Harvard.

Sharon Prince

Sharon Prince is the President and Co-Founder of Grace Farms Foundation, an operating foundation established in 2009, whose purpose is to enhance lives through engagement with nature, community, justice and faith, with artistic expression as a common thread. The Foundation’s mission will be activated at Grace Farms, a 75-acre gift of public space in New Canaan, Connecticut, opening autumn 2015.

Sharon spearheaded the vision for Grace Farms and its accompanying River Building, a dynamic glass volume that seamlessly integrates into the natural landscape. To realize the vision, Sharon led the Foundation’s eight-year creative and operative development process, partnering with Paratus Group and the Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architectural team, SANAA, and collaborating with more than 36 design and engineering consultants.

Formerly the founding U.S. President and Distributor of Icelandic technical outerwear 66°North, Sharon is an expert in functional modern design and thrives on international partnership, inspiring diverse communities to join for shared purpose. At 66°North, Sharon rejuvenated an almost century-old company with cultural relevancy.

With a consistent focus on philanthropy and social entrepreneurship, Sharon also serves on the board of Next Generation Nepal, invests in women-led startups and supports initiatives for the common good.

Sharon holds a BS/BA and MBA from University of Tulsa.

Kate Engelbrecht

Kate Engelbrecht grew up in Northern Minnesota and attended The College of Saint Catherine where she received a B.A. in Sociology. A week after graduation Engelbrecht bought a one-way ticket to New York City and shortly after landed in Brooklyn in search of a job. She found it at Fallon New York, a satellite office for the highly respected Fallon Worldwide. It was at Fallon, while working as an Associate Strategic Planner, that Engelbrecht realized two things. She did not want a career in advertising and she desperately wanted to work as a photographer. In 2001 she started Kate Engelbrecht Photography and quickly earned a reputation as one of New York City’s up and coming wedding photographers, known for her personal and intimate approach. Soon after, Engelbrecht began developing her version of the family portrait: a still photo essay revealing a “day in the life” perspective on family life. Her work has been featured in PDN, Time Out New York Kids and The Knot. She has also worked on several freelance research & writing assignments for Oxygen Network.

In 2007 Engelbrecht started The Girl Project, a visual exploration of female adolescence in partnership with 5,000 teenage girls from all parts of the United States. The project’s intimate and candid revelations were published in 2011 by Rizzoli. The book Please Read (if at all possible) is regarded as a must-read for teenage girls.

On a personal level Engelbrecht and her husband Jed love to travel in constant pursuit of meeting new and interesting people. They live in New York City with their son Theo and their beloved dog Phoebe and Harry the cat. Engelbrecht is very committed to the children of PS 307 in Brooklyn’s Farragut neighborhood and the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture.

Caitlin McCarthy

Caitlin McCarthy is the Associate Director of MBA International Programs in the Office of Student Engagement at the NYU Stern School of Business. In this role, she is responsible for all outgoing study abroad opportunities for MBA students, including planning of all the “Doing Business In” international programs hosted at partner Universities around world. Caitlin has worked at Stern for the past six years; first in the Stern Special Events Office helping to manage the 1,500+ events Stern hosts annually, followed by two years on the Development & Alumni Relations team where she helped to engage Stern’s 110,000+ alumni globally through high impact events and volunteer opportunities.

Caitlin graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and then from New York University with a Master of Science in Public Relations and Communications. She collaborated closely with Conor Grennan and Anna Howe on her final thesis entitled “Next Generation Nepal: Best Practices for Building and Maintaining a Robust Public Relations Strategy in a Small Nonprofit Organization.” Caitlin was honored and excited when she was then asked to join the board.

Caitlin is former College soccer player who is an avid podcast listener and fried chicken connoisseur. She and her husband Sam love travelling and spending time together in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Corinne Spurrier

Corinne Spurrier has a background in marketing and graphic design, having designed corporate identities and developed new products. She has experience in serving churches, charities and several non-profits with a particular gift for organizing large scale galas. Corinne is passionate about ending the plight of human trafficking.

Carrie Shope

Bio to come.

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