OUR TEAM

LYNNE GILLILAND

CEO and FOUNDER of LG CONSULTING

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CEO and Founder of LG Consulting, a world-class consulting firm.

She is a recognized thought leader for her work on leadership, organizational and resilient cultures, and CEO effectiveness.

Lynne has more than 40 years of experience in over 50 countries both as a practitioner in international development and as a CEO advisor, executive coach, and organizational consultant.

Lynne leads a team of outstanding and seasoned professionals who are wizards in making a difference with people and organizations in the international space. Lynne also is the creator and host of the popular podcast Lessons From Leaders, is the co-author of numerous research papers, and chairs round tables and forums on issues pertinent to today’s challenges.

BEN GARBER

CFO and PARTNER, TRAINING LEAD

Ben has worked as a trainer throughout his 40 plus year professional career.  As a senior learning and development specialist Ben has trained managers and executives in a broad range of professional skills, including presentation skills and techniques. 

Ben has been creating and delivering professional presentations for 30 plus years.  He founded his own motivational speaking business, where he worked as a professional speaker with government agencies, NGOs, and commercial businesses. Ben has presented at several CMS (Center for Medicare and Medicaid) national conferences. 

Most recently, Ben worked as the Senior Communications Lead on a CMS contract where he also trained leaders in presentation skills. . He has also worked as a video editor, voiceover talent, training manager, instructional designer, and international trainer.

Ben has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters of Social Work Administration degree from the University of Maryland. Ben lives in Maryland with his wife and two cats. He is a singer/songwriter, guitar player, and recently started to learn the piano.

TOM DENTE

SENIOR ADVISOR

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Tom Dente has extensive experience as an advisor, consultant, and leader assisting nonprofit and commercial organizations over a thirty-year career to achieve their full potential. Currently, he advises nonprofit leaders and organizations on strategy, board engagement, and organizational performance.

Previously, Tom served as the first President and CEO of Humentum, a global international NGO membership association. Prior to Humentum, Tom served as InsideNGO’s CEO and COO before leading a three-way merger with LINGOs and Mango UK to create Humentum.    

Earlier in his career, Tom was a partner at both Bain & Company and Kearney, two global management consulting firms, advising senior leaders at commercial and nonprofit organizations on strategy development, organizational effectiveness, and performance improvement in a 20+ year career.

Tom currently serves on the Boards of PM4NGOs and the Rwanda Education Assistance Project and has previously served on the Board of InterAction.

CHRISTINA BUGGAPPA

STATEGIC SYSTEMS ORGANIZATIONAL and DEI ADVISOR

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With over 15 years of experience in organizational development, Christina Buggappa has assessed organizational strengths  and opportunities, supported strategy development, created systems that were operationally effective, and identified tools and approaches that ensure progress on achieving goals and objectives. Each step of the way, Christina's understanding that culture informs decision making, ability to apply diversity, equity, and inclusion lens in all aspects of work, and empathetic approach help bring leaders and team members along in change management initiatives.

Christina brings hands-on expertise having served as the Chief of Staff and Director for Strategic Initiatives for a mid-size international nonprofit. Christina is a graduate from the University of Maryland and is certified in Project Management for Development Professionals. 

OUSSAMA MEZOUI

SENIOR ADVISOR

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Oussama Mezoui is a passionate people-oriented nonprofit leader who enjoys diagnosing, resolving, and transforming nonprofits to best serve their mission. From 2016 to 2021, he served as the Founder & CEO of Penny Appeal USA, a social services, relief, and development organization committed to alleviating poverty in the US and overseas. During his tenure, the organization raised over $25m USD from individuals, companies, and foundations. Prior to establishing Penny Appeal USA, he served in several positions for nonprofit organizations in the UK and the US, where he has held the titles of Campaigns Manager, Chief of staff, and VP Programs. 

 

Currently, he advises nonprofit organizations on strategy, fund-development, and organizational performance. He also serves as an executive coach to nonprofit leaders, and enjoys facilitating organizational retreats. 

 

He currently serves as a Board Director at the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), a DC based nonprofit organization that provides objective research and education about American Muslims to support well-informed dialogue and decision-making. In the past he has served as a Board Director of Our Three Winners Foundation, and InterAction, the largest alliance of international NGOs and partners in the United States. 

 

Oussama holds a BA in History from Queen Mary, University of London and a JD from the University of Oxford, where he attended Somerville College. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), and holds a number of graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.