Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken
Director, Transnational NGO Initiative -Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University, USA
Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, has worked on international development and civil society issues for over 25 years, both in practice as well as in academia. She has been the Co-Director of the Transnational NGO Initiative (TNGO Initiative) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University since 2003, and in 2015 became its Director.
She focuses on the governance, leadership and effectiveness of INGOs, and directs the TNGO Leadership Institute and its related customized leadership development work with INGOs such as ActionAid, Amnesty International, Greenpeace and Population Council. Tosca also directs the work on leading and managing INGO organizational change processes, and has undertaken applied assignments with Oxfam International, Save the Children, CARE International and Amnesty International on this topic to help them learn from their change processes.
Tosca advises Heifer International on strategy planning and works on organizational and program evaluation. She is a member of Charity Navigator’s Advisory Panel and a board member of InterAction, the national platform of US INGOs. She also serves on the board of Public Interest Registry that works on the nexus of the Internet and civil society.
As a former international development practitioner with sixteen years of practitioner experience, Tosca worked at the European Center for Development Policy Management in the Netherlands, served during the UNTAC peacekeeping operation in Cambodia, and worked at the World Bank on social development, public participation and civil society issues.