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Jean Paul Warmoes is the Executive Director of the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS).
Jean Paul joined the King Baudouin Foundation (KBF) – KBFUS’ Brussels-based parent foundation – in 1994. He has served as KBF’s Director for International Relations since 2001 and as Secretary to the King Baudouin Prize since 1996.
Before joining KBF, Jean Paul was in charge of Business Development for Transtec, a consulting firm specializing in overseas development assistance projects. Previously, he worked in Tokyo (at Bridgestone Corporation), Sydney (at Bull HN Information Systems) and Paris (at the Embassy of Belgium to France).
Jean Paul has served on the Global Philanthropy Committee of the Council on Foundations, the Steering Committee of United States International Grantmaking, the Planning Committee for the Council on Foundations’ Philanthropy’s Vision: A Leadership Summit, the Intermediaries Taskforce of Philanthropy New York, and the Advisory Committee of the Conference Board’s Leadership Conference on Global Corporate Citizenship.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Universitas, a New York based tax-exempt organization that was created on the eve of the Second World War to prevent assets of the University of Brussels from being seized by the occupying powers.
Jean Paul graduated in 1988 from the University of Brussels (VUB) with a Master’s degree in Management Science (Solvay Business School) and subsequently earned degrees in foreign trade and in international comparative management.
Deputy Director, Donor and Nonprofit Services
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Ellena E. Fotinatos is the Deputy Director, Donor and Nonprofit Services at the King Baudouin Foundation United States. At KBFUS she is responsible for the gifts and grants administration, marketing, events and other projects.
Ellena joined KBFUS in 2012 from Columbia University where she spent three years as a Special Projects Coordinator at the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy (CEMTPP).
During her time at Columbia University, she authored two published papers in a joint program with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), in addition to creating and developing events and programs in cooperation with various members of the shipping and energy community.
Before joining the CEMTPP, Ellena completed her Master’s degree in International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
Senior Advisor, Communications and Outreach
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Hafeeza E. Rashed is the Senior Advisor, Communications and Outreach at the King Baudouin Foundation United States. At KBFUS, she is responsible for the outreach to individual donors and the development of our partnerships with African nonprofit organizations.
Hafeeza joined KBFUS in 2015 from the Gbowee Peace Foundation USA where she spent three years as an Officer of Strategic Partnerships.
During these years, she worked closely with Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee. She oversaw the establishment of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, a nonprofit based in Liberia, and coordinated its fundraising and donor cultivation platforms.
Hafeeza earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College, and her JD from the University of Richmond.
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Ayodeji “Ayo” Otuyelu works part-time as Administrative Assistant at the King Baudouin Foundation United States, providing administrative, logistical and technical support to the KBFUS team.
In addition to his work at KBFUS, which he started in 2018, Ayo is also active in the hospitality industry in New York City. Prior to moving to the USA, Ayo worked as the Logistics Manager for OJME Haulage (based in Lagos, Nigeria), a ground transportation goods delivery service, and as ICT Support Administrator at Deritech Solutions in Abuja, Nigeria.
Ayo completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies & Resource Management at the National Open University in Nigeria. He is fluent in English and Yoruba.