Meagan Fallone manages Global Strategy and Development for the Barefoot College. Working directly alongside Founder, Bunker Roy, to manage an aggressive scale-up of the Barefoot Approach, Internationally. Specifically to implement the “barefoot model” of community owned and managed, sustainable, grass roots development; in all the 43 Least developed countries (LDCs) by 2015. A strong commitment to developing women as agents of sustainable change and helping communities to develop their own capacity to meet the challenges within the developing world, is at the heart of every Barefoot Solution. She has been both a donor and a field presence in more than 22 countries since joining Barefoot College in 2011.
As the first Non Indian to be adopted by the Barefoot Family in Tilonia, the beliefs of inclusion championed by the college through 40 years are being put into practice with her addition to the team. The process of leaning and re-learning the needs of the organisation as it moves into the future, exemplify all the practices of de-centralized decision making and capacity building at every possible level.
Meagan is dedicated to transforming beliefs into action, she is an entrepreneur who has created or restructured a series of companies since 2005 in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Championing women in the developing world, she speaks regularly on the power of women as agents of sustainable change and poverty reduction. Her company MFC Art Consulting Ltd in 2006 launched her deep commitment to the social sector by mentoring women artisans to gain unprecedented livelihood access in the luxury hotel sector. Born in New Zealand, educated in the US and the United Kingdom, Meagan is a mother of 3 and a passionate mountaineer.
Rodrigo Paris is currently an Executive Volunteer for Barefoot College in Tilonia, a tiny village in Rajasthan’s province of India. He is interested in establish a branch of Barefoot College in Colombia to reply this successful model of self-sustainability within poor communities in Latin America. Recently, He was selected as fellow of the Royal Geographical Society after his outstanding contribution to establish a strategic alliance between the institution and the Colombia’s government in 2011. The most crucial challenges of his work with the RGS and Barefoot College concerns searching and sharing experiences and strategies to promote environmental sustainability in Latin America.
As diplomat of Colombia with the United Kingdom during four years, he worked as the Environmental attaché and coordinated efforts to design and implement the first cooperation agreement between the two countries to protect some areas of pristine rainforest in the South of Colombia. He also participated in the strategic partnership on food security between the International Sustainability Unit of the Prince’s Rainforest Project and the Ministers of Environment and Agriculture of Colombia.
He is originally from Colombia, but has been living abroad since 2000 and has a passion for promoting humanitarianism to empower people. Avid follower of football, He is currently working on first football related book: ‘The Ideal 11: short stories about how life is explained by football’.
Matt Devlin, alongside Lauren Remedios, manages global monitoring and evaluation for Barefoot College’s initiatives. Matt has extensive experience in capacity building and data analysis, and he coordinates communications among Barefoot’s global network of partner NGOs.
Matt also works with the SAMPDA Network to foster inter-organization capacity building and coordinate network-wide efforts to achieve program sustainability.