Our Leadership

Jean Quinn, DW

Chair

Jean Quinn, DW is a member of the International Congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom. She is a Nurse by Profession, studied Family Therapy, Addiction Studies as well as Social Housing Studies with the Irish Council for Social Housing. She also Studied Theology and Philosophy with Milltown Institute in Dublin. As well as holding many Congregational and Professional leadership roles throughout her career she has been actively involved in International Social Justice through a range of facets for many years. Jean has spent a vast number of years working with the homeless in Dublin and is the Founder of Sophia Housing in Ireland. Her vision and leadership brought strength and growth to Sophia, which is now celebrating its 25th year as an organization committed to providing a holistic approach in supporting people, specifically women and children on their journey from Homelessness. Jean was a member of the UNANIMA International Board in 2016 and completed an internship that year also. Since joining the UNANIMA International Team as the Executive Director in 2017, Jean’s passion for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation have continuously been utilized in her international advocacy. Through this role, she sits as the Chair of the NGO Committee for Social Development and was a former Co-Chair of the Working Group to End Homelessness.

Mary Ann Dantuono

Vice-Chair

Mary Ann Dantuono is an attorney and NGO consultant. For most of her career she has worked on issues of poverty and social justice and with organizations that do the same.  A native New Yorker, Mary Ann is an NGO representative of the International Association of Charities (AIC) to the UN. As part of the Vincentian family, she worked on the formation of the Working Group to End Homelessness and is serving her second term as a member of the Executive team of the NGO Committee for CSocD. AIC is also a member of the NGO Committee on CSW. She earned a JD degree at St. John’s University. 

Liliane Nkunzimana

Secretary

Liliane Nkunzimana is a Representative of the Baha’i International Community’s UN Office in New York. Her areas of work include youth, development, and peace and security. Liliane has a background researching and writing issues related to diversity and inclusion. Most recently, she was working as a community organizer engaging youth and their families in educational programs designed to build their capacity to contribute to the well-being of their societies. Liliane has five years of experience working in policymaking in diverse sectors. She has worked on government-funded development projects as well as public affairs in the private sector. Liliane holds a Master’s in Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor of Social Science specializing in African Studies and Political Science.

Cynthia (Annamma) Mathew

Treasurer

Before moving to New York in 2017 to take up her role as NGO Representative, Cynthia practiced law and was a member of advocates Association at Patna High Court, India. She was also a member of Buxar District Bar Association where she practiced in the District Court. Closely connected with this aspect of her work was that of Director of the NGO – ChiragEducation, Culture and Health Awareness Center, working with Dalit women, children and youth in the State of Bihar and a member of Prison Ministry India (PMI,) a voluntary organization working for the welfare of the prisoners. She is a member of the Religious Forum for Justice and Peace, India, where she has also acted as secretary. She has been the social action coordination for her organization Congregation of Jesus (CJ) Patna, India, and a member of Asian Movement of Women Religious against Human Trafficking (AMRAT). She recently worked with the local District Consumer Protection Council and District Vigilant Committee for inspecting Cable & Television Channel operators. Cynthia holds Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Bachelor of Law (LLB), degrees.

Aria Ribieras

Member-at-Large

Aria is the UN Representative of the International Movement ATD Fourth World, a global movement working in partnership with the poorest communities and families in over 30 countries and accompanying them in the realization of their rights. At the United Nations, Aria’s main mission is to create and maintain spaces where people with the direct experience of poverty participate in UN processes by sharing their experience and knowledge of poverty. She holds a Master’s in Political Sciences and International Relations from the SciencesPo Strasbourg (France). Before moving to New York in 2022, she worked with the International Movement ATD Fourth World in France, coordinating children’s national programs, and with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in different countries, including Bulgaria, Mexico, and Myanmar. She has also been working as an independent journalist.

Angela Reed

Member-at-Large

Sr. Angela Reed RSM, PhD is the Head of Mercy Global Action & Mercy Representative to the United Nations. Angela Reed RSM is a graduate of RMIT University’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, in Melbourne, Australia where she completed her PhD on Human Trafficking. Over the years, she has integrated her professional background in education, social work and theology to adopt an interdisciplinary approach to research, service provision and public advocacy. Mercy International Association – Global Action (MGA) is the justice arm of Mercy International Association, located in New York. The MGA office holds special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council.

Lara Hicks

Executive Assistant

Lara joined the UNANIMA International team as the Executive Assistant/Assistant UN Representative in 2021. She completed a Master of Public Administration degree in 2021 and earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations in 2020, both from Syracuse University. While completing her graduate coursework at Syracuse, Lara interned with UNANIMA International and contributed to climate-displacement research and advocacy efforts for events such as the UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues. Before her time at UNANIMA International, Lara served as the Assistant Manager for Adult and Family Programs for a refugee resettlement nonprofit organization and interned at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. In addition to her experiences with civil society, global governance, and displacement, Lara has advocated for survivors of relationship violence and human trafficking in the communities she calls home.

Member Organizations

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Membership

Membership is open to representatives of organizations and any interested persons concerned about social development issues. Voting members are those individuals who represent organizations in Consultative Status with the UN through ECOSOC; there is one vote per organization. Individuals may be members without vote.

Membership Benefits

Members will receive notices and summaries of monthly meetings, important upcoming conferences related to social development, and meetings sponsored by the Committee on Social Development. Committee members prepare joint statements voicing the opinions of NGOs concerned with social development issues. NGOs interested in voicing their opinions on an international level can contribute ideas to these statements or sign on to the agreed Committee statements. After these statements have been circulated for endorsements, they are submitted to appropriate UN bodies and become official documents.

Please download the Membership Form for the year 2022-2023 by clicking on: Membership Form 

Let’s put people at the center of development and pledge to make the eradication of poverty, full employment, and social integration the overriding objectives of development.