Carola Mandelbaum
Carola MandelbaumChief Executive Officer

Carola Mandelbaum is the Chief Executive Officer for Creative Learning (CL), and as such she oversees the overall management of the organization including programs, financial systems, and operations.  Carola leads the business development process, strategies and systems with demonstrable success in winning high impact international development projects. She acts as a liaison with the CL Board of Directors and interacts with all CL donors.

Carola is the co-founder of Creative Learning’s School-2-School program and is the Program Director for CL’s Human Rights and Advocacy programming, including projects in Guatemala, Peru, Libya and Egypt. She is an experienced project manager and technical advisor with primary focus on livelihoods, gender and human rights, Prior to joining Creative Learning, Carola was Management Associate at Creative Associates International Inc.

With over 20 years of experience, she has managed large and small development programs from a variety of donors, has extensive experience developing the capacity of local NGOs, and working in complex environments. Carola is Argentine and holds a Joint MA in Latin American Studies and Journalism from New York University and a BA in Political Science with a focus international relations from Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She is a Board Member of the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)

Cameron Chisholm
Cameron ChisholmVice President – IPSI
Cameron M. Chisholm has extensive experience in program management for international participants and a career focused on global peace and security issues. He is the President and Founder of the International Peace & Security Institute (IPSI), a non-profit organization dedicated to training leaders in the peace and security fields to be ready for the challenges that confront them in the real world. IPSI curricula are designed to be rigorous, substantive learning experiences that give our trainees the tools they need to make peace reality. Before founding IPSI, Cameron worked with the World Bank, CEWARN, the U.S. Department of State, and The Carter Center. He has a B.A. from Emory University and a M.A. from the University of Bradford, UK. Cameron is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Elliott School and is a Rotary World Peace Fellow Alumnus. Cameron was named as one of the 2012 “top 99 under 33″ most influential foreign policy professionals and is a Fellow at the Truman National Security Project.
Deborah Mancini Griffoli
Deborah Mancini GriffoliDirector – IPSI
Deborah has experience in policy design and training on a range of topics related to peace and conflict. She co-authored and contributed to guidelines and handbooks on civil-military-police relations, civilian protection, humanitarian negotiation and corporate social responsibility. She also designed and facilitated training programs for senior political, military, private sector, UN and NGO representatives in various countries. Before joining IPSI, Deborah has worked and consulted for UNICEF Vietnam, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, The Sustainability Forum Zurich, Oxfam America, and the United States Institute for Peace. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Stanford University.
Andrés Martinez-Garcia
Andrés Martinez-GarciaDirector – Colombia Office
Andrés has experience working for organizations addressing international disarmament, disability rights, and peacebuilding issues. As a therapist, he has provided psycho-social rehabilitation services for hundreds of landmine survivors and other violence victims in Colombia. Andrés worked in victim assistance for internally displaced persons and facilitated conflict resolution workshops for ex-combatants. He is a certified psychologist and holds a Postgraduate Degree (Specialization) in Conflict Resolution from Javeriana University as well as a Master of Arts in Gender and Peacebuilding from the United Nations mandated University for Peace. Andrés was a 2011 Atlas Corps Fellow.
María-Eugenia Pineda Melendez
María-Eugenia Pineda MelendezDirector – Mexico Office
María Eugenia Pineda is the Representative of Creative Learning in Mexico, since 2012 she directs the projects in the different States of the country. With more than 20 years of experience in rural development, she has led civil organizations on gender, women’s rights, rural development and food security. Before joining CL, she coordinated at the national level the Diploma of Community Promoters and the Strategic Food Security Project of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) in Chiapas.
Since 2012, she has been working in Mexico with Aid To Artisans in the states of Chiapas, Puebla, Tlaxcala, Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo, interacting with different donors and local partners in develop programs. Maru is Mexican with studies in financial administration and has a specialty in rural development and facilitation of learning processes.
Maud Obe
Maud ObeDirector of Programs – ATA

Maud has more than 11 years experience in program management. In her 11 years at ATA, Maud has developed and implemented projects around the world that have strengthened artisan businesses and linked artisans to markets. Since ATA joined Creative Learning, Maud has provided direction and management for ATA programs in the development, design, implementation and closing stages.

She is an expert in organizing artisan training and marketing events and currently charged with adapting ATA’s signature training program, the ATA Market Readiness Program (MRP), to special market requirements. Born in France, Maud holds a Masters Degree in International Development and Social Change and a Bachelor in Government and International Relations from Clark University, Worcester, MA. She is fluent in French and English and has traveled extensively in Europe, Africa, South Asia, and Latin America.

Monika Steinberger
Monika SteinbergerDirector of Business Development – ATA
Monika came to Aid to Artisans and Creative Learning with extensive experience as a top corporate sales and marketing executive in private industry. During her years in architectural and interior design fields, she headed prestigious branding campaigns in the textile and furniture industries and spearheaded sales and marketing efforts for new home décor products in the US, Europe and Latin America.

She became committed to working with artisans during her involvement with custom furniture makers and painters in Argentina, producers of custom interiors of yachts in Brazil, stonemasons in China using 15th century handcrafting techniques, and French marquetry artists creating wall décor from sustainable woods. At Aid to Artisans, Monika has led many craft development projects, among them in Haiti and the greater Caribbean region, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Morocco.

Born in Austria, her native language is German, and she enjoys opportunities to use her fluency in Spanish and French to communicate with artisans directly.

Lauren Barkume
Lauren BarkumeTraining Director – ATA

Lauren started at Aid to Artisans in 2006 working on its’ signature Market Readiness Program in New York and then managing programs in sub-Saharan Africa. She re-joined the organization in early 2018 after working with the Africa Craft Trust in Johannesburg, South Africa for nearly 9 years. Lauren’s experience lies in designing and running participant centered and practical business skills workshops for rural and urban artisans, entrepreneurs, and exporters.

Lauren has worked directly with hundreds of artisans and entrepreneurs in South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Ethiopia and Tunisia through training and facilitation, mentoring in the field, one-on-one coaching, trade show support, marketing missions, costing and pricing guidance and product development for local and export markets in a variety of mediums. Lauren cares deeply about facilitating responsive, community driven development.

Lauren holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Virginia and has traveled extensively in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Europe.

Rachel Landale
Rachel LandaleProgram Manager
Rachel Landale came to Creative Learning in 2014 to launch the newest division of Creative Learning, Global Education Initiatives, with former Board Member Dr. Tahir Shad. Rachel graduated with a BA in International Studies, French and Anthropology from Washington College and concentrated in Peace and Conflict Resolution and African Studies. Rachel oversees and develops both international and domestic programs for Global Education Initiatives (GEI) including conferences, seminars and internships. In addition to her work for GEI, Rachel helps facilitate training programs for CL’s other divisions including the Market Readiness Program through Aid To Artisans. She also manages company operations and communications, providing support to Creative Learning and all its divisions.
Amy Pipher
Amy PipherProgram Coordinator

Amy has worked extensively in international education and policy programming. She has organized high-level events for 50-300 people across the United States and in Europe. As the Program Fellow for the 2018 Sarajevo Symposium on Post-Conflict Transitions, Amy had primary responsibility for the logistical aspects of the Symposium, including the recruitment of participants, organizing travel and accommodation arrangements for all participants, staff, and speakers, and the on-the-ground arrangements for the two-week Symposium in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Amy has an M.A. in International Peace & Conflict Resolution from American University’s School of International Service with a concentration in Gender, Peace, and Security, a B.A. in History & International Relations, and a Certificate in European Peace & Security Studies from Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium.