Board of Directors


Georgie Badiel

Georgie Badiel-Liberty is the CEO and Founder of the Georgie Badiel Foundation.


Etelle Higonnet

Etelle Higonnet is Mighty’s Legal and Campaign Director, where she focuses on forest conservation in Southeast Asia and Africa, with an emphasis on the palm oil and rubber industries.


Chid Liberty

Chid co-founded Liberty & Justice, Africa’s first Fair Trade Certified™ apparel manufacturer, after working in entertainment, technology, and finance.


Isabel Hidrobo

Isabel M. Hidrobo has over 13 years of experience in the field of immigration law. As an expert in the field, she has successfully managed her own practice since 2008.


Hans Humes

The President & CIO of Greylock Capital Management, which he founded as a joint venture with Van Eck Global in May 1995, Hans Humes has 23 years of experience working in emerging markets. He was a Managing Partner of Van Eck Absolute Return Advisors, Inc. where he launched the fund which became the Greylock Global Opportunity Master Fund in 1997.


Zang Toi

ZANG TOI is a renowned Fashion Designer who has built a tradition of elegance for over 20 years. Coming from humble beginnings, Zang was born and raised in a small village, Kuala Krai in Kelantan, Malaysia. He was most recently recognized by VividMagazine where he was named as one of the Top 8 most influential Chinese Americans (June-July 2011 issue). Today, the world continues to recognize Zang’s passion for timeless beauty as he builds on a strong tradition of elegance.


J. Paul Martin

J. Paul Martin, professor and Director of Human Rights Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University, studies, teaches and writes on human rights. He specializes on Africa, on education and on the role of religion. He believes that sustainability, self-reliance and continuing education are crucial factors in all economic and political development projects.



Board of Advisors

  • Angela M Abend

  • Christophe Allard

  • Dalia Gouba

  • Estelle Kone

  • Jennifer Neagle

  • Katia Sherman

  • Nadia French

  • Naheima Sears

  • Radmilla Lolly

  • Rory Babich

  • Whitney Smith


Ryan O (Volunteer)
Special Projects and Communications Directors


Katherine Moran Villone (Staff)
Director of School Fundraiser


Ouedraogo Zacharia (Staff)
Ingenieur & Country Manager





Madlena Kalinova

Bulgarian fashion model for over 15 years, she has lived in Milan, Paris, Istanbul, Miami, Hamburg and currently is based in NYC. Lover of animals, nature and life itself. She has always wanted to help people in need, since her mom has worked with orphans and kids with special needs. When she Met Georgie they instantly became dear friends through modeling and since, she has developed the love of helping others and has been involved with the Georgie Badiel Foundation since day one.