Board of Directors
Dina Buchbinder – President
Dina is a social entrepreneur in a quest to change traditional education. Passionate about children’s potential and ideas, she founded Deport-es para Compartir in 2007. In 2009 Dina was selected Global Fellow at the Youth ActionNet from the International Youth Foundation, and she is an Ashoka Fellow since 2011. Dina is also a member of the WFUNA Youth Advisory Group and is proud to be a 2011 INK Fellow. During 2012 Dina was named Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and Cordes Fellow for Opportunity Collaboration. Currently, she is the Director of Deport-es para Compartir in Mexico, and is leading the international expansion of the organization. She graduated in 2006 with a BA in International Relations from the Technological Institute of Mexico.
Duncan Wood – Chairman of the Board
Duncan is the Director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, in Washington, DC since December of 2012. For 17 years, Duncan was a professor and the Director of the International Relations Program at the Technical Autonomous Institute of Mexico. He has been a Senior Energy Consultant with the Mexico Institute and a Senior Associate with the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. He studied in the UK and Canada, receiving his PhD in Political Studies from Queen’s University, Canada in 1996. Duncan is a member of the Mexican National Research System (level 2), and has been an editorial advisor to Reforma Newspaper and to Foreign Affairs Latin-American. In 2007 he was a non-resident Fulbright Fellow. Duncan has been an advisor of Deport-es para Compartir since its founding and is now part of the Board of Sports for Sharing. He is also serving as board member of Doctors Without Borders, Arena Ciudadana, and at U.S – Mexico Focus.
Dana Mekler – Treasurer
In her role as Country Manager of Sports for Sharing, Dana has successfully launched the United States chapter of the organization and is responsible for establishing partnerships with the Washington, DC school district and the first public schools implementing the program outside of Mexico. She is passionate about education and believes in the potential of youth leadership to solve global problems. Before joining Sports for Sharing, she started a Mentoring Program at the International Rescue Committee to increase employment literacy among refugees, and lead a cultural revitalization project in the Peruvian Amazon.
Clifford Brody – Secretary
Clifford Brody is an experienced business and marketing executive, negotiator, and former U.S. diplomat with strong corporate, banking, and public sector networks. He has worked at or served as a C-level consultant and advisor to Citibank, Hewlett Packard, Avon Cosmetics, Bank of America, Hearst Publications, AT&T, Dell Computers, and other major companies. Along the way, he started three companies: two successes and one costly failure that, by his own estimate, taught him far more valuable lessons than did the ones that worked. These days, he also spends a fair amount of time working pro bono with District of Columbia area not-for-profit organizations to advance their missions in improving water resources, childhood education, and health services for the less fortunate.
Abraham joined the United Nations Association of Mexico team in 2011 with the main objective to solidify the organization’s internal work flows. As the program’s CFO, Abraham oversees the healthy development of the institutions financial status. His training as an engineer, his acute sense of business and his engagement with community development make Abraham an invaluable asset to the Sports for Sharing board. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering and a certificate in Project Management for Business from the Harvard business school. He is currently a Master’s candidate at the IPADE business school.
Fabian Koss is the Youth Coordinator in the Office of External Relations of the Inter-American Development Bank. He founded the Many Hats Institute in 1999, a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to improving conditions for children worldwide. The name refers to the many skills and interests that people possess, and the organization’s goal is to utilize people’s diverse “hats” to empower youth and provide them with the tools to become leaders in their communities and in their nations.
He manages the Youth Program and Sports for Development Program at the Inter-American Development Bank.
Ibis has been the Assistant Principal of Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Washington, DC for the last 6 years, where she supervises and evaluates Pre-School thru grade 3 teachers and chairs the Student Support Team. She is a veteran educator with over 28 years of experience in Pre-School – Grade 8 education, and has held administrative positions in the Dominican Republic and in the United States. Her interests span from bilingual education with an emphasis on Spanish/English dual-language programs to special education issues and family physical education initiatives. Her goal is to lead global education initiatives in the US and around the world. Ibis received her B.S. in Bilingual Education from the City University of New York City College and her Master’s of Education in Bilingual Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University. She also holds an Administrative Certificate from the Principal’s Executive Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Edgardo studied International Relations in the Autonomous University of Puebla. He landed in Deport-es para Compartir in 2009 with a great interest in social service and in shaping the social tissue of the educational system. From the beginning, he discovered the potential of children to build a better environment and their ability to understand complex questions through games and sports. He has been in charge of numerous projects in the organization: for instance, Edgardo became North America Youth Advisor for the WFUNA Youth Advisory Group in November 2012. He is currently starting the first DpC chapter in the city of Nuevo Leon, Mexico.