Board of Directors 2019

Oonagh Breen – President-Elect

Oonagh B. Breen is a Professor of Law at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin where she teaches and researches on NGO Law, Governance, and Social Change.  

Oonagh joined ISTR in 2008 in time for the Barcelona conference and has been an active ISTR member ever since.  Elected to the Board in January 2015, she has served as a reviewer of conference abstracts, a member of ISTR’s PhD Faculty and on the Nominations Committee.  Oonagh chaired ISTR’s Bylaws Revision Committee and has overseen reform of the Society’s structure and governance on behalf of the Board. 

In her academic capacity, Oonagh has worked with the nonprofit sector, charity regulators and policymakers in a number of jurisdictions (including Ireland, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada).   She has published extensively and is  a co-editor (along with Dr Alison Dunn and Professor Mark Sidel) of Regulatory Waves: Comparative Perspectives on State Regulation and Self-Regulation Policies in the Nonprofit Sector (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and author of the Enlarging the Space for European Philanthropy Report (EFC & DAFNE, 2018).  She is currently Chair of the International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL).



Mario Aquino Alves


Mario Aquino Alves has a Ph.D. in Management from Fundação Getulio Vargas, São Paulo, Brazil, where he serves as Associate Dean for the Public Administration and Government Graduate Program and Associate Professor of Public Administration and Civil Society Studies. Mario was a Visiting Researcher at the Centre for Voluntary Organisation of the London School of Economics and Political Science (1996-1997) and Visiting Fellow at HEC Montréal (2012-2013). He is Research Level 1D Scholarship from the Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa (CNPq) – Brazil - since 2009. His research has focused on topics on civil society organizations, political corporate social responsibility, and the relationship among governments, civil society, and corporations and their outcomes concerning enhancing democracy and the fight against inequalities.

As a result, he has been publishing on these topics in journals, including Voluntas, Journal of Business EthicsResearch in Sociology of Organizations, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, Revista de Administração de Empresas (RAE), among others. 

ISTR has been part of Mario's academic life since 1996 when he attended his first conference at El Colegio de Mexico, Mexico City. From this time onwards, he has been part of different ISTR related activities, not only attending the biannual conferences, but also the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Network Meetings, both as commentator, moderator, and more recently, as Faculty in the last Ph.D. workshops of the ISTR and the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Network meetings. He serves on the Scientific Board of Cadernos EBAPE and Cadernos Gestão Pública e Cidadania (both Brazilian journals) and is also a member of the Advisory Board of Centro de Estudos em Administração Pública e Governo (Brazil).


Susan Appe

Susan Appe's research focuses on government-nonprofit/NGO relations and the dimensions and evolution of the nonprofit sector. She examines how government policy influences and shapes civil society and nonprofit organizations; how and why nonprofit organizations form national-level networks and their implications; and the relationship between civil society, foreign aid and development, particularly in the context of Latin America. In addition, Susan researches the challenges and opportunities in nonprofit management education and internationalization in public affairs education. She has published articles related to government-nonprofit relations and foreign aid and has taught courses in nonprofit management, philanthropy, public administration, and public policy.


She was a member on the Non-profit Management Education Section Executive Council and co-chaired its Task Force on Nonprofit Competencies for the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) from 2014-2016 and continues to serve NASPAA in many ad hoc ways. She serves on the editorial boards of VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations and Gobernar: The Journal of Latin American Public Policy and Governance, and also on the International Advisory Committee for 2nd edition of the International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. She holds a position as a North American representative on the Executive Council of the Inter-American Network of Public Administration Education (INPAE).


Susan has been active in the ISTR community, in particular with the Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Network. She has served on the Academic Committees of the 2017 Latin America & the Caribbean Regional Network conference in Quito, Ecuador and the 2018 ISTR conference in Amsterdam. She also served as a faculty member for the PhD Seminar at the Quito Regional Network 2017 conference. She is committed to helping to maintain and build the active network in Latin America & the Caribbean along with serving the ISTR membership at large.  



Daniel Barragán 


Daniel Barragán serves as Executive Director of the International Research Center on Environment and Territory (CIIAT) of the University of Los Hemisferios, as well as Professor of Sustainability Policy at the same University and at the IDE Business School. Previously he served as Executive Director of the Ecuadorian Center for Environmental Law (2001-2015) and as Cynthia Helms Fellow the World Resources Institute (2008).

Additionally, he is currently an Elected Member of the Open Government Consultative Council of the Metropolitan District of Quito, member of the Inter-institutional Committee for Sustainable Plan Monitoring, member of 

He has been a consultant, instructor and speaker at various workshops and forums on issues related to transparency, governance, sustainability, civil society and social responsibility at the national and international levels. On these same subjects he has developed several academic publications and technical documents.the Civil Society Promoter Group of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and member of the Core Team for the elaboration of the Open Government Action Plan in Ecuador (OGP).

A member of ISTR since 2011, Daniel was co-host of the 2017 LAC Regional Meeting in Quito, and served on the 2018 Academic Committee for the 13th International Conference.


Elizabeth Bloodgood

Elizabeth Bloodgood is an Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. Her research focuses on international nongovernmental organizations' strategic responses to institutional and environmental opportunities and constraints, including national regulations and resources, and the resulting survival rates and advocacy activities. Her research, supported by grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Quebec Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture, has been published in Voluntas, the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the European Political Science ReviewReview of International Studies, and assorted edited volumes. Beth's administrative experience includes serving as Chair and Associate Chair of the Political Science Department, as well as the co-coordinator of three international academic-practitioner workshops. She has worked with the Canadian data nonprofits Ajah and Powered by Data, as well as the Social Justice Committee, the Center of Concern, and the Carter Center. An undergraduate internship with the Carter Center led to a MA at Columbia University to study the international relations of development followed by a PhD in Politics at Princeton, funded in part by the Social Science Research Council’s now-defunct program on nonprofits. Early in her career she was motivated and greatly assisted by supportive ISTR members and seeks to provide this same opportunity 

to graduate sudents and young scholars in the future.



Carolyn Cordery 

Carolyn Cordery is currently a Professor in Accounting at Aston Business School (UK) and also holds a fractional appointment at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She still vividly remembers her first ISTR Conference in Barcelona in 20

08 and the buzz of meeting like-minded researchers with whom to discuss international third sector issues. Her research focuses on third sector organisations' accounting and accountability and she is particularly interested in how these organisations are resourced (by donors/philanthropists, grants, contracts, volunteers, etc.) and the resource constraints that cause many of these organisations to be financially vulnerable.

Professionally, she is a Fellow of both Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and CPA Australia. Carolyn has held a number of third sector governance positions, including being on the Board of Australia and New Zealand Third Sector Research 2014-2018 and Joint Editor of that Society’s Journal, Third Sector Review 2015-2018. Since moving to the UK in 2017, she has become the treasurer of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network. She publishes regularly in third sector journals, is on the editorial board of Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, an Associate Editor of Accounting History and regularly reviews for other journals, undertakes PhD examinations on third sector topics and is an ISTR mentor (2016 and 2018). vulnerable. 

She has enjoyed being involved in the academic committees and PhD networks for ISTR and related conferences, including ISTR Asia-Pacific and ANZTSR. She also organises local events to showcase third sector research and engage practitioners. 



Barbara Ibrahim

Barbara Lethem Ibrahim is founding director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement (2006-2014) at the American University in Cairo, currently an independent scholar. She holds a B.A. from DePauw University, M.A. degree from The American University of Beirut, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University. She served as Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa of the Population Council from 1990 to 2005 and previously was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation in in the Cairo regional office (1981-1989).

Her publications span a 35 career and address philanthropy in the Arab region, challenges to global higher education, youth transitions to adulthood, women’s employment, youth activism in Egypt, and the closing space for civil society in the Arab transitions. Her most recent book is published by AUC Press, Family Legacies: Wealth and Philanthropy in the Arab World (in Arabic and English, 2017). 

She serves on the board of directors of Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS), ending in December 2018; Soliya; and is vice president of the board of directors, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law. In 2003 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Middle East Women’s Studies Association.  

Barbara has been an active member of ISTR since attending the 2010 International Conference in Istanbul. She has served on both the 2010 and most recently the 2018 Emerging Scholar Dissertation Award Committees.



Bhekinkosi Moyo

Bhekinkosi Moyo is an Adjunct Professor and Director of the Africa Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment at the Wits Business School in South Africa.  His areas of research interest are civil society, philanthropy and governance. As a board member, his focus is on strengthening research and scholarship on philanthropy in Africa by connecting linkages between ISTR and African researchers and academics through his work at the Centre. Bheki was elected to the ISTR Board in 2014 and served on its executive Committee from 2014-2015. He has been an ISTR member since 2002 and currently Chairs the Africa Regional Network.

Prior to his current role, he was Chief Executive Officer of the  Southern Africa Trust-a regional organization that supports wider and deeper policy engagements in regional integration. And before then, he was director of programs at TrustAfrica-a pan African foundation based in Senegal for close to seven years contributing to its growth and pan African reach. He writes extensively on African philanthropy, governance and the state of civil society in Africa. Among his recent books are: Helping to Give, Giving to Help: The Context and Politics of African Philanthropy (2013), Disenabling the Public Sphere: Civil Society Regulation in Africa (2010); Africa in Global Power Play (2007) and What about the children: The silent voices in Maintenance (2004). He has also contributed a number of journal articles, book chapters and regularly wrote a column for the African Decisions Magazine. Most of his works can be found on including his Mail and Guardian blog. Bheki served on the board of several organizations, in particular ICCO, AGN and the African Union Foundation. 



Fengshi Wu


Fengshi Wu, PhD, is a leading expert on Chinese politics (state-society relations and civil society), environmental politics (movement and policy), and global governance. She is currently a Senior Lecturer at Asia Institute, the University of Melbourne. Prior to the current position, she was an Associate Professor and Co-Coordinator of the International Relations MA program at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore (2014-2018). She was previously assistant and associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2005-2013) and a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard-Yenching Institute (2008-2009).


Dr. Wu holds a PhD in political science from University of Maryland, College Park, and a BA in international relations from Beijing University. Widely published, her academic works have appeared in China JournalVOLUNTAS, China Quarterly, Journal of Environmental Policy and PlanningJournal of Contemporary China, and she currently serves on the editorial boards of Global Environmental Politics and China Review. She recently edited the book China’s Global Conquest for Resources (Routledge, 2017) on China’s overseas investment in and acquisition of natural resources.


Since the early 2000s, Dr. Wu has been supporting and participating in non-profit organization development in mainland China, particularly in the field of environmental protection. She was a founding member and later a Deputy Director of the Centre for Civil Society Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2008-2013). The Centre was also a main initiator of the East Asia Third Sector Research Network, which started in the early 2010s.


From May 2018, she has served as a Member-at-Large of the ISA Asia Pacific Executive Committee. She was a member (2015-2018) and the Chair (2017-2018) of the Sprout Award Committee of the Environmental Studies Section of ISA (International Studie
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