Team bios

Noble Kumawu

Noble is IODA’s President since October 2022.

Psychologist with a post-graduate specialization as an Organization Development [OD] Consultant having pursued his education at Birkbeck University, London; East London University, UK, and Harvard University, Boston, USA.

He divides his time between Africa and Europe, undertaking relevant Facilitation, Organizational Development (OD) & Management Development Consultancy, Training and Research assignments or strengthening the capacity of local consultants to do so. Noble is the current President of the OD Institute, Ghana and superintends over the training of OD Practitioners and Change Leaders in Post-Graduate Diploma or Master’s Degree in Organisation Development.

Noble has undertaken various short and long-term consultancy, research and/or training assignments for various clients including development partners such as United Nations, World Health Organisation, European Union, Africa Union Commission, etc. Prior to his election as the President of IODA, Noble also served as the President of the Organisation Development Practitioners Association (ODPA), Ghana.

Sasha Farley
Puerto Rico
General Vice President

Sasha works as an Organization Development consultant who is passionate about identifying and cultivating inclusive organizational cultures and helping clients recognize the positive potential engaged and empowered individuals can have on the mission success of an organization. A special area of focus includes helping organizations, leaders, and teams adapt to remote working and incorporate new philosophies and approaches around the future of work. 

In her work she leverages her expertise and experience in facilitation, organization design, change management, process improvement, and strategic planning to work collaboratively to achieve clients’ goals. She is also passionate about ensuring diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, and justice are integrated into her approaches and desired outcomes of the work she supports.

Sasha has worked with government agencies and private companies in the United States and overseas. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Neuroscience and earned her Master’s degree in Organization Development from American University. She currently lives in Puerto Rico and enjoys being out in the beautiful nature and connecting with her family and culture. 

Melanie Brannigan

Melanie has held the position of IODA Treasurer since January 2021.

As an expert in business transformation and culture change, Melanie specializes in working with senior leadership teams to design and execute innovative strategies to build environments where employees can flourish and do their very best work – thereby unleashing the full potential of the organization. Melanie’s extensive experience ranges from tech start-ups to global entertainment organizations; with for-profit, non-profit and government; and across a wide range of industries as diverse as advertising, pharmaceuticals, and real estate development. She is also an executive coach.

Melanie has lived and worked in six countries and is currently Director, Organization Development for Farah Experiences, which delivers unique, world-class cultural and entertainment experiences in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

James Eckley
South Africa
Operations Manager

James runs the day-to-day operations of IODA and can deal with your member queries and correspondence.  He also supports the activities of the EC and the various sub-committees.

Glenda Hutchinson

Glenda Hutchison
VP Conferences & Events

Glenda works as an organization development consultant with the primary purpose of providing organizations with assistance in achieving best business outcomes by working with their people most effectively.

She has over 20 years’ experience in corporate organization development, training, management coaching and education with a range of businesses and organizations, both public and private. Her roles have included planning and implementing large culture change programs, designing and facilitating programs in personal development, management and leadership development, transition management, facilitation and communication skills. She works with all levels of an organization.

Glenda is a qualified practitioner of the Hogan Assessments, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and a certified practitioner of the William Bridges – Managing Organizational Transition process.

She is past president of the Organization Development Australia (ODA) association.

Sophie Dazin
Marketing & Social Media

Sophie helps us communicate IODA’s activities through IODA’s various channels, including: newsletters, mailers, social media, website, press. Sophie’s role also includes making sure IODA’s message and mission are disseminated across all continents.

Ken Nishikawa
VP Conferences & Events

Ken is Co-VP of Conferences and Events since May 2020.

Ken has worked at Japanese Universities within the fields of Organization Development, Human Development from positive perspectives, and as Practitioner Development as an agent of Action Research since 1988.

He is a member of OD Network, IODA, and ODAJ, and has learnt to know and appreciate the beauty of cultural diversity.

Celina Mattocks

Celina Mattocks is a global citizen and an adventurous Management Consulting Executive focused on enterprise-wide change enablement.

Celina was educated at American University in Washington, DC, USA where she earned her Master of Science degree in Organization Development, and Salisbury University in Maryland, USA where she received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Communications & Spanish. Celina has consulted with many companies in the United States and overseas. She spends her spare time outdoors with her family and friends, reads and writes, runs, or practices yoga.

She is excited to join the IODA Board as Secretary in 2022 after learning from many of its leaders since 2013. 

Ron Banerjee
VP Affiliations & Partnerships

Ron Banerjee, MPS, CCP, CFS, CLTC, is a financial advisor specializing in the tax-exempt markets for Voya Financial Advisors, Inc. He is also the Managing Partner and President of Arjuna Envirotech Inc., a family owned venture capital/private equity related company which assists in bringing technology and business enterprises out of the incubator and to the market. A former Training and Development Officer for the Center for Independent Living of Central PA, Ron is currently a doctoral student finishing his dissertation in Workforce Education and Organization Development and Change at the Penn State University. Ron received a Master of Professional Studies degree in Organization Development and Change from the same university. 

Banerjee is a Prosci® Certified Change Professional in ADKAR® and a published large-scale and DEIB cultural change expert. Ron has brought his energy and presencing to the Organization Development Community as the developer and leader of the ODN Welcome Group and Penn State OD and C liaison to the Pennsylvania Workforce Education Association. Ron is known globally as the creator of his Rapid Response Organization Development (RROD) model, an action plan for an OD response in times of crisis. 

Banerjee is a decorated disabled veteran of the U.S. Navy and has been nationally recognized by the US Veterans Administration as an advocate for his fellow disabled veterans. Banerjee is also an active community leader holding Board and leadership positions in a variety of organizations including the Organization Development Network, Meals on Wheels of State College, the International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, and the Penn State University World Campus Alumni Society. 

Carmina Taylor
VP Strategic Projects

Carmina Taylor has been an Organizational Development Practitioner for over 10 years in the Philadelphia region. She is currently the first Director of Campus and Community Engagement at Jefferson University. She is a consummate community leader in Pennsylvania who organizes Civic Saturdays, conversations that build bridges and trust between community members from different walks of life. She believes we are better off when we listen to one another, are open to different perspectives, and “coalesce around what it means to be a U.S. citizen.” Carmina is the founder of the “We Can’t Wait” Pennsylvania Statewide Coalition for Racial Equity and the Movement for Black and Brown Lives of Montgomery County, PA. Through her work as the President of the Ambler Branch of the NAACP, she has worked with 14 Montgomery County Police Departments to create engagement plans that help close the divide between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. On September 15th last year, Carmina was honored by the White House at President Biden’s United We Stand Summit as a national, local hero “UNITER”, for her years of work against hate throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 

Lakshmidevi Vasudevan
VP Membership & Communications

Lakshmidevi Vasudevan is an Organization Development and Dance movement therapy (DMT) practitioner. Her inner work of change started with ISABS (Indian society for applied behavioural science) ODCP (Organisation development certification program) and continued with awareness to change through movement from DMT in Tata Institute of social sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Her all-time mentors and go to persons are Vasudevan Alasingachar,
VM Ramalingam and Sohini Chakraborty. (Ocean of wisdom & knowledge in OD & DMT)

Lakshmi brings embodied experience and movement exploration as an integrated approach for holistic growth and development of people for all age group and gender. Having around 20 plus years of overall experience, she has worked as HR professional for 11 years. As a Founder of “Way to Roots” for last 13 years she is into OD consulting. From 2019 she is integrating embodiment and movement practice through “Kalpavriksha4you” as part of interventions. 
She is also a professional classical dancer and finds meaning, solace and expressions through movement and dance. She is passionate about holding monthly online space for people to bring back the forgotten body wisdom through “Body wisdom circle.”