Convening and Advising.

Ilze Melngailis

Ilze Melngailis

Senior Director for Global Partnerships - un foundation

Ilze Melngailis is the UN Foundation’s Senior Director for Global Partnerships and of the Business Council for the UN. Her career has focused on applying business approaches to international development – accelerating gains in health, gender equality, and poverty alleviation. She designs and develops innovative corporate partnerships at the United Nations Foundation and also leads private sector engagement with the UN and in particular companies’ participation in the UN’s historic Sustainable Development Goals. She has contributed thought leadership and created impactful initiatives and programs in over 30 countries through leadership positions at GBC Health where she was Vice President, Partnerships and Impact Initiatives, and prior roles at the USAID-funded ACQUIRE Project at EngenderHealth, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and consulting roles. She has expertise in corporate ‘shared value’ strategies, women’s and girls’ empowerment, reproductive health and family planning, social marketing, and partnering effectively with the private sector to reach global development goals. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at McGill University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Yale University School of Management. She is a founding board member of Operation Fistula, and at the start of her career, founded and ran Latvia’s national Association for Family Planning and Sexual Health

Kimberly Kicenuik

Kimberly Kicenuik

vice president, ccs fundraising

For the past several years, Kimberly has helped develop major gift, volunteer engagement and campaign strategies at some of the nation’s top non-profit organizations, serving as campaign counsel at several premier research universities (including the University of Miami, the University of Florida, the University of Illinois, and Rutgers) and social services organizations (Save the Children, International Rescue Committee, The Salvation Army). In these roles, Kimberly provided strategic oversight for general development and campaign initiatives, identifying opportunities to enhance philanthropy, productivity and efficiency across her clients’ respective advancement divisions.

Most recently, Kimberly completed a planning study to guide the first individual major gifts focused fundraising effort in the history of Save the Children USA, which brings in more than $650M in contributions annually (largely from institutional, corporate and foundation donors). Prior to this engagement, Kimberly completed a comprehensive development assessment and campaign plan at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. This work focused on evaluating the strengths of the University’s current fundraising program (which resulted in more than $3B raised in the last decade during the Momentum Campaigns) and developing data-driven recommendations on how to structure advancement staffing and operations to maximize fundraising results.  

Kimberly has also served as resident counsel at the University of Florida, partnering closely with the Vice President of Development and Alumni Affairs to engineer detailed strategic plans for fifteen priority advancement initiatives. Some of the highlights of this work included the repositioning of UFF’s Board of Directors as a national volunteer platform, the inception of a “mega-giving” program designed to help UF close its first ever 10-figure gift and the successful launch of a multi-million dollar capital campaign for the construction of two new clinical hospitals dedicated to cardio-vascular and neurological medicine.

Prior to joining CCS, Kimberly pursued her BA at Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude, and her MBA at the Yale School of Management, focusing her studies on Marketing and Nonprofit Management. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys reading English classics, CrossFit, long-distance running and international travel.

Victor Padilla-Taylor

Victor Padilla-Taylor

Project Lead, Mobility, World Economic Forum

Victor Padilla-Taylor is a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum, Project Lead and Senior Manager for the Global Future Council on Mobility. Based in New York City, he works with industry leaders and subject experts on how global supply chains and key mobility companies can improve their positive impacts to society through innovation and multi-stakeholder partnerships. He has supported the World Economic Forum’s initiatives on trade facilitation, digital transformation and humanitarian preparedness and response.  Prior to joining the Forum, he held various management positions with leading trading firms in Latin America for more than 10 years to optimize their worldwide supply chain operations and execute large commodity contracts for private and public constituents. In his previous role as corporate development manager for an agri-business conglomerate, he supported new investments across a wide range of industry verticals in Latin America such as chemicals, agriculture and transportation through multiple analyses and research. Padilla-Taylor is a Master of Advanced Management graduate from Yale University. He holds an MBA from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, a Chemical and Industrial Engineering degree from his home country Guatemala and is currently completing a Master in Global Leadership with the World Economic Forum.