Paul Lachapelle

IACD President

Paul is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Montana State University-Bozeman in the United States and serves as the Extension Community Development Specialist in the Montana Local Government Center. His areas of expertise are: community development, local governance, public participation, deliberative democracy, policy analysis, qualitative research methods, tourism, leadership training and natural resource policy. He is proficient in Nepali and French.  Paul is a member of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals

Anita Paul

(South Asia)

Anita is a Past Vice President of IACD. She is co-founder and Director (Community Initiatives) of the Pan Himalayan Grassroots Development Foundation, a voluntary organisation in India which promotes holistic river basin development through active engagement of communities in the central and western Himalayan regions. She is also the Founder-Chairperson of a for-profit Producers Company with 2,000 marginalised women shareholders engaged in sustainable livelihoods improvement efforts.

Anastasia Crickley

Vice President (Europe)

Anastasia is a Vice President of IACD and Regional Director – Europe. She has over forty years’ community development experience, working for the rights of marginalised, minority and migrant communities. She is head of the Department of Applied Social Studies at NUI, Maynooth, Vice-President of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Chairperson of the Irish Community Workers Cooperative and a founder of the European Network Against Racism, Pavee Point Traveller & Roma Centre and Migrant Rights Centre Ireland. Anastasia was the first Chair of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and is a lifelong advocate for women’s rights. Anastasia is a co-founder of Community Work Ireland and chairs the IACD/CWI World Community Development Conference Committee.

Muhammad Bello Shitu

Vice President (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Professor Shitu is a Vice President of IACD and Regional Director – Africa, South Sahara. He is a Community Development and Innovations Diffusion Specialist and holds a B.Sc (HONS) degree in Geography, M.Sc Rural Development and PhD Rural Development with specialisation in Community Development. He is a highly experienced teacher, facilitator and researcher with teaching and research experience in Community Development, Innovations Diffusion, Rural Development, Education & Development, Health & Development, Non-Formal Education, and Environmental Education issues. Muhammad is a co-founder of the Nigerian Institute for Community Development Practitioners

Kwok Kin Fung

(East Asia)

Dr. Fung is Regional Director – Asia. He is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Social Work, Hong Kong Baptist University. At present, his teaching and research work is on areas of community development, social policy, globalization and social welfare, and child poverty. In addition, he has also been actively involved in community development projects in Hong Kong including offering consultancy services and training to community development services and social workers in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Kwok Kin is an active member of the Community Development Alliance in Hong Kong

Connie Loden

(North America)

Connie Loden is one of IACD’s Regional Directors for North America. Connie is the Senior Project Manager for New North, a regional economic development NGO in Wisconsin-USA. Connie specializes in community change, leadership and asset-based economic development. She served as past President of Community Development Society. Connie applies her particular passion for rural areas, helping communities change around the world. She co-leads the Community Change Network-Official Working Group of the National Rural Assembly (US), founding the Community Change Resource Bank, an on-line searchable library for research, policy and practice case studies for communities to learn how to generate positive change. Connie is  member of the US Community Development Society

Greg Wise

(North America)

Greg Wise is one of IACD’s Regional Directors for North America. Greg is a Professor and Community Development Specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Center for Community and Economic Development and serves as the Center’s Director. He carries out the “Wisconsin Idea” by conducting applied research and educational programs that address community preparedness, economic development strategies, and entrepreneurship. Greg is currently researching the use of quality of life measures to frame and track community development planning and implementation. He worked as a community development practitioner for 11 years in rural Wisconsin. Greg is a member of the US Community Development Society

Dee Brooks


Dee Brooks is an IACD Regional Director for Oceania. Dee is Director of the Jeder Institute in Australia. Based on two decades of grassroots work, Dee has trained and presented to thousands of people at hundreds of events and workshops across the globe. Dee’s background is in youth work, community research and community development and she is a firm believer in the power of tapping into the collective wisdom of a community to strengthen and build on what’s already there. Dee is an ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) trainer and consultant, a founding member and Facilitator of the ABCD Asia Pacific Network and an International Faculty & board member of the ABCD Institute based at DePaul.

Warren Joseph Dollente

(South Asia)

Warren Joseph Dollente is an IACD Regional Director for Southeast Asia. Warren is the Director of the Lasallian Institute for the Environment (LIFE) of De La Salle Philippines (DLSP). He coordinates and facilitates various social and environmental programs with the 16 Network of Schools and Universities of DLSP, local partner communities, civil society organizations and government agencies. He has extensive experience in program management, technical supervision, application of information and communication technologies, networking and linkages for community development, disaster risk reduction and management, and sustainability programs. Warren is an active member of the Philippines CD association .

Maryam Ahmadian

(Middle East and North Africa)

Dr. Maryam Ahmadian is currently in her second postdoctoral appointment in women’s studies in Tehran, Iran. She completed her first Postdoctoral Fellowship in Community Development and Health Promotion at the University Putra Malaysia. She was a Research Fellow at the Cancer Resource and Education Center in the faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University Putra Malaysia. She was also a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Health and Risk Communication in George Mason University, Virginia, United States. She has over 20 years of experience in Social Sciences. Her areas of expertise are: community development, health promotion, public health, community participation, and women’s empowerment.

John Stansfield


John Stansfield lives in Waiheke Island near Auckland in Aotearoa New Zealand. He is head of the department of Social Practice at Unitec, where they teach undergraduate and post graduate programs in Community Development as well as Social Work and Counselling. John has worked extensively in community development in his own community as well as Palmerston North, Papua New Guinea and other Pacific islands and spent a year studying with BRAC in Bangladesh. John is a co-founder of the New Zealand CD association  John chairs the IACD Training, Publications and Professional Development Committee.

Anthony Ssembatya

(Sub-Saharan Africa)

Anthony is IACD’s Board member covering the United Nations where he works with UN Women He is a Conflict Mediator, currently following his PhD Program in Global Peace and Security Studies at the University of Leipzig and Institute for Peace and Security Studies, Addis Ababa. He founded Kirabo Doors of Hope Children’s Centre in Jinja-Uganda and is an activist for Global Girl Child Education with the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI). Tony chairs the Policy Committee.

Julius Mwanga 

(Sub-Saharan Africa)

Julius is the Executive Director of Kabarole Research and Resource Centre( KRC)– a Research, Development and Advocacy Organization based in Fort Portal, Rwenzori Region of Western Uganda. Julius is a social worker and social administrator and has been at the centre of development processes in and outside the Rwenzori Region for the last 15 years. He has an MBA in Human Resource Management and is a member of the Human Resource Managers Association of Uganda, a professional body affiliated to the Human Resource Managers Association of Africa. He is also a member of the Mountains of the Moon University’s Appointment’s Board and Uganda Pentecostal University Council. 

Colette McGarva


Colette is the Chair of the Strategic Sub-Group of the Scottish Community Development Alliance . She has played an integral role in the progression of community development in Scotland where her work features in a number of publications including the Scottish Co-Production website. She represents SCDN at national and international events and is a skilled facilitator in issues pertaining to community development and health & wellbeing. Colette holds a Masters in Community Regeneration and Community Planning and has worked in Kenya and USA as well as Scotland. Colette supervises our HQ based staff.

Ursula Harman

(South America)

Ursula Harman is our board member for South America. Ursula has more than 8 years of experience in the field of innovation for social change working in projects with renewable energy technologies in rural communities of Peru, directing international exchange programs with students from Peru and the US, and coordinating the selection process of national and regional competitions for technological innovation.

Clare MacGillivray


Clare is the Co-treasurer of IACD. She is Development Coordinator for Edinburgh Tenants Federation, the umbrella organisation for grassroots tenants’ groups in the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. She established a housing rights project to empower communities to influence housing issues using a human rights-based approach. A member of the Scotland Committee of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Clare began her community development career in peacebuilding initiatives in India over 20 years ago. A former Commissioner for the East Lothian Poverty Commission, Co-Convenor and founding member of ENACT for Women.

Anna Clarke


Anna is based in Northern Ireland and has over 25 years experience in the community development field.  She is Director for Communities at Prospect Awards, a community interest company specialising in the design and accreditation of qualifications and learning programmes in community development, governance and learning.  Areas of special interest and expertise include; community development standards, community leadership and models and practices of community participation and engagement.   Anna holds a Masters in Human Rights and Equal Opportunities and an MSc in Governance and Community Planning.

Shahzad Ismail

(South Asia)

Shazad is the founder and CEO of New World Hope Organization (NWHO). NWHO is engaged in humanitarian, environment and participatory development and sustainability in Pakistan and abroad. He is also the founder Executive Director of the Federation of Aid and Relief for Action Jointly Worldwide (FARAJ Worldwide), a voluntary organization which supports vulnerable populations worldwide affected by war and natural disasters and economic and social crises. He has extensive experience in program implementation and management, project monitoring and evaluation, funding and networking for community development.

Charlie McConnell

IACD Past President and Adviser to the Board

Charlie McConnell retired as President of IACD at the Minnesota conference. He served on the IACD Board for two periods over eighteen years – as Publications Chair, Treasurer, Secretary General and President and was instrumental in re-establishing IACD in 1998 with its HQ in Scotland. As President, Charlie focussed the association’s work upon the Sustainable Development Goals, including at the United Nations High Level Political Forum, and ensured the association was more proactive in defining a new global definition of community development as a practice-based profession and an academic discipline. As immediate Past president, Charlie remains an adviser to the Board until 2018. Charlie is also the editor of IACD’s magazine, Practice Insights and editor of the IACD website and Official Facebook site.