Meet The Team

CEO/Founder & Chairman

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James J. Owens

Ceo/Founder

James J. Owens is an expert in professional management communication. He has published 100+ articles in national and international publications. Professor Owens has appeared on CNN and has interviewed numerous Fortune 500 CEOs. He worked in the UK, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Africa for companies including Bain Consulting, Agfa-Gavaert, Coco-Cola, and Louis Vuitton, and consults with corporations on topics ranging from communication to leadership. He is Founder and CEO of The World is Just a Book Away, a non-profit literacy organization. 

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Emilio Diez Barroso

Chairman of the Board

Emilio Diez Barroso is the Chairman of WIJABA and the Founder of NALA Investments, LLC, a private investment holding company with operations across various industries including communications, transportation, energy, media and technology. The company manages a portfolio comprised of multiple investment asset classes primarily in the United States and Latin America.

Assistant Director

US Country Director

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Ryane Acalin

Ryane is the Assistant Director and US Country Director of WIJABA. She is responsible for the overall management and operation of the organization as well as project management for US libraries. She illustrated the World is Just a Book Away and is the resident graphic designer for the nonprofit. Ryane received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of California Berkeley.  

Programs Director

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Darryl Macer, Ph.D.

Professor Darryl Macer is a New Zealander, and serves as President and Co-founder of American University of Sovereign Nations (AUSN), and moved to USA in 2013. Dr. Macer served from 2004 until early 2013 as UNESCO Regional Adviser for Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific.He is credited with over three hundred academic publications (50 authored and edited books; 240 Peer Reviewed papers in academic journals and books; and other academic publications in academic journals). He was a Foreign Professor at University of Tsukuba, Japan, from 1990-2005, and also is a Affiliated Professor, University of Kumamoto, Japan (since 2007) and Director, Eubios Ethics Institute, (New Zealand; Thailand and Japan (since he founded it in 1990, and a Research Fellow at the Center for Ethics of Science and Technology, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.  Dr. Macer is also the Secretary of the Asian Bioethics Association.He has a B.Sc (Hons) in Biochemistry from Lincoln College, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, and Trinity College, University of Cambridge, U.K.,; and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Kumamoto University, Japan in 2009.   

International Directors

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Arif Darmawan

Indonesia Country Director

Arif is the Country Manager of  Indonesia. He has worked with WIJABA since 2008 and is responsible for project management, establishing relationships with government officials and schools, managing project rollouts and launches, and establishing systems and programs to ensure the sustainable success of WIJABA's projects in Indonesia.

 

Arif has a long-standing interest in technology, human development, reading, and education. He is currently leading teams in 5 different regions in Indonesia.

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Farah Mustika Sari

Indonesia Assistant Director

Farah is WIJABA's Assistant Director. She has worked with WIJABA since 2015. She graduated from Universitas Negeri Surabaya as a Bachelor of Education. Farah has a great interest in education & personal development. She believes that every person, especially the young, will have a better future with a better education and know themself very well.

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Daniella Diez Barroso

Mexico Country Director

Daniella is WIJABA's Country Director in Mexico. She oversees all 17 libraries which serve over 10,000 children in Chihuahua. 

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Arif Darmawan

Indonesia Country Director

Arif is the Country Manager of  Indonesia. He has worked with WIJABA since 2008 and is responsible for project management, establishing relationships with government officials and schools, managing project rollouts and launches, and establishing systems and programs to ensure the sustainable success of WIJABA's projects in Indonesia.

 

Arif has a long-standing interest in technology, human development, reading, and education. He is currently leading teams in 5 different regions in Indonesia.

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Farah Mustika Sari

Indonesia Programs Director

Farah is WIJABA Roots & Shoots Program Director. She has worked with WIJABA since 2015. She graduated from Universitas Negeri Surabaya as a Bachelor of Education. Farah has a great interest in education & personal development. She believes that every person, especially the young, will have a better future with a better education and know themself very well.

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Daniella Diez Barroso

Mexico Country Director

Daniella is WIJABA's Country Director in Mexico. She oversees all 17 libraries which serve over 10,000 children in Chihuahua. 

Staff Members

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Qurrotul Ainiyah 

Lead Roots & Shoots Teacher

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Nur Azis

Padang Regional Manager

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Septian Fikri F.

Mobile Library Manager

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I Putu Agus Gunawan

Bali Regional Manager

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Januarius Harmiyanto

Flores Regional Manager

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Dini Nadaria N.I.

Indonesia Program Director

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Agnes Pradityana

Children's Literacy Manager

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Ridwan Sururi

Horse Library Regional Manager

Board Members

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Alexandria Diez Barroso

Board Member

As founder of TransGnosis, Alexandra Diez Barroso is an internationally renowned life coach, facilitator, and writer. She is the author of 13 Qualities For Authentic Living. Alexandra has 20+ years of experience deeply engaged with philanthropic work related to education, health, the arts, and children on 4 continents. She holds a BA in Communications from St. Edwards University and a Masters in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. 

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Chris Bard

 

Board Member

As National Managing Partner of BDO USA, LLP's R&D Tax Services business and BDO International's Global R&D Center of Excellence, Chris works in the area of U.S. federal, state, and non-U.S. R&D tax credits and incentives, helping companies claim and support tax benefits for their efforts to improve their products, manufacturing processes, and software.

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Drew Boyles

 

Board Member

Outside of currently serving as El Segundo’s Mayor, Drew Boyles is an entrepreneur and veteran. Drew achieved his Bachelor’s Degree by the age of 21, while fully enlisted in the US Navy. After the military, Drew quickly progressed through the leadership ranks at Brunswick Corporation and Starbucks Coffee, while solely raising his two sons. Drew went on to get his MBA in Finance from USC, and became a Big 5 Management Consultant.

 

Drew has co-founded a dry cleaning start-up and owned and operated as many as three dozen 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchises. He owns and operates You Move Me, a local moving company, in Southern California and Drew founded HazAwayToday.com, which provides the first of its kind residential and commercial hazardous waste removal services. Drew’s latest ventures involve a patented consumer product for the action sports industry and developing a best in class wave pool.

Drew’s personal passions are spending time with his wife, Lee and his five children, working hard to leave the world better than when he found it, and surfing, skiing and snowboarding as hard and as often as possible. Drew has a goal of surfing every country in the world, somehow even the land locked ones! As of January 2020, he has surfed 18 countries. 

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Susan Fink 
Board Member

Susan has spent her 30-year career driving innovation by developing dynamic leaders and inspiring clients to dream big. Her strategic vision has changed the landscape of food and beverage operations and venue optimization by developing new business lines for world class enterprises on three continents.

As Country Director Sports & Entertainment, Compass Group Mexico, Susan transformed the spectator experience of over 9 million sports and music fans through NFL, MLB, Formula 1, Formula E, Nascar, PGA, and FIFA events. She also launched the Compass Group’s Levy Restaurant brand in London at the O2 Arena.

Prior to working with Compass, Susan held leadership positions at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, John Q Hammons Hotels, and Davidson Hotels.

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A.G.S Johnson

Board Member

A former banker, Mrs. Johnson specialized in international cash management for mid- and large-cap corporations and major banks, including a 6-year stint as Vice President and Region Manager, Citibank, Global Products and Services. Upon retirement, she went back to USC, earning a Masters of Professional Writing degree in 2001. She earned her BS in Marketing Management from Drake University. An avid writer, she has published the first of her two completed novels, The Sausage Makers Daughters.

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Kevin A. Keane

Board Member

With a robust career in management and strategic business consulting working alongside some of the world’s most recognized companies including Toyota Motor North America, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sony Pictures, and IBM, Kevin
possesses a breadth and depth of transformational leadership expertise. A dynamic coach and motivating visionary, Kevin offers
trusted advice, insightful vision, and actionable business strategies. He also offers his C-level clients the critical tools to successfully imagine, foster, and ignite a corporate culture that compels others to engage, invest, and achieve.

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Clare Manz
Board Member

Dr. Clare Manz is a veterinarian who has worked in emergency medicine as an intern, and as a small animal practitioner in private practice for 20 years. She graduated from Bates College and went on to earn a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Prince Edward Island in 1998.

She has served on the board of the YMVA in Greenfield Massachusetts and has participated in other philanthropic charity work throughout her life.  

Clare enjoys reading, yoga, travel, gardening and spending time with her 11-year-old daughter and husband.

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Douglas Rowell

Board Member

Douglas Edward Rowell is an award-winning advertising, entertainment and marketing veteran with 20 years of experience in designing, developing and delivering multi-platform content and performance driven experiences that define how technology, business and the consumer engage each other. With a strong background in children’s literary, animated and live action projects— his work as a director and producer has been nominated for multiple awards including three Primetime Emmy Awards. Mr. Rowell has contributed, spoken or been featured in animation, creativity, education and marketing publications and events including The Advertising Club, Advertising Week, Animation World Network, Business Week, BONUS Creative Week MX, Congreso RED 3, DM News, KTLA5, Huffington Post, and the ADDYs among others.

Advisory Board Members

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Roselle Chartock, Ed.D

Advisory Board Member

Dr. Chartock is Professor Emerita of Education at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, MA. Prior to teaching on the college level, she taught high school history at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, MA, and before that middle and elementary school. She has authored several books and journal articles that promote interdisciplinary instructional approaches and call for multi-cultural and global perspectives as the bases for nurturing critical thinking and tolerance. She has also provided professional development for in-service teachers and lectured on a wide variety of topics related to education throughout her career.

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Nina Houghton

Advisory Board Member

Nina is a researcher and consultant with Inverness Research Inc., an educational research and consulting firm based in northern California. As a consultant with the firm since 1995, Ms. Houghton has worked to provide insight into the design, quality and effectiveness of educational reform initiatives in schools and districts across the country. She holds a BA from Stanford University and a Masters of Education from Lesley University.

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Emmanuel Kelly

Advisory Board Member

Emmanuel Kelly was found in a box as an infant in war-torn Iraq by nuns and taken to a Mother Teresa orphanage where he was adopted into Australia by Moira Kelly. He rose to prominence after he performed his rendition of "Imagine" by John Lennon on Australia's X-Factor in 2011. Emmanuel is known as the first differently-abled pop star and has performed duets with David Foster and Coldplay, opened for Snoop Dogg to a sold-out audience, and performed a set of concerts in Juarez Mexico to sold out audiences, becoming the 1st non latino pop artist to do so.

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Riz Khan

Advisory Board Member

Riz Khan is a recognized media journalist, host, and producer, following extensive careers with the BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera English. In 2005, he was recruited by the Al Jazeera network to set-up its English-language channel and to host a daily, live, interactive show featuring the world's top newsmakers. He also gained recognition for his flagship, weekly profile show, Riz Khan's "One on One". Riz attended the University of Wales in Cardiff, where he earned an honors degree in Medical Physiology and switched to Journalism for his post-graduate studies.

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Mary Lewis

Advisory Board Member

As Vice President of Outreach, Office of the Founder-Global, and Assistant to Dr. Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE at the Jane Goodall Institute, Mary has been engaged in environmental awareness and protection efforts for many years.

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Selina Tusitala Marsh
Advisory Board Member

Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh is an Auckland-based Pacific poet and scholar of Samoan, Tuvaluan, English, Scottish and French descent. She was the first person of Pacific descent to graduate with a PhD in English from the University of Auckland, where she now lectures in both creative writing and Māori and Pacific literary studies. Selina’s work has been widely published and has appeared in a range of online and hardcopy literary journals and anthologies including Blackmail Press, Whetu Moana: Contemporary Polynesian Poetry in English, Mauri Ola: Contemporary Polynesian Poetry in English–Whetu Moana II (Auckland University Press/UHP), Best New Zealand Poems 2006, Niu Voices: Contemporary Pacific Fiction 1 and The Contemporary Pacific (UHP). Her first collection of poems, Fast Talking PI, was published by Auckland University Press in 2009, and subsequently won the 2010 NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry. Tusitala Marsh was named the Commonwealth Poet for 2016. In August 2017 Marsh was awarded the New Zealand Poet Laureate for 2017–2019.

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Jenny Ming

Advisory Board Member

Jenny became President & CEO of Charlotte Russe Holding, Inc. in 2009. Jenny joined Gap, Inc. in 1986, serving in various executive capacities in its San Francisco headquarters. In 1994, she was a member of the executive team that launched Old Navy. From March 1999 to October 2006 she served as President of Old Navy. Jenny was included in Fortune magazine's 2003 & 2004 lists of "50 most powerful women in American business."She received her Bachelor of Art's Degree in Clothing Merchandising from San Jose State University.

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Tim Monich

Advisory Board Member

Tim is a speech and dialect coach with over 35 years' experience in theater and film. Having trained with Edith Skinner at Carnegie Mellon University, he was on the faculty of The Juilliard School for 12 years. Tim has coached more than 135 professional theater productions and has worked on over 135 feature films. 

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Catherine Quinlan

Advisory Board Member

Catherine Quinlan was appointed Dean of the USC Libraries effective August 1, 2007. She is responsible for guiding the university’s efforts to establish the model for the 21st-century library by providing leadership for USC’s library staff. Quinlan came to USC after a decade at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she headed a library system encompassing 300 full-time staff members and more than 21 sites. Beginning in 2004, she also served as managing director of UBC’s Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. Before joining UBC, she spent seven years as director of libraries and chief librarian at the University of Western Ontario, and as an adjunct professor in the university’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Previously, Quinlan oversaw the health sciences library at Memorial University of Newfoundland and was a member of the adjunct business administration faculty. She holds an MBA from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a master of library studies degree from Dalhousie University and a bachelor of music degree from Queen’s University.

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Andru Subowo

Advisory Board Member & President WIJABA Indonesia

Andru is the Managing Director & Co-Founder of Bramadi Capital with over 15 years experience in investment management. He started his career with the Salimgroup's Indofood, one of Indonesia's leading food companies. He served on the Board of Commissioners of Indosiar, one of Indonesia's largest national TV & media companies from 2003-2012. He is currently the Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) –Asia Pacific Committee and served as Chairman of the East ASEAN Business Council from 2010-2012. He represented Indonesia at the APEC Young Leaders Forum in Monterey, Mexico in 2006 and was one of the Asia Society's Asia21 Fellowship receipients. He received both his MBA in Finance and BA in Economics from USC.