HDI — NYC (HQ)
Mr. Merante is responsible for managing the Institute's strategic relations with the U.S. Government, including the U.S. Congress, the United Nations and its affiliated agencies, and the Institute's broad network of supporters and partners.
Prior to joining Humpty Dumpty, Mr. Merante, a career U.S. Foreign Service Officer, served in Europe, Africa, and Asia, and his last overseas post was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican. His domestic assignments included both European Affairs and Public Diplomacy. He also served at U.S. Mission to the United Nations from 1986 to 1989, and from 2004 to 2006.
Mr. Merante holds a B.A. in Political Science from Fordham University, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, and a M.S. in Resources Management from the National Defense University.
Steve Ginther joined the Humpty Dumpty Institute as the Program Director, International Programs in February 2008. As a Program Director, Steve provides overall programmatic, operational and logistic support to HDI’s programs in Sri Lanka, Laos and Vietnam. He is also responsible for research and development of new grant opportunities in mine action and food security.
He joined HDI after working in international development program management with various NGO’s such as the Global Fund for Children, International Rescue Committee, CARE, and Partners of the Americas, in Latin America and Central Asia.
He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and received an MSc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries, in 1993 and a BA in International Relations from the University of Colorado in 1989.
Boris Shapoval joined the Humpty Dumpty Institute as an intern in fall 2011, while finishing his BA in Political Science and Hispanic Studies at Bernard Baruch College, The City University of New York.
He returned to Humpty Dumpty as a Program Manager for U.S.-U.N. Relations in January 2012. As a Program Manager, Boris promotes dialogue between U.S. Congressional Members and members of the United Nations through bipartisan delegations. His responsibilities also include highlighting the diversity and culture of the United States by organizing delegations to various parts of the country for members of the U.N. Diplomatic Corps. Boris is a U.S. Air Force veteran and prior to HDI he worked for Northrop Grumman as a Financial Manager's Assistant. Boris is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian.
Namal has over 20 years of experience in the non-profit sector in Sri Lanka. Prior to joining HDI, Namal was an Administrator at the Danish Development Cooperation Office (DANIDA).
Namal has a degree in Human Resources from the Institute of Personnel Management of Sri Lanka. Namal is a Sri Lankan national and resides in a suburb of Colombo.