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International Leadership Team (ILT)

David Bainbridge - CBM International Director

David Bainbridge
David Bainbridge joined CBM International in June 2016. He has over 30 years’ experience working in programme development with NGOs.

David began his career in 1983 as a Community Development Worker with Emmanuel International in Jamaica and went on to serve with the organisation in a variety of roles both overseas and in their Head Office in Canada. He worked for fifteen years with Tearfund in the United Kingdom overseeing development and humanitarian programmes, most recently as their International Director.  

David has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Manchester and a Master of Arts in Development and Emergency Practice from Oxford Brookes University. He is married with two teenage children and lives in London, UK. He is a member of St Pauls Church, Hounslow West. 

Dr. Rainer Brockhaus – ILT Chair and CEO, CBM Germany

Dr. Rainer Brockhaus
Dr. Rainer Brockhaus joined CBM in 2009 as CEO of Christoffel-Blindenmission Germany to lead Programmes, Fundraising and Communications. In 2016 he was appointed as the Chair of the ‘International Leadership Team’ of CBM International.
Prior to joining CBM, Rainer was in various leadership positions at Hewlett Packard and EMC² in Finance, Business Development, Marketing and Sales. His most recent appointments were “Director Planning and Transactional Sales EMEA” and “Director Channel and Partner Sales Germany”. Outside of his professional life he has a track record of voluntary assignments including 8 years of service on the supervisory Board of Greenpeace Germany.

Rainer combines deep commercial and NGO expertise as well as a strong motivation to drive change – in CBM and in society.

Rainer holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Applied Computer Science. He is married and has three children.

Jane Edge – CEO, CBM Australia

Jane Edge
Passionate about social justice, Jane draws on over 20 years’ experience in high impact roles focused on supporting positive change and sustainable development. Jane possesses a unique blend of senior executive, CEO, Board and leadership development experience, combining depth and breadth of knowledge across strategic and operational management.

Prior to her work with CBM Australia, Jane’s extensive experience includes seven years as CEO of ChildFund Australia, five years as Regional Director-Asia for ChildFund International and four years as an independent consultant specialising in executive management (including leadership and organisational development, strategic planning, change management and communications).

As CEO of CBM Australia, Jane exemplifies a commitment to making a lasting, positive difference by enabling others to be agents of change.

Jane is married and has two daughters.

Ed Epp – Executive Director, CBM Canada

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Ed Epp
Ed has worked in International Development for over 25 years, beginning with community based development in China, Jordan, and Lebanon; regional based management in the Middle East; global management as Director International Operations, and executive management as Vice President Resource Development and Executive Director. During that time Ed worked in three organizations – Mennonite Central Committee (1984-1998 as community worker, country representative, Middle East Program Director), Mennonite Economic Development Associates (1998-2009 as Director International Operations, Director Strategic Planning, Vice President Resource Development), and currently for cbm Canada (2009 to present as Executive Director).

He has been active in partner development, programs with a disability focus, agricultural and economic development including microfinance, and peace and justice. Ed was born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Massimo Maggio - CEO, CBM Italy

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Massimo Maggio
Massimo Maggio is the CEO of CBM Italy since January 2013. After graduating in Economics and Management, Massimo worked for the Messenger of Saint Anthony, a Catholic international non-profit organisation established in 1898 inside the Franciscan Order which is involved in communication and charity works around the world. Initially Massimo was the head of marketing and created the marketing department that would later evolve into the PR, marketing and fund raising department. Later he became part of the executive management and was a member of the Messenger Board as well.

Furthermore in the 1990s, Massimo launched two non-profit organisations in Canada and the United States and was a board member of both, as well as general coordinator and director of development and marketing/fund raising. He has carried out similar projects in Australia, South America, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal and the UK.

Kirsty Smith – CEO, CBM UK

Kirsty Smith
Kirsty Smith joined CBM UK as Chief Executive in 2012. She has over 25 years’ experience in the development sector.

Kirsty has previously held key posts with a variety of international development agencies, most recently as Chief Executive for All We Can, an agency focused on strengthening the organisational and programmatic capacity of local organisations in lower income countries. She has also worked as International Campaigns Director for the Methodist Church, lecturer, and in a range of programme management, training, fundraising and advocacy roles in UK and extensively in lower income countries. With a background in organisational and strategy development, facilitation and training, her focus has been on participatory community development approaches which try to address systemic causes of poverty and support marginalised communities and individuals to have increased voice and decision making power.

Kirsty has held a number of Trustee roles, including as Vice Chair of BOND, the UK membership body for NGOs working in International Development, from 2008 to 2011. She has a Batchelor of Arts (Hons) in French and a Master of Arts in International Development, is married with two children and lives in Cambridge, UK.

Frank Wendt, Vice President - Chief Operating Officer, CBM International

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Frank Wendt
Frank Wendt joined CBM in February 2015 after working for 14 years at KPMG, a global assurance, tax and consulting firm as well as for 5 years at Intel Corporation, a leading semiconductor manufacturer. During his career he spent several years abroad in the international business arena, managed finance & operations organisations and was responsible for business development, selling and delivering large scale consulting projects.

Frank holds a bi-national German and British Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Bochum and Manchester as well as a Masters in Business Administration from the Golden Gate University in San Francisco, USA. During his tenure at KPMG he completed the International Banking program at INSEAD University in Fontainebleau, France.

Frank is a member of the International Christian Fellowship Church in Oberursel Germany. Inclusion of people with disabilities is close to his heart as he has had the privilege of experiencing the difference inclusion can make in life.

Frank is married and has two daughters.


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