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Meet the Team

Rebecca Niles
Executive Director

Rebecca began her career as a strategy consultant at Monitor Company, honed her skills as systems thinking facilitator at GKA Inc, worked as VP of Affordable Housing Acquisitions for Boston Financial, and built her own Systems Thinking consultancy through which she was a key contributor to the ReThink Health Initiative, Climate Interactive’s Agritopia, and Dialogos work for the US Forestry Service. She has spent more than 25 years supporting corporate and philanthropic clients including Vistaprint, Elizabeth Dole Foundation, AT&T, Ford, Smithkline Beecham, Shell, Amoco, and USDA. Her expertise is using collaborative causal mapping and System Dynamics simulation models to help multi-sector collaboratives think together better. Rebecca trained in Systems Dynamics in Jay Forrester’s Pre-College Education Project and John Sterman’s class while pursuing a BS in Civil Engineering and an MBA from MIT. She has served on the Society Policy Council and been a guest lecturer at MIT, Wharton, Dartmouth, and Brown. When not working as systems thinking evangelist, Rebecca loves to travel the world. Pre-covid travels included Mexico, Chile, Morocco, Brazil, Uganda, and Iceland to spend time with school children, whale sharks, camels, street art, gorillas, and waterfalls. When stuck at home, she enjoys gardening, swimming, dancing, and renovating properties.

Raquel Buzogany
Director of Knowledge

Raquel loves to provide the support system for people to thrive. Whether through meticulously designed processes, informative dashboards, or comprehensive learning materials, she finds fulfillment in facilitating progress and empowering sound decision-making. Raquel has received the Dana Meadows Award in 2019 and was part of the Brazilian Chapter board from 2019 to 2022. Raquel holds a Ph.D. from the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI). Her background includes a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Universidade de Brasília (Brazil), a master’s degree in logistics systems engineering from Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), and another master’s degree in humanitarian logistics and management from USI (Switzerland). When not working or studying, Raquel enjoys reading fiction and biographies, playing board games, making travel plans, and spending time with her family.

Fernando Redivo 
Director of Marketing & Communications

Fernando holds a BS in Environmental Engineering and an MS in Environmental Systems both from the New University of Lisbon. He attended a semester of the European Master in System Dynamics at the University of Bergen and developed his thesis in the field. Aiming at developing business skills, he joined L’Oréal for two years and discovered that nothing satisfies him more than meeting new people, developing partnerships, solving problems, and contributing to the overall growth of a business. Since a young age, he has been involved in empowerment programs centered on building capacity in youth to be agents of change. He is passionate about social development and believes in individual contributions to the betterment of the world. His superpower is resilience and his personal mantra is “be calm, be strong, be grateful”. He enjoys Sunday brunches and talking about the future of leadership

Meagan Colvin 
Director of Outreach

Meagan received her Masters of Social Work with a specialization in Management at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, and has a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Spanish from Occidental College. She took several courses in System Dynamics and Group Model Building at the Brown School, where Dr. Peter Hovmand was her mentor. She has been living in Chile since then and has worked in higher education, workforce development, positive youth development, social impact consulting, and sustainability in the healthcare field. Her experience working with cross-disciplinary teams, developing partnerships, and tackling complex social problems has fostered her passion for systems thinking, systems change, and social impact. Outside of work, Meagan enjoys running, biking, organic gardening, and spending time with her family.

Monique Ann Tiongco
Social Media Manager and Content Creator

Monique has been involved in sustainability and entrepreneurship since 2015 while working at a tech consulting firm. In 2020, she earned her Master of Science in Sustainability Management from Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Management at Macquarie University in Australia and concurrently serving as an instructor in the Department of Quantitative Methods and Information Technology at Ateneo. Her research interests include entrepreneurial ecosystems and the sustainability of responsible organizations, where she utilizes tools such as System Dynamics and systems thinking approaches. Apart from her professional pursuits, Monique finds joy in caring for her 11-year-old Shih Tzu and indulging in anime series.

Kelechi Odoemena
Google Ad Grants and Web Analytics Manager

Kelechi is responsible for effectively using our Google Ad Grants to spread systems thinking and System Dynamics globally.  He also spearheads the Society’s web data analytics efforts, helping us to focus our efforts to improve marketing of the field.  Kelechi also continue to support clients outside of the Society with data analytics, systems thinking, and agribusiness projects. He holds a BS and MS in agricultural economics from Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan, Oyo. As a self-taught system dynamicist, he enjoys building opportunities to learn about systems thinking through volunteer roles on the student (where he was elected the current President) and Nigerian chapters as well as the learning and marketing committees. He is passionate about using analytic tools like Power BI, Google Analytics, and Google Ads to help businesses especially small-scale agribusinesses in developing countries. He spends his spare time running a small-scale poultry farm and putting together concepts for futuristic permaculture, earth home cities.

 

Christine Tang (CT)
Conference Program Assistant

CT assists in the coordination of the International System Dynamics Conference 2024 program. From November 2023 to end of February 2024, CT will also aid SDS Policy Council meeting and motions management. From November 2023 to the end of September 2024, CT will manage the Bibliography. CT is an Interdisciplinary PhD Student in System Dynamics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and a part-time Research Scientist for the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute at New Mexico State University working on the Transboundary Groundwater Resilience Network of Networks project. CT organizes and leads Collective Learning Meetings. CT earned a BS in Industrial Engineering and MS in Manufacturing Engineering from WPI.