Who we are
A Track Record of Protecting Children
UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. By participating in the Innovation Accelerator, UNICEF builds on a 70-year history of innovating to improve the lives of children across the globe. UNICEF is committed to ensuring that every child lives in a safe and clean environment, thus its commitment to menstrual health and hygiene.
UNICEF USA supports UNICEF’s work, and other efforts in support of the world’s children, through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. UNICEF USA works with governments, civic leaders, celebrities, corporations, campus groups, churches, teachers and people just like you–anyone willing to help advocate for the survival and well-being of every child.
Long-standing Commitment to Social Innovation
Duke has been a pioneering leader in the study and practice of social innovation and entrepreneurship and Duke has proven success in supporting social entrepreneurs on the front lines of social change. social innovation through accelerator models. For example, the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke was a five-year program that supported innovative solutions to address global health challenges. In a similar vein, the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator supports innovative solutions that address the health and needs of children. Social entrepreneurs also receive engagement and support from Duke staff, faculty, students and alumni. The Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative coordinates campus engagement with the Innovation Accelerator.
Matthew T.A. Nash designs and manages university-wide social innovation and entrepreneurship programming for the Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. Matt is also a visiting lecturer at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in social innovation and entrepreneurship. He also directs the DukeEngage summer program in Detroit, leads Duke’s participation in the Ashoka U Changemaker Campus Consortium and the Clinton Global Initiative University programs, and leads the Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership program for Duke Continuing Studies. Previously, Matt served as executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and as founding center director of the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD), a USAID-funded development lab for scaling innovations in global health.
Matt has extensive domestic and international social and public sector experience in social entrepreneurship, micro and small enterprise development, strategic planning, organization development, performance measurement and evaluation, board development and governance, business process transformation, leadership development, and training design and facilitation, including work in thirteen developing countries. Prior to coming to Duke, he was a senior consultant in strategy and change management with the public sector practice at IBM Business Consulting Services (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting). In this position and previous consulting capacities, Matt served a diverse set of clients, including large agencies such as World Vision, UNICEF and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Taylor Conger is Program Manager of the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator, which works to identify, assess, develop, and scale the impact of sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing children and youth around the world. Housed at Duke I&E and in partnership with UNICEF, the Accelerator helps social innovators acquire the knowledge, tools, and networks they need to achieve maximum impact.
Prior to joining I&E, Taylor supported and advised hundreds of social entrepreneurs across the globe through her work as an independent consultant and leadership coach, and previously as Deputy Director at Echoing Green, a premier global social impact accelerator based in New York City. During her tenure at Echoing Green, Taylor helped to select and evaluate five classes of Fellows, built and led capacity-building programs for Fellows and alumni, and planned large-scale, global social innovation conferences. Before her work at Echoing Green, Taylor designed and managed a domestic fellowship program at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, which develops promising global citizens into nonprofit leaders. She has previously worked with globally-minded, socially driven MBAs as a manager at the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University, and in refugee resettlement at the International Rescue Committee in Northern California.
Additionally, Taylor serves on the Advisory Committee as an industry leader for the Program on Social Entrepreneurship at the Stanford University Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. She holds an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Marist College, a Master’s in Public Health and Forced Migration from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and a Master’s of Science in Social Work and Social Enterprise Administration, also from Columbia University.
Madison Alexander is Program Coordinator for the Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator, which works to identify, assess, develop, and scale the impact of sustainable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing children and youth around the world. Housed at Duke I&E and in partnership with UNICEF, the Accelerator helps social innovators acquire the knowledge, tools, and networks they need to achieve maximum impact.
Before joining Duke I&E, Madison supported USAID-funded global health projects housed in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Carolina Population Center as Project Assistant. MEASURE Evaluation, the largest of these projects, was one of USAID’s flagship global health research awards and is the largest research award UNC-Chapel Hill has ever received. While at the Carolina Population Center, Madison supported MEASURE Evaluation’s Project Directors and coordinated start-up of two other major USAID projects. Madison has experience in social innovation in international development, higher education, nonprofits, and for-profit social enterprises. He has a BA in Economics and a minor in Religious Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he graduated as a Buckley Public Service Scholar. Having grown up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Madison loves spending his free time hiking, and is always planning for his next backpacking trip.
Brooke Yamakoshi is a WASH Specialist at UNICEF in New York, working on global sanitation and menstrual hygiene. Before moving to UNICEF Headquarters, Brooke helped to manage UNICEF’s sub-regional WASH support to 14 Pacific island countries. Prior to joining UNICEF, Brooke worked in transboundary water resources management and development in the nine riparian countries of the Nile Basin, and carried out community-level WASH research in West Africa. Brooke holds an MSc in Systems Engineering and a BSc in Civil & Environmental Engineering.
MHH Innovation Consultant
Danielle makes incredible things happen through communications and connecting people. In all areas of her life, she lives to create meaningful opportunities & relationships between individuals, organizations & businesses around sustainability, gender equality, & informed choice. Danielle started the Menstrual Health Hub (MH Hub) to facilitate global collective impact around menstrual health, what she considers the biological, psychological & social cornerstone of female & human health. Having helped launch & grow international Menstrual Hygiene Day (28 May), Danielle possess a unique, comprehensive overview of the menstrual landscape & has built a global network of investors, NGOs, enterprises, and researchers working on female health. Her aim is to lift up voices, share progress, ignite collaboration & divert funds towards more menstrual-related research, education, policy and innovation.
Together: A Force for Good
The Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator leverages these organizations’ networks and expertise to provide a unique environment that helps the best ideas come to fruition and change the lives of children.