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Anissa Toscano announced as CALP’s new Chair of Board

Anissa Toscano, Vice President of Humanitarian Leadership and Response at Mercy Corps, is the Chair of CALP’s Board

30 November 2021

Anissa Toscano announced as CALP's new Chair of the Board

Following the 25th November 2021 Board meeting, Anissa Toscano has taken over from Ron Delnevo as Chair of CALP’s Board.

Anissa Toscano, Vice President of Humanitarian Leadership and Response for Mercy Corps, leads Mercy Corps’ teams focusing on emergency response, capacity building, security and crisis analytics work.

Sitting on CALP’s Board since December 2020, she has this to say:

“I am thrilled to be taking up the role of Chair for the CALP Board at this exciting time for the CALP network.

With CVA rising to $5.6 billion per annum in 2019, the importance of getting cash delivery right and enabling dignity and choice for those caught up in crises has never been more important.

Of course, a foundational piece of getting it right is ensuring cash delivery is high quality, locally-led and contextually relevant; this is why the new CALP strategy which works to strengthen the network through engagement of members across the globe has never been more relevant!

As incoming Chair and as a network member, I’m deeply excited to contribute to CALP’s developing work!”

At the same time as welcoming Anissa as Chair, we bid farewell to Ron, who has these reflections to share:

Putting customers first is something I have believed in and practicedRon Delnevo since my earliest days in retailing. So, when I joined the CALP Board three years ago, the first Board Member to come from the commercial arena, at the front of my mind was the need to ensure that our ultimate customers – humanitarian aid recipients – always enjoyed our prime consideration.

In my three years on the Board, latterly as Chair, a new strategy has been developed and launched which sees CALP prioritise network development and convening, with the focus on achieving the highest quality cash and voucher outcomes for aid recipients.

Whatever pressures lie ahead, I am sure CALP will continue to improve – and never lose its commitment to putting customers first.

It has been a privilege to work with both the CALP team and the Board. I have nothing but positive memories and I will continue to follow the progress of CALP with keen interest.”

We sincerely thank Ron for his years of service to the Board, and for the support he provided to the CALP team.