Executive Director – Tom Wilscam
Tom, Kim and their daughter Sienna have lived in Paris for over 17 years. After living in San Francisco and working in Silicon Valley, Tom now dedicates his time to social impact projects in Paris, including with Serve the City for over 6 years as a volunteer, a Board member and now the Executive Director. Tom also launched a non-profit Association in Paris called Venture Académie, dedicated to helping immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs start their own business. His company also created the business plan for the U.S. National Refugee Welcome Center in Philadelphia, and a training program to help new refugees and asylum seekers find employment in France. Tom is a member of the ACP Refugee Task Force, and holds the Chair position of the Mission Outreach Program at the American Church in Paris.
Volunteer Programs & Events Director – Peter DeWit
Peter DeWit is a Dutch born Canadian, father of five, and comes to us with 27 years of overseas experience in Asia and Europe. He was instrumental in setting up a sponsorship program for disadvantaged children in Thailand and Cambodia, served as Chairman of the Board at Agape Home, a hospice and home for nearly 100 children born with HIV virus, and has been involved with many different ministries among Youth and Church leaderships in Asia and Europe. Today Peter is based out of Paris, France while continuing to take teams to Asia. He has a heart to bring hope, help and dignity to the refugee community in Paris. As well, he enjoys speaking at different events as opportunity presents.
P.A.I.R Program Leader & Director – Jonathan Schmutz
Jonathan currently spends half his time on Serve the City Paris, running our P.A.I.R. program. Currently Jonathan also works for Aurore Market and prior, Jonathan was the Founder of Maintant.co and Co-Founder of Zeta. Jonathan studied neuroscience, computer science and business strategy at the University of California, Berkeley and at Ecole Polytechnique where he received a Master’s degree in technological innovation & entrepreneurship. Jonathan is leading P.A.I.R.E because he has always had a heart for, and donated significant time to, helping individuals who are in need.
S.A.V.E. Member Program Leader & Innovation Consultant- Carrie So
Carrie runs the SAVE Member Program at Serve the City Paris. With Carrie’s vast experiences in both the start-up and corporate worlds, she developed Co-Happening methodology in 2017 to reshape the collaborative innovation processes for both organisations and thriving communities. Carrie’s corporate portfolio for partnership development ranges from Adidas, Huawei, WPP, Ogilvy and the International Labor Organisation based in Thailand.
She works with multiple industries, cultural settings, departments and functions to bridge different interests, and set clear objectives for stakeholders. On top, she engages with Greenbuzz Berlin for a more sustainable world through actions and education. Carrie was born in the skyscraper city of Hong Kong and grew up on the coastline of Sydney. She does acrylic painting and is active in the artistic scene in Paris. She also runs called an 8-Weeks self-discovery program called Your Genius Within to help individuals to expand their innate creativity.
Project Leader-Paris Social Tours. Project Coordinator-Language Exchange & S.A.V.E. University Program – Anna Gkava
Anna is the creator and leader of our Paris Social Tours Program. Anna is also the coordinator for our weekly Language Exchange and our S.A.V.E. Program for Universities Program. She has studied sustainable tourism, counseling psychology and modern languages. Currently she is finishing her Masters in sustainable tourism in the university of Sorbonne while dedicating her time to empower people living in the margins of society through her activity with Serve the City. Anna speaks five languages and has been active in the social domain by taking part in various European projects aiming to social inclusion and environmental sustainability. Her longest experience being in the NGO Shedia where she helped in the social tours being given by people who have experienced homelessness in the city of Athens.
Human Resources Consultant – Sandrine Poilbois
Sandrine Poilbois is a former Human Resources Director, with 25 years of professional experience in international business. Sandrine has coached employees to transform their emotional fears into assets and she runs workshops with companies to reinforce team spirit and motivation. She is involved in several charities in France such as Fabrique Spinoza, Think Tank for Happiness, Venture Académie, and Je Veux Faire Plus Tard, and helps young students who are seeking for professional guidance. For Serve the City Paris, Sandrine facilitates some of our CSR projects, has helped build the TIEO program, and continues to run our evaluation committee.
Gina Heatley – Program TIEO & CSR Workshop Facilitator
Gina Heatley is a key facilitator with Serve the City’s CSR workshops. Gina is a wellness practitioner specializing in transformation, mindfulness and personal empowerment. Gina worked in the innovation sector as a behavioral trainer and consultant delivering workshops, speeches and courses all over Asia, where she lived for 11 years. Currently Gina is based in Paris, where she supports entrepreneurs and groups in identifying and implementing simple techniques to encourage greater self-awareness and foster collaborative education. Gina speaks 5 languages, gained her degree in Business Psychology at Derby University (U.K.) and a diploma in Alternative Medicine at IBAM (Kolkata, India).
Finance – Manuel De Fuente
Manuel is a seasoned CFO with international experience in finance and operations. Manuel has held executive positions and at leading Private Equity firms. Manuel has helped privately held companies raise capital, manage acquisitions, perform exit strategies, helped attain debt financing and helped organizations with post-acquisition integration. Manuel helps Serve the City Paris with managing finance requirements and fund raising and he dedicates time to social impact initiatives in Paris.
Chief Mascot and in Charge of Security- Amélie
Amélie is our fearless mascot who is always around to make us smile! She loves treats, going on walks, and relaxing under the table during our team meetings.