Senior Nonprofit Sector Strategist, Connector & Mentor
Amanuel (Aman) Melles is the Principal of Aman Consulting. Aman held senior leadership roles with United Way of Toronto, Family Service Toronto, Lawrence Heights Community Health Centre and the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. Aman is a multi-lingual social entrepreneur with over 22 years of management and senior management roles in various sub-sectors of the non-profit sector: settlement and immigration, community health, social services and community development, and funding and sector capacity. He has wide ranging expertise and experience in various areas of non-profit organizational resilience, systems change, sector effectiveness, community capacity building, diversity and inclusion planning, evaluation and measurement planning and management, leadership development and long-term strategic planning. He has many years of significant volunteer leadership experience in the areas of peacebuilding, social planning, public affairs, and advocacy in mental health, refugees, and prevention of violence against women. Currently, he is the President of InterChange, the International Peacebuilding Institute, Co-Chair of the African Canadian Social Development Council Transformation Leadership Team, Founder & Convenor of the African Refugees Support Network, and the International Co-Convenor of the Peace Leadership Affinity Group at the International Leadership Association. He was the President of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs and sat on the Board of Distress Centres. Aman was the 2002 recipient of the Jane Jacobs Prize, awarded to “unsung heroes” who have made Toronto a better place, and in 2001 received the Skills for Change Pioneers Award. He is a former marine ecologist with research and teaching experience in several countries including Eritrea, Kenya, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.