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Meet the Team

Jules Shell, CO- FOUNDER & Executive Director

Jules is a co-founder and the executive director of Foundation Rwanda. She worked as creative director at the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and Reboot, a non-profit looking at generational shifts in identity and community before leaving to help start Foundation Rwanda in 2007. She is the co-author of Bar Mitzvah Disco (Crown, November 2005), a collection of photographs and essays on the evolution of meaning, style, ritual, and music as told through bar and bat mitzvah photographs of the 70's & 80's and Camp Camp (Crown, June, 2008) a collection of photographs and essays about coming of age at summer camp in America. Jules shot the video for Foundation Rwanda's short Emmy nominated  Intended Consequences film. In her spare time, she collects old family business logos and stories at www.projectbrandnew.com.

Jonathan Torgovnik, Co-Founder

Born in Israel, Jonathan arrived to New York in 1992 and graduated with a BFA degree from the School of Visual Arts. His photographs from various projects and assignments have been published in numerous International publications including Newsweek, GEO, The Sunday Times Magazine, Stern, Smithsonian, and Paris Match among others. Torgovnik's award-winning photographs have been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the US and Europe and are in the permanent collections of museums such as The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Bibliotheque National De France in Paris. Torgovnik’s book “Bollywood Dreams” – an exploration of the motion picture industry and its culture in India, was published by Phaidon Press in 2003. He has been a contract photographer for Newsweek magazine since 2005, and is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography School in New York.  Jonathan is currently based in South Africa. 

Mike Gordon, Bookkeeper

Mike Gordon keeps the books for Foundation Rwanda. He grew up in Kansas and lives in NYC with his wife and two children. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas Universtiy and an MGA from University of Pennsylvania. He loves not-for-profit bookkeeping.

Samuel Munderere, Program Manager (Rwanda)

Samuel is a development worker who believes in a participatory rural approach to development. Samuel's work with survivors of the Rwanda genocide since completion of his university in 2003 has given him experience in dealing with survivors needs of poverty, stigma and other post genocide effects. Sam Is humbled by the personal contribution he makes to bring a difference to the lives of survivors especially Foundation Rwanda's beneficiaries.


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