YMCA National General Secretaries Meetings 2020

NGS meeting, 22 September 2020

70 NGS joined the online meeting on 22 September.

Please see below a summary video (00:04:50), the video of the entire meeting (01:56:09), and videos of all key speakers: Dorina DaviesKristel van der ElstKevin WashingtonCarlos Sanvee (main presentation), Olga LukinaDenise HattonAlveiro ValenciaMelinda CroleTom ValentineAdi Davies.

Please see also:
Carlos Sanvee remarks: ‘the YMCA journey through Covid and beyond’
Carlos Sanvee slides
Olga Lukina Covid Impact presentation
Kristel Van der Elst (CEO, The Global Foresight Group) – ‘Vision-driven scenario planning’
Polls results presentation

Summary Video – YMCA National General Secretaries on-line Meeting

Dorina Davies (NGS YMCA Kosovo)

Olga Lukina – (YMCA Europe)

Kristel Van der Elst  (CEO, The Global Foresight Group)

Kevin Washington (CEO YMCA USA)

Denise Hatton (CEO YMCA England & Wales)

Carlos Sanvee, Secretary General (World YMCA)

Melinda Crole (CEO YMCA Australia)

Alveiro Valencia – (NGS YMCA Colombia)

Tom Valentine (YMCA USA)

Adi Davies – (World YMCA)

YMCA National General Secretary /CEO Conference – 22 September 2020 – On-line


Spanish translation was provided, courtesy of Antonio Merino Rodrigo, General Secretary, YMCA América Latina & Caribe, with our sincere thanks.  Gracias.

Meet the speakers …

Kristel Van der Elst

Co-Founder and CEO, The Global Foresight Group

Kristel Van der Elst has 17 years of experience in forward-looking strategy and policy advisory roles. She works with senior executives and policy makers including heads of state, ministers, heads of international organisations and think tanks, and CEOs providing the insights, resources and processes to help them turn long-term strategic thinking into actions and impacts.

She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Strategic Foresight Community, the OECD Governmental Foresight Community, the Strategic Foresight for Research & Innovation Policy in Horizon 2020 (SFRI) European Commission Expert Group, and the Independent Advisory Committee to the Global Burden of Disease initiative.

Kristel is an established speaker, moderator and facilitator at high-level events including Davos, OECD, European Commission and Oxford, and the author of numerous reports and articles. She is also a HuffPost blogger.

Kristel is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe and teaches in Executive Education progammes at Said Business School, University of Oxford and at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Kristel holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a Masters in Development Cooperation from the University of Ghent, and a Masters in Commercial Engineering from the Free University of Brussels.

She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, a Global Leadership Fellow and a Certified Professional Facilitator.

Kevin Washington

President and CEO YMCA of the USA

Kevin Washington is the 14th person and first African American to lead the Y Movement in the U.S. He has spent over 40 years with the Y, and became President and CEO of YMCA of the USA (YUSA) on Feb. 1, 2015.

The Y has been a fixture in Kevin’s life since he was 10 years old, when he first took part in an afterschool program at the Christian Street YMCA in his south Philadelphia neighborhood. Thanks to the Y, Kevin avoided the negative influences and tragic circumstances that ensnared other kids from the neighborhood, and learned to play basketball, which led to a scholarship at Temple University.

He came to Y-USA from the YMCA of Greater Boston, where as President and CEO from 2010 to 2014 he expanded membership and access by reducing rates, increased diversity and engagement among the Board of Directors to better reflect the community, and implemented a childhood-education quality initiative that benefits thousands of children and families throughout eastern Massachusetts.

Prior to Boston, Kevin served as President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Hartford from 2000 to 2010. Under his leadership, the Hartford YMCA invested more than $60 million to develop or expand eight facilities and camps.

He was Chief Operating Officer for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago from 1995 to 2000, and previously held other executive roles with the Chicago YMCA and the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA.

He got his start in the Y as a Youth Program Director at the Christian Street YMCA in 1978. Even before joining Y-USA, Kevin played a central role in determining the national direction of the Y. He served as Chairman of the CEO Advisory Committee that guided the development of Delivering Our Cause, Y-USA’s strategic plan for 2014 to 2017. He was also a member of the Y-USA Board of Directors from 2004 to 2009, and previously provided leadership to Y-USA’s National Diversity Initiative, Aquatic Safety Task Force and National Mentorship Program.

Additionally, Kevin has served as Chairman of the YMCA North American Network, the North American Metro 30 and the North American Urban Group’s Chief Operating Officers group.

The Non-Profit Times named Kevin to the Power & Influence Top 50, its annual celebration of the non-profit sector’s top executives and strategists, in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. He serves on the boards of Springfield College, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Kevin earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Temple University.

2020 Meeting of YMCA National General Secretaries
Hosted by YMCA East Jerusalem
10-15 February 2020


Programme of the Meeting

Meeting Documents and Presentations

Day 1

Secretary General Report

Link to video

Vision 2044 Workshop

Challenges and Scenarios
Vision 2044 Template
Interview Insights

Vera Solutions

Link to demo

Day 2

SDG Impact Report

Raw data

Climate Change

Australia Bush Fire Update

Wicked Problems

Link to video

Stress Management


Day 3

World Council Resolution on Peace and Security

YMCA-YWCA Experience in Peace and Security
YMCA Sweden one-page info sheet
YMCA Finland Case Study

Youth-Led Solutions Summit


Collective Framework


World Challenge 2020