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DANIELA KON LIEBERBERG | Founder + Executive Director

Daniela Kon Lieberberg is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, producer and consultant working at the intersection of human rights, global development and impact media for close to two decades. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, she completed her BA in Media and Cultural Studies and MA in Documentary Production at The London College of Communications and Royal Holloway, University of London. She moved to New York in 2003 working for Emmy award-winning director Marc Levin at Blowback Productions, and was the researcher and assistant editor for HBO and THINK Film’s “Protocols of Zion,” an Official Sundance Selection. She founded impact agency, DEEDA, in 2005 and has since worked with filmmakers, NGOs and aid organizations in Cambodia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh, Israel, Liberia, Senegal, and the US, creating documentaries and impact campaigns on a plethora of social justice issues. Her film credits range from the award winning documentary TALIBE, the United Nations FAO Ending Hunger Campaign and the UN Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD), to collaborations with grassroots initiatives in Education, Voluntourism, Youth Leadership, Girls and Women’s Empowerment, LGBT Rights, Water Management, Children’s Rights, and Modern-day Slavery. Driven by the premise of maximizing responsible impact through creativity, she founded SIMA and the Social Impact Media Awards in 2012, dedicated to advancing the culture of impact filmmaking and to supporting filmmakers and change-makers in their work. Living and working in Los Angeles, Daniela expanded SIMA’s operations into fiscal sponsorship and global impact distribution via SIMA Studios, bringing social impact films to over 100,000 students and 5 million viewers in over 50 countries per year. Today, SIMA is the largest network of social impact creatives with the broadest global footprint, leveraging the power of impact film to advance education and empower engagement for social change from the grassroots level and up. When not at SIMA, Daniela is an Adjunct Professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and a Board Member of the Film and Women’s Rights Committee of Human Rights Watch.

ERINN SULLIVAN | Chief Marketing Officer

Erinn Sullivan is a creative marketing, branding and communications consultant and art director based in Los Angeles, California. She is the founder of award-winning production company, Luna Impact, and has worked with over 40 brands in the past ten years to scale their impact and revenue. Her client roster spans both nonprofit and for-profit sectors, with notable nonprofit/social impact clients including The Gates Foundation, 360 MEDIA, BanQu, MOZAIK Philanthropy, KPJR Films, The Redford Center, The Maria Group, UN Women, Red Songbird Foundation, Youth Policy Institute, The Desmond Tutu Foundation and many more, including ongoing work as a creative director for multiple award-winning documentaries, impact campaigns and/or their respective fundraising campaigns. Erinn is a longtime SIMA family member—first joining SIMA as a designer in January 2014 where she helped establish SIMA’s brand identity through ongoing art direction and design. During her time with SIMA she has filled many roles, serving as the Director of Programs where she conceptualized and built SIMA Academy (formerly SIMA Classroom); Director of Partnerships where she kickstarted SIMA’s Global Ambassador Program and SIMA X Screening Series; and Director of Communications where she managed ongoing brand engagements and PR. Erinn now serves as Chief Marketing Officer, overseeing the brand identity and marketing endeavors for all of SIMA’s programs and sits on SIMA’s Board of Directors. Erinn has a BFA in Advanced Media Studies and Communications with an emphasis in Cultural Anthropology from one of the nation’s top tier journalism schools, The Reynolds School of Journalism at UNR. Erinn also holds various accredited certifications in health and wellness (600 E-RYT)+ a National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) Holistic Health Counseling Certification.

VIRGINIA PITTARO | Global Partnerships Director

Virginia works at the intersection of sustainable global development and entrepreneurship. Born in Argentina, she started her career at the Endeavor Foundation where she developed a pioneer Corporate Social Responsibility Program to leverage the social impact of business entrepreneurs. Later, she worked at the United Nations Development Program Growing Inclusive Markets Initiative in New York. In 2012, she was the founding Executive Director of Sistema B Argentina, an organization created to promote a purpose-driven economy and a new type of companies, B Corps, that uses businesses as a force for good. She also led the expansion of the global community of B Corps in Latin America. In 2015 she accepted an offer to join the Ministry of Social Development in Argentina. There, she served as the National Director of Innovation and Capabilities Development of the largest conditional cash transfer welfare program in the country. Virginia holds a B.A in International Affairs, magna cum laude, at San Andres University in Argentina, and, sponsored by the Fulbright Commission, earned a Master Degree in Public Policy and International Development at University of Maryland, USA.

ANAT ESHEL | Operations Manager

Anat is an operations manager, writer and filmmaker. Her short films have screened at Cinequest, New Filmmakers LA and MiraLA, among others. Mall Baby, Anat’s feature-length screenplay was a finalist at the Big Apple Film Festival. Initially from Miami, Anat currently lives in Los Angeles and received her BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Prior to working at SIMA, Anat worked and volunteered for arts nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles, including Everybody Dance and The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company.

EVA S. NELSON | Liaison to the United Nations

Eva S. Nelson is SIMA’s liaison to the UN and other organizations in Europe and the United States. She has lived and worked in Africa, the US, and Europe. Ms. Nelson graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Mathematics and went on to work with multiple financial institutions on Wall Street. After several years she realized that her calling was in international humanitarian work. She joined the United Nations as a Consultant, where she still works. As an advocate for human rights, child education, peace and anti-slavery, she lends her assistance to organizations dedicated to these causes including Artists4Freedom. Ms. Nelson is also an award-winning author who writes African action-adventure stories on topics like: human-trafficking, war, LRA, espionage, colonialism and corruption. Nelson’s first novel, “Nightmare Along the River Nile” is set in Uganda and Sudan. It is about a student who was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and sold into slavery. “Nightmare Along the River Nile” was listed among the top books on slavery by “The No Project.” Nelson’s second novel, “The Helpers” is an international tale of espionage and corruption, which is set in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Europe and the United States.

KRISTI MANNING | Grassroots Program Officer

For more than 15 years, Kristi Manning has been dedicated to helping maximize humanitarian relief efforts, working as a consultant, field operations manager, project director, and international event organizer for non-profits worldwide. She combines expertise in both institutional aid and grassroots initiatives, providing support in fundraising, planning, implementation and monitoring of local and global development programs. Kristi is the co-founder of The Next Right Thing, a non-profit connecting critically ill or injured children from developing nations with free medical treatment and transport. Her clients include Dubai Cares, The Starbright Foundation, Carrie-On, Paul Newman’s Painted Turtle Camp, and the Strongheart Fellowship. Kristi oversees SIMA’s Grassroots Program, facilitating screenings for community-based humanitarian and advocacy initiatives worldwide.


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Editor, Sundance + Academy Judge, Oscar Nominee

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