Angela Mason, Director, Strategic Partnerships, KickStart International, USA

Yvo de Boer

Angela has devoted her life to being an advocate for suffering people and has travelled the world on humanitarian missions. She has walked over land mines, been shot at, held babies orphaned by AIDS, met child soldiers and walked into prisons, brothels and sweat shops where children are abused and exploited.

She is an award-winning speaker. Through her compelling presentations, sprinkled with stories, humor and possibilities, Angela motivates audiences to make a difference in their world. She frequently talks about "Hope in Impossible Places."

Angela was an actress in her native Great Britain before moving to San Francisco where she became a successful executive recruiter. Her life changed in an instant one spring night in 1990 when she watched a TV documentary that exposed horrific conditions in Romanian orphanages.
Since then she has poured herself into humanitarian work, started two highly respected non-profits, and spent 20 years with World Vision. She is particularly passionate about the lives of women and girls, interviewing midwives in Afghanistan, soap makers in Mali, seamstresses in Guatemala, and fruit pickers in Papua New Guinea.

Over the years, Angela has convinced TV journalists to join her in making documentaries such as the genocide in Rwanda, which won the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award for CBS.

Through Angela's cheerful determination, she has produced award-winning films about Bosnia, Romania, the Asia Tsunami, the sexual exploitation of children in Thailand, child soldiers in Northern Uganda, the HIV and AIDS pandemic, maternal and infant mortality in Sierra Leone, and the crisis of clean water and environmental waste in Africa.

Angela received the Soroptimist International Award for “Women Helping Women,” the CBS/San Francisco Chronicle “Jefferson Award” and the ABC/Johnson & Johnson “Remarkable Woman Award” presented on the morning show The View.

She currently works as a fundraiser for KickStart International and is a philanthropy coach in her spare time.

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