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Episode 2: The Founder’s perspective on leading towards sustainability

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In this episode, Maria Fatima Garcia-Lorenzo shares her insights on creating and growing an organisation, highlighting some of the specific challenges for a Founder to ensure its sustainability, from the “key-person dependency”, to succession planning and other issues pertaining to the continuity of leadership.

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  • Maria Fatima Garcia-Lorenzo

    Maria Fatima Garcia-Lorenzo is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Kythe Foundation (Philippines). She is a Certified Child Life Specialist and is a member of the Association of Child Life Specialists, USA. She completed her Child Life internship at the University of California San Francisco Hospital and finished her graduate studies on Child and Family Psychology at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City. She is a Philippine-licensed Child and Family Psychologist. Fatima is a passionate advocate for patient’s rights and is engaged in health policy development. She is the President of the Philippine Alliance of Patients’ Organization (PAPO), an umbrella organization of at least 38 disease-specific patient groups, representing about a million patients nationwide. Fatima is a member of the Department of Health’s Technical Working Group on Patient Safety and Palliative and Hospice Care. The Union of International Cancer Control (UICC) chose Fatima as one of the patient leaders to represent the Philippines in their Asia-Pacific (APAC) Patient Group Mentoring Program. She was also chosen by the DUKE-National University of Singapore Centre of Regulatory Excellence to represent the Philippines in the Coalition to Accelerate Patient Engagement (CAPE). Fatima holds the distinction of being the first Filipino Ashoka Fellow. Ashoka is a global organization based in the USA, which recognizes outstanding achievements of social innovators. Fatima was chosen because she co-founded Kythe Foundation, an organization which addresses the needs of more than 17,000 children with cancer and other chronic illness a year, in eight partner hospitals nationwide. Fatima has been caring for children with cancer and other chronic-illness for over 29 years.