Board of Directors
Since 1997, Leonie Barnes has worked extensively with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNICEF, UNDP, and WHO and has conducted long-term field assignments in Kosovo, Eritrea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, and South Sudan as well as many short-term roles in the Asia and Pacific Region. She has many years of experience working with international NGO as well as the UN space and now since 2012, she is consulting extensively in the field of international training, development, monitoring and evaluation, and more recently crisis and emergency management and planning. She lectures widely in Australia and internationally in the field of crisis and risk management (the practical applications) and specialises now in online crisis simulation and capacity development in that field. Leonie is also a long-serving member of the Australian Red Cross and is passionate about people, places, and problems.
Abdel Monem Daymi
Abdel Monem Daymi is an experienced humanitarian and development leader, holding a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and PMP Certified. Throughout his professional career, he has visited more than 40 of the world's most vulnerable countries.
After 10 years of experience as an Engineer and University Assistant Professor, Dr. Daymi has joined the humanitarian sector as a professional and got over 10 years of experience overseeing humanitarian and development work in complex emergencies (such as Libya, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya, Sudan, Bosnia, and Nepal) in different senior managerial roles including CEO, Country Director, Emergency Response Leader, International Fundraising Manager, and Director of Programs since 2017 in IR Canada managing a portfolio of over $50 million a year in grants and projects in 30+ countries. He has special experience in poverty alleviation programs, capacity building for local NGOs, disaster preparedness and risk reduction, educational and vocational training, water, and sanitation programs in developing countries.
Besides, Dr. Daymi has 20+ years of experience in volunteers management. He has designed and led various international volunteering programs including internships, volunteering abroad, and international medical missions. He has been an active volunteer and leader for various organizations and served in multiple capacities including as Youth Advisor for the UNDP and the League of Arab States, Vice Chairman of Tunisian Scouts, and Emergency Response Team Leader with the Canadian Red Cross. As a certified coach and a Sphere trainer, he has delivered many training sessions in NGO management and leadership in different countries.
Abdou Dieng is a Senegalese National, holding a BA in Business Law and Economics from the University of Dakar in Senegal and an MBA in Transport Economy from the École Supérieure Des Transports Internationaux de Marseille, France. After 10 years in the private transport sector, Mr. Dieng joined the World Food Programme (WFP) in 1994 as a Senior Logistics Coordinator responsible for the entire spectrum of logistics activities in several countries in Africa and Latin America and in Rome, Italy. Since 2003, Mr. Dieng has been WFP’s Country Representative in Guinea Bissau, Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea, DR Congo and Ethiopia, WFP’s largest operation. In addition, he has worked as a Senior Humanitarian Coordinator in Central African Republic with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs from December 2013 to April 2014 at ASG level. Mr. Dieng has been the Ebola Crisis Manager for Guinea (Head of Mission), as part of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) from January 2015 to June 2015 then the Ebola Crisis Manager at ASG level with the World Health Organization (WHO) from July 2015 to January 2016. As of June 2016, he will be WFP’s Regional Director for West and Central Africa.
Natascha is an experienced leader of multilateral interventions with a particular interest in conflict and post conflict environments. Experiences across the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the UN, and government have shaped her perceptions of current day interventions. She also has experience of managing Australian and international businesses, and has served on the Board of RedR Australia.
Liz Hughes OBE
Liz Hughes OBE is an experienced humanitarian and development professional. She has been the Chief Executive of MapAction since 2013. Prior to that, Ms. Hughes undertook various roles with INGOs and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement in country programmes and globally. As a consultant, she has carried out strategic reviews of the emergency response capacity of several INGOs and multiple other assignments including as a humanitarian donor advisor. Ms. Hughes started her early career, after training as a social worker in the UK working for several years on community projects domestically. She then volunteered for a small Scottish charity in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Balkan conflicts and later joined Oxfam to work in Kosovo in 1995. Since then, with Oxfam, Save the Children, and Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, she has worked in programme development, operations management, surge support, country director, regional leadership, and headquarter roles in the Caucasus, West and Central Africa, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region. She has also worked on the development issues associated with homelessness, poverty, and social inequality in the UK and serves on the Board of Andrews Charitable Trust. Liz was awarded an OBE in the UK’s New Year’s Honours list in 2021, for services to humanitarian crisis operations.
Sandra is a humanitarian and development expert with over 13 years’ experience in various advancing capacities at World Vision International—a child-focused, community based, relief and development organization. Sandra possesses comprehensive experience in high-level operational and project management roles. The experience encompasses strategy design and implementation in multiple projects across several countries including fragile contexts and four continents.
Sandra also serves as the vice chair of the Finance and Partnerships Committee of the Women on Boards Network Kenya—a network that provides a platform for women from diverse fields and ranks to share experiences, mentor, coach and train, especially in matters of governance.
Sandra holds a graduate certificate on Humanitarian Leadership from Deakin University Australia, a Master’s Degree in Management from University of Leicester, undergraduate degree in Bachelor of Commerce from University of Nairobi, and other additional professional qualifications in Project Management.
Nelly Maonde has more than 20 years’ experience in the humanitarian and development sectors, serving in both leadership and advisory roles. She is currently a Regional Humanitarian Advisor with Trócaire (a member of Caritas Internationalis confederation), for the Central, West, and Southern Africa region. Prior to joining Trócaire, she worked in South Sudan, Zambia, and Zimbabwe with several agencies including Concern Worldwide, Action Contre la Faim, CARE international, and Zambia’s National Food and Nutrition Commission. Her professional expertise and passion centres on humanitarian preparedness, humanitarian response leadership, and capacity development of local humanitarian organisations in line with the localisation agenda. She advocates and advises on quality, accountability, and ethics in humanitarian response.
Some of her notable contributions at global, regional, and local level include her role in the drafting of the Core Humanitarian Standard (CHS) as part of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG), contributing to the PHAP Credentialing Program for certifications for humanitarian practitioners, and lobbying for sustainable food systems as a lasting solution to food crises. She is a keen advocate for the use of humanitarian early warning information, resilient food systems, and community-informed humanitarian action.
Nelly holds an MSc in Development Management (UK) and undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Food and Nutrition, Family Sciences, and Management Studies.
Joanna Nathan is currently Deputy Director (Programmes) in Gaza of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, supporting education, healthcare, and food assistance for over one million Palestine refugees. She has been with the UN for 10 years, previously in Kabul, Tehran, and Erbil, focused on refugee affairs, electoral support, and preventative diplomacy and deeply engaged in strategic planning and large-scale change management. Prior to this, Joanna established the International Crisis Group’s presence in Kabul as a Senior Analyst for South Asia (2005-2009) and, on a leave of absence (2019), acted as a principal advisor to the public inquiry into the Earthquake Commission in her home country New Zealand.
Killen Otieno is the Chief Operating Officer for Joint Aid Management (JAM International) based at the Headquarter in Johannesburg. JAM International is an African founded NGO, focused on “Helping Africa Help Itself”. Killen has about 30 years of global humanitarian leadership experience, most of this focusing on food security & livelihoods programming in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Middle East. He was the Country Director of JAM South Sudan and Uganda. He was also the Regional Head of Livelihoods at the Danish Refugee Council (Eastern Africa and Yemen). He worked for UN agencies (WFP and FAO) as the National Food Security & Livelihood Cluster Coordinator in South Sudan. Killen was the global Head of Food Assistance and Nutrition Unit at Plan International Headquarters in London, UK. Prior to that, he provided leadership as the Response Director for World Vision’s Syria refugee response in Jordan and also during the Horn of Africa response. He was the Global Director of World Vision’s Food Aid Management & Emergency Response based in Johannesburg, South Africa. At World Vision and Plan International, Killen was part of the surge capacity in some of the largest humanitarian responses including Darfur, Indonesia, Philippines, Haiti, Niger, and Syria (Jordan).
Ahmad Faizal Perdaus
Faizal Perdaus is a qualified medical doctor, appointed as President of the Malaysian Medical Relief Society (MERCY Malaysia) in 2009, after having joined the organization in 2003. Since becoming President, he has provided leadership for humanitarian responses in Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and the Philippines) and beyond (Afghanistan, Chile, Haiti, North Korea, Pakistan, Somalia, Sudan (Darfur), Syria, and Turkey). He is also currently Chair of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA), Board Member of the Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), member of the Steering Committee for Humanitarian Response (SCHR) Certification Project, and an Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Principal.
Kris Wallace is the Head of Internal Audit for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, based in Geneva. He is a professionally qualified audit leader, with expertise in assurance, risk management, fraud and corruption investigations, and safeguarding. He is a longstanding member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (CMIIA) and has a postgraduate Diploma in Audit and Consultancy and a Master's in Counter Fraud and Corruption Studies. Kris has a detailed knowledge and understanding of the risks faced by the humanitarian and development systems having spent many years working for both arms of the UK Government's international agencies, FCO and DFID. During his career, Kris has worked extensively in the field, delivering audits in over 50 countries, including conflict zones such as Sudan and Somalia, as well as Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis. Outside of the UK, Kris was a member of the International Fund for Agricultural Development's (IFAD) Audit Committee.
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