Margie Buchanan-Smith has worked in the humanitarian aid sector for over 30 years, in a range of different capacities from operational programme management to policy research and evaluation. Margie has been head of ActionAid’s Emergencies Unit, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University, and coordinator of the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute in London where she was also a Research Fellow. Now a freelance policy researcher and evaluator, Margie is currently a Senior Research Associate with the Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI and a Visiting Fellow at the Feinstein International Center of Tufts University. Margie is deeply committed to supporting organisations in improving and strengthening their humanitarian action, and in listening to those affected by crises to know how we can serve them better. As a well-published researcher, her concern is ensuring that research findings make a difference, and reach practitioners and policy-makers. Margie is also a qualified and experienced coach, with a particular focus on leadership development.
Andrew, a chartered accountant, brings to our Board a strong knowledge on financial leadership and UK-charity governance. Before joining our Board, Andrew was the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for EveryChild, a UK based charity at the head of a 30 country alliance focused on childcare and protection.
In his professional life Andrew has held a number of senior roles in investment banking through a 25-year career in finance. Andrew is currently a board member and Partner in a London based financial advisory boutique called Alantra
Wendy Fenton is the Coordinator of the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) hosted by the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Institute in London, and a Senior Research Fellow.
She has over 30 years of operational, management, advisory and research experience in humanitarian and development programming with NGOs and donors across a wide range of sectors and topics primarily in Sudan and Ethiopia.
Immediately before joining ODI in 2009, Wendy worked as an independent consultant focusing on fragile states, specifically issues related to NGO programming, funding mechanism performance and safety nets. ODI regularly calls on her expertise on South Sudan.
Most recently Wendy served as the head of the ODI Secretariat to the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers and has initiated and managed follow on research on cash transfers. She also serves on the steering groups and boards of a number of humanitarian organisations and associations.
Andy Katz leads PA’s work on Growth and Innovation strategy. He is a recognised leader in strategic growth and innovation consulting, supporting the leaders of major organisations to conceive of, make sense of, qualify and take to market new, growth initiatives whether new products, services or stand-alone businesses. Andy also aids business leaders as they seek to develop innovative and agile innovation capabilities.
Andy has advised executives in businesses globally and particularly in the UK, across Continental Europe and in the United States. While Andy has worked extensively in many industries, those that are core include energy and utilities, business information and media, healthcare and life sciences, consumer packaged goods and defence.
Andy has aided his clients in securing $ billions of new value through new business development, commercialising innovation and technology and providing an entrepreneurial, action-oriented and pragmatic perspective.
Ebrima is a Start-up, Growth and Exit expert with 20 years’ experience in Humanitarian and Development work across Europe, Africa and Asia. He currently works for Save the Children International (SCI) as the Programme Quality, Evidence, Impact and Innovation Director for the APAC Region based in Singapore. He also worked for SCI in Somalia where he led an evidence driven strategic resource mobilization approach in response to the 2016/2017 famine prevention efforts. SCI went on to raise $180 million over 18 months and reached over 3 million children in Somalia with lifesaving health & nutrition, food security & livelihoods, protection and education interventions.
Ebrima is a member of the SCI Programme Quality and Impact Steering Group and now represents Save the Children on the Elrha Board. Ebrima previously worked for the Foundation for Research on Women’s Health, Productivity and the Environment (BAFROW), the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Y Care International and War Child UK.
Marta Tufet is the Executive Director of the UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR), which ensures strategic coherence across UK government departments and research funders of international development, including FCDO, DHSC, BEIS, Wellcome and UKRI.
Before joining UKCDR, she led the development of the UK Department of Health’s first £450M Global Health Research Programme. Prior to this she was Strategic Partnerships Manager at Wellcome developing and implementing research funding partnerships and capacity strengthening initiatives in developing countries. She has previously worked at Nature, at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galapagos Islands, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the African Academy of Sciences in Kenya to establish the Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa.
Marta has a research background in malaria with a BSc in biology and a PhD in parasitology from Imperial College London. She is a Trustee of the Galapagos Conservation Trust and was formerly a Trustee of the of Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene and Chair of its Grants & Awards Committee. Marta hopes to bring her research funding and policy expertise to bear support to Elrha’s ambition of finding solutions to humanitarian challenges through research and generation of knowledge.
Karen brings over 30 years’ experience in international development and humanitarian work and latterly international executive search for these sectors. Born in the Sudan, her previous roles include 10 years with Oxfam GB in Ethiopia, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC and Kenya leading humanitarian programmes; Head of the Rwanda Secretariat at International Alert after the Genocide; Africa Regional Coordinator at ActionAid, covering 18 countries; and the first CEO of IDE UK, supporting market development programmes in Africa and Asia. An Oxford graduate, Karen is Vice-Chair of SOS Sahel International UK.
Toby is one of the Partners and the General Counsel at Arcus Infrastructure Partners, having been part of the team that founded Arcus in 2009. Arcus is an independent infrastructure fund manager focused on transport, energy and telecoms in Europe. As General Counsel, Toby has oversight of all legal matters relating to Arcus and its managed funds. Toby was elected to the Arcus Management Committee in 2016 and is also a representative on the board of a number of Arcus and fund related companies in the UK and other jurisdictions.
Toby qualified as a solicitor in 1999 and has extensive experience in advising on and implementing infrastructure projects and transactions, gained both in leading law firms and in industry.
Toby has a long-standing keen interest in development issues and recognises the importance of research and innovation in finding solutions to humanitarian issues. He brings to our Board a high degree of expertise in governance and, more generally, in legal, compliance, structuring and general commercial matters.
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