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Secretariat

The secretariat is responsible for delivering the strategy and annual work plans, as agreed by the global board and trustees.

Overview

The secretariat supports the development, coordination and implementation of the GNDR strategy. Our team is responsible to the board of trustees and the global board, via the executive director. Staff are based in regional hubs in six countries around the world: Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Senegal and the UK.

Secretariat staff

Adessou Kossivi

Regional Lead (Africa)

Adessou Kossivi

Regional Lead (Africa)

adessou.kossivi@gndr.org

Kossivi is the current Regional Lead of Africa at Global Network of Civil Society Organisation for Disaster Reduction (GNDR).

He holds a Master Degree in International Environmental Law (IEL) and a bachelor in Literature and critics. He has worked and developed expertise in Climate Change (CC), and Disaster Risk Management (DRM). He has gained expertise in leading and coordinating civil society organisations and networks in Africa.

Kossivi is a strong advocate of shifting power from the international system to community-led capacities, preparedness, and response facilitated by the local organisations.

He has worked in Togo, Mozambique, and Senegal covering climate change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Management, and development topics.

He is the current Co-chair of the Director Board of Climate Action Network-International (CAN-I). He speaks French and English with basic knowledge of Portuguese.

Ajay Singh

Project Officer

Ajay Singh

Project Officer

ajay.singh@gndr.org

Ajay has a Master’s degree in Management from Uttarakhand Technical University. He has an experience of 12 years in the development sector working in different projects which includes Disaster, Skill Development and Livelihood projects. Prior to joining GNDR, Ajay worked with Uttarakhand Government in one of their skill development projects where he enriched his skills on Planning, monitoring, implementation and advocacy. He also worked with the Ministry of Women and Child development, Govt. of India, as a consultant for 2 years. At present, Ajay is working with GNDR as a Project Officer.

Aminata Some

Operations Officer (Africa)

Aminata Some

Operations Officer (Africa)

aminata.some@gndr.org

Aminata is an Operations Officer with 9 years of experience working in operational management in cross cutting sectors around development and related issues. She holds a Master of Science in Management from SupDeco business school in Senegal. She has good experience in private sector organisations and CSO networks. Over the years she has gained knowledge in member engagement, programme and projects monitoring in international contexts. Aminata is passionate about working in an innovative space where efforts are brought together to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Beata Hudakova

Financial Accountant

Beata Hudakova

Financial Accountant

beata.hudakova@gndr.org
Daniella Bidorho

Interim Regional Coordinator, Eastern and Southern Africa

Daniella Bidorho

Interim Regional Coordinator, Eastern and Southern Africa

daniella.bidorho@gndr.org

Daniella Akonkwa Bidorho is the Interim Regional Coordinator for Eastern and Southern Africa, she holds a Master’s Degree of Arts in Development studies from Kampala International University with 4 years work experience in the development and Humanitarian sector as a programmes coordinator, organisational capacity strengthening trainer and Disaster Risk Reduction team lead. Her work covers local communities engagement, refugee led organisations and team management.She joined the GNDR secretariat in June 2022.

Dansam Ouma

Project Officer (LLGI, MDS)

Dansam Ouma

Project Officer (LLGI, MDS)

dansam.ouma@gndr.org

Dansam holds a Master Degree in Development Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Dansam is a Project Officer under the Local Leadership for Global Impact (LLGI) and Making Displacement Safer (MDS) projects where he supports project implementation and coordination, monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning, donor coordination and advocacy. Prior to joining GNDR, Dansam worked as a Project Assistant at the Institute for Development Studies. Dansam has experience in working with projects related to Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Social Protection, Conflict, Governace and Disaster Risk Reduction.

Elise Belcher

Project Coordinator

Elise Belcher

Project Coordinator

elise.belcher@gndr.org

Elise holds a master’s degree in Development and Emergency Practice from Oxford Brookes University. Prior to joining GNDR in 2020, Elise has 15 years of experience working in project coordination in a range of development and humanitarian settings including local CSOs and international agencies. Now based in the UK, she has previously lived in Papua New Guinea, Uganda and Sweden and travelled to several regions for her work. Elise is currently the Risk Driver Lead for forced displacement for GNDR, and coordinates the “Making Displacement Safer” and “Local Leadership for Global Impacts” projects.

Felix Martin

Senior Fundraiser

Felix Martin

Senior Fundraiser

felix.martin@gndr.org

Coming from a creative background, Felix decided to join the non-profit sector with the goal of strengthening and supporting communities at risk. His work has covered refugee and asylum seekers in Greece and London, as well as sustainable women’s literacy and micro-financing groups across Sub-Saharan Africa. With experience in individual giving channels such as digital/postal appeals, as well as challenge events with UK and European audiences, he now works to build donor relations, identify new income opportunities, and support the coordination of fundraising applications. He is currently pursuing an MSc in International Development & Social Anthropology alongside his work at GNDR at Birkbeck University in London.

Florencia Pasquale

Translation & Interpretation Services Consultant

Florencia Pasquale

Translation & Interpretation Services Consultant

florencia.pasquale@gndr.org

Hepi Rahmawati

Regional Coordinator (South East Asia & Pacific)

Hepi Rahmawati

Regional Coordinator (South East Asia & Pacific)

hepi.rahmawati@gndr.org

Hepi is the Regional Coordinator for Europe, East & South-East Asia and the Pacific. She has more than 15 years of field and managerial experience in inclusive and accountable humanitarian response; community resilience building through disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation; and localising global agenda with YAKKUM. Hepi also has competencies (SCQF Level 11) in Community Based Psychosocial Support. Before joining GNDR, she was member of GNDR Regional Advisory Group and member of Advocacy and Policy Working Group of ACT Alliance – a global faith-based coalition organised in national and regional forums operating in more than 120 countries.

Ipsita Sircar

Regional Coordinator (South & Central Asia)

Ipsita Sircar

Regional Coordinator (South & Central Asia)

ipsita.sircar@gndr.org
Irene Mutegi

Senior Grants Compliance Accountant

Irene Mutegi

Senior Grants Compliance Accountant

irene.mutegi@gndr.org

Irene Mutegi Irene is the senior compliance Accountant at the Secretariat.She has more than 12 years in grants management ,Donor management and donor accounting across various NGOs both in East and West Africa. She holds a masters degree in Finance and is a certified public Accountant and a CFA student . She is very passionate about CSO and partner capacity building to see them develop better compliance systems to help them access the many funding opportunities available.

Jabran Ali

Finance Business Partner

Jabran Ali

Finance Business Partner

jabran.ali@gndr.org

I am responsible for all operational finance duties including management accounts, statutory accounts, grants audit, grants compliances, budgeting, payroll, cash management, banking, reconciliations and dealing with field enquiries and disbursements. I also prepare the monthly preparation of quarterly and annual financial statements, donor reports ensuring compliance with laws, regulations and insurance requirements.

I love working in the international not-for-profit sector and believe that I am making a small yet tangible difference. Furthermore, I enjoy supporting senior Secretariat management including the Executive Director.

Jabran has seven years of international not-for-profit experience including insecure environments such as AFPAK. He also has three years of practice experience specialising in UK income tax. Jabran holds an undergraduate degree in business administration, and an MBA in finance. He speaks fluent Pashto, Urdu and has a working knowledge of Farsi.

Julia Taub

Fundraising Officer

Julia Taub

Fundraising Officer

julia.taub@gndr.org

With a Master’s degree in International Development: Environment & Development from the University of Manchester, Julia has a background in climate change adaptation and disaster risk management. Prior to joining GNDR in 2017, Julia spent a year with the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Bangladesh and worked as a consultant with the International Institute for Environment & Development in London, where she gained skills in organising events and M&E. Previous roles with GNDR have included working as a project officer and membership engagement officer. Julia is now GNDR’s Fundraising Officer.

Liza Hernandez

Regional Lead (Americas & Caribbean)

Liza Hernandez

Regional Lead (Americas & Caribbean)

liza.hernandez@gndr.org

Guatemalan, BA in Community Nutrition from the University of San Carlos de Guatemala; 2 Postgraduate Programs in Project Development and Political Advocacy and Community Development and a Master’s Degree in Gender, Sexuality and Public Policy. She has worked for more than 20 years in the field of health, public nutrition and epidemiology with a solid background in applied research in health sciences from the Human Nutrition Research Center on AgingHNRCA at Tufts University.

Regional Director of Grant Acquisition and Management for Central America and Mexico at World Vision working with international cooperation and has extensive experience with bilateral and multilateral funds, as well as private foundations for Latin America. Since 2020, she is the Regional Lead for the Global Network of Organisations of civil society for disaster reduction and Risk Driver Lead for Gender Inequality.

Martin De Leon

Operations Officer

Martin De Leon

Operations Officer

martin.deleon@gndr.org

Naomi Paul

Fundraising Manager

Naomi Paul

Fundraising Manager

naomi.paul@gndr.org

Naomi has over 20 years of experience in Fundraising, Grant Management, and Project Management. After finishing her BSc in Geology she trained as a Secondary School Geography Teacher and then a Youth Worker delivering a number of small scale community projects. She has fundraised for both small community projects and large multi-million-pound global level projects, and through this has gained experience ⁸with Institutional donors, Trusts/Foundations, local authority donors, and in fundraising events. She joined GNDR in 2020 to use her fundraising skills to raise funds to help reduce the impact of disasters on the most vulnerable, having seen first-hand the effect they have.

Nick Roberts

Head of Operations and Interim Co-Executive Director

Nick Roberts

Head of Operations and Interim Co-Executive Director

nick.roberts@gndr.org

Nick’s substantive role is as GNDR’s Head of Operations, where he oversees the finance, human resources, administrative support and board liaison functions.

Nick is currently also interim co-Executive Director of GNDR, overseeing the implementation of the organisation’s strategy and annual work plans.

Nick holds a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Exeter and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Having worked initially in the commercial sector he has worked in the international relief and development sector since 1998, initially as head of finance for disaster management operations at Tearfund, then subsequently as an independent consultant, both in the UK and overseas. He joined the GNDR secretariat in March 2018.

Nick Scarborough

External Communications Coordinator

Nick Scarborough

External Communications Coordinator

nick.scarborough@gndr.org
Rebecca Murphy

Policy Lead and Interim Co-Executive Director

Rebecca Murphy

Policy Lead and Interim Co-Executive Director

rebecca.murphy@gndr.org

Becky is currently interim co Executive Director of GNDR, overseeing the implementation of the organisation’s strategy. Becky’s substantive role is as GNDR’s Policy Lead, here she heads up Policy and Advocacy, Membership Engagement and External Communications for GNDR. Becky has spent over 12 years working as a resilience and disaster risk reduction technical adviser for humanitarian teams including at ActionAid, Christian Aid and CAFOD. Here, Becky has spent significant time working in humanitarian contexts across Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Middle East with a specific focus on community resilience building in protracted crises contexts, the human rights based approach and women’s empowerment for resilience.

Becky has also spent time working for Kings College London’s Centre for Research on Integrate Risk and Resilience, specialising in research on resilience and local leadership in the humanitarian– development – peace nexus. Becky has authored a number of academic journal articles exploring the importance of local leadership for resilience building within this nexus.

Becky is currently co-chair and focal point of the UN DRR Stakeholder Engagement Mechanism (SEM) and within this, the NGO constituency.

Becky holds a master’s degree in International Development, Disasters and Adaptation from King’s College London University. Plus, a First Class BSc degree in Geography for the University of Reading.

Rehema Batti

Project Officer

Rehema Batti

Project Officer

rehema.batti@gndr.org

Rehema Batti-Ashimosi is a Project Coordinator supporting project initiatives within the GNDR network. She holds a Masters’ degree in Leading Innovation and Change,York St John University(UK), Master of Arts in Sociology(UON-KEN), Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies(KU-KEN). Rehema is a certified project management enthusiast with Project Management Professional (PMP)® and Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®certifications from Project Management Institute (PMI). She is a member of PMI International and Kenya Chapters. Rehema has 24 years’ working experience in the development landscape and has expertise in project management, partnership engagement and organisational capacity building. Rehema has 15 years’ of experience engaging CSOs and local government institutions in projects related to Environmental governance and management, Resilience building, HIV & AIDS, Water & Sanitation, Education & Child Protection, and Livelihoods in selected countries in Africa, Asia, Pacific and Latin America & Caribbean.

Shivangi Chavda

Senior Regional Lead (Asia & Europe) and Interim Co-Executive Director

Shivangi Chavda

Senior Regional Lead (Asia & Europe) and Interim Co-Executive Director

shivangi.chavda@gndr.org

Shivangi Chavda is working as Senior Regional Lead (Asia Pacific & Europe) with Global Network of Civil Societies for Disaster Reduction(GNDR). She is currently also holding the position of Interim CO Executive Director at GNDR.She has spent almost 2 decades now working in this sector and has been a major contributor in the Humanitarian, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation across Asia.

As Senior Regional Lead at GNDR, she is responsible for membership engagement, networking, capacity building and leading the global programs such as Views from the frontline, Making Displacement Safer, Local Leadership for Global Impact in more than 50 countries. Her majority of the work includes strengthening collaborations amongst the key stakeholders at the national, regional and global level, gathering evidences from the communities to influence the key policies at national, regional and global forums especially focusing on localisation and risk informed development, strengthening capacities of the CSOs and mobilising funds at the regional and global level. She is global risk driver lead on Food & Water Insecurity at GNDR.

Shivangi holds a Masters Degree in Project Management from Conservatoire National Des Art et Metier , Paris as well as Banking, Industry and Finance from Chambers of Commerce in India.

Vicky Kapur

HR Officer

Vicky Kapur

HR Officer

vicky.kapur@gndr.org

Vicky Kapur has worked in HR for around 15 years. CIPD qualified in HR at level 7 and has extensive experience in recruitment and HR administration. She has worked in a variety of different industries which include working for the Duke of Edinburgh’s award, The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and at Centrica. She joined GNDR last June, as HR Officer and really enjoys working here.

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