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Our governance and team


The Start Network is governed by its Board of Trustees, taking its steer from the membership, which is represented by the Assembly. The Board is responsible for implementing the agreed strategy as well as all other governance matters, such as cost effectiveness and efficiency, brand protection, and oversight of the Sub-Committees and the Start Network Director.

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Read a message from Sean Lowrie, Director of the Start Network

The board /  The assembly

Jamie Hall

Head of Performance & Accountability, Relief International

Ruben Mulder

Head of Disaster Response, Dorcas Aid

Petra Storstein

Head of Donor Support, Norwegian Refugee Council

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi

Executive Director, Qatar Charity

Benjamin Laniado

CEO, CADENA

Karen Janjua

Senior Programme Advisor, Community World Service Asia

Kevin Noone

Vice President, Global Strategy, International Medical Corps

Selena Victor

Interim Director of Policy & Advocacy, Mercy Corps

Sanjayan Srikanthan

Emergency Field Director, International Rescue Committee

Alexandre Giraud

Director of Operations, Solidarites International

Nasser Abu Al Atta

President, PARC

Mike Noyes

Head of Humanitarian Resilience & Response, Action Aid

Degan Ali

Executive Director, Adeso (African Development Solutions)

Samar Muhareb

Director, ARDD-Legal Aid

Leigh Daynes

Executive Director, Doctors of the World

Gloria Donate

Head of Disaster Risk Management Unit, Plan

Mujeeb Akhtar

Institutional Funding Manager, Muslim Aid

Matt Cleary

Executive Director, ALIMA

Richard Corbett

Humanitarian Lead, Oxfam

Mireille Flores

Humanitarian Programmes Manager, World Jewish Relief

Richard Broyd

Treasurer and Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

Nick Guttmann

Head of Humanitarian Division, Christian Aid

Matthew Carter

Humanitarian Director, Cafod

Annelies Claessens

Humanitarian Director, Cordaid

Jennifer Poidatz

Director, Humanitarian Response Department

Dan Collison

Programme Director, War Child

Samar Muhareb

Director, ARDD-Legal Aid

Fiona Gannon

Head of Programmes, GOAL

Degan Ali

Executive Director, Adeso (African Development Solutions)

Aleema Shivji

Director, Handicap International

Andrew Collodel

Head of Humanitarian Team, HelpAge International

Gareth Owen

Humanitarian Director, Save the Children UK

Benjamin Laniado

CEO, CADENA

Rose Caldwell

Executive Director, Concern

Tom Newby

Head of Humanitarian, Care

Kevin Noone

Vice President, Global Strategy, International Medical Corps

Christof Gabriel Maetze

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Noreen Gumbo

Head of Humanitarian Programmes, Trocaire

Oenone Chadburn

Humanitarian Director, Tearfund

Lola Gostelow

Humanitarian Policy Analyst

Normann Steinmaier

Deputy Head & Coordinator Humanitarian Assistance, Welthungerhilfe

Andre Krummacher

Director of programmes, ACTED

Till Wahnbaeck

Secretary General, Welthungerhilfe

Juliet Parker

Director of Operations, Action Against Hunger (ACF)

Aleema Shivji

Director, Humanity and Inclusion

Bob Ruxton

Head of International Support, Concern Worldwide

Mark Bulpitt

Head of Humanitarian, World Vision

Francis Atul Sarker

Executive Director, Caritas Bangladesh

Matthew Carter

Humanitarian Director, Cafod

David Crawford

Head of Humanitarian, Islamic Relief

Adam Komorowski

Commercial director, Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

Mahendra Gunatilleke

National Director, Caritas Sri Lanka

Shaima Al Zarooni

Director of Special Initiatives at the Office of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein

Graciela Colunga de Garcia

Executive Director, PRO-VIDA


The Start Network team

Sean Lowrie

Director

Clare Harris

Senior Technical Disaster Risk Adviser, Start Labs

Megan Lilley

Start Fund Officer

Antigone Mathianaki

Governance & Information Management Coordinator

Emily Montier

Start Labs Manager

Kate Strivens

Start Fund Officer

Amrina Rana

Digital officer

Claire Morgan

Institutional Fundraiser

Christos Papaioannou

Head of Funds (mat cover)

Leonie Le Borgne

Anticipations Partnerships Advisor

Daniel Squire

Programme Officer, MERF

Cat Sneath

Head of Funds

Pindi Graham De Silva

Adminstrator, Start Fund Bangladesh

Annemarie Poorterman

Senior Network Development Advisor

Shveta Shah

Head of Strategic Operations

Adam McVie

Spin off Programme Manager

Melina Koutsis

Coordinator, MERF (Tunis)

Fatima Khonat

Communications Manager, Start Fund

Kat Reichel

Head of Network Development & Engagement

Scarlett Sturridge

Innovations Learning Manager

Bhavya Srinivasan

Innovations Operations Manager

Emily Jones

Project Manager, Start Labs

Neil Townsend

Innovation DEPP Lab Programme Manager

Sarah Klassen

Crisis Anticipation Technical Advisor, Analysis

Sarah Barr

Anticipation Learning Advisor

Emma Flaherty

Adviser and Project Manager, Anticipation

Helen James

Head of Brand, Communications & Digital

Ekaterina Schubert

Operations Coordinator

Susana Nino

Finance Manager

Chaitali Chattopadhyay

MEAL Manager

David Burt

Senior MEAL Officer, Start Fund

Lucretia Puentes

Start Fund Programme Manager

Michaela Larson

MEAL Officer, Start Fund

Ian Simcox-Heath

MEAL Advisor, Start Fund

Frances Tate

Executive Assistant

Anne Noirhomme

Start Fund Officer

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