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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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The board /  The assembly

Mahendra Gunatilleke

National Director, Caritas Sri Lanka

Degan Ali

Executive Director, Adeso (African Development Solutions)

Aleema Shivji

Director, Humanity and Inclusion

Petra Storstein

Head of Donor Support, Norwegian Refugee Council

Richard Corbett

Humanitarian Lead, Oxfam

Aleema Shivji

Director, Handicap International

Mike Noyes

Head of Humanitarian Resilience & Response, Action Aid

Graciela Colunga de Garcia

Executive Director, PRO-VIDA

Sanjayan Srikanthan

Emergency Field Director, International Rescue Committee

Juliet Parker

Director of Operations, Action Against Hunger (ACF)

Tom Newby

Head of Humanitarian, Care

Mujeeb Akhtar

Institutional Funding Manager, Muslim Aid

Dan Collison

Programme Director, War Child

Selena Victor

Interim Director of Policy & Advocacy, Mercy Corps

Jamie Hall

Head of Performance & Accountability, Relief International

Matthew Carter

Humanitarian Director, Cafod

Fiona Gannon

Head of Programmes, GOAL

Nasser Abu Al Atta

President, PARC

Francis Atul Sarker

Executive Director, Caritas Bangladesh

Oenone Chadburn

Humanitarian Director, Tearfund

Gareth Owen

Humanitarian Director, Save the Children UK

Andrew Collodel

Head of Humanitarian Team, HelpAge International

Mireille Flores

Humanitarian Programmes Manager, World Jewish Relief

Rose Caldwell

Executive Director, Concern

Samar Muhareb

Director, ARDD-Legal Aid

Gloria Donate

Head of Disaster Risk Management Unit, Plan

Lola Gostelow

Humanitarian Policy Analyst

Bob Ruxton

Head of International Support, Concern Worldwide

Jennifer Poidatz

Director, Humanitarian Response Department

Shaima Al Zarooni

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

Matthew Carter

Humanitarian Director, Cafod

Till Wahnbaeck

Secretary General, Welthungerhilfe

Adam Komorowski

Commercial director, Mines Advisory Group (MAG)

Richard Broyd

Treasurer and Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

Nick Guttmann

Head of Humanitarian Division, Christian Aid

Ruben Mulder

Head of Disaster Response, Dorcas Aid

Mark Bulpitt

Head of Humanitarian, World Vision

Kevin Noone

Vice President, Global Strategy, International Medical Corps

Mohammed Al-Ghamdi

Executive Director, Qatar Charity

Andre Krummacher

Director of programmes, ACTED

Normann Steinmaier

Deputy Head & Coordinator Humanitarian Assistance, Welthungerhilfe

Christof Gabriel Maetze

Chair of the Board of Trustees

Noreen Gumbo

Head of Humanitarian Programmes, Trocaire

Samar Muhareb

Director, ARDD-Legal Aid

Annelies Claessens

Humanitarian Director, Cordaid

David Crawford

Head of Humanitarian, Islamic Relief

Matt Cleary

Executive Director, ALIMA

Alexandre Giraud

Director of Operations, Solidarites International

Kevin Noone

Vice President, Global Strategy, International Medical Corps

Degan Ali

Executive Director, Adeso (African Development Solutions)

Leigh Daynes

Executive Director, Doctors of the World

Benjamin Laniado


Karen Janjua

Senior Programme Advisor, Community World Service Asia

Benjamin Laniado


The Start Network team

Sean Lowrie


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

Cat Sneath

Head of Funds

Daniel Squire

Programme Officer, MERF

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

Frances Tate

Executive Assistant

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

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