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Alex Jacobs, CaLP Director

Alex  moves to CaLP from Plan International, one of the world’s largest NGO federations, where he led the redesign of their approach to programme management as Director of Programme Quality. Alex has worked in the humanitarian sector for 20 years, after qualifying as an accountant. He initially worked with Oxfam in Rwanda and the DRC. Subsequently, he founded Mango, an award winning NGO, which he led for 10 years. During this time, he was closely involved with reforms to improve how agencies engage with local people. He helped draft the original HAP Standard, set up BOND’s Quality Group and pioneered work on feedback systems.

He has held visiting fellowships at Oxford University and Duke University.He has held positions on a range of boards and led work for the World Humanitarian Summit on reforms to strengthen community engagement in humanitarian response.

Isabelle Pelly, Technical Coordinator 

Isabelle is the technical coordinator for the Cash Learning Partnership, responsible for providing leadership and quality control across all CaLP’s technical work, including capacity building, knowledge management and research, and coordination. She also leads CaLP’s Technical Advisory Group (TAG), comprised of leading technical experts in CTP across CaLP's membership.

Isabelle has a technical background in food security and livelihoods, with specialist skills in market assessment and analysis. She joined CaLP in September 2015 after years in programme management, advisory and policy roles in Haiti, Zimbabwe, West Africa and Lebanon. She has also held leadership positions at inter-agency level in the field and has been actively involved in the global work around multi-sectoral CTP. She holds a BA in Human Sciences from Oxford University, a MA in Environment and Development from LSE.

Stefan Bumbacher , Senior Technical Officer

Stefan is seconded to CaLP by the Swiss Agency for Development and Coordination (SDC) since September 2017. He is based in Geneva where he is responsible for developing CaLP’s work on multi-sector CTP and coordination. Prior to joining CaLP Stefan was seconded by SDC to WFP Syria as a Programme Policy Officer for Cash Based Transfers. For SDC he has worked in different positions in Kenya, Switzerland and on rapid response missions in the Philippines, Nepal and Montenegro.

Stefan has a BA in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences in Lucerne and a Master in International Studies from the Torcuato di Tella University in Argentina.

Ruth McCormack, Senior Programme Officer

Originally from the West Midlands in the UK, Ruth  is now based in Toronto, Canada. She joined CaLP as Senior Programme Officer in September 2015, where her role involves working closely with CaLP's regional teams to provide technical advice and support for CaLP's strategic and programme development and implementation.

Working primarily as a food security and livelihoods technical specialist, Ruth has nearly 10 years of experience in humanitarian response in South Sudan, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Pakistan, the Philippines, Jordan and Gaza, including extensive engagement in the design and implementation of a range of cash and voucher programmes. She holds a BSc in Government from the London School of Economics, and a MA in Social Development from the University of Sussex.

Abigael Baldoumas, Knowledge Management and Research Coordinator

Abigael joined CaLP in mid-2017 as Knowledge Management and Research Coordinator, responsible for overseeing CaLP's knowledge management, research and evidence work including evidence mapping, research prioritisation and knowledge hub development. Prior to joining CaLP, Abigael worked as Oxfam GB's regional research and policy coordinator for the Middle East working across humanitarian and development programmes in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Yemen. 

She has as BA in Political Science and History from the University of California, Berkeley and an MPhil and DPhil in political science from the University of Oxford. Her doctoral research looked at the impact of political participation on public policy outcomes in the UK.

Martin Pittman, Global Capacity Building Coordinator

Martin serves as the Global Capacity Building Coordinator, and is responsible for overseeing the implementation of CaLP's global capacity building strategy, targeting institutions and individuals to achieve excellence in Cash Transfer Programming.

He is from the United States and holds a Master's degree in international education, and has lived and worked in more than 15 countries, most notably across Africa. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in international development and education program management, as well as in social protection. He has expertise in training program design, workshop facilitation and organizational strengthening, and worked as the Training Advisor for 3 years on a large-scale cash transfer programme in Uganda, which introduced him to the myriad opportunities of CTP. 

Amandine Frisetti, CaLP West Africa Ebola Project Manager 

Holding a Master Degree in Business & Management from KEDGE in France, Amandine has been working for the last three years as a Logistician in emergency contexts. She joins  CaLP to lead a project about Cash Transfer practices following Ebola outbreak after managing  projects on  shelter construction with Handicap International in Philippines and  measles vaccination with MSF in Republic Democratic of Congo.

Svetlana Omel Duncalf, Business Support Manager

Angel Entenza, Finance Assistant

Angel comes from Spain. He holds a degree in Business and Marketing at Oxford Brookes University and currently is taking the ACCA. Angel’s previous jobs included Account Receivable at Ocaso S.A. in Spain and Administrative at Inversegur S.L   He joined CaLP in April 2016 after completing his volunteering with Oxfam’s Payments and Treasury teams. Angel is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Rose Smith, Membership Officer

Rose is from Staffordshire, England.She has an Master in Women’s Studies from University of Oxford and a BA from University of Liverpool. Prior to joining CaLP she worked in administration and event management for organisations including NHS England and Serco Education.

Jack Barton, Travel Administrator

Jack Barton is the Travel Administrator for the Cash Learning Partnership, based in Oxford in the UK. Jack holds a BA (Hons) in International Development and has worked as an Academic Advisor for a municipal education department in Bangkok, Thailand. More recently, Jack worked as a Project Worker for St Mungo’s, a charity providing support to homeless people in Southern England.

In transition, Policy Coordinator  

Anna Foxley, Funding and Partnership Coordinator

CaLP Regional Focal Points

Nathalie Cissokho, West Africa

Nathalie holds a Master’s degree in political science and international relations with a major in conflict analysis. She also holds an academic diploma on the Arabic World. Working for the Institute on Research and Negotiation of ESSEC Business School, she managed a program that was implemented in post conflict areas and fragile states, strengthening capacities of government representatives, civil society organizations and conflict stakeholders in negotiation and dialogue. She contributed to facilitation processes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also took part in the creation of pedagogic materials and led training activities for European and African Institutions, European universities and private companies. She has been working for a French NGO for several years in Central Africa where she had the opportunity to design and follow up on the implementation of cash transfer programmes in both emergency and development contexts, in various sectors (WASH, shelter, livelihood). She then joined the CaLP first as capacity building officer before taking on the role of Regional Focal Point for West Africa.

In transition, Asia

Karen Peachey, East Africa

Karen joined CaLP in January 2017, bringing with her with many years of experience in the development and humanitarian sectors.  Karen has extensive programme experience and has engaged in policy development and research work.   She has worked as the Regional Representative for the British Red Cross; International Director for THET; Regional Programme Manager for HelpAge International and a variety of other roles.  Karen is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

In transition, North America

CaLP Regional Support

Hannah Muiruri, Administration and Communication Officer - East Africa

Hannah Joined CaLP in October 2017 as an Administration and Communications officer. Her responsibilities include building CaLP’s profile in the region and encouraging continued engagement with CaLP members and clients in East Africa and beyond. She is passionate about the Humanitarian and Development sectors and the space for CASH in assisting those in need. Hannah has previously worked with Kenya Red cross, Save the Children, Inter-Agency Working Group on Disaster Preparedness and InterHealth Worldwide. She most recently participated in the EU election observation mission for Kenya. Her favourite role is playing mother to her daughter; seeing the world through her innocent lens is hopeful.

Thérèse FayeAdministration and Communication Officer - West Africa

Therese is from Senegal, she holds a degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of Sheffield in England. Prior to joining CaLP, Therese worked for UNESCO’s regional office in Dakar, on capacity building projects for teachers in Burkina-Faso and Niger. She also has international experience with an internship in Germany and volunteer experience with Oxfam, as well as local NGOs in Senegal.

In transition , Administration and Communication Officer - Asia  

In transition, Administration and Communication Officer - North America


CaLP Capacity Building Officers 

Abdoulaye Hamidou, West Africa Capacity Building Officer

With an Agricultural Techniques engineer acquired at Abdou Moumouni University of Niamey (Niger), Abdoulaye developed his professional career of more than ten years mainly on food security and livelihoods in emergency as well as in long-term actions. He brings with him a great experience on cash transfer programming, design, implementation and coordination. Apart from having worked with national organizations, governmental structures and international organizations, he worked for Oxfam over four years on both the humanitarian and development team including advocacy, networking and managing partnerships relation with national organizations. Additionally, Abdoulaye was in charge of coordinating the Cash Working Group in Niger from 2013 to 2014. 

Abdoulaye Diallo, West Africa Institutionalization Capacity Building Officer

Abdoulaye Diallo joined CaLP after several years working with various international organizations in the USA and in Africa. With his background in social science research and academic publication, and as Bilingual Editor of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, Abdoulaye has contributed to the production of several university teaching materials. As West Africa civil society leader, Abdoulaye has worked in various countries in the sub region building capacity for local organisations. He has developed and run several training programs in institution building, in coordination and advocacy. He holds two graduate degrees in International Relations from Ohio University, USA, and in English from Université Gaston Berger, Senegal.

Justina Mwangangi, East Africa Capacity Building Officer

Ali Mansoor, Asia Capacity Building Officer

Ali has 11 years of experience in Cash Transfer Programming, Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods (EFSVL), Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction and Microfinance. Most recently, he was the Cash Operations Coordinator for Oxfam in Nepal for the 2015 Earthquake response. He has been part of designing and implementing cash-based interventions; building capacity of staff, partners and other stakeholders; developing training materials and context-based guidelines for teams in Nepal and Pakistan. With various NGOs, Ali has been part of several emergency response programs in Pakistan including: the Pakistan Emergency Food Security Alliance (PEFSA), Pakistan Floods response (2007, 2010, 2011, 2012) and Pakistan Drought Response (2013 and 2014) in both technical and management roles. Ali holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management from Shah Abdul Lateef University Khairpur Sindh Pakistan and received a Diploma degree in Business Management from SZABIST Pakistan.

Blake J Stabler, North America Capacity Building Officer

Blake has been working in international relief and development, primarily in agriculture and food security, since 2003. Before joining CaLP, Blake worked as a Market Analyst and a Food Security Analyst for the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), supporting analysis for East Africa and Central Asia. He is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Russia 2000-2002). Blake received his master’s degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce from the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School. He is based in Washington, DC.