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Americas team

Jennie Trow, Regional Programme Manager

Based in Panama City, Panama, Jennie is the technical lead for the planning and delivery of CaLP’s learning and capacity building activities in the region, with a priority focus on Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining us, Jennie was a Humanitarian Affairs Officer for Latin America & Caribbean for the UN’s OCHA, she coordinated projects such as Caribbean hurricane preparedness ECHO with international and Caribbean region partners, including capacity building in the areas of information management and assessments. Jennie holds a Master of Professional Studies, Community and Economic Development from Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania, and a BA, Latin American Studies from the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.

Karen N. Pinzon, Programme Officer

Karen joined CaLP in April 2018 as the Program Officer for the Americas office. She holds a Masters Degree in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Prior to joining CaLP, she worked in refugee resettlement and case management at the International Rescue Committee and in advocacy and policy at a torture abolition coalition (TASSC). She is based in Washington, DC. 

Lynn Yoshikawa, Regional Representative

Lynn joined CaLP in December 2017, bringing 15 years of humanitarian experience to her role as Regional Representative. Her career includes experience in the field (the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Afghanistan) and headquarter offices, where she specialised in assessments, coordination, and policy analysis. Most recently, Lynn was an independent consultant focused on providing assessments and evaluations to humanitarian organizations such as ACAPS, CaLP, DRC, iMMAP, IRC, OCHA, and UNHCR. She has also worked with InterAction, the Jesuit Refugee Service, Oxfam, and Refugees International. 

East and Southern Africa team

Esther Mbogho, Programme Officer 

Esther has worked with CaLP since September 2014. She holds a bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and economics and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology, both from the University of Nairobi. She is passionate about development and humanitarian action and has previously worked with NEPAD, Africa Enterprise Challenge fund, Compassion International and The Financial Sector Deepening Trust (FSD) under programme and grant management roles

Sapenzie Ojiambo, Regional Representative


Sahara Dahir Ibrahim, Programme Manager

Sahara Dahir was seconded from CARE International in Somalia to the Cash Learning Partnership as East Africa Program Manager in February 2019. Her last two years at CARE were spent as the partnership Initiative Manager where her work involved lots of networking, relationship building and project management. Prior to that Sahara has worked at the National Museums of Kenya for nine years where she held a number of roles and was involved in some very interesting heritage programmes with national and international engagement. Sahara has a Master’s degree in Cultural Projects for Development from Turin University, Italy and a BSc in Business Administration from United States International University (USIU).

Global team

Alice Golay, Senior technical Officer

Alice is a Senior Technical Officer for CaLP based in Geneva. She has close to 10 years of experience in the humanitarian sector. Her work on CVA includes being the CVA Programme Officer for the Swiss Development and Cooperation agency (SDC) and the Regional CVA Programme Officer for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Latin America and the Caribbean. Based in Panama, she provided constant support to the 11 country offices in the region in preparedness, setting-up and scaling up CVA in their operations, including during fast and slow-onset emergencies, positioning WFP as a provider of technical assistance to Governments and conducted the WFP CVA five-day trainings. Before that, Alice worked for WFP in Niger, Pakistan, Mali and in Rome, in different roles including as a Food Security Cluster Coordinator. She also worked as a reports officer for the ICRC Directorate.

Angel Entenza, Financial Accountant

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.

Anna Kondakhchyan, Programme Coordinator

Anna is the Global Programmes Coordinator with Cash and Learning Partnership (CaLP). Anna’s role oversees a number of CaLP’s strategic objectives and themes  including the work on CVAs and risk, digital payments and data responsibility.
Prior to joining CaLP, Anna was the Global Adviser on applications of information and communications technologies at Oxfam, with a specialist focus on digital financial services. Anna previously lead a global roll-out of a supply chain process change and automation initiative at Oxfam. Anna is an experienced programme manager and ICT4D practitioner, passionate about responsible data and ethical use of technology. She is a certified Development Programme Manager and is a member of a growing cohort of digital financial services professionals, on a journey towards Certified Digital Finance Practitioner with Tufts University and Digital Frontiers Institute.

Greg Rodwell, Training Officer 

Greg joined the team in January 2018 as Training Officer in the Global Capacity Building Team. After completing his degree in Business Administration (Marketing) and Finance at Keele University, Greg went on to work in the finance industry for a number of years. In 2011 he finished his PGCE and worked in education until the end of 2017. As Training Officer Greg has delivered trainings for CaLP and oversees CaLP's Cash Learning Hub.

Julie Lawson McDowall, Knowledge Management and Research Coordinator 

Julie has over 25 years’ experience in social protection, emergency cash transfers, gender, graduation programming and livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.          
She has worked on policy, programming and research with a range of bilaterals, multinationals, NGOs, national governments and academic institutions. Julie has a BA in History and Philosophy, an MA in African History from SOAS, an MPhil in Development Studies from IDS and a PhD in Gender and Development from the University of Bath.

José Jodar, Senior Technical Officer


Karen Peachey, Director

Karen Peachey is the Director of the Cash Learning Partnership (CaLP).  Karen joined CaLP in January 2017 as the East Africa Regional Representative. 
Karen has worked in the development and humanitarian field for over 20 years and is committed to seeing more effective and more accountable programming. Karen has extensive programme experience, with work spanning various sectors, and has been involved in policy development and research work.  Prior to joining CaLP, Karen worked as the East Africa Regional Representative the British Red Cross; the International Director and Interim CEO for THET; the Regional Programme Manager for HelpAge International among many other roles.

Luis Lupu, Planning Accountant


Martin Pittman, 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. 

Pauline Pérez, Communications Administrator

Pauline joined CaLP in April 2018. She holds a Master’s degree in Cross-boarder and International Cooperation from the University of Bayonne (France) where she is originally from. Prior to joining CaLP, Pauline worked in administration in France and more recently as a project administrator at the Oxford Policy Management. She also has international experiences within NGOs with two work placements in Spain and a European Voluntary Service in Malta, and she is able to speak English, Spanish and French fluently.

Rose Smith, Membership Coordinator

Rose joined CaLP in December 2015. She is responsible for coordinating CaLP’s relationship with its members, including membership administration management and undertaking strategic member engagement work. In 2018, she completed a secondment with Oxfam's Women's Economic Empowerment Knowledge Hub, where she implemented the Hub's communication strategy, working with Oxfam’s thematic specialists on Women's Economic Empowerment. Prior to joining CaLP she worked in marketing, administration and event management in both the public and private sector. She has a Master's degree in Women’s Studies from the University of Oxford and a BA from the University of Liverpool.

Ruth McCormack, Senior Programme Officer

Originally from the UK, Ruth is based in Toronto, Canada. She joined CaLP as Senior Programme Officer in September 2015. Prior to joining CaLP, Ruth worked for nearly 10 years 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.

Sophie Tholstrup, Policy Coordinator

Sophie Tholstrup is CaLP's Policy Coordinator, supporting the development of policy that enables more effective, efficient and accountable cash transfer programming. She aims to ensure that CaLP provides an effective and neutral platform to convene partners to find solutions to critical policy questions.
Sophie brings nearly 10 years of experience in humanitarian and development work. She previously worked for OCHA as Special Assistant to the Director of Operations and as an advisor on cash coordination, including deployments to Somalia and Haiti. Before this she worked as a Humanitarian Advisor for DFID, managing the UK's humanitarian programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Sophie has a Master’s degree in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, and a BA from the University of Oxford.

Svetlana Omel Duncalf, Business Support Manager

Tegan Rogers, Communications Manager

Tegan joined CaLP in March 2018 and is responsible for leading the communications strategy. She has experience in communications management and consultancy for a range of NGOs and social enterprise organisations. Prior to joining CaLP, she worked as Communications Manager for international animal welfare NGO World Animal Protection, and Cambodian education NGO SeeBeyondBorders. This built on previous experience coordinating communications for the Start Network, a collaboration between humanitarian NGOs to improve emergency response. Her background is in media research and journalism, and she has lectured at London South Bank University.

Middle East & North Africa team

Diksha Rana, Regional policy and thematic analyst

Hazar Alei, Regional Administrator

Mourad Khawaja, Capacity Building Lead

Nick Nichol, Regional Representative

Nicholas joined CaLP in July 2019. He holds a degree in International Relations and Peace Studies, during which he lived in Pakistan and this drove him to take up a career internationally in the Humanitarian Sector. He has been primarily based in the Middle East since 2013 with short stints in Nepal, the UK and France. Originally working in Logistics, Nick transitioned to CVA in 2015, first working with a private sector partner before joining the British Red Cross in a technical cash role in Beirut. Most recently working as a consultant specialising in cash tool and training development.

Programme Manager, (Vacant)

West Africa team

Abdoulaye Hamidou, Capacity Building Lead

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.  

Ibrahima Kebe, Business Support Officer 

Ibrahima is from Senegal and holds a Master degree in Management Sciences (M.Sc.) from University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).

Prior to joining CaLP, he has worked for Bank of Nova Scotia (Scotiabank) in Toronto as an Account Manager. He has also worked for University of Quebec in Montreal as Teacher Assistant.

Kadaf Abdourahamane, Capacity Building Officer

Nathalie Klein, Regional Representative

Nathalie joined CaLP in 2014 and has been since then working with the regional team and CaLP’s members and partners to fulfil cash transfers’ transformative potential to make humanitarian assistance more efficient, transparent and dignifying for crisis-affected populations. She has an academic background in political science and international relations, and started her career in peacebuilding, negotiation and capacity building. She has worked in Central and West Africa, holding various positions in programme management and coordination, in development and emergency contexts.

Thérèse Faye, Comms & Membership Officer

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.