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Board of Directors

The CaLP Board of Directors is the governing body of the CaLP and is dedicated to advancing the mission, values, strategies, goals, priorities, and policies of the CaLP.


Nigel Timmins - Oxfam International

Nigel joined Oxfam in January 2012 with almost twenty years' experience in the relief and development sector. He has worked for Action Contre la Faim, Tearfund and Christian Aid, moving from roles in engineering to management. He has been involved in a number of humanitarian responses, including the Great Lakes of Africa, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Balkans, Sudan and South Sudan, countries affected by the Asian Tsunami and Haiti, among others.

He also acted as the focal point for disaster risk reduction in the 2011 revision of the SPHERE Handbook: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response. He is interested in issues of resilience, how to better enable the emergence of local capacity, and organisational learning and performance.

Nigel holds a MSc in Water and Sanitation Engineering from Cranfield University. He is a trustee of the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR).

Eric Demers - Norwegian Refugee Council

Eric Demers has been working with the Norwegian Refugee Council since 2001, alternating between field (Burundi, DR Congo, Lebanon, Ivory Coast, Horn of Africa) and head-office based programme positions with Field operations. With a background in education programmes and general management, he is now Head of the Core Competencies Section – (Shelter, WASH, Food Security, Education, Camp Management, and Information Counselling and Legal Assistance) - responsible for global programme development and programme support to the field. He leads a team of 25 technical experts providing global guidance and leadership on sectoral  and thematic development in support of NRC’s regional and country offices. Current organizational strategic programme priorities under his leadership include adaptation of programming to high-risk areas and a greater focus on beneficiary engagement.

Amador Gomez - Action Against Hunger / ACF International

Amador Gomez is the Technical Director of Action Against Hunger-Spain where he is leading the technical development in the fields of health & nutrition, food security & livelihoods and access to water, sanitation & hygiene. He is a nurse from Salamanca University, hold a Post-Degree in International Health from The Health Institute Carlos IIIand MSc in Management and Planning of Health Policies and Programs from European University of Madrid. With 20 years’ experience in international cooperation and humanitarian action, he has worked in various contexts both emergency and reconstruction and development. He studied at the University of Salamanca, the Carlos III Health Institute and the European University of Madrid, and has worked in countries such as Angola, Nicaragua, Somalia, Guinea Conakry, among others.

Gareth Owen - Save the Children

Gareth Owen is the Humanitarian Director of Save the Children UK. Over the last two decades he has led responses to numerous emergencies all over the world including the Boxing Day Tsunami, Pakistan and Haiti earthquakes, Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, East Africa and Niger food crises and the Somalia, Angola, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria conflicts. Today, he leads a team of 190+ humanitarian professionals and in June 2013 he was awarded the OBE for ‘For services to Emergency Crisis Response Abroad’.

Thabani Maphosa - World Vision International (WVI)

Thabani Maphosa is the Partnership Leader for Food Assistance at World Vision International (WVI), overseeing a multi-donor global portfolio in 35+ countries.  He also represents WVI as an observer on the WFP Executive Board and is the WVI lead for the global Food Security Cluster (gFSC). Thabani has been instrumental in testing and driving innovation in World Vision especially the use of technology in the last mile and the scaling up of cash transfers.  He has occupied critical roles during his time at World Vision, including Senior Director of Operations & Strategy (2009-14), Director of Program Development & New Products (2006-9) and Monitoring & Evaluation Manager (2003-6) where he was the M&E lead for the massive C-SAFE and SAFER Responses in World Vision Zimbabwe and for the Tsunami Response in World Vision Thailand.

Before joining World Vision, Thabani was a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Zimbabwe focusing on Farming Systems, Animal Physiology/ Nutrition and Statistical Methods and other Animal Science Courses. He was also a Research Assistant/ Consultant for Price Waterhouse and Linds Agricultural Services.  Thabani holds a BSc. Agriculture in Animal Science and a Master of Philosophy in Agriculture.

Radha Rajkotia - Senior director for economic programs, International Rescue Committee

Radha Rajkotia is the senior director for economic programs at the International Rescue Committee. In this role, she sets the vision for IRC’s global strategy for economic programming and supervises a team of technical experts who provide support to IRC’s economic programming, globally.  Radha has fifteen years of experience in economic and youth-focused programming and joined the IRC after completing her PhD in Refugee Studies at the University of Sussex.  During and preceding her doctoral studies, Radha supervised research projects for UK-based clients on issues relating to migrant workers, refugee and asylum-seeking women and children and black and minority ethnic groups. She also led the development of employment and enterprise development programs.  Radha has degrees in Refugee Studies, Social Research Methods, Migration Studies and Political Science.

Degan Ali- Adeso Executive Director

Degan is a highly experienced Executive Director who has demonstrated the ability to lead diverse teams of professionals to new levels of success in a highly competitive and fast paced environment. She has strong professional qualifications with an impressive track record stretching more than 20 years.

Her experience spans from strategic planning, organizational development, program management, to business development strategies. The organization she leads is an African development and humanitarian organization that is changing the way people think about and deliver aid in Africa by empowering communities to be agents of change and using new and innovative aid delivery methods. Among other things, in 2003, Degan designed and oversaw the delivery of the first large-scale cash aid distribution program in Africa implemented by a NGO rather than a government agency.  Under Degan’s leadership, Adeso has pioneered and championed market based and dignified solutions to aid - globally allowing cash transfers to become a standard type of aid response.

Degan is a regular commentator on humanitarian action. "She is not afraid to speak her mind when lives are at stake, speaking on a variety of issues such as food and nutrition security information, the Somalia Famine response, cash programming, and the importance of supporting private sector driven remittances. She has also been a Contributing Writer to articles for the Overseas Development Institute/Humanitarian Policy Group and the Global Food Security Journal.”

Most recently, Degan has been acting as a leading advocate for the empowerment of Southern NGOs; calling for a global network of NGOs ‘run by the south, for the south’, where the voices of local, national and regional southern actors can be heard.

Jacqueline Birrer - Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Corinne Woods - Director of Communications, World Food Programme (WFP)

Erik Johnson - Head of Humanitarian Response, Danish Church Aid (DCA)

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