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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.

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Mohamed Ali


Regional Head of Programmes     


Amador Gomez

Action Against Hunger

Technical Director - Spain

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 III and 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.

Yolette Etienne


Country Director -HAITI

Yolette has worked in the international development field for more than 25 years. Prior to joining ActionAid as the Haiti Country Director, she had a long journey with Oxfam Great Britain then Oxfam America operating in Haiti. She started her career in education, teaching in secondary, and professional school. She then moved to the development sector working with national grassroots, international NGOs and IFAD. Yolette has experience working with different actors from grassroots to civil society, government and international actors. In 2007, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Yolette the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for her services in development and humanitarian aid in Haiti. She is fluent in French, English, Spanish, and Creole and holds a BSc in management. In addition, she has a Master’s degree in International Affairs with FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales).

Ron Delnevo


Executive Director Europe

A graduate of Heriot-Watt University, Ron Delnevo entered financial services with Euronet, the company which installed the first UK independent ATM in 1998. Ron became MD and led a successful MBO in 2003. He continued as MD until 2012.

Ron has also served as a Director of the UK Payments Council and on every committee at the LINK ATM Network.

Prior to entering the financial services industry, Ron had a number of board-level roles in PLC and Private Companies.

Now European Executive Director of the ATM Industry Association on a consultancy basis, Ron is a thought leader on payment choice & innovation. He speaks at events around the world.

Ron is also currently a Trustee of his local Citizens Advice.

David Peppiatt

British Red Cross

Director of Humanitarian Cash Assistance

David was appointed Director of British RC Cash Assistance Programme in May 2017 where he is leading a global initiative to scale up the use of cash assistance in RC Movement humanitarian operations.  Prior to this role, David joined the Red Cross in 1996 as a Disaster Management Advisor and held posts in London and Geneva, as well as working on operations overseas. From 2002 to 2006, David was appointed Head of the Secretariat of the World Bank's ProVention Consortium, a global partnership on disaster risk management. He returned to the British RC in London as Head of Humanitarian Policy until he was appointed International Director in 2009.

David led the International Directorate responsible for international disaster response and coordination with the International RC Movement, support to resilience programmes and organisational development of partner Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies.

David holds a postgraduate Masters of Science degree from the Centre for Development and Emergency Practices in Oxford and the Refugee Studies Centre at the Oxford Department of International Development.   He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Birmingham

Joanna Macrae



Dr Joanna Macrae is currently an independent consultant, working with the World Bank on innovative approaches to financing famine prevention. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development. Joanna is recognised internationally for her expertise in humanitarian policy, research and innovation management.  She served as Director of European Partnerships at GiveDirectly, a world leader in cash programing. Prior to that she spent a decade at DFID. She led the UK’s humanitarian policy agenda, including its contribution to the World Humanitarian Summit. As part of this, she commissioned the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers. Prior to joining DFID, she headed the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute.  

Radha Rajkotia               

International Rescue Committee

Senior Director for Economic Programs

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.

Eric Demers              

Norwegian Refugee Council

Head of Core Competencies

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.

Nigel Timmins

Oxfam International

Humanitarian Director

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).

Gareth Owen

Save the Children

Humanitarian Director

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’.

Jacqueline Birrer

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) 

Programme Officer,

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA


Corinne Woods  

World Food Programme

Director of Communications


Thabani Maphosa

World Vision International

Partnership Leader, Food Assistance

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.