Tala is a member of the Sumacher First Nation in Kalinga, Philippines. She got involved in the peacebuilding field in 2008 and currently works with Peacebuilders Community Inc., (PBCI) and Coffee for Peace Inc., (CFP) since 2011. She serves as the Chief Operations Officer of PBCI and Senior Vice President of CFP. She is also currently serving as an adjunct faculty for the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.
Her work with PBCI and CFP is focused on community organizing and advocacy to local leaders to adopt the Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) framework in their organizations. She helps develop the local communities’ own vision for peace, crafting contextually-based, culturally-sensitive strategies to address peace issues in their place. Her approach in peacebuilding work is intensive listening and intentional relationship-building with the people most impacted by injustices. She believes that peacebuilding should be firmly grounded on people’s lived experiences, taking care to be sensitive to power differences and relations.
Charlie Danzoll is an international development and humanitarian assistance practitioner with over 30 year of experience working with International NGOs, Local Organizations and Foundations in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America. Over the past 5 years, Charlie has guidend and supported participatory processes with several international NGOs to support, facilitate and empower local leadership through organizational governance, institutional strengthening, and strategic and operational planning.
Ketevan (Keti) Getiashvili is a Founder and Board member of BRIDGE – Innovation and Development that is OXFAM spin off organisation in Georgia. She has led the transformation process from 2015-2018.
She has 25 years of diverse work experience in Humanitarian and Development Programs Management on Sustainable Rural Economic Development, Microfinance, SME development, Community Based Primary Health Care, Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction, Active Citizenship, Gender equity and emergency response..
Being Country Director of Oxfam GB in Georgia for 15 years, Mrs. Ketevan Getiashvili possesses excellent leadership, personnel management and representation skills, as well as donor liaison and contract management competencies. Her passion in international development has brought her to work in many countries including Tajikistan, Yemen where she had to find her place in completely new work and living environments. This on-going challenge has developed in her an open and flexible attitude coupled with a solid background from this work experience.
Rachel Hayman was Director of Research, Learning and Communications at INTRAC between 2011 and 2021, a UK-based not-for-profit organisation focused on strengthening civil society through participatory training, consultancy, research and learning. At INTRAC, Rachel led a multi-faceted programme to put sustainability on the agenda of civil society funders. This included research on exit strategies and capacity strengthening activities with CSOs and funders on responsible exit and sustainability planning. Rachel left INTRAC in June 2021 and joined Oxford University as a Strategic Research Development Manager, supporting large-scale, interdisciplinary and strategic research initiatives as well as capacity strengthening of researchers, including on research programmes to address climate change and global health. Rachel has a PhD in African Studies and has over 25 years’ experience in international collaboration at the interface between research, policy and practice.
With over 20 years of experience in program development, implementation, management, and leadership positions in international relief and development, Catherine enjoys helping mission-driven teams and organizations assess needs and priorities, articulate and communicate critical concepts, and identify and address roadblocks to positive, practical action. She has provided consulting services to over 25 clients ranging from start-up firms to small and growing nonprofits to industry-leading humanitarian and development agencies, and she brings organizational acumen and analytical skills to adapt services and deliverables to meet the unique needs of each client. She has extensive overseas experience throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. A clear and compelling writer, skilled facilitator, experienced negotiator, and effective leader and manager, she is skilled at building and supporting high-performing teams, and providing strategic guidance and mentoring. She is a business development and acquisition expert with in-depth knowledge of strategy and tactics at the organizational level as well as proven skills to lead the development of high-quality, competitive bids and negotiate strategic program partnerships. She is fluent in Spanish and conversant in French and Romanian.
Joseph Jimmy Sankaituah
He is a highly motivated and experienced leader with expertise in the implementation of conflict transformation projects in West Africa, and especially in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria, and elsewhere spanning over fifteen years. He worked previously as Country Director of Search for Common Ground- Sierra Leone and Liberia and Program Advisor to Lebanon and Nigeria. He is currently the Resident Program Director of the International Republican Institute in the Gambia. He possesses strong leadership, organizational and people management skills. From 2018 until 2022, he led the transition from Search for Common Ground to two national organizations – Talking Drum Studios Liberia in 2000 and Sierra Leone in 2022. He supported the setting up and operationalization of the two local entities including management and board structures. He now serves on the Boards of both organizations as a resource person in recognition of the leadership role he played in the establishment of both organizations.
Holta has led field research, monitoring and evaluation since 2007, while starting her development career in 1999. In the last six years she has led post-program sustainability measurement studies for programs in Uganda, Kenya, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar and Bolivia. Her areas of interest include program sustainability measurement, locally led development, gender analysis and gender mainstreaming, and outcome monitoring.
Currently, she serves as an Advisory Committee member for InterAction’s groups on Effectiveness and Program Evaluation Working Group and chairs one of the sub-working groups under the Movement for Community-led Development working on a collaborative research to address questions such as: Where has Community Led Development (CLD) worked, in what context and how? Do we see the theorized impact of CLD on self-reliance, sustainability and citizen’s engagement? Is the present absence of evidence on the impact of CLD a theory of change, implementation or measurement problem, or a combination of all three? Do the current evaluation frameworks capture the multi-dimensional impact of CLD? What adapted/emergent frameworks are most congruent with the complexity of CLD?
Holta holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University. She is an avid learner, recently received accreditation from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada as a Certified Professional Impact Analyst and worked on accredited courses from Charles Darwin University on Realist Evaluation. She’s interested in starting her PhD on Local-level Sustainability for Social Programs: A realist approach to sustainability and its drivers.
Lauren Van Enk
Lauren VanEnk is an international development practitioner with over 13 of experience working in design, implementation and management of programs. Lauren is currently the Technical Advisor for Locally Led Development at World Vision US where she guides World Vision’s capacity development strategy with local partners and supports World Vision Partnership country offices to acquire and manage USAID funding. Previously, Lauren was a faculty member at Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health where she designed and led several family planning projects and research studies in Africa. She brings a diversity of technical expertise in the areas of capacity development, resource acquisition, family planning, gender, HIV, strategic scale-up, and social and behavior change. She holds an MPH from George Washington University and a BA from Calvin College.