Demi Morjaria

Demi leads on relationships with institutional donors, working to design and implement programmes in Afghanistan. Prior to joining Hand in Hand she worked at Hope and Homes for Children, building relationships with donors to ensure every child has a loving family. Demi holds a BSc in International Business from the University of Sussex and is studying for her LLM Human Rights from Birkbeck, University of London.

Isabel Creixell

With 10 years’ experience working in gender, poverty, entrepreneurship, financial inclusion and more, Isabel’s career has spanned international donors, academic institutions, government agencies and NGOs. Prior to joining Hand in Hand she work for an organization helping women entrepreneurs from marginalised backgrounds in Mexico launch business and lift their families out of poverty. Isabel holds an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University.

Jack Ord

Passionate about the potential of inclusive market systems development and enthralled by the conjunction of economic development and environmental protection, Jack has designed and managed sustainable livelihoods programmes in Madagascar, Tanzania, The Maldives, Nepal, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, working with donors including DFID, The Darwin Initiative, USAID and UNDP-GEF. As Programme Manager at Hand in Hand International, Jack works closely with our network partners to ensure our programmes create the greatest impact possible for the people we serve. He holds a Master’s degree in International Politics from Newcastle University.

Amalia Johnsson

Amalia has worked in international development for more than 12 years, specialising in financial inclusion and supporting rural livelihoods. Prior to joining Hand in Hand, she was Head of Financial Sector Development at Nathan Associates, overseeing the organisation’s portfolio of financial sector focused work. Amalia has worked with and advised a range of institutional and corporate donors, including DFID, SIDA, FSDA, Access to Finance Rwanda, Mastercard Foundation, Barclays, and Deutsche Bank. She also worked at Plan International UK, and spent several years at the OECD and in the UK financial industry. She has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.

Read Amalia’s case for the role of planet-friendly agriculture in the global coronavirus recovery in Business Fights Poverty.

Michelle Gillan

With more than 10 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, Michelle has designed, implemented and evaluated programmes for survivors of torture living in Ireland, people with learning disabilities and their families in the UK, children living in poverty across the UK, and impoverished people throughout the developing world, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining Hand in Hand she worked for Save the Children UK and Fairtrade.

Michelle holds an MA in International Security and Conflict Studies from Dublin City University and a post-grad certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility, Human Rights and the Law, with a focus on corporate governance and impact on social indicators, from Open University.

Joe Dyson

Joe’s career in the charity sector began at Barnardo’s, where he worked with philanthropists to support the UK’s most vulnerable children via a wide range of services. After developing a keen interest in international development, he joined Hand in Hand to work towards the Hand in Hand mission of tackling poverty through job creation.

Before joining the sector, Joe worked as a Project and Account Manager at SCC, leading project teams on accounts including Prudential, First Group and Skanska.

Stephanie Nicholson

Stephanie joined Hand in Hand International in September 2017 as Programme Finance and Analysis Manager. Previously, she worked as a Management Consultant at Accenture, with a focus on financial management for global cost reduction and organisational change programmes. Whilst at Accenture, Stephanie also spent time working in the London Innovation Centre and in the non-profit sector with Accenture Development Partnerships. Prior to joining Accenture, she worked in the public sector on a large-scale change programme for the NHS.

Stephanie has a First Class Honours degree from King’s College London and speaks French and German.

Dan Browne

Dan leads on relationships with private sector organisations, helping them to meet their corporate and social responsibility objectives. He became interested in international development after working at a primary school in Arusha, Tanzania—an interest he would cement working on a gender-based violence project in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. He holds an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and has previous experience in private and institutional fundraising at Christian Aid and International Medical Corps UK.

Nick Aveling

Nick joined Hand in Hand following a career in journalism spent principally at the Toronto Star, the National Post and Time Out London. As Head of Communications, he is responsible for Hand in Hand’s communications strategy, brand, and owned media across web and print. He holds degrees in international relations (MA, Queen Mary, University of London) and journalism (BA, Ryerson University).

Read Nick’s tips for deskbound development workers, published in the Guardian, here.

Ann Dickinson

Ann has worked in public relations and events management for 20 years. Before joining Hand in Hand in 2008 she set up and managed the PR department for national charity 4Children, which provides support and learning to children aged 0 to 19. She began her career in the fast-moving consumer goods sector working with with some of the UK’s biggest brands.