Laura has got ten years experience working across the evaluation and research sectors. Prior to joining Hand in Hand, Laura worked at Dementia UK mentoring and supporting specialist nurses in evaluating their services. She also collaborates with the Rapid Research Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL) at UCL.
She holds a Laurea (BA + MA) in Oriental Studies from Rome University La Sapienza, and an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS, London.
Dolly is a passionate advocate of gender, social and economic justice issues globally. With a career spanning over the last eight years in the social development sector, she has made significant contributions to various organisations and communities in the UK, Japan, Uganda, Zambia, and Lesotho. From raising aspirations of disadvantaged young people in London to building leadership capacity of health workers in rural Uganda, Dolly is a programme professional with a diverse range of skills and experience who incorporates principles of inclusion and equity into her work.
Dolly holds a MSc in Development Studies from The School of Oriental and African Studies where she specialised in Gender and Development.
Rosemary has been working and volunteering in the third sector for more than 30 years. She has worked in refugee and asylum support and most recently for a local community Law Centre. As a mature student Rosemary gained a bachelor’s degree in Social Policy from the LSE and a postgraduate diploma in Development Studies from Birkbeck, University of London.
Lucy has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 13 years, with a background which includes large corporate partnerships, working with development boards and event management.
Before joining Hand in Hand, Lucy was Head of Partnerships at London’s Air Ambulance, where she supported a multi-million pound appeal.
Tim has been working in International Development for the past 5 years after over 15 years working in the private sector for a range of national and international companies focusing on business development. After completing a BA in International Development and MSc in Disaster Management Tim has worked for INGOs supporting livelihoods, market engagement, and climate change adaptation programmes across Africa and Central America.
He brings with him experience of developing teams, capacity building, and establishing strong working networks with all stakeholders, through collaborative engagement, ensuring effective project design and implementation.
Tanya has worked in the charity sector for the past 3 years and has been involved in several social initiatives including volunteering with an NGO based in Northern Brazil. Most recently, Tanya worked as the Grants, Fundraising and Impact Manager for a charity supporting people that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Whilst working with this charity, she project managed a Life and Work Skills programme in partnership with their local authority and other key organisations to catalyse the transition of the participants into secure accommodation and meaningful activity.
She holds a BA in Biomedical Science (Immunology) and an MSc in Anthropology, International Development and Humanitarian Assistance from Brunel University.
Gretchen is passionate about using data and evidence to improve programme outcomes and increase wellbeing for people and communities. She has conducted independent research on the sustainable development contributions of women-led weaving cooperatives in Guatemala.
Prior to joining Hand in Hand International, Gretchen supported MEL and project management for U.S. Department of State-funded projects in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. She holds a Master’s degree in Globalisation and Latin American Development from University College London (UCL) and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Economics from American University in Washington, DC. Originally from the United States, Gretchen moved to London in 2021.
Maha has worked in the fundraising sector for three years across corporate partnerships, trusts and foundations, and individual giving. Prior to joining Hand in Hand International, she worked for a national charity focused on providing opportunities for disadvantaged and marginalised groups.
Maha holds a master’s degree in International Development from SOAS University of London, and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the LSE.
Chiara has been working in the international development sector for the past five years. Prior to joining Hand in Hand, Chiara worked at Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS), where she spent the last three and a half years supporting education projects across Uganda and Zambia.
She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam, and an MSc in Development Planning from University College London.
Before working at Hand in Hand International Caitlin trained in accountancy in the Charity and Not-for-profit audit team of a medium-sized accountancy firm in London. She worked with a range of clients, including several NGOs, and gained broad experience of charity finance. Enthusiastic to work directly within the third sector she then worked as Financial Accountant at The Trussell Trust during a period of rapid growth and structural change.