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.
Jen has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 14 years, creating engaging marketing and PR campaigns for a range of causes including environmental, international development, mental health and disability charities.
Before joining Hand in Hand, Jen was Communications Manager at FareShare, the UK’s largest food charity, leading on external communications, press and public affairs.
Nick Lynch Staunton
Nick first began working in the international development and humanitarian sector in 2008. He has worked in Jordan, Madagascar and London-based headquarters for CAFOD, SEED Madagascar, Jordanian Health Aid Society, and UNHCR. Prior to joining Hand in Hand International in January 2022, he coordinated a multi-country, FCDO-funded malnutrition programme that reached 300,000 people. Nick is passionate about using evidence and adaptive management principles to ensure the delivery of high quality programmes that maximise impact for people and communities.
Nick has Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (first class) and a Master’s in International Development (merit), both from the University of Manchester.
Charlie has worked in the not-for-profit sector for nine years, building strategic relationships with individuals and organisations to meet their philanthropic objectives and drive societal change. Before joining Hand in Hand to work towards tackling poverty through job creation, Charlie supported donors to contribute towards housing, criminal justice and social welfare causes.
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.
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.