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Head of Humanitarian Division, London
Nick has over 28 years of field and head office experience in emergency response, preparedness and disaster risk reduction. He is recognised as a leader in the sector with a strong commitment to improving the effectiveness and accountability of humanitarian action. Nick was instrumental in the establishment of CHBA, now the START Network, and in promoting accountability to disaster-affected populations through engagement in HAP and the development of the new Core Humanitarian Standards.
Areas of expertise: Humanitarian, resilience
Head of UK Advocacy
Tom Viita has ten years’ experience in local national and global campaigning organisations working on a range of areas from poverty and international development, to climate change and environmental issues, and refugees.
Areas of expertise: Climate change, migration, politics, aid
Head of Humanitarian Programmes, Africa
Based in Nairobi, Maurice Onyango oversees Christian Aid’s humanitarian response across 16 countries in Africa. He has worked in the aid sector for 17 years, including a decade specialising on regional emergencies for Christian Aid, with frequent travel to crisis-hit communities. Maurice has considerable experience in humanitarian response, disaster risk reduction, and resilience-building programmes. His previous roles include leading large refugee operations and development programmes in Kenya, with the Lutheran World Federation.
Areas of expertise: Africa, humanitarian, emergencies
Head of Global Advocacy (based in London)
Laura has nearly 20 years’ experience of political communications and campaigning, initially in the private sector and, since 2004, in the international development arena. She joined Christian Aid in 2013 and was previously Head of Policy and Advocacy at Tearfund. She has worked on some of the sector’s biggest campaigns during this period, from Make Poverty History to fighting for tax justice and an end to climate change. She has also worked with partners overseas to document their experiences and support their own advocacy and is passionate about the role that faith communities can play in tackling the root causes of poverty.
Areas of expertise: politics, aid, faith, climate change, tax justice
International Climate Lead, London
Mohamed who hails from a pastoralist community in northern Kenya has seen the impact of climate change first hand. He worked for a partner organisation of Christian Aid doing frontline hunger relief work before moving to work for Christian Aid in its Nairobi office. Since 2010 he has been following the international climate negotiations, becoming one of the world's most respected voices on global efforts to tackle climate change.
Areas of expertise: Climate change, adaptation, resilience, UNFCCC, HFCs
Sophie has worked for Christian Aid in policy and advocacy roles since 2010. She has previous worked for Traidcraft, Oxfam and ActionAid. She has followed a wide range of issues including trade policy, tax justice, climate change, gender, migration and aid. She has more than 15 years’ experience in the international development sector, with a regional focus on Africa.
Areas of expertise: Africa, tax, aid, migration
Head of Policy, London
Alison has worked for more than 20 years in the international development and environment sectors, with specialisation in climate change and clean energy. As principal adviser she led the climate change policy and advocacy agenda at Christian Aid, including calling for a fair deal at COP21 in Paris in 2015, climate action in the SDGs and a shift towards investment in low-carbon energy. Previously she has worked as public affairs officer with WWF-UK, and at Practical Action as energy specialist. Her PhD from the University of Edinburgh was a study of rural energy systems in north India and she is the author of several books and reports on clean energy and sustainable development.
Areas of expertise: Climate change, environment, development policy