Our team has a vast experience in the region filling many roles from technical to managerial positions, and from post-conflict, peacebuilding and reconstruction to environment and development.

We work with multi and bilateral donors, development banks, international NGOs, social enterprises, consultancies and charities. Some of our clients in Asia Pacific and MENA are the Green Climate Fund in South Korea, Asian Development Bank in the Philippines, and IFAD, as their preferred supplier, the SCOUTS in Malaysia, IWMI in Sri Lanka, IRRI in the Philippines, Generations for Peace in Jordan, or CARE in Afghanistan, Global Green Growth Institute in South Korea, World Animal Protection and Rockfeller Foundation in Thailand. 


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We found Oxford HR’s role throughout the process extremely useful. They took on board our recommendations and then crafted a recruitment strategy that enabled us to, we feel, hire a strong Head of Programmes. The calibre of candidates overall was strong. And the level of communication, candidate insight and advice offered was highly beneficial. Given that we had previously tried to recruit to this role, unsuccessfully, we were incredibly pleased with the result of our relationship with Oxford.

Derek BardowellSenior Head of UK Portfolio, Big Lottery Fund

I had a fantastic experience with Oxford HR, particularly with Ana Filipa Fernandes, the Executive Search Consultant who had an in-depth understanding of what the Big Lottery Fund wanted. The first interview conducted by Oxford HR was very different from any I have attended as the focus was not on me providing staccato answers: It was a conversation that allowed me to understand the Big Lottery Fund and how I could potentially contribute my skills, knowledge and experience to the organisation.

Oxford HR went out of its way to ensure that as a candidate, I was valued and respected as a professional and as a human being and this meant a lot to me. The experience is the best I have ever had with recruitment companies.

Asayya ImayaAppointed Candidate, Big Lottery Fund

Thibaut is a very experienced and focused HR professional. It is very clear that he is very passionate and committed to what he does which makes him a pleasure to work with. His ability to source and match client needs with high calibre candidates is certainly noteworthy. He is extremely prompt and is very open and transparent in his communications throughout the recruitment process which certainly helps in managing expectations.

Deeply KhannaSenior Director, Smart Power for Rural Development
Thailand, Rockefeller Foundation

Congratulations for your appointment as the group CEO for Oxford HR - one of the most respected and successful recruitment agencies of our times that serves the civil society sector. Thanks for getting in touch with introductions to yourself and the team, and other useful updates.

Having recruited through Oxford HR, I have spent 3 years with Hivos. It has been a great experience for me being with Hivos here in Jakarta and being part of the global management team of Hivos overseeing the change process. Indeed my initial 3 year contract ends this month. But I plan to be a bit longer as I need to finish some stuff that I have been involved.


Our Team

Lead Consultants

Ana Fernandes
Director – Asia

Ana has a master’s Degree in human resources management and Development, focusing in International Development, from the University of Manchester. Prior to joining Oxford HR, Ana spent more than 15 years in South East Asia, working with international organisations, government institutions, consultancy firms and INGOs.

She has experience and expertise in governance, justice, public financial management, revenue and taxation, statistics, trade, education, health, gender equality, domestic violence, water and sanitation sectors. She brings in-country extensive experience of working closely with UN WOMEN, UNFPA, UNDP, ADB, WB, EU and major donors in international development. 

Gazal Srivastava
Associate Consultant – Asia

Gazal has 18+ years of experience in Human Resource management with specialisation in Compensation & Benefits across Intergovernmental Organizations, Not for Profits, Microfinance, Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing industry and across various geographies and varied cultural contexts (Asia, USA, UK and Africa).

She has designed and managed HR systems for organisations at various stages of business lifecycle, program managed projects that spread across geographies and coached and mentored HR teams to adapt to new ways of working. In her specialist area, most recently she led global compensation function for GGGI based in South Korea, and worked at Save the Children International HQ to implement a new C&B framework for their 55 countries operation. She has designed and lead several benchmarking studies/ compensation projects for Fortune 500 clients during her tenure with Aon Hewitt. Her professional HR experience with organisations like Hewlett Packard, Unitus Investments and Fujitsu has given her a good grounding of HR systems in the private sector. Gazal has an Honours degree in Statistics and has an MBA in Human Resources.


Maria Grigore
Head of Research

Maria joined us in 2015 after volunteering with Amnesty International Spain. She holds an LLM in International Law, Globalisation and Development. Her master thesis focused on Cities as personalities of international law instead of states, and the duties they would carry.

This was followed by an assignment with UNDP IICPSD in Istanbul, where she worked on gender mainstreaming in skills development with case studies from India and Turkey. Maria has extensive experience in delivering search assignments with multilateral and global international globalisations such as IFAD, GCF, ActionAid, MSF, The Syria Campaign, CARE, BRAC, Action Contre La Faim, Doctors of the World, IWMI/CGIAR and ILEP. She speaks English, Spanish, Catalan and Romanian, and has lived in Mexico, Turkey, Spain, the UK and Romania.

George Alexandridis
Senior Researcher – Asia

George joined Oxford HR in early 2017 as part of the research team, after previously working within the hospitality sector in Greece. He holds a BA in Economics and has over 10 years of experience in customer service and business management. 

George has demonstrated experience in successful executive search assignments with international organisations and international financial institutions within the UK, Nigeria, Southern & Eastern Africa, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. He has volunteered for an advocacy campaign in South East Asia and has genuine interest in social justice and reducing inequality in the region.

Lisanne Schut

Prior to joining Oxford HR, Lisanne worked within the Security Sector in Stockholm, as Team Leader in a monitoring Centre. She has an MSc in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development.

Lisanne’s main areas of interest are: migration, post-war reconstruction and civil society building. Furthermore, she is fluent in four languages and is looking to learn at least two more.

Helena Newton
Project Administrator

Helena joined Oxford HR in 2018. She holds an MA in International Development and has undertaken research in Nepal and a research placement in Sierra Leone, where she collaborated with the University of Makeni (UNIMAK).

She has also volunteered both in the UK for non-profit organisations such as Oxfam and in Uganda for East African Playgrounds. Her main areas of interest include: availability and accessibility of health facilities alongside health promotion and disaster and emergency management.

Razane Cherk
Associate Researcher
– Europe and MENA

Razane joined Oxford HR in 2018 after completing an assignment with UNDP Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development in Istanbul, Turkey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University’s campus in Doha, Qatar.

She has lived in four different countries, three of which are in the MENA region (Morocco, Turkey and Qatar), and has travelled extensively. She is also a native English and Arabic speaker. During her time studying in Qatar, most of her research focused on Middle Eastern political affairs, culminating in her thesis on the Western Sahara Conflict upon graduation.