We are experts in search and in finding and supporting excellent individuals and professionals, with great networks and decades of experience in the for-purpose sector
Our Head Office Team
David is the Group CEO of Oxford HR having worked alongside and within the charity sector in executive search and recruitment for over 25 years. David is passionate about supporting and transforming the ‘for purpose’ sector.
He has a particular interest in innovation and re-thinking the way the sector works. He’s also Chair of Charity People, the specialist UK Charity recruiter, and former Chair of Tiny Tickers, a charity supporting babies with congenital heart disease. He is a guest lecturer on the Trustee Academy training programme and has recently been honoured with an award as a Global Leader in Corporate Responsibility. He holds an MBA, is a Fellow of the RSA and currently studying for a Degree in Computing and AI.
Maria J Laguna has been living in the UK for the last 25 years and working for Oxford HR for nearly 10. A Law graduate from Spain she has worked in the international not for profit sector, for Oxfam GB and the World Fair Trade Organisation, mainly in the area of Fair Trade and working closing with producers from around the world before moving into the private sector.
Maria brings a wealth of experience to the company and having held a few positions within Oxford HR is now the Director of Operations covering primarily HR and Finance as well as the smooth running of our main office in Oxford.
Maria enjoys travelling, reading and art, as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Suzie joined the Oxford HR Team in January 2019 as our Communications Director. She holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism from Cardiff University and has worked in Marketing for over 13 years.
Prior to working for Oxford HR, Suzie has developed campaigns and worked on the global strategies for companies such P&G, Nissan, Delta Airlines, Barclays, COI, World Horse Welfare, Vodafone and VTECH. Suzie is particularly interested in how technology and digital innovation can contribute to the global UN goal of ending hunger and poverty by 2030 and global problems in general.
Suzie is a Trustee on the Board of the charity CMV Action, endeavouring to support awareness and fund vaccine research for this virus.
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.
Digital Communications and New Business Manager
Ruth joined Oxford HR in 2018 after completing a BA in international history at the London School of Economics and Political Science, submitting a dissertation on human rights policy during the AIDS epidemic. She works in the communication team and supports Business Development and Procurement.
She has worked on assignments for a variety of clients focused on areas such as conflict resolution, the environment and conservation, housing and poverty, internationals security and UK charities / board roles. Ruth holds a Certificate in Professional Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Certificate in Project Fundamentals and is learning French. Her main areas of interest are the justice system in the United States and how digital communications can be used as a tool for development.
Tim started working with Oxford HR in 2018, having graduated with a BSc in Product Design from Brunel University London. Although initially trained as a Product Designer, he has worked on a diverse range of projects across graphic design, 3D installations and website design and development.
Tim has a keen interest in design as a tool for positive social change, in particular among racial inequality and children’s social care, and has pursued this through previous work for the GravityLight Foundation, small not-for-profit startups, and now at Oxford HR.
Sam joined us in 2019 as a qualified account with more than 18 years experience. He has always been passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, with experience with Lions International, Rotary, TAFTA, HEARD and New Internationalist. He’s based in Oxford, but has worked in South Africa, been a board member in Kenya, and worked with numerous international offices.
Project Administration Manager
Claudia joined Oxford HR in 2018. She holds a BA in Philosophy and completed a thesis in Critical Theory focused on the characteristics of the advanced industrial societies and its main consequences for human development. She worked for more than five years at her university in Peru in different positions and has experience as a teacher in multiple philosophy subjects.
Claudia has volunteered with the Peruvian Ombudsman in the anti-corruption office. Her main areas of interest are Politics in Latin America, Education and Human development. She hopes to complete a master’s degree in the future.
Thibaut Mills MBA
Thibaut has been a member of the senior management team with Oxford HR since 2013. He brings 20 years’ experience of working in both the private and international non-governmental sector. He has worked in a wide range of organisations ranging from dot.com start-ups to FTSE100 companies and multinationals.
Thibaut worked for several years with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Myanmar and Haiti, where he had overarching HR responsibility for over 1500 staff during the post-earthquake response of 2010.
A native French speaker with professional experience in a variety of roles including Search & Selection, International HR, Operations and management in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India, he has led on over 30 Board, Executive and Director level appointments in over 20 countries.
Holder of an MBA with focus on International HR Management and Innovation. He is passionate about the INGO sector and a member of the Board of Directors for Refugee Resource.
Toby joined Oxford HR in 2014 having spent 20 years working in international development with DFID providing top level HR and management support to programme delivery, including: recruitment; OD and remuneration. He established and led operations in DFID’s offices in Addis Ababa, the Central Africa office in Harare, UK’s Field office in Lesotho and the South Africa regional office in Pretoria.
With DFID he cooperated closely The World Bank, FCO, MoD, Irish Aid, USAID, UNDP and UNICEF. He has worked extensively with IFAD, IWMI/CGIAR Group, CARE USA and BRAC managing successful executive search campaigns. He has in-country experience in Bangladesh, India, Thailand, and South Korea. He worked on major assignments in his career with Oxford HR and DFID in Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia and Afghanistan. Toby has an honours degree in law and is MCIPD accredited.
Regional Director, East Africa
Helen has over 25 years’ experience in international development. Prior to joining Oxford HR Helen was the EA Regional Director for the BOMA project and her previous roles have included senior management positions in Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, AED (FHI360), the Commonwealth Foundation and the International Rescue Commission. Her work has taken her across the globe including Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Thailand, the Republic of Georgia and the UK and she has worked in sectors as diverse as women’s economic empowerment and livelihoods, governance and civil society strengthening, HIV/AIDS and health systems strengthening and refugee health.
In addition to an extensive international development network, Helen brings a wealth of experience in executive recruitment and organizational development having directly recruited senior staff, built cohesive teams, supported change management and set up NGO boards. She is keenly aware of client needs and is committed to ensuring seamless delivery of accomplished and diverse candidates for Oxford HRs clients. Helen is a citizen of Kenya and has a MPhil degree from the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Sussex.
Erik van Weert
Deputy Director, Europe
Erik is based in the Netherlands and has over 25 years of experience in international development and joined Oxford HR in 2020. He has a strong track record in organizational development, resource mobilisation (> 100 M) and building successful teams and partnerships.
He has an extensive track record in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa with SNV Dutch Development Organisation and Enabel (Belgium Development Agency) in Sudan, Bolivia and Ecuador. He worked with ERAC impact consultancies, Rutgers and RNW Media in the Netherlands as a lead consultant and business development director.
Erik has an MBA focused on organisational strategy and innovation and a Master International Development Studies and Social Geography. He is passionate about organisational transformations, the fourth industrial revolution and supporting organisations to grow their impact.
Associate Director, Africa
Karen is an Africa-specialist with over 30 years’ experience in International Development. She has worked with Oxford HR since 2008 and has particular expertise in private sector/economic development, agriculture/agribusiness, conflict/peace-building and senior leadership positions. She has supported the Gatsby Foundation to fill over 50 posts.
Born in the Sudan, Karen has lived and worked in Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, and Sudan. Her previous roles include 10 years with Oxfam GB, including starting the first Oxfam office in Darfur; Head of the Rwanda Secretariat at International Alert after the Genocide; Africa Regional Coordinator at ActionAid, covering 18 countries; and the first CEO of IDE UK, working with market development programmes in Africa and Asia. An Oxford graduate, Karen is Vice-Chair of SOS Sahel International UK, and is committed to increasing diversity in leadership in Africa.
Associate Director, AsiaPac
Josje joined Oxford HR in 2019. Her expertise lies in leadership, institutional development, network management and business operations in the fields of health, environment, and international cooperation.
She brings 25 years of international experience. Josje was for seven years COO for Wetlands International’s global network of 20 offices. She has a Master of International Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and led the Sibusiso treatment centre for mentally disabled children in Tanzania. Before that she worked for 15 years with Médecines sans Frontières. As an Operations Director she was part of the strategic management team in the Operations Centre Amsterdam and responsible for the programmes in Central Asia and West Africa. Josje lived in Angola, Azerbaijan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Mozambique, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda and worked with the teams in many other countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Rachel Barlow LL.M. PhD
Associate Director, Europe
Dr Rachel Barlow joined Oxford HR in May 2020, She is a headhunter for the EU not for profit sector, recruiting for civil society organisations, business associations and alliances. A Professor of lobbying at Vesalius College, Brussels, Rachel is also a Board member of the leading Thinktank, the European Policy Centre.
A self-confessed governance geek, Rachel relishes re-structuring complex organisations so that they can better serve their members and fulfil their respective missions. More recently, she has worked closely with NGOs to assess their “fitness” to take on the challenges of the new EU legislature and advises on best practice for team structure and cohesion for public affairs success.
As a former Vice President of Kellen Europe (an association management company), Rachel has led, created, managed, advised and represented European and International multi-level organisations throughout her 25-year career.
Rachel is British (soon to also be Belgian), Brussels based, and speaks fluent French and Italian.
Associate Director, AsiaPac
Bob is an established professional in international development, having held senior management roles in the Asian Development Bank, Global Green Growth Institute and the Green Climate Fund. He is well known for his expertise in organization and management development, with substantial experience in human resources, administration, procurement and information technology. He was the Corporate Secretary in the Asian Development Bank and more recently, CFO and Director of Support Services at the Green Climate Fund. In addition, Bob has been active in the development and implementation of development projects in the education and social sectors in the Asia-Pacific region.
Coming originally from Australia, Bob holds a Masters in Sustainable Management and a Bachelor (Hons) degree in Education. An avid advocate of life-long education, Bob has continuously updated his profile over the years, and is now working on culture development, developing green work environments, and proactively handling crisis in organizations.
Account Director, Key Clients
Suzie joined Oxford HR in 2018. She has over 20 years Human Resources Management experience working experience in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Tunisia, working for FMCG, Banking, International Financial Organisations and most recently the African Development Bank.
Suzie brings expertise in Talent Acquisition, HR transformation and corporate delivery of HR projects. Suzie holds a Master’s in Human Resources Management and is currently pursuing an Integrative Counselling degree. Passionate about the economic and developmental growth of Africa, she is committed to sourcing and grooming high performing talented African nationals on the continent and diaspora.
Head of Chair & Board Advisory Practice, UK
Sarah has 19 years of experience in executive search within the public sector. Starting at Gatenby Sanderson, building market research, benchmarking and research intelligence into headhunting campaigns for UK central government, NDPBs & Local Authorities, she progressed to senior consultant positions for Peridot Partners and Hays Executive where she worked in the charities team focussing on UK & International For-Purpose Organisations. Sarah has led successful campaigns across the international development sector, appointing Chief Executives, Directors and Chairs / Trustees to INGOs, Charities, Trusts & Foundations. She has also worked in the education sector with Imperial College London, Durham University, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, & Eton College to recruit to their leadership teams. Some of her recent clients include: Sightsavers International, The Institute of Development Studies, The RSPB, Magic Breakfast, The British Pharmacological Society, The Motor Neurone Disease Association, Action for Children, The Institute of Conservation, The Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime, The Pensions Regulator and the Ministry of Justice. Sarah is a Trustee of Project Yogi.
Associate Director, Europe
Based in the Netherlands, Yolanda is committed to finding capable and high-performing candidates for interim jobs in international organisations and networks. Yolanda has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources Management, 18 years of which in International Development. She was International Director Oxfam Novib, Regional Director East and Southern Africa Save the Children UK, and member of senior groups within Oxfam and Save the Children International. Before joining Oxford HR, Yolanda carried out interim-director and management roles in Africa and Asia, and she has experience at Trustee-level and as Advisor to Boards. Yolanda is a trustee for Soa Aids Netherlands.
Associate Principal Consultant, Europe
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.
Head of Education, Philanthropy & Foundations
Dominic joined Oxford HR in 2020 as a consultant after spending 12 years working in the international education sector, accumulating a wealth of strategic leadership and education expertise. During this time Dominic led Sabre Education’s growth from micro-charity to become one of Africa’s leading early childhood education organisations, working in close partnership with the Ghanaian Ministry of Education. In the early stages of his career, Dominic worked as a consultant and programme manager for Crown Agents supporting the delivery of fiscal reform projects in Mozambique and Angola, and as a consultant to the UK Department for International Development.
Dominic has strong experience of organisational development, growth strategy, impact measurement and governance in the non-profit sector, and has worked on a range of development issues including education, water and sanitation, conflict resolution and fiscal reform. Dominic is passionate about helping purpose driven organisations to build the leadership capacity to bring about system change and transform the life chances of future generations.
Dominic speaks Spanish and Portuguese and holds a Master’s degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies. He lives in Cornwall with his wife and three children, where alongside his work with Oxford HR he is renovating an old stone barn and caretaking a wild apple orchard.
Head of Practice, Higher Education
Eugenia Gonzalez is an experienced executive search consultant specialising in the Higher Education sector. She joined Oxford HR in 2021 after seven years at Perrett Laver.
Eugenia has worked with a wide range of HEIs, advising on senior academic leadership appointments, from Heads of Department and Deans to Vice-Chancellors and their senior teams. She also has extensive experience supporting universities in their professional services leadership as well as advising on Chair and Board appointments.
Her clients have included the Open University, Imperial College London, University of Sussex, Royal Holloway, University of East Anglia, Brunel, University of Edinburgh, UWE Bristol, Sheffield Hallam, University of the Arts London and the Royal College of Art, among many others. She has also worked internationally with clients in Ecuador, Australia, and the Netherlands.
Eugenia has a keen interest in the wider HE sector and has developed a strong track record working with key bodies and membership organisations, including the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Royal Geographical Society, Design Council, and Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Eugenia has an MA in English and a PhD in Victorian Studies. Before executive search, she taught English and Victorian Literature at the Ohio State University and at Birkbeck. Originally from Argentina, she also lived in Italy, Nigeria, Switzerland, and the United States before moving to the UK.
Associate Principal Consultant, Europe
Martine has over 30 years of experience in International development. Before joining Oxford HR, she was the senior advisor to Alliance2015, a partnership of seven European NGOs.
Previously, Martine has worked with SNV and Save the Children UK as country director in Cameroon and DRC, Tanzania, Bangladesh and Eritrea. She developed strategies and structures that supported innovative and successful development and humanitarian response programs. This involved the set-up, selection and development of successful teams and included addressing key issues of ethics, accountability and safeguarding.
Martine’s expertise in the set-up and support of Consortia or other forms of inter-agency cooperation is supported by her strong understanding of organizational cultures and dynamics. She worked with a wide range of INGOs in Alliance2015, in various Commonwealth inter-agency initiatives both in Cameroon and in Tanzania or, earlier in her career, as general secretary of the Eritrea Inter-Agency Consortium.
An economist, graduated from Grenoble University, Martine started to work on performance analysis in the private sector.
Head of Environment, Climate & Conservation
Zoe joined Oxford HR in 2018 after 16 years working in the charity/NGO sector. She has worked with a wide variety of organisations in the sector including UNAIDS, Plan International, Practical Action, Global Canopy, Ethical Tea Partnership and WWF to name just a few, placing Executive Directors, Directors, Trustees and Senior Managers.
She is especially interested in leadership for a sustainable future and passionate about discovering and developing for-purpose leaders. Through her work at Earthwatch, the international environmental NGO, Zoe completed assignments in India, Ghana, Kenya, China, Hong Kong, Brazil, Costa Rica and Malaysian Borneo where she has collaborated with local organisations, global NGOs and climate scientists and to design and deliver nature-based behaviour change programmes alongside conservation and research projects. She has spent many years engaging with the corporate sector to embed sustainability thinking into their operations and culture and has worked across fundraising, field management, emergency response, communications, HR and L&D throughout her career.
Zoe has a postgraduate degree from the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (University of Cumbria), she is a trained coach and facilitator and has significant experience of bringing groups together to consider the skills and competencies needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. She is Co-Founder of Climate Change Coaches Ltd and a mother of two young children.
Associate Consultant, Africa
Anne-Catherine has more than 20 years of international experience as a recruiter, entrepreneur and professional trainer in both the non-profit and private sectors. She specialises in senior-level appointments for international development or humanitarian organisations, global non-profits, foundations, social businesses and more globally for the “for impact sector”. She has extended experience in talent acquisition, placing leaders in and from the global South.
She joined Oxford HR in 2021. Previously, Anne-Catherine worked for Mission Talent in executive search, as an entrepreneur in digital innovation, for a slow fashion social enterprise in Vietnam and as the founder of Allo French.
Anne-Catherine loves to engage with individuals and organisations, taking the time to truly understand them and their needs and, from there, finding the most appropriate leaders to make a difference. She is looking for leaders with the ethics, creativity, skills and experience necessary to “change the world”. She is committed to sourcing high-performing talent, emphasising diversity and inclusion. She has worked with a wide range of INGOs and international organisations (such as MSF, Greenpeace, HI, KfW, Action Against Hunger, Transport&Environment to name a few).
Born Belgian, but having spent half her life overseas, she is used to working across cultures and borders. Apart from short stints in Europe and Asia, since 2003 she has been based in South Africa, along with her husband and two children. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and ICHEC (economics & international relations), she is fluent in English, French and conversational in German, Dutch and Spanish.
When not working you will see her running, cycling or swimming in nature or playing the piano with her children.
Associate Consultant, AsiaPac
Mark joined Oxford HR in 2021, based in Hong Kong. He has an MSc in Development Studies and ten years’ experience as a social specialist on internationally-funded projects in Africa, Asia and Europe, providing social development inputs in the contexts of rural development, natural resources conservation and management, infrastructure development, manufacturing and real estate master-planning on behalf of international financial institutions, donors, funds and private developers. He has held long-term residential social specialist positions – on a DfID environmental development project in SW China and an EU participatory conservation project in NE Thailand – and led preparation of a number of Social Impact Assessments and Resettlement Action Plans according to international best practice (such as the Equator Principles and IFC Performance Standards). Mark was a key member of URS/Scott Wilson’s (now AECOM) internal team for the preparation of the company’s first global corporate Sustainability Strategy.
In addition Mark has eight years’ experience in executive search with leading international search firms, identifying, shortlisting, coaching and placing senior professionals across various sectors, working with multinational corporations across Asia.
Mark is also a qualified and practising counsellor and instrumental music teacher. He has a passion for the outdoors and travel, and enjoys playing brass and keyboards in a variety of musical ensembles.
Associate Consultant, Southern Africa
Based in South Africa, Ottilia has over 20 years’ experience as a senior manager and consultant in human resources for both the non-profit and private sectors. She has been a senior manager for organisations as diverse as DFID, Oxfam, SOS Children’s Village and Action Aid and has worked in Southern African, African and International teams.
Ottilia brings a deep knowledge of the HR market of Southern Africa, as well as expertise in change management and leadership, HR policy and procedure development and implementation, executive recruitment, selection and placement including international relocations, compensation and benefit development and management, payroll and administration management and child protection and safe guarding.
Currently pursuing a DBA, Ottilia holds an MBA and is passionate about life, career and relationship coaching. Apart from being religious, Ottilia also spends time in creating floral decorations and gardening.
Ousmane Amadou SY
Associate Consultant, West Africa
Ousmane joined Oxford HR in 2021. He is an International Financial Management and Organizational Development Consultant with over 20 years experience working in NGOs civil society and governments, bi-lateral and multilateral organisations, mostly in Africa, but also on Asian and Latin America projects.
Ousmane has worked with the Global Fund, GAVI, GIZ and Frontline AIDS. He is based in Senegal and is an advocate of technical support approaches which promote local ownership, sustainability and skills transfer to field-based partners and end beneficiaries.
Associate Consultant, MENA
Noha has 25 years of professional experience in profit and non-profit international organizations. She held senior leadership positions on global and regional level, and has a passion for youth development and empowerment, active citizenship, and advocacy for multilateral and integrated approaches to provide solutions for the implementation of sustainable development goals through formal and non-formal education. She aspires to achieve Peace and Prosperity on a Healthy planet.
An Egyptian national, Noha has lived and worked in 5 different countries and travelled in many more.
Executive Assistant, Europe
Lenze is based in the Netherlands and studied Organisation and Labour Psychology. He has a background in Human Resources Management and Career Development having worked with refugees in the Netherlands and with disadvantaged youth in Africa. He supports the Oxford HR office in Amsterdam with Business Development Management and various tasks.
Organisational Effectiveness Specialists
Global Head of Organisational Effectiveness
Susanne heads up our Organisational Effectiveness practice. She spent the last fifteen years working in internal and external roles at the intersection of organisational development and international development with numerous organisations in the international and national public and private sectors across Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, and Africa.
Susanne’s experience spans helping groups, teams and individuals at all organisational levels with their developmental process, often in the context of organisational change initiatives, taking a whole-of-system approach. She brings particular expertise in helping organisations work with their culture, including conscious and unconscious dynamics and conflict – elements of organisational life that can have a strong impact on effectiveness. Susanne holds postgraduate degrees in organisational/social psychology and in law as well as professional certifications in organisational consultation, group and team coaching, mediation, workplace fairness, cross-cultural communication, virtual team development, and others. She is currently a doctoral candidate in organisational psychology at the Tavistock Centre and Essex University.
Director, Organisational Effectiveness
Having originally conceived and set up our Organisational Effective practice, David now provides strategic oversight for this fast-growing area of our business, whilst also working with clients to develop solutions that enable their sustainability and success. He has been working with Oxford HR since 2019 and brings 30 years of experience working both as a change leader within and a consultant to global organisations across the for purpose, public and private sectors.
David brings wide-ranging expertise, from assessing organisational culture and capability and then devising ways to change and improve how a business operates, to advising on and implementing progressive leadership assessment and development practices, providing insightful 1:1 leadership and careers coaching, and facilitating top team and board development that sharpens collective focus and impact. David is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Executive Coach, an affiliate with two international business schools, and an accredited user of an extensive range of psychometric instruments and other diagnostic tools.
Associate, Organisational Effectiveness
Christel is an Organisational Psychologist and Consultant with over 20 years’ experience in assessing and developing talent for a multinational client base. An Oxford HR Associate since 2019, Christel holds a D.Phil (Industrial Psychology) degree on how effective senior leadership shapes organisational culture. Before moving to the United Kingdom, she lived in Japan for over five years. She started her career at Nissan South Africa in Learning & Development, followed by senior consulting roles at SHL South Africa and in independent practice. Christel is a registered psychologist and accredited on a range of assessments.
Associate, Organisational Effectiveness
Claire is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with over 25 years’ experience in business psychology, executive coaching and organisational development. She has worked in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, operating internationally as well as across the UK. After an early career in the City of London, she became Managing Psychologist for Coutts Career Consultants (now part of Right Management) leading a team of occupational psychologists delivering internal and external consultancy. Since 2001, she has worked independently and is in demand as an assessor and coach with clients from graduate level to C-suite. Claire is accredited to use an extensive range of ability, personality and behavioural profiling tools and is highly skilled in their application to the purposes of recruitment, talent identification, management and development. As a coach, she combines behavioural assessment with neuroscience, positive psychology and Conversational Intelligence® to enhance performance and facilitate career development. Committed to the development of the profession of Occupational Psychology she is currently serving as Chief Supervisor/Registrar for the BPS Qualification in Occupational Psychology.
Associate, Organisational Effectiveness
Samantha is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and Coaching Psychologist with over 15 years’ experience of coaching senior leaders to be more effective and assessing for selection and development using a wide range of psychometric instruments. Her work has mitigated the risk of unsuitable hires as well as enhanced performance impacting on areas such as staff attrition, well-being, productivity, and motivation. She brings empathy and warmth to build strong relationships quickly with others. This is critical in coaching relationships as research suggests that this relationship is crucial for the success of the coaching. She is also curious, enquiring and challenging in her work. She has a master’s degree in coaching and is able to apply her significant knowledge of psychological and coaching theories on a bespoke basis with her clients. IT savvy, she enjoys applying technology whenever she can to her work. She has extensive experience working with for-purpose organisations including as a volunteer.
Associate, Organisational Effectiveness
Roisin is an executive coach and development practitioner bringing 15 years’ experience designing and delivering organisational capacity-building programmes across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East, in partnership with public and private sector clients. She previously led a development consulting practice within a large professional services firm, navigating two major horizontal mergers along the way, and has also worked within social enterprises. Roisin has supported a number of initiatives to build inclusive organisational cultures and founded a thriving network to support women in the aid sector into leadership roles.
Roisin is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) credentialled coach, an Agile PM Practitioner and a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability. She holds an MPhil in Development Studies and an MBA. She lives in Singapore and has spent over five years working in Asia.
Our Research and Administration Team
Senior Researcher & Junior Consultant
Erica joined Oxford HR in 2019. She holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law, a certification in International Criminal Law and a B.A. in International Relations and Modern Languages. Erica is driven by a commitment to human rights, and has worked extensively with refugees and victims of conflict from all over the world. Erica has lived and worked in Europe, North America, South America and the Middle East, and is passionate about foreign languages.
Associate Senior Researcher
Razane joined Oxford HR in 2018 after completing an assignment with UNDP Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development in Turkey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown University’s campus in Doha, Qatar and is a member of the Executive Research Association.
She has worked on assignments to recruit senior-level candidates to work within the areas of water and sanitation, agriculture and agribusiness, humanitarian aid, advocacy, and economic development. Assignments have included working with clients such as CARE, BRAC, Hivos, Green Climate Fund, WWF, Plan International, Practical Action, Gatsby Africa, Action Against Hunger, Islamic Development Bank, and African Development Bank to recruit for roles based in Africa, Asia, and Europe.
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.
Researcher and Project Manager
Since joining Oxford HR in 2018 Lisanne has worked on senior-level roles within, but not limited to, justice and security, conflict resolution, conservation, housing development and agribusiness across 4 continents. A Dutch/Swedish national she has visited 36 countries, and speaks English, Spanish, Swedish, Dutch and is currently learning French.
Previously 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.
Hannah joined Oxford HR in 2019 after completing a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, with a focus on leadership. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Victoria, in Canada.
She has worked on projects for a wide variety of clients, including WWF International, The Green Climate Fund, Practical Action, the Ethical Tea Partnership and the Global Water Partnership. She has travelled widely and has lived in Canada, New Zealand, the UK and now the Netherlands. Hannah’s main areas of interest are gender equity and equality, and sustainability and conservation.
Nafeesa joined Oxford HR in July 2021. She has a MA in development studies with a major in social justice perspectives and a specialisation in conflict and peace studies from the International Institute of Social Studies in the Hague.
Nafeesa has over 5 years of experience supporting regional and national nonprofits in India in designing and executing research, advocacy, and capacity building programmes in the thematic areas of rural development, women empowerment, gender, and human rights. Her areas of interest are gender justice, peacebuilding, and South Asian politics and development.
Born and raised in South India, Nafeesa speaks English, Tamil, Urdu, and Hindi and is currently learning Dutch.
Dawn joined Oxford HR in 2021 after having co-developed one of the first internationally recognized methodologies with the OECD for development co-operation to structurally align with the Paris Climate Agreement.
She is a globally minded Sustainable Development professional, dedicated to advancing social inclusion and environmental sustainability, driving systemic change and supporting local action. She has spent many years engaging with the corporate sector, founding a social enterprise focused on transforming supply-chains in targeted markets through advocacy and services, and has worked on the formulation of global standards with the United Nations, The OECD and The Earth Institute at Columbia University.
Notably, through her work at the Earth Institute at Columbia University she contributed to the creation of indicators for the United Nations (UN SDGS), specifically UN SDG 11 – Sustainable Cities with Jeffrey Sachs and Sabin Centre for Climate Change Law. She also completed assignments in India, Kenya, and Uganda where she collaborated with local governments, global NGOs, climate scientists and ecologists to design and deliver projects on sustainable development and conservation, encompassing public health, water, energy sectors.
She has managed portfolios for UN programmes, specifically UN Women’s a $100 million annual portfolio, for 22 countries in Africa, developing program proposals and agreements. She supported the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, for the agreed conclusions on CSW61 and CSW62 sessions on women’s economic empowerment, and the empowerment of rural women and girls.
Dawn holds a Master of Business Administration specializing in Energy and Sustainability Strategy from IPAG Business School in Paris, France, and Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Development from Columbia University in the City of New York. Her MBA Thesis is on how digital disruption in the energy sector will drive decarbonization. She is Founder of Global Alignment Consulting and passionate about travel.
Neil joined Oxford HR in 2021 after completing a PhD in political studies at the University of Cape Town, where he researched and taught on human rights and international institutions. He has over 20 years work experience in the private, public, and academic sectors, working within the UK, Germany, and South Africa, including as a government economic development specialist for the creative and cultural industries in London. Reporting to both the Mayor of London and central government, he was responsible for promoting and growing the diversity, depth, and energy of the creative industries, through engaging with corporate stakeholders, encouraging private and public investment, providing support for business growth and promoting London as an international centre for culture and commerce. He also has a master’s in international relations, with a focus on mining in Africa, and a keen interest in equitable and sustainable development and learning new languages.
Gloria Njeri Kamau
Project and BD Officer & DEI Lead
Gloria joined Oxford HR in 2019 after completing a Master in Community – Based Counselling Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Her dissertation focussed on daughters and the paternal function in the absence of the father. It culminated in the publication of an article in South African journal in 2018. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts and Honours in Psychology from the University of Johannesburg. She recently qualified with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in the Counselling Psychology category.
She has worked for three years in both tertiary institutions in administrative and professional roles. She has experience in psychotherapy, psychological assessments, career counselling and guidance.
Although a Kenyan citizen, she has lived in several African countries; Nigeria, Malawi and South Africa. She has also travelled widely within the Africa and Asia regions. Her main interests are gender, mental health, youth and community development.
Lewis joined OxfordHR in 2021. He has a BSc in Sociology from Cardiff University where he wrote papers focusing on various topics including social policy, race relations, gender equality, LGBTQIA rights, education, health, and genetics. While new to the world of NGO’s, Lewis aims to use his knowledge of the social world and apply it by working closely with clients to create positive change for the people they work with. His main areas of interest are Healthcare, Policy and Human Rights, whereby he hopes to specialise in one of these areas by completing a master’s degree in the future.
Collins is a Project Administrator, based in Nairobi. His background is in soil, water and environmental engineering. He holds an MSc in Environmental Science, with specialization in Environmental Science and Technology from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education. Collins’s MSc thesis evaluated human health risks due to water contamination by livestock in semi-arid systems in Kenya. He has worked as an intern, at the National Irrigation Board (NIB) Western Region, in Kenya, where he participated in supervising irrigation projects. Collins is passionate about globally-important water and environmental issues that directly influence humans, such as waste management, climate change and water supply. He prefers adopting an interdisciplinary approach to solving environmental and societal problems and is ardent to develop his professional expertise in a broad range of disciplines.
Maria is a Spanish national currently based in the United Kingdom. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, and an MSc in International Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies from the University of Glasgow.
After she finished her master’s studies, Maria started working in public sector consultancy in the electoral process field. She has also worked for the Spanish Ministry of Home Affairs as an intelligence analyst.
Maria has always wanted to orientate her professional career to the non-profit sector. She has a technical certification in Humanitarian Aid, and she is currently studying a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Law. Her main areas of interest are conflict resolution and Human Rights.
Associate Project Administrator
Daphné Joseph-Gabriel joined the Research and Administration team in June 2021 after working for a couple years beforehand with Oxford HR as an Administrator for the African Development Bank Group.
Daphné, a French national, currently based out of Paris, holds an MSc in Management from EMLyon Business School and an MA in International Relations from l’Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques de Paris.
Born and raised in The Hague, The Netherlands, where she attended the British Schooling System, she has also lived in Bonn, Germany, Brussels, Belgium, Washington DC, United States, as well as in Haïti. Passionate about Sustainable Development, Corporate Social Responsibility, and impactful innovative business solutions, through her diverse experiences in the private and public sectors she has acquired robust cross-cultural communication skills, sharp analysis capacities and a diligent diplomatic mind.
She qualifies herself as a pluridisciplinary humanist; a firm advocate of the advancement of Human Rights around the globe, she is dedicated to finding and supporting world-changing and diverse leaders.