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Martine Billanou

Associate Principal Consultant, Europe

Martine

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.

It is so fulfilling and impactful to enable a successful recruitment! I interact with wonderful clients and candidates and working with an amazingly value-driven and supportive team makes it just perfect.

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Public Sector Partnerhsip Director

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Public Sector Partnerhsip Director

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UNAIDS
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7 persons – Independent External Oversight Advisory Committee (IEOAC)

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2022-04-27T10:51:14+00:00

7 persons – Independent External Oversight Advisory Committee (IEOAC)

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UNAIDS
WWF
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Regional Director Asia Pacific Country Offices / Singapore

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2021-10-13T14:50:45+00:00

Regional Director Asia Pacific Country Offices / Singapore

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Practical Action

Director, PAC West Africa / Senegal

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2021-10-13T14:51:47+00:00

Director, PAC West Africa / Senegal

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SNV
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Global Nutrition Lead / Netherlands

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2021-10-13T14:52:28+00:00

Global Nutrition Lead / Netherlands

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Director - Global Human Resources & Organizational Development

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Ola Fajobi

Director - Global Human Resources & Organizational Development

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Kay Richiger
Manager Governance, International Board and Council, WWF International

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2020-11-02T16:31:23+00:00

Kay Richiger
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WWF
"Oxford HR asked the right questions and listened deeply from the outset of the recruitment process grasping rapidly the type of special individuals we were looking for to complete our International Board. Their search processes were thorough and a number of truly outstanding candidates were identified. From the initial contact right through to the interview and hiring phase, we were supported by a team of friendly professionals. We would not hesitate working with Oxford HR again."
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Board Chair, Sabre Education

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2020-12-18T13:34:09+00:00

David Main
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2020-06-22T08:18:03+00:00

John Watkin

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2020-06-22T08:21:14+00:00

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Michael Hammer

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Michael Hammer

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Director, Water Witness International

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2019-12-06T15:19:11+00:00

Nick Hepworth

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Muna Eltahir

Country Director Sudan, Practical Action

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2019-12-06T15:41:40+00:00

Muna Eltahir

Country Director Sudan, Practical Action

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Susanne Pederson

Assistant Director General, GGGI

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2019-12-06T15:58:09+00:00

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Director, Water Witness International

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