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Karen Twining

Associate Director, Africa

Karen

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.

Connecting inspirational leaders with meaningful work is our contribution to making the world a better place. After 12 years at Oxford HR, I love being part of a value-driven, innovative and collaborative global team and interacting with so many impressive and stimulating candidates and clients. It's particularly satisfying to support leaders from diverse backgrounds to thrive and make an impact.

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EDI Global

Managing Director / UK

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Managing Director / UK

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Plan International UK

Director of International Programmes / UK

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Director of International Programmes / UK

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International Alert

Interim Programme Director / UK

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2021-10-13T14:49:37+00:00

Interim Programme Director / UK

International Alert
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"Oxford HR help to filter and ensure that the fit is right, that candidates are well briefed and genuinely interested and suited to us. Of particular note is their ability to find candidate profiles that fit the specific function required in a wide range of roles, and their in-depth knowledge of the international development sector and the Africa region. To date we have had great results with each process. I would have no hesitation in recommending Oxford HR to others."

Justin Highstead

Executive Director of Africa Programmes, Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Oxford HR
2020-11-06T11:51:47+00:00

Justin Highstead

Executive Director of Africa Programmes, Gatsby Charitable Foundation

"Oxford HR help to filter and ensure that the fit is right, that candidates are well briefed and genuinely interested and suited to us. Of particular note is their ability to find candidate profiles that fit the specific function required in a wide range of roles, and their in-depth knowledge of the international development sector and the Africa region. To date we have had great results with each process. I would have no hesitation in recommending Oxford HR to others."
"Oxford HR help to filter and ensure that the fit is right, that candidates are well briefed and genuinely interested and suited to us. Of particular note is their ability to find candidate profiles that fit the specific function required in a wide range of roles, and their in-depth knowledge of the international development sector and the Africa region. To date we have had great results with each process. I would have no hesitation in recommending Oxford HR to others."

Justin Highstead

Executive Director of Africa Programmes, Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Oxford HR
2020-11-06T11:53:10+00:00

Justin Highstead

Executive Director of Africa Programmes, Gatsby Charitable Foundation

"Oxford HR help to filter and ensure that the fit is right, that candidates are well briefed and genuinely interested and suited to us. Of particular note is their ability to find candidate profiles that fit the specific function required in a wide range of roles, and their in-depth knowledge of the international development sector and the Africa region. To date we have had great results with each process. I would have no hesitation in recommending Oxford HR to others."
“We received excellent and timely support from Oxford HR throughout the entire process. Each step was simple and clear, and it was evident from the outset that it was a real team effort. From the time taken to explore and understand our recruitment brief to keeping us informed about progress, supporting the interview process and through to post-appointment advice, we found it a comprehensive and invaluable service.”

Tim Woodfine

Board member, Sahara Conservation Fund

Oxford HR
2020-06-22T08:39:22+00:00

Tim Woodfine

Board member, Sahara Conservation Fund

“We received excellent and timely support from Oxford HR throughout the entire process. Each step was simple and clear, and it was evident from the outset that it was a real team effort. From the time taken to explore and understand our recruitment brief to keeping us informed about progress, supporting the interview process and through to post-appointment advice, we found it a comprehensive and invaluable service.”
"The Oxford HR African team are amazing professionals...thank you so much!"

Julius K.Rono

Candidate

Oxford HR
2020-02-17T10:03:08+00:00

Julius K.Rono

Candidate

"The Oxford HR African team are amazing professionals...thank you so much!"
"My experience with Oxford HR was excellent. Meeting face to face with Toby was really useful, so that he got a good insight to the role and the type of person we were looking for"

Mark Ireland

Self Help Africa

Oxford HR
2019-12-06T15:22:43+00:00

Mark Ireland

Self Help Africa

"My experience with Oxford HR was excellent. Meeting face to face with Toby was really useful, so that he got a good insight to the role and the type of person we were looking for"
"I have never experienced this level of support from any recruiter.”

Audrey Ahwan

Director for Programme Development, BRAC International

Oxford HR
2019-12-06T15:54:44+00:00

Audrey Ahwan

Director for Programme Development, BRAC International

"I have never experienced this level of support from any recruiter.”
"Oxford HR was patient with BRAC’s inexperience with the global market and hiring expat level staff.”

Dirk Booy

Senior Director Programme Development, BRAC

Oxford HR
2019-12-06T16:02:30+00:00

Dirk Booy

Senior Director Programme Development, BRAC

"Oxford HR was patient with BRAC’s inexperience with the global market and hiring expat level staff.”
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