OUR PEOPLE & LEADERSHIPMeet the team

With personal experience of working in high-risk, fragile environments, the CTG team knows what it takes and are here to support both clients and consultants

Lord Westbury | Chairman of the Chelsea Group

Lord Westbury

Chairman of the Chelsea Group
Lord Westbury | Chairman of the Chelsea Group

Lord Westbury

Chairman of the Chelsea Group

During his time in the SAS Richard worked on every continent and was intimately involved in many international incidents during the 1980s. Following his distinguished military career, he was Deputy Chief Executive of the Leadership Trust, who specialise in leadership development training. In 1991, he was invited to join Defence Systems Ltd, a company providing security services mainly in Africa and went on to become their CEO in 1995. In 1999, he formed the Hart Group, providing specialised security services on a global basis before going on to form a number of other businesses that operate in challenging environment which now make up the Chelsea Group. Today the Chelsea Group employs some 8000 people across 49 countries and offers services in security, power generation, remote site management and more.

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Lady Willcocks | Deputy Director of Post Conflict People

Lady Willcocks

Deputy Director of Post Conflict People
Lady Willcocks | Deputy Director of Post Conflict People

Lady Willcocks

Deputy Director of Post Conflict People

Penny is experienced in the International Security and Post-Conflict Stabilization fields. She has worked for the UK Government and in the Private Security and Risk Management sector and has taken an active role in Democracy Building with International Institutions including the United Nations. Her career began in 1973 in the UK Security Service.  She has served operationally in Northern Ireland (from 1976-77) and throughout the Balkans. Since then, Penny has worked on extensive missions for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Cabinet of the High Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina working closely with the European Commission, the European Council and NATO.  Penny set up a small NGO, Post Conflict People, which worked towards improving practical performance of Governments, International Agencies, Companies and individuals working in post-conflict areas. Penny was a founding member of the British Association of Private Security Companies (BASC) which set the path towards international regulation of the private security industry.

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Claus Haugaard Sørensen | Senior EU Advisor and former Danish diplomat

Claus Haugaard Sørensen

Senior EU Advisor and former Danish diplomat

Claus Haugaard Sørensen

Senior EU Advisor and former Danish diplomat

Claus Haugaard Sørensen is Senior Adviser to the European Union. During the past year Mr. Sørensen has advised EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on crisis management and humanitarian issues. In 2006 he was appointed Director General for the Commissions’ Communication department, and in 2011 he became head of the Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection DG in the European Commission (ECHO). While exercising that function Mr. Sørensen became a driving force in improving the EU’s responses to crisis and conflict-affected victims. He also led the reform of the international Humanitarian system, leading up to the Istanbul Humanitarian Summit in May 2016. He also promoted the resilience approach and disaster risk reduction approach, both globally and inside the European Union. Mr. Sørensen has a background as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, and a long history of work within the EU. In 1990 he joined the European Commission’s Cabinet of Vice-president Henning Christophersen working on the EURO, relations with Eastern Europe, the Enlargement with Sweden, Austria and Finland as well as the European Social dimension and Environmental issues. Between 1999 and 2011, Mr. Sørensen held functions such as Director for International Environmental issues, Head of Cabinet for respectively the Commissioner for Agriculture and the Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian assistance. Mr Sørensen has a Masters in Economics from Aarhus University and regularly lectures at the Universities of Lund, York and Copenhagen.

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Alice Laugher  | CEO

Alice Laugher

CEO

Alice Laugher

CEO

Alice is passionate about what CTG stands for: Committed To Good. A vocal advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, Alice leads by example to ensure women play a broader role in humanitarian projects in high-risk environments by spearheading the CTG Female First initiative.  She has 14 years of experience managing projects in challenging environments. From the day that Alice stepped into Iraq, in 2003, she felt a certainty that she was meant to work assisting communities, particularly local people, of fragile and conflict-affected countries. Over the years she has expanded CTG’s operations from an Afghanistan focus to 25 countries. Alice describes herself as a wife, mother, boss and workaholic.

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Alexander Bethell  | Non-Executive Director

Alexander Bethell

Non-Executive Director

Alexander Bethell

Non-Executive Director

Former Senior Vice President of CTG, Alexander was responsible for overseeing CTG’s new business strategy and managing the company’s humanitarian client relationships globally. Alexander started at CTG in 2010 as an Account Manager supporting client projects in Afghanistan and Iraq, and proceeded to spearhead the development of CTG’s operations in Somalia – which under his management became the company’s largest operational hub. Alexander then led CTG’s expansion wider across Africa and into new territories, overseeing the implementation of special projects, including its disaster response to the Ebola crisis in Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2015. He finds fulfilment in bringing help to those who would otherwise not receive it.  Thorough planning and execution are Alexander’s keys to success, and he hope to show the world how effective CTG’s operations have been as he remains an important part of the CTG Board with close visibility on the company’s strategic direction and monitoring performance.

Alexander established CTG’s office in New York, where he worked closely with international aid organisations and has a direct link to the United Nations Headquarters.

In 2018 Alexander moved to the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Chelsea Group.

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James Veysey | COO

James Veysey

COO

James Veysey

COO

James has over 17 years’ experience in Human Resources and Operations Management. He began his career at the European Commission in the office for Humanitarian Aid then went on to work for the UN in East Africa. Following this he spent several years in Paris, London and Dubai as a management consultant specialising in HR and Organisational Development. Prior to joining CTG in 2015, James was HR Director for a large British security firm operating in high-risk areas and he also ran the operations for a renowned remote-site medical company. James is a linguist and has a Masters in International Relations. Inspired by the culture of the company to make a difference, James most enjoys the fact that the work CTG does makes an impact on peoples’ lives.

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Kevin Hallatt | Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Hallatt

Chief Financial Officer
Cyprus

Kevin Hallatt

Chief Financial Officer
Cyprus

Kevin started with CTG in 2018 as the Finance Manager. After managing the Finance team for two years, he moved over to the position of Chief Financial Officer of Chelsea Group. As the CFO,  Kevin not only oversees CTG Finances with our CEO but also works closely with The Chairman and the Group COO on the finances of the other Group companies. 

Kevin has a Degree from Brunel University in London as well as being a qualified Accountant. He spent 15 years working in the UK for corporates such as Siemens and Dun & Bradstreet before moving to Dubai in 2007. Since being in the Middle East, Kevin has gained extensive experience in providing services in challenging environments with the likes of Olive Group and G4S Risk Management.

Kevin spends his personal time with his family and is an avid spectator at a variety of sports.

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Abdirahman Rashid Hassan | Account Manager

Abdirahman Rashid Hassan

Account Manager
Somalia

Abdirahman Rashid Hassan

Account Manager
Somalia

Abdirahman joined us on 12 May 2019 as Account Manager in Somalia. He is a Kenyan national who has experience working in coordination and management of projects  and has a law degree from Zanzibar university.

Abdirahman Rashid is a self-claimed reformed procrastinator and tea enthusiast! Outside of the workplace he enjoys time with his family, visiting his home town, riding bicycles preferably in nature trails, and archery.

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Abdulrahem Almahjub  | Field Security Officer

Abdulrahem Almahjub

Field Security Officer
Libya

Abdulrahem Almahjub

Field Security Officer
Libya

Abdulrahem is a driven individual that has been passionate about both the humanitarian and administrative field. He has different experiences that have given him the skills and opportunities to seek new career aspects. He is passionate about building human relationships and growing within the field. Always seeking to Build his capacity and boarding his knowledge. Abdul lived in China and discovered his love for traveling and learning new languages.

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Alaa Ben Hamza  | Account Assistant

Alaa Ben Hamza

Account Assistant
Libya

Alaa Ben Hamza

Account Assistant
Libya

Alaa joined CTG in July 2018 as an intern before joining the team permanently as an Account Assistant, providing support to our Libya team, through administrative and recruitment tasks.

Alaa is particularly interested in international relations and can see herself providing support in the humanitarian field.

In addition to work, she is currently studying Business Administration and languages, and is passionate about painting and playing squash.

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Ajit Koshy | Talent Management Specialist

Ajit Koshy

Talent Management Specialist
Headquarters

Ajit Koshy

Talent Management Specialist
Headquarters

Ajit joined CTG in February 2016 as a Talent Management Specialist, with previous experience working in recruitment. Ever since he started work with CTG, he has been actively involved in some fast-paced and demanding recruitment projects in the MENA & Africa regions where has been recruiting for various INGO projects. Ajit is a family man and enjoys spending every opportunity with his wife and child. 

 

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Algene Suria  | Digital and Field Support Team Manager

Algene Suria

Digital and Field Support Team Manager
Headquarters

Algene Suria

Digital and Field Support Team Manager
Headquarters

Algene is nicknamed the ‘Gandalf The Wizard’ of the team, not for that shiny long hair but for the ability to transform complicated ideas into user-friendly solutions. With 10 years of experience in increasingly responsible roles within IT, Sales and Business Development Operations, Algene has made his mark in the field. He enjoys bringing businesses into the digitalised world, streamlining processes in the most efficient way possible.

Algene manages the Field Liaison Office and Rapid Recruitment and Deployment Team.

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Amel Eddiri El Mufti | Account Manager

Amel Eddiri El Mufti

Account Manager
Tunis

Amel Eddiri El Mufti

Account Manager
Tunis

Amel has a decade of experience in administration and HR working for multinational companies in North Africa, including NGOs, construction and oil and gas companies. She is proud of the ‘shining’ reputation that CTG has in Tunisia and believes that the trust and committed atmosphere amongst her colleagues has resulted in an effective, problem-solving and creative team. When she’s not working Amel enjoys travelling and thinks that her love of cultural diversity is what draws her to the work that she does. 

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Anthony Jouannic | Operations Manager

Anthony Jouannic

Operations Manager
Democratic Republic of Congo

Anthony Jouannic

Operations Manager
Democratic Republic of Congo

Anthony first joined CTG in 2019 after having spent a few years with MSF in Iraq, South Sudan, Jordan, Congo (DRC), Cameroun and Central Africa. He has a Master of Science in international management and when he is not working on some humanitarian project, he gets lost in the mountains with his tent and his backpack, crosses the US, from Mexico to Canada, on foot, sails the Indian ocean in a local fishing boat or crosses India, from the Himalayas to Kerala, in a tuk-tuk with a bunch of friend.

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Bernadette Bruno | Payments Coordinator

Bernadette Bruno

Payments Coordinator
Headquarters
Bernadette Bruno | Payments Coordinator

Bernadette Bruno

Payments Coordinator
Headquarters

Bernadette is a Payments and Banking Coordinator who ensures that even though someone works in a challenging environment their salary is delivered in a smooth and timely manner. After spending nearly a decade working in customer service and banking in the Philippines, Bernadette has been equipped with vital experiences before moving to Dubai in August 2009.

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Chibuzor Nwankwo | Account Manager

Chibuzor Nwankwo

Account Manager
Nigeria

Chibuzor Nwankwo

Account Manager
Nigeria

Chibuzor Nwankwo is an HR Generalist with over 10 years’ hands -on experience in humanitarian and development sectors. Prior to joining CTG, Chibuzor held various Human Resources and Administrative roles with 5 International organizations, namely: Médecins Sans Frontieres(MSF-OCA), International Medical Corps(IMC), Save the Children International(SCI), Creative Associate International and Family Health International (FHI 360). He’s very passionate about bringing succor to people in dire need.  

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Claudious Chiradza | Senior Account Manager

Claudious Chiradza

Senior Account Manager
Somalia

Claudious Chiradza

Senior Account Manager
Somalia

Claudious possesses over a decade of HR and Administration experience working in international environments. He believes that client orientation is of paramount importance, and endeavors to give the Consultants the maximum help and support needed. He enjoys the exposure to different responsibilities, working with people from many different backgrounds and diverse professional fields. There is never a dull moment in such an environment, always something new to discover and to learn.

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Coline Chabert | Account Manager

Coline Chabert

Account Manager
South Sudan

Coline Chabert

Account Manager
South Sudan

Coline joined CTG in January 2021 as Account Manager. She is French speaking and holds a master’s degree in international relationships as well as a master’s degree in geo-economy and risk management at the Institute of International and Strategic Relationships in Paris. After her studies, she moved to South Sudan and worked as a Deputy Country Manager for an international moving company. She is now an Account Manager who helps manage all CTG local and international staff.

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Deborah Smith | Global Technical Director & Regional Director

Deborah Smith

Global Technical Director & Regional Director
Afghanistan & Pakistan

Deborah Smith

Global Technical Director & Regional Director
Afghanistan & Pakistan

Dr Deborah J Smith is an international development professional with 20 years of experience working in developing, fragile and conflict affected countries in Africa and Asia. Since 2003 she has held senior management roles on projects and programmes funded by USAID and a variety of European donors. She has provided technical oversight to and managed programming in the fields of security and justice reform; community based dispute resolution/customary justice; local governance; stabilization; women’s empowerment; public health and civil society strengthening. She has delivered technical advisory services to a range of organisations in the fields of justice, governance, gender issues and gender mainstreaming approaches. Today, she oversees all CTG activities in Afghanistan one of CTG’s largest areas of operation.

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Erin Hendricks | Brand Manager

Erin Hendricks

Brand Manager
South Africa

Erin Hendricks

Brand Manager
South Africa

Erin joined CTG full time in January 2019, after working with the Chelsea Group for several months. As Brand Manager, she is responsible for the strategic positioning of CTG and making sure we are recognisable, consistent, up to date, engaging, and communicated to all our audiences.

With past experience in Advertising, Public Relations and Digital Content, Erin is passionate about combining strategy and the power of creativity to solve problems.

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Fahim Shirzada  | Deputy Country Director

Fahim Shirzada

Deputy Country Director
Afghanistan

Fahim Shirzada

Deputy Country Director
Afghanistan

Fahim is skilled in working with a diverse cultural client base and with years of experience behind him working in international environments with NGOs and governments, he has a proven track record in HR management and implementation. Fahim uses his broad experience to bring a different viewpoint to a problem in finding creative solutions. He most enjoys working with people ‘who care about honesty, hard work and integrity’ and is proud that CTG creates job opportunities for people, both men and women, in Afghanistan.

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Faith Mologe | Field Administrator

Faith Mologe

Field Administrator
Nigeria

Faith Mologe

Field Administrator
Nigeria

Faith is an experienced Finance administrator with a demonstrated history of working in the international trade and development sectors for the past 5 years. An experienced administrator, Faith has supported HR, compliance, risk, and operations management across several humanitarian projects and is excited to be part of CTG.

Faith enjoys travelling, the gym and making creative videos.

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Fitsum Demeke | Talent Management Specialist

Fitsum Demeke

Talent Management Specialist
Dubai

Fitsum Demeke

Talent Management Specialist
Dubai

Part of the Rapid Recruitment and Deployment team, Fitsum is responsible for recruitment and onboarding of staff.

Fitsum has a Master of Business Administration from the Swiss Business School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the University of Bedfordshire. With more than 13 years of professional experience in the fields of Human Resources and Administration, he has extensive experience in the Technical Recruitment of white and blue collar for a diverse set of industries.

Originally from Ethiopia, his favorite recreational activity is playing and watching football and tennis; he also enjoys reading and exploring the world.

Fitsum is passionate about volunteering, currently serving as President on the Ethiopian Kids Community under the Ethiopian Embassy in Dubai

Fitsum is Ethiopian and has a son and a daughter.

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Haidee Sulitas | Invoicing & Reconciliation Associate

Haidee Sulitas

Invoicing & Reconciliation Associate
Headquarters
Haidee Sulitas | Invoicing & Reconciliation Associate

Haidee Sulitas

Invoicing & Reconciliation Associate
Headquarters

Haidee enjoys detail and takes pride in working with a multi-cultural company. ‘It has taught me to build a good working relationships across the board,’ she says. She appreciates that CTG provides a platform for a diverse and gender-balanced workplace. 

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Heinrich Potgieter | Assistant Accountant

Heinrich Potgieter

Assistant Accountant
Dubai

Heinrich Potgieter

Assistant Accountant
Dubai

Heinrich joined the Finance Team in Dubai at the end of November 2017. He helps manage the day-to-day finance operations for CTG, including treasury accounting for nine countries of operation, assisting with tax compliance and payroll. Heinrich has a bachelors in finance, majoring in financial accounting and brings with him 5 years practical experience, 2.5 of which have been in Dubai after moving here from South Africa in 2015.  Heinrich was previously the Finance Manager at CBD Consultancy and group of companies. In his personal time Heinrich enjoys camping, travelling and football and loves a challenge!

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Helen Rees | Executive Assistant

Helen Rees

Executive Assistant
Headquarters

Helen Rees

Executive Assistant
Headquarters

Helen is CTG’s Executive Assistant providing business support to the Executive Leadership Team but also HR support to all permanent CTG staff.  Helen has extensive PA and Business Support experience in private consultancy services in the UAE and UK local government Children’s Services. She enjoys the variety her role brings every day and ensuring robust systems, processes and policies are in place to help CTG be its most effective. Helen says, ‘Helping people makes me feel great and with CTG I feel I am helping the world too.’

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Iman Shawwa | Regional Director

Iman Shawwa

Regional Director
Somalia & Yemen

Iman Shawwa

Regional Director
Somalia & Yemen

Iman joined CTG on 4 November 2018 as Country Director in Somalia. She is responsible for the overall strategic leadership and direction of the CTG Somalia programme, and achieving the organisational vision, mission and objectives. Iman has a Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Development from the University of London, and specialised in Development Management at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). With more than 24 years of professional experience, of which 17 were acquired working with the United Nations in Palestine and Libya, Iman has extensive experience in humanitarian and socioeconomic development processes, and more specifically with the ‘New Way of Working’ that addresses the humanitarian–peace–development nexus. Iman also has a vast experience in aid effectiveness, programme management and global partnership formulation. Her favourite recreational activity is pilates, which she is very passionate about, and she also enjoys reading and exploring the world. Iman is Lebanese Canadian and has a son and a daughter.

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Jakob Kejerud | Bid Manager

Jakob Kejerud

Bid Manager
South Africa

Jakob Kejerud

Bid Manager
South Africa

Jakob joined CTG in 2018 as the company’s Bid Manager, making him overall responsible for compilation of all proposals. The role primarily entails researching, preparing, writing, managing the bid team and submitting all necessary information required from our clients or potential business associates. Jakob has an MBA in Logistics and International Marketing and has been working in the service sector for more than 10 years. The past 8 years within Bid Management in different companies including two of the largest employers in the world, which has given him great experience in what it takes to win new businesses within the areas of HR, Staffing & Recruitment, Security Services and Facilities Management. A new industry experience for Jakob, he is inspired by the projects that CTG enables in conflict-affected countries around the world.

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Jeanmari Blignaut | Graphic Designer

Jeanmari Blignaut

Graphic Designer
Cape Town

Jeanmari Blignaut

Graphic Designer
Cape Town

Jeanmari studied BA Information Design at the University of Pretoria where she completed her Honours degree. In 2016, she started her career at a respected design and advertising agency in Cape Town where she refined the skills gained during her time at University. Through working with experienced designers and a range of different types of clients, she has broadened her knowledge and skillset. As a creative, she is always looking for challenging projects to work on and smart people to collaborate with. She likes to explore new and exciting ways to solve the brief and broaden her experience.

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Jonathan Farrell | Revenue & Credit Controller

Jonathan Farrell

Revenue & Credit Controller
Headquarters

Jonathan Farrell

Revenue & Credit Controller
Headquarters

Jonathan joined CTG in 2016. He was educated in the Middle East and graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, in 2011.With over 5 years’ experience in the financial sector Jon has previously worked for Barclays Bank, Dubai and then Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank He spends a good deal of time in Kenya, Somalia and Uganda. He enjoys travelling and is a very keen golfer.

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Jonty Van Zeller | Strategic Advisor

Jonty Van Zeller

Strategic Advisor
Kenya

Jonty Van Zeller

Strategic Advisor
Kenya

Jonty will be reporting to Global Account Director, Lucy Holliday.

Jonty  founded Alamaya Consulting and oversees the group of companies from East Africa. He has been working in the region for over eight years in the security, defence, logistics and humanitarian sectors.

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Jovel Delacruz  | Payroll & Finance Associate

Jovel Delacruz

Payroll & Finance Associate
Headquarters
Jovel Delacruz  | Payroll & Finance Associate

Jovel Delacruz

Payroll & Finance Associate
Headquarters

Jovel is a dynamic professional with 20 years of experience in accounting/finance in Philippines and in the UAE. He is motivated, goal-oriented and customer focused. Joval has proven his ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently and accurately under pressure while meeting tight deadline schedules. He demonstrates a caring and enthusiastic attitude about work environment and the people he is with.

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Lina Fouad | Account Manager

Lina Fouad

Account Manager
Yemen

Lina Fouad

Account Manager
Yemen

Lina joins CTG as an Account Manager in Yemen in 2020. Her additional support to our team saw us mobilising 60 consultants for a new project to strengthen resilience of health facilities, ensuring they can respond to COVID-19, and enhancing local referral health systems and access to healthcare services. 

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Lourdes González-Candiani |  Contract Delivery & Compliance Associate

Lourdes González-Candiani

Contract Delivery & Compliance Associate
Dubai

Lourdes González-Candiani

Contract Delivery & Compliance Associate
Dubai
From Mexico, Lourdes moved to Dubai in 2018. She has studied and worked in Mexico, Canada, Italy, Argentina, U.S.A. and has a degree in International Relations with a specialisation in Conflict Resolution and Mediation. In September 2019, she joined CTG’s Field Liaison Office (FLO) team, and after a year, moved on to become the Contract Delivery & Compliance Associate. She is responsible for supplier due diligence and assessments, quality management, and disciplinary issues amongst other compliance matters.
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Lucy Holliday | Global Account Director

Lucy Holliday

Global Account Director
MENA

Lucy Holliday

Global Account Director
MENA

Lucy Joined CTG in 2014 having run her own business in Delhi before that. After spending three years based in Kenya and Somalia, Lucy became the Commercial Manager for the MENA region based out of the London office but spending a majority of her time in Tunis, Amman and Beirut. Today she is the Global Account Director.

Lucy enjoys the challenge of operating in high-risk locations and believes it is all made worthwhile by enabling clients to implement humanitarian aid and assistance that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. She’s a yoga nut, with a love of travel and used to ride professionally, representing Great Britain.

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Louisa Elkington | Client Services Director & Legal Counsel

Louisa Elkington

Client Services Director & Legal Counsel
Headquarters

Louisa Elkington

Client Services Director & Legal Counsel
Headquarters

After graduating with a Modern History degree from Oxford University, Louisa studied further to qualify as a solicitor in England and Wales. After spending several years working in London and Tokyo for a UK law firm, Louisa left the corporate world to join CTG and lead all the legal and compliance aspects of CTG’s global business. Louisa is responsible for CTG’s internal compliance and quality programmes, including ISO 9001, commercial compliance, Good Governance, labour law and service delivery. In 2017, Louisa’s role also diversified into operations where she is responsible for the standardisation of CTG’s project delivery including mobilisation, reporting and new country start-ups.

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Marcus Tan de Bibiana | Deputy Country Director

Marcus Tan de Bibiana

Deputy Country Director
Somalia

Marcus Tan de Bibiana

Deputy Country Director
Somalia

Marcus Tan de Bibiana is a peacebuilding, governance and conflict-sensitive development specialist who has worked primarily as an independent consultant around Asia and Africa, with specialisation in programme development, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and practical education. In line with his commitment to sustainable development and resilience in Somalia, his past in-country experience centered around governance policy and frameworks, capacity development, and service delivery. Marcus’s work is deeply motivated by conflict mediation, peer practitioner mentoring and arts-based social justice work. 

He joined CTG in 2020 as Deputy Country Director supporting projects in Somalia.

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Mahmoud Shehada | Senior Account Manager

Mahmoud Shehada

Senior Account Manager
Gaza

Mahmoud Shehada

Senior Account Manager
Gaza

Mahmoud is the Senior Account Manager for Gaza with duties ranging from HR Operations and logistics to resolving client issues, and handling security for his teams. He believes in the power of mentoring and training. With extensive experience in Operational & Field Security Procedures he teaches security plans to staff and monitors its implementation in the field.  ‘I help the team meet its goals quickly, with a quality of service, and make people feel happy while doing it,’ he says.

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Maryam Bajalan  | Account Manager

Maryam Bajalan

Account Manager
Somalia

Maryam Bajalan

Account Manager
Somalia

Maryam joined us in 2018 as an Account Manager in Libya. Since then she has moved to our Somalia team and is responsible for looking after our local and international staff, including recruitment, on-boarding and general trouble-shooting.

Maryam has a bachelor of Architecture Engineering, from University of Cihan, College of Architecture and Urban planning.  She has experience in Human Resource and Administration, which she acquired working with humanitarian organizations such as Humanity & Inclusion International Organization in Iraq and Save the Children International Organization.

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Meriam Abuelgasim | Country Manager

Meriam Abuelgasim

Country Manager
South Sudan

Meriam Abuelgasim

Country Manager
South Sudan

Meriam is responsible for our operations in South Sudan. She has an MA in Advanced Humanitarian Action from The Graduate Institute, University of Geneva, specializing in Communication and Health in Emergencies.

As an Operations and Business Development professional in the private sector for over ten years, Meriam introduced and represented three international brands (Ricoh International, Konica Minolta, and Samsung) in Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan markets. Meriam also worked as an external contractor with the United Nations Mission in Sudan and South Sudan, for over five years, managing hardware fleets throughout the peacekeeping mission.

In 2017, Meriam joined IOM as the Operations Officer for the DTM Libya program where she managed one of the principal CTG teams in-country.

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Mia Zickerman-White | Social Impact Project Manager

Mia Zickerman-White

Social Impact Project Manager
London

Mia Zickerman-White

Social Impact Project Manager
London

Mia holds a Masters in International Relations from Durham University, and is drawn to the dynamics of international politics and its consequences on the world’s most vulnerable people. CTG’s Social Impact Project Manager, she is intrigued by the role and impact corporate social responsibility can have in fragile and humanitarian contexts, such as through initiatives like CTG’s Female First.

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Michael Olakunle Faniyan | Field Administrator

Michael Olakunle Faniyan

Field Administrator
Sokoto, Nigeria

Michael Olakunle Faniyan

Field Administrator
Sokoto, Nigeria
Michael has joined CTG as Field Administrator in Sokoto, Nigeria. Upholding core tenets of humanism and humanitarianism as life principle, Michael is excited about the opportunity of daunting yet rewarding work at CTG. With a bachelors degree in the field of Psychology and prior 3 years of the bachelors of law degree program, Michael is a complete humanitarian administrator. When not working Michael is doing creative writing, intellectual/public speaking for knowledge transfer/training and loves to meet more of humanity
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Mildred Pabustan | System Analyst

Mildred Pabustan

System Analyst
Headquarters
Mildred Pabustan | System Analyst

Mildred Pabustan

System Analyst
Headquarters

As a Junior System Analyst, Mildred helps run My CTG, the online HR portal that provides support to our thousands of staff on the ground. Mildred’s goal is to continue evolving the current system so that it is as productive, helpful and enjoyable as it can be. She’s proud that My CTG helps both candidates and staff be time-efficient and productive.

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Naledi Plaatjies | Bid Writer

Naledi Plaatjies

Bid Writer
Cape Town, South Africa

Naledi Plaatjies

Bid Writer
Cape Town, South Africa

Naledi joined CTG in 2021 as a Bid Writer and is responsible for assisting Bid Manager with researching, preparing, writing and submitting all required information  to clients as well as potential business associates. Naledi has a Master’s degree in Politics and Governance, possessing considerable experience in relations research within the NGO and public sector. Naledi a passionate social justice advocate, that can navigate any space, committed to producing research work that amplifies the voices of the marginalized. Naledi is a writer, thinker and speaker, grounded in thought leadership that drives transformative change.

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Natasha Whitelaw | Country Manager

Natasha Whitelaw

Country Manager
Libya

Natasha Whitelaw

Country Manager
Libya

Natasha joined CTG in January 2020 and is responsible for managing our operations, clients and team in Libya. She is proud to work for a company that prioritises women’s empowerment, especially access to employment opportunities in high-risk environments.

Natasha has over a decade of experience working on political and security related issues. Prior to joining CTG, she worked for three years with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), based in Mogadishu. She held several positions with UNSOM, including as Special Assistant to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General. Before this, she worked for the Australian Government as an Analyst on Africa and Peacekeeping issues. Natasha holds a Master’s of International Law from the Australian National University, specialising in International Security Law.

In her free time, Natasha can be found devouring books, talking incessantly with her far flung family and friends and exploring the world.

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Nazish Arabi | System Analyst

Nazish Arabi

System Analyst
Dubai

Nazish Arabi

System Analyst
Dubai

As part of the Digital Team, Nazish helps to drive forward the development of MyCTG and training.

She has a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and previously worked as a Business Analyst  in Mumbai, India. Nazish is also a certified Salesforce Administrator.

She enjoys art and participates in exhibitions, she also loves to travel.

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Nicole Andrews | Social Media Manager

Nicole Andrews

Social Media Manager
Cape Town

Nicole Andrews

Social Media Manager
Cape Town

Nicole joined CTG in 2021 as a Social Media Manager and is responsible for running CTG’s social media platforms, creating content and engaging communities. She currently holds a degree in Strategic Brand Communications as well as certificates in Digital Marketing and Performance Media. She believes in creating meaningful content that will bring audiences together as a community and inspire true meaningful conversations that result in an increase in brand awareness. Nicole has a passion for content creation, social media and brainstorming innovative ideas. She is constantly keeping up to date with industry trends and latest developments to incorporate into social media strategies. 

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Nicole Malick | Sustainability, Policy and Women's Empowerment Consultant

Nicole Malick

Sustainability, Policy and Women's Empowerment Consultant
Dubai

Nicole Malick

Sustainability, Policy and Women's Empowerment Consultant
Dubai

Nicole has experience working with governments, civil society organizations and multi-national companies, most notably with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Dubai Land Department, and Her Royal Highness Princess Basma’s youth centres.  She previously co-chaired the UAE WEP’s steering committee with our CEO, Alice, and has served on numerous other boards.

Nicole is a recipient of two USAID Meritorious Honors Awards, a U.S. Department of State Meritorious Group Award, and received a service medal from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for her work in Afghanistan.  She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Administration of Criminal Justice and Psychology, and a Masters’ in Social Work. She also holds a social work license in New Jersey, US, and was nominated as an official Mentor for the National Network for Social Work Management for her commitment to international social work.

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Palmer Uzadiyo | Account Manager

Palmer Uzadiyo

Account Manager
South Sudan

Palmer Uzadiyo

Account Manager
South Sudan

Palmer oversees a variety of projects for CTG in South Sudan and is currently working on a refugee camp management project in Bentiu and Malakal.These camps are referred to as POCs –protection of civilian camps – and are comprised of locals internally displaced in their own land majoring due to civil wars and majorly tribal clashes, who are given an opportunity to earn an income and have a livelihood. Her focus is HR management, ensuring the welfare of the team on the ground and overseeing all projects. South Sudan is a tough environment to operate in but Palmer enjoys the problem solving and working in regions that are in urgent need of help. She has worked in majorly conflict-affected areas in South Sudan as well as Gulu, Uganda, on projects that helped child victims of war and internally displaced people.

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Salif Sessouma | Account Manager

Salif Sessouma

Account Manager
Mali

Salif Sessouma

Account Manager
Mali

Salif is is based in Bamako and has networks with many NGOs around the country. Previously to working with CTG, he was managing the administrative and logistic department for the US Government’s bio-medical research branch. Skilled in personnel management he has worked as a business development officer for several companies. Salif is a dad and is engaged. In his free time he’s a keen runner.

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Sawsan Shalabi | Talent Management Specialist

Sawsan Shalabi

Talent Management Specialist
Dubai

Sawsan Shalabi

Talent Management Specialist
Dubai

Sawsan joined the Talent Management and Rapid Recruitment and Deployment teams in 2020, for which she carries out different responsibilities from deployment to special projects.

Sawsan has around 10 years of experience in HR from private companies and humanitarian organisations.

Having a strong passion for helping people in need and supporting them in building their future, made her work for key organisations to assist in carrying the torch.

She enjoys doing adrenaline-rush activities and going to the gym almost everyday.

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Svitsai Kunyenya | Field Liaison Officer

Svitsai Kunyenya

Field Liaison Officer
Dubai

Svitsai Kunyenya

Field Liaison Officer
Dubai

Svitsai is a Field Liaison Officer who has considerable experience working in the MENA region; her earlier career was in HR and recruitment in South Africa and Zimbabwe. She focuses on humanitarian aid, rehabilitation, reconstruction and redevelopment projects in hostile locations. Svitsai’s job satisfaction comes from knowing that she makes a difference in fragile and war-torn countries through providing the best matching talent for key roles. Svitsai realised the impact the recruitment team has in supporting CTG’s corporate social responsibilities and she volunteered to take part in the Gender Champions of Change Team, who make up the think take for gender related issues. She is passionate about gender equality in the workplace and she believes change comes when people take the initiative to do something, no matter how small and insignificant it may seem, in order to bring about change. 

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Syrine Debbeche | Account Manager

Syrine Debbeche

Account Manager
Libya

Syrine Debbeche

Account Manager
Libya

Syrine joined CTG in September 2020 as an Account Manager in the Libya Team. She has a Master’s in Developmental Psychology from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in the University of Tunis in Tunisia.

Humanitarian work has always been Syrine’s calling. She has valuable experience working with the International Organization of Migration (IOM) Tunisia, supporting migrants in accessing support services in Tunisia, as well as with several NGOs, including Creative Associates International.

In her spare time, Syrine enjoys reading, baking and drawing. She is an outgoing person and likes spending time with family and friends. Syrine is very happy to be part of Committed To Good.

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Valentina Bechara | Field Liaison Officer

Valentina Bechara

Field Liaison Officer
Dubai

Valentina Bechara

Field Liaison Officer
Dubai

Valentina AKA Tina joined our team in early 2017; she grew up in Lebanon and moved to the UAE after landing an internship with CTG. One year down the line, she was able to prove herself as a valuable team player and was offered a permanent role.  She is multilingual, a multitasker and best known for being a jack-of-all-trades. Her work with CTG focuses on remote account management and client support; she is passionate about her job, professional and friendly at the same time. For Valentina, the most rewarding thing about working with CTG is that she is helping make a positive change around the world.

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Vanessa McCulloch | Communications Director

Vanessa McCulloch

Communications Director
South Africa

Vanessa McCulloch

Communications Director
South Africa

Vanessa joined the Chelsea Group in 2015, overseeing the marketing for several of the companies including CTG. A Brit living in Cape Town, with a degree in English Literature, she spent 11 years in publishing before taking a side step into the world of marketing. Highlights of the role have included the rebranding of CTG in 2017 and working on the ‘Day In The Life’ campaign that shares stories from the inspiring CTG humanitarians working in fragile and conflict-affected countries. It’s been an exciting journey and Vanessa looks forward to continue sharing CTG’s stories and their commitment as an ethical partner for the humanitarian and development communities.

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Yasmin Hassan | Account Manager

Yasmin Hassan

Account Manager
Somalia

Yasmin Hassan

Account Manager
Somalia

Yasmin manages client contracts in Somalia. She holds a Degree in Human Resources Management and valuable experience from working for NGOs like Save the Children. 

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Yussuf Mohamed Sagar | Field Security Officer

Yussuf Mohamed Sagar

Field Security Officer
Somalia

Yussuf Mohamed Sagar

Field Security Officer
Somalia

Yussuf previously worked with international and local security companies such as IDG / HRM somalia, with UN agencies such as UNICEF Baidoa and UNHCR Mogadishu, and was the head of supervisors and translator/supervisor for the security guards in the compounds .

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Ziauddin Khalid  | Senior Account Manager

Ziauddin Khalid

Senior Account Manager
Afghanistan

Ziauddin Khalid

Senior Account Manager
Afghanistan

Ziauddin supports our clients’ needs in Afghanistan, overseeing contracts and liaising with clients. An enthusiastic team, strong relationships and good policy is what he appreciates the most about his work. He is proud of how the team works under pressure, that there is an awareness of the social and cultural barriers faced in country and he enjoys his daily interaction working with multinational NGOs as well as government agencies. 

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Wafa Basha | Client Services Account Manager

Wafa Basha

Client Services Account Manager
Sudan

Wafa Basha

Client Services Account Manager
Sudan

Wafa has been working for CTG’s Sudan office since November 2013, and has filled many roles from account management and accounting, to administration and even driver. Starting out as a Liaison and Administrative Support Officer, Wafa has spent some time in the Dubai head office as a Talent Acquisition Intern. Today she is the Client Services Account Manager in Khartoum.

Through CTG I have had the chance to travel and see my country; I went to Darfur and Kordofan and I don’t think I could have made it without CTG.

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