WHO WE AREMEET 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. On the Steering Committee for the United Nations Global Compact local network in the UAE, Alice also chairs their Business For Peace Programme and the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles taskforce for the region. 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 hopes 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 Organizational 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 Hallat | Financial Director

Kevin Hallat

Financial Director
Dubai

Kevin Hallat

Financial Director
Dubai

As Finance Manager, Kevin manages the Finance team, providing financial support to Management throughout the company and working out of the Dubai office.

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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Abdulsalam Mahmoud Elrekie | Field Security Officer

Abdulsalam Mahmoud Elrekie

Field Security Officer
Libya

Abdulsalam Mahmoud Elrekie

Field Security Officer
Libya

Abdulsalam has an Advanced Diploma in Computer sciences (Networks) at College Of Electronic Technology in Tripoli. He Obtained training courses in first aid, security and armored vehicles, and has been working in Security since 2012, with Eni North Africa, The German Diplomatic Mission, Netherlands Diplomatic Mission, and Total oil company. He’s a member of the Libyan Scouts and his hobbies include reading, fitness, and free diving.

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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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Alexander Perkins | Security and Operations Manager

Alexander Perkins

Security and Operations Manager
UK

Alexander Perkins

Security and Operations Manager
UK

Alex will be responsible for strengthening our Duty of Care to all staff; he will lead the FSO community  and will be looking to standardize our safety inductions, training and general approach to security and safety in all our locations

Alex has spent the last four years working for IDG (Private Security Company), focusing on UN Agencies, most recently as the Country Manager for all of their operations across Somalia. In Somalia, Alex was responsible for setting up the business and managing nearly 250 international and local national employees across the region.

Prior to working for IDG, he spent nearly a decade as an officer in the British Army, deploying on two occasions to Afghanistan and completing many other duties and courses both in the UK and aboard. He is now part of the Army Reserves.

Alex is in the final stages of his MBA.

His favorite activities include, skiing, climbing, mountaineering and reading.

 

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Algene Suria  | Digital Manager

Algene Suria

Digital Manager
Headquarters

Algene Suria

Digital 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.

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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 | Senior Account Manager & Deputy Country Manager

Anthony Jouannic

Senior Account Manager & Deputy Country Manager
South Sudan

Anthony Jouannic

Senior Account Manager & Deputy Country Manager
South Sudan

Anthony joined us on 03 May 2019 as Senior Account Manager & Deputy Country Manager in South Sudan.

He is responsible for supporting our Account Managers, Clients and operations in South Sudan.

Anthony has a Masters’ of Science in International Management, from the Burgundy School of Business.  After his “Sodexo” experience in Kuwait as a Project manager, he joined Doctors without Borders in Iraq, Congo (DRC), Cameroun and South Sudan where he gained extensive experience in managing all HR, administrative and financial aspects of humanitarian operations.

In his free time, he likes to run ultra trails, to hike (he hiked the USA!), to kayak or to ski.  He also enjoys photography, reading and drawing.

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Bashir Hashi | Assistant Account Manager

Bashir Hashi

Assistant Account Manager
Somalia

Bashir Hashi

Assistant Account Manager
Somalia

As Assistant Account Manager in Somalia, Bashir helps look after local nationals who operate across Somalia, supporting all clients on administrative matters, logistics and Duty of Care.

Bashir was born and raised in Somalia and completed his understudies at the local Simad University, before completing his Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Management at the Kampala International University in Uganda.  After his studies, he worked as an Administrative Officer at Concern Worldwide-Somalia.  Later, he became an academic lecturer at local Somali universities, through which he travelled throughout various regions and explored wider Somalia.

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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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Boniface Osolo | Field Security Officer

Boniface Osolo

Field Security Officer
Somalia

Boniface Osolo

Field Security Officer
Somalia

Bonnie is a Security and Safety Specialist, with experience in security and risk management including Duty of Care, particularly in fragile and conflict affected states.  He has over 12 years professional experience gained from the Kenyan military, humanitarian, international development and consulting frameworks.  Bonnie has managed the implementation of security projects for UK DFID, FCO, GIZ and USAID funded projects particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Yemen.  He is also experienced in civil- military coordination and facilitating humanitarian access.

Bonnie holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Security and Risk Management from University of Leicester and Professional Diploma in Security Management from the International Security Management Institute-UK, in addition to other security professional courses.

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Charlene Gichuru | Account Manager

Charlene Gichuru

Account Manager
Somalia

Charlene Gichuru

Account Manager
Somalia

As a Account Manager, Charlene supports consultants in the best way possible in their missions in Somalia. She loves working with people and what she finds most exhilarating in her job is that she is part of something that is bigger than herself and creates a ripple effect in the countries in which we operate. Charlene is passionate about leadership in Africa and the future of the continent, as well as the environment and animals. “Change starts with something small and CTG working towards changing the narrative for women in conflict areas for instance is an amazing thing to be part of.”

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Chirag Faldu | Bid Coordinator

Chirag Faldu

Bid Coordinator
South Africa

Chirag Faldu

Bid Coordinator
South Africa

As a Bid Coordinator with CTG, Chirag works to help secure bids for our clients. He believes maintaining and fostering new relationships with clients and consultants is fundamental to CTG’s work. Having run his own business prior to joining the team, Chirag has vast experience dealing with logistics, finance and HR related aspects of the industry. In addition, having worked in Qatar and London in the construction and financial markets, he has a wealth of experience managing people with different cultures and industry experience.

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Claudious Chiradza | Account Manager

Claudious Chiradza

Account Manager
Somalia

Claudious Chiradza

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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Elizabeth Achan | Account Manager

Elizabeth Achan

Account Manager
South Sudan

Elizabeth Achan

Account Manager
South Sudan

Elizabeth started her journey with CTG in June 2018, joining the Sudan team as Account Manager. With over 13 years of aid experience, Elizabeth supports the team in the fields of Mine Action and other projects in South Sudan.

Elizabeth spent 9 years with British Airways Worlds Cargo as a Customer Service Executive in Uganda, before joining Charity Aid Foundation-Juba for two and a half years. Thereafter, she worked at Blink Logistics for 4 years as Human Resource and Administration Manager for Uganda/South Sudan.  

Elizabeth has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and enjoys poetry, baking and loves jazz music.

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Ely Lubuguin | HR Operations Specialist

Ely Lubuguin

HR Operations Specialist
Headquarters

Ely Lubuguin

HR Operations Specialist
Headquarters

Ely is responsible for the on-boarding of new consultants on the system across Africa, Middle East and other regions. She provides support and advice on various HR issues with account managers on the ground. For Ely, it’s rewarding to be a part of CTG and being able to provide support to the humanitarian and development community around the world. As an employee, a wife and a mother, she is happy that CTG in turn supports her.

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Erin Hendricks | Content & Brand Strategist

Erin Hendricks

Content & Brand Strategist
South Africa

Erin Hendricks

Content & Brand Strategist
South Africa

Erin joined CTG full time in January 2019, after working with the Chelsea Group for several months. As Content and Brand Strategist, she is responsible for Content Marketing as well as compiling and maintaining key brand literature and strategic elements, and maintaining brand channels and touch points. Erin holds a BA Degree in Media and English Literature, and an Honours Degree in Brand Management. With past experience in Advertising, PR and Social Media, Erin brings a fresh perspective into the industry.

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Fahim Shirzada  | Country Operations Manager

Fahim Shirzada

Country Operations Manager
Central Asia

Fahim Shirzada

Country Operations Manager
Central Asia

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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Fitsum Demeke | Talent Management Specialist

Fitsum Demeke

Talent Management Specialist
Dubai

Fitsum Demeke

Talent Management Specialist
Dubai

Fitsum is part of the talent management team, responsible for candidate sourcing, shortlisting, interviewing and maintaining our database of consultants.

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

His favorite recreational activity is playing and watching football and tennis, he also enjoys reading and exploring the world.

He is also passionate about voluntary works, currently he is serving Ethiopian Children Community as a President under 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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Hajar Shihoub | Account Manager

Hajar Shihoub

Account Manager
Libya

Hajar Shihoub

Account Manager
Libya

Hajar believes that establishing strong relationships amongst staff and gaining their trust is key to successful projects and is always willing to help and support in-country staff with any challenges they come across. With solid experience providing Human Resources support, and a true enjoyment of helping others, she calls the satisfaction of supporting humanitarians in their work for Libya ‘indescribable’. Hajar spent half of her life in the UK before moving to Libya and despite the instability, living in Libya has been a warm and interesting experience. She believes that if Libya could be led by the younger generation who are passionate about developing the country they would be able to create a stable, peaceful future.

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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 Beheiry | Talent Management Specialist

Iman Beheiry

Talent Management Specialist
Dubai

Iman Beheiry

Talent Management Specialist
Dubai

Iman is responsible for candidate sourcing, shortlisting, interviewing and maintaining our database of consultants with a focus on the Somalia Programme

Iman has a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources, from the American University of Beirut. With more than 3 years of professional experience in the fields of Human Resources and Administration. Iman has worked in Chalhoub Group and Majid Al Futtaim – Properties as a Human Capital Administrator.

Her favorite hobby is dancing Ballet, which she is very passionate about, she also enjoys painting, shopping and sleeping.

Iman is Arab American and she got married early 2019.

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Iman Shawwa | Country Director Somalia

Iman Shawwa

Country Director Somalia
Somalia

Iman Shawwa

Country Director Somalia
Somalia

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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Jayasri Chodankar | Talent Acquisition Specialist

Jayasri Chodankar

Talent Acquisition Specialist
Dubai
Jayasri Chodankar | Talent Acquisition Specialist

Jayasri Chodankar

Talent Acquisition Specialist
Dubai

Having previously worked as a Recruiter for CTG, Jasika has experience recruiting humanitarian aid consultants in Somalia, Libya, Iraq an Afghanistan. Her recent recruitment experience at Amazon has given her an opportunity to explore Talent Management with a wider reach in the Middle East as well as Europe, recruiting for Operations/Logistics across UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and handling Campus Recruitment for Luxembourg and Italy.

Jasika has a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Amity University Dubai.

Outside of work, Jasika enjoys watching movies almost every weekend, shops for shoes frequently and considers herself a pro baker after trying her hand at baking just twice.

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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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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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Julie Connelly  | Credit Controller

Julie Connelly

Credit Controller
London

Julie Connelly

Credit Controller
London

Julie is in the Finance Team and is working with our Account Managers to ensure timely payment of our invoices for our services to clients.

Julie has worked for Citibank for more than 19 years covering Mortgage Repossessions, Collections and Selling Debt.   Then at a Solicitors where she was Collection Manager before she made the move to Dubai 9 years ago and worked as a Collection Manager dealing with clients from all over the middle east –  very challenging at times but she loved the challenge!

Julie’s passion is trekking and she also enjoys yoga and travelling. Julie has 4 Children.

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Kabir Mujaddadi | Field Security Officer

Kabir Mujaddadi

Field Security Officer
Afghanistan

Kabir Mujaddadi

Field Security Officer
Afghanistan

As part of international aid organisations in Afghanistan, Kabir managed security services for both international and local clients. At CTG, Kabir is responsible for establishing and retaining communication with Points of Contact, Site Visit Reports, and is responsible for the administrative management related issues for accommodation. Kabir also manages security assessments with an emphasis on individual protection.

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Kevin Merkelz | Country Operations Manager

Kevin Merkelz

Country Operations Manager
Libya

Kevin Merkelz

Country Operations Manager
Libya

Kevin is responsible for the leadership and direction of the CTG Libya programme, working from both our Tunis and Tripoli offices.

Kevin has been working in the humanitarian aid sector for the past 6 years in conflict environments in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East for both UN agencies and NGOs. He holds a master’s degree in Conflict, Governance, and International Development.

He is American and has some competence in Arabic and French.

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Laila Adji | Country Operations Manager

Laila Adji

Country Operations Manager
Nigeria

Laila Adji

Country Operations Manager
Nigeria

Laila joined us in 2018. She has a Diploma in International Business by distance learning and is currently working toward a BSc Degree in Economics and Development from the University of London.

Laila started her career working for a French logistics company. She later joined Symbion Power (a company within the Chelsea Group) who acquired the Ughelli Power Plant in the privatization of power assets in Nigeria.  As the Country Manager, she was in charge of the government relations and lobbying of stakeholders in-country.  She also consulted for blue chip companies at government levels, namely Emaar and Platinum Group, to help them with entry into Nigeria.

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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 | Legal & Operations Director

Louisa Elkington

Legal & Operations Director
Headquarters

Louisa Elkington

Legal & Operations Director
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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Lourdes Gonzales-Candiani | Field Liaison Officer

Lourdes Gonzales-Candiani

Field Liaison Officer
Dubai

Lourdes Gonzales-Candiani

Field Liaison Officer
Dubai

Lourdes forms part of the FLO team. The team will be responsible for remote Account Management providing Customer Support to CTG’s Consultants and Clients.

Lourdes is from Mexico, and moved to Dubai last year. She has studied and worked in Mexico, Canada, Italy, Argentina, U.S.A. and has a degree in International Relations with a specialization in Conflict Resolution and Mediation.

Lourdes has worked in diametrically different industries, like automotive manufacturing and ranch management and although these were all great learning experiences she says she could never see myself doing something she is not passionate about in the long run. “I believe every person lucky enough to live a comfortable life, in a safe country and with all their basic needs covered, has a responsibility to help others have the same, in any way they can. I’ve been looking for a company like CTG where I could do just that”

Lourdes likes cooking and trying new recipes for her family. She also enjoys learning new languages, horse riding and going to the opera.

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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 Ali | Talent Acquisition Manager

Maryam Ali

Talent Acquisition Manager
Headquarters

Maryam Ali

Talent Acquisition Manager
Headquarters

Maryam joined CTG in 2017 as the Talent Acquisition Manager. Previously she was the Head of Recruitment for one of the largest FMCG companies in the world. She grew up in England before moving to the UAE  after graduating from university in Psychology. With 12 years of HR experience and a focus on talent acquisition, Maryam is passionate about talent management and employee engagement. She understands that people hire people, not resumés and her approach ensures that she’s able to present the best to her clients. Maryam is most fulfilled when helping people grow professionally. Having visited over 15 countries, Maryam has a love for travelling and exploring new cultures. 

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Maryam Bajalan  | Account Manager

Maryam Bajalan

Account Manager
Iraq

Maryam Bajalan

Account Manager
Iraq

Maryam joined us in 2018. As an account manager, she is responsible for looking after our local and international staff in Iraq, 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 will be 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 The 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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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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Mohamed Abdelazim  | Country manager

Mohamed Abdelazim

Country manager
Yemen

Mohamed Abdelazim

Country manager
Yemen

Mohamed is responsible for developing our operations, clients and team in Yemen.

He has 12+ years of experience in the both the commercial and humanitarian sectors. He gained commercial experience in Africa, Europe and the Middle East working in the telecoms sector in corporate sales, as well as with service providers for the UN. His humanitarian experience comes from the Syria, Iraq and Libya crises where he worked for local NGOs and the UN managing programmes and projects. Mohamed studied in the University of London (Queen Mary) where he gained a BSc in Biochemistry & Microbiology and later a MSc in Environmental and Earth Resources Management.

With a mixed background (Sudanese Egyptian parents), growing up in London, and married to a German-Bosnian, Mohamed enjoys learning about different cultures and travelling the world. His favourite hobbies are horse riding (still amateur), watching movies, and gaming.

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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 Malick | Sustainability, Policy and Women's Empowerment Advisor

Nicole Malick

Sustainability, Policy and Women's Empowerment Advisor
Dubai

Nicole Malick

Sustainability, Policy and Women's Empowerment Advisor
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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Roisin Murphy  | Business Support Associate

Roisin Murphy

Business Support Associate
Dubai

Roisin Murphy

Business Support Associate
Dubai

Roisin supports the Executive Assistant with a wide variety of business administration tasks, including managing the office.

She has lived in Dubai for 10 years and brings with her 5 years of administration experience and customer service.  She finds it extremely rewarding to be a part of such an incredible team who are very committed to making the world a better place.

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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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Svitsai Kunyenya | Talent Management & Gender Specialist

Svitsai Kunyenya

Talent Management & Gender Specialist
Headquarters

Svitsai Kunyenya

Talent Management & Gender Specialist
Headquarters

Svitsai is a Talent Management Specialist 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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Tom Frankland | Director of Strategic Development

Tom Frankland

Director of Strategic Development
London

Tom Frankland

Director of Strategic Development
London

Tom joined CTG in June 2018 as Director of Strategic Development based in London.

Tom supports the team by broadening our bidding capability and increasing our output to help diversify our client base and continue our strong growth trajectory. Tom has a huge amount of experience building businesses similar to CTG and we are delighted to have him in our Business Development team.

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Tony Chessell | Administration Manager

Tony Chessell

Administration Manager
Middle East & Africa

Tony Chessell

Administration Manager
Middle East & Africa

Tony joined CTG in in October 2014 as a consultant in Liberia for the Ebola projects before joining CTG full-time in February 2016. He started working in hostile locations in Iraq in 2006 and traveled to most areas of the country as sub-contractor for engineering company KBR, before moving to Afghanistan. Working in remote and hostile environments for more than 10 years, Tony still enjoys the diversity this offers. When off rotation, he heads back to the UK to spend time with his partner, and enjoys many holidays to decompress.

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Valentina Bechara | Talent Management Specialist

Valentina Bechara

Talent Management Specialist
Dubai

Valentina Bechara

Talent Management Specialist
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 talent management and supports HR operations; 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 | Head of Communications

Vanessa McCulloch

Head of Communications
South Africa

Vanessa McCulloch

Head of Communications
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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Yumna Fakier | Digital Content Manager

Yumna Fakier

Digital Content Manager
South Africa

Yumna Fakier

Digital Content Manager
South Africa

Yumna joined CTG in 2019. As Digital Content Manager, she is responsible for running CTG’s Social Media in line with our branding and tone. Yumna is an advertising graduate with over seven years in the media and marketing industry. She is proud to be working for a company that supports and uplifts women. 

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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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