Sarah Oswald (Chairperson) has over 10 years' experience of community development (predominantly health and education) in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, including Tanzania. She has worked at a range of levels, from programmatic to policy, and for a number of organisations, from NGOs to UNICEF and DFID (the British government's Department for International Development). Currently she is based back in the UK, working as the Evaluation, Learning and Policy Adviser for Health Unlimited, an international NGO that works to secure access to effective primary health care for marginalised people affected by conflict, instability or discrimination. Sarah has an Economics degree from Cambridge University and an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Naomi Rouse (Secretary) holds an MA from Cambridge University and has 7 years' experience in health and education in Tanzania. Naomi first worked in Tanzania as a maths teacher in a rural secondary school, and went on to coordinate a school-based health programme in Iringa Region. She later managed a reproductive health survey of 4000 young people for Family Health International. Convinced of the power of girls' education in tackling vulnerability to HIV, Naomi joined the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) in 2004 to lead the establishment of a new programme in Tanzania. In her current role as Operations Manager, Naomi now supports the delivery of all CAMFED's programmes, which also operate in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Ghana.
Mike Oswald (Treasurer) qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC in 1998 and has twelve years' experience of financial management, audit and assurance in the UK and worldwide. In Sub-Saharan Africa, he has provided consultancy and training services in financial management and accounting to the Government of Malawi, the World Bank, KPMG, Deloitte and a number of NGOs. He currently works for a multinational energy company based in the UK, where he has been responsible for the accuracy and transparency of the Group's financial management reporting and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley and SEC reporting requirements.
Helen Altshul has over 15 years of international development experience in Africa (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Southern Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe) and Asia (Cambodia and India). Her work experience has included: direct field project implementation and agricultural research; monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of crop post-harvest, livestock production and crop protection research projects; capacity building of and financial and management support to partner implementing organisations; design, marketing and promotion of safari tours in Kenya; design and management of development projects; and management of human, financial and capital resources. Helen has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Studies from the University of Hertfordshire, an MSc in Land Resource Management from Cranfield University and a PGCert in Cross-sector Partnership from the University of Cambridge.
Victoria Anstey has worked as a fundraiser for the British Red Cross since 2005. She has also undertaken voluntary work in Palestine, Israel and the Philippines.
Chloë Dunnett currently works for the UK government in the Ministry of Justice, concerned with improving the efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of the criminal justice system. On a freelance basis she works part time as a research assistant for the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, an online resource for DfID practitioners. Previously she spent 3 years working in Tanzania for the NGO SPW Tanzania on a programme of HIV/AIDS prevention and community development. She was initially involved as a volunteer, spending several months living in a rural village in the Southern Highlands, and subsequently as a programme coordinator with a particular focus on monitoring, evaluation and research. She has also worked as monitoring and evidence adviser for HelpAge International with a focus on HIV/AIDS programmes in East and Southern Africa.
Chloë has a BA in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge and an MA in International Social Development from the University of East Anglia. Her dissertation was concerned with corporate social responsibility and HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
John Keane started off as an urban planner before developing a deep interest in international development and solar energy. As a volunteer with Student Partnerships Worldwide in Tanzania, he became acutely aware of the pressing need for affordable, renewable energy in the rural communities. Once back in the UK, he researched the concept of micro solar and raised his own funds to go back to Africa and train solar entrepreneurs in Kenya, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Senegal. John now works for the charity SolarAid as its Head of Programmes.
Moses Kulaba is one of Tanzania's leading young activists, with a keen interest in the role of civil society in holding government to account. He currently spreads his time between working at Norwegian Chirch Aid (NCA), the NGO Policy Forum, a coalition of civil society groups focused on good governance, and as Executive Secretary of Agenda Participation 2000, which aims to strengthen community participation in government decision making. In this role, he is responsible for the Corruption Tracker System, an online resource for monitoring and combatting corruption.
Derek Thorne works as a radio journalist, and runs projects in the developing world that involve media, communication and advocacy. He has been a journalist since 2002, focussing on international development, health and medicine, and has reported from Tanzania and Bangladesh for the BBC World Service and BBC Online. In 2007, he co-managed the Usikike/Be Heard youth filmmaking project in Tanzania, in which young people were trained to make films about their lives. Previously, he worked on a community radio project in Tanzania, another filmmaking project in the UK, and spent a year working in Bangladesh with a disability advocacy organisation. He currently works part time for the One World Broadcasting Trust, which promotes global understanding through effective use of the media.
Derek studied at Cambridge University and then gained a Masters in science communication at Imperial College London. His dissertation looked at the use of communication in large-scale health initiatives in Africa.