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Board members

From disability activists, to policy experts, our board is made up of talented, passionate professionals. Meet the board.

Specialised advisors

We are experts of disability issues and development. Meet our advisors and specialised staff. 

Committed staff

Our global team is working every day for equality. We are based in London, Frome and each of the countries we work in. Meet the leadership team.

Meet the Board.

Ola Abu Alghaib

Trustee 

Ola has more than 18 years of experience in disability, diversity and inclusive development in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) in  project planning, management, evaluation, strategy and capacity development and research with various UN agencies, NGOs (including Disabled People's Organisations, and international agencies such as CBM and Handicap International.

She earned an MA in Power, Participation and Social Change from IDS at Sussex University and she is currently a PhD researcher at the University of East Anglia on Disability and Social protection in LMICs. 

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Saghir Alam OBE

Chair of Trustees 

Saghir is a leading expert in human rights and diversity especially in the area of multiple identities in Age, Disability, Faith and Race. He has a legal and business background.

He is patron of Include Me Too and Ethnic Disabled Children Society. He chairs Global Diversity and is a Senior Partner of Equality Group. He also is Chair of the UK BME Council and the Faith and Education Institute.

Previously, he was a Disability Rights Commissioner. He also served as Independent Governor for Westminster Democracy Foundation and was a member of Equality 2025. He also served as a Non–Executive Director of the NHS Hospital Trust and National Probation Board and Vice Chairman of a Local Council Standards Board.

Saghir was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to disabled people.


A K Dube

Trustee

Andrew Kudakwashe (AK) Dube, Chief Executive Officer of the Africa Disability Alliance (ADA), brings 30 years' experience of designing, managing, evaluating and monitoring development and disability programmes with international and grassroots community organisations. 

His previous roles include working as an independent consultant with governments and Regional Programmes Director of Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD). AK has worked on provincial, national and inter-sectoral disability strategies, and was also involved in the implementation and evaluation of development programmes in the region of Southern Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia; playing a key role in the establishment, funding and strengthening of organisations of disabled people. 


Sarah Dyer

Trustee

Sarah manages her own consulting group, Pamodzi Consulting, in Melbourne Australia. She works with a global network of practitioners on international and Australian Indigenous development issues with a particular focus on human rights, social inclusion and disability inclusive development. Her experience includes:

Sarah loves the outdoors and tries to find time outside work for hiking (or “bushwalking” as it is called in Australia), yoga retreats, pilates and cycling. 

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Louise James

Trustee

Louise James is the Co-Director of Accenture Development Partnerships. Louise leads ADP’s work globally with donors and international NGOs with a particular focus on cross-sector partnerships between the private sector and civil society. Prior to Accenture Development Partnerships, Louise consulted within Accenture’s supply chain practice across a number of industries including chemicals, consumer goods and retail

Louise has held a number of positions including:

  • Board member of Bond
  • Voted one of Devex’s top international development leaders in London under age of 40 (2011)
  • Independent Review Panel Member for INGO Accountability Charter 
  • Blueprint for Better Business Initiative: Steering Committee member 2013/14. 
  • Advisory Council for the INGO Techo

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Iain McAndrew MInstF

Trustee

Iain is a professional senior fundraising leader with significant experience in driving and managing business change across a range of UK charities and cross-sector consortia. He has extensive experience in providing direction across multiple fundraising streams, marketing & communications strategies in large, complex or diverse organisations. 

Iain has worked for a number of high-profile charities including Save the Children, Guide Dogs for the Blind and RNIB. Iain has worked for a number of high-profile charities including Save the Children, Guide Dogs for the Blind and RNIB; most recently as Director of Engagement and Income Generation at Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Iain is a big blues music fan and when not working he and his guide dog Gino enjoy time in the countryside.

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Stuart McKinnon-Evans 

Trustee and Treasurer

Stuart is the Director of Finance at Bradford Council, in England.  His previous roles include senior posts in the UK's welfare benefit system, including Finance Director at the Pension, Disability and Carers Service, management consultant with Deloitte, and Finance Director of a further education college in Leeds.   

Stuart's interest in disability issues stems from personal experiences.

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Sally Neville

Trustee

Sally is a gender equality and social inclusion consultant with expertise in conducting research and evaluation to generate evidence on sensitive issues and to capture impact in relation to complex social change. Working both internationally and in the UK, Sally’s work has primarily focused on gender inequality, but also on other forms of marginalisation and exclusion. Her expertise is primarily in qualitative methods of data collection and analysis and is particularly passionate about research ethics. Sally has extensive knowledge of DFID’s policies and practices having provided long-term cover as a Social Development Adviser in DFID’s former central research department, a Gender Adviser in DFID’s former Equity and Rights Team and as DFID’s joint lead on Violence Against Women and Girls. She is currently a Senior Social Development Advisor on DFID’s £350 million Girls’ Education Challenge Fund where she works with a range of NGOs and private sector partners. Her international development career began in India and she has since worked in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. 


Bob Niven CBE

Deputy Chair and trustee since 2009

Bob is adviser to Alfanar, the Arab-led major private-public initiative to boost Arab employment in Israel, as well as to Masira, the leading organization of Arab disabled people in Israel. Other experience includes:

  • Board Member of the Abraham Fund UK
  • Resident adviser to the new Equal Employment Opportunities Commission in Israel (2010-2012)
  • Deputy Chair at the Equal Rights Commission
  • Non-Executive Director at a leading English NHS Hospitals Trust
  • Chief Executive of the Disability Rights Commission
  • Director of Equal Opportunities legislation and policy (gender, race in employment and education, and disability)
  • He also held senior posts in the Cabinet Office and the UK’s Representation to the EU in Brussels

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David Ruebain

Trustee

David is Chief Executive of the policy and research agency Equality Challenge Unit. He was a practicing solicitor for 21 years; latterly as Director of Legal Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission of Great Britain and before that as a Partner at and founder of the department of Education, Equality and Disability Law at Levenes Solicitors. He is a member of the Advisory Group of the Office for Fair Access, an equality adviser to the English FA Premier League and an independent panel member for The Equality Standard for Professional Football Clubs.

David has published and taught widely on education, disability and equality law and has been involved in numerous voluntary organisations. He was winner of RADAR’s People of the Year Award for Achievement in the Furtherance of Human Rights of Disabled People in the UK, 2002.

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John Tierney

Trustee

John is a consultant focusing at the senior levels in organisations in the fields of leadership, change management and board development, with a particular attention to organisations committed to progressive social change. His experience includes:

  • Senior staff member at the Audit Commission and two large international development NGOs
  • Working with several inter-governmental agencies, large social housing organisations, international development NGOs, faith-based organisations and pan-EU umbrella organisations promoting human rights.
  • Trustee for a housing association, the vice-chair of a professional body, a trustee of two INGOs and is currently a trustee of two charities local to his home area.

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Balakrishna Venkatesh

Trustee

Balakrishna Venkatesh, universally known as Venky, joined the development sector in 1980 and pioneered mainstreaming disability into existing rural development initiatives in South India way back in 1987.
In 1989 he founded Action on Disability and Development India (ADD India), now entirely managed by Indians with disabilities. He is the current chair of the organisation. To date, ADD India has partnered with about 180 NGOs to work with over 100.000 disabled people impacting their lives and the lives their families. This model has been replicated widely. 

Since 1997, he is a consultant and trainer on disability rights, development and organisational development, and has worked in 29 countries. 

Venky is a member of the WHO core group on the Community Based Rehabilitation Guidelines and he is the lead author for the component on Empowerment.


 

Meet the leadership.

Tim Wainwright

Chief Executive 

Tim has been CEO of ADD International since 2010. Prior to that and a two year stint as Director of the English Regions for the Equality and Human Rights Commission in the UK, he held a range of senior roles with Oxfam and VSO, running programmes in East Asia, living in the region for over 6 years – first in Beijing later in Bangkok.

Tim began his career working, for 8 years, in the UK for British Airways after completing degrees in Maths at Cambridge and a Masters in Operational Research at Lancaster. 

Tim is the current chair of Bond, the overall consortium of UK international development agencies and previously sat on the board of the International Disability and Development Consortium, a global alliance of key disability organisations. He also co-chaired Bond's Disability and Development Group for 3 years.

Outside of his international development work, Tim has been a school governor locally, sings in a choir and, when time permits, removes the larger weeds that grow between the vegetables in his allotment. He lives in Oxford with his wife and two daughters.

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Mosharraf Hossain

Director of Global Policy, Influencing and Research 

Mosharraf founded Bangladesh Country Program of ADD International in 1994. Under his leadership, ADD International supported the formation of nearly 200 people with disabilities' organisations in rural areas and urban slums of 27 districts of Bangladesh, as well as strengthening two national umbrella organisations: the National Grassroots Disability Organisations and the National Council of Disabled Women. He was a consultant to UNDP, UNICEF, and the UK Department for International Development. 

Since 2014 he is based in London, working on global policy and research programmes. He was engaged in the development and negotiation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He was one of the global speakers in the SDG Summit in September 2015 (watch video)

Mosharraf has a Master in Public Administration, MPA, from Harvard Kennedy School. 

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Shafiqul Islam

Country director, Bangladesh programme 

Engaged in development work since the mid-80s, Shafiqul started with Brac. He then served with national and international NGOs including RDRS/LWF, ADAB, South Asia Partnership, Save the Children, Prip Trust, Action Aid, UNDP, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, and Room to Read.

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Clare McKeown

Director of Fundraising and Partnerships

After an early career in publishing, Clare has worked for a range of international development organisations with long stints in senior marketing, funding and programmatic roles at Oxfam America and Save the Children. More recently she has worked as a consultant and served as interim Fundraising Director for Winston’s Wish.

Clare was a founding trustee of ThePromise, set up to introduce the early childhood Portage intervention to support disabled children in Russia.

She lives in Bristol and serves on a variety of charitable and educational boards, likes to sing Jazz and used to run both a puppet company and an organic farm.

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Rose Tesha

Country director, Tanzania programme

Rose has led various national and international development programme teams. She has lots of experience in programme management including design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Her professional background is in working with the private sector, particularly in advising international oil and gas companies on social investment programmes. Her last role was in supporting small scale entrepreneurs, women and people with disabilities to access funds and develop viable businesses. Rose has developed projects which have won funds from traditional donors such as the EU, DFIDT, Global Affairs Canada, GIZ, CUSO International and from private sector firms such as Accenture, Shell Deep Water, BG Tanzania and Tanzania LNG. Social Inclusion has been the main focus of Rose’s works in her various contracts including her last role as Interim Head of Programmes at VSO Tanzania. Rose has supported the disability movement through collaborations with various organizations such as UWZ, ADD, CCBRT, SHIVYAWATA, Leonard Cheshire, Wonder Welders and concerned Government Ministries and Departments. 

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Majzoub Mohamed

Country director, Sudan programme 

A development specialist with over 30 years field experience at INTSORMIL, CARE International and Practical Action, Majzoub has gained a wealth of knowledge in technical interventionsens, such as environmental conservation, agro-forestry extension, food security, appropriate technologies, and has been involved in developing new methods and approaches, mainly participatory and community managed. He joined ADD International as Country Director in Sudan in 2014.

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Jasmine O'Connor

Director of International Development 

Jasmine has worked in international development and human rights for over 20 years. She has held senior programme roles with Article 19, Care International and Cord. She has also worked for the UK Department for International Development and Foreign Office and has advised different UN agencies. She has expertise in civil society strengthening, peace-building, democratic governance and working with marginalised groups. In her spare time she enjoys playing the Ukulele and searching for the perfect coffee.

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Adil Shah

Director of Finance and Operations

Adil has more than fifteen years’ experience in the UK and international charity sectors. He has led the finance and operations departments of a number of international development organisations across the world, including in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and the United Kingdom. Adil specialises in charity accounting and financial management and has several qualifications and professional memberships. Adil is also one of the founding trustees and is the treasurer of Sustain Health Partnership, an organisation that works to improve maternal and child health in developing countries.

He loves cricket and plays for Old Town Cricket Club in the Halifax League - and ranked the best all-rounder in the club! Adil is also an excellent cook, and produces delicious banquets for his family and friends at weekends!

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Vanthon Srey

Country director, Cambodia programme 

Srey Vanthon is ADD International’s passionate Country Director in Cambodia. He has lived through the reign of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, survived a rebel ambush that left him with a physical impairment and now draws on his own personal experiences, and the knowledge he has gained from other people with disabilities, to change the way disability is viewed within his country.

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Joseph Walugembe

Country director, Uganda programme 

Joseph Walugembe has been the Country director for ADD International, Uganda since 2010. He was Country Development Manager for Sense International (Uganda) from 2005-2010, Advocacy Program Coordinator of the African Union of the Blind from 2002-2004, and Projects Coordinator of Uganda National Association of the Blind from 2001-2002. In addition, Joseph Walugembe represents Persons with Disabilities on the District Service Commission of Wakiso District and has served on boards of various Non-Governmental Organizations in Uganda.
Combining lived experience with disability and 15 years of development practice at grassroots, national and international level, he has solid experience in strategy development, implementation and communication, organizational leadership, partnership/networking and effective representation of the interests of persons with disabilities. Having overcome the challenges of visual impairment, Joseph aspires to contribute towards making the world more equitable, sensitive and tolerant to diversity.


 

 

 

Advisors and specialised staff.

Emma Cain

Learning and accountability advisor

Emma has over 20 years’ experience of both programme and policy work within development organisations and as a consultant. During her broad and extensive career in international development she has worked with Save the Children UK, Development Initiatives and the Chronic Poverty Research Centre, as well as covering several senior roles in ADD International.

She developed a set of criteria for the global Beyond 2015 Campaign to evaluate proposed sustainable development goals and produced a number of key learning and policy papers, including writing submissions to the UK Parliament International Development Sub-Committee for the BOND Disability and Development Group.

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Sylvie Cordier

Research, influencing and programme quality advisor

Sylvie advises on developing research projects that are line with ADD International's strategy and the needs of our country programmes, and that can provide evidence to support advocacy work. She also supports our programme teams to improve their effectiveness and to embed the concept of gender equality in their work. 

Sylvie chairs the disability working group for the Gender and Development Network and is co-chair of the International Disability and Development Consortium's task group supporting Disabled People’s Organisations from the global south. 

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Polly Meeks

Deputy Director for Policy and Influencing

Polly is on the Steering Committee for the Bond Disability and Development Group, and for the International Disability and Development Consortium UN Task Group (where she leads on Financing for Development). Prior to joining ADD International, Polly worked at the National Audit Office. She qualified as an accountant, then moved into wider scrutiny work, focussing on official statistics, social protection, and international aid. In 2013-14 she was seconded to the House of Commons International Development Committee, where she managed the inquiry on Disability and Development. Polly has done pro bono work with several large INGOs in the UK, and with a Disabled People’s Organisation in Uganda.

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