Meet The Team

RIL Director

Jennifer MacCann

Jennifer has extensive experience in humanitarian programming having led World Vision’s Nepal Earthquake Response and held leadership roles in the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan response, Haiti earthquake and work in West, East and Southern Africa and Palestine.

Her disaster response career has spanned management, strategy development, resourcing, implementation and preparedness. Jennifer has a master’s degree in international development and worked on emergency responses across more than 15 countries. Jennifer is particularly interested in progressing the humanitarian sector to relieve suffering and build communities back better.

 

ThoughtWorks – Innovation Design Lead

Dan McClure

Dan is the Innovation Design Lead for ThoughtWorks, a global technology and innovation consultancy, where he drives efforts to develop innovation practices with the potential to create disruptive systemic change. He has spent 30 years leading innovation initiatives and advising creative change agents in both the humanitarian and commercial sectors.

Dan has published articles on the challenges associated with scaling innovations and advises on a number of programs supporting the scaling of humanitarian initiatives. His article, “Missing Middle”, with Ian Gray which discusses the innovation lifecycle, and has been presented at humanitarian conferences, was contributed to the World Humanitarian Summit.

World Vision

Steve Goudswaard

Steve has 25 years’ experience with World Vision spanning program management, organisational development, leadership building and finance. He was lead for World Vision’s Global Rapid Response Team which manages large scale emergency responses worldwide, and project managed the organisation’s emergency management system guide.

For more than a decade Steve worked in emergency response and development in Mozambique, Angola, South Africa, and the US before managing a regional (4 country) consortium of NGOs in Southern Africa in development relief. Steve has a Graduate Diploma in Innovative Service Management and is currently Operations Director for World Vision’s Pacific region.

Civic

Jonathan Robinson

Jonathan is an entrepreneur, author and anthropologist. He co-founded and directed ‘Impact Hub’ which provides physical spaces in over 80 cities around the world offering access to events, knowledge, investment and tools to help start and grow social enterprises.

Jonathan has launched ventures with partners ranging from the UK Cabinet Office, Guardian Media Group and Tate Modern to UNICEF and peace entrepreneurs in Afghanistan.

Operations Manager

Catherine Green

Catherine is an experienced humanitarian response professional with a passion for accountability to affected populations, women’s leadership, and community-led responses

Prior to her current role as the Global Program Director for the Response Innovation Lab, Catherine worked for World Vision on several of the largest natural disasters in Asia of the last decade.

Catherine has a background working in Aboriginal cultural preservation, social justice and emergency response in Australia. She has a Master of International Develop and a Post Graduate Diploma in Humanitarian Leadership.

Oxfam

Richard Corbett

Richard is Oxfam’s Humanitarian Lead. He maintains oversight of Oxfam’s response to emergencies around the world. Richard has led responses in Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Sudan and DRC before moving to a head office role at Oxfam. He has also been Chief Executive of Healthwatch Bucks and Reading Voluntary Action

Program Director, The George Washington University

Deborah Elzie

Deborah is a member of George Washington University’s Initiative for Disaster Resilience and Humanitarian Affairs’s program team and Program Director for the Disaster Resilience Leadership global program. She also serves as the Director of Resilience for the ResilientAfrica Network and is based in Uganda.

Deborah previously worked in emergency management in New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In this position she developed curriculum and training for responses to emergency events and led a team in evaluating all emergency incidents. Deborah is a board member for @ThinkIT Limited, and is a founding member of Africa Women in Tech and actively participates in innovation networks across sub-Saharan Africa.

Innovation Director - Jordan

A’sem Natsheh

A’sem Natsheh is a veteran Managing Director, a Researcher and a Technical Expert with over 12 years of diverse experience in Strategic Communication, Audiovisual Creative Media, and Education industries. A’sem played key directorship roles with major players in the private sector where he developed and successfully implemented various humanitarian programs that served and still serving thousands of beneficiaries.

A’sem currently works as the RIL’s Executive Director of Innovation and Matchmaking in Jordan. A’sem works as a broker for Innovative humanitarian solutions; Armed with best practice and an international consortium support in areas of matchmaking and collaborative international change, A’sem engages with humanitarian actors to identify challenges, then build bridges to connect to the best sustainable and scalable innovative solutions. A’sem managed the production of hundreds of videos and campaigns, working with humanitarian, education, and commercially driven organizations.

A’sem finished his MBA from Durham University in UK and has a BSc in Computer Engineering. Before moving to the humanitarian sector A’sem directed SAE Media Institute Amman. He managed the high level strategies of value delivery, accreditation, program development, and growth. A’sem has published at SPIE International Defense, Security and sensing conference. Additionally, A’sem is a chartered member of Jordan’s Professional Strategic Management Society, Royal film commission, and Jordan Engineering Association.

Save the Children

Maxime Vieille

Max is the Humanitarian Program Quality and Development Director for Save the Children US where he oversees the application of the organisation’s quality standards in humanitarian program implementation. The role also leads the humanitarian monitoring, evaluation and learning as well as disaster risk reduction and resilience teams.

He has experience across strategic planning, emergency preparedness, program monitoring and coordinating emergency responses. Max has also held senior positions with UNICEF in Madagascar and Palladium Group, AIDSRelief and Catholic Relief Services in the Caribbean.

Meaningful Communications

Rhonda Hirst

Rhonda is a senior marketing and communications professional with experience in both INGO and corporate sectors. Having worked extensively in strategy creation and execution, she has a deep understanding of how to maximise limited resources and create distinct messages to motivate action.

Rhonda’s work has taken her to the Middle East and across Asia including the Philippines where she managed communications for World Vision’s Typhoon Haiyan Response.