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A disability activist in Bangladesh

Meet the team.

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

Honorary President.

A K Dube

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.

AK has recently stepped down as ADD's Chair after 3.5 years, and in June 2021 took up the role of ADD's first Honorary President.

Meet the Board.

Deborah Botwood Smith

Interim Co-Chair

Deborah is Chief Executive of Listed Private Equity (LPeC), the leading international platform for listed private capital firms. She has a track record in building value and engagement, particularly in the financial sector, and her experience includes leadership roles in corporate communications and stakeholder management in international companies. She has particular expertise in corporate reputation and governance issues, corporate culture, ESG, thought leadership and crisis management. She has also worked in public policy, politics and advocacy with a civil society group and a leading not-for-profit European membership body.

Deborah has an MA in law from the University of Cambridge and an academic interest in constitutional law and human rights. She is a board member of the Andan Foundation, a Swiss non-profit foundation leading private sector initiatives to develop sustainable solutions for refugees and a trustee of the Global Media Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation, a UK charity working with activists at the frontline in Africa to raise awareness and change norms and law to end FGM.

Kieran Breen

Trustee

Kieran has spent 30 years working in the development sector with agencies such as Save the Children, VSO, CUSO International and ADD International, as Country Director in Ethiopia and Tanzania, Regional Director in East Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean and Senior Director Global Programme. He was the CEO for the Child Brain Injury Trust and is currently the CEO of Leicestershire Cares, which specialises in developing private, public and third sector partnerships to tackle poverty and inequality. He has focused on social action with children and young people, and working with disadvantaged and excluded groups to secure their livelihoods, including pioneering work to make markets work for poor people in East Africa and LAC region. Kieran enjoys film and music and trying to persuade his daughter that his jokes are funny.

Jane Hatton MSc FCIPD FRSA

Trustee

A disabled social entrepreneur, Jane has a career spanning over 30 years in diversity and inclusion. She founded Evenbreak in 2011, an award-winning social enterprise run by and for disabled people, helping employers attract and retain more talented disabled candidates through an inclusive Job Board and an online Best Practice Portal.

Jane is widely published in the field of inclusion, including books, ‘A Dozen Brilliant Reasons to Employ Disabled People’ (2017) and ‘A Dozen Great Ways to Recruit Disabled People’ (2020). She is the Patron of the Inclusive Skills Competitions, a Trustee of the Arkbound Foundation and on the executive committee of the Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative. She was used as a recruitment expert in BBC2’s documentary “Employable Me”. Winning a number of inclusion awards, she was 7th on the Shaw Trust Power 100 ‘Britain’s Most Influential Disabled People’ list in 2019.

Matthew Jackson

Interim Co-Chair

Matthew is passionate about social change and has nearly 20 years’ experience in programmes, communications and advocacy at several national and international charities. These include Oxfam, Y Care and Scope, where he helped set up the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme, developed their ‘End the Awkward’ campaign and led campaigning and advocacy work on social care, employment and inclusive education. Matthew is currently the Director of Comic Relief’s Sustainability Lab, a new initiative exploring how technology, social enterprise and innovation can make projects more sustainable and impactful.

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

Ken Jones

Trustee

Ken lives in Nairobi where he is Chief Operating Officer of TradeMark East Africa, an aid-for-trade programme which he helped establish in 2009. He has gained extensive experience over the past 20 years working on development programmes in 15 countries. This includes coordinating the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Service Delivery Initiative and leading the establishment of the Centre for Good Governance for the Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Ken is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy, and the Institute of Consulting. He is also an experienced auditor and programme manager. In his spare time Ken enjoys travel, theatre, philately, and tea.

Jan Knight

Trustee

Jan’s career in international development began as a VSO volunteer in Bangladesh; since then she has developed a comprehensive track record, with 25+ years of international development experience, working with INGOs and DFID. The focus of Jan’s organisational development support has been to strengthen capacity to advocate on behalf of the voice of poor and marginalised people and to influence positive change through the adoption of a rights based framework. Key successes in this area have brought about change to both policy and practice in disability and gender inclusion. Jan was on the Board of African Initiatives as both Trustee and Chair for 10 years. Following her work with ADD in the 1990s, disability rights has remained a focus of Jan's inputs and she has provided support to strengthen inclusion in countries of Central Europe, Africa, South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East. As an advocate for the social model of disability to achieve social and political change, and in an effort to remain informed of the current thinking around this ideology, she has recently completed an on-line course with the London School of Health and Tropical Medicine on ‘Global Health and Disability’ which focuses as much on equity as equality.

Jillian Popkins

Trustee

Jillian has over twenty years of experience in policy strategy and operations in international development in Africa and Asia. She has worked in leadership, management and advisory roles with a focus on poverty, development and human rights, especially child development, gender equity and disability rights with the UK Department for International Development, Girl Effect and UNICEF. Jillian is currently ActionAid UK’s Director of Policy, Advocacy and Programmes.

Liz Sayce

Trustee

Liz Sayce is a visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and was Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK (and its legacy charity Radar) from 2007-2017, where she led work for equal participation for all, through programmes on independent living, career opportunities and shifts in cultural attitudes and behaviour. Liz is Vice Chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee and a member of the Disability Advisory Committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She chaired the Commission for Equality in Mental Health, hosted by the Centre for Mental Health (2018-21). Previous roles include Director of Policy and Communications at the Disability Rights Commission and Policy Director of Mind. She has published widely on disability rights and mental health including a book, From Psychiatric Patient to Citizen (revised edition 2016).

Phillimon Simwaba

Interim Deputy Chair & Trustee Focal Point for Safeguarding

Phillimon is the Executive Director of the Disability, HIV and AIDS Trust in Zimbabwe. He has 30 years’ experience working with disabled people’s organisations at both national and regional levels. This includes working for the Southern African Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) in Zimbabwe as Regional Programmes Manager, where he was responsible for the Small Scale Economic Development (SEED) Programme. His previous experience includes working for the Development Initiative Services (DIS) as a development consultant for Southern and Eastern Africa, and Rehabilitation Manager at the Workers Compensation Fund Control Board.

Phillimon is also an associate member of the Southern Africa Institute of Fundraisers based in South Africa, the CIVICUS World Alliance of NGOs and the Zambia Agency of Persons with Disabilities. He is the Board Chairman of the Childcare Ministries Zimbabwe, Board Member for VSO RAISA, and a member of the Regional African Health NGO Forum.

Meet the Leadership.

Mary Ann Clements

Chief Transformation Officer (Interim CEO)

Mary Ann Clements joined ADD in July 2021. She has worked in international development spaces for over 20 years and was Executive Director of AbleChildAfrica from 2004 to 2011. She was also previously Regional Representative for BasicNeeds in East Africa. Since 2011 she has worked as an independent consultant with INGOs, funders and the public sector on a whole range of issues related to funding, partnership, wellbeing and power. Alongside being a leader Mary Ann is a writer, facilitator & coach. She is also a Director of Healing Solidarity, a project which has engaged over 3500 people in the practice of re-imagining the global development sector over the past three years. In recent years she has worked extensively on building anti-racist practice in international development spaces and is committed to helping re-think the way international development organisations work so that they can build a solidarity that heals, rather than perpetuates injustice.

Siham Bolad

Country Director, Sudan programme

Siham started her working life with the Ministry of Education in Sudan. Encouraged to join organisations aiming to support and serve the largest possible marginalised groups, she joined Plan Sudan and has also worked for several other development organisations. Siham has experience in programme and project management, and management in general, and she is facilitator and master trainer for many international initiatives. She joined ADD as Program Manager and became Country Director in 2019. Through working with partners, she strives to realise an inclusive and friendly society for disabled people in Sudan.

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.

Tamsin Langford

Director of International Programmes

Tamsin Langford has worked in the international development sector for over 17 years. During this time she has had a number of roles ranging from programme planning and design, funding and advocacy, and has lived and worked in a number of countries Nepal; Rwanda; Indonesia; Japan and South Africa – as well as visiting programmes in many more countries. She joined ADD in August 2019 as Director of International Programmes. Tamsin is passionate about international development and ensuring the rights of disabled people are realized. She currently lives in Bath, UK with 10-year old twins (who are constantly asking her where they are moving next!)

Borithy Lun

Country Director, Cambodia

Borithy is a dynamic and analytical change agent with 33 years of professional experience in the UK, Cambodia and Indonesia. Borithy is known for his tenacious capacity to successfully tackle business and development challenges using critical thinking and pragmatic approaches to conceive and put in place innovative sustainable solutions combining multi-disciplinary evidence and best practice. He has lead and grown teams and organizations in multi-cultural contexts. Borithy is an authentic, empathetic and down to earth leader with highly intuitive and versatile communication skills; he works with people at all levels to gauge external and internal challenges prior to making informed decisions. His 33-year career to date includes the following specific areas of expertise and technical knowledge: International Aid and Development; Policy Analysis; Program and Operations Management; Theory of change, Result-Based Management; Change Management; Risk Analysis and Mitigation strategies; Capacity building and coaching.

Andy Neeve

Director of Finance and Operations

Experienced Director of Finance and Operations, FCCA qualified, also always enthusiastic to learn and experience new ideas. A demonstrated history of working in the commercial world, as a Senior Partner in a UK accountancy practice for many years before going overseas for 12 years in International Development as a senior finance leader. Starting as a volunteer in Mozambique for 2 years, working in and with local organisations. Working for VSO in Central & South East Asia, ADD (2013 – 2015) in this role, Johanniter International Assistance, in a global role stretching from Asia, Africa, Middle East to Central & South America. Strong finance professional with humanitarian and development experience, strong HR, IT and leadership skills, also Team leader for the first rapid response team to the Mozambique Cyclone Idai Disaster for Johanniter.

Thomas Rukyalekere Kyokuhaire

Country director, Uganda programme

Thomas has worked in the humanitarian and development sector in Uganda since early 2000s; working with international NGOs including GOAL Ireland, CARE International, ZOA and Warchild Holland. Thomas joined ADD in 2017 as Head of Programmes before being promoted to Country Director in October 2019.

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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