Humanitarian Aid & Disaster Management Programming Board

Humanitarian system needs a change. From Grand Bargain to Leaving No One
Behind, we need to ensure the right steps and transparent funding mechanisms for the delivery of aid.
 

David Peppiatt (co-chair), Director, Cash Hub - British Red Cross

Jonathan Brooker (co-chair), Director, Solidarites International

Anne Marie Grey,  Executive Director and CEO, USA for UNHCR

Gloria Soma, Director, Titi Foundation

Marwan Alawar, Director Disaster Management, Lebanese Red Cross

Mihir Bhatt, Director, All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI)

Asha Mohammed, Secretary General, Kenya Red Cross

 

Board Member's Profile

David Peppiatt (co-chair)

David Peppiatt (co-chair)

Director of the Cash Hub at British Red Cross.

 

He is leading a global initiative to scale-up the use of cash transfers and fintech in humanitarian response. Prior to this, David was Executive Director of International at the British Red Cross since 2009, responsible for the international aid programmes and partnerships with the Red Cross & Red Crescent Movement. David joined the Red Cross in 1996 and has been deployed as an international delegate to humanitarian response operations. He also worked at the Geneva Headquarters where he was Head of the ProVention Consortium Secretariat, a global partnership of the IFRC/UN/World Bank dedicated to disaster reduction. David began his career in international aid and development as an overseas volunteer in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jonathan Brooker (co-chair)

Jonathan Brooker (co-chair)

Director of Solidarités International in the UK and the Global Head of Private Partnerships

Jonathan Brooker is a humanitarian response expert and strategic planning specialist who has built up a strong reputation for pushing the boundaries in thought leadership, operational management approaches, and developing diverse and dynamic partnerships. 

 

He has worked extensively with the United Nations, international media outlets, and international non-governmental organisations, leading and supporting crisis response in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. 

 

Currently, Jonathan is with one of the world’s leading frontline humanitarian response organisations that specialises in providing safe water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance and disease prevention, as Director of Solidarités International in the UK and the Global Head of Private Partnerships.

 

Supporting the START Network, Jonathan is Chairman of the START Fund Committee. He also conducts independent research and analysis into humanitarian leadership, disaster management and crises response approaches, and the future of the humanitarian system.”

Anne-Marie Grey

Anne-Marie Grey

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of USA for UNHCR.

 

Supporting the work of the UN Refugee Agency and its partners in life-saving and life-changing work to help refugees and other displaced people in more than 125 countries around the world. Anne-Marie brings more than 30 years of experience -- both in the United States and internationally – to USA for UNHCR, appointed in September 2014 to lead the organization and enhance its programs and resource mobilization efforts to support approximately 82.4 million displaced people. 

 

Before joining USA for UNHCR, Anne-Marie worked with UNHCR, Save the Children, UNICEF, and Share our Strength in various leadership positions. 

 

Anne-Marie completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Australian National University and has co-authored two books. She is a frequent international speaker on international development, strategic partnership, resource mobilization, and leadership topics. 

Mihir R. Bhatt

Mihir R. Bhatt

Director, All India Disaster Mitigation Institute.

 

By developing decentralisation policies, building community capabilities, piloting financing and insurance innovations, evaluating accountability to affected populations, and co-creating embedded knowledge in the humanitarian action and risk reduction measures AIDMI aims at system wide impact.  Currently he is working on understanding uncertainties and transformation in desert, delta, and coastal metro city areas in India;  exploring temporality and hybridity in COVID 19 response by local authorities and NGOs in South Asia; demanding universal social protection for informal sector and migrant workers in Asia Pacific; documenting economic paradox of social distancing in national command and control approach to pandemic; and health and wellbeing blindness of current urban planning.

Dr Asha Mohammed

Dr Asha Mohammed

Secretary General of Kenya Red Cross Society

She has over 25 years diverse experience working within Humanitarian and Government institutions. She has served in different capacities within the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement including ; Movement Partnerships Advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Geneva, Head of Operations for International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Africa Zone office in Johannesburg, Head of Eastern Africa zone office in Nairobi and Deputy Secretary General and Head of Programmes in Kenya Red Cross, among others. Dr. Asha also served as Chair of the IFRC Health Commission at global level and a chair of the RCRC Pan African Coordination Team that is responsible for monitoring of commitments made by African National Societies. Before her role in the Red Cross she served in various capacities in the Ministry of Health and National AIDS Control Council in Kenya. 

Dr Asha has been instrumental in reshaping the strategic direction and growth of the KRCS Programming and institutional strengthening especially in building strong Red Cross branches as the fundamental units of delivering the services of the National Society. She is passionate about creating vibrant, authentic, and sustainable communities. She has led integrated and complex humanitarian and development programmes responding to community needs while exhibiting a flair of innovation, inclusion of marginalized groups, environmental sensitivity and emerging issues. She strongly believes that the most successful projects involve meaningful public engagement ensuring community voices are heard. She believes in the power of women and young people. 

Marwan Al Awar

Marwan Al Awar

Director of Disaster Management Sector, Lebanese Red Cross

Marwan Al Awar has a Diploma in Medical
Engineering and a Masters in Social works. He
volunteered in 1993 as a Paramedic in the
Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Lebanese
Red Cross (LRC). His work in the Red Cross and
Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement started in 2007
as an Assistant Director.
Marwan currently serves as the Director of the
Disaster Management Sector (DMS) at the LRC
and the Chairman of the Middle East and North
Africa Disaster Management Advisory Group
(MENA DMAG).
Marwan has supported the setup and
development of the cash program under DM
strategically through advocacy, ensuring the
needed technical support was in place, and
moving forwards for the LRC through both
institutional preparedness and (medium to long
term) planning by integrating the cash modality
as a tool for LRC.

Gloria Soma

Gloria Soma

Director, Titi Foundation

Soma, is director of the Titi Foundation, a Juba-based NGO focused on women and children in a country where one in 10 infants are not expected to reach their fifth birthday, where sexual violence against women and girls is endemic, and where, this year, 1.4 million children are expected to suffer acute malnutrition, the highest number since 2013. So there is no shortage of work.