Subject Matter Experts

Our subject matter experts (SMEs) include staff from International Medical Corps and Concern Worldwide who provide technical guidance and support to NGOs in their respective field of expertise.

Marin Tomas

Logistics, Procurement
Marin Tomas is the Senior Advisor for Logistics and Supply Chain Management based in Split, Croatia responsible for logistics and procurement related procedures and training development. Marin has been team lead or logistics coordination in over 30 disaster responses worldwide. He has worked as Country Director or Head of Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Indonesia, Iraq, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Chad. Marin has served as the Subject Matter Expert for Logistics and Procurement under UNHCR and BHA funded National NGOs training projects implemented by International Medical Corps in Africa, Middle East and Asia.

Lisa Ellis

Public Relations/Partnership, Resource Mobilization
Lisa Ellis is a mission-driven strategic communications and fundraising consultant who has worked in the United States and some 40 countries over more than 25 years. She has held leadership positions in both public and private sectors to strengthen democratic institutions, support healthy and resilient individuals and communities, promote emergency preparedness and response, nurture a free media, and educate young leaders. Lisa’s expertise includes: brand and reputation management; strategic, executive, and crisis communications; media and public relations; digital marketing and resource development; program design, curriculum development, and project management; and conferences and events. As Director of Marketing and Communications at Tides, a philanthropic partner and global grant-maker, Lisa led efforts to enhance the foundation’s visibility, reach and influence.

Andy Gleadle

Safeguarding Systems
Andrew Gleadle has over twenty-five years' experience in the international humanitarian and development sector with expertise gained in more than thirty countries worldwide. A qualified registered general and mental health nurse with a Master's Degree in Public Health, Andrew is a specialist in the design and delivery of principled, high quality humanitarian programs in highly challenging and conflict affected operating environments. Additional skills and experience gained in security and risk management of aid operations, with current professional focus on protection and safeguarding. He has held consultancy and/or senior management roles for a wide range of organizations including the UK Government Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, World Health Organization, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations Children's Fund, International Non-Governmental Organizations.

Salome Onyonka

HR Management, NGO Board, Program Management
Salome Onyonka is a dynamic and seasoned HR and Corporate Governance professional with 20+ years’ work experience in public, private and not-for-profit sector organizations in Kenya and the region. She is passionate about leadership, people and corporate governance. Salome works as Founder and CEO, Luchris Consulting, an HR and Corporate Governance firm based in Nairobi Kenya.  She previously served in senior leadership roles at ChildFund International Kenya Office, KASNEB, Kenya Airways and Strathmore University. She is a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRPK) and a member of the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM), a Certified Secretary (CS) and member of the Institute of Certified Secretaries (ICS) and an Accredited Executive Coach.  Salome holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree from Kenyatta University.

Bilal Shah

Information and Communication Technologies
Skilled and knowledgeable ICT Professional having excellent technical & troubleshooting abilities with advanced knowledge of computers & information technology and MIS/ERP systems. I have done my Masters in Computer Sciences and have more than fifteen years of ICT experience working with different corporate & NGO setups. I am also a certified PRINCE -2 and ITIL professional and engaged with Concern Worldwide Pakistan team since 2011. AS ICT has a major role in humanitarian activities, I am privileged to work with our teams to minimize the sufferings of disaster-affected populations.

Charles Waweru

Information and Communication Technologies
I am Currently working as the Regional ICT Advisor with Concern Worldwide based in Nairobi, Kenya and looking after 10 countries that includes Kenya, Somalia, Ethiopia , South Sudan, Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, Rwanda and Burundi. I have in the past been based in Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia and Uganda. I have over 20 years of ICT hands on experience, I am a highly accomplished Information Communication and Technology Professional with demonstrated success in ICT management, planning, ICT controls and operational strategies to promote organisational growth and optimal utilisation of emerging technologies. I hold an MSc in Information and Management Systems, Change & Development - University of Manchester, UK.

Elsona Agolli

Strategic and Annual Planning, Resource Mobilization, Program Management
Elsona Agolli is a humanitarian professional with over 20 years’ experience in various countries: South Africa, Malawi, Kenya, Somalia, Algeria. She holds a Master in International Economics and specialises in Gender Based Violence. Currently, Ms. Agolli is the Deputy Director, International Programs focusing on the Middle East Region with International Medical Corps.

Iqbal Hossain MD.

Disaster Response & Preparedness
I have more than three decades’ long experience in development program and humanitarian crisis in strategic oversight and program management and technical functions of which more than 10 years’ senior leadership experience of managing multi-stakeholder, multi-country, high-value, multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural and geographically remote teams. I worked with diverse range of INGOs and media industry namely Concern Worldwide, Save the Children, Plan International Bangladesh, CARE Bangladesh, BBC Media Action, CBM International and Oxfam in a diverse range of positions. Led overall program management, performed overall coordination and gave strategic steer of Rohingya refugee response for CBM International. Led, managed and supported partners to set up and delivered EWEA projects funded by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Germany (MOFA) and DG ECHO. I have more than 15 years of experience leading and managing responses to humanitarian crises in Asia, as well as wider strategic leadership in the international development arena. Oversaw, led and managed numerous medium to large-scale natural disasters – Cold Winter, Flood, Tornado, Cyclone and Water Logging, and Rohingya refugee response in Bangladesh. Well versed in cash-based program. More than 6 years of experience in training and capacity building. 5 years of experience in Forecast-based Action/ Finance (FbA/F) and 3 years of experience in qualitative research. I contributed, wrote and led writing successful concept notes and proposals to DFID/FCDO, Swiss Solidarity, ECHO, USAID, Irish Aid, UNCHF, START Fund, Sida, Rockefellers Foundation, MoFA, DFAT, MFAT, UNICEF and IOM worth more than US$ 20 million (approx.). Oversight, led and managed several consortium-led, multi-stakeholder, multi-country, high-profile, and high value development and humanitarian programs funded by GIZ, DG ECHO, DFID/FCDO, START Fund, USAID, BHA, CHAF, Procter & Gamble, SwS, MoFA, DFAT, MFAT, UNICEF, IKEA Foundation and IOM worth more than US$ 20 million (approx.).

John McGhie

Disaster Response & Preparedness
Responsible for developing operational improvements in the Emergency Response Unit, ERU within IMC, and to share that knowledge and skills, to aid and improve our emergency response processes within our country missions around the world.

Jennifer Majer

Jennifer works with International Medical Corps as a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Advisor, where she provides direct technical support to various country programs in the Middle East and Africa as well as the organization’s research and global projects. She has more than eight years of experience in monitoring & evaluation with different non-profit organizations, having previously worked with Danish Refugee Council as Program Quality Manager in Syria and Action Against Hunger as M&E Advisor for East Africa programs. Jennifer is passionate about improving health and well-being through data, and enjoys supporting colleagues and local organizations to strengthen their MEAL systems with this aim. She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University and a master’s in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She resides in Brooklyn, New York.

Kristina Ribicic

Finance Management
Kristina Ribicic is a strategic and analytical finance professional with over 17 years of progressive success in financial reporting, analysis, project management and treasury. She has a strong background in all aspects of accounting and financial management in non-profit sector. As a Financial Manager she is focused on fostering trust and cultivating partnerships based on financial accountability and transparency; excellent understanding of international good practices in accounting, internal and external reporting and budget monitoring.

Rabnawaz Khan

Information and Communication Technologies
I am an IT and Communication Professional with over 17 years of experience in IT infrastructure, Networks, server's administrations, and IT emergency response. I have been working with Concern Worldwide since 2005 starting from Afghanistan, East Timor, North, and South Sudan. From 2011 to date I am working with Concern worldwide as ICT regional advisor for Asia and Middle East covering Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, North Korea, and Lebanon. I also worked in the Ebola emergency response in Libera in 2014 on a secondment role with NetHope. Prior to Concern worldwide, I worked with many national and International organizations in Pakistan.