About us

About Us

The objective of Loop is to provide a mechanism where the needs and perspectives of people receiving Aid (humanitarian or development) shape the type and quality of services which are funded. Loop will enable the participation revolution in the humanitarian and development sector.

Our structure

Loop is an independent charity, registered in the Hague, Netherlands.

Governing Board Members

Loop is led by a Governing Board of people who come from and understand the needs of vulnerable and marginalised communities.

Geoffrey Kateregga

Loop President of the Governing Board

Geoffrey Kateregga is the GIS Lead and Community Programs Assistant at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team promoting, supporting and advocating for the creation, maintenance, use, distribution and availability of free, geographically referenced data and geospatial information to facilitate and provide humanitarian aid in the world.

Geoffrey Kateregga is the Geospatial Information Service (GIS) Lead and Community Programs Assistant at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team promoting, supporting and advocating for the creation, maintenance, use, distribution and availability of free, geographically referenced data and geospatial information to facilitate and provide humanitarian aid in the world. A strong believer in the open movement, Geoffrey is active in open source, open data and open knowledge projects such as OpenStreetMap, Wikimedia, building and leading communities that promote transparency, collaboration, reuse and free access of tools and information across Africa.

Adeline Sibanda

Adeline is the Founder and Managing Director of ADESIM Developments (formerly Troparg Consultancy Services). Adeline has 27 years’ experience in strategy, program design, planning, monitoring and evaluation, research, gender and development. She is passionate about professional development including entrepreneurship development and has worked in over 23 sub-Saharan African countries with Civil Society Organisations, Community Based organisations, Governments, UN Agencies and other development partners. She is Co-Chair of EvalPartners, Past President of the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and Past President of the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA).

Adeline has been raising awareness and advocating for the Made In Africa Evaluation an AfrEA initiative promoting evaluation practice rooted in African contexts and priorities, as well as the South-South Cooperation in Evaluation (S2SE), an initiative of five regional evaluation associations from the Global South. The mission of S2SE is to tackle ‘the last mile’ in addressing Global South asymmetries in power, decision making, resources and knowledge in the evaluation ecosystem in order to fully enable the sustainable development of all nations, north and south.

Salama Bakhalah

Salama Mohammed Mubarak is a Humanitarian Practitioner from Yemen. She has more than six years’ experience in the field of Emergency Response and Post Conflict Programming with a focus on internally displaced populations, migrants and refugees. She has worked with organisations including OCHA, IOM and UNDP. She acted as head of IOM sub-office in Yemen and Inter Cluster Coordinator with OCHA.

She has worked with national NGO’s and supported establishing several coordination networks. She is passionate about accountability to affected populations and community engagement, with a specific focus on community led initiatives. She was selected by USAID as a Peace Scholar in 2009 representing Yemen and selected by the UK government as a Chevening Scholar in 2014. She holds a BA Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences and a Masters in International Development Management.

Staff

Alex Carle

Loop, Managing Director

Alex Carle is a seasoned Humanitarian and Development worker who has been working in the sector for over twenty years and has worked for a variety of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), with local, national, regional and international responsibilities.

A New Zealand woman currently based in London. Alex is a seasoned Humanitarian and Development worker who has been working in the sector for over twenty years. She has lived in 15 countries, across all continents and has worked for a variety of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), with local, national, regional and international responsibilities. All of this has taught her that good intentions are not enough to ‘do no harm’ and so, born out of operational frustrations and an optimism that change can happen, she is establishing a Charity called Loop. She speaks French and has two children.

Ciaran Duffy

Loop, Lead design consultant

Ciarán is an independent UX and Service Designer, working with Sonder Design Collective. He specialises in prototyping new digital services in the humanitarian and global health sectors. In 2019, he led the Relief Watch project in collaboration with the Humanitarian Policy Group and Humanity United, which focussed on reimagining accountability for people affected by crises in Iraq. Past clients include UNHCR, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Siemens Healthineers, and Rambus.

Ciarán is comfortable planning and facilitating strategic workshops, creating high-fidelity prototypes, and conducting qualitative research with vulnerable populations. In 2016, he co-founded Refugee Text, an award-winning chatbot for refugees that delivered free and personalised asylum regulation information to refugees travelling to Europe. He also worked on a partnership with ODI called Relief Watch, You can see more of Ciarán's work on his portfolio here.

Advisory Board Members

Loop is supported by an Advisory Board of people who represent key stakeholders in the sector and also support the Loop initiative and want to actively support it coming to fruition.

Christina Bennett

CEO START Network

Christina Bennett is the CEO of the START Network, an organization that aims to transform humanitarian action through tackling what it sees as the biggest systemic problems the sector faces: slow and reactive funding, centralised power and resistance to change.

Start Network is an international membership of 53 civil society organisations working to change the way the humanitarian system operates. It seeks to drive change in the global aid system by tackling what it sees as the biggest systemic problems the sector faces: slow and reactive funding, centralised power and resistance to change. Prior to joining Start Network, Christina was the Head of the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute and was Chief of Policy, Analysis and Innovation at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Degan Ali

Founder of the NEAR Network and Executive Director of ADESO

Degan Ali is Adeso’s Executive Director. She led Adeso in introducing humanitarian cash transfers in Somalia in 2003 and in 2016 she launched the Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR), a vibrant Global South network of CSOs that has since increased to over 200 members.

Degan joined Adeso (formerly Horn Relief) as Deputy Director in 2003 and she became Adeso’s Executive Director in 2006. She led Adeso in introducing humanitarian cash transfers in Somalia in 2003, which was later scaled up during the 2011 famine. In 2016, Degan launched the Network for Empowered Aid Response (NEAR), a vibrant Global South network of CSOs that has since increased to over 200 members. She was very involved in the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016 and suggested to establish a 20% target of direct humanitarian funding to local actors, which was later adopted and increased to 25% in the Grand Bargain commitments. Degan is dedicated to provide local communities with a voice, and passionate about democratising the way humanitarian and development aid is currently delivered. She believes in the values of partnership and collaboration.

Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque

International Federation of the Red Cross

Alexandra Sicotte-Levesque is the Manager for Community Engagement and Accountability at the International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent where she leads a global team supporting National Societies in ensuring that information provision, participation and acting on feedback from communities are an integral part of the Red Cross Red Crescent’s work.

Alexandra has also worked with: UNOCHA, where she served as Global Adviser for Community Engagement; the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) as Advocacy and Communications Specialist; Sudan Country Director for BBC Media Action; later as Radio Producer for the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan. She was also a documentary filmmaker, and completed two feature films, including The Longest Kiss, which follows six young Sudanese from different backgrounds ahead of the 2011 separation of South Sudan. In 2002, she co-founded the non-profit organization Journalists for Human Rights (JHR), for which she was awarded Canada’s Governor General’s Medal for Meritorious Service. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Alexandra has an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics.

Stewart Davies

UN OCHA

Stewart Davies is the global community engagement and accountability advisor for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) based in Geneva, Switzerland. Stewart is an experienced advisor and coordinator of community engagement and accountability, with fifteen years' experience in international contexts including in the development, humanitarian and social enterprise and impact investment sectors.

Working in natural disasters, armed conflicts and complex emergency settings, he has led on and supported response-wide collective accountability initiatives in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal, Myanmar, oPt, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Whole of Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. Having worked with partners including governments, UN Agencies, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement, civil society, academia and the private sector in multi-sector, inter-agency operating environments; he brings a wealth of diverse community-focused experience to the forefront of the global collective accountability agenda.

Elise Ford

Humanity United Foundation

As a Senior Director within Humanity United’s Peacebuilding team, Elise brings more than 15 years of experience working in philanthropy, international development and politics. She leads Humanity United’s work seeking to challenge existing approaches to peacebuilding and support sector-wide efforts to shift power to local actors. Increasingly focused on how to leverage this commitment to citizen-led change to kickstart a global conversation, Elise leads HU’s partnership with Peace Direct and Conducive Space for Peace, pushing for peacebuilding reform.

Prior to joining Humanity United, Elise held several senior policy and campaign positions for Oxfam in Europe, East Africa and the Sahel, and worked as an international development advisor in the European Parliament. She has an undergraduate degree from Kings’ College, Cambridge, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the College of Europe, Bruges. She speaks fluent English, French and Italian.

Tanya Wood

Director of the CHS Alliance

Tanya leads the CHS Alliance made up of over 150 organisations. The CHS Alliance unites its global membership in applying the Core Humanitarian Standard. The CHS Alliance, encourages organisations to hold themselves to account on how they can improve how they work, with and for, people affected by crisis. Prior to this role Tanya was the Chief Executive Officer for ILEP, leading a passionate Federation of NGOs, who have been working together for more than 50 years, fighting the stigma, disabilities and transmission of leprosy and other neglected diseases. She has also worked for the International Council of Voluntary Agencies and the International Federation of the Red Cross.

Sorcha O’Callaghan

Director Humanitarian Policy Group

HPG is one of the world's leading teams working on humanitarian issues. They are dedicated to improving humanitarian policy and practice through a combination of high-quality analysis, dialogue and debate. Prior to holding this post Sorcha was an independent consultant and researcher as well as the Head of Policy for the British Red Cross.

Supporters

Humanity United has been involved with and backed Loop since its inception. Without whom we would not be here today.

The Zambian Governance Foundation has led the research, prototyping, launch and local communications for Loop in Zambia through their amazing network of 130 local civil society organisations. Thanks to them for committing to Shifting the Power locally.

We have also been fortunate to have a number of volunteers support us as we develop. Fulfilling a desire to 'do something and not just talk about it'.

A huge thanks to:

Laura Gisby Rana, Tina Mason  and Kathryn Johnstone.