The WFSA is led and run by volunteers and is consequently able to keep staff numbers at a minimum.
The small Secretariat supports all aspects of the Federation’s work including programme management, fundraising, membership, volunteering and governance and is based in London.
Julian Gore-Booth – Chief Executive Officer
Julian has over 20 years of experience in international development. Before joining the WFSA he was interim Director of International at Leonard Cheshire Disability and prior to that the Chief Executive of two Charitable Foundations working with disadvantaged children and young people around the globe.
He has held Regional and Country Director posts for the International Red Cross and covered emergency and development operations in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the Red Cross he spent two years with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) based in Jerusalem. His volunteering experience includes teaching in Malawi, elephant conservation in Kenya and youth employment in London and he is also a trustee of MAST, a charity that aims to conserve the UK’s maritime heritage.
Eva Zeeb - Head of Partnerships
Niki O'Brien - Advocacy & Communications Officer
Prior to joining the WFSA Niki spent three years working in the charity sector, focusing primarily on global health and international development. She previously worked as a Communications Officer at Wellbeing of Women, a charity focused on funding medical research into women’s health problems, and has been involved in advocating for the rights of North Korean women through a number of organisations and publications. Additionally, Niki has also worked as a freelance consultant for a media start-up company, focusing on raising the social media and public relations profile of the organisation.
Giselle de Castro - Administrative Officer
Giselle comes from a languages and IT background. She worked in Software Localisation industry as a QA specialist leading quality assurance teams in projects across different countries, and later as a Senior Administrator with a focus on the development and integration of systems and services.
She moved to the charity sector 2 years ago.
Aaliya Ahmed – Programmes Manager
Aaliya has over 5 years experience working in international development. Before joining WFSA, Aaliya worked as a Global Programmes Coordinator for an international development charity. She also spent two years working in the field, in both East Africa and the Pacific. She has experience coordinating and managing large scale, multi-sectoral development projects. Her volunteering experience includes, mentoring young people at a creative writing centre, and a number of local community initiatives.
Cawo Ali – Projects Officer
Cawo comes from a WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) and Global Health background. She worked in clinical settings for 4 years and her overseas experience includes working on Livelihood and Capacity building projects in Bosnia and WASH projects in India. In her previous role as Global Projects Officer at the Royal College of Midwives she worked on maternal health projects in Uganda, Nepal, and Bangladesh. Cawo was also a volunteer in Calais and Macedonia as part of the refugee crisis response.