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 25 years of experience in international development. Before joining the WFSA he was 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
Eva has 9 years experience of working in the charitable sector. Before joining WFSA she was Development Manager at a London based community foundation and prior to that Partnership Development Manager at the Prince's Trust and Fairbridge, two charities supporting disadvantage young people across the UK.
She brings extensive experience of establishing and managing relationships with a range of funders including international finance and law firms, charitable trusts and foundations, central and local government as well as individual donors and philanthropists. Her volunteering experience includes building schools
Matthew Rothero - Partnerships Manager
Prior to joining WFSA, Matt worked as institutional fundraiser in development and humanitarian contexts for more than 14 years. This includes longer term deployments to the South Caucasus region with Oxfam, working as part as Oxfam’s Syria Crisis Response based in Lebanon, and more recently with ActionAid, deployments to Somaliland in response to the East Africa Food crisis, and to Bangladesh as part of ActionAid’s Rohingya Crisis Response. Matt brings extensive experience of fostering relationships with donors, working closely with colleagues to prepare proposals, contract management, and reporting. Matt’s voluntary experience includes working with a small Oxford based charity called Asylum Welcome where he acted as a voluntary Youth Support Worker helping to run a youth club for young, male, asylum seekers arriving in the UK.
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.
Isam Jafar – Finance Manager
Isam Jafar is an accounting and tax practitioner specialising in the not for profit sector. Isam has been working in the sector over the last fourteen years, and has held many senior financial positions with well-known charities and international development organisations as well as an honorary treasurer position with a human rights charity. In addition to this, he has worked alongside leading auditors and independent examiners helping charities to shape their accounting and finance departments to meet today’s third sector challenges. During his accounting and finance employment history, Isam has been involved with different size third sector organisations ranging from £1m to 18M, taking a lead in the implementation of better accounting and operational processes.
Aaliya Ahmed – Head of Programmes
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.
Amal Paonaskar – Projects Officer
Amal has an academic background in Biomedical Sciences and Global Health. Before joining the WFSA, he supported the programmes of Shaishav, a children’s rights organisation working with marginalised children in urban slums and remote regions of India. He has also worked on community-driven projects aimed at supporting education and livelihoods in Nepal and Zambia and spent time working with the NHS in the UK.
Dilys Hartley – Projects Officer
Dilys has an academic background in International Development and Human Rights with a focus on securing the rights of the most marginalised in society. Before joining the WFSA she worked as a Programme Assistant with a youth focused International Development charity and prior to this worked in Customer Services for a leading pharmaceutical wholesaler and distributer. Her voluntary experience includes assisting on research projects in the field of migration as well as refugee and asylum seeker support with organisations in Leeds and London.
Annabel Higgins - Advocacy & Communications Officer
Annabel has an academic background in human rights, and prior to joining the WFSA had worked in national and international human rights advocacy, communications and research. Since completing her Masters studies at the University of London, with a focus on the rights and health of women, Annabel has worked in organisations including the Parliamentary Human Rights Group and The Elders.