The new Board members bring experience from around the globe, and reflect Conciliation Resources’ commitment to ensuring diversity and gender equality within the organisation, as well as increasing Board representation from the regions in which it works.
Their specific areas of expertise include conflict transformation, diversity and inclusion, communications and financial management.
Diana Good, who became Chair of the Board of Trustees in January, welcomed their appointment:
“We’re delighted to welcome such a strong group of new trustees. It’s been an exciting recruitment process. We have an active Board who are committed to using our combined and significant experience of peacebuilding, international diplomacy, good governance, finance, diversity and inclusion. It’s great to have such good team work on the Board supporting Conciliation Resources in its ever more vital work.”
Christine Cheng is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in War Studies at King’s College London and the principal investigator of a major interdisciplinary project on Violent and Peaceful Behaviour in Fragile States. Dr Cheng is the author of Extralegal Groups in Post-Conflict Liberia- How Trade Makes the State (OUP), winner of the 2019 Conflict Research Society’s Annual Book Prize. Working with the UK government’s Stabilisation Unit, she co-authored Securing and Sustaining Elite Bargains that Reduce Violent Conflict, the final report of the influential Elite Bargains and Political Deals project.
Nesta Hatendi has extensive leadership experience in humanitarian and international development programmes in fragile and post-conflict states, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa. She worked for HelpAge International as the Regional Director for Sub Saharan Africa and was an Expert Advisor on Ageing to the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa, Social Development Policy Division. Nesta is an active Rotary International member, Deputy Chair of the U.K. global charity World Animal Protection, and a Course Instructor with the International Institute on Ageing.
Dorothee Hutter is heading the Syria portfolio of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH), the German agency for international cooperation, where she was previously Director of Corporate Communications. She has been working for 30 years in international cooperation in several countries, with extensive expertise in communication and conflict management, combined with longstanding experience in general management in an international setting, within non-governmental as well as governmental institutions.
Jamille Jinnah is based in Southern Africa and has spent over 20 years working within the private equity and venture capital industry. He has worked with businesses on capital raisings, investments, restructuring and growth in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Continental Europe and the UK. Jamille is Chairperson of a microfinance Bank in Zimbabwe; a Senior Adviser to Founders Factory, a global start-up accelerator, on their African operations; and a Senior Adviser to Cirka, a pan-Australian facilities management business.
Liz Muir is Tearfund’s Diversity and Inclusion lead, with responsibility for embedding effective change management and cultural development across the organisation globally. She is a qualified Probation Officer and an accredited governance practitioner. Liz previously worked as a governance manager supporting organisations across the public, private and third sectors with governance compliance and delivering modules on the accredited Effective Board Member Programmes.
Lucy Salek has worked with humanitarian and global development organisations for over 15 years, engaging in conflict transformation, mediation and governance interventions across Africa, Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East. Previously the Senior Conflict Advisor for Islamic Relief Worldwide, she has been an independent consultant in this field since 2017. Lucy is Chief Programmes Strategy Officer for Integrity Action.
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