The Link Team
Fiona joined Link in 2014 and has overall responsibility for the strategic management and operations. A chartered accountant, she has more than 30 years’ international experience at a senior level in the private, public and third sectors.
Sam has 20 years of experience in education and international development in Africa and Asia. She joined Link in 2011 and as the International Programme Director, leads on strategy development, programme implementation and safeguarding. Sam believes in improving education systems so that everyone can benefit equally from a quality and safe education. She is a board member of Scotland’s International Development Alliance.
Harold joined Link Malawi in December 2019, responsible for overall country program development in Malawi. He has over 12 years’ experience working in education, gender, young women's empowerment and community development, with hands-on technical experience in both project management and monitoring, evaluation and learning sectors.
Josephine joined Link in 2018 where she provides strategic leadership and management of the Link Uganda program. She has over 10 years of experience managing and implementing programs in the development sector in the areas of education, health, human rights, disability, advocacy and community empowerment. Josephine has a passion for development work with a quick eye to identify gaps, challenges and subsequently design projects.
Nicolò joined Link in 2020 and is the Country Representative for Link in Ethiopia. Nicolò has been working in education planning and programming in emergency and fragile situations for over 10 years in Asia and Africa, focusing on education programming that merge immediate interventions and long-term reconstruction.
Abaynew joined Link in 2019 and leads the planning, coordination and implementation of our FCDO-funded Supporting Transition of Adolescent Girls through Enhanced Systems (STAGES) project. Prior to that, he worked in the education sector for 13 years at government level as Woreda Deputy Office Head, Supervisor and Teacher. Abaynew holds MoA in Development Anthropology from the University of Gondar and a BA in Teaching English Language from Bahir Dar University.
Alinafe Joined Link in 2020 and handles the administrative and finance functions of Link in Malawi. She has over 10 years of work experience having worked with local and international NGOs and in the private sector. Alinafe loves seeing underprivileged girls given opportunities to attend classes in well-structured and supportive environments.
Angela joined Link in May 2021 and her remit covers projects in Ethiopia, Malawi and Uganda. She has over 20 years of experience of working on educational projects from both a technical and monitoring and evaluation perspective and has worked on projects in Central Asia, Asia and East Africa. Angela is particularly passionate that all children should receive the same opportunities through education, no matter where they live and the background they are from.
Chimwemwe has eight years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation systems. He joined Link in 2018 and, working closing with the programmes team, his role is to ensure effective programme implementation through a functional M&E system that generates high quality data for decision making. He is committed to seeing positive change in the lives of disadvantaged children, especially girls and women.
Christina has worked with Link as a Gender and Social Inclusion specialist since 2018.
Clement has a strong passion for community-focused projects and a knack for innovative ways of always getting things done. He has enjoyed an illustrious career of over 18 years in both government and NGO sectors encompassing development managenent, education and grants mobilisation for community projects. Clement is an award winner of the Bill and Melinda Gates sponsored 'Innovations for maternal and child health' competition in Malawi in 2010.
Fiona has over 20 years’ experience of management and fundraising across arts, health and education. Dedicated to improving life chances for children and young people, Fiona loves making new connections and building partnerships.
Kate joined Link in 2009 and has held various programmes roles in the UK and Malawi. As International Programme Manager she leads programme design and delivery, working closely with our teams in Africa. Kate is passionate about the right to education and Link’s ability to build inclusive, quality learning in challenging situations.
Harry joined Link in 2018. He is an experienced Strategic Project Management and Social Inclusion Expert with over 12 years’ practical experience in humanitarian and transformational development programming. He holds a MSc in Strategic Management, a BA in Development Studies and a Diploma in Agriculture. He is experienced in assessing, designing, implementing and providing oversight support to holistic, child-focused and community-led early childhood development, education, nutrition, youth development and economic empowerment projects.
Leticia joined Link in 2014 and handles the finance and administration functions of Link Uganda. She has hands-on experience in finance and administration gained through working with the private and third sectors. Leticia is passionate about continuous improvement of the lives of children through access to quality education in rural and under privileged areas in Uganda through her work.
As Finance and Admin Manager, Nebiyu is key in managing Link’s financial operational in Ethiopia, so that all our education projects align with our policies and procedures, government regulations and donors’ requirements. Nebiyu joined Link in January 2021 after having worked for more than nine years at International Rescue Committee (IRC). He has a BA in Accounting from Addis Ababa University, and has just started his MBA program at Lunar University in Addis.
Denis Olak has over 10 years of experience working in programmes. He has experience in managing consortia, design, and implementation of projects, as well as project level monitoring and evaluation. He has worked with different line ministries and district level departments, including different CSOs. He has skills in adults and vulnerable people protection, facilitation and mentorship.
Priscilla has over 10 years of experience working in Community Development, Complementary Education, Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDs related projects. She also has experience in managing sub awardees, managing cloud databases and Monitoring and Evaluation. At Link, Priscilla is responsible for overseeing the implementation of TEAM Girl project activities in Lilongwe district, including coordination and involvement of stakeholders and ensuring partners are compliant with key policies and safeguarding standards.
Sandra joined Link in 2018 and is the Technical Advisor for projects in Ethiopia, working closely with the local team. She has over 20 years of experience of leading and supporting education programmes in different contexts, mainly in Africa. Reaching the children who face the greatest barriers to quality education has been her focus in all contexts, and this continues through her work with Link.
Sophie began working with Link in 2010 as a Project Manager responsible for district projects. She was seconded to the National Reading Program, leading community mobilization and engagement for early grade reading and writing, supporting the campaign for behavior change. Sophie has participated in innovations for the creation of Malawi’s National Education Standards, Mother Groups in schools, and Complementary Basic Education for the Ministry of Education.
Susan joined the Link team in 2017 and oversees all programme finance in the UK and Africa. She brings to Link a wealth of practical and hands-on financial experience gained across public, private and charity sectors. Susan is passionate about improving the lives of children and young people through her work and has lived and worked for many years in Africa.
Tsegaye joined Link in May 2020 and manages the implementation of the Continuous Professional Development for school leaders in the regions of Gambella, Beni Shangul-Gumuz, Somali and Afar in our TARGET project. Prior to that, he has worked as an Inclusive Education and Disability Inclusive Community Development Program Manager at Light for the World International Ethiopia, as Education Project Manager for Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), and as Education and Literacy Boost Program Coordinator at Save the Children International Ethiopia. Tsegaye holds a MoA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Addis Ababa University and a BA in Education from Kotebe College.
Wondu leads on the overall Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning of our Ethiopia programme. He joined Link in 2019 after having worked for USAID-IQPEP (Improving Quality of Primary Education Program in Ethiopia), USAID/S-HRH (Strengthening Human Resources for Health), higher education institutions and other developmental projects for the last 12 years. Wondu holds a Masters in Monitoring and Evaluation from Jimma University and a Masters in Statistics from Hawassa University. Wondu is determined to generate meaningful evidence so that Link can meet it’s objectives.
Alasdair Beaton is the Chairman of Link Education International. Having been born and brought up in Uganda, Africa and its people have always had an important place in Alasdair's life. After a full career in aviation, Alasdair's ambition continues to support education for the very youngest, especially for girls, knowing that Link's work also benefits whole families and their older generations, throughout their local communities.
Seonaid is a Chartered Accountant, qualifying with PwC and currently leads on the financial, risk and programme aspects of Scottish Government's School building programmes. She has a keen interest in working collaboratively across stakeholders to create linkages and foster optimum solutions, as well as developing innovative finance solutions for the delivery of public sector infrastructure.
Jorge had a long career in the United Nations in a range of countries, working in education and development. He was also member of several international working groups e.g. development finance, PVE, SDGs. Based in Edinburgh, he works presently as a development and evaluation consultant, including humanitarian interventions. He brings to Link his perspective of global commitments and mandates, thus contributing to Link’s repositioning in an ever-changing international context.
Susan joins the Board with over 20 years’ experience working within international development across sub-Saharan Africa. Her current work focuses on Child and Adult safeguarding with a leading humanitarian and development organisation. She is highly skilled in facilitating strategic development in this area as well as providing training, implementing strategies, embedding safeguarding best practice in the heart of and across entire organisations, and overseeing audit and enforcement of these procedures.
Anita has been a member of the Board since 2019.
Caroline is a qualified and experienced finance professional working in domestic and international finance as well as an experienced project manager. As Director of Finance and Support Services at The Challenges Group since 2016 she's developed financial management across six international teams and worked on a range of exciting and innovative international business development projects.
Elaine has been a member of the Board since 2013.
As lifelong campaigner committed to social justice and equality, Iffat works with a diverse range of organisations across the UK and internationally. She specialises in gender equality, community development, facilitation, organisational improvement and change management.
Scott works with the Green Climate Fund – a critical element of the historic Paris Agreement and the world's largest dedicated climate fund, supporting developing countries to respond to the climate emergency. He advises the Fund on strategic communications and media relations, including at the COP26 negotiations. Previously, he served as the Spokesperson on Syria for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Prior to working in communications, he was a journalist and reported from a range of countries including South Sudan during its civil war and Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak. He joined Link Education as a Trustee in 2019.
Richard Santandreu is the Managing Director of Resolved IT and has worked as an IT professional for over 25 years. He has been on the board of various institutions working collaboratively with organisations to improve and develop solutions.
Philippa works for Scotland’s International Development Alliance, managing the mentoring and safeguarding programmes within its Effectiveness and Learning work. She joined the Alliance in 2018 having previously worked overseas for 17 years as an education specialist. She has worked in humanitarian and development contexts in Rwanda, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and Mongolia with Save the Children International and in Nepal with VSO.
Alastair is an economic & social research consultant working in programme monitoring and evaluation, impact measurement, and value for money assessment. He has interests in the evaluation of education, infrastructure development, enterprise development and corporate social responsibility interventions with a strong focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
Jacqui is an independent educational consultant. She works both in Scotland and internationally to support aspects of self-evaluation for school improvement at school, authority and national level. She has undertaken a variety of projects to support the development of education in Malawi and Rwanda. She spent over ten years as an HMI where she held the post of Lead Inspector for Primary Education. In addition to her consultancy work she is an Associate Tutor with Glasgow University where she develops and delivers courses on Educational Leadership and Management. Her research interests include the education of care experienced children and relationship building in education.
Elizabeth held posts in Scottish schools, local authorities, Education Scotland and Scottish Government, including working as Her Majesty's Inspector of Education and finally as a senior civil servant leading on aspects of the education response to COVID-19. She has supported leadership and school improvement in Malawi. She has extensive experience of developing and implementing quality improvement frameworks at a national level and the provision of professional learning for staff working in nurseries, schools, communities and local authorities and parents.