Help reach people hardest hit by COVID-19

Now, more than ever, families in fragile settings need your support. You can help people in places like Syria, Lebanon, Yemen, and Cox’s Bazar that have been hardest hit by COVID-19 survive this latest crisis. Please donate now, and your gift will go to work where it’s needed most.



Students wash their hands before returning to class in Jordan's Za’atari refugee camp.

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Students wash their hands before returning to class in Jordan's Za’atari refugee camp.


Who we are



Martin Clemmey

Interim Chief Financial Officer

Martin joined Relief International as Interim Chief Financial Officer in August 2020. Martin has extensive experience

Ann Koontz

Ann Koontz

Senior Vice President, Technical Assistance

Ann Koontz has three decades of experience working with NGO’s and the private sector both in the United States

Andy Pugh

Andy Pugh

Senior Vice President for International Programs; Interim Regional Director, Africa

Andy Pugh joined Relief International as Senior Vice President for International Programs in April 2017. Andy brings

Jamie Jones

Jamie Jones

Vice President, Program Development

Jamie Jones leads Relief International’s Program Development Department, working with global and country-based

Lanre Amao

Lanre Amao

Vice President, Risk Management and Assurance

Lanre joined Relief International in August 2018. As Vice President for Risk Management and Assurance, he brings to

Elia Makar

Elia Makar

Vice President, Human Resources

Elia Makar joined Relief International in 2010. With more than 18 years of human resource experience, Elia has spent


Courtney Lobel

Senior Director, Development and Communications

Courtney joins Relief International after 4+ years as Director of Private Sector Initiatives at the International


Kay Ali

Interim Deputy Director, Development and Communications

Kay joined Relief International in 2020 as Interim Deputy Director for Development and Communications based in the


Valerie Rowles

Regional Director, Middle East

Valerie became Relief International’s Regional Director for the Middle East in October 2020 after serving in

Pascal Arthaud

Pascal Arthaud

Regional Director, Asia

Pascal joined Relief International as Country Director for Afghanistan in 2010 and was then appointed as Regional


Azadeh Hassani

Global Humanitarian Director

Azadeh Hassani is Relief International’s Global Humanitarian Director based in France. She is responsible for all


Lara Kalwinski

General Counsel

Lara Kalwinski joined Relief International in October 2019 as General Counsel. She brings more than a decade of

Matt Cruse

Matthew Cruse

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Director

Matthew is Relief International’s Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) Technical Director, joining RI in


Veronique Ringot

Education & Gender Global Director

Veronique joined Relief International in July 2019 to oversee the organization’s education portfolio. With a strong


Melanie Kempster

Global Health and Nutrition Director

Melanie Kempster is Relief International’s Global Health and Nutrition Director. With over 15 years of experience


Jill Lauren Hass

Water and Sanitation (WASH) Technical Director

Jill Lauren Hass, P.Eng., M.Eng., LEED AP® joined Relief International in March 2019 as Water & Sanitation