Our Leadership

Nancy Wilson President and Chief Executive Officer
Eric Fullilove Chief Financial Officer
Andy Pugh Senior Vice President for International Programs
Jamie Hall Senior Vice President of Strategy and Risk; Representative, RI in UK and Europe 
Ann Koontz Senior Vice President, Technical Assistance
Jamie Jones Vice President, Program Development
Elia Makar Vice President, Human Resources
Courtney Lobel Senior Director, Development and Communications
Lanre Amao Director, Global Assurance
Allan Freedman Regional Director, Africa
Pascal Arthaud Regional Director, Asia
Sherine Zaghow Regional Director, Middle East

 

Nancy E. Wilson
President and Chief Executive Officer    

Nancy Wilson has served as CEO of Relief International since March 2014. Prior to joining RI, Nancy completed ten years in the leadership of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Under her leadership, the college became a national model for university civic engagement and building citizen participation skills among students of all schools, degrees and fields of study.

Nancy is Treasurer of InterAction, the preeminent U.S. alliance of over 190 international humanitarian and development organizations, and has been on the board of InterAction since 2015.

Her prior experience includes managing the livelihoods, emerging micro-finance and gender grant portfolios in East Africa for the Ford Foundation and leading capacity-building projects on adult education and NGO strengthening in Namibia as Chief of Party for World Education. Nancy led the customer relationship management division in Sub-Saharan Africa with PriceWaterhouseCoopers while stationed in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nancy and her family have spent more than 15 years living in Africa. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Stanford University and her M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Eric Fullilove
Chief Financial Officer    

Eric Fullilove joined Relief International in 2018 as Chief Financial Officer. Eric is an MIT graduate, a Certified Public Accountant and a published author. He has had broad experience in the both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors.

Eric has held leadership positions at organizations including World Vision, where he rose from Vice President of Internal Audit to global CFO with responsibility for Global Finance, IT, Supply Chain, Shared Services and Corporate Real Estate. He also has worked in a variety of organizations, including: Housing Works, a New York city provider of housing and services for people with AIDS and HIV; Teach for America, which provides teachers to under-resourced urban and rural school districts; and Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica, which provides enrichment and leadership training for youth.

His experience in media includes stints with CBS, the advertising and marketing agency Young and Rubicam, and Scholastic, the children’s book publisher.  

Eric also serves on the board of directors of Get Lit, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that uses spoken word poetry to empower youth, increase literacy and inspire communities.

He is the author of six novels, including the thriller Credible Threat.

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Andy Pugh
Senior Vice President for International Programs 

Andy Pugh joined Relief International as Senior Vice President for International Programs in April 2017. Andy brings more than 25 years of leadership experience with NGOs in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

Andy has earned a reputation for building successful multidisciplinary teams, developing and implementing strategic plans, forging productive relationships with government leaders and institutional donors and leading advocacy initiatives.

In addition to serving as Country Director for RI in Guinea, where he led our 2015 Ebola response, Andy’s recent assignments include country director in Cameroon for International Rescue Committee and in Haiti for Oxfam International. He also served as operations director at an Ebola treatment center in Sierra Leone for Save the Children, and enjoyed a long career at CARE, where his roles included regional manager for West Africa and global policy and advocacy director.

For the last 10 years, Andy has taught courses on the international humanitarian system at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA). He holds a Master of Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a B.A. in government from Harvard University.

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Jamie Hall
Senior Vice President of Strategy and Risk
Representative, RI in UK and Europe

Jamie Hall joined Relief International in 2005 to lead the European head office of the RI network, established as a UK registered Charity called Relief International UK. At the helm of RI-UK, Jamie established RI’s presence in the United Kingdom and managed the rapid growth of that office’s programs across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Jamie expanded RI’s relationships with a wide range of partners including the UK Department for International Development, the European Commission and UN bodies. He has established RI as an important member of the community of British humanitarian agencies.

As RI and RI-UK became managed as one organization, Jamie has taken the role of leading our global performance, accountability and learning unit.

Jamie’s overseas work has included designing and managing drought recovery programming in Niger, developing post-conflict rehabilitation projects in Lebanon, and establishing educational services for Afghan refugees in Iran. Jamie has also been a policy advisor to the UK government with a particular focus on aid effectiveness, and holds a post-graduate degree in Development Studies from the University of London. 

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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 and abroad. She has worked in more than 40 countries.

Ann began her overseas development work in the health and education sectors while living in Paraguay and the Philippines. After working on land tenure issues with indigenous people, Ann came to specialize in environmentally responsible business development, designed to reduce poverty and improve overall sector sustainability and efficiency.

She has worked in the development field in a wide range of sectors including agriculture, forestry, light industry, handicrafts and furniture, tree crops, personal care, energy, water, and ecosystem services products. She has worked with producers and businesses in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Her extensive experience in organizational strengthening and training for local organizations and producer groups encompasses a broad range of areas including enterprise-based biodiversity conservation, market analysis, and negotiation between the public and private sectors, as well as certification, monitoring and evaluation.

Ann has a BA from Stanford University in International Relations and an MBA from George Washington University. 

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Jamie Jones
Vice President, Program Development    

Jamie Jones leads Relief International’s Program Development Department, working with global and country-based teams to develop effective programs for communities worldwide. Jamie has been with RI since 2007, serving in a variety of program capacities. He has also supported RI’s response to a number of emergencies, leading program design teams in Libya during the 2011 conflict, in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, and in Bangladesh following the 2007 cyclone. In addition, he has led RI assessments in Azerbaijan, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia and Tajikistan.

Jamie joined RI from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), where he was responsible for supporting the information unit both in Washington and as part of the USAID humanitarian team in Darfur, Sudan. Jamie has also worked in various relief and development capacities for UNICEF, Search for Common Ground, the World Bank, the U.K. Labour Party and the U.S. Government.

Jamie holds a Master of International Affairs degree in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He is fluent in French. 

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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 a great portion of his career working for United States government-funded programs and international NGO projects both internationally and within the United States. Over the last decade, Elia has served in senior management positions, where he has successfully created results-oriented human resource teams and managed HR operations in complex global environments.  

Elia holds a BA in English Literature from Cairo University. He earned his MBA at Edinburgh Business School. Elia is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). 

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Courtney Lobel
Senior Director, Development and Communications    

Courtney joins Relief International after 4+ years as Director of Private Sector Initiatives at the International Crisis Group, a field-based policy and advocacy organization that works to prevent and end deadly conflict in some 60 countries. Prior to joining Crisis Group, she spent four years at the Council on Foreign Relations headquarters in New York as Deputy Director for Foundation Relations.

Courtney previously held positions at American Jewish World Service and a non­governmental organization in Tallinn, Estonia. She also served in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria. Courtney is a Florida native, she majored in Political Science at the University of Central Florida and has published op-eds on philanthropy and fundraising in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Chronicle of Philanthropy, and Quartz. Courtney is a member of Women in International Security.

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Lanre Amao
Director, Global Assurance

Lanre joined Relief International in August 2018 as Director of Global Assurance. He brings to RI, nearly two decades of experience managing internal audit and coordinating risk management at not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining RI, Lanre held progressively senior roles at ActionAid, most recently as Head of Internal Audit where he helped to transform the internal audit department into a highly efficient, and value-adding assurance unit. Lanre is a Chartered Management Accountant and holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from Thames Valley University in the United Kingdom. 

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Allan Freedman
Regional Director, Africa

Allan joined Relief International as Regional Director for Africa in April 2018. He is responsible for overseeing all of RI’s programming in Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda. With more than two decades of experience leading humanitarian and development responses, Allan specializes in cultivating strategic partnerships, organizing communications and advocacy initiatives, and managing programs in challenging contexts. Over the course of his career, Allan has worked in Nigeria, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Liberia, Afghanistan and Turkey, among others. His previous positions include Executive Director at the Peter C. Alderman Foundation, Country Director and Chief of Party at the National Democratic Institute and Country Director, operational and business development roles at the International Rescue Committee. Prior to his career in humanitarian response, Allan worked as a political reporter for magazines and newspapers and a television producer for the PBS NewsHour in Washington, DC. He holds a degree in History from Columbia College in New York.

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Pascal Arthaud
Regional Director, Asia

Pascal joined Relief International as Country Director for Afghanistan in 2010 and was then appointed as Regional Director for Asia in 2011. He is responsible for all aspects of RI’s programming in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan and the Philippines. With nearly two decades of experience managing complex programs at nongovernmental organizations, Pascal’s specialties include establishing strategic partnerships, managing diverse teams and high-level donor engagement. Prior to joining RI, Pascal worked as the Country Director for Madera in Afghanistan for five years, having previously served as the General Administrator for the French Red Cross in Cambodia. Pascal has worked in humanitarian and development roles in France, Afghanistan, the Philippines and Cambodia at organizations including Basiliade, where he served as Executive Director. Prior to his work in development, Pascal worked in the private sector in Paris. Pascal holds a Master’s Degree in Science and Administration from University Jean Moulin in Lyon and a Master’s Degree in Corporate Finance from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris. 

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Sherine Zaghow
Regional Director, Middle East 

Sherine became Relief International’s Regional Director for the Middle East in 2015 after three years serving as Program Development consultant. In her current role, Sherine oversees all aspects of RI’s personnel and portfolio for Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Yemen. She brings to RI more than two decades of experience leading teams in the humanitarian and development sector. She specializes in designing, developing and implementing programs across sectors, scaling up operations in emergency scenarios, and managing programs in complex and fragile settings. In addition to her career in the Middle East, Sherine has worked in Afghanistan, Colombia, Egypt and Kosovo. Her previous positions include roles at the Academy for International Development Middle East, the UNESCO World Heritage Center, Plan International, the Aga Khan Development Network and International Rescue Committee. Sherine holds a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

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