Working together for a common goal
Since the creation of its first saving group, the dedicated CfD team has grown to bring together a diverse bunch of people, passions and skills from Uganda and beyond.
Though rarely all in the same timezone we work together to achieve a common goal – to support and let the world know about the entrepreneurs of Bulambuli.
Check out who we all are and what we do below:
Iñigo is a young senior civil engineer who works in worldwide projects related to water, site development and sustainable infrastructures. At the moment he hold the position of Senior International Development consultant of Arup, the company where he has been working ever since he joined as a graduate. In the past, Iñigo did a 6 months volunteering placement in Bulambuli, Uganda with the same communities that CfD supports now.
With a background in engineering and a Masters in International Development, Sandra works as a Head of Programmes of UNOPS. She specialises in project planning, implementation and evaluation in contexts such as poverty-reduction strategies, livelihood resilience programs and economic and social policies in developing countries.
She spent 6 months working with the local communities in Bulambuli and 2 years living in Uganda while working with UNOPS.
Fundraising and Legal
Pilar is a human resources professional specialising in talent management with a passion for supporting people and helping them tap into their potential and fulfil their aspirations. Her educational background is in law and politics, followed by a Masters in Migration and Development to broaden her knowledge in these areas. She has volunteered and supported different NGOs since a very early age and is currently living and working in the UK.
Marc has over a decade of international experience, as a director of startups and business units in technology and digital marketing. Based in London since the end of 2016, he decided to focus on the development of social enterprises, NGOs and purpose-led businesses. He has advised RBS’s community investment fund, the Social Innovation Exchange and Global Action Plan. He currently drives Loop’s development in Europe, a revolutionary waste-free shopping platform, acting as Marketing Director.
Governance and Legal Advisor
Matt is a Management Consultant with over 10 years experience working in Financial Services. A proud Yorkshireman, Matt is originally from Sheffield, UK. He began his career with Santander in 2009 after completing a Politics degree at Newcastle University. With roles spanning a variety of disciplines, Matt now specialises in digital transformation and is responsible for a large project portfolio focusing on mobile and digital expansion. He has been supporting CfD since the start of 2019.
Internal Audit and Risk Management
Cristina has over 10 years of professional experience providing assurance and effectively implementing risk management models. Currently holding a role in finance at Action Against Hunger in Madrid, she has worked in a diverse range of sectors and countries. Her last role as an internal auditor in an INGO in the UK gave her the tools to better understand charities’ internal processes and key risks. Cristina has collaborated in the development of the M&E strategy and results framework for CfD.
Quique Fernández Sánchez
Previous Field Volunteer (2020)
From a very young age, Quique has actively participated in non-formal youth education activities with a local NGO in Spain, which has given him skills in effective training and monitoring. Before his placement with CfD, Quique had already spent 8 months in Uganda, and has a wide array of other intercultural work and volunteering experiences.
Previous Field Volunteer (2020)
A Translation graduate with a passion for photography, content creation and marketing, Lina has been actively collaborating or volunteering with NGOs since 2017. During her 6-month volunteering placement, she has worked on building a stronger CfD social media presence, supported fundraising campaign preparations and all other daily activities of the organisation.
Starting as a member of one of the Communities for Development saving groups, Beatrice became programme coordinator in 2016 because of her skills, determination and a proactive attitude. She is now responsible for supporting groups 2, 3, 7, 10 and 12 during their weekly meetings, and has been gaining experience as a trainer as well. Beatrice holds a degree in Administration and has spent two years working abroad in Kenya.
Editor and Designer
Marta has been involved with media and design since 2006. She specializes in editorial design and works for various publishers, both Spanish and international. She is also a member of the designing team for Teatro La Abadía, in Madrid. Photography, web design, copywriting and proofreading are among her professional skills, too. Marta is a team worker and she loves to surround herself with people who are interested in creating enriching and emotional experiences.
Sarah Bradbury is a policy manager with an MSc in International Development and experience working in the energy and international development sectors in London and overseas. Passionate about improving the lives of others, particularly the empowerment of women, Sarah works with the team on our campaigns and communications to help raise the profile of the entrepreneurs of Bulambuli.
Ana left architecture to pursue her passion, computers. She discovered structures in programming and beauty in code. In love with databases and ETL processes, she keeps looking at Big Data as her next target and never slips the opportunity to learn, trying to get a synoptic view of all fields. Her experience in managing teams, both in architecture and sailing, drew her to agile methodologies which she intends to further deepen.
Joyce is a member of the Bulambuli community who has worked on various community projects. She has joined the Communities for Development team to supervise and monitor saving groups. She is currently responsible for supporting groups 1, 2, 3, 4, 9 and 11 during their weekly meetings. Always sociable and positive, Joyce also is of invaluable help when it comes to conflict resolution.
Previous Field Volunteer
Marta previously worked in marketing in London, specialising in peer to peer lending with Funding Circle. Having always held a passion for international development, Marta has driven CfD projects in Uganda forward as our Programme Coordinator during her six month placement, and is now planning to make forge a career in the sector, starting with a Masters in September.
We could not have reached where we are today without the incredible individuals and organisations that have given their time, money or skills to support us.