Based in the UK, we have teams in Africa and Asia who have local knowledge and insight into the relevant issues. We forge connections that create impact and support the scaling of innovative projects. Pepal was founded in 2009 with support from Fondation Hoffmann.

Julie Saunders    Executive Director / Founder    UK    julie.saunders@pepal.org   Julie has over 25 years experience both in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. For 10 years Julie was Director: Finance and Corporate Services at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, playing an instrumental role in the growth of the organisation from a small niche player to the largest HIV/AIDS organisation in Europe. Julie began her career as an economist with the UK government and was also with DRI Inc in Paris. She worked in investment banking before becoming an economic and financial adviser to privatisation programmes in Bulgaria and Uzbekistan, managing EC funded programmes.  Julie is a qualified accountant, has in MSc in economics degrees from LSE, an MA/BA in economics from Cambridge University and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD. Julie founded Pepal in 2009.

Julie Saunders

Executive Director / Founder

UK

julie.saunders@pepal.org

Julie has over 25 years experience both in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. For 10 years Julie was Director: Finance and Corporate Services at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, playing an instrumental role in the growth of the organisation from a small niche player to the largest HIV/AIDS organisation in Europe. Julie began her career as an economist with the UK government and was also with DRI Inc in Paris. She worked in investment banking before becoming an economic and financial adviser to privatisation programmes in Bulgaria and Uzbekistan, managing EC funded programmes.

Julie is a qualified accountant, has in MSc in economics degrees from LSE, an MA/BA in economics from Cambridge University and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD. Julie founded Pepal in 2009.

Sarah Galvin    Programmes Director    UK    sarah.galvin@pepal.org   Sarah has over 10 years experience in international development. Before joining Pepal, Sarah spent 5 years as the Executive Director of PHASE Worldwide, a UK-based INGO empowering communities in isolated regions of Nepal to access health, education and livelihood opportunities.  Sarah has worked in the education sector in Cambodia and run experiential education tours throughout Asia.  Sarah has a MA with distinction in Education and Global Development from the University of Leeds. Sarah is Clore Social Leadership Fellow and sits on the board for the South West International Development Network. Sarah joined Pepal in 2018.

Sarah Galvin

Programmes Director

UK

sarah.galvin@pepal.org

Sarah has over 10 years experience in international development. Before joining Pepal, Sarah spent 5 years as the Executive Director of PHASE Worldwide, a UK-based INGO empowering communities in isolated regions of Nepal to access health, education and livelihood opportunities.

Sarah has worked in the education sector in Cambodia and run experiential education tours throughout Asia.

Sarah has a MA with distinction in Education and Global Development from the University of Leeds. Sarah is Clore Social Leadership Fellow and sits on the board for the South West International Development Network. Sarah joined Pepal in 2018.

Aruna Dahal    Programme Manager (NJIA)    Tanzania / India    aruna.dahal@pepal.org   Originally from Nepal and Malaysia, Aruna has lived in Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and the UK and has previously worked with ActionAid. Aruna holds an MSc in Health Community and Development from LSE and a BA in Anthropology and International Development from the University of Sussex. Her fieldwork and research experience focused around gender and health in rural Nepal. Aruna joined Pepal in 2014.

Aruna Dahal

Programme Manager (NJIA)

Tanzania / India

aruna.dahal@pepal.org

Originally from Nepal and Malaysia, Aruna has lived in Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh and the UK and has previously worked with ActionAid. Aruna holds an MSc in Health Community and Development from LSE and a BA in Anthropology and International Development from the University of Sussex. Her fieldwork and research experience focused around gender and health in rural Nepal. Aruna joined Pepal in 2014.

Hezron Festo    Project Co-ordinator    Tanzania    hezron.festo@pepal.org   Festo’s background is in management, event coordination and logistics. His passions are community development and social empowerment. Festo is from Tanzania and works for Pepal on the NJIA program and joined the team in 2017.

Hezron Festo

Project Co-ordinator

Tanzania

hezron.festo@pepal.org

Festo’s background is in management, event coordination and logistics. His passions are community development and social empowerment. Festo is from Tanzania and works for Pepal on the NJIA program and joined the team in 2017.

 

Éireann O’Sullivan

Project Manager

Uganda

eireann.osullivan@pepal.org

Éireann’s work in the voluntary sector has ranged from fundraising for educational projects in Zambia to peer mentoring and teaching adolescents in Ireland. Her research experience has centred around issues of gender and reproductive health. Éireann is from Ireland and has a BA in History and English Literature from Trinity College, Dublin and an MA in Economic and Social History from the University of Cambridge. Éireann joined Pepal in 2017.

Isabella Shraiman    Project Officer    Uganda    isabella.shraiman@pepal.org   Isabella has previously worked in immigration law, social enterprise incubator management, and journalism, and has experience in fundraising, project development, and research for various NGOs in the UK and North and South America including as a graduate consultant for Christian Aid UK. Isabella has an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from LSE and a First Class BA from McGill University (Montreal) in Politics and History. Isabella In addition to her working with Pepal, she is currently contributing to the team behind Jara, a social enterprise providing emergency education to children in disaster-affected areas. Isabella joined Pepal in 2018.

Isabella Shraiman

Project Officer

Uganda

isabella.shraiman@pepal.org

Isabella has previously worked in immigration law, social enterprise incubator management, and journalism, and has experience in fundraising, project development, and research for various NGOs in the UK and North and South America including as a graduate consultant for Christian Aid UK. Isabella has an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from LSE and a First Class BA from McGill University (Montreal) in Politics and History. Isabella In addition to her working with Pepal, she is currently contributing to the team behind Jara, a social enterprise providing emergency education to children in disaster-affected areas. Isabella joined Pepal in 2018.

Jane Waterman    Chair of Trustees, Pepal Foundation   Jane qualified as an executive coach in 2017 and works as part of the Leadership Consultancy AESARA Partners. Previously Jane has held positions as the Executive Director UK / Senior Vice President, Europe for the International Rescue Committee, Vice President / Executive Director for Europe for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and Director, External Relations for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Jane’s earlier career includes the Head of Resource Mobilisation for the International Planned Parenthood Federation, positions with VSO and The British Council, and assignments in Gaborone, Botswana and Zanzibar, Tanzania. Jane holds an MA in Gender and Development and joined the Pepal Foundation board in 2011.

Jane Waterman

Chair of Trustees, Pepal Foundation

Jane qualified as an executive coach in 2017 and works as part of the Leadership Consultancy AESARA Partners. Previously Jane has held positions as the Executive Director UK / Senior Vice President, Europe for the International Rescue Committee, Vice President / Executive Director for Europe for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and Director, External Relations for the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Jane’s earlier career includes the Head of Resource Mobilisation for the International Planned Parenthood Federation, positions with VSO and The British Council, and assignments in Gaborone, Botswana and Zanzibar, Tanzania. Jane holds an MA in Gender and Development and joined the Pepal Foundation board in 2011.

Dr Andrey Klepikov    Trustee, Pepal Foundation   Andrey is the Executive Director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, the largest HIV/AIDS-focused organization in the country and one of the largest in Eurasia. Previously he was a Senior Programme Manager at the International Renaissance Foundation (George Soros’ foundation, Ukraine). Andrey has a Ph.D. in philosophy and did his Post-Doctoral Study in Sociology at the New School for Social Research, New York, Andrey also has an Masters in Practicing Management. Andrey joined the Pepal Foundation board in 2009.

Dr Andrey Klepikov

Trustee, Pepal Foundation

Andrey is the Executive Director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine, the largest HIV/AIDS-focused organization in the country and one of the largest in Eurasia. Previously he was a Senior Programme Manager at the International Renaissance Foundation (George Soros’ foundation, Ukraine). Andrey has a Ph.D. in philosophy and did his Post-Doctoral Study in Sociology at the New School for Social Research, New York, Andrey also has an Masters in Practicing Management. Andrey joined the Pepal Foundation board in 2009.

Jane Smith    Trustee, Pepal Foundation   Jane is currently Director, Finance and Administration at the Institute for Employment Studies. She started her career at the BBC and since then has spent many years in the international development and charity sector. Previous positions include Director of Resources and Operations at International Planned Parenthood Federation and Chief Finance Officer at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Jane is a law graduate and a CCAB qualified accountant. Jane has an MBA, has published research and taught at Strathclyde University and joined the Pepal Foundation board in 2012.

Jane Smith

Trustee, Pepal Foundation

Jane is currently Director, Finance and Administration at the Institute for Employment Studies. She started her career at the BBC and since then has spent many years in the international development and charity sector. Previous positions include Director of Resources and Operations at International Planned Parenthood Federation and Chief Finance Officer at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance. Jane is a law graduate and a CCAB qualified accountant. Jane has an MBA, has published research and taught at Strathclyde University and joined the Pepal Foundation board in 2012.

Ed Marsh    Trustee, Pepal Foundation   Ed has thirty years’ international Human Resources leadership experience in global consumer goods and technology companies. At Nestlé Ed was Global Head of Talent and Organisation Development responsible for a complete approach to hiring, developing and empowering leadership talent for Nestlé’s 350,000 employees. Subsequently, he spent 5 years as Global Head of Human Resources for the $5bn global Nestlé Professional business, developing high performance leaders across Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. Previously, Ed worked for Hewlett Packard and Autodesk in senior HR positions. Ed has a BA in Geography and is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. Ed joined the Pepal Foundation board in 2019.

Ed Marsh

Trustee, Pepal Foundation

Ed has thirty years’ international Human Resources leadership experience in global consumer goods and technology companies. At Nestlé Ed was Global Head of Talent and Organisation Development responsible for a complete approach to hiring, developing and empowering leadership talent for Nestlé’s 350,000 employees. Subsequently, he spent 5 years as Global Head of Human Resources for the $5bn global Nestlé Professional business, developing high performance leaders across Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe. Previously, Ed worked for Hewlett Packard and Autodesk in senior HR positions. Ed has a BA in Geography and is a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. Ed joined the Pepal Foundation board in 2019.

C-J Green    Trustee, Pepal Foundation   C-J served on the Board of a global facilities management business in the UK as Chief People Officer for a 26,000 strong UK workforce. Subsequently C-J took the helm as Chief Executive and led the UK business through a period of organic and acquisitive growth from £300million turnover to £600million and was instrumental in creating a forward thinking and progressive approach to Human Resource leadership. C-J is a UK face of the Vibrant Economy for 2018, receiving recognition for her approach to driving business with purpose and a B Leader for the BCorp Movement who believe in business as a force for good. C-J is now co-founder of an organisation which provides progressive HR support through technology to small to medium size businesses. C-J has a BA in Business and Human Resources. C-J joined the board of Pepal Foundation in 2019.

C-J Green

Trustee, Pepal Foundation

C-J served on the Board of a global facilities management business in the UK as Chief People Officer for a 26,000 strong UK workforce. Subsequently C-J took the helm as Chief Executive and led the UK business through a period of organic and acquisitive growth from £300million turnover to £600million and was instrumental in creating a forward thinking and progressive approach to Human Resource leadership. C-J is a UK face of the Vibrant Economy for 2018, receiving recognition for her approach to driving business with purpose and a B Leader for the BCorp Movement who believe in business as a force for good. C-J is now co-founder of an organisation which provides progressive HR support through technology to small to medium size businesses. C-J has a BA in Business and Human Resources. C-J joined the board of Pepal Foundation in 2019.

David Savage    Director, Pepal Limited   David is an independent management consultant and development economist. David has thirty years of experience across the developed and developing world, working with commercial, public sector and not-for-profit clients. David has recently worked for not-for profits in Cambodia, India, Uganda, Tanzania and Myanmar. He has degrees in engineering from the University of Cambridge, business from INSEAD and development economics from the University of Manchester. David joined the board of Pepal Ltd in 2019.

David Savage

Director, Pepal Limited

David is an independent management consultant and development economist. David has thirty years of experience across the developed and developing world, working with commercial, public sector and not-for-profit clients. David has recently worked for not-for profits in Cambodia, India, Uganda, Tanzania and Myanmar. He has degrees in engineering from the University of Cambridge, business from INSEAD and development economics from the University of Manchester. David joined the board of Pepal Ltd in 2019.

Natalie Nicholles    Director, Pepal Limited   Natalie is the Global Director at RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) responsible for developing global strategy. Natalie began her career in the private sector working for FTSE 100 company Wolseley Plc. After four years Natalie decided to focus on work that addresses the systemic causes of inequality in the world. She launched an enterprise project for leprosy and tuberculosis charity in Bangladesh, and built a successful socio-economic impact consultancy within think tank the New Economics Foundation (NEF), working with over 100 charities, social enterprises and governments. A leader, manager, evaluator, facilitator she has published, chaired and spoken publicly on a range of topics. Natalie joined the board of Pepal Limited in 2019.

Natalie Nicholles

Director, Pepal Limited

Natalie is the Global Director at RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) responsible for developing global strategy. Natalie began her career in the private sector working for FTSE 100 company Wolseley Plc. After four years Natalie decided to focus on work that addresses the systemic causes of inequality in the world. She launched an enterprise project for leprosy and tuberculosis charity in Bangladesh, and built a successful socio-economic impact consultancy within think tank the New Economics Foundation (NEF), working with over 100 charities, social enterprises and governments. A leader, manager, evaluator, facilitator she has published, chaired and spoken publicly on a range of topics. Natalie joined the board of Pepal Limited in 2019.

Ahrabella Lewis    Associate   Ahrabella is a creative coach and facilitator. With Pepal she facilitated throughout the Caring Together project In Uganda between 2012 - 2018. Ahrabella focuses on using creativity and innovative techniques to enable participants to work at their full potential. She runs leadership workshops in the UK with the emphasis on practical action.

Ahrabella Lewis

Associate

Ahrabella is a creative coach and facilitator. With Pepal she facilitated throughout the Caring Together project In Uganda between 2012 - 2018. Ahrabella focuses on using creativity and innovative techniques to enable participants to work at their full potential. She runs leadership workshops in the UK with the emphasis on practical action.

Dr. Pantea Lotfian    Associate   Pantea is an innovation strategy consultant and the founder of Camrosh Ltd, a technology foresight consultancy working with private, public, and non-profit sectors to incorporate a systems view of innovation and foresight into strategy processes. Pantea delivers projects encompassing innovation strategy, industry and business process benchmarking, market due diligence and business model design. She previously established and led the Technology Intelligence services for Nine Sigma Inc. and has worked as a consultant at Oakland Innovation (now a subsidiary of the Science Group). Pantea holds an MPhil in Technology Policy from Judge Business School and a PhD in Biochemical Engineering.

Dr. Pantea Lotfian

Associate

Pantea is an innovation strategy consultant and the founder of Camrosh Ltd, a technology foresight consultancy working with private, public, and non-profit sectors to incorporate a systems view of innovation and foresight into strategy processes. Pantea delivers projects encompassing innovation strategy, industry and business process benchmarking, market due diligence and business model design. She previously established and led the Technology Intelligence services for Nine Sigma Inc. and has worked as a consultant at Oakland Innovation (now a subsidiary of the Science Group). Pantea holds an MPhil in Technology Policy from Judge Business School and a PhD in Biochemical Engineering.

Ralph Lewis    Associate   Ralph is a Leadership Development practitioner who has worked across Europe, USA, Asia and Africa in the insurance, finance, computing and pharmaceutical sector, and with the London Business School. More recently Ralph co-founded the UK Centre for Servant-Leadership. Ralph designs leadership programmes for senior managers focused around culture change. He is involved in coaching individuals and groups from both the private and public sectors and facilitates action learning groups looking at innovation and performance issues. Ralph, has written or co-written several books on leadership and several articles on change, strategy and leadership competencies.

Ralph Lewis

Associate

Ralph is a Leadership Development practitioner who has worked across Europe, USA, Asia and Africa in the insurance, finance, computing and pharmaceutical sector, and with the London Business School. More recently Ralph co-founded the UK Centre for Servant-Leadership. Ralph designs leadership programmes for senior managers focused around culture change. He is involved in coaching individuals and groups from both the private and public sectors and facilitates action learning groups looking at innovation and performance issues. Ralph, has written or co-written several books on leadership and several articles on change, strategy and leadership competencies.

We are a charitable group, based in the United Kingdom, comprised of Pepal Foundation and its wholly owned trading subsidiary Pepal Ltd. All profits from Pepal Ltd will be returned to Pepal Foundation to be used for charitable purposes.

The Pepal tree is the longest-living tree in the South Asian sub-continent and can survive for over a thousand years. The tree is sacred to the followers of Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism; Siddhartha Buddha was sitting under a Pepal tree when he was enlightened.