Julie became the Executive Director of INASP in January 2016 after four years as INASP’s Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programmes. She has worked in the information sector for the past 30 years, with a particular focus on the intersection between research knowledge and international development.
Prior to joining INASP, she managed libraries for the Institute of Development Studies, the British Council East & West Africa region, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions and the Zimbabwe Institute of Development Studies. Assignments have included DFID-funded consultancies establishing a human rights library in South Sudan and advising on the monitoring and evaluation of an Internet project for the Nigeria Law School in Abuja. She was also part of an IDS team evaluating the Global Libraries Toolkit for the Gates Foundation. As well as living and working in Zimbabwe and Kenya for 11 years, she has extensive work experience across Africa and Asia.
Research Development & Support
Senior Programme Manager, Research Development and Support
Ruth leads the Research Development and Support team who work to improve the communication and accessibility of developing country research through capacity building support to individuals and institutions and through the publication of local online journals. Ruth joined INASP at the end of 2014 after 20 years working overseas, primarily in Southeast Asia. She has worked both as a researcher and development practitioner and has written and published on aid and development issues.
Programme Manager, Research and Communication
Jennifer coordinates the communication of research at INASP, managing the AuthorAID programme to support the capacity of researchers in developing countries to communicate their research to different actors, and to increase the quality and quantity of their research publications
Joining INASP in 2016, Jennifer spent the previous four years at the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in London, a role which included developing research best practice and quality assurance, supporting the development of actuarial research with 300 researchers worldwide. Holding an MA in Education and International Development, she previously worked in education strategy for the Royal College of Physicians of Canada and, since 2010, has also volunteered to support a gender equality in education programme in Togo through a Canada-Togo partnership.
Programme Manager, Journals Online
Sioux has worked on and managed INASP’s Journals Online project since 2003. During this time she has helped establish and maintain eight JOLs platforms, which together host over 340 journals. Her role involves identifying new journals for the project; recording and publishing usage statistics; working with the editors of the journals to load new issues; and keeping the information about the journals as up to date as possible. She has also overseen – and is continuing to oversee - the migration of several JOL platforms to local management and the development of new platforms with the Public Knowledge Project and, more recently, with Ubiquity Press. Sioux runs regular training courses for journal editors in key issues such as peer review, journal quality and copyright. She has also been instrumental in bringing international standards and initiatives such as DOIs, eISSNs, the anti-plagiarism software CrossCheck, article-level metrics and Kudos to the journals. Prior to joining INASP, Sioux was a lecturer in Geography at the University of Zimbabwe for 23 years where she was also the editor and manager of a journal for many years.
Christine Friis Laustsen
Programme Assistant, RDS
Christine joined INASP in April 2016 as a Programme Assistant with the Research Development and Support Team, where she provides administrative and logistical support to the Journals Online and AuthorAID Projects. Prior to joining INASP Christine worked as a project assistant in a small international development NGO based in Denmark. She has a Master’s degree in political science from the University of Copenhagen.
Programme Officer, Research Development and Support
Andy’s role covers several different projects - he supports the Journals Online project, which has helped develop open-access platforms for journals in developing countries. He is also involved in the AuthorAID project, which supports developing country researchers through writing workshops, grants, and an online mentoring scheme. In addition, Andy administrates and moderates INASP’s online courses, and is coordinating the development of a range of new online courses across INASP's different programme areas. He previously worked for an academic publisher in journal e-marketing and library marketing.
Evidence Informed Policy Making
Senior Programme Manager, Evidence-Informed Policy Making.
Clara is the Director of INASP's VakaYiko programme, and leads INASP's work on Evidence-Informed Policy Making. Clara’s role is to design and implement capacity building interventions to support research use and advocates for EIPM and to build strong relationship with EIPM’s partners. She has worked previously as an independent consultant on policy influence and evidence informed policy in various contexts, including Latin America, Asia and Africa. She has been working with RAPID (Research and Policy in Development) in ODI (Overseas Development Institute) coordinating the Evidence Based in Development Network (ebpdn) since 2011. She has worked for more than five years in CIPPEC in Argentina developing the policy influence and evaluation capacities of Latin American think tanks and coordinating the Latin American chapter of ebpdn.
Programme Manager, Evidence-Informed Policy Making
Emily works with VakaYiko partners on capacity building for the use of research evidence. She has seven years’ experience working in education and international development in east and southern Africa, with a focus on higher education. Prior to joining INASP, she spent three years as Partnerships Manager for Canon Collins Trust, a British/South African NGO working to connect researchers and activists in southern Africa. She holds a Masters in African Studies (Politics & Development Studies) from SOAS and has lived in Tanzania and Rwanda.
Working primarily in the Research Development and Support team, Faaria provides logistical and administrative support to the Journals Online and AuthorAID projects. Faaria also provides additional support to Julie Brittain, the Executive Director of INASP. Prior to joining INASP her most recent role was at Raleigh International where she focused on training and providing support to volunteers for their upcoming overseas placements. She holds a BA (Hons) in Geography from Kings College London.
Research Access & Higher Education
Senior Programme Manager, Research Access and Higher Education.
Director: Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems (SRKS) Programme
Jon is the Director of the Strengthening Research and Knowledge Systems (SRKS) programme. Jon also leads INASP’s Research Access and Higher Education team, who work with local partners to ensure that researchers, students and professionals have access to the information they need. This spans INASP’s partnerships with international publishers, our support to strengthen national library consortia, and our ‘last 100 metres’ work with National Research and Education Networks to improve university IT networks. Jon has worked on the intersections of research, higher education and development since 2007 and is responsible for developing INASP’s support to higher education institutions. He has written and consulted on research capacity and higher-education issues for a number of donors and research agencies.
Vanessa joined INASP at the beginning of 2015 and provides administration support to the ‘training cluster’ within the Research, Access and Higher Education team. After graduating in European Languages and Management Studies from Lancaster University, Vanessa worked in language teaching and journalism within Spain and Singapore before returning to the UK to pursue a career in international development. She is currently studying for a masters in Applied and Professional Ethics alongside her role at INASP.
Programme Manager, Information Access & Publisher Liaison
Anne is responsible for developing and implementing INASP’s information access work. She manages INASP’s access activities, supporting libraries and consortia with access to and use of e-resources. Anne leads INASP’s work with publishers offering access to their online research literature. Anne holds a Master’s degree in library science (University of British Columbia) and, prior to joining INASP, worked as a librarian and library educator in Zimbabwe for 21 years.
Veronika supports INASP’s access service through workshop organisation, online course content development and moderation as well as assistance with other capacity development activities of library consortia and institutions, in particular in terms of Monitoring and Evaluation. Veronika worked as research assistant and project manager in Germany in the field of medical informatics. She has broad experience in NGO work. Prior to joining INASP in 2015, she worked with the international youth development charity Lattitude Global Volunteering and was involved in the UK government-funded International Citizen Service Programme (ICS). Veronika holds a PhD in nutritional sciences and family & consumer sciences from the Technical University in Munich (Germany) and a BA degree in Language and Literature (with specialisation in Language Learning in a Multicultural Society) from UNISA (South Africa).
Programme Manager, Organisational Capacity Development
Kemal has over 15 years' experience in the international development and voluntary sector. For the last seven years he has worked in programme management and partnership development with experience across Africa, Latin America and Asia. Since 1999, Kemal has worked for a number of international development organisations based in the UK in a variety of different capacities including three years as Chief Executive of a small charity promoting adult literacy in West Africa. He holds a degree in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University and a PhD exploring educational exclusion and caste discrimination in India from Canterbury Christ Church University.
Mai joined joined INASP in February 2015 as a programme officer within the “access cluster” of the Research Access and Higher Education team. After graduating in science of religion and international studies in 2012, Mai worked as an International Project Coordinator for a small international Danish NGO called Crossing Borders, which provides capacity building for young people to become full players in the development of their societies. While pursuing her studies, Mai spent most of 2011 in Jordan doing an internship for ActionAid Denmark and carrying out research for her master’s thesis looking into young people’s motivations for participating in demonstrations and the particular case of Jordan in relation to the so-called Arab Spring.
Fundraising Support Coordinator
Lamiaa joined INASP in 2015 as a Fundraising Support Coordinator. She provides support in the coordination of all INASP’s fundraising activities. She has experience in fundraising and business development in the international development consultancy sector in Egypt and the UK
Evaluation, Learning & Communications
Senior Manager, Evaluation, Learning and Communications
Philip is a Monitoring & Evaluation, Learning and Communication specialist. He has worked for the last 15 years in long term development and humanitarian activities with a range of non-governmental organisations and bilateral agencies across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Philip has worked as consultant, advisor, and coordinator, has managed and conducted analysis across multiple countries and sectors and has strengthened and developed organisational learning and communication processes. His most recent roles prior to joining INASP focused on organisational learning in INGOs and bilateral organisations.
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Fran works as part of the Evaluation and Learning Communication team to contribute to the technical design of M&E methodologies; lead on data collection, storage and analysis related to M&E work; and work with programme staff and stakeholders in the design, set up and use of M&E systems to collect data and design impact and learning studies. With a Ph.D in social anthropology, Fran has worked for several years in Central and Eastern Europe and Africa for the United Nations and as an independent consultant.
Capacity Development Approaches Coordinator
Annelise works closely with INASP staff and partners in country, developing the understanding and coordinating the design and implementation of strategic and coherent capacity development approaches across the organisation. INASP’s capacity development support ‘package’ for individuals and institutions currently includes face-to-face and online training, ‘training of trainers’, mentoring/one-to-one support and communities of practice. Annelise has 15 years’ experience in skills development, capacity building and behavioural change programming, in the humanitarian and international development sector, spanning Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Publications and Engagement Manager
Siân Harris is Communications Coordinator at INASP. For 11 years she was Editor of Research Information, an international publication about information for researchers. In her 16 years as a science and technology journalist she also wrote about climate change, healthcare, life sciences, photonics, telecoms, computing and education. She has a PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK and has experience of working for research libraries, scholarly publishers and the civil engineering, environmental monitoring and chemical industries. Siân has also been a youth worker in a variety of contexts for over 20 years and has volunteered on a range of projects that help address social, economic, educational and health inequalities in the UK.
Alex joined INASP in 2015 as a Communications Officer supporting the Research Access and Higher Education team. She has experience of working on media projects in Cambodia, Afghanistan and Ghana and has an MA in Human Rights Law.
Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor
Dr Femi Nzegwu is a research, monitoring and evaluation and international management specialist with over 20 years of experience in these fields, including institutional learning, institutional capacity building and strategy development. She is highly multi-disciplinary, holding degrees in Post-Colonial Studies, Public Health, Sociology and Economics. She was head of research and learning organization and then head of research, evaluation and impact at the British Red Cross, and managed the research/evaluation portfolio at Guide Dogs for the Blind UK. She has worked as a regional adviser for the United Nations and as an advisor/ consultant to many UK and international agencies and governments on research, M&E, policy and institutional capacity development. Her work with civil society organizations and the public sector is extensive and well documented. She is the author of numerous policy research, evaluation and learning papers and books.
Sangita joined INASP in September 2015. She has worked as a Communications Officer/Manager in a range of international organizations including United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Lutheran World Federation. In addition to over 10 years of international experience in communications and media relations, she is also an active researcher and has authored/co-authored many publications. Sangita holds a PhD in Sociology (Development Communication) from University of Surrey (UK), a Master's degree in Anthropology (Nepal) and a Diploma in Information Technology (Australia). A visiting Researcher at the University of Surrey, Sangita is also affiliated to the University of Bath as a Visiting Lecturer and as a Research Associate at the CNSUK.
Marketing & Communications Manager
Verity joined INASP in January 2017 as Marketing & Communications Manager. She has over 15 years experience of strategic marketing & communication in the field of research communications. Prior to joining INASP, Verity was Associate Marketing Director, Author Marketing at Wiley where she was responsible for defining and implementing the peer reviewer marketing and engagement strategy. She has held a number of roles within the marketing organization at Wiley, and prior to that Blackwell Publishing, working with many different subject communities, with a focus on identifying and developing new market opportunities.
Capacity Development Approaches Officer
Joanna joined INASP in March 2016, leading and supporting INASP staff and in-country partners on online learning and training for a variety of audiences in developing countries. Joanna has over 13 years of experience of leading and supporting design, delivery and evaluation of innovative and effective teaching and learning experiences online. Prior to joining INASP, Joanna was attached to Educational Enhancement Team at University of Oxford where she worked in a number of TEL projects with the focus on digital experience research and evaluation, learning design, and open educational practice. Earlier, as scientific project manager at the Centre for Social Innovation in Vienna, Joanna led on EU-funded international development projects.
Finance & Administration
A qualified chartered accountant, Les joined INASP in 2010 bringing with him over 10 years previous experience of financial management within the charity sector. He has a diploma in charity accounting and as the Financial Controller at INASP he is responsible for all financial and contractual arrangements within the organisation.
Yin joined INASP in July 2011 and currently holds the position of Financial Accountant. She completed her qualification as a Chartered Accountant in 2014. She also holds a BA in Tourism Management from Greenwich University and an MSc in Tourism and International Hotel Management achieved at Oxford Brookes University. Prior to joining INASP, Yin worked in managerial positions with the Marriot Group and the Xinzhi hotel in China.
Carol joined INASP in January 2016 and currently holds the position of Office Manager. Prior to joining INASP, Carol worked as Office Manager for Reform (Think Tank) and Russell Group of Universities. She also was the PA/Office Manager for Diane Abbott MP. She is also a Licensed MSA Official in Motorsport.
Valbona joined INASP in February 2015. She holds a BA in Accounting and Economics and has seven years’ experience working as a Finance Office in an international development organization.