Who We Are


Cathryn MacCallum, PhD, MSc (Econ) Social Development Planning and Management, PGCM

Cathryn is an experienced and skilled socio-economist with a PhD in sustainable livelihoods and global learning. For more than 25 years she has developed integrated approaches to diversifying sustainable livelihoods and has provided extensive technical support and advice to poverty reduction and education projects across Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and MENA. This has involved facilitation of multi-sectoral partnerships, managing and co-ordinating DFID, EU, UNDP, UNESCO and FAO-supported initiatives, as well as corporate social development initiatives. She has demonstrated abilities in all aspects of social analysis, engagement, curriculum planning and management, together with critical application of International Finance Corporation (IFC) standards and Equator Principles to social risk governance economic resettlement, livelihoods restoration and indigenous peoples plans. She is fluent in English and Kiswahili and able to converse in French.

Mark Proctor

Mark Proctor, MSc (Regeneration) Dip.ASS, DipSW, BSc.(Econ)

One of the founding directors of Sazani, Mark is a former UK Civil Servant, qualified UK Social Worker and Social Forester. Mark specialises in managing conflict, engagement and community regeneration, in both an urban and a rural setting and has significant experience of looking to provide solutions to “Wicked Problems”. He has over 20 years of experience in developing and managing large European Union funded projects bridging the gap between community and corporate needs and has worked extensively in Northern Ireland, Europe and Africa. Bridging the conceptual and communication gap between stakeholders and designing solutions involving Foundations, new knowledge and new forms of communication using Participatory Methodologies, is what Mark is passionate about.

Ada Civitani, MA Applied Anthropology

Ada specialises in the development and management of education and capacity building needs assessments, primarily in the fields of formal/ informal education, women, youth, and migrants. She has planned and monitored research activities in West Africa and Latin America. Fluent in Italian, French and Spanish, she has coordinated a range of international advocacy networks and sits on EU and UN policy advisory groups related to food security and rural development.

Anne Breivik, MA International Relations

Anne Breivik specialises in social science research, public policy and education projects. She has extensive experience with project management, training and facilitating after nearly a decade of work with the UNESCO and the UK voluntary sector. Anne has a MA in International Relations from Durham University and has worked, lived and studied in the UK, Australia, Tanzania and the US as well as her native Norway.

Robert David Griffiths

Bob Griffiths, BSc, N.E.B.S.M., P.G.C.E., P.G.C.C.D

Bob is a qualified UK teacher, marine biologist and former senior civil servant who is a specialist in Project Management, Community Development, Education, and Environmental Management. He has significant experience of working with NGOs, Charities, agencies, local and national governments and bridging the gap between government and communities.He has considerable experience of designing and delivering volunteer programmes for groups and in managing environmental, community and Citizen Science projects. In former lives Bob worked in both mountain rescue and driving coaches.

Professor Craig Kensler, PhD

Craig Kensler received a PhD in Marine Biology from the University of Wales, Bangor in 1965. For +35 years he worked in marine natural resources development, education, management and research – mainly overseas. His international career included 17 years on UN specialised agencies projects: six years with FAO on fisheries and aquaculture projects in Mexico, Greece and Italy; two years with IFAD marine fisheries projects in Yemen and Bangladesh and nine years with UNESCO marine biology projects in Mexico, Burma and Sri Lanka. He has years of field experience working on education, training and scientific projects (and consultancies) in Africa, Asia, the South Pacific, Antarctica, Europe, Arabian Peninsula, USA and Latin America. He was appointed Visiting Professor in Tropical Marine Biology at Bangor University (Wales) in 2007.

Ian Clegg PhD, CQSW

Ian has been working in development since 1981, predominantly overseas as consultant to DFID-funded projects in Jordan (with the Jordanian Ministry of Social Development). In this role he had specific responsibility for children’s rights and child protection. He has also evaluated policy and provided technical advice to DFID for their support policies to developing countries. Within the UK and EU, Ian is an expert in criminal justice systems, children’s rights and juvenile justice.


Jaye Coombes MSc (Econ) Development Policy & Planning, PGCE

Jaye manages Sazani Belize. She is an expert in socio-economic development, and the delivery of social and environmental programmes throughout the region (Belize, Central America and the Caribbean). She has worked on a number of UN and World Bank Social Fund projects. She is fluent in Creole and Spanish (as well as English) and she has particular expertise working with young people in the areas of HIV prevention and awareness, and in disaster management.

Lisa Farr, MA (Geog) Environment, Politics & Globalisation

Lisa is a communications specialist, and has worked for the past decade in advertising and communications in London, where she is currently based. She specialises in public sector, international and NGO activity, and was central to the development of the Make Poverty History brand and strategy in 2005/6. She lived for fifteen years in East and West Africa, and works increasingly as a consultant on development projects on that continent.

Mariella Scott, BA (Hons) Geography and Environmental Studies, PGCE QTS Secondary Geography, TEFL

Mariella has 20 years experience of teaching Geography, Citizenship, History, English and RE at Secondary level in the UK and has taught English and Geography O & A level in Tanzania. She also spent three years working for VSO at Mtwara Teacher Training College, Tanzania, teaching Curriculum Studies, English and Geography Methodologies. Since returning from Tanzania she has worked in London as a Curriculum Team Leader and Associate Assistant Head Teacher and holds the qualification of Advanced Skills Teacher of Geography. Her passions are Teacher Training, Global Education, Whole school reading initiatives and Cross Curricular Skills based learning. Mariella currently works in Wales as a teacher at the Botanic Gardens of Wales, as a Music and Social Media manager for The Big Cwtch Festival, as Oxjam Carmarthen Manger and most importantly as Sazani’s Education Advisor. Mariella’s Kiswahilli is better than her Welsh but not as good as her English.

Marilyn James, Dip. ED, BA (Environmental Science)

Marilyn has been working in the field of education for the last three decades, and alongside her work on Sazani education projects, she works freelance as a PSE and ESDGC adviser. She previously taught and worked in secondary education as curriculum co-ordinator in PSE and Geography, and has a wealth of experience in curriculum development projects, school linking and educational resource production for use with modern technologies. Marilyn is a National Quality Award assessor for the Welsh Network of Healthy Schools Scheme.

Matthew Richmond PhD, MSc Marine Sciences

Matthew is a marine scientist based between Wales and Tanzania. He specialises in Environmental Impact and Strategic Environmental Assessment to the oil and gas industry, project research design and development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and coastal/aquatic resource analysis. He has also produced a number of scientific and educational publications linked to sustainable livelihoods and marine ecology. He is fluent in Kiswahili, Spanish and Portuguese.

Saada Rashid, BEd

Saada is an experienced educationalist and an advocate and specialist in gender equality issues. Fluent in English, Arabic and Kiswahilli, she combines coordination of Sazani’s activities in Zanzibar with the coordination and management of the Bububu teacher-training centre.

Suleiman Mgunya, BEd

Suleiman trained as a geography teacher in Zanzibar and after many years of teaching in local secondary schools, he moved to the National Teachers’ Resource Centre where he currently coordinates in service training for secondary teachers across Zanzibar. He joined Sazani in 2005 and has been Sazani’s liaison officer since then ensuring our teacher focussed projects link in with current educational directives in Zanzibar.