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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the founding directors of Sazani, Mark is currently writing his PhD on social risk and the energy sector. He is a former UK Civil Servant, qualified UK Social Worker and Social Forester with an MSc in planning. Mark specialises in managing conflict, engagement and community regeneration in urban and rural settings and has significant experience of providing solutions to “Wicked Problems”. With over 20 years of experience in developing and managing large European Union funded projects and in bridging the gap between community, State and corporate needs, Mark 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 at the heart of his work.