Our Associates


Dr Cathryn MacCallum
PhD, MSc (Econ), PGCM, CEng, CSci, FIMMM


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.

Dr Ian Clegg


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.

Dr Mark Proctor
PhD, MSc (Regeneration), Dip ASS, Dip SW, BSc (Econ)


Mark, is a conflict resolution specialist with a PhD on mining and conflict in South Eastern Europe, having developed a new theoretical model for social licence based on political settlement. He has been working in the interface between communities public and private sector for more than 25 years across Africa and Europe

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.

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.

Other Staff

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 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.

Bob Griffiths

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. He has has supported the set up of numerous social enterprises and delivered and facilitated hundred of community based programmes.

Dr 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.

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.

Joshua Shawe

Joshua joined Sazani in 2021 as a  Research Intern A  political scientist who completed an MSc in Health in International Development at the London School of Economics, Joshua has been supporting the team on projects ranging from  community perceptions analysis of drones in Zanzibar to ESG risk reviews in Ethiopia.

Mohammed Nur
MSc, BSc

Mohammed is an experienced environmental review and monitoring expert with more than 20 years’ experience, usually with international multi-disciplinary teams. He has been involved in development, implementation and co-ordination of environmental studies and supported company management in understanding data requirements for environmental issues and their implications for successful implementation of company Environment Management Systems across East Africa. Originally a marine zoologist, Mohammed was involved in the development of coastal sensitivity marine mapping off Zanzibar and  regular contributes to academic publications on coral reef systems. He has travelled widely in Asia, the Middles East, USA, Africa and Europe.

Mwanawije Makame

Mwanawije Makame is an experienced teacher as well as a trainer for both primary as well as secondary class teachers, she is working with Sazani for almost six years since 2014. She is a trained teacher with varieties of short course that help with teaching professional. She has taught in different schools in both Unguja and Pemba Islands in Zanzibar. Apart from Sazani where she works part time, she is also working with the Ministry of Education and Vocational training in Zanzibar at the head office in Pemba under Department of Teacher Education as a Training officer.

Nicola Shone

Nicola is a Philosophy postgraduate with a background and experience in managing education, environmental and volunteer learning projects, in the UK. Responsible for organising Sazani’s online training and events  such as “Who decides?”, as well as supporting their delivery, Nicola has coordinated a range of international learning events and activities with colleagues in Zanzibar, Germany, Canada, Chile, Sweden, Finland, Ethiopia and Mongolia.   She is currently applying her knowledge of rural development in Tanzania and interest in risk management to supporting ESG Risk reviews.

Patrick Rutledge

Patrick has a background in ecology-based fieldwork, outdoor learning and education.  Since joining Sazani he has developed and delivered our  Global Learning Pathway  training for teachers, translating participatory face to face training for online settings and is in the process of developing outdoor learning training for teachers. Patrick has also coordinated the revision of  a series of 15 teaching guides to support delivery of our Healthy and Sustainable Schools Programme  in Zanzibar.  In his free time, Patrick enjoys the outdoors of South Wales by regularly climbing and surfing and hopes to apply this love of the outdoors to his role. 

Rajab Suleiman

Rajab Suleiman Ali is an Education and Community Engagement Specialist working with Sazani Trust Zanzibar since 2016. He is dedicated to improving teaching pedagogies so as to create a better learning environment for students. A biology and geography teacher by profession Rajab specialises in the use of participatory pedagogies and is passionate about sustainable development.  He has participated in a number of curriculum development projects including the British Council Global schools projects linking teachers in Wales and Zanzibar.

Rashid Shehe

Rashid is an experienced science teacher with over 20 years as a secondary school teacher and support tutor.   Rashid works closely with communities surrounding his village where he has initiated the Madrasa for Religious Study and Pre- Primary School, even while there is no access to a permanent building for Pre-Primary. Rashid is fluent in Kiswahili and able to speak, write and converse in English. Rashid currently works at Mizingani Teacher Resource Centre as Subject Advisor for Science & Mathematics and as a part time Education officer at Sazani Trust in the Pemba Office.

Safia Mkubwa

Safia is a qualified teacher, specialising in innovative and creative pedagogies such as ‘Teaching at the Right level’ to support teachers to improve pupil outcomes in key skills such as numeracy, literacy, Swahili, English and critical thinking. With experience in monitoring evaluation and learning as well as data analysis, Safia is responsible for designing MEL frameworks and currently supporting the Zanzibar Malaria Eradication Project to monitor and assess the outcomes of their work.