WOMENAID - Key Persons


Adriana Joseph

Job Titles:
  • Administration

Begum Tajwar Shaukat

Job Titles:
  • Honorary General Secretary, Family Planning Association of Pakistan. 13.07.1994

Betsy Lines

Job Titles:
  • Researcher

Claire Dyson

Job Titles:
  • Research

Dame Anne Warburton

Job Titles:
  • Head EC Investigative Mission into the Treatment of Muslim Women in F. Yugoslavia. 02.06.1993

Diana Tsirunova

Job Titles:
  • Senior Web Developer

Dr G.B. Forte

Job Titles:
  • WHO Medical Supplies Officer, WHO Regional Office for Europe
"Your gift to Trickle Up helped begin or expand 6,720 businesses: 2,295 of them in Africa; 2964 in Asia: 1440 in the Americas, including 108 in the United States and 21 in Eastern Europe. These figures, by our reckoning, mean that the lives of at least 35,000 people changed dramatically in 1996….I write to you, our generous donor, to say thank you."

Dr Helga Konrad

Job Titles:
  • Chairman of Stability Pact Task Force on Trafficking in Human Beings. Vienna 11 June 2002

Gina Rosa

Job Titles:
  • Administration

Graeme Warner

Job Titles:
  • Director UN Information Centre, London. 1993

Heike Laschinski

Job Titles:
  • Research

Helvi Sipila

Job Titles:
  • UN Deputy under - Secretary General, Helsinki 1988
Many fundraising initiatives were undertaken, enabling WomenAid to provide support for microcredit, health, environmental and other development related projects in Kenya, Uganda, Brazil, Guatemala, Peru, India, Pakistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. In 1997 ITN News at Ten filmed a Special Report on urgent food assistance provided by WomenAid International to the psychiatric hospital in Yaroslavl, Russia. WomenAid's humanitarian activities multiplied dramatically due to the war in former Yugoslavia. In 1993 Pida secured a contribution of over 8000 MT of food stocks, valued over £7 million, from MAFF together with £750,000 transportation costs from ODA enabling WomenAid to implement major convoy operations throughout the war-torn conflict zone. Operating as a logistic partner with the USAF, WomenAid provided 3350 MT food supplies for the Central Bosnia Airdrop and the Sarajevo Airlift,(Operation Provide Promise) food aid programme -simultaneously supplying over 5000 MT food aid in the region as an implementing partnership with the UN World Food Programme, UNHCR, and WHO. The UN World Food Programme stated ‘WomenAid undoubtedly saved lives'. The seventh British charity to be invited into a Framework Partnership with the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) WomenAid International thereafter was invited by several governments to implement major humanitarian emergency programmes in Central Asia and the Caucasus.

Jacqueline Smith

Job Titles:
  • Support

Joanna Donelly

Job Titles:
  • Research

Kanwal Amara-Bangali

Job Titles:
  • Administration

Lara Griffiths

Job Titles:
  • Projects / Field Finance Officer 1995 1997

Lisa Stevens

Job Titles:
  • Support

Mahnaz Marashi

Job Titles:
  • Administration

Mamo Desta

Job Titles:
  • Country Director, UN World Food Programme, Armenia
"If you are poor, you are disadvantaged. But if you are poor and also a woman, you are doubly disadvantaged!" "La qualite de son travail sur le terrain fait de WomenAid une de meilleure ONG qui travaillent en Armenie." (The quality of its work in the field make WomenAid one of the best NGOs working in Armenia.

Olayinka Owalabi

Job Titles:
  • Finance / Administration

Peres de Cuellar

Job Titles:
  • United Nations Secretary - General

Pia Cerase

Job Titles:
  • Database Developer

Pida Ripley - Founder

Job Titles:
  • FOUNDER
  • Founder and Chair, Ambassadorial Ball
  • Founder WomenAid International With NEHAP FORUM Participants
Widely traveled as a child, she saw at first hand the suffering caused by poverty and the consequences of war, and she remains driven by a rage for change and for justice. In 1996, in recognition of her high profile promotion of the UN and 20 years service on committees, UNA-UK appointed her a Vice-President. n 1975 she received an IWY Award at the UN for her promotional activities of the first UN International Women's Year (IWY). In 1999 she was a finalist in the 9th Annual European Women of Achievement Awards (Humanitarian' category). She has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the principle of voluntary service and community engagement. In 1983 she became an active member of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, FANY (PVRC), the world's longest established women's uniformed ‘military' voluntary organisation. Founded in 1907 the Corps has an illustrious history of service in both war and peace. A committed human rights campaigner Pida launched several high profile global and regional human rights awareness campaigns focused on ending violence against women. In 1992 Bosnian women survivors of the notorious ‘rape' camps asked her to ‘Tell the World' and she launched a global campaign of that name and WomenAid was acknowledged as having taken ‘the lead' on the issue. Implementing a psycho-social support programme for traumatised refugees WomenAid was the only agency paying small cash grants directly to survivors and refugee women who had been stripped of all cash and valuables. WomenAid sponsored the development and consultations on the Georgian National Environmental Health Action Plan, (NEHAP). Using WomenAid's network platform concept, specialist platforms were created to develop each section of the draft plan. The draft was then circulated widely at all levels of civil society for consultation and feedback. The NEHAP was adopted by the Georgian parliament in decree number 326 on 23 March 2003. To conclude the two 5-year campaigns in the Caucasus and thank participants, in 2005 Pida organised the first Caucasus Contemporary Music Festival, Tbilisi Live! A series of concerts were presented by famous jazz, rock, classical and Yo Yo Ma Silk Road artists and musicians, all of whom performed voluntary in support of WomenAid multi-year activities in the region. Pida Ripley, the Founder of WomenAid International gave strategic support at the start of the project and during her visit to Georgia meetings were arranged with key government officials to obtain support and commitment for the aim of the project. This was followed with extensive meetings with senior representatives of larger non-governmental organizations, the press and media, senior police, education and healthcare officials, all of whom were invited to participate in the development of the Network, via Round Table Discussions and issue-specific Network Platforms. This greatly assisted subsequent implementation activities as those who would be positively helpful were clearly identified.

Ray Braisher

Job Titles:
  • Administration

Rebeca Robboy

Job Titles:
  • International Law Researcher 1993

Sadako Ogata

Job Titles:
  • Commissioner for Refugees

Sarah Kreidler

Job Titles:
  • Administration

Sharmini Lilani

Job Titles:
  • Administration

Sharon Thomas

Job Titles:
  • Administration

Sia Karoma

Job Titles:
  • Officer

Tasneem Mowjee

Job Titles:
  • Chief Administrator 1993 1995

Tiggy May

Job Titles:
  • Research