Astha has completed her BA (Honors) Economics from Ashoka University, India. She was a volunteer of the movement to ban single-use plastic bags in Nepal launched by the Himalayan Climate Initiative. Having no prior association with Raleigh International, she was encapsulated by the vision and the youth-centered and youth-driven programs led by Raleigh.
Astha’s life mission is to work towards making a more equitable society by providing access and equipping individuals with the tools and resources to pursue the life they want through policymaking and social entrepreneurship. She deeply believes in the need to challenging the status quo to bring any structural changes or solve systemic problems. She advocates that ecology, inclusivity, and sustainability should be important pillars of development. She is appalled by Nepal’s and the world’s inefficacy to sustainably incorporate the environment and inclusivity in their development model. She wishes to pursue public policy and sustainable development for the graduate degree and work on this issue.
Other than being a vocal advocate of environmental sustainability, Astha has diverse interests ranging from feminism to admiration for the Nepali language, mental wellbeing to political agency, evidence-based policymaking to #Januhairy. Previously, she has previously held many positions such as 2017 Young Women’s Political leadership (YWPLI) Fellow, Resident Assistant, Teaching Assistant, and Research Assistant. Currently, Astha is a full-time Research Associate at Confederation of Nepalese Industries and a part-time mentor to a YWPLI Fellow at Women LEAD Nepal.
Francesca has a Bachelors’ degree in Political, Social and International Sciences and obtained a Master’s degree in International Development at the University of East Anglia in the UK. During her career she has worked several years in the charity sector and worked on sustainable projects within the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan. She has also worked as a consultant to help charities in the UK to identify funding opportunities and achieve their full potential and joined Global One as a Research Officer to contribute to their environmental projects.
Currently she is working at Good Neighbours UK in their fundraising department. Francesca believes that everyone can change the way we are living and play a key role in developing the potential of others at the national and international level. She believes that young people are at the core of today’s change and she is very grateful to be able to join Raleigh International to bring her contribution to the organisation and grow her experience.
Fatuma is studying BA Politics and International Relations at University of Exeter. Since starting university has taken on various roles within the student body to represent and be a voice for the students. Fatuma was elected by her peers as a Widening Participation Officer for the 2018/19 academic year, a role which she aims to make improvements by campaign on student interests, working alongside the Sabbatical Officers and the Universities towards widening participation. From an early age, Fatuma was exposed to a number of global issues; both of her parents fled a brutal civil war in Somalia, and an experience which shaped her tremendously. As result she has continuously worked towards campaigning and volunteering with various charities and grassroots movements which has paved the way for constant growth and enriching knowledge in a number of areas.
As a volunteer, she helped to coordinate a team of volunteers to go out and carry out humanitarian relief in Calais as well as raising large sums of money. As a Raleigh ICS alumna, Fatuma completed her placement in Tanzania in 2017 working on livelihoods projects. Since then she was appointed as a Raleigh Youth Trustee in 2018, in which she aims to use her platform to inspire young people and campaign for a number of development issues, raising awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Virginia Stuart-Taylor is Head of EU Engagement at the UK Department for International Trade. Her area of expertise is UK-EU relations, acquired through roles in foreign policy, trade policy, international negotiations and diplomatic engagement across various UK government departments. She started her career in the private sector at the telecommunications company Telefónica O2, gaining international business management and strategy experience in the UK CEO’s Office, in Global Partnerships and in Digital Strategy roles in London and Madrid.
Between her careers in the public and private sectors, she volunteered with Raleigh International in 2016 as an ICS Team Leader in Makwanpur, Nepal, focused on livelihoods strategies and recovery following the 2015 earthquake. Supporting the first Raleigh cohort to establish projects in Nepal taught her lots about leadership, operations, community relationship-building, and sustainable development.
She believes strongly in youth empowerment and inclusion, and was selected by the Future Leaders Network to be Head of the UK delegation to the G7 Youth Summit 2020, consulting young people nationally, negotiating multilaterally and proposing policies to G7 Heads of State. She has been a Digital Ambassador for global children’s rights charity Plan International, and an Ambassador from two One Young World summits. She has lived in 6 other countries across Europe, South America and Asia, visited over 65 countries, is multilingual, and an award-winning travel writer.
Dr Khalid Koser is Chair of Raleigh International. He is also Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund. Dr Koser holds positions as Non-Resident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution, Associate Fellow at Chatham House, Research Associate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Non-Resident Fellow at the Lowy Institute in Sydney and extraordinary Professor in Conflict, Peace and Security in the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences at the University of Maastricht.
He is also chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Migration, and editor of the Journal of Refugee Studies. Dr Koser is a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).
Stan is a chartered accountant with experience in the commercial and charity sectors. Starting his career as a management consultant, Stan has held senior roles in various industries, including as finance director of operating subsidiaries in FTSE-listed Lattice Group plc and Close Brothers Group plc. He now works as a consultant on senior level finance assignments across both the commercial and charity sectors, and chairs Raleigh’s Finance and Risk Committee.
Stan is particularly interested in sustainable communities. He is a trustee director of Power to Change, a £150m charitable trust set up to support, develop and grow community businesses across England; he chairs the Audit & Risk Committee at Power to Change. Stan is also a director and a member of the Audit Committee of the CBF Funds which invest £2.5bn in six funds for the dioceses, parishes and cathedrals of the Church of England and connected charities; he represents the CBF Funds on the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group.
Stan attended Operation Raleigh in 1985 as a Venturer on Zebu, sailing from Panama via the Galapagos Islands to Hawaii, where he worked on natural resources management projects. Stan has taken lessons learnt from Raleigh into all his roles since and is keen to ensure that other young people are able to have similar developmental experience whilst delivering sustainable change.
Jack is a director at professional services network PwC, where he leads the company’s private sector development work within international development business. His focus is on the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and other bilateral and international donor agencies.
Working for more than 20 years’ in international development, he has led programmes across a range of sectors including supporting access to finance, access to business support services, market linkages and investment readiness. Jack also trained as a chartered accountant and worked in the commercial and development sectors.
He has extensive experience working in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the developing world, with two years based in Malawi and a year in Kenya, and many short term assignments across the African continent and in other DFID priority countries.
Lucy Slack is the Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, having worked for the organisation since 1999. She is responsible for policy, which contributes to the strategic direction of the organisation, and takes a leading role in the development and management of CLGF’s capacity building projects. Her specific areas of expertise are decentralisation, intergovernmental frameworks, local economic development, local government finance and inclusive local government. She is responsible for managing the work of CLGF’s programme and relationship-building, and advocacy work with members and partners across the Commonwealth. She has been responsible for leading CLGF’s contributions to the global advocacy campaign to highlight local government’s role as a partner in development – most notably in respect of the SDGs and Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda. She directs the work of CLGF’s regional offices in Fiji, South Africa, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago. She has also been pivotal in the design and management of CLGF’s biennial Commonwealth Local Government conferences.
Before CLGF, Lucy Slack worked for the Local Government International Bureau (the international section of the Local Government Association for England and Wales) where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of a UK, government-funded programme of support to local authorities in Central and Eastern Europe. She also worked for a number of years in the planning and economic development department of a local authority, before which she was living and working overseas. She has a BA in German and Politics from the University of Bradford.
Lucy is passionate about the sustainable development goals and shares Raleigh’s aspirations for a youth led approach to sustainable development.
Charles Josleand is a chartered accountant, and was an audit partner at PwC where he worked for 32 years. His career was always very internationally focused, living in Moscow for five years, and Madrid for two years, and principally working with global clients, leading and visiting teams in North and South America, Europe, southern Africa, Middle East and Former Soviet Union countries.
He was a staff volunteer with Operation Raleigh to Botswana in 1991, helping with projects in the national parks and Okavango Delta. Throughout his professional career he has enjoyed working with, and helping develop, young people on his audit teams. He is also the finance trustee on Red Balloon, which helps restore bullied children (who have self-excluded from school) back to education, to employment, and to life.
He is delighted to re-engage with Raleigh to help ensure young people have great developmental opportunities while delivering sustainable change in emerging countries and communities. He is also a member of the Finance & Risk and Remuneration Committees.
Nick is President of North Europe for McCann Health, a specialist division of McCann, the world’s leading advertising agency network.
A digital marketing specialist, Nick has worked in healthcare communications his entire career inspired by the advances in medicine and the social impact such discoveries can make all around the world. In such a progressive industry and changing world, the care of others is paramount, ensuring access to information, services and medicines no matter where you are or the circumstances you find yourself in.
Prior to McCann, Nick ran full service healthcare communication agencies throughout Europe for several other large network groups having successfully run and sold his own agency prior to this.
Having been to Chile with Raleigh in 1995, Nick is thrilled to join the Raleigh board of trustees where he hopes to bring his energy and experience of running businesses that are reliant on young people for their view of the world to bear.
Karen is the Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association, the trade association that supports the Scotch Whisky industry, and is based in Edinburgh.
Prior to this, Karen worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for 16 years, latterly as British Ambassador to Morocco and non-resident Ambassador to Mauritania. During her diplomatic career, she covered Middle Eastern, European and security issues in postings to Brussels, Baghdad and Washington DC. She held a variety of posts in London in the Foreign Office and in the Cabinet Office.
Before joining the Foreign Office, Karen worked as a litigation lawyer for Clifford Chance in London and Hong Kong. She studied History at St Andrews University, and law at the College of Law in Guildford.
Karen was a venturer on a Raleigh Expedition to Namibia in 1993 and joined Raleigh as a member of staff in Chile in 1997. Her experiences with Raleigh, and subsequently working overseas for government, have taught her the importance and power of engaging young people in both their own and their countries’ futures.