Khalid Koser MBE
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 and Close Brothers Group. 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. Stan is currently a trustee director of Power to Change, a £150m charitable trust set up to support, develop and grow community businesses across England. At Power to Change, he chairs the Audit & Risk Committee as well being on the Grants and People & Governance Committees. Stan has also been the treasurer at St Martin-in-the Fields church, a unique configuration of charitable, commercial and cultural initiatives rooted in a vibrant Church of England congregation.
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 resource 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.
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.
Ben Robinson is studying for a Masters in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham. He has just started his career in sustainable development and is currently heavily involved with two projects: Live to Love UK creating a ‘build back better’ scheme in Nepal after the devastating earthquake; and Enactus, a worldwide NGO which specialises in sustainable development through social enterprise. At Enactus, Ben leads the Beyond Waste project, which creates housing out of recycled plastic bottles, empowering local communities to make long-term change.
In 2013 Ben volunteered in Nicaragua & Costa Rica on a Raleigh Expedition, which included working in Carara National Park. He has since encouraged others to become part of the Raleigh International family. Later that year Ben worked at a remote school in Kenya helping to develop essential infrastructure. These experiences inspired him to become involved in sustainable development.
Susie Rodgers MBE is a former Paralympic swimmer, who competed internationally for 5 years and won 30 international medals including Paralympic Gold and 5 Bronze medals at the Rio 2016 and London 2012 Paralympic Games. She specialised in the sprint butterfly and freestyle events and held numerous European and British records throughout her career. She retired in 2017 after winning Gold in Rio and leaving as undefeated European and Paralympic Champion.
Susie also has a First-Class Honours degree from Newcastle University in three languages and has worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Council during her career on various cultural and youth mobility and bilateral exchange projects. She is also a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of the British Athletes Commission and Spirit of 2012, the London 2012 legacy charity.
She is an advisor and public speaker on various panels around inclusion and empowerment, as well as Patron and Ambassador for various charities. Susie was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2017 for services to Paralympic Swimming. She was selected in 2018 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Susie is passionate about marine conservation, oceans, diversity and inclusion, open water swimming and travelling.
Alex is CEO of advertising agency McCann London, one of the largest marketing communications companies in world, servicing clients that include Coke, Microsoft, General Motors, L’Oreal and Nestle to name a few. Previously he was Global Chief Marketing Officer for McCann Worldgroup, based out of New York City, where he oversaw all integrated new business activity. Having spent over 15 years in the US, Alex worked at a number of advertising agencies, like Grey and BBH. He returned to the UK with his family in January 2016.
Alex believes that, no matter the country, the socio-economic environment or the industry, educating and mentoring young people is paramount to the sustainable success of our world. He works in a very creative industry where close to 50% of the work force is under the age of 26. Alex feels it is imperative to find ways of nourishing, inspiring and guiding these younger members of our community so that they can help us build a better future.
Jean-Paul is a Senior Climate and Environmental Advisor in DFID’s Policy Division and leads on water security policy across the UK development agenda. He has 20 years’ experience working in development and has worked in 16 countries across the world. In addition to his career at DFID Jean-Paul has worked as an Independent Consultant advising government agencies, departments and NGO’s across Africa, Asia and Europe on Climate and Natural Resources.
Jean-Paul was a staff volunteer with Operation Raleigh to Botswana in 1994, helping with projects in the Nxai Pan National Park. He is passionate about the opportunity, challenge and impact that Raleigh creates by working through young people to deliver sustainable development.
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.
Graduating from Oxford University in 1983, Sam Parker started his career in business, working for 6 years in the agrochemical industry, with a focus on Latin America. After a two-year break, working as a volunteer with street children in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sam returned to business with 11 years at a UK-based commodity trading company. Following posts in London, Caracas, New York and Singapore, Sam was appointed Managing Director of the company’s Asian business. In 2002, he returned to the development sector with a role at the International Save the Children Alliance, leading the organisational development of its 30 national members.
2006, Sam joined Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), as its first CEO. WSUP is a not-for-profit company, which brings together private sector and NGO expertise to address the pressing global challenge of delivering water and sanitation services to the growing number of people who live in urban slums, informal settlements and shanty towns. In 2014 Sam was appointed Director of the Shell Foundation which supports social enterprises to deliver solutions to global development challenges.
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 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.