Tom Hockley


Tom has over twenty five years experience in international development, with much of that time living and working in Africa and Asia. He has held long terms posts with the United Nations in Sri Lanka, Sudan and Switzerland, and with the UK Department for International Development in Ethiopia. He has particular expertise in food and livelihood security, and post crisis recovery and planning. He has worked for both the public and private sector, providing advice to private sector companies on business planning and the needs of local communities. He is a visiting lecturer at the School of International Development at the University of East Anglia.

Donata Garrasi


Donata has over twenty years experience leading high profile political, governance and development initiatives in crisis affected environments. Donata has held several posts with international organisations, including as lead advisor on the Development Assistance Committee for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as a governance and social development advisor for the UK Department for International Development, and Protection Officer for the United Nations Children's Fund. As a consultant, Donata has a particular expertise in Africa, the Mediterranean region, the Americas, and Asia, and is currently working with public and private investment groups on initiatives to attract investment in crisis affected contexts.

Brian O'Neill


Brian has over forty years experience working with multilateral donors and civil society in both development and humanitarian operations. He has substantial expertise in the design, negotiation and implementation of major humanitarian and development interventions and in crisis management, research and strategic analysis. He has held a number of senior posts in the European Union, most recently as Head of Cooperation in the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS. Other EU posts include Head of West Africa Sector for the EU Humanitarian Aid department (DG ECHO), Head of Development Cooperation for the EU Delegation to India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and EU Chargé d'Affaires in Liberia. Brian also served as Chief Executive Officer of Cooperation Ireland in the context of the Northern Ireland Peace Process, and has served on the Board of Medicins Sans Frontieres International.

Spyros Demetriou


Spyros has over 20 years of academic and professional experience on crisis and post-conflict issues, and has spent most of his career working with the United Nations and World Bank in fragile, crisis and conflict contexts, where he specialized in strategic planning, programme management and policy development. He has a particular focus on Africa and the Middle East. He has led on behalf of the UN the development and management of peacebuilding, stabilization and post-conflict recovery strategies and interventions, and in the World Bank was responsible for advising country teams in the development of conflict-sensitive country strategies and lending operations. In addition to planning, programme management and coordination, Spyros has sectoral expertise in economic recovery, security sector reform and transitional governance.

Michele Ferenz


Michele has two decades of experience working at the intersection of international development and crisis management as technical expert, strategic planner, and facilitator. She has particular expertise in peacebuilding and sustainable development, with a focus on natural resource management and essential service provision. From 2007 to 2013, Michele was a Senior Adviser at UNICEF covering Sub-Saharan Africa as well as climate change, and was posted as Country Director a.i. in Libya. Michele also works as a Senior Mediator at the US-Based Consensus Building Institute. She holds degrees from Brown University and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.