The Team

Local experts and mentors. International advisers and organisations. Designers, investors, peer entrepreneurs, and future alumni.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE NETWORK.

London

ROBERT HAYNIE

CEO

Robert Haynie has over 17 years of experience leading initiatives that bring together governments, companies, entrepreneurs, foundations, and non-profit organisations to address complex global challenges. His passion and expertise focuses on using innovative, market-based approaches to drive social change and generate economic prosperity for communities in need. He brings experience from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Booz Allen Hamilton, FleishmanHillard, and Microsoft Corporation. As CEO, Rob oversees all aspects of SPRING programme delivery and works closely with the partner consortium to disseminate lessons learned from SPRING’s pioneering model.

JANET SOUTHERN

COO

Janet comes from a mixed background of international development and business, and has experience working in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She previously worked on DFID’s Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), and most recently for Atkins management consultancy focusing on public sector procurement, business and process improvement, and strategy development. Janet is passionate about sustainable holistic initiatives that bring real change and positive impact to communities and society.

REBECCA SPOHRER

Knowledge & Policy

Rebecca has 6+ years of experience in development program design, management and learning. Previously at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Rebecca provided technical and managerial support to a range of programs focusing on improving nutrition through market-based solutions across Africa and Asia. Rebecca has authored numerous publications on best practices and lessons learned, and is passionate about capturing what works, what doesn’t, why, and how. Rebecca holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in management of international organisations from the University of Geneva.

CHARLOTTE BLUNDY

Operations

Charlotte is responsible for supporting the operational and financial management of SPRING. She has over five years of experience in the operational management of social and economic empowerment and governance programmes, with a focus on Southern Africa, North Africa and the Middle East. Charlotte has worked on a broad range of projects run by institutional donors, NGOs, INGOs and media networks, including Triple Line Consulting, WarChild UK and Al Jazeera. She holds an M.SC. in Violence, Conflict and Development, from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a BA Honours in Arabic Studies from the University of Manchester.

Aurelie Faugier

Communication

Aurelie is an established NGO and corporate manager with 10 years working experience from multinational firms to start up NGOs, and from government to social businesses, in Europe and India. She enjoys multicultural fast moving environments that share her passion for increasing opportunities for marginalised communities around the world, especially women and girls.
In previous lives, Aurelie was posted in India, Operations & Comms manager for a start-up NGO, and in Barcelona, as a first generation digital marketer. Aurelie holds an MSc in management.