Oiza Nicholson

Project Director
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Oiza is Palladium’s Nigeria Country Manager where she leads a portfolio valued at over £350million pounds. She is an expert in design and implementation of large and complex multiyear development projects across governance and social development sectors, and has led teams that have secured multimillion pound development projects. As DFID’s Programme Manager in Nigeria, she led its governance and social development portfolio expansion and the development of high value multiyear business cases approved by DFID ministers, increasing its GSD portfolio to over £70million pounds annually.
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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. 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.
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Joost Verwilghen

Chief of Operations
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Joost has over 20 years of experience in managing large and complex international development programmes with numerous donors, including DFID, DFAT and EC. He started his career in South Asia where he worked and lived for more than 5 years. Joost is SPRING’s COO, responsible for programme delivery, budget management of the SPRING Accelerator and successful implementation of services by the SPRING team in collaboration with consortium partners, technical experts, and consultants.
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Emma Davies

Technical Programme Manager
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Emma Davies is a Technical Programme Manager with 13 years’ experience in strategic partnerships and knowledge mobilization within the international development sector.  Areas of expertise include innovation and technology, gender and inclusion, strategic planning, knowledge mobilization and communications.
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Senior Advisor, Monitoring Evaluation and Learning
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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.
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Emily Waters

Monitoring & Evaluation
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Emily is part of the SPRING Monitoring & Evaluation Team, helping to capture and interpret the results of our work. She has over 10 years of experience in research and M&E for development programs in the US and Africa, running the gamut from designing performance monitoring systems and qualitative research to managing randomised controlled trials. She enjoys working with businesses to conceptualize and demonstrate impact, adapting tools and methods to be relevant and practical given the topic and level of rigor required.
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Sabrina Snell

Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser
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As an M&E adviser to SPRING, Sabrina brings 8 years’ experience in development research, M&E system design and programme monitoring. With a deep love for data—in all its qualitative and quantitative forms—she has worked in a variety of contexts and countries across the four hemispheres, starting her journey in astrometry but ultimately choosing to explore the human side of data. She holds a PhD in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex) and BA and MA degrees in Anthropology from Yale University.

Jessica Kempner

Programme Manager
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Jess is responsible for managing SPRING projects, including Business Additional Funding (BAF) and capital raising support provision. Prior to joining the Economic Growth team at Palladium, she worked as Business Development Manager for The Social Investment Consultancy, a social change strategy consultancy specialising in impact. She conducted research for the Womanity Foundation, mapping trends in women’s media participation across the MENA region, and has done freelance translation work for BBC Newsnight.
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Julia Hanne

Senior Communications Manager
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Julia is SPRING’s Senior Communications Manager. Prior to joining SPRING, she worked at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) – the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues – where she managed the  research and policy communications for the institute’s portfolio in development and public finance, growth, poverty, inequality and economics.
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