Rebecca Hills

Event Manager and Knowledge & Strategic Communications Adviser

Rebecca is responsible for SPRINGs events and close-out communications. With 7 years experience in events and communications, she has undertaken various roles on creative teams, including overseeing marketing and communications, events and digital media. She has worked with NGOs, the private sector and government agencies across Australia, the U.A.E and the U.K, supporting domestic initiatives, and programmes across emerging markets. Her expertise is in the design of effective communications, and high-impact stakeholder and client events.

Julia Hanne

Senior Communications Manager

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.

Sabrina Snell

Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser

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.

Oiza Nicholson

Project Director

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.

Audrey Wong

Project Associate

Audrey is responsible for supporting the operational and financial management of SPRING. She is also project managing HDIF currently, a challenge fund which aims to identify and support innovations that have the potential to create social impact in education, health, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) across Tanzania. Previously, she has managed a DFID global rapid response Business Environment Reform facility.

Carmen Chapell-Elkin

Project Officer

Carmen works in the operational management for SPRING, particularly focusing on the responsible management of grants. She has previous extensive project management experience in Beijing and Shanghai. She holds an MsC in Migration, Mobility and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and a BA Honours in Chinese Studies from the University of Manchester.

Ramona Liberoff

Senior Advisor

Ramona has worked for 20+ years at the corner of innovation and globalisation, leading large global insight relationships for clients like Vodafone, Pepsico and HSBC, leading innovation teams for Unilever, and also acting as an investor for an angel portfolio of high growth change the world start-ups and occasional founder, most recently of a radically inclusive transport start-up.

Emma Davies

Technical Programme Manager

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.

Joost Verwilghen

Chief of Operations

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.

Jessica Kempner

Programme Manager

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.