London

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. She holds an MSc in Middle East Politics from the University of SOAS, and a BA in French and Arabic from the University of Oxford.

Emily Waters

Monitoring & Evaluation

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 randomized 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. Emily holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Colorado and an MPH from UNC Chapel Hill.  She has been with SPRING since its inception, first as part of the Nairobi team now as a consultant based in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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.

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.