Mercy Corps’ European Leadership Council (ELC) brings together a thoughtfully selected group of high-level influencers who are among the foremost experts in their fields. They advise, guide and support Mercy Corps in our efforts to evolve the narrative around aid and development and build trust between the public and NGOs.
Rt. Hon. Douglas Alexander: Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, visiting Professor at Kings's College, London and Chair of Unicef UK. Previously served as a member of Parliament for eighteen years, with nine years in senior Government positions such as; Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Foreign Affairs, Minister of State for Europe, Secretary of State for Scotland, Secretary of State for Transport, Secretary of State for International Development, and UK Governor to the World Bank. Read his full bio here.
Maria Elena Aguero: Maria is Secretary General of Club de Madrid. She has 30 years experience in the field of international development, particularly in Latin America. Maria has been part of the professional staff of the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme. Read her full bio here.
Amadou Mahtar Ba: Amadou Mahtar Ba is a co-founder and Executive Chairman of AllAfrica Global Media, Inc., the largest content service provider specialised on Africa. Ba sits on the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Councils, the ONE Africa Policy Advisory Board and is on the Panel of Judges for the CNN African Journalist Award.
Omar Ghobash: Omar Ghobash is the former United Arab Emirates Ambassador to France and former UAE Ambassador to Russia (2008-2017). Omar sponsors the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation and is a founding trustee of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. He also serves on the advisory body of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College London.
Charlotte Petri Gornitzka: Charlotte is Chair of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD. Prior to this, she was Director-General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). Charlotte serves as Co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on International Governance, Public-Private Cooperation. Read her full bio here.
Fred Kanouté: Fred is a retired Malian professional footballer, who enjoyed his greatest success with La Liga side, Sevilla FC. An avid supporter of many humanitarian causes, Fred established the Kanouté Foundation, which opened its flagship project, the Sakina Children's Village (Mali), in 2010. Fred is also founder of 12MAN management consultancy and the Kafo Academy.
Christina Lamb OBE: Christina Lamb is currently Chief Foreign Correspondent for the Sunday Times of London, where her postings have included South Africa, Pakistan, Brazil and Washington. She has won 14 major awards, including five times being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year. She was made an OBE by the Queen in 2013. Read her full bio here.
Tom Price: Tom Price is currently Director of Communications for Google UK and Ireland. In October 2018 he will start as Director of Policy Communications globally for Google, based in San Francisco. Tom previously worked for the Labour Party and advised politicians including Gordon Brown and Douglas Alexander.
Ceri Thomas: Ceri Thomas is the Director of Public Affairs and Communications at the University of Oxford. Ceri has had a distinguished career in both radio and television, beginning as a producer at London’s LBC News. Ceri has previously held positions as Editor of BBC Radio 4’s the Today programme, Head of BBC News Programmes and Editor of the BBC’s Panorama.
Anne-Marie Tomchak: Anne-Marie Tomchak is the UK Editor of Mashable. She has spent over a decade reporting and presenting for broadcasters including the BBC, RTE, Deutsche Welle, American Public Media and NPR. The Irish Times listed her as '30 Irish Women You Need to Know' for International Women's Day and she is one of Silicon Republic's '30 Incredible Irish people leading a European invasion'.
Ed Williams: Ed Williams leads Edelman’s UK and Ireland business, and is Vice Chairman of Edelman Europe. Previously, he oversaw corporate affairs and communications for the BBC and Reuters. He advises senior executives on corporate communications and strategy and serves on a number of boards, including the Royal College of Art, the Woolf Institute in Cambridge and International Crisis Group’s Advisory Council.
Professor Mona Siddiqui: Mona Siddiqui is currently Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, Assistant Principal for Religion and Society and Dean International for the Middle East at the University of Edinburgh. Her areas of research are in classical Islamic jurisprudence and ethics and Christian-Muslim relations. In 2011 she was awarded an OBE for her contribution to interfaith services. Read her full bio here.
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi: Sayeeda is a lawyer, business woman, campaigner and a cabinet minister. She was first Muslim to serve in a British cabinet. Sayeeda is Chair of the Baroness Warsi Foundation and a Trustee of the Savayra Foundation. Baroness Warsi has consistently been voted one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world. Read her full profile here