Ian Leggett is WTI’s Executive Director. He has worked in East Africa since the 1970s, initially based in Tanzania for six years then later with Oxfam, managing the regional programme for East Africa and, subsequently, East and Central Africa. A graduate of the Institute of Education in London, he has a particular interest in educational inequalities, especially with reference to pastoralist communities. He is also active in pro-cycling campaigns and organisations.
Alex Bent joined WTI as the UK Programmes Manager in 2019 having spent much of the last decade working in Asia. Prior to joining WTI he worked as the Head of Department and Principal Consultant for a Careers and College Guidance office at an international school in southern China.
Based in Oxford, Monica is WTI’s Senior Finance Officer and responsible for the management and control of the charity’s finances. She is interested in finding solutions to assist management in decision-making to develop the Charity. Monica is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds an Honours degree in Accounting & Finance.
David Masua is WTI’s Country Director in South Sudan, a manager and a passionate education professional, David believes that quality education has the potential to eradicate poverty, marginalization and inequality. To achieve quality education he believes education investment should focus on the teacher. Due to his passion and advocacy for improved education delivery in the country, David was recently elected as the Chairman of the National Education Coalition (NEC) for South Sudan. Working with others in the civil society, education partners and donors he is involved in all efforts to support improved teaching and equitable access to quality education for both boys and girls. David holds a BA in Education from Makerere University, Uganda, Msc in Education & Training from the University of Reading, UK and MA in Educational Research from the University of Durham, UK.
Felice Kabagweri Rugumayo
Felice Kabagweri Rugumayo is WTI's Finance Manager in South Sudan. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce, majoring in accounting from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda. Felice has accumulated 8 years experience in finance in both profits and not for profit, national and international government organisations. Felice works well in a team and builds strong working relationships; with an analytical approach to work; strong attention to detail, excellent numeracy and sound technical skills. She is passionate about improving access to quality education to disadvantaged and young people affected by conflicts which is the core of WTI’s work.
Asim Turkawi is WTI’s Country Director in Sudan. With a background in sociology, international development, human rights and child protection, Asim has accumulated a wealth of experience serving communities affected by war and other disasters through his work with international NGOs and the UN in Sudan, East Africa, the Middle East, Kosovo and the UK. He brings to WTI his experience of strategic planning, policy development, research and needs assessment, and programme management. He has a strong passion to support the rights and wellbeing of children, especially their education needs. Asim is working hard with WTI colleagues to improve access to good quality education for disadvantaged and conflict affected children and young people in Sudan, including refugees, Sudanese internally displaced people and host communities.
Eleanor Horne a WTI trustee since 2002. She also serves on the board of the Windle International Council. Having studied Russian and History of Art at the University of Bristol, she then worked for Pearson ELT department before going to Los Angeles, where she completed a diploma in Cinematography at Universal Studios with NYFA. A qualified TEFL teacher and an active member of her church, where she serves as secretary to the JCC, she is committed to the work of Windle, the promotion of and advocacy for the rights of refugees, and peace through education. From 2018 she became a trustee on the Board of the Hugh Pilkington Charitable Trust.
Elizabeth McNess (MEd, PhD) is a qualified teacher who has worked in both primary and secondary schools in England. For the last twenty years she has worked as an educational researcher and Senior Lecturer in education policy and practice at the University of Bristol, Graduate School of Education. She has a background in comparative research and has served as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE). She has published widely in the areas of education policy, pupil experience, and teachers’ work and professional values.
Lucy Hovil is a Senior Research Associate for the International Refugee Rights Initiative, Managing Editor of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and a Deployable Civilian Expert for the UK government's Stabilisation Unit. Formerly the Senior Research and Advocacy Officer at the Refugee Law Project, Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Uganda, she founded the organisation's research department, overseeing their working paper series. Her PhD (1999) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London explored the relationship between violence and identity in South Africa during the period of conflict that preceded the country's first inclusive election in 1994.
Oliver Bakewell is a Senior Lecturer at the Global Development Institute, University of Manchester. His work focuses on the intersections between migration and mobility and processes of development and change, with an empirical focus on migration within Africa. He is the Research Co-ordinator on Migration and Development for the Research and Evidence Facility of the EU Trust Fund for Africa (Horn of Africa) https://www.soas.ac.uk/ref-hornresearch/. Prior to joining GDI, he spent over a decade at the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. He was one of the founder members of the International Migration Institute and became Co-Director and then Director. Before taking up this role at Oxford, Oliver spent many years working with migrants and refugees both as a researcher and as a practitioner with a range of development and humanitarian NGOs. He holds a PhD and MSc in Development Studies from the University of Bath and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
Sam has had a career working on international development issues addressing agriculture, climate change and livelihoods challenges across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Sam worked with the Government of Sudan on food security issues in the 1980s before joining DFID. He subsequently worked for Oxfam and was CEO of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) until 2018. CDKN is a leading global, multi-donor funded programme supporting developing country decision-makers, providing assistance on climate policies, planning and finance, climate related disasters and international negotiations. In October 2019 Sam became the CEO of Opportunity International (OI). OI focusses on provision of financial services to small scale entrepreneurs and others in Africa and elsewhere.
Stuart Wilson, ACMA MChem(Oxon), originally became a trustee in 2013 and has been Treasurer since 2014. A member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants since 2006, his career began at Vodafone where he held a number of finance and commercial positions before moving into marketing. He was Sales & Marketing Director of Talkmobile, a sub brand of Vodafone, for 3 years, before holding various other positions in the Telecoms sector. His interest in WTI’s activities stems from time in Africa working for Oasis Uganda, where he supported the local administration and gained exposure to office management, bookkeeping and daily operations of a charity in an East-African context.