David Masua is WTI’s Executive Director. David joined Windle Trust International in 2005 and became Executive Director in 2020. A passionate education professional, he spent the last 18 years working in the East Africa region advocating for and delivering education projects. He believes from his personal life experiences that access to quality education at all levels has the potential to transform lives, eradicate poverty, marginalisation and inequality. David has worked closely with the civil society, donors and governments to support efforts to improve equitable access to quality education for girls, boys and children with disability. He holds an MBA from the University of Nottingham, MA Educational Research from the University of Durham, and MSc. Education & Training from the University of Reading.
Alex is the WTI Programme Manager for the Oxford office. He joined in 2019 and focuses on the development and diversification of the Postgraduate Programme. Prior to joining WTI he spent much of the last decade working in Asia, including education roles in Singapore and 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, Deepak is WTI’s Finance Director and responsible for the management and control of the charity’s finances in the UK, Sudan and South Sudan. Having worked in finance roles in commerce for the last two decades, Deepak is delighted to be bringing his experience to assist WTI in developing its financial reporting and decision making. Deepak is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), having qualified with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and holds a BSc degree in Management Sciences.
Malish John Peter
Malish John Peter is WTI’s Country Director in South Sudan, and is a humanitarian, development, and policy expert. He has 15 years’ experience in humanitarian, emergency and development programming and leadership in South Sudan. Prior to joining WTI, he worked with CARE International since 2018 in different capacities including two years as Deputy Country Director, Programs. Malish also worked with the multi-donor programs such as Civil Society Fund, Health Pooled Fund and several international NGOs including Mercy Corps, Winrock International, Global Communities and Education Development Center, Inc. Malish has Bachelor of Business Administration from Nkumba University, Uganda and Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. He is passionate about research and policy work and has written several policy and research papers on South Sudan, mainly on social science and public financial management.
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.
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.
Saif Aldeen Abd Alrazig
Saif Aldeen Abd Alrazig is WTI’s Finance Manager in Sudan and joined WTI in 2022. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in commerce, majoring in accounting from Nilien University, Khartoum. Saif brings extensive financial experience from his roles within other INGO’s including Save the Children, SOS Sahel and International Rescue Committee (IRC).
Alistair joined as a WTI Trustee in 2021. He holds a BA (Hons) in History (Sheffield), a MA in War Studies (KCL), a MPhil and PGCE (York). He was a school teacher for three years before joining the army: he served from 1986-2019 as an education and training specialist with a secondary competency in Civil Military Cooperation. This skillset took him to over 40 countries, including the Balkans, Cyprus, Germany, Nepal, Iraq, East Timor, West and East Africa. He worked alongside but never for an array of UN Agencies and Organisations, International Ministries and INGOs, encountering the good, the bad and the indifferent. Some of these operational and post conflict experiences were chastening and left their mark. Married with grown up children and a grandchild, Alistair is an avid rugby fan, an Amnesty International volunteer and has lived in Cambridge for many years. His local church is just round the corner.
Anna Kulakiewicz joined the WTI Board of Trustees in 2021. A trained teacher by profession, Anna has taught in schools and colleges in Kenya, Inner London and Canada. She also has over 20 years expertise managing educational development projects in London and East Africa. Her most recent experience has been in the field of adult skills and lifelong learning, setting up a volunteer-led English language community project for ESOL adults in north east London. Between 2012 and 2014 Anna worked in the WTI Juba office, first as a volunteer with VSO, then later as a member of the Windle Trust staff management team, specialising in English language training. Anna holds an MA from the Institute of Education and a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Management from the Open University. Anna is based in London.
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.
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.
Mewahib is Head of Strategic Business Development at Oxfam GB. Having joined WTI as a Trustee in June 2021, she brings more than 15 years of experience in international development overseas and in the UK spanning various sectors across humanitarian, early recovery, post-conflict reconstruction and development. As a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Khartoum with MSc in Environmental Studies from the same university and Project Management Professional (PMP) qualification from the Project Management Institute (PMI), Mewahib began her career in Sudan leading the design and implementation of multi-million US Dollar infrastructure and service delivery projects in the Darfur Reconstruction and Development Fund. She then joined the British Council in Sudan and the British Council’s sub-Saharan Africa office in Nairobi before joining Oxfam GB in Oxford in 2019. Mewahib’s current focus is on business development strategy, resource mobilisation and brokering strategic partnerships with multi-lateral and bilateral institutional donors in addition to boosting innovation and collaboration with private sector, philanthropy, trusts and foundations in programme funding globally (Africa, MENA & Asia).
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.