People

Meet The Hunger Project-UK trustees and staff.

We work together to build a community of like-minded people in the UK who are committed to the sustainable end of world hunger.

 

Board of Trustees

Manda Lakhani

Manda Lakhani

Co-Chair & Trustee

Manda became an investor in The Hunger Project in 2017 and a year later, because a Trustee of The Hunger Project UK. She stepped up to the role of Acting CEO in October 2020 and has since been steering the organisation through the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As an experienced business consultant working across multiple fields including marketing and finance, Manda has led teams in a variety of organisations including UK Atomic Energy Authority, Prudential, Hill Samuel, and Nomura Asset Management. Manda left the corporate world to focus on her family, which she did alongside running a successful health and wellness business with a team of over 30 women. She also continued her pro bono work across the charity and small business sectors.

Manda has a long held passionate belief in female empowerment and championing under-represented talent in the workplace.  She has spoken at a number of events on gender parity, diversity & inclusion and health & wellness, including raising awareness of the menopause.

At The Hunger Project UK, Manda has been instrumental in re-launching and growing the Unleashed Women network; recruiting a cohort of female business leaders to maximise their own limitless potential and make a positive change, using the inspiring, transformative global work of The Hunger Project. In her role as Acting CEO, she is spearheading the vision of The Hunger Project to unlock the potential support of the UK market. 

Manda holds a Masters in Business Administration (Finance) from Cass Business School and a BSc (Hons) Chemistry and Management from City, University of London. Alongside her role at The Hunger Project UK, Manda is a Senior Advisor to the President of the Parmarth Niketan Ashram in India, advising on international activity and collaboration. She also supports and advises the Board at Action for Happiness and is a consultant and mentor to a number of women entrepreneurs.

Manda lives in London with her husband, Kanesh and they have two grown up daughters. 

manda.lakhani@thp.org

Dr Joanna Martin

Dr Joanna Martin

Co-Chair Trustee

Dr Joanna Martin became Trustee of The Hunger Project UK in 2021

An architect and accelerator of change, Dr Joanna Martin has worked with hundreds of prominent business leaders, campaigners, entrepreneurs and difference-makers across the globe.  She’s passionate about the potential of a new kind of leadership grounded in compassion, connection, courage, clarity and creativity: a style of leadership that she has crafted, practised and honed over decades as a medical doctor, serial entrepreneur and founder.

Founder of One of many® a coaching organisation for women leaders and entrepreneurs, her message and work have directly impacted over 100,000 people on 4 different continents. The diverse membership includes politicians, CEOs, partners in major global organisations, doctors, lawyers, accountants, activists, mothers, grandmothers, and daughters – united in their desire to change their corner of the world. As an internationally acclaimed and award-winning speaker she’s trained and certified over 1800 coaches, master coaches and trainers in behavioural change tools.

A committed investor and Trustee on the Board of The Hunger Project UK, Jo’s trained over 70 fundraisers and facilitators globally. Jo believes that the introduction of diverse modern leadership across every sector, at every decision table and in every part of society will have a transformational impact that’s needed now more than ever.

Irena Tullis

Irena Tullis

Trustee

Irena Tullis became Trustee of the Hunger Project UK in March 2017.

She has 15 years of experience in corporate and investment banking in the UK, Russia and the Czech Republic. During her career break to look after her family, she lived in Argentina, Italy and The Netherlands. She resumed her banking career in June 2017.
Growing up behind the iron curtain was instrumental in growing Irena’s passion on the importance of women’s education and self-reliance. Irena volunteered for charities in Argentina and The Netherlands.

Irena has two children. In her free time, she enjoys running and cycling. She plays piano and sings in a local choir.

Monique Surridge

Monique Surridge

Trustee

Born and raised in The Netherlands, Monique moved to the UK to do her MSc in Tourism Planning and Development at the University of Surrey. At one of the big 4 consultancy firms, Monique worked on national tourism strategy plans for both public sector as well as private sector clients. Most of her projects were across Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Having worked with donor agencies and governments in developing countries she is a strong believer in women’s empowerment.

Monique joined the Board of Trustees in 2017.

monique.surridge@thp.org

Elspeth Cox

Elspeth Cox

Company Secretary, Board of Trustees

Elspeth is The Hunger Project UK’s Company Secretary, a position she has held on and off since 2014.

A Fellow of the Chartered Governance Institute, Elspeth has extensive experience in the charity and non-profit sector and has worked with a number of organisations including English Heritage, The Theatres Trust and the Imperial War Museum. Elspeth has also worked in a number of voluntary roles with the Ramblers Association, most recently as their Committee Treasurer, and as a Trustee of Paul’s Cancer Support.

Alongside her work with The Hunger Project UK, Elspeth has worked at Macmillan Cancer Support for over 17 years and in 2018 became their Company Secretary.

Staff

Rebecca Burgess

Rebecca Burgess

Country Director

Rebecca joined The Hunger Project as Country Director in April 2022. 

Listed in Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35 list 2020, the longest-running, most prestigious list of young, female business talent in the UK, Rebecca is an accomplished leader.  

She joins The Hunger Project UK following leadership roles in sectors including climate, health, policy, and gender. A confident speaker, she’s been invited to share her thoughts on a variety of forums, including the prestigious edie Sustainability Leader’s Forum. 

Before joining The Hunger Project, Rebecca was Interim Director at She Changes Climate; a campaigning group calling for equal representation of women at the top levels of all climate negotiations globally. A passionate environmentalist and advocate for gender equality and human rights, Rebecca calls for these issues to be tackled together, not separately. She also urges for the voices of those who are most impacted by climate change and poverty to be heard; something central to The Hunger Project’s global strategy. 

Previously Chief Executive of City to Sea, she transformed the not-for-profit into a globally respected thought leader on circular economy practices. In 2021, the organisation featured on Escape The City’s Top 100 List, depicting her focus on team wellbeing. Passionate about business being a force for good, she trained as a B Leader in 2017 and as Chief Engagement Officer at carbon accounting software Spherics, she oversaw their B Corp Certification.  

Rebecca moved to the Southwest of England, after 10 years shaping sector leading community programmes with a variety of companies and not-for-profits in London. Whilst working in the charitable sector, Rebecca has won many industry awards including a Corporate Engagement Award, Utility Week Award, Better Society Award, Business in the Community ‘Big Tick’ Award, Global Good Award and Business Charity Award.  

In 2019, Rebecca was listed in the WISE100, recognising the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven business.  

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rebecca.burgess@thp.org 

Emma Bardsley

Emma Bardsley

Marketing & Relationships Manager

Emma joined The Hunger Project as Marketing & Relationships Manager in November 2021. 

She joined The Hunger Project with a wealth of marketing, events and communications experience in the corporate world, working with a number of brands including Harrods and the Arcadia Group.

Emma’s passion lies within gender equality and human rights. She joined The Hunger Project to help make a small difference in achieving the sustainable end of world hunger. 

emma.bardsley@thp.org.uk

Marie-Jo Echeverria

Marie-Jo Echeverria

Operations Consultant

Originally from France, Marie Jo joined The Hunger Project as Operation Manager in April 2021.

A well-travelled manager, with over 15 years involved in environmental issues, working throughout Europe. Marie Jo specialises in systems, processes, within a multicultural environment.

As a strong advocate of honoring and respecting one another, she strongly relates to The Hunger Project approach to ending hunger. Marie Jo believes it all starts from within and that is a space where we are all equal.

Christine French

Christine French

Finance Manager

An Australian who has made London her home for the past 17 years, Christine is an Administration Officer who is passionate about the detail and loves being organised.  She has a background in Project Management and PMO and has worked at a number of Fortune-500 global companies over the last 30 years as well as smaller organisations.

In between juggling the administration work at the Hunger Project she can usually found in her gym gear either at an F45 or sweating it out in an indoor cycle class.  On weekends she likes to spend time with her husband and two teenage children.

Constanza Valdez

Constanza Valdez

Campaigns Co-ordinator

Originally from Peru, Constanza moved to the UK to study her BSc in International Social and Public Policy at the London School of Economics.

Constanza joined THP-UK as an intern in 2021. Since then, she has been part of the Unleashed Women team, working on social media and communications.

When asked why she joined The Hunger Project Constanza said: “Ever since I can remember I have participated in volunteering programs with different NGOs. However, I had seen so many charities attempt to tackle social problems through ‘relief’ approaches instead of focusing on the systematic issues.

When I read about the work The Hunger Project does on the ground I immediately fell in love with the organization. The way it is able to see hunger as a multidimensional problem and tackle it in a holistic way amazed me. I was inspired by the way THP puts people first and works with locals to make sure to align with their culture and values while helping in development programmes. I firmly believe this is the only way to reach sustainable solutions to the problems we face today, and that is why I choose to dedicate my time to The Hunger Project.”

Interns & Volunteers 

Anjola Oluwo

Anjola Oluwo

Summer Intern

Hello, my name is Anjola Oluwo and I am second year International Social and Public Policy with Politics at the London School of Economics.

I joined The Hunger Project UK in summer 2022 and am currently working on their International Youth Day campaign.

I was initially drawn to join The Hunger Project as I found their unique approach to developing and empowering communities inspiring.

As someone who is passionate about development, I hope to someday launch projects that are as influential and impactful as The Hunger Project’s

Arabella Woo

Arabella Woo

Summer Volunteer

Having grown up in the UK, Arabella is a student at the London School of Economics studying International Social and Public Policy with Politics. With a passion for hunger and poverty, Arabella has volunteered with various NGOs around food wastage. She is also a keen fundraiser, with her latest ambition being to climb Mt Kilimanjaro.

When asked why she joined The Hunger Project UK Arabella said: “I was inspired to join THP-UK because of its desire to focus on a bottom-up approach, where the solution to global hunger can be found in the empowerment of men and women across the world. This is both rewarding and inspiring. I believe THP-UK is playing a key role in the creating a world where every woman, man and child is able to lead a life of fulfilment.”

Allie Stofer

Allie Stofer

Summer Intern

Allie is a rising senior, studying Political Science at Fordham University in New York City. Although she is originally from Seattle, Washington, Allie is spending two months studying abroad in London this summer. With a passion for politics and human rights, Allie has worked in a variety of positions before, including on a campaign and in government official’s offices.

Allie is very excited to join The Hunger Project as an intern this summer. She was inspired to join The Hunger Project due to its approach to self-reliance, as well as its additional focus on empowering women.

Jack Reilly

Jack Reilly

Summer Intern

Jack is a rising fourth-year student at Fordham University in New York City, where he studies International Political Economy and Political Science. 

 Interested in pursuing a career in public interest law, he previously worked as a clinic assistant at Lincoln Square Legal Services, Inc., the pro-bono legal clinic associated with Fordham University School of Law. 

 Jack joined The Hunger Project UK in Summer 2022, and assists with development and awareness. He was inspired to join THP-UK by their sustainable approach to end global hunger through the empowerment of women.

Are you interested in volunteering?

With only a small team in the UK, The Hunger Project could not achieve our work towards the end of hunger without the enthusiastic and incredible volunteers who support us.  We work with people with various experiences, including PR, marketing, fundraising, social media, events management and graphic design. For more information about volunteer opportunities and how to be part of our community ending hunger, contact us at info@thehungerproject.org.uk

 

Razia, Bangladesh

“Every woman should be skilled and economically self-reliant… Otherwise, the problems of women could never be solved…”

Rita, Ghana

“I worked with the teachers, sensitising the school children on the effects and the harms teenage pregnancy can do to them.”

Rejeya, Bangladesh

“Now I do not pass the night without food and my other family members can eat full meals at night.”