Staff & Trustees

  Full time staff  
   
   

 



   
 

Tony Roberts
Executive Director
Tony founded Computer Aid International whilst Executive Director of CODA International, an international development charity based in the UK. CODA International piloted Computer Aid in 1997 before spinning it off as a separate not-for-profit organisation in 1998. Tony has been the Chief Executive of Computer Aid International since 1999.

Tony has been involved in ICT and international development since 1988 when he volunteered as a computer trainer in Nicaragua. During 10 years as Executive Director of CODA International he has spent considerable periods living and working in both Latin America and Africa.

After gaining a degree in New Technology and Education and a post-graduate diploma in Training and Organisation Development, Tony spent four years as a lecturer. He taught across five BSc undergraduate degree programs analysing the introduction of new technologies into societies and the associated social and economic change.

 
 

 
 

Africa Programme Office

 
 

Gladys Muhunyo
Africa Programme Manager
Gladys Muhunyo heads up Computer Aid's African office, overseeing the organisation's expanding programme of work in East, West, Central and Southern Africa. Having previously worked as East Africa Programme officer for Computer Aid, enables Gladys to help her team achieve Computer Aid's objectives in Africa.

With over 11 years experience in ICT and Development, Gladys has personallly contributed to many projects in Kenya that applied affordable ICTs to education and social development. She says: "Enabling organisations to achieve the practical benefits of ICT gives me great joy and I am continually learning of new ways to bridge the digital divide."

 
 
 
 


Anne Musyoki
West Africa Programme Officer

As West Africa Programme Officer Anne is responsible for building awareness of Computer Aid in Benin, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo. She is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with recipients, as well as creating and maintaining partnerships.

Born in Kenya, she lived in the United States for six and half years, where she worked as a Technical Trainer with the Computer Technology Institute. Throughout her stay in the United States, she volunteered with several NGOs in community development projects. Anne is a graduate of La Salle University, Philadelphia where she earned an MBA in Information Technology.

 
   
 

Benjamin Makai
East Africa Programme Officer

Benjamin oversees Computer Aid International's work in East Africa, including Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Somalia and Sudan. His role involves liasing with partners and recipients of computers, as well as building awareness of Computer Aid.

Benjamin has over a decade of experience in ICT, in both the ICT4D and the private sector. Before joining Computer Aid, he worked as an ICT officer for the Kenyan Government on a joint initiative with the European Union to alleviate poverty through tourism development. He also worked on the Kenya ICT Policy Project, as well as working with not-for-profit organisations Plan International and Pelum Kenya, and for major Kenyan telcommunications companies Safaricom and Flashcom.

He holds a BSc in Computer Sciences from Egerton University and various IT certifications. He is currently pursuing an MBA and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) qualification.

 
   
 

Dr. Hillar Addo
Southern Africa
Programme Officer

As Southern Africa Programme Officer for Computer Aid, Hillar Addo oversees the implementation of the organisation's programme in 12 Southern African countries, namely: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Ghanaian by birth, Hillar has lived and worked in the Southern Africa region much of his life. A teacher by profession, he taught in Ghana, Zambia and South Africa. While working as a teacher he engaged in a number of computer-related consultancies, projects and programmes.

Hillar obtained a PhD in ICT in Education from the University of Pretoria and worked as a project and research liaison officer at SchoolNet Africa – A pan-African ICT education programme.

 
   
 


Kathleen Ndongmo
Central Africa Program Officer

As Central Africa Programme Officer, Kathleen is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with our partners and beneficiaries in Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Congo-Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Rwanda and Madgascar.

Kathleen worked in broadcasting in Cameroon, before moving to the UK where she spent six years working in sustainable development, communications and project management. Before joining Computer Aid, Kathleen worked for leading UK organisations such as British Telecom and Transport for London. Kathleen studied Journalism at the University of Buea in Cameroon and holds an MA in Television Journalism from Nottingham Trent University (UK) and a Diploma in Software Programming.

 
   
 

Patricia Titti
Africa Programme Admin Officer

Patricia provides administrative support to Programme Officers based in Computer Aid's Nairobi office. She is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with Computer Aid's partners and recipients in Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Sao Tome y Principe, Senegal, Sudan, Tunisia.

Patrician initially worked as a volunteer for Computer Aid and was then employed as a part-time administrator, dealing with requests and enquiries from Francophone countries, before moving to her current post. Before joining Computer Aid, Patricia worked for over three years as an IT support officer, providing technical support to voluntary groups in London.

In her free time, Patricia provides support and advice on ICT issues for development NGOs based in Africa. She holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from France and several IT certifications, including a CCNA.

 
   
 

Ugo Vallauri
Technical Research & Development Officer

Ugo works in Computer Aid's Nairobi office and is researching new technologies and services that Computer Aid could offer in the future to serve the needs of our partners. His main research interests are connectivity in rural areas, alternative power solutions and adaptive technology applications.

Before joining Computer Aid, Ugo worked in the not-for-profit sector developing appropriate technologies and communication practices for sustainable agriculture projects in the developing world. He has also consulted for a United Nations ICT project and has been involved in various new media and independent journalism projects.

Ugo holds a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Bologna, Italy.

 
   
 

Fundraising

 
   
 


Stephen Campbell
Trust Fundraiser

Stephen is responsible for developing and writing funding applications in conjunction with our partners to deploy refurbished PCs in volume to schools and universities. He also works with NGOs developing joint projects across a broad spectrum of development activities. Stephen is in charge of finding new financial donors on behalf of our partners and submitting funding applications to medium to large-sized trusts and foundations.

Prior to working with Computer Aid International, Stephen worked on a voluntary basis for two UK-based overseas development organisations, involved in fair trade and rights-based advocacy projects.

 
   
 


Carl Franks
Fundraising Officer

Carl works with charitable trusts and community groups to secure funding for Computer Aid International's overseas projects. He is responsible for finding potential financial donors on behalf of our partners and submitting funding applications to small and medium sized charitable trusts. Much of his work involves building relationships with new funders, maintaining contacts with existing funders and exploring new opportunities for fundraising.

Prior to joining Computer Aid, Carl was involved in tendering and procurement work for development projects funded by multilateral agencies including the European Commission and World Bank. He has also spent time as an overseas volunteer in East Africa. Carl graduated from Stockholm University with a BSc in Political Science.

 
     
   
 

PC Supply

 
 

Richard Kendall
Business Development Director
Richard joined Computer Aid International in August 2004. His responsibilities include the supply of donated computers from within the UK, finance and HR.

Richard began his career at the Bank of England where he gained experience in a range roles, including managerial. In 1992, he left the Bank of England to take up a role as Director of Resources at not-for-profit organisation Raleigh International. His responsibilities included finance, HR, legal and contractual matters, as well as all UK premises and vehicles. He also assumed operational responsibility for high-profile Millennium Awards programmes covering Devon and Cornwall, Northern Ireland and central Scotland.

 
   
 

Anja ffrench
Supply Officer

Anja is responsible for implementing marketing strategies to increase awareness of Computer Aid’s services in the UK and also for developing relationships with companies, local authorities, government departments and educational institutions interested in donating their IT equipment to Computer Aid. The supply of PCs is vital to Computer Aid's work to allow us to give schools and community organisations in the developing world to take advantage of the benefits of ICT.

Before working at Computer Aid, Anja worked at CRISP, a sustainable development charity, where she worked on a computer reuse project. Prior to this she worked for the Resource Alliance, a charity working to build the fundraising capacity of the voluntary sector worldwide. Anja holds a Masters in Development Studies.

 
   
 

Tufel Miah
Finance Manager
Tufel is responsible for managing Computer Aid's financial control and accounting across all offices (London, Nairobi and Johannesburg).

Since graduating, Tufel has always worked for voluntary organizations. Prior to joining Computer Aid, Tufel worked for London Metropolitan University as a Management Accountant. He is a member of ACCA, the international body for Chartered Accountants.

 
   
 


Hitesh Chauhan
ICT Manager

As the ICT Manager, Hitesh's main responsibilities are the maintainance of internal network systems and communication equipment. His work involves the application of proprietary and open source software both within Computer Aid International and for implementation on refurbished PCs. Hitesh joined Computer Aid International, first as a volunteer and then as the ICT Manager in 2003.

 
   
 

Operations

 
 


Sonia Sinanan
Operations Director

Sonia is responsible for managing logistical operations, production and administration, including the processing of applications and donations, at Computer Aid International.

Sonia has worked at Computer Aid International since it was established in 1997. She became the organisation's first paid employee, taking on the role of Operations Manager. She left in 1999 to work at Comic Relief as a UK Grants Officer, but returned to her post at Computer Aid in 2002 and became Operations Director in 2003.

With over 20 years experience in the UK voluntary sector, Sonia has worked in a wide range of areas including drug rehabilitation, housing and overseas development. She was a trustee of CODA International for many years and also of Community Lifeline, an organisation serving the Black community in North London.

 
   
 

Angela Anyiam
Administrative Officer
Angela is responsible for processing applications for computers made to Computer Aid International from organisations based overseas. Angela also organises the shipment of computers to beneficiaries.

Angela started work as a volunteer in 1999, became a part-time Administrator in 2000, and progressed to Administrative Officer in 2003.
 
   
 

David Griffiths
Collection Officer

David's main responsibility is facilitating the collection of computers from companies that have donated PCs.

Before working at Computer Aid, David was a self-employed Analyst/Programmer, following 12 years working in the software industry. David initially worked as a volunteer at Computer Aid before being hired as a permanent member of staff in 2006.

 
   
 

Samia Zoued
Trilingual Administrator

Sam is responsible for processing applications in French, Spanish and English and also organises the shipment of PCs to beneficiary organisations.

Sam has over 2 years experience of working within the not for profit sector. Before working for Computer Aid, Sam carried out a research on conflict management and the personal needs of Palestine-based NGOs for Nonviolent Peaceforce. Sam holds a number of qualifications, including a degree in International Logistics and a degree in Project Management and Business Studies, where she majored in Ethical Business.

 
   
 
James Fairweather
General Production Manager
As General Production Manager, James oversees all aspects of the computer refurbishing process. His main responsibility is to ensure that the workshop team follows a strict quality-control process to ensure that only the highest-quality equipment is provided to beneficiaries. James is also responsible for maintaining the same high standards at off-site production facilities and guaranteeing that any waste is disposed of to the very highest recycling standards.

James has a BSc in Third World Development Studies and has traveled extensively around the world. He has been at Computer Aid since 2003, having previously worked in the administration team.

 
   
 
Kinfe Tekle
Workshop Production Manager

Ken is responsible for taking in PC donations from companies and processing and shipping them to recipients overseas. He initially worked as a volunteer for Computer Aid, before being employed full-time in 2005.

Before working at Computer Aid, Ken ran a computer helpline. He has a degree in Electronics from Middlesex University.

 
   

 


 
       
  PR Consultants Wildfire  
  Patron and Ambassador  
  Professor Denis Goldberg  
   
  Trustees  
  Helen Yuill, Mukesh Malhotra, John Gallop, Dr Youcef Chebani, Avo Hiiemae, Sara Williams,
Daniel Dearlove, Jamie Pawliczek, Leona Capel, Richard Litchfield
 
   
  Volunteers  
 

Asgar Azari, Steve Woods, Mick, Esther Soumaye, Abdirashid Karim, Khalid, Phil, Melanie, Mike, Eddy, Taleb, Zelealem Kefyalew, Bimal Tailor, Matome Keetse, Ercan Goz, Abdul Nagi, Muhammed Tahir, Pedro Navarro, Abimbola Adetero, Sikiry Ilori, Jude Hayford, Prince Eugene Soli, Gary Dyer, Said Oumar, Cordell, Camere Godwin, Osvaldo, Soroush Karimi, David Tonge, Mizanur Ramman, Steven Holder, Meghbai Gopalji, Kate Wozniak, Lawrence Bizimana, Pez, Ernest, Lucas, Vladimir, Vitaly, Simon Kirby, Nana Abena Ahenkan, Saleh Achhala, Rossmario Pelayo, Fernado Cesar M.conceicao, Richard Mayasi Inogo, Floryan Nsiku.
Guy, Matthew, Anthony. Zakaria Abderraziq.

An enormous thank you to the many other volunteers we have not mentioned who have contributed time, skills and experience to the office and workshop.

 
     

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