Alan is a Chartered Accountant and Treasurer who has many years of expertise working in financial services, making the transition into the not-for-profit sector two years ago. Alan's journey in the not-for-profit sector began with working as a Financial Controller for Goal Global in both the Ukraine and Iraq. He brings a vast array of skills to his role, including financial analysis, budgeting, building working relationships with partners and grant management.
Professor Alan Fenwick – Founder
Our Founder, Alan, began using his expertise to start making a difference in the world by creating a non-profit initiative that works collaboratively to treat schistosomiasis. Prior to this, Alan had been the Director of the Schistosomiasis Research Project in Egypt between 1988-2002.
With long-term experience working in the African landscape, Alan specialises in wider Parasitology with schistosomiasis as his main focus. His experience in fundraising and project management means he’s excelled in raising the profile of schistosomiasis with our donors including DFID, USAID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Legatum.
Alan is a member of Rotary, sharing his knowledge and expertise in the field of Parasitology to further build disease awareness and provide humanitarian aid. He also enjoys driving – on the golf course.
Alexandra Carlin – MER Officer
Alexandra completed her Master’s degree and BSc in Zoology at the University of Lincoln, specialising in large-scale data analysis of sexual selection, specifically Homosexuality in Primates. Alexandra has also previously volunteered with Raleigh International, implementing educational programmes in Nicaragua and assessing the selection process of volunteers. Alexandra has travelled around Latin America, where she participated in field work and taught English, gaining cultural experience first-hand.
Alexandra brings a high level of organisation due to having previously worked in the field and rural communities where it was essential to manage operational processes and brings accuracy to data analysis through her extensive studies.
Alexandra is a creative individual and enjoys reading, learning new languages and travelling.
Alix Grainger – Senior Development Manager
Alix is a social scientist. Having studied Sociology and Social Policy as an undergraduate she completed a Master’s in Environment and Development at King’s College London and a Master’s in Voluntary Sector Management and Grant making at Cass Business School.
Alix joined us in 2008, on a voluntary basis, to raise the organisation's public profile, and sensitise the general public about neglected tropical diseases. Alix's focus has been to diversify income streams to ensure the high-impact work we do is continued.
Anna Wilhelme – Group Management Officer
Anna speaks four languages, has a degree in French and German and brings a wealth of experience in human resources. Her current role includes operational management and coordinating team well-being.
Anna splits her free time between volunteering in mental health services, travelling, reading and pirouetting on ice.
Dr Annalan Navaratnam – MER Advisor: Field Operations
Annalan was previously a Gastroenterology and General Internal Medicine registrar. He holds MBBS and BSc degrees from Imperial College London, a post graduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians. Annalan has extensive experience in medical education and clinical research and has been invited to speak at international conferences.
Annalan is involved in fieldwork, aiding teams with developing training materials, whilst monitoring and prioritising all coverage surveys. He also has a keen interest in research, where he evolves ideas to produce robust investigations.
A keen rugby fan and a previous player for Imperial College, Annalan also enjoys hanging off rocks and testing his physical strength. He also spends his downtime utilising his culinary skills to cook up a masterpiece.
Arminder K Deol – Research Assistant
Arminder has experience working as a consultant in both statistics and modelling, which involves the use of computer simulations of biological systems to develop efficient data structures, visualisation and communication tools to indicate where best to focus our programmes. She uses her experience in field epidemiology researching schistosomiasis.
When she’s not breaking down the patterns of parasitic flatworms, she’s riffing the sounds of Andalusia on her Flamenco guitar.
Ashley Preston – Programme Officer
Ashley joins us with an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Ashley has previously worked within the fundraising team for the charity Ace Africa and conducted data analysis for malaria interventions in Cambodia for the University Research Corporation.
With skills in data analysis, epidemiology and knowledge of the public health sector, she brings a wealth of talent to her role. In her spare time, Ashley laughs in the face of gravity with rock climbing.
Beatriz Calvo Urbano – Biostatistician
Before starting at the SCI, Beatriz had worked as a Senior Ecologist and Data Analyst at Physalia Limited. Beatriz has extensive expertise in biology, statistics and ecology which she makes excellent use of in her work with us.
Beatriz obtained her first degree in Biology from the Univerisdad Complutense of Madrid specialising in Zoology and obtained a PhD in Marine Biology at Queen Mary College, University of London.
Beatriz has a keen interest in photography and can be found snapping photos all over the world.
Bradley Gant – Operations Officer
Bradley is an International Business Management BA (Hons) graduate from the University of Lincoln. He has operations experience in the transport industry with Network Rail as well as experience in the finance sector having worked as a bookkeeping Assistant for Z.G Office Services.
Bradley is a constant source of innovative ideas to improve efficiency, communications and procurement in the team.
With a keen interest in rugby and skiing, he’s the Sporty Spice of the team, and lives a healthy lifestyle through fitness and nutrition. In his spare time Bradley enjoys travelling and creating media content.
Dr Carlos A Torres Vitolas – Social Scientist
Carlos holds a PhD in Sociology and MSc in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His expertise lies at the interface between rural development and public health. He has conducted research regarding the links between community forest management, food security, and quality of life in South America and Africa.
At the SCI, Carlos examines socio-cultural determinants affecting uptake of treatment among rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa. He also leads the development of monitoring approaches to oversee community-based sensitisation activities and of behavioural-change strategies to improve treatment uptake.
Carlos offers a wealth of knowledge in social research methods. In addition to large scale health and demographic as well as socio-economic surveys, he has implemented focus groups and interviews, participatory methodologies (e.g., seasonal calendars), and creative exercises (e.g., children’s drawings) with a variety of audiences, from indigenous populations to policy-makers.
Caroline Pensotti – Programme Advisor
Caroline is our Programme Advisor for Madagascar and Zambia. She’s a registered Nurse with a Master’s degree in Public Health and has previously worked in communicable disease control and surveillance, sexual and reproductive health and clinical research.
Caroline is currently working with a dermatological project in Malawi. The project aims to provide treatment and advice in hospitals as well as health education classes in schools for under-diagnosed skin conditions. She brings a vast degree of knowledge and insight due to having spent her first 20 years living in central and southern Africa.
During her time in Africa, Caroline took part in competitive long-distance horse riding, once riding 80km in a single day.
Carolyn A Henry – Senior Programme Advisor: Sustainable Systems
As a Senior Programme Advisor for our programmes in Ethiopia and Tanzania, Carolyn has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is a registered Nurse specialising in Intensive Care, Tropical medicine and sustainable development. Carolyn has worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres and Raleigh International, living all over the world including Nigeria, Tanzania, Nepal and India.
Having worked within the world’s largest health employer (The NHS) as a ground level worker, lived in a variety of countries, and with her experience in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes, Carolyn brings first-hand insight into supporting the development of appropriate public health programmes and the management of sustainable development strategies.
Carolyn loves to travel and enjoys discovering all that is below the surface whilst scuba diving.
Katie Fantaguzzi – Senior MER Advisor: Operational Excellence
Katie has previously worked as a consultant in the private health care industry, providing expertise on health programmes offered to employees of public and private organisations. Katie graduated with a BA in International Business Studies from Boston College and acquired a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Katie brings a wealth of experience in balancing complex stakeholder interests, and has a background working on projects covering organisational strategy.
Katie is a true child of the world, having travelled and lived all over the globe.
Christine A Logan – Executive Assistant
Christine has a Master’s degree in Social Archaeology and had previously worked at Trinity Saint David for 9 years as a projects officer. Christine brings a wealth of administrative experience to her current role as an Executive Assistant to Dr Wendy Harrison, SCI’s Executive Director. Christine worked as a Finance and Administrative Officer on the Software Alliance Wales project for 3 years previous to joining Imperial College.
Alongside her role at the SCI, she works as a Counsellor in Covent Garden.
Demran Ali – Senior Communications Manager
Demran is an Accredited Member of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising. He has previously worked in healthcare advertising on a range of brands for companies including Bayer, GE Healthcare, Nestlé and Pfizer. Before joining the SCI, he worked for a WPP ad agency – one of the world's largest ad agency networks.
In his spare time, Demran enjoys baking and is a keen photographer.
Elizabeth J Hollenberg – Programme Advisor
Our Programme Advisor for Uganda and Zanzibar, was a programme manager in global development before joining the health field. Elizabeth previously worked in maternal and child health as a grants and communications officer, with a focus on HIV and policy development. Elizabeth has also worked as a researcher in bio-behavioural health issues amongst first responders.
Having grown up and worked for over a decade in developing countries, Elizabeth brings a wealth of first-hand experience and perspective to our programmes, furthering her knowledge through gaining both Agile and Prince2 training for programme management.
Elizabeth enjoys DIY and will readily pull a miniature toolkit out of her bag when we need a handy-gal in the office.
Emma I Lyngedal – Operational Excellence Manager
Emma has experience working for non-profits in international development, start-ups and has worked as a consultant in the private sector on improving systems and developing projects.
Emma has acquired many skills over the years, working with improving strategic business development, managing various projects in many sectors and strategic network building to enhance business operation.
Emma is always aspiring to make change in the world and her interests include water sanitation and climate change.
Dr Fiona M Fleming – Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Operational Research
Fiona is an epidemiologist with a strong background in the control of infectious diseases. With over 16 years’ experience of working in Africa, she has been with the SCI since 2005 facilitating the delivery of millions of treatments. Prior to her time with the SCI, Fiona lived and worked in Uganda for four years managing a Community Resource Programme for Restless Development, which focused on bottom-up sustainable health and agricultural activities in rural populations.
Fiona is now the lead in directing the design, planning and implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities across all the SCI programme areas. This involves the monitoring of programme impact, process, and performance, in addition to economic and social impacts, to ensure that the organisation’s objectives are being achieved. She is additionally involved in multi-disciplinary operational research which focuses on identifying efficiencies, cost-effectiveness, and the accessibility and acceptability of current NTD control programs in Africa.
Jan Yavuz – Communications Officer
Jan holds an LLB (Hons) Degree from the University of Westminster and has experience of coordinating policy and communications in the CEO’s office for an industry leader in financial services.
Jan’s current projects include social media strategic implementation, content development and communications planning.
Jan is a keen motorcyclist and has ridden through the Pyrenees on her beloved Bonneville.
Jenny Burrill – Programme Advisor
Our Programme Adviser for Malawi and Liberia, Jenny previously worked for an international development consultancy, providing technical, advisory and programme management support to several donor-funded health projects. During this time, she supported family planning programmes in Ghana and Kenya and a health governance programme in Pakistan. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in International and Global Studies and a Master’s degree in International Public Health, both from the University of Sydney. Jenny has worked all over the world including Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
In her free time, Jenny loves to cook - she’s the queen of cheese dishes.
Johara Nadri – Programme Adviser
Johara is our Programme Adviser for Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire and Sudan. She has worked across the globe including as an Epidemiologist for a French Regional Health Observatory in French Guiana. Johara also brings aboard expertise in defining disease burden from her experience as a manager for project Africhol.
Johara speaks Arabic and is a native French speaker and brings a wealth of knowledge in programme management of public health programmes in Africa.
You can find Johara practising her belly-dancing moves in her spare time.
Dr Lynsey Blair – Head of Programmes
Lynsey has worked in the field of schistosomiasis control for nearly 20 years, initially in innovative research to control transmission of disease for her DPhil at the University of Oxford before moving to programme management within the SCI. With her extensive experience in multi-country settings, Lynsey leads the Programmes Team working across distinct geographical and political environments to maintain programme efficacy and impact, and promote integrity and sustainability.
When not travelling, Lynsey loves attending live sport events from motorbike road racing to test match cricket, but is usually found on the side of a rugby pitch cheering on her sons.
Marie-Aimee Sandrine – Finance Associate
Marie-Aimee previously worked in the NHS as a Ward administrator, working closely with data analysis. She has also worked as a finance assistant at the University of Arts London.
She is responsible for financial reporting and budget monitoring for all our projects and she works closely with in-country accountants and programme managers to gather and consolidate monthly financial reports on the programme spending.
Marie-Aimee has a keen interest in motor racing, especially Formula 1, and enjoys travelling the world with her family.
Mario Gronert – Data Analysis
Mario was a Statistics Fellow of the Overseas Development Institute in the statistical offices of Liberia and Ethiopia. He is a skilled Statistician, programmer and has survey field experience.
As a German and Spanish citizen Mario enjoys learning about different customs and conventions as well as working across cultures. Mario is a keen sports fan, from canoe to cycling. In his free time, he enjoys reading, the cinema, and discovering the English countryside on a hike. His picnic sandwiches are a wanderer’s delight.
Dr Mousumi Rahman – Senior Programme Advisor: Operational Excellence
Mousumi is our Senior Programme Advisor for the Democratic Republic of Congo, Niger and Mauritania. She has previously worked as a consultant in Cambodia for the WHO (on TB and HIV) and URC (on cervical cancer). Mousumi has also worked as an epidemiologist and project manager for Pasteur Institute on dengue. Whilst living in Myanmar she was recruited by the Malaria Consortium as a survey coordinator to lead the first national malaria prevalence mapping.
With a Doctorate in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Lyon and a Master’s degree in Demography and Health from the Liverpool School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Mousumi brings international experience from developing countries, working with different donors and partners and programme management.