In the UK, the BRAC team is made up of dynamic individuals who are committed to ending poverty. We know that our strength lies in the people who work for us. We support and encourage each other to meet ambitious goals both as individuals and as a team.
Chief Executive Officer
After spending the last twenty years working in international development across the world I was thrilled to join the BRAC UK team in late 2014.
My role is to lead the team based in London with BRAC UK’s work to develop partnerships and generate resources to help BRAC achieve its mission worldwide. I am particularly enthused with BRAC’s ‘hybrid’ approach to development, combining development impact with a hard-nosed business ethic. BRAC social enterprises and microfinance are outstanding examples of businesses that benefit many thousands of people by providing employment and income opportunities and also generating profits to enable BRAC to deliver its development services to the poorest.
BRAC has that rare track record in international development of having achieved a quite remarkable scale in its impact on the world’s poorest communities. There is still a huge amount to do and I feel privileged to be a part of BRAC’s efforts to rid the world of extreme poverty.
I combine over 25 years of successful global business development and management in the private sector with 8 years’ experience in international development including an MSc in Sustainability. I have built and run development programmes in Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Nepal and Bangladesh with a critical focus on sustainability, agricultural value chain development and renewable energy provision for the poor. I’ve also established and managed market leading businesses in Australia, The Middle East, the UK and USA. My passion for poverty alleviation is therefore, understood and applied within a drive for greater sustainability, innovation, efficiency, effectiveness and growth for scale.
As Programme Director at BRAC UK, my goals are to reach as many of the poor as we can with the BRAC models of development in the most effective, transparent and efficient manner, serving both the poor and BRAC’s teams, stakeholders, partners and supporters with long term, sustainable, quality outcomes.
Programmes Lead, East Africa
My role at BRAC UK is to engage with BRAC country teams to manage and deliver quality, effective and impactful programmes, in addition to generating new business opportunities. I enjoy building strong relationships with in-country staff and I’m relishing the opportunity to help the BRAC UK team to spread proven anti-poverty approaches from Bangladesh to other developing countries across Africa and Asia.
Prior to joining BRAC UK I gained four years experience of the market-based development sector in the fields of agriculture, livelihoods and WASH, whilst working for International Development in the UK and Zambia. My role included programme management, new business, partnership development, fundraising and communications. I hold an undergraduate degree in International Development Studies from Sussex University. I’m still learning!
Programmes Lead, Asia
My role as Programmes Lead for Asia is to support our country offices to develop and implement projects that address the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable. I also work closely with our country teams to ensure that our Asian projects are delivered effectively and that we transparently communicate our project results to donors and other stakeholders.
I have a background in social sciences having studied Social Anthropology and Development Studies in University. Before I joined BRAC in December 2016, I spent 5 years working in Bangladesh and India in the design, delivery and assessment of development projects. My work is South Asia focused on economic, social and political empowerment of ultra-poor people and other vulnerable groups, such as, migrant labourers, street children and displaced groups. During my time in Bangladesh, I saw first-hand the scale, impact and innovation of BRACs work. I joined BRAC because I saw it as an opportunity to work with an organisation that is bringing sustainable improvements to the lives of millions of vulnerable people in Bangladesh and across the world.
Programmes Lead, Asia – Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal
I am a Programmes Lead for Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nepal) and I focus primarily on finding new business opportunities. This involves looking for funding possibilities from those donors with whom BRAC already works, whilst also exploring and researching new prospects from bi-lateral donors, foundations and trusts. I then make sure that my colleagues are alerted to the opportunities as they appear. Alongside this, I assist the other members of the programmes team with proposal research.
I joined BRAC as an intern in 2015 while I was living in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I then worked with the education team for 8 months on project reporting and proposal development, supporting the BRAC teams in Africa and Asia from the head office in Dhaka. I lived in Bangladesh for 14 months and was a French and History teacher in an International School before joining BRAC. I returned to the UK in December 2015. I studied for my BA in History at University in Bristol and completed a Masters in Medieval History in Oxford.
Zoya Shabir Siddiqui
Strategic Partnerships Manager
My role at BRAC UK is to engage with private sector stakeholders to generate new business opportunities for our global programmes. I work on programme development, build strategic partnerships across various sectors, and explore sustainable market-based solutions to strengthen local ecosystems. I am particularly interested in innovative financing mechanisms such as blended finance in the impact investment space. BRAC has achieved tremendous success building social enterprises and triple bottom line businesses in Bangladesh and we are now looking to raise their profiles and leverage that success in BRAC international programmes.
Prior to joining BRAC UK I developed the UK office for the largest public private education partnership in Pakistan. My role included fundraising, communications, programme management, new business and partnership development. Previous work experiences have also included environment and women’s empowerment programmes. I hold an undergraduate degree in Economics and
Communications and Marketing Manager
I am responsible for Marketing & Communications at BRAC UK. This involves managing the website, email marketing, social media, advocacy and campaigning, print publications such as the Annual Report, PR, Events and fundraising through individual donations. I am particularly interested in communications within International Development and ensuring that all BRAC UK’s messaging is positive and uplifting.
I joined BRAC UK in October 2016. Previously I was Marketing Manager at the International Children’s charity Hope for Children. I established the charity’s website and social media channels as well as overseeing their first major rebrand. I have a BA in Marketing and Advertising at the University of Hull. In my spare time I am a sports enthusiast, avidly following cricket, tennis and football. As a result of a diplomatic upbringing, I have been lucky enough to live in a number of different countries and so I love travelling and experiencing new cultures.