BRAC UK currently has six trustees who form the Council of Trustees, which is the governing body of BRAC UK. Trustees are appointed because of their skills, expertise and commitment to the work BRAC does.

Simone Sultana


Simone has worked in the field of economics and development for over twenty years, facilitating multi-stakeholder policy processes during the political transition in South Africa, working with government, labour and business teams on macro-economic, fiscal and community development policy.

She has worked as an economist in the private sector, written for publications such as the Economist Intelligence Unit and consulted for the EU providing development project analysis. Her work with BRAC began in 1987 as a field project manager in Bangladesh. She studied economics at the Universities of East Anglia and Cambridge.

Alex Manu

Alex is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and a fellow of the ACCA with over 23 years of post qualification experience in Auditing, Financial Management, Financial Accounting and Strategy. He is currently the Financial Strategy Manager at NHS England for London Region. Alex has worked internationally for 20 years primarily in accounting, auditing, and consulting.

Alex was a director for enterprise risk consulting with Deloitte and Touche, East Africa and spent four years as a Regional Finance Director with the Aga Khan Health Services in East Africa. He has also undertaken extensive consultancy work with the World Bank, DFID, GTZ and AusAid in Monitoring and Evaluation, Healthcare Financing, Healthcare Costing, Value for Money and Due Diligence Reviews and Health Planning.

Kate Kuper

Kate is an established board contributor and strategic leader with a social impact focus. This has been honed by nearly 30 years of operational and board roles in international development, philanthropy and social investment.  Kate co-founded Bateleur Partners in 2018, a boutique consultancy that helps impact organisations to work smarter, with a particular focus on governance and defining, achieving and measuring impact.

In her varied career, Kate worked for Bain & Company, the Nelson Mandela Government in South Africa and the World Bank Group before building a leading education foundation. Kate is a currently a London-based trustee of BRAC, the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund and Access: The Foundation for Social Investment and a member of the advisory boards of DOT Glasses and the GROW Movement.

Shameran Abed

Mr Shameran Abed is the senior director in charge of BRAC’s microfinance and ultra poor graduation programmes and is a member of BRAC’s executive management committee. BRAC’s microfinance programme serves more than 6.5 million clients in seven countries in Asia and Africa, and has total assets exceeding USD 2.5 billion. BRAC’s ground-breaking ultra poor graduation programme has graduated more than 1.8 million households out of the direst forms of poverty and social deprivation and has inspired the global uptake of the ‘graduation approach’ to tackle extreme poverty.

Mr Abed also chairs the board of BRAC Bank’s mobile financial services subsidiary, bKash, and serves on the boards of the BRAC UK, IPDC Finance and the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV). Additionally, he is the chairperson of the Microfinance Network and is also a member of the Partnership for Responsible Financial Inclusion (PRFI) and the World Economic Forum’s Financial Inclusion Steering Committee.

Peter Nicholas

Peter has over 25 years of management and project experience at the World Bank, including serving as Director of a five country Department in Southern Africa. He has focused on delivering projects with measurable and sustained impact, and on results-based country strategies. His experience ranges from environmental assessments to budget management, and from community-based social projects to the fiscal impact of mining investments.

He has worked with countries in Africa, South Asia and the former Soviet Union, specialising in the development challenges of low-income and fragile states. Peter holds an M.Phil in Economics and a D.Phil in Philosophy from Oxford University.

Jane Cooper

Jane left Whitehall at the end of 2010 where she spent five, very enjoyable years as Director of Communications in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department for Children, Schools and Families. Before government, Jane worked in PR and Public Affairs consulting in the private sector with clients such as Nissan, Roche and the Bar Council.

Her first job was in Parliament and she went on to work for Amnesty International after working with the All Party Group on Human Rights. Jane is also a trustee of the City Lit, London’s largest and most successful adult education college.