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 millions of people by providing employment and income opportunities and also generating profits to enable BRAC to deliver its development services to the poorest.
I am excited to support the evolution of BRAC as it becomes a global organisation and am a member of the Steering Committee of the Ultra Poor Graduation Initiative, that is taking a leading role in spreading the Ultra-Poor Graduation Approach, pioneered by BRAC in Bangladesh, across the world. By advocating for this approach BRAC is playing an important role in achieving SDG1 – the eradication of extreme poverty.
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 10 years’ experience in international development including an MSc in Sustainability. I have built development programmes in Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, Kenya, Nepal, Tanzania, Uganda 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 approach to 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.
Juliette Webb FCCA
Finance & Resources Director
After spending the majority of my career in the public sector, I was thrilled to join the BRAC UK in mid-2017. My role is to lead the financial and resources management for the BRAC UK team based in London, supporting BRAC to achieve its mission worldwide. This involves developing and managing systems and processes to enable efficient financial management of all BRAC UK organisational finances, and on budgeting, reporting and compliance for the portfolio of restricted funded projects that are managed through the UK office. I work closely with the teams in BRAC and BRAC International (BI) head offices in Bangladesh, and in the Asian and African countries where BI work.
I am a fully qualified accountant, and spent 7 years in senior financial management with the Metropolitan police in London, prior to developing a keen interest in the field of international development finance. I then worked on assignments in Vietnam and in Zambia, through AFid www.afid.org.uk/ who arrange volunteer assignments worldwide for accountants in international development. I now feel privileged to be a part of BRAC’s efforts to rid the world of extreme poverty. Outside of work I love to be out walking or trekking in the mountains, countryside and by the coast, in the UK or overseas, and can usually be found planning my next adventure!
Programme Manager, Africa
My role involves planning, leading and driving ambitious growth and improved quality of the BRAC UK African programme. BRAC UK’s vision for Africa includes scaling high quality inclusive graduation, skills and decent jobs, and early childhood development interventions utilising both private sector and governmental pathways to sustainability. Delivering on this requires building strong partnerships and working through best-practice design processes to deliver high quality interventions.
I have been with BRAC UK for three and a half years working primary on programming in Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan. 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 Enterprises in the UK and Zambia.
Programme Lead, Asia
I am one of the BRAC UK Programme Leads for Asia. My work is focused on programme design, proposal development and project management with BRAC teams and partners in Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Myanmar and the Philippines. We work across a range of different sectors including adolescent empowerment, education, skills development, combating cross-border trafficking, disability inclusion and hybrid market systems-graduation.
I joined BRAC as an intern in 2015 while living in Dhaka, Bangladesh. I 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. After 14 months in Dhaka I returned to the UK to work in the BRAC UK London office. I studied for my BA in History at University in Bristol and completed a Masters in Medieval History at Oxford.
Grants Officer (Africa)
I have been lucky enough to work in a number of different roles across the health and international development sectors, from delivering research projects and writing proposals, to implementing organisational change. I have worked with an incredible range of organisations from local, community based NGOs in India and Peru, to large UK-based foundations and charities. BRAC is the largest, by far!
I recently completed a masters in Global Health, being offered the role at BRAC UK soon after. I am really excited to apply and learn new skills as I support BRAC UK’s Africa portfolio of programmes, predominantly in Uganda and Tanzania. As Grants Officer, I play a part in ensuring smooth management of the grants that BRAC UK holds and am responsible for reporting and contract compliance, all of which should promote good donor relations and enhance BRAC’s reputation as an exceptional development actor.
Grants Officer (Asia)
In my role as Grants Officer, I work with teams in Bangladesh and Nepal to manage all aspects of BRAC UK’s portfolio in the Asia region. I am also responsible for systems development and all related donor reporting and contractual compliance.
Prior to joining BRAC, I managed a range of youth, gender equality & education programmes for a Commonwealth accredited civil society organisation; supporting high-level advocacy efforts with diplomatic missions, government departments and Royal households. Previously, I spent a year working for an NGO in Northern Ghana, coordinating a wide range of rights-based programmes and building strong partnerships with community-based organisations and NGOs. I hold an MA in English Language & Linguistics from the University of Glasgow and recently completed a PGC in International Development at the University of London, Birkbeck College.
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.
Advocacy and Communications Manager
I am responsible for Communications and Advocacy 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, uplifting and impactful.
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.
I joined BRAC UK in October 2020 as Advocacy Advisor. I have a background in advocacy and campaigns for international organisations. Most recently, I worked at the Climate Group, an NGO working to accelerate action on climate change, and previously I worked at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. I have also had previous roles at Portland Communications and BBC World News. I am interested in all things related to international development, politics and sustainability. I have a joint honours degree in History and Modern Languages from Oxford University.
My role includes the delivery of BRAC UK’s parliamentary engagement, communicating political intelligence to key stakeholders, and developing policy and advocacy materials. I believe that cross-sector collaboration is paramount to achieving sustainable change – particularly by building networks and coalitions with a common goal, in order to combat major societal problems and rid the world of extreme poverty.