Meet the Team

Board of Trustees

 
 
Michael Holland
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Michael spent 10 years in industry as a qualified Finance executive then 20 years as business and technology consultant helping organisations with back office transformation and change programmes. Michael has been a trustee since 2015 and appointed to Chair in December 2017.
 

 

Jim Freeman
Trustee
Jim is a Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys. He is trained as a Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer. Jim is a fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and a member of the Franco-British Lawyers Society.
Anton Shihoff
Trustee
Anton is a founding partner of Altostrata Energy, and he presently sits on the Boards of BYR EEG, Getbulb, and the advisory board of Airlite Technologies. Over the last decade, Anton has established and supported numerous early and growth stage companies, leading a number to public market listings and private sales. He has worked with wide variety of top-tier investment funds and banks, as well as advising a number governmental investment agencies on their policies relating to clean technologies.
 

 

Senior Management

 
Fleur Auzimour Just
Chief Executive Officer

Fleur has more than ten years’ experience in community-based peacebuilding work in countries as diverse as Liberia, Ghana, Georgia, Sudan and Syria. In addition to this, she has worked extensively to build the capacity of international donors, UN peace keeping missions, as well as local and international NGOs in conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity. In this capacity, Fleur worked in countries as diverse as Azerbaijan, Armenia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Timor-Leste, Kyrgyzstan and Jordan. Before moving into the conflict field, she worked as a human rights lawyer for the Australian government. Fleur holds an MA in International Relations (University of Kent), as well as degrees in law and psychology.
Russell Brown
Chief Operating Officer (Interim)

Russell is based in the London office and has extensive experience in finance management and organisational development. He qualified as a management accountant which subsequently led to 18 years of working in London and around the world in a variety of roles for a large consulting business. In 2013, he commenced work as an independent business adviser providing financial  and commercial leadership and talent management for a variety of individuals/businesses, across many different sectors. Russell is responsible for Operations at PCi including Finance, HR, IT, Risk Management, Procurement, Facilities, Legal, Insurance & Communications.
 
 

 

Senior Advisers

 
Raj Bhari
Senior Peacebuilding Adviser

Raj leads on PCi’s community level peace-building programming in Libya and Syria. He has worked in conflict transformation and peace building internationally (with substantial expertise in the MENA region) and in the UK for over twenty years. As well as designing and co-delivering large scale peace-building programmes, Raj also has a strong skill-set in mentoring and supporting community facing peacebuilders, operating in extremely challenging and hostile environments. Raj has worked as a senior advisor to the UK Government where he contributed to the development of the national community cohesion, conflict resolution and community engagement agendas. This work primarily focused on improving relations between communities where divisive narratives were present. Raj is also a founding director of the UK NGO Talk for a Change. He also has extensive experience in participatory arts in peace building, and teaches on the Applied Theatre: Drama in Educational, Community & Social Contexts MA programme at Goldsmiths University, London.
Anthony Foreman
Senior Peacebuilding Adviser

Anthony is currently a senior adviser on peacebuilding with Peaceful Change Initiative working on the Black Sea and Libya programmes. Anthony has more than ten years of experience in international development with a range of organisations, including local non-governmental, international organisations, and United Nations agencies. His work experience has encompassed conflict research, facilitating dialogue, economic development and community building for conflict-affected populations, as well capacity building to bring the views of such populations to local, national and international decision-making processes through advocacy. He has worked with populations from the conflicts in Liberia, Sudan (Darfur), Chechnya, Moldova and across the territories of the South Caucasus.
 

 
Craig Oliphant OBE
Senior Adviser, Conflict and Security Issues

Craig is Senior Adviser focusing on conflict-related issues. He joined PCi in September 2015. Craig previously worked at Saferworld (2011-2015) as policy adviser on Europe/Central Asia. Until the end of 2010, he was in the British diplomatic service for several years and was latterly Head of Eastern Research Group at the FCO, dealing with Russia and Eastern Europe. From 1996 until 1999, he was Senior Adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, based in The Hague. Craig is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has published widely on Russia and former Soviet affairs. From June 2014, he took on an additional role as the UK independent expert on the Council of Europe Advisory Committee for the FCNM (Framework Convention on National Minorities), and was elected Vice-President of the CoE Advisory Committee, for a 2-year mandate from 2016-2018. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2011.
 
 

 

Libya Team

 
 
Bashar Eltalhi
Country Manager, Libya
Bashar is PCi’s Country Manager for Libya. Before joining PCi, Bashar worked as a National Professional Officer within the Security Sector Advisory and Coordination Division at UNSMIL, where he played a prominent role in providing the team with local perspectives on the Libyan situation. Bashar holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems from the Arab Academy for Science and Technology.
Nada Markous
Deputy Country Manager, Libya
Nada is Deputy Country Manager for Libya, responsible for strategic planning, programme delivery, project management, and financial management. Before joining PCi, Nada was the Office Manager of the Commerzbank Representative’s Office in Libya. Nada graduated in Business Administration and Information Technology.
 

 
Abderrahman Aribi
Peacebuilding Adviser, Libya
 
Before joining the organisation as a Peacebuilding Advisor, Abderrahman was a member of PCi’s Steering Committee in Libya, which worked on developing a strategy for social peace and local development. He is currently a member of the Tripoli Municipality Council’s Advisory Board, and the Deputy Head of the Libyan Civil Society Commission. Abderrahman worked as a Senior Advisor for the Libyan Ministry of Culture and Civil Society, where he established and headed the Civil Society Support Centre. Abderrahman is a certified Leadership and Management Coach and Trainer from Del Carnegie Training International. He holds an Undergraduate Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a Postgraduate Degree in IT from Napier University in Edinburgh.
Taha Elhassadi
Governance Adviser, Libya
 
Taha’s work with PCi has focused on the Peacebuilding Practitioners Network Project, promoting lessons-learning and conflict management initiatives across different communities in Libya, and previously on the National Leadership Group Project, developing a ‘peacebuilding agenda’ for Libya and facilitating practical social peace actions. Before joining PCi, Taha worked as a Political Affairs Officer for UNSMIL, and for the National Transitional Council, supporting the Legal and Human Rights Committee. He also worked in the Office of the First Deputy of the General National Congress, and in the Office of the Chairman of the National Dialogue Preparatory Committee. Taha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Benghazi.
 

 
Erika Atzori
Project Manager
Erika is the Project Manager of the UNDP’s ‘Strengthening Local Capacities for Resilience & Recovery’ and ‘Stabilization Facility for Libya’ Projects, as well as leading on M&E and reporting across the Libya Programme. Before joining PCi in 2015 as a Monitoring & Communications Officer, Erika worked at the IC Publications Group in London, leading on research and production of content for events focusing on Africa and the Middle East. Prior to this, Erika was a Research and Teaching Assistant in History and Institutions of Mediterranean Countries at the University of Bologna, where she also conducted and published research on contemporary politics in Iran as part of a Middle East Politics research team. She has also contributed political analyses on the MENA region for a range of print and online publications. Erika holds an MSc in Middle East Politics from SOAS, as well as an MSc in International Development Studies and a BSc in International Relations from the University of Bologna.
Artak Ayunts
Programme Adviser
Artak is currently the Programme Advisor, with Peaceful Change Initiative supporting North Africa programme in Libya. Artak has more than ten years of experience in conflict transformation and peacebuilding in the South Caucasus and Central Asian countries. He has also built vast experience in designing research methodologies and conducting surveys. During the last several years Artak has been engaged with different international and national non-for-profit orgranizations managing projects in Armenia-Turkey normalisation, Nagomo-Karabakh conflict and regional South Caucasus format. Artak is the author of more than twenty academic publications and articles.
 
 

 
Sarah Abusaoud
Project Coordinator, Libya
As the Project Coordinator for Libya, Sarah is responsible for managing the Project Officers in their day-to-day work and reporting. Before Joining PCi, Sarah worked for UNHCR Libya as Senior Project Control Assistant. Sarah graduated with a Higher Diploma from the Tripoli Accounting and Administration College.
Hadil Krekshi
Project Coordinator, Libya
Hadil is a Project Coordinator for Libya, working both on UNDPs’ Libya Stabilization Facility project and on the Social Peace and Local Development programme. Before joining the PCi team, Hadil was a Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. Hadil is an active member in youth activities and networks regionally and internationally.  She holds a BSc in Business Management. 
 
 

 
Suhayl Lahayhoul
Grants Officer, Libya
Suhayl is a National Grant Officer on the PCi Libya team. He is responsible for the preparation, implementation, and monitoring of the grants given to the Social Peace Partnerships across the country. Prior to his work with PCi, Suhayl was a cultural advisor for Sterling International, working on demining and UXO’s. Suhayl graduated from the Architectural and Urban Planning Department of Benghazi University. 
Abdulqadir Bughararah
National Grant Officer, Libya
Abdulqadir is a National Grant Officer for Libya. He works on preparing, implementing, and monitoring the grants given to the Libyan Social Peace Partnerships. Before working with PCi, Abdulqadir worked for 10 years in the Libyan shipping industry, where he gained managerial experience and increased his network nationwide. He holds a Higher Diploma in Engineering. 
 

 
Mouhaned Terhouni
Project Officer, Western Region
As well as working as a Project Officer at PCi, since 2013 Mouhaned has been a Lecturer at the Tripoli University Law School, where he previously worked as a Professor Assistant. Mouhaned holds a Master’s Degree in Civil Law from Cairo University and an Undergraduate Degree from the Tripoli University Law School.
Akram Wadi
Project Officer, Western Mountains Region
Akram is the Project Officer responsible for the Western Mountains region. Before joining PCi, he worked for the private sector in a range of different roles, from Administration to Public Relations and Legal Affairs. Akram holds a BA in Law from Al Zawiya University, and a BSc in Political Science from the Africa University in Tripoli.
 
 

 
Sulayman Alshami
Project Officer, Southern Region
Sulayman is the Project Officer responsible for the Southern region. He worked as a Certified Trainer in Civic Education for UNDP, and within the trainers’ team of the electoral commission for municipal elections. Sulayman has been a member of the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides Libya since 1989, and is now a leading member in Murzuq, responsible for service and community development. Sulayman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Sabha.
Riyad Boumtari
Project Officer, Eastern Region
Riyad is the Project Officer responsible for the eastern region, based in Bengahzi, He worked as an accredited trainer in the UNIDA Program for Constitutional Awareness funded by the European Union, as a trainer with the programme for raising awareness of disabled people’s rights funded by the US Foundation, and as a co-trainer with the Canadian International Fund for International Freedoms. Riyad has supported Libyan ministries to train their personnel. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
 
 

 
Layma Abusahmin
Finance and Operations Officer, Libya
Lamya is responsible for managing the Libya office finances, and for providing logistical support for workshop and other PCi events inside and outside of Libya. Before joining PCi, Lamya worked as a Finance Officer at Radisson Blu Hotels. Lamya holds a Higher National Diploma in Business Administration from BTEC, University of Libya.
 
 
 

 

Syria Team

 
 
 
Farah Hassouna
Project Coordinator
Farah is PCi’s Project Coordinator for the Youth Empowerment and Participation in Public Affairs project in Syria.  Over the last 15 years, Farah has gained considerable experience working for various NGO’s and brings specific expertise in organisational development, capacity building, and project management.  Farah has a Masters degree in Executive International Management from Lille 1 University in France.
 
 

 

Ukraine Team

 
 
Tetiana Kalenychenko
National Peacebuilding Adviser
Tetiana is the National Peacebuilding Adviser for the Black Sea programme. Tetiana has experience working in peacebuilding and community development for national and international organizations in Ukraine; she is also trained as a facilitator. She has worked on programmes that seek to build trust, enhance social cohesion and promote dialogue as a tool for effective communication. She studied Sociology (BA, 2012), Religious studies (MA, 2014) and recently defended her PhD in Sociology of Religion (2018) and has worked on developing tools for conflict and context analysis that are current and practical to implement. Tetiana’s specific area of interest is religion and conflict, with a focus on working with religious leaders in communities, to develop sustainable results.
Andrii Kryshtal
Project Coordinator
Andrii is the Project Coordinator for the Black Sea programme. He has over five years of experience working in the Ukrainian non-governmental sector; involved in programme management, organisational development/capacity building and peacebuilding. He studied Sociology (Bachelor’s and Master’s degree) and was involved in coordination of research on the political activity of Ukrainian youth (2014/2015) and the needs of civil society and the non-governmental sector in Ukraine (2018). He recently completed a Master’s Programme in European Studies and is currently working on a PhD in Social Philosophy.
 

 

Operations

 
 
Abigail Orr
Finance and Operations Manager
Abigail is based in the London office and is responsible for day to day management of PCi operations. She has over 10 years of experience in finance and operations, most recently as the Director of Operations for an international Managed IT Services company, supporting clients in a range of industries and locations. Abigail has degrees from Oxford and Imperial in Physics and Science Communication.
Alex Williams
Communications Officer
Alex is based in the London office and works across PCi to assist in the writing, development, editing and management of  communications and documentation. In March 2018, Alex relocated from Nairobi to London where she had been based for 17 years working in humanitarian/development communications, with a period working in the private sector (2011-2013).