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Neha Goel

Neha Goel – Finance Officer

Neha joined GlobalGiving UK in 2014 as the Finance Officer. She comes from a corporate background with over four years of experience in finance and project management. Neha has been instrumental in building finance functions for Middle East arm of a blue chip company. She is responsible for the management accounts and any finance requirements for GlobalGiving UK. Neha had her education in India, Thailand and New Zealand. She holds an MBA degree in Finance and International business from Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand and Victoria University in New Zealand. She likes to travel and has visited places like Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and parts of Europe. Neha envisions GlobalGiving UK as a large interactive online platform reaching out to numerous grassroots charities around the world by sending them the donations quickly and efficiently to meet their budgets.

Eleanor Harrison

Eleanor Harrison – CEO

Eleanor Harrison is the Chief Executive of GlobalGiving UK, an award winning digital charity that works with 427 grassroots partners in 89 countries worldwide, focusing on local solutions to global problems. GlobalGiving UK challenges traditional aid dynamics and offers access to funding, skilled volunteering and practical training for smaller organisations. Eleanor has a wealth of experience leading teams in the non-profit sector both in the UK and overseas. Eleanor was the Director of Action for Children in Conflict (2007-2011), a grassroots charity working with street and other vulnerable children and their families in Thika District, Kenya. Prior to this Eleanor worked for the Refugee Council developing and implementing office and community projects for refugees and asylum seekers in the West Midlands, UK. Eleanor has also worked with young people in Uganda on HIV/AIDS issues, with rural schools in Western Kenya on educational resource development, taught in Bosnia and conducted research work in Australia and the UK for charities. Eleanor was awarded a Groundbreakers Scholarship (2013) for emerging women leader’s in the charity sector; a Paul Harris Fellowship Award (2009) for her community service work. She was also nominated for a Community Service Award, Kenya in 2011. Eleanor holds an MA in International Relations, University of Queensland and a BA (Hons) in Social & Political Sciences, University of Cambridge. Eleanor is passionate about helping people and their communities to realise their potential and deliver for themselves and others.

Celeste Hesketh

Celeste Hesketh – Volunteer Programme Coordinator

Celeste manages GlobalGiving UK's volunteer programmes including GlobalGivingTime (our online volunteering platform) and Route to Good, a Marketing and Communications mentoring programme that we run in conjunction with our Corporate partner Dantsu Aegis Network. Celeste holds a Bachelor degree in European Business Studies and has over 7 years of experience in product marketing within the Financial services sector having worked for Bradford & Bingley, GE Money and Nationwide Building Society. Celeste is passionate about education and children.

Zdravka Mihaljevic

Zdravka Mihaljevic - Marketplace Manager

Zdravka manages GlobalGiving UK 's relationship with partner organisations. She holds a double major in English and Italian language and literature from University of Zagreb, Croatia, and has over 3 years of classroom experience working as a foreign languages teacher. She also holds a Master's degree in European Studies from King's College London and is passionate about education, literature and international development.

Irahyma Paredes

Irahyma Paredes – Fundraising Officer

Ira joined GlobalGiving UK in October 2013. She has a Bachelor in International Economics and Finance and a Masters degree in Economics. She is passionate about international development, and has a special interest in Latin America as she herself comes from Venezuela. She enjoys learning about our local partners worldwide and she has soft spot for causes relating to the advancement of education for children and microfinance in rural areas. She is responsible of fundraising for GlobalGiving UK mainly by writing grant application to various institutions and trusts and researching new funding opportunities for us. She also has a small independent fashion business on the side and two little boys to keep her busy.

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith - Head of Programmes & Operations

Rachel co-founded GlobalGiving UK in 2008. She manages the programmes working with charities, companies and foundations to ensure that grassroots organisations can access the resources they need to support their communities and environment. Rachel previously worked in marketing in the retail sector, for local government and as an archaeologist specialising in later prehistory and material culture. She holds an MA from Cardiff University in Archaeology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Birbeck University. She has been involved in the voluntary sector, particularly fundraising, from a very young age - she organised her first fundraising event (a local coffee morning) aged 7!

Marc Maxson

Marc Maxson - Innovation Consultant

Marc Maxson brings a different perspective to problems such as monitoring and evaluation and creating feedback loops that work (as a core member of FeedbackLabs.org). He is a blogger (chewychunks.wordpress.com), professor, novelist, sermonizer, experimentalist, boardgame designer, and technical consultant with a passion for trying to solve the "impossible" problems of global philanthropy by stealing from evolution, behavioral economics, game theory, and complex-systems theory. Marc Maxson has PhD in neuroscience and helps coordinate the GlobalGiving Storytelling project in East Africa. He was formerly a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia (1999-2001) and did a Fulbright research project around the impact of computers and the Internet on rural education in West Africa (2004). Marc would like to see GGUK become the place where organizations large and small learn more, faster and become more effective at the work they have chosen to do."