I can’t see, so when my radio was destroyed in the cyclone, I felt very isolated. Now that I have a radio, I feel like I can see!
The CDAC Network Secretariat is currently consists of five full-time staff members. The CDAC Network Director, a Senior Programme Manager, a Research and Learning Officer, a Communications and Knowledge Management Officer, and a programme assistant. The Secretariat supports and coordinates the Network's membership to deliver activities focused on the Network's four strategic objectives. The driving force behind the Network's change agenda is its committed and diverse membership, with the Secretariat acting as a catalyst and facilitator.
The Secretariat Team:
Rachel Houghton - Global Coordinator
The gap between the need to think and act interdependently and our ability to do so sits at the heart of the most difficult problems we face today. A sustainable world will only be possible by thinking differently; by learning to see the larger systems … and by fostering collaboration across every imaginable boundary (The Necessary Revolution by Peter Senge, 2008).
…the challenges we face require us to become aware and change the inner place from which we operate (Theory U by Otto Scharmer, 2007).
Rachel has over 15 years’ experience in the international development and humanitarian sectors. For the past seven years she has specialised in developing and leading multi-stakeholder initiatives. She is a trained Partnership Broker, and believes passionately in the power of collaboration. Rachel worked with the Humanitarian Futures Programme (HFP), the Partnering Initiative (TPI), the Consortium for British Humanitarian Agencies (CBHA), the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN), and the Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project, before joining the CDAC Network in February 2011. She is aware of the privileged opportunity she has been given to work with such a unique, diverse stakeholder group on one of the most critical issues facing humanitarian action today: how to communicate in a way that affords greater dignity to people in crisis, gives them greater agency, and also improves the quality and effectiveness aid.
Email Rachel: Rachel.Houghton@cdacnetwork.org
Nicki Bailey - Research & Learning Officer
“Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes. But they are useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.” - Jules Verne, Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
As the Research and Learning officer for the CDAC Network, Nicki is passionate about sharing and using experience to make humanitarian practice as good as it can be.
Nicki has six years experience working in international NGOs and university research centres. Working on large-scale disability surveys as a research assistant at UCL inspired her to undertake an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2009, where she specialised in humanitarian health. Nicki went on to work for Merlin as Monitoring & Evaluation Officer in DRC, where she developed M&E processes and carried out a number of community-based studies. She has also undertaken evaluations and research studies in Malawi and the UK.
She is excited about working with CDAC Network members on building the evidence base around communications interventions, and driving forward the research agenda.
Email Nicki: email@example.com
Angela Rouse - Senior Programme Manager
“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” - Ryunosuke Satoro
Angela joined the CDAC Network Secretariat as Senior Programme Manager in November 2013. She has worked in the humanitarian sector for 8 years, prior to which she worked in scientific research following an education in biology and public health. Angela was recently the Emergency Capacity Building Manager for CARE International and brings a rich experience of inter-agency collaboration across various initiatives, training design and delivery, and evaluative work. Angela has a strong programmatic background, having spent several years working in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Kenya across various sectors, including primary health care, gender-based violence, and water, sanitation and hygiene.
'I joined the CDAC Network as it draws together a really interesting mix of humanitarian responders who each in their own right do great work. Joining forces through the Network can leverage this work to a new level, where members and beyond can learn from and inspire each other. Ultimately I want to see humanitarian responses that truly define at their core a communities’ vision of how they would like to rebuild in the aftermath of the disaster and that communities and responders work together towards that vision.'
Email Angela: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apoorva Mishra - Programme Assistant
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” - Nelson Mandela
Apoorva joins the CDAC network as a programme assistant and brings with her nine years of development experience based in India and Asia. She worked on enhancing networks to build more effective rural development knowledge systems and support sharing of agricultural practices through the use of different Information Communication Technologies. She also has experience in urban development issues, especially within the area of gender and development.
She believes that development is ultimately about living in a state of freedom, where people feel secure and happy. 'The ability to communicate and be listened to with regard to people’s needs is very important to realise this freedom, and is even more critical in the times of crises and emergencies when communities and individuals have undergone such trauma and loss, so I am privileged to join a network that works towards changing practices where communicating with affected communities and building a two-way communication channel through different platforms, is at the heart of the great work network members are doing.'
Email Apoorva: email@example.com
John Warnes - Communications and Knowledge Management Officer
“A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.” - Kahlil Gibran
John is passionate above all about utilising new digital technologies for the benefit of society.
Recently completing an LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law, John sought out the CDAC Network – an organisation that would allow him to utilise his background in knowledge management with his passion for communications and social justice for the benefit of communities that had been affected by disasters.
Prior to CDAC Network, John spent 3 years working at Transparency International in Berlin working on knowledge sharing and public contracting issues. He has also previously worked at the European Commission, UK Parliament and for a private telecommunications company in Munich. He completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Bath.
John is looking forward to advancing the CDAC Network’s agenda, in particular forging new links and partnerships with the telecommunication sector.
Email John: firstname.lastname@example.org