Field Ready Management

38 Staff (29 FTEs)

71% local staff

Present in 10 countries

Eric James – Executive Director: Eric has nearly two decades of experience leading disaster relief and development projects for a number of NGOs worldwide. A co-founder of Field Ready, Eric has served NGOs as operations manager, emergency coordinator, country director and director of emergency response. With a Ph.D. in International Development, he is a frequent lecturer on various issues related to humanitarianism and author of several books on the subject (see his author site here). Eric also serves on the board of RedR and is an Affiliated Expert of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.  

Dara Dotz – Design Lead: Dara is a pioneer in 3D printing in austere environments. She initiated the first 3D printing lab in Haiti (iLab Haiti) and is a co-founder of Field Ready. She has expertise in human factors and design and has given recent lectures at the United Nations and other fora on her experiences. Previously, Dara employed her skills for the company Made in Space which is developing the use of 3D printers for space exploration.  

Sue Kovach – Administration/Finance Lead: Sue has a career’s worth of executive experience in publicly traded companies and has spent the last decade managing finances for non-profit organizations in the U.S. Her specialties include financial and operational accounting, project management, process controls and improvements, contract negotiation, change management, ERP implementation, human resources and forensic accounting. Sue has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration/Accounting from St. Xavier University and a Master's Certificate, Project Management from George Washington University. 

Andrew Lamb – Innovation Lead: Andrew is the former CEO of Engineers Without Borders – UK. He co-founded and serves as a Trustee of the Humanitarian Centre in Cambridge. Andrew is also a Trustee of RedR-UK. He has worked as a consultant for the United Nations and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, and has been a regular contributor on engineering issues for the BBC, The Independent, The Times of London, The Guardian and Ingenia magazine.    

Ben Britton – International Lead - Programs​: Ben has a MPhil in Politics, Development and Democratic Education from the University of Cambridge, specialising in Conflict Resolution and Development​ and a BA in Peace Studies and Development​, PRINCE2 Project Management Certification​. He also completed a Fellowship of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Prior to working with Field Ready, Ben was the international program coordinator for Concordis International indirectly managing three country teams with more than 50 staff. He was also a programme manager for Nepal Peacebuilding Initiative​ and development director for Mountain Trust, a U.K.-based charity focused on Nepal. ​In addition, Ben worked in management and business development for a Cambridge manufacturing group.​​​​

Susan Long – Regional Lead Middle East: Susan currently focuses on local and distributed manufacturing in producing items needed in complex environments. Susan is a systems thinker and digital maker, and is passionate about making the systems that surround us work for the people and the future. She has more than a decade of working experience in international development, mainly in East Africa and the Middle East, with a focus on trade and investment. Susan holds a  MEng  from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Industry, Trade and Development from the University of Manchester.

Luke  Johnston - Regional Lead Pacific: Luke holds a BSc in Human Geography (Resource and Environmental Management) from Macquarie University, Sydney. Distinctions: University Prize for Human Geography ​Humanitarian Shelter Co-ordination. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies/Oxford Brookes University.  Prior to Field Ready Luke was the Pacific Local Supplier Engagement Technical Adviser and Australian Red Cross Society Delegate.

Brynmor John​ - Global Technical Advisor​: Bryn has a MSc in Advanced Product Design from Cardiff Metropolitan University and a BA in Industrial Design and Technology from Brunel University. Bryn has more than four years' experience as a furniture design engineer for Steelcase and Herman Miller based in the U.K.​ He developed home appliances for a range of brands including Boots, Gaggenau, Bosch and Panasonic. ​As head of design at Q Chip, Bryn was responsible for the development of biopharmaceutical drug-delivery production equipment and was a technical advisor and design consultant for a FabLab based in Cardiff, U.K.​

Technical Advisors

Nezih Altay, PhD – Logistics/Operations: Nezih is an associate professor of operations management at the Driehaus College of Business at DePaul University. Orignally trained as a chemical engineer, his research specializes in after-sale service operations, disruption management and humanitarian supply chains. He serves as the U.S. regional editor of the Journal of Humanitarian Logistics & Supply Chain Management, area editor of the International Journal of Services Sciences, and editorial board member of Service Business, Production & Inventory Management Journal, and the International Journal of Integrated Supply Management. He is currently the vice president of awards for the College of Humanitarian Operations & Crisis Management, a special-interest group within the Production & Operations Management Society. 


Louise Bloom – Logistical Systems: Louise worked for Engineers Without Borders UK, Save the Children and Oxfam, after earning her Master’s Degree in Manufacturing Engineering from The University of Cambridge. At Save the Children, she served on the humanitarian response team in Myanmar following Cyclone Nargis in 2008, and the Dominican Republic and Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. At Oxfam, she carried out logistical evaluations and audits in several countries, oversaw international supply chain procedures and worked closely with the roll-out of new supply chain software (HELIOS). Since 2012, Louise has worked with Oxford’s Humanitarian Innovation Project.


Maggie Heraty, OBE – Humanitarian Supply Chains: Maggie worked for more than 12 years as a senior logistics officer/coordinator with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, mostly in Africa in hazardous and hardship locations. Prior to her work with UNHCR. she had a long career as a transport consultant to international funding agencies and U.N. bodies and carried out research and policy development in the field of transport and mobility for people with disabilities. She serves as a board member of the Humanitarian Logistics Association and with the British Association of Former U.N. Civil Servants.


Tony Hoffman, Ph.D. – Protection: Tony has extensive experience working with vulnerable populations in post-disaster countries such as Liberia and Haiti but with particular interest in Latin America. He a regular participant in global humanitarian protection fora. Tony is a licensed psychologist and is a lecturer in psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he teaches the country’s only ongoing course on Children and War. 


Sarah Kesler, M.D. – Health/Medical: Sarah is an internist with more than 15 years of experience in intensive care units and combines this with a background in public policy. She has served on Médecin San Frontières’ (MSF’s) emergency roster and been deployed in South Sudan and Chad. She is also the co-director of the University of Minnesota’s annual International Refugee Disaster Simulation.


Joshua M. Pearce, Ph.D. – Manufacturing: Joshua is an associate professor cross-appointed in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Michigan Technological University where he runs the Open Sustainability Technology Research Group. His research concentrates on the use of open-source appropriate technology to find collaborative solutions to sustainability and poverty reduction issues. His research spans areas of electronic device physics and materials engineering of solar photovoltaic cells, and RepRap 3D printing, but also includes applied sustainability and energy policy. He is the author of Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs.


Paul Sherlock, OBE – WASH: Paul recently retired from Oxfam as senior humanitarian representative after almost four decades with the organization where he carried out several hundred emergency assignments worldwide. A mechanical engineer and technical teacher by training, Paul spent nine years in industry before joining Oxfam in 1975. He was also the UNICEF member of the High-Level Experts Panel on Water and Disasters, a sub-panel of the U.N. Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Water. Paul was awarded an OBE in 1993 and, on retirement, the BBC presented him with a gold Blue Peter badge.

Board of Directors

Conrad Nowak, J.D., has expertise in a variety of practice areas including general and commercial litigation, labor and employment, transactions and product liability. He is a partner at the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.


Sallie Stiens, J.D., is a recognized leader in international tax, strategic development, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance and internal controls. She is a director of global strategic programs at Grant Thornton International.


Jonathan Will, M.B.A., specializes in fostering and developing business relationships, product presentations, price negotiations and contracting. He is a sales professional with Gilead Sciences, Inc.


Dave Holloman, M.B.A., brings more than 20 years of leadership experience at the intersection of strategy, operations and technology. He is a partner at Ernst & Young LLP.


Nicolas Haan, Ph.D. (on leave) has worked at the nexus between humanitarian aid and technology for 25 years. He is the track chair for Global Grand Challenges & managing director of the Global Solutions Program (GSP) at Singularity University.


Eric James, P.hD.  For bio, see above.

Organizational Structure

Board of Directors

Role Summary: Governance, strategy and risk mitigation

Sectoral Technical Advisors

Role Summary: Expert technical input, networking and volunteer time

Advisory Group 

Role Summary: Advice, networking and promotion

Field Ready Management and Staff

Field Ready Partners and Collaborating Organizations

Role Summary: Full collaboration including technical advice, donations, and other ways of cooperation and working together

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Field Ready is a non-profit, non-governmental organization. We aim to meet humanitarian need by transforming logistics through technology, innovative design and engaging people in new ways. We do this by working with a variety of partners and helping to build people's resilience. We are a charity registered in a number of countries. In the US, as a 501c3, gifts are deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.   

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