Field Ready Group Management


75 Staff (49 FTEs)


74% 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 cofounder 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 was an Affiliated Expert of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and serves on the board of RedR-USA. In 2020, he was recognized by Rotary International with the STAR Humanitarian Award.


Kat Sellers - Program Manager, HGC COVID-19 Response: Kat has served as a program/project manager for 10 years, working across the public and charitable sectors, including social housing, health, disability and assistive technology, international development, employability and research. She holds her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sussex, is certified as a Prince2 Practitioner and is a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. Before joining Field Ready, Kat managed a wheelchair factory in Kenya and ran a global youth employment program.


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

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Tanveer Butt - Finance Manager: Tanveer has senior-level experience with a number of international development organizations, including Save the Children UK, Save the Children U.S., Plan International, Relief International, BBC Media Action and The Aegis Trust. He has worked in local, regional, national and international settings, and has designed accounting and grants management systems for a variety of organizations. Tanveer holds a bachelor's degree in commerce from the University of Punjab and is a Certified Management Accountant. 

Technical Advisors

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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. 

Sarah Kesler, M.D. – Health/Medical: Sarah is a practicing physician with a focus on clinical critical medicine, ethics and the delivery of health care in humanitarian contexts. 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 an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota and directed UMN's annual International Refugee Disaster Simulation.

Andrew Lamb – Innovation/Systems Engineering: 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 on the board of the Internet of Production Alliance and was previously 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. Until recently, Andrew was a Shuttleworth Fellow and he now heads the UK-based firm Massive Small Manufacturing.  

Joshua M. Pearce, Ph.D. – Manufacturing: Joshua is the Chair in Information Technology and Innovation at the Thompson Centre for Engineering Leadership and Innovation at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. He also holds duel appointments at Western University's top ranked business school and the department of electrical and computer engineering. 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.

Board of Directors (US)

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 Senior Vice President - Risk Management, Northern Trust.


Jonathan Will, M.B.A., specializes in fostering and developing business relationships, product presentations, price negotiations and contracting. He is a sales professional with Abbvie, a US-based biopharmaceutical company.

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.

Eric James, Ph.D.  For bio, see above.

Nicolas Haan, Ph.D. has worked at the nexus between aid and technology for 25 years. Nick served as Senior Economist/Global Program Manager with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization where he created the international standard for classifying the severity of food insecurity and disasters–called the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC). He was the Vice President of Impact & managing director of the Global Solutions Program (GSP) at Singularity University. He has a Ph.D. in Geography, a Master’s in International Development, a Master’s in Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing from Clark University, and a Bachelor’s in Genetics from U.C. Berkeley. Nick is also involved with several start-ups including as strategic advisor to a mobile app company called eMobilis and he is currently a cofounder of Kizo Ventures in Kenya.

Dara Dotz is a pioneer in 3D printing in austere environments and continues to advise Field Ready on special projects. 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. Her TED Talk about Field Ready's work is available here.  

Eric James, Ph.D.  For bio, see above.


Organizational Structure

Board of Directors of Each Entity

Role Summary: Governance, strategy and risk mitigation

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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

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Field Ready Partners and Collaborating Organizations

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