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.
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. He is currently a Shuttleworth Fellow.
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.
Ben Britton – International Lead - Programs: 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 program 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. Ben holds a MPhil in politics, development and democratic education from the University of Cambridge, specializing in conflict resolution and development and a BA in peace studies and development, and is certified as a Prince2 Pratitioner. He also completed a Fellowship with the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
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.
Brynmor John - Global Technical Advisor: Bryn spent more than four years 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. Bryn holds a MSc in Advanced Product Design from Cardiff Metropolitan University and a BA in Industrial Design and Technology from Brunel University.
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.
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 (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 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.
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. 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.
Board of Directors of Each Entity
Role Summary: Governance, strategy and risk mitigation
Sectoral Technical Advisors
Role Summary: Expert technical input, networking and volunteer time
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