Executive Director, Pepal Ltd
Julie Saunders is the Executive Director and Founder of Pepal Ltd set-up in 2009, to design and deliver life-changing executive development programmes that partner international executives with NGO leaders to achieve sustainable social change in developing countries.
Previously, she worked for 10 years as Director: Finance and Corporate Services at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (the Alliance), an international not-for-profit organisation. During her time at the Alliance, she played an instrumental role in the growth of the organisation from a small niche player to the largest HIV/AIDS organisation in Europe with operations in 40 countries.
Julie began her career as an economist with the UK government and then with DRI Inc based in Paris. Subsequently, she worked in investment banking and consulting before becoming an economic and financial adviser to privatisation programmes in Bulgaria, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, managing EC funded technical support programmes.
Julie is a qualified accountant, has economics degrees from the London School of Economics (MSc) and Cambridge University (MA/BA), and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD. Julie’s mother tongue is English and she has a good working knowledge of French and Bulgarian with some knowledge of Russian.
Amit Antony Alex
India Director, Pepal Ltd
Amit Antony Alex is Pepal's India Director and also the Business Development Director at Palma Interface, a joint initiative by Palmyrah Workers Development Society and Pepal.
Prior to this Amit was part of the marketing, communication and business development team at Zigitza Healthcare Ltd, which operates India's 1298 Ambulance service that provides emergency healthcare. Previous experience includes sourcing talent in diverse sectors for leading search firms Adecco India (Cornell International) and Executive Access Limited.
Amit has an MBA from Hult International Business School in Boston where he focuses on general management and social innovation and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from R.V. College of Engineering.
Project Manager, Uganda
Hester Lanting is a Pepal Project Manager and is coordinating the Johnson & Johnson and Baylor Uganda partnership project in Kampala. Originally from the Netherlands, she lived in Russia, the United States, and Belgium before returning to the Netherlands for university. Hester holds an MSc in Environmental Change and International Development from the University of Sheffield, UK, and a BA in Development Studies from University College Maastricht, the Netherlands. She has previously completed a six month internship with the Urban Planning and Design Branch at the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) in Nairobi, Kenya. Hester speaks Dutch and English fluently and has an intermediate knowledge of French.
Project Coordinator, Uganda
Rebecca is a Pepal Project Coordinator, supporting the implementation of the “Saving Lives of Mothers and Children” Project working alongside the Project’s implementing partners, the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS) and the Uganda Red Cross Society (URCS). Rebecca holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford. She has previously spent time with UNHCR, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and Chatham House, and joined Pepal from a risk consultancy background.
Project Officer, Uganda
Aruna Dahal has recently joined Pepal as a project officer and is part of the Uganda Health System Strengthening Team working with Janssen and Baylor Uganda. Originally from Nepal and Malaysia, she lived in Cambodia, Laos, Bangladesh, before moving to the UK for university. Aruna holds an MSc in Health Community and Development from the LSE, UK and a BA Joint Honours in Anthropology and International Development from the University of Sussex, UK. She has fieldwork and research experience around gender and health in rural Nepal, and internship experience with ActionAid Bangladesh.
Christine Walusimbi Katumba
Project Support Officer, UK
Christine Katumba has recently joined Pepal as a Project Support Officer in the UK. She recently completed an MSc in Globalisation and Development at the School of Oriental African Studies (SOAS). Her studies focused on the political economy of development, globalisation and its impact on gender equality, education and health as well as the effectiveness of Foreign Aid in developing countries. Additionally, she holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Management from University of London Birkbeck. She is originally from Uganda but is now living in the UK. She recently completed an internship with Katosi Women Development Trust in Uganda (KWDT) and is now on the board of trustees for Katosi Women Development Trust UK, as well as a Parent Governor at St Paul’s Church of England.