EISF Executive Director – Lisa Reilly
Lisa Reilly, Executive Director, has worked with the European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) since 2011. She has over 16 years experience in the development and humanitarian response sector, working overseas in a variety of programme management roles in both Africa and Asia. Returning to the UK in 2009 Lisa took up a position with RedR as Security Trainer developing and implementing personal security and security management courses, as well as undertaking a number of short-term consultancy projects backstopping and evaluating humanitarian response programmes.
Starting as an engineer, Lisa’s security knowledge comes from implementing programmes in various conflict and post-conflict countries, subsequently enhanced through working with a variety of sector experts and on a number of research projects since her return to the UK.
In her current role, Lisa exercises overall responsibility for the EISF Secretariat, supporting the collaboration and exchange of information and best practice between EISF members and EISF’s wider network of humanitarian security risk specialists, as well as liaising with and acting as a resource for UN agencies, academic institutions, donors, etc, to develop appropriate policies and best practice in humanitarian security risk management.
EISF Research Advisor – Adelicia Fairbanks
Adelicia joined the EISF as Research Advisor in June 2016. She brings with her eight years’ experience working in key international non-governmental organisations and research institutions supporting their humanitarian, human rights, and development work in developing countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Adelicia has coordinated humanitarian response plans and activities at head office, regional and field levels for Save the Children and Merlin. She has worked across several sectors, including health, nutrition, WASH, child protection, and food security and livelihoods in major humanitarian crises over the past two and a half years, supporting responses in the Philippines, Nepal, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, South Sudan, CAR, Colombia, Central America, and Europe.
Adelicia began her career in the fields of advocacy, campaigns and research, supporting the work of Amnesty International, Chatham House and the British Red Cross. Adelicia speaks English, Italian, German and Spanish with a Mexican accent.
As Research Advisor at the EISF, Adelicia is responsible for producing original research papers, articles, blogs and guides that help share and promote best practices in security risk management within the humanitarian sector, with the aim of building the capacity of security and risk managers.
EISF Operations Support Coordinator – Mahoo Lyimo
Mahoo Lyimo joined the EISF in January 2018 in the newly created EISF Operations Support Coordinator role.
Having qualified as a solicitor at a leading city law firm she subsequently moved into the international development sector working with a number of small and medium-sized NGOs. Her latest role was at Transparency International UK where she managed donor relationships, composed funding proposals, coordinated the M&E and managed internal databases.
Mahoo studied Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and went on to complete a Masters in Development Studies at Birkbeck University.
In her role Mahoo is responsible for developing and managing key operational and finance systems. She will help to drive effective systems and processes that help EISF meet its objectives and better support its members.
EISF Projects and Membership Officer – Helene Cardona
Helene Cardona joined the EISF in September 2016 as the Projects and Membership Officer.
She previously worked as a researcher, case worker and interpreter for asylum seekers and refugees with the British Red Cross. She managed volunteers campaigning and engaging with their Members of Parliament as a Political Activism Coordinator with Oxfam. Her latest role was with the ICRC-based Health Care in Danger Project where she supported team members and partners to protect health care workers and health care provision.
She studied Politics at the University of Glasgow and Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science with a focus on international development and humanitarian issues. Helene is a native French speaker and knows a little Spanish.
In her role Helene is responsible for further developing and maintaining the member support services component of the EISF as well as supporting the EISF Secretariat. She is also in charge of organising the EISF forums and other events.
EISF Administrator – Justina Amenu
Having completed her first degree, a BA in Economics with Sociology in Ghana, Justina moved to the UK. Her experience with NfPs begun as an administrator with the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain, PESGB. She steadily increased her knowledge and experience by working with The InDus Entrepreneus UK and Society for Editors and Proofreaders Ltd. In between moving jobs, Justina obtained a Masters in Business Administration.
Justina is currently responsible for the administrative function of EISF – providing essential support to the team and introducing new ways of working to help the organisation run smoothly.
EISF Research Assistant – Andrew Eckert
Previously Andrew worked as Research Associate for the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) in Israel, investigating the department’s ability to respond and recover from renewed armed conflict at the duty station. Before joining EISF, he worked as a Risk Intelligence Analyst for a private security firm with a range of commercial and non-profit organisations.
Andrew studied History at the University of Exeter with a focus on Middle Eastern history before going on to complete a Master’s in Conflict, Security and Development and specialising in humanitarian security.
In his role at EISF, Andrew is responsible for supporting the EISF Research Advisor in producing high quality research outputs and implementing the EISF’s communications strategy.
EISF is a humanitarian network committed to improving the safety and security of relief operations and staff, and strengthening humanitarian security risk management to allow greater access to and impact for crisis-affected populations