EISF Executive Director – Lisa Reilly
Lisa Reilly joined the European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) in 2011 as Executive Coordinator. With the EISF’s recent expansion, Lisa has now assumed the newly created role of Executive Director. 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 security risk management.
EISF Research Advisor – Adelicia Fairbanks
Adelicia joined the EISF as Research Advisor in June 2016. She brings with her over five 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 speaksEnglish, 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 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 and Projects Assistant – Alex Marriage
He has three years experience in international development NGOs primarily working on policy and advocacy. Firstly as an intern for Jubilee Debt Campaign. At the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad) Alex contributed to successful international campaigns for corporate and financial transparency to address tax evasion and corruption. Whilst at Eurodad Alex also produced a report on anti-money laundering and terrorist financing. Since then he has been a trainee at the European Commission Anti-Fraud Office as well as a freelance development researcher. He has a Bachelors’ in International History and Politics and a Masters in Development Studies considering both policy and service delivery. Alex speaks Intermediate French.
As Research and Projects Assistant his tasks include: supporting EISF research output including; knowledge management; contributing to the EISF social media presence, website and blogs; as well as supporting events and member outreach.