EISF Secretariat

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.

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EISF Deputy Director – Heather Hughes

Heather Hughes joined the EISF secretariat in November 2019.

Heather was Oxfam GB’s first Global Security Adviser, where she worked for over 20 years, focusing on strategic and operational security risk management including policy and practice, learning and development, supporting and managing serious incidents and crises, lessons learned and networking. Her career in Oxfam began in humanitarian and development programme support and management roles, including the Balkans conflict.

After leaving Oxfam GB, Heather was Director of Risk Advisory Services at International Location Safety, where she worked with a wide range of NGOs to support improvements in their security risk management approach and practice.

Heather has been involved with EISF since its inception in 2006, and was a member of the Steering Group for many years. As Deputy Director she will support the strategic work of EISF.

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EISF Admin Support Officer – Justina Amenu

Justina Amenu joined EISF in September 2014. She has over 10 years’ experience in working with non-profit organisations – managing membership, event organisation, and general administration.

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 Entrepreneurs 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.

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EISF Research Advisor – Léa Moutard

Léa Moutard joined EISF in August 2019.

Throughout her education, she focused on analysing conflicts, humanitarian operations and associated security issues. She realised various research projects including internal reports for UNHCR’s Beirut field office as well as for a community resolution centre in Berkeley. Trained in mediation, she organised and facilitated talks as the co-founder of two human rights related collectives. In her last role, she sought to bring practitioners, students and civil society actors together to reflect on ways to address the threats and opportunities associated with digital innovations. Léa holds two Masters degrees, in International Relations from Sciences Po Lyon (France) and Human Rights from LSE (UK).

As EISF Research Advisor, she works on initiating and developing practical and original research, along with best practice guides to help humanitarian organisations face security issues. She promotes partnerships across sectors to facilitate information-sharing and foster dialogue on security risk management. She assists the EISF Director in coordination and capacity-building missions.

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EISF Projects and Membership Officer – Laura Van de Vloet

Laura Van de Vloet joined the EISF Secretariat in August 2019.

After having obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and Management and a Master’s Degree in Counter Terrorism and Homeland Security, Laura worked as an intern at the UN and Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as a consultant at NATO and a physical security start-up. Her work focused on both security and development policy as well as the organisation and coordination of international high-level events.  Most recently Laura worked as a Conference Planner at NATO.

In her role, Laura is responsible for tracking, maintaining and enhancing EISF member engagement. The primary function is to develop the member services component of EISF, including bi-annual forums, workshops, podcasts, etc.

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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.

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EISF Communications Officer – Aisling Sweeney

Aisling Sweeney joined the EISF research team in January 2019. In July 2019 she became EISF’s first Communications Officer.

After graduating in 2017 with a degree in Sociology from the London School of Economics, Aisling volunteered with a small NGO providing basic needs and education for refugees on the Greek island of Leros. In this position, Aisling conducted monitoring and evaluation of the organisation’s services and coordinated their arts programme. In 2018, Aisling moved to Morocco where she taught English. Her most recent role before joining EISF was with UNDP in Georgia, during which she worked as Project Intern supporting the implementation of the Governance Reform Fund project.

Aisling supports the EISF Secretariat by managing communications and social media as well as the EISF website.

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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