The Inaugural Steering Committee

The inaugural RMEL CoP steering committee members brought substantial expertise from the public and private sectors, civil society, philanthropy, research, and academia. They contributed experience ranging from implementation practice, evaluation, and learning to research, innovation, financing and investment, risk management, and policy development. As thought leaders, they are individuals known for their contributions to resilience in the context of addressing critical global challenges, such as rapid urban growth, poverty and inequality, climate change, sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, and food systems. The steering committee also had two supporting members, who backstopped their institution’s lead member.

The Steering Committee Co-Chairs



Robbie Gregorowski is an independent consultant with 15 years’ experience in providing strategy, monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) expertise to a range of international organizations, including the UK Government, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Food Programme, and the World Bank.

As an Associate Director at Itad, Robbie designed and led the MEL component for DFID’s £140 million Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change and Disasters (BRACED) program. He has expertise in the domains of climate change resilience and transformation, innovation for development, evidence-informed policy processes, capacity development, and knowledge brokering. Robbie is an advocate and practitioner of robust mixed-methods, with particular expertise in realist evaluation, theory of change, and contribution analysis.

He holds an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, and a BSc in Economics and Geography from the University of Exeter.


Jon Kurtz is Mercy Corps’ Director for Research and Learning, leading the agency’s program research and impact evaluation efforts. Jon’s recent research includes studies that examine the links between conflict and livelihood resilience in the Horn of Africa, the determinants of resilience to food insecurity in southern Somalia, and the roles of disaster risk reduction, financial inclusion, and social capital in disaster resilience and recovery in the Philippines and Nepal.

He also has a background working with international NGOs and UN agencies to improve their capacities to generate and use high quality evidence of program effectiveness and impact. His work has spanned both emergency and longer-term development contexts, including extensive time spent in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

Jon holds an MSc in the Management of Agricultural Knowledge Systems, Monitoring, Evaluation and Organizational Learning from the University of Wageningen, and a BA in International Development from the University of Long Island.

The Steering Committee Members


Sundaa Bridgett-Jones is Senior Associate Director of The Rockefeller Foundation. Sundaa develops Foundation initiatives that contribute to global discourse on international development trends concerning global governance, resilience, and innovation. She steered the Foundation’s grant-making on resilience valuation and measurement.

Sundaa has a background in designing and executing high-impact initiatives in support of economic and social development. Prior to joining The Rockefeller Foundation, Sundaa led the Office of Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor where she contributed to groundbreaking advocacy on Internet and religious freedoms. Formerly, she managed C-suite affairs at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs, and devised preventive diplomacy plans for the
South Asia region. Sundaa was selected as an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations during which she reflected on U.S. foreign policy and democracy promotion after a decade of leading USAID governance initiatives in the Middle East, Southern Africa, and Central Asia.

Sundaa holds a master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a BSc in International Affairs from Georgetown University.


CLAIRE HUTCHINGS – Inaugural Co-chair

Claire Hutchings is Head of Program Quality for Oxfam GB. Her team supports high quality program design and strengthens the generation and use of evidence and program learning. Claire provides strategic leadership to efforts to develop the systems, capacity, and culture required to drive good quality programming across the Oxfam confederation. This includes exploring ways to amplify impact through effective monitoring, evaluation, and learning processes. She also leads and oversees Oxfam’s portfolio of impact evaluations.

Claire has a background in advocacy evaluation, with a particular interest in the evaluation of hard-to-measure benefits (HTMB), and is applying this expertise in leadership of Oxfam’s efforts to test and refine qualitative research methods for evaluating policy change and governance interventions.

Claire holds an MA in Human Rights from the University of Sussex.



Carlos Martin is a Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where he leads research and evaluations on the physical qualities of housing and communities, and the industry that builds them. Carlos uses his technical training as an architect and construction engineer to connect the nuts and bolts of housing – technology, design, workers, and materials – to social outcomes for residents and the cities in which they live. He currently leads research and evaluation projects on urban resilience initiatives and vulnerable populations.

Carlos has a background in green housing policies, disaster mitigation, climate change resilience, low-income housing quality, the construction workforce, and development regulations. Before joining the Urban Institute, Carlos was senior associate at Abt Associates, assistant staff vice president at the National Association of Home Builders for Construction Codes and Standards, SRP Professor for Energy and the Environment at Arizona State University’s Del E. Webb School of Construction and School of Architecture, and coordinator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing.

Carlos holds a BSAD in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an MSc and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.



Roy William Mayega is the Deputy Chief of Party of the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), heading programs and operations. A network of 20 African universities led by Makerere University, RAN seeks to implement an evidence-based framework for understanding what makes communities resilient to recurrent shocks and stresses. RAN is harnessing its vast network of scholars to ideate, develop, and test innovations that build resilience of communities.

Roy has a practice and research background in public health, including seven years of work in primary health care. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology at Makerere University School of Public Health, teaching epidemiology and research methods to graduate students.

Roy holds a BSc in medicine and surgery, and an MSc in public health from Makerere University. He holds a PhD in medical science from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.



Colin McQuistan is the Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Policy and Practice team at Practical Action. He currently serves the network of British NGOs working in International Development (BOND) as co-chair of its Interagency Resilience Learning Group (IRLG), a collective of 88 cross-sector organizations looking at the challenge of resilience.

Colin has a background working on the poverty dimensions of sustainable development, reduction of disaster risk, and adaptation to climate change. His main areas of interest are in systems approaches, complexity, resilience building, and climate change. Before joining Practical Action, Colin worked with Oxfam as a global advisor on Climate Change and Agriculture with a special focus on smallholder agriculture in Africa and Asia. He has spent 20 years living and working in Southeast Asia, including six years with WWF where he worked with five host governments of the Greater Mekong Subregion to coordinate a regional response to the challenge of climate change focused on the shared natural resources of the Lower Mekong River Basin.

Colin holds a BSc in Natural Environmental Science from Sheffield University.


MARCUS MOENCH – Inaugural Co-chair

Marcus Moench founded the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition (ISET) in 1997 and served as its CEO from 1997 to 2013. He now works as an independent researcher and advisor on water, climate, and change processes through Alāya, an LLC he founded to support work of this nature.

Marcus has a background in applying concepts of resilience and change in complex social-ecological systems to work on water, climate, and social change issues globally. He has extensive experience coordinating large-scale interdisciplinary regional programs involving multiple government, donor, research, and implementation partners. Major programs implemented under his guidance include: Building Resilience to Climate Change in Asian Cities (Rockefeller Foundation); Climate Change and Adaptation in the Nepal Himalayas (IDRC, DFID, NOAA); Adaptation Knowledge Gap Review for China, South-East Asia & South Asia (IDRC with support from DFID); The Costs and Benefits of Disaster Risk Reduction under Changing Climate Conditions (DFID); climate information in local planning (various projects funded by NOAA); Adaptive Capacity and Livelihood Resilience (OFDA, U.S. State Department); reviews of groundwater in India (Ford Foundation); Decentralized Water Management in Yemen (World Bank); Local Water Management in India and Nepal (IDRC); and the groundwater component of the India Water Sector Review (World Bank, Government of India).

Marcus holds a PhD from the University of California Berkeley Energy and Resources Group.



Luca Russo is a Senior Food Crises Analyst and Strategic Advisor in the Resilience Strategic Programme Management Team of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Luca leads major food security and resilience-related analytical work, such as the Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), Cadre Harmonisè, and the Resilience Index for Measurement and Analysis (RIMA) – frameworks which are particularly relevant to informing evidence-based resilience and food security programming.

Luca is an agricultural economist with a background in food security and resilience in protracted crises, and related policy and analytical frameworks. He has extensive experience, particularly in Africa, and has published widely.

Luca holds an MSc in Agriculture Science from the University of Perugia, Italy, and an MSc in Agriculture Economics from the University of London.



Katharina Schneider-Roos is the Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit foundation Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB). Katharina’s team has assessed over 100 infrastructure projects across the world, applying the GIB Grading for Sustainable Infrastructure. This tool helps to highlight the environmental, social, and economic risks and potential impacts of projects, and provides investors and project owners a framework for decision-making. Katharina led the publication of the Sustainable Infrastructure Capacity Building Handbook and a Scoping Study for Early Stage Project Preparation. She is currently working with a project team to establish the Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (SuRe), with support of the Swiss government and international experts.

Katharina is responsible for organizing annual investment forums during GIB summits and participated in the World Bank Resilience Finance Symposium in 2015. She co-chairs the Cities Climate Leadership Alliance’s (CCFLA’s) Working Group on Project Preparation Facilities and is a member of the Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) Resilient Cities Conference Program Committee. Before joining GIB, she lived and worked in China for 12 years, worked as a journalist and TV-producer, and was a researcher and lecturer at Peking University.

Katharina holds an MA in Sinology and Gender Studies from the University of Vienna, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Corporate Responsibility from the Zürich University of Applied Sciences.

Steering Committee Supporting Members



Ammar A. Malik is a research associate at the Urban Institute’s Center for International Development and Governance in Washington D.C. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of global urbanization, including the spatial structures of cities, the political economy of public service delivery, and the relationship between economic growth and human mobility within cities. He leads the center’s thematic area on global urbanization, and has undertaken a review of resilience measurement tools in practice. Ammar serves as supporting CoP steering committee member to Carlos Martin.

Ammar has a background in using agent-based and spatial-econometric modeling to examine various theoretical and policy issues related to rapid urbanization in developing countries. His multidisciplinary research has been published in several academic journals, including Science and Public Policy, Global Policy, South Asia Economic Journal, Pakistan Development Review, and the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. He has previously worked on projects for the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, UNESCO, International Food Policy Research Institute, and Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority.

Ammar holds a BSc in economics and mathematics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan, an MPP/MPA from the National University of Singapore and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and a PhD in public policy from George Mason University.



Nathan Tumuhamye is the Director of the East Africa Resilience Innovation Lab of the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), supporting efforts to enhance disaster resilience leadership in the region and to strengthen the resilience of seven target East African communities with support from USAID. Nathan serves as supporting CoP steering committee member to Dr. Roy Mayega.

Nathan has a background of working with African communities to strengthen institutional and human capacities in the areas of resilience, health, and education. He has managed a range of donor-funded programs across Africa, serving as liaison between RAN and eastern African countries, multi- and bi-lateral agencies, and various international and local NGOs involved in resilience assessments and innovations. Nathan was involved in developing the research agenda that led to the development of the State of African Resilience report, presenting key resilience findings from nine African countries. He previously worked as RAN’s Research Manager and was Project and Research Manager of Reproductive Health Uganda.

Nathan holds an MSc in Health Services Research from Makerere University, Uganda, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation.