Jo Zaremba is the founder of BlueLemur, and an experienced facilitator of multi-stakeholder events and processes. She has worked in a range of humanitarian, development and environmental contexts for the past 25 years, holding technical, advisory and managerial roles with NGOs, the UN and with the Private Sector. She founded BlueLemur to promote participatory approaches to research, learning and running events that deliver locally informed and contextually relevant strategies, policies and programmes.
Jo has lived and worked in Nairobi (covering the Horn, East and Central Africa as a Regional Adviser), India and Indonesia and experience working in over 30 countries globally. She combines her commitment to community based approaches with her love for cycling and the outdoors, and has travelled extensively by bike in Asia and Africa.
Alexi Bernagros is a skilled economic strengthening and financial inclusion specialist with thirteen years of experience managing, designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluation programs for vulnerable populations, including youth, women, and refugees. Alexi has provided direct technical support to over 15 governments, private sector actors, multi-laterals, and INGOs, facilitating learning activities to help partners transform knowledge and experiences into high quality programming, strategies, and tools. An expert in adult learning methodologies and human-centered design, Alexi has developed, adapted, and delivered more than 15 innovative curricula and training of trainers for low- and no-literacy users and built the capacity of implementing organizations to effectively cascade training initiatives to reach scale. Additional areas of technical expertise include the ultra-poor graduation approach, entrepreneurship, inclusive financial services, positive youth development, workforce development, and market systems development. Alexi has worked around the globe, including in Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, She holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and is fluent in English and Spanish.
Doda Szacki is a cultural manager and qualitative researcher with experience in the fields of cultural policy, arts and cultural mediation, and media representation, focusing particularly on the WANA region.
She has worked as project manager and facilitator for humanitarian, educational, as well as arts projects in Poland and Lebanon, and is passionate about cross-cultural communication and cultural theory.
Doda holds a BA in Cultural Studies and Sociology from the University of Lucerne, and a MA in Cultural from Northumbria University. She is fluent in English, German, and Polish.
Sharon Truelove is a cross disciplinary consultant with extensive experience with senior team leadership of large scale, multi-agency strategic reviews and evaluations for donors, respected international agencies, UN, Red Cross and NGOs (ACF, DFID, ECHO, FAO, WFP, World Bank, CaLP, IRC, Save, Oxfam, IFRC, American, British & Irish Red Cross and others). With technical qualifications (MSc Land & Water management, First Class BSc in Development Studies & Natural Resources, Post Graduate Certificate in Education) and published theoretical work that is supported by extensive implementation, technical design, review and evaluation, training design and facilitation experience. Sharon has almost 30 years in the natural resources, food security and sustainable rural livelihoods sectors and experience across the emergency relief, recovery and development continuum in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Caucasus, Latin America and the Caribbean. Specialising in household economic security (HES & HEA), cash transfer programming and coordination, market analysis (EMMA) and has a detailed knowledge of M&E, KAP assessment methods, gender mainstreaming, nutrition (HDDS/IYCF) and PHAST. She is a CaLP Certified Trainer.
Sharon also runs a global cooperative network of over 150 experienced independent humanitarian consultants.
Millie Vibert carries out background research for BlueLemur events and research projects. She has worked on food systems and livelihoods development projects. Her academic and professional work has broadly covered development but has also included projects focussed on researching refugee integration as well as food security.
Millie is currently a final year Geography undergraduate at the University of Sheffield. Elsewhere, she is an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast who also dabbles in the sport of eventing in her spare time.