Our People

Our People make us Restless.

Our work around the world is carried out by a talented and dedicated team of professionals. Our people are led by our values and accountable to young people. On this page, you will find more information about our Global Leadership Team and our trustees – just some of the people who make up Restless Development.

Our Global and Hub leadership teams work alongside our global and national boards to provide robust oversight of our strategic direction, risk portfolio and executive performance.

Global Leadership Group.

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Powershifting Director
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Strategic Partnerships Director
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Senior Business Development Director
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Influencing Director
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Director of Philanthropy
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Regional Operation Director
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Co-Finance and Operations Director
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Head of Impact
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Head of People
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Senior Global Communications Manager
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Senior Compliance Manager
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Senior Youth Collective Manager
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Democracy Manager
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Tanzania Director
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Uganda Director
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Zimbabwe Director
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Zambia Director
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Sierra Leone Director
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India Director
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Nepal Director

Our Boards

Jenny Wilson – Global Board Chair

Jenny is a Communications Officer for the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome. She has previously worked for The Climate Coalition and Christian Aid on campaign delivery and global communications. Her first experience with Restless was as a team leader on an ICS project in Uganda in 2016. She has also volunteered in Nicaragua with Raleigh International and spent 2 years in France teaching English and setting up an Adult Learning Centre in the Dunkirk refugee camp. Jenny has a BA in Human Geography from the University of Liverpool.

Our Global Board

Sahadev Mahat – Nepal Board Chair

Sahadev Mahat is an organization and management development consultant/facilitator. As a facilitator and coach, he has acquired a range of work experience in Nepal and abroad. His expertise covers designing and facilitating multi-aspect leadership/management development, capacity building, coaching, mentoring, team building, TOT and various change management programs based on Appreciative Inquiry, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Mindfulness and innovative and transformational approaches leading to individual and organizational transformation and leadership development.

Nepal Board.

Joseph Munyangabo – Uganda Board Chair

Joseph Munyangabo is the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) Country Representative for Uganda. In his capacity, he leads the overall strategic direction and management of WFD’s program portfolio in Uganda (http://www.wfd.org). Munyangabo is a democracy and good governance specialist who has managed a range of democracy strengthening projects focused on legislative and political party strengthening, youth and gender inclusion, people with disabilities (PWD) participation, campaign planning and management, public affairs, conflict resolution, civil society coordination and subnational governance among others. As a strong advocate for inclusion and meaningful participation of marginalized groups in Governance and social economic development processes he has been at the center stage of guiding youth, PWD and women organisations in designing programs and projects that amplify their voices and make their numbers count in influencing the national policy agenda.

Uganda Board.

Mohamed Alpha Jalloh – Sierra Leone Board Chair

Mohamed Alpha Jalloh is an established trainer, researcher, motivational speaker and a development and parliamentary specialist with over 16 years of experience working with the NGO and Public sectors in Sierra Leone. He enjoys sharing knowledge with others and he has served as resource person in different subject around parliamentary strengthening, project management, youth development, innovative partnerships, cost of politics all at international platforms in UK, Tunisia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria. Mohamed has double masters degree in Governance and Leadership and Sustainable Development from the Institute of Public Administration(IPAM) and the University of Makeni(UNIMAK) respectively. He is presently the Director of Training and Strategy in the Parliament of Sierra Leone.

Sierra Leone Board.

Deus Kikamba – Tanzania Board Chair

Deus is a senior leader, researcher and analyst with over 20 years’ experience in international development. He is trained in Political Science and Public Administration, with an international relations major. In addition to his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, he is also a holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Democratization, Governance and Public Policy Analysis from the International Institute of Social Studies, the Hague; and a Postgraduate Certificate in Constitution Making in Africa from Central European University (CEU), Budapest in Hungary. In his day Job, Deus lectures International Relations and Diplomacy at the Tanzania – Mozambique Centre for Foreign Relations, Kurasini, Dar es Salaam. Beyond chairing at Restless Development he is also a Board Member for other organizations, including Jukwaa la Katiba Tanzania; Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation and Action Aid Tanzania.

Tanzania Board

Bridget Mumba Stephenson – Zambia Board Chair

Bridget Mumba Stephenson works as Assistant Finance Manager for USAID DISCOVER Health. Bridget has over 10 years of experience in accounting. Her career started with working in an accounting and auditing firm where she acquired her first external and internal auditing experience. She joined Restless Development in July 2016 as an Assistant Finance Coordinator. She also worked with the Workers Compensation Fund Control Board, a social security scheme responsible for compensating Workers for injuries or diseases suffered at the workplace. She was responsible for all the financial needs of the branch which is in charge of most registered companies for Central province. She moved on to join USAID DISCOVER Health as Project Accountant before her current role. She is a member of the Zambia Institute Of Chartered Accountants and is studying a Master of Science in Accounting and Finance with Copperbelt University. She is involved in the mentorship program under the Anakazi Women leadership which mentors young women who are in college and university and she is also involved in financial literacy lessons with the Forum Zambia Women accountants in Zambia.

Zambia Board.

Dr. Miriam Samuel – India Board Chair

Miriam has been leading the Social Work unit of Madras Christian College as the Head of Department since 1993. For more than 10 years, she has been a Committee Member of ‘Starting Community College’ in Oxfam School Premise, and also a Convener at Students Counselling Centre of the college. She has been associated with India operations since 2002.

India Board.

Achievement Dhlakama – Zimbabwe Board Chair

Achievement Dhlakama is a registered legal practitioner with over 7 years working experience in both the Development sector as well as Corporate. As a beneficiary of several youth development initiatives Achievement is passionate about innovative spaces that promote the voices of young people, the attainment of the sustainable development goals, social justice advocacy, business and banking law and gender advocacy. In addition to her Master of laws qualification, she holds several postgraduate certifications in sustainable development goals, social protection and compliance. 

Zimbabwe Board.

Barbara Spitzer  – US Board Chair

Barbara Spitzer is the USA Board Chair of Restless Development, where she inspires growth, purpose, and social impact, bringing a wealth of leadership expertise. Thrilled to contribute to the organization’s mission, she passionately mentors and develops young talents, empowering them to forge impactful careers and shape a brighter future.

Barbara is a trailblazer, dedicating her career to transforming organizations into thriving learning, growth, and fulfillment hubs. With a 35-year journey, Barbara’s commitment to global transformation through people has shaped her into a catalyst for positive change. Recently transitioning into a portfolio career, Barbara’s impact resonates across companies, non-profits, academia, and corporate boardrooms. Her mission extends beyond borders, encompassing youth leadership, disability inclusion, mental wellness, and the fight against food insecurity.

US Board.

How our governance works.

Our global governance structure is made up of global and hub leadership teams, and our boards. Our governance structures helps us succeed in delivering our strategy; ensures we comply with legal and regulatory requirements; protects against risks to our agency and everyone with whom we work; and keeps us true to our values as we grow and change.

Restless Development’s Global Board of Trustees are the ultimate stewards of our agency’s global resources and are responsible for the strategy, operations, and financial management of Restless Development. National boards play the same role across our hubs in eight countries.

Key principles of how our governance works:

Nationally Grounded & Driven. Our national boards underpin nationally registered hubs, ensuring that we are grounded in local context and legal frameworks, adaptive to opportunities and risk, and responsive to young leaders and changemakers. 

Globally Connected & Cohesive. We govern a complex, global network via joined up ways of working and strong cohesion between National Boards and our Global Board of Trustees. License Agreements govern ways of working between hubs and boards worldwide.

Clarity. We make simple, clear divisions between the roles of governance held by different groups in the agency, from the Restless Leadership Team to Hub boards. This help us create effective, non-bureaucratic governance with straightforward division of accountability.