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Stars Foundation invests in organisations and ideas that transform the lives of disadvantaged children and their communities globally.

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Our Team

  • Maha Anter

    Maha joined Stars Foundation in June 2017 as a Programmes Consultant.

    Prior to this, Maha worked for 10 years as the Operations Manager of one of Africa and the Middle East’s largest female-focused microfinance institutions, with 20 branches and a total of 400,000 beneficiaries in Egypt....Read more

  • David Crook

    David joined Stars in July 2009 and leads the organisation's work on partnerships and fundraising.

    Prior to this role he was Director of Fundraising for UK national education charity Rathbone, where he established a new team and led the successful development of the organisation's first...Read more

  • Swatee Deepak

    Swatee joined Stars in September 2015 as a Partnerships Consultant, engaging global foundations and donors in innovative funding collaborations.

    With a career straddling policy, business development and implementation of programmes within multilaterals, bilaterals, international agencies...Read more

  • Cécile Hyafil Guillerme

    Cécile joined Stars Foundation in March 2009 and heads up the Awards programmes at the Foundation.

    Prior to Stars, she worked in Paris within Bank Crédit Agricole's Communications and CSR department, and at Consultants Sans Frontières, a charity offering consulting support to NGOs working...Read more

  • Victoria Illingworth

    Victoria joined Stars in June 2016 and is the Impact Awards Programme Assistant for Latin America-Caribbean and Africa-Middle East. 

    Prior to her role at Stars, Victoria held various roles in international development, most recently working as Events & Community Fundraiser at Children...Read more

  • Sarah Johnstone

    Sarah joined Stars in September 2011 as the Africa-Middle East Programme Assistant. In August 2013, she became the Programme Officer for Latin America-Caribbean, establishing the Impact Awards programme in this region, and in January 2017 was promoted to the position of Senior Programme Officer...Read more

  • Claire Rhoades-Brown

    Claire is the Administrative Assistant for Stars, supporting the Programmes Team and the HR & Systems Advisor. She joined Stars in April 2017 and prior to this has lived, studied and worked in France and Uruguay, as well as travelling in South and Central America. She has volunteered with...Read more

  • Stefano Rovelli

    Stefano is the Programme Assistant for the With and For Girls Award programme and joined Stars in July 2016. Prior to joining Stars, Stefano worked in Tanzania as Assistant to the Director of an International NGO and acted as coordinator of the Monitoring and Evaluation Team.

    Stefano...Read more

  • Olivia Spazzini

    Olivia is the Programme Officer for the Global Awards programme. 

    Prior to joining Stars in November 2015, Olivia worked as a Strategy Officer at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and volunteered for several organisations including the Child in Need Institute in India and Pyari Onlus...Read more

  • Emma Tallamy

    Emma joined Stars in May 2014 and leads the Foundation's communications and marketing activity.

    Prior to her roles with Stars, she held communications positions with not-for-profit organisations including SOS Children, English Heritage and Cambridge University.  Emma has also volunteered...Read more

  • Muna Wehbe

    Muna has been Chief Executive of Stars Foundation since 2002 when she joined as its first employee.

    Prior to this, Muna worked for five years with Procter & Gamble managing multi-million-pound product portfolios in the UK retail and wholesale sectors, and managing the graduate...Read more

  • Katie Williams

    Katie is the Senior Programme Officer for Asia-Pacific at Stars. She joined Stars in 2011 after working at Luke's Hospice and Oxfam Cymru in Wales where she worked on the charity's policy and advocacy strategy.

    Katie is a graduate of the University of Sheffield and holds a BSc in...Read more

  • Angie Windle

    Angie joined Stars Foundation in February 2015 and heads up the communications and marketing for the organisation. Before joining Stars, she worked for Teaching Leaders and child rights charity Childreach International amongst others.  

    Angie has worked and lived in India and Nepal, and...Read more

  • Samia Zoued

    Samia is the Programme Officer for Africa-Middle East at Stars. She joined the Foundation in 2010, prior to which she worked for Computer Aid International, managing their programmes in Latin America and Francophone Africa, which ranged from e-governance to e-agriculture.

    Samia has also...Read more