The RA Directors and Senior Managers, listed below, are actively involved in operations at all times, right down to the level of field implementation. All of us have experience of working in remote locations. We know what a profound impact seemingly small problems can have on the mood on site, and hence on productivity. For this reason, we go to great lengths to prevent problems and maintain staff morale.

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Ankita Mohapatra

Human Resources Manager

Ankita Mohapatra

Human Resources Manager

Ankita is the Human Resources Manager at RA International with 10 years of experience in human capital management. Regarded as a Versatile Human Resource Professional with an extensive experience with many organizations, striving to impact their business growth through talent. She has exhibited a documented history of setting up and driving world-class HR programs and operations domestically and internationally to complement corporate strategy.
Built an excellent track record in creating and continuously improving HR processes focused on corporate and employee success. She is experienced in HRMS implementation, payroll management, travel management, change management, and organization development.

She holds an MBA degree in HR from ITM Business School, Mumbai.

Antonia Pakou

Procurement & Logistics Manager

Antonia Pakou

Procurement & Logistics Manager

Antonia is a procurement and supply chain expert with 12 years’ experience specialising in the African and Middle-Eastern regions. Her expertise ranges from strategic vendor sourcing and management, service enhancements, procedures development, and training programs for the development of supply chain staff.

As Procurement and Logistics Manager, Antonia's goal is to implement strategic sourcing initiatives that improve cost and service efficiency while upholding high quality standards.

Antonia holds a Master’s degree in Financial Analysis and Business Management from Economics University in Greece.

Arlene Samper

Group Finance Manager

Arlene Samper

Group Finance Manager

Arlene is responsible for the preparation and consolidation of all monthly, interim and annual financial reports, for both internal and external release. She works with the Interim CFO and FP&A team on review of financial results.

Arlene joined RA in December 2009 as a General Accountant in-charge with transactions relating to Chad. Then she became a Senior Financial Accountant and eventually assumed the role as GFM in November 2020 in head office.

Arlene is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-Phil) registered Cost Accountant and member of Institute of Certified Management Accountants in Australia (ICMA-RCA, AU).

Baby Lyne Sena

Finance Manager-FP&A

Baby Lyne Sena

Finance Manager-FP&A

Since joining RA in 2006, Baby Lyne has consistently honed her skills across various financial functions. In the period from 2022 to 2023, she took the lead in successfully implementing a new ERP system, highlighting her adaptability and strong leadership qualities.

Now, as the Finance Manager-FP&A (Financial Planning & Analysis), Baby Lyne is strategically positioned to oversee financial planning, resource allocation, and budget development within the organization. This pivotal role entails ensuring that budgets are strategically aligned, resources are optimally distributed, and accurate financial analyses are provided to support well-informed decision-making.

Before joining RA, Baby Lyne dedicated almost a decade to finance roles at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in the Philippines, further enriching her professional journey.

Colin Bell

General Manager Libya

Colin Bell

General Manager Libya

As General Manager in Libya, Colin is responsible for developing business and delivering quality projects on behalf of RA’s clients in the country. He joined RA in 2015 and has since served as Project Manager in Somalia and in Oman. Colin’s hands-on management approach ensures a prompt and efficient service is provided to RA’s clients.

Before joining RA, Colin spent 22 years within the British Army as a Controls Engineer. Colin’s passion lies within Power Generation and he is an FG Wilson, Deep Sea Electronics (DSE) and ComAp trained engineer.

David Bruce Bruijntjes

Business Development Manager

David Bruce Bruijntjes

Business Development Manager

As Business Development Manager, David’s role is to develop business opportunities in new and existing territories, and to ensure that all RA clients receive the highest level of service. David has 15 years’ experience in international business development, gained through working in the Balkans, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and throughout Africa. After a short stint in the humanitarian industry, David started his career in urban planning and real estate, before moving into civil construction, agriculture and remote site operations.

David Marshall

Interim Chief Financial Officer

David Marshall

Interim Chief Financial Officer

David Marshall is a UK qualified chartered accountant, beginning his career in auditing at KPMG in 2008, before moving to the UAE to become Senior Finance Manager for Driver Group Plc. As interim CFO, David is responsible for overseeing the Finance function, including forecasting, financial reporting, audit and taxation. Before becoming interim CFO, David spent 6 years with RA as our Group Financial Controller, supporting the previous CFO, as well as taking ownership over designing, reviewing and implementing all our financial processes and procedures, including managing our cash flow.

Deepu Sankar

IT Manager

Deepu Sankar

IT Manager

Deepu Sankar is RA International’s IT Manager, responsible for overseeing every aspect of the company’s systems and technology strategy. He also manages our networks, servers, data security, storage, IT support, IT assets, maintenance records, software licensing and IT purchasing needs. Before joining us in 2015, Deepu worked for Emirates Hospital Group in Dubai, and with Arco Turnkey Solutions, among other things. He has a BTech in Electronics and Communication from Anna University in India and an MSc in Network Systems Engineering from University of Plymouth (UK). He is a certified CCNP, CCNA and MCITP professional, with expertise across technical and systems fields.

Diptarup Bhattacharjee

Warehouse Manager

Diptarup Bhattacharjee

Warehouse Manager

Diptarup has over 10 years’ experience in construction warehouse operations across the UAE and India. As Warehouse Manager, his main goal is to manage and oversee warehouse operations for the RA Group through building and implementing standards processes across all RA's sites. Diptarup holds an MBA in Supply Chain from Sikkim Manipal University.

Donatella Farese

Compliance Officer

Donatella Farese

Compliance Officer

Donatella is our Compliance Officer based in Dubai.

Her responsibilities involve ensuring compliance with ethical standards, updating our policies, designing ongoing training programs, and collaborating with other departments to ensure that business policies are followed.

Over the last 17 years, she has worked as a Compliance Manager at an oil and gas company and previously at an international NGO and the Italian Embassy in Damascus.

Haythem Ahmed

Head of HSSEQ

Haythem Ahmed

Head of HSSEQ

Haythem is a Chartered Professional Engineer by Engineers Australia, an Associate of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (UK), and a Certified Quality Engineer/Auditor by the ASQ. With over twenty years track record in leading Integrated HSSEQ Management Systems, and assisted by RA core team of seasoned professionals, he is committed to sustaining RA adherence to the highest industry standards in Health, Safety, Security, Environmental Conservation, Quality, and Operational Excellence.

Before joining RA in 2021, his career spanned the Middle East and Asia Pacific, where he had successfully accomplished a broad array of projects in Engineering, Construction, Defence, Infrastructure, Energy, Supply Chain, and Facility Management.
Haythem is fluent in Arabic, English, and French.

Hubert Votter

Head of Construction

Hubert Votter

Head of Construction

Hubert Votter is our Head of Construction. He leads the engineering, project management and construction sectors across RA’s global portfolio. This means pulling together our construction activities, enhancing our design capability and developing a consistent project management methodology, based on global best practices. Hubert is focused on giving strategic direction to projects and delivering quality, safety, consistency and a very high level of customer satisfaction within RA’s construction activities, with a right-first-time philosophy.

Before joining RA, Hubert worked for more than 25 years in executing complex multidisciplinary projects across the construction and oil & gas industries in remote regions including Central Asia, Middle East and Africa. Hubert is a civil engineer by background and holds a master’s degree in Project and Process Management.

Jilsha Bharathan

Forecast and Demand Planner

Jilsha Bharathan

Forecast and Demand Planner

Jilsha Bharathan is RA’s Forecast and Demand Planner- Food Category. Her responsibilities include monitoring inventory levels and overseeing supply chain activities, ensuring timely replenishment and availability of food items across RA’s operational locations.

Prior to joining RA, she worked with Philip Morris International, Transmed and MMI in various Demand Planning roles. Jilsha holds a Master’s degree - MBA in Marketing from Sikkim Manipal University, India.

 

Joel Agoncillo

Operations Manager Diego Garcia

Joel Agoncillo

Operations Manager Diego Garcia

Joel Agoncillo is our Operations Manager in Diego Garcia. Having initially joined RA as an Accountant in 2005, Joel has played an important role in project deliveries in Chad, South Sudan, Somalia and nowadays in Diego Garcia. As Operations Manager, his task is to ensure the consistent management of RA’s proposals and contracts. This includes the oversight of the contract management process, the development of specific standards for bidding submissions, contract negotiations and document management. Joel carries with him a wealth of institutional knowledge and plays a major role in preparing our teams for new contract awards.

Joel holds a BSA degree in Accountancy and is CMA eligible (Certified Management Accountant).

Jorge Mandap

Operations Manager Somalia

Jorge Mandap

Operations Manager Somalia

As Operations Manager, Jorge ensures the consistent management of all of RA’s contracts in Somalia. Jorge initially joined RA as a Senior Finance Officer in South Sudan in 2007, and has since then led operational, logistical and administrative arms of the business in South Sudan, CAR and Sudan, and since 2023 in Somalia. During his time with RA, Jorge has been effectively involved in the successful delivery of various lines of projects, including construction, facilities maintenance, catering, and supply chain projects.

Before joining RA, Jorge worked for close to a decade in the field of finance with several commercial companies in the Philippines and Dubai. Jorge holds a Degree in Management & Finance.

Joseph Mugabi

HR Manager Sudan/South Sudan

Joseph Mugabi

HR Manager Sudan/South Sudan

Joseph is our HR Manager based in South Sudan. His responsibilities range from managing in-country labour, developing the workforce and transforming company policies into executable plans. Joseph joined RA in 2010 as an Assistant Administrator then later joined the HR department as the HR officer across Somalia, Uganda, CAR, and now South Sudan.

Prior to joining RA, Joseph worked with Total Uganda as an Administrator. Joseph holds and brings a wealth of experience overseeing overall Human Resources and operations administration, company structure, and company policies.

Judy Cunningham

Head of Human Resources

Judy Cunningham

Head of Human Resources

Judeline Cunningham is our Head of Human Resources. She works closely with line managers to ensure the communication and consistent application of employment conditions, company policies, and procedures. She also assists with the development of line management through coaching and training.

Since joining us in 2005, Judeline has developed HR policies and programs for recruitment, talent sourcing, performance, and discipline. Based on her own experience, she supports individuals at RA International to grow their careers in a supportive environment, providing them with the resources and opportunities to build on their strengths and develop their talents.

Katarzyna Evans

Head of Sustainability

Katarzyna Evans

Head of Sustainability

As Head of Sustainability, Kat is responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring RA’s ESG strategy and initiatives. Working closely with senior management across the organisation, Kat ensures that our sustainability ambitions are imbedded within the organisation and sustainability is being addressed as and when strategic or operational decisions are made.

Kat has spent the last ten years in East Africa supporting businesses with their sustainability programmes and risk management. Prior to this, Kat worked at C. Hoare & Co, the UK’s oldest private bank, growing the bank’s philanthropic and impact investing offering.

Kat holds a BA from Bristol University in Politics and Italian and a Master’s degree from CASS Business School in Philanthropy, Grant Making and Social Investment.

Lars Narfeldt

Chief Operating Officer

Lars Narfeldt

Chief Operating Officer

Lars Narfeldt has served for over two decades in pivotal leadership and development roles in some of the world’s most challenging environments. As COO at RA International, he is responsible for day-to-day operations across the Company. His role also encompasses setting CSR strategy, HR, communications and marketing and compliance. He has been instrumental in developing RA International’s strong brand equity amongst the Company’s clients, geographies and markets.

Lars spent the first 15 years of his post university career working with the Swedish government and the UN. He worked with SIDA in Palestine and with the UN in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uzbekistan, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. While in Sierra Leone Lars managed a team of over 2,000 individuals and ran the UN Volunteer Programme.

Lee Charles Allen

Bid Writer

Lee Charles Allen

Bid Writer

Lee is our Bid Writer, based in Dubai. He works with experts across our company to write compelling, compliant proposals for our clients. Before joining RA, Lee wrote bids for the likes of BP, General Motors, Deutsche Bank and the UK government, across multiple sectors. He has a degree in Geography with International Relations, with an educational focus on Refugee Studies, Global Environmental Politics and Africa in the International System.

Mansi Ramanath Iyer

Financial Planning and Analysis Manager

Mansi Ramanath Iyer

Financial Planning and Analysis Manager

Mansi is our Financial Planning and Analysis Manager. She drafts our budgets, reports gross margins for the group, performs variance analysis and mentors project managers and finance teams in our operational areas on budget functionalities. Mansi joined RA in 2018 with almost a decade of experience in financial functions across industries in the UAE.  

Marby Amosco

Proposal Lead

Marby Amosco

Proposal Lead

Marby is a licensed Civil Engineer holding a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and additional expertise in Quantity Surveying. She has over 18 years of extensive international experience in quantity surveying, cost control, and bid estimation across West Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and the Philippines. Since joining RA International in 2018, she has devoted the last five years to excelling as a Bid Quantity Surveyor/Civil Estimator. Recently, Marby has embraced a new challenge by accepting the position of Proposal Lead. In this role, she will assume responsibility for leading the meticulous development and submission of proposals, leveraging her extensive experience and skill set.

Muhamed Altumbabic

Country Manager Somalia

Muhamed Altumbabic

Country Manager Somalia

As Country Manager for Somalia, Muhamed is responsible for developing business, delivering great customer service, and recruiting and training managers.

Since joining us in 2014, he has contributed to significant improvements in our way of working. Through the development of a Somalia-based vendor network, he has brought considerable benefits to the local communities in which we operate.

Before joining RA International – initially as Head of Construction - Muhamed worked for companies operating under United States and British government contracts in Afghanistan for close to 6 years. He was born in Bosnia, educated in Bosnia and Turkey, and has qualifications in civil engineering.

Rana Dia

Group Legal & Risk Manager

Rana Dia

Group Legal & Risk Manager

As the Group Legal & Risk Manager at RA International, Rana Dia assumes a pivotal role in shaping the organization's risk management strategy. Beyond her responsibilities in drafting and reviewing corporate legal documentation and commercial contracts, Rana is instrumental in crafting and implementing the risk management strategy of the Group. Working closely with our Chief Executive Officer, she ensures meticulous monitoring of risk factors across various operational domains, enabling proactive mitigation measures.

Rana's comprehensive approach extends to overseeing the details of our corporate governance documents, fostering seamless cooperation with regulators, and providing guidance to operational staff. With a rich background in both legal and banking sectors along with her qualifications in risk management, Rana brings invaluable insights to the table, augmenting the robustness of our risk management framework.

Her dedication to ensuring corporate compliance and her fluency in Arabic, French, and English further enrich her contributions to RA International's success.

Rehma Nakigozi

HR Generalist Kenya

Rehma Nakigozi

HR Generalist Kenya

With over 15 years of experience, Rehma directs and manages the HR Team in Kenya as HR Generalist. She provides operational HR advice to management and assists with development of country HR policies and procedures. Rehma holds a BA degree in Urban Planning from Makerere University as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management.

Roberto Bruni

Chief Commercial Officer

Roberto Bruni

Chief Commercial Officer

Roberto Bruni, with a 12 years background as an officer of the Italian Navy has lead military operations in different theatres under NATO. From 1999 as a senior executive he covered different positions in multinational companies and in many countries. In the last 11 years, as CEO, COO and CCO, he worked in IFM, Catering and Construction companies leading projects in some of the world’s most challenging countries and environments.

At RA Roberto guides our business development strategy and also plays a pivotal role within the EMT, contributing to the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies that will drive our growth and success.

Ryan Hattingh

Head of Integrated Facilities Management

Ryan Hattingh

Head of Integrated Facilities Management

As Head of Integrated Facility Management Ryan is responsible for developing service and quality initiatives across our global portfolio. Ryan has a strong service background thanks to several years in the hospitality industry, and he also brings valuable experience from the food production, storage and logistics business. More recently, Ryan has been developing life support services in remote locations across Africa – working on sites with up to 20,000 people. At RA, his main tasks are to plan, budget and implement cost-effective and sustainable services throughout all our operational areas, in accordance with global standards.

Shoaib Zafar Butt

Finance Manager - Special Projects

Shoaib Zafar Butt

Finance Manager - Special Projects

Shoaib is a UK-qualified chartered accountant (FCCA) with more than 15 years of experience in financial reporting and auditing. He comes from a diverse background of working with one of the Big 4 firms, Ernst & Young for more than five years as well as managing financial positions for various industries.

Shoaib joined RA International in 2017 as Finance Manager in Somalia and has worked at various operational locations in RA before moving to the head office in 2022. Shoaib is currently working as a Finance Manager - Special Projects and is responsible for leading and overseeing assigned finance projects reporting and ensuring compliance with appropriate standards and regulatory requirements. His expertise lies in managing and controlling financial operations along with process improvements & internal controls in remote location/high-risk regions. He has in-depth knowledge of accounting principles, policies, and standards.

Soraya Narfeldt

Chief Executive Officer

Soraya Narfeldt

Chief Executive Officer

Soraya Narfeldt founded RA International in 2004 and has led
the Company to becoming a leading remote site service provider. Since founding RA, Soraya has turned the Company into a multifaceted organisation with operations in the Middle East and across Africa, employing over 2,000 staff. In 2018, Soraya identified the need for the Company to take the leap to become a public company and led RA International through the process of listing on AIM.

Soraya is a strong advocate and supporter of responsible business practices and community-based enterprises. She is a regular contributor and speaker on the subject to high profile journals and international forums.

Steven Mountjoy

Head of Bids

Steven Mountjoy

Head of Bids

As a Head of Bids at RA International, Steven leads a multidisciplinary team to produce fully compliant technical and commercial proposals for our clients. His proposals are accurate and cost-efficient, incorporating the latest technology and engineering best practice. Before he joined us in 2016, Steven worked as a bid writer, specializing in Life Support Services for contracts in the Middle East. He began his career in 1989 with the UK Ministry of Defense, and served in several roles across Europe and the Middle East. Steven’s education and qualifications include MCIPS Chartered Institute of Purchase and Supply and qualifications in auditing and commercial principles and practices.

Walter Bolton

Contracts Manager

Walter Bolton

Contracts Manager

As Contracts Manager, Walter systematically and efficiently manages contractual matters with the purpose of maximising financial and operational performance, while building and maintaining healthy client relations. His role entails amongst others negotiating terms and conditions, drafting contractual correspondence, and managing contract administration activities. Walter joined RA in 2021 with almost three decades’ experience in Contracts Management across Africa, mainly in the mining construction industry.

William Dale Ruffin

Business Development Manager

William Dale Ruffin

Business Development Manager

William Ruffin is a Business Development Manager who specialized in finding new business opportunities in conflict zones, austere environments and developing countries. His expertise is in strategic management, humanitarian, and military logistics.

A solution-oriented Business Development Manager who creates opportunities by forging strong and strategic relationships with RA business partners and clients.

William retired from the US Army at the rank of Captain (Armor). William has 20 years’ experience working with US Strategic Commands managing supply chain, logistics, and transportation.