Sangita Shah (Chair)
Sangita Shah, Non-Executive Chair, was appointed to the Board in May 2018. Sangita is a qualified accountant and has extensive experience in corporate finance, journalism and senior consultancy. Sangita brings with her a wealth of AIM listed and public market experience and is also the non-executive Chair of AIM traded Bilby plc, a board director of NASDAQ listed Forward Industries Inc. and a director to Global Reach Technology EMEA Limited. She has held a number of senior roles within blue chip organisations, including Unilever, Mars, Ernst & Young and KPMG and is a past President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists. Sangita is also a regular consultant to a number of companies and to HM Cabinet Office. Sangita is a frequent key note speaker in forums for the Windsor Leadership Trust, European Parliament and European School of Management.
Soraya Narfeldt, (CEO)
Soraya Narfeldt, Chief Executive Officer, was appointed to the Board in March 2018. The Company was founded by Soraya and Lars Narfeldt after they witnessed large organisations unable to provide a comprehensive range of services or manage or complete projects effectively when operating in remote locations, resulting in inefficiencies hindering the progress of peacekeeping, humanitarian and commercial projects. After initially undertaking successful projects in Afghanistan, the Group expanded into Africa, supporting the United Nations across the continent and growing its client base substantially. Soraya is a strong advocate and supporter of responsible business practice and has contributed articles on the subject to a number of recognised journals such as Forced Migration Review. Soraya also consults regularly with Government officials where she advises on Aid Funded Projects and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
Lars Narfeldt, (COO)
Lars Narfeldt, Chief Operating Officer, was appointed to the Board in March 2018. Lars is a Swedish citizen who spent the first fifteen years of his post university career working with the Swedish government and the UN. Lars 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. RAI FZCO in 2004 was founded by Soraya and Lars Narfeldt.
Andrew Bolter, (CFO)
Andrew Bolter, Chief Financial Officer, was appointed to the Board in May 2018. Andrew is a Canadian Chartered Accountant, Chartered Professional Accountant, and a Chartered Business Valuator and joined the Company from Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services Group where he was primarily responsible for assisting multi-national corporations to establish operations in the Middle East and Africa.
Alec Carstairs (NED)
Alec Carstairs, Non-Executive Director, was appointed to the Board in May 2018. Alec is a qualified chartered accountant with over 35 years experience of advising companies ranging from new start-ups to multi-national corporations, principally in the oil & gas sector. During his time at EY he acted as Head of UK Oil and Gas Mergers and Acquisitions and became Managing Partner of its Aberdeen office and was ane elected member of the UK Governance Council. Alec has previously served as an independent non-executive director of Ithaca Energy Inc., and is currently a director of Cela Consulting Limited. Alec also has a number of charitable interests and is currently a Director of Vine Trust and Techfest and was formerly President of the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.
Philip Haydn-Slater (NED)
Philip Haydn-Slater has over 35 years of City experience, principally within institutional sales with a number of well-known firms. Philip was co-founder of HD Capital Partners Ltd, where he was a director for over five years. Prior to this he spent eight years as Head of Corporate Broking at WH Ireland Ltd in London, where he was responsible for originating and managing the sales process for a range of transactions, including flotations and secondary placings for corporate clients on AIM and other international exchanges, largely in the resources sector. Philip has worked in both London and Sydney for financial organisations that include ABN Amro, Bankers Trust, James Capel & Co and Bain Securities (Deutsche Bank) Sydney.
Ian Henderson (NED)
Ian Henderson, Non-Executive Director, was appointed to the Board in May 2018. Ian is a qualified chartered accountant (ACA and FCA) and holds an LLB in Scots Law and an MA in Philosophy and Politics from Edinburgh University. Ian has had a distinguished career as an investment manager in London for over 35 years during which time he managed, inter alia, JP Morgan’s Natural Resources funds for over 20 years, which reached assets of over US$10bn, and JP Morgan’s Global Financials fund. Following his retirement as manager, Ian became an investment adviser for the JP Morgan Natural Resources funds before serving as a non-executive director of Endeavour Mining Corporation, the TSX-V listed gold mining company operating in West Africa. He is currently a non-executive director of BMO Capital Markets Limited, a London-based subsidiary of Bank of Montreal.