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Elizabeth Satow
Country Director, Development/Humanitarian , International non-profit
Kathmandu, Nepal
Strategic thinker and pragmatic implementer with more than 20 years of experience in the humanitarian and development sectors. Recognized for building and leading high functioning, cohesive, multicultural teams. Skilled at driving results, creating accountable and diverse organisational cultures and enhancing downward accountability to communities.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
Professional Experience:
National Director, Nepal, July 2014- present
World Vision International Nepal
Accountable for the success of World Vision International’s office in Nepal. Led between 200-400 staff over four years.
*Inspired a team to reach its potential, driving for a healthy organisation that produces high quality results
*Increased the organisation’s development budget by 67% over four years and diversified funding portfolio
*Successfully led the organisation through significant restructuring
*Oversaw the start and close-out of Nepal Earthquake Response with a budget of $52 million
*Led in the creation and roll-out of the organisation’s National Strategy
*Improved the organisation’s reputation with peers, donors, government and other WV offices
*Implemented a robust internal and external accountability system
*Created and led a highly competent and cohesive leadership team
*Improved systems across the organisation

Humanitarian DME Adviser, Asia Pacific May 2012-Apr 2014, WVI
Responsible for building capacity within 18 offices across the region for improved programme quality during disaster responses.
*Formed the first Humanitarian DME regional team in World Vision
*Contributing coach to the Humanitarian Leadership Programme (Deakin University and Save the Children)
*Acting Operations Manager for Typhoon Haiyan (Philippines) for the first month until full-time leadership was available

Global Rapid Response Team January 2006-May 2012 WVI
Member of a humanitarian team responding to major disasters around the world:Japan tsunami-Response Manager Advisor; Pakistan floods-Response Manager; Haiti earthquake-Deputy Response Manager; Pakistan IDP Crisis-Programme Officer; Iraq-3-person assessment team; Jordan- Iraqi refugee crisis-Programme Director; Democratic Republic of Congo conflict-Programme Manager; Democratic Republic of Congo conflict-Programme Officer; Swaziland drought-Humanitarian Emergency Affairs Director; Mozambique floods-Programme Officer; Lebanon war-Programme Officer.

Senior Relief Coordinator (Jan 2010-May 2012)
Accountable for delivery of effective disaster responses through management of response teams in the first 3-6 months of a disaster. Response teams ranged from 20 – 600 staff. Budgets ranged from USD20 million- USD192 million. Significant accomplishments:

*Successfully led disaster responses in Haiti and Pakistan meeting the needs of more than 1.9 million and 650,000 people respectively.
*Provided guidance to and built capacity for WV Japan’s tsunami response as advisor to the Response Manager
*Contributed to thinking, improving systems and training within Humanitarian Emergency Affairs.

Senior Programme Officer (January 2006 – Jan 2010)
Responsible for the design and acquisition of grants in large scale disasters; creating multi-sector programmes in large disasters; donor engagement

Consultant, May-Dec 2005. Papua New Guinea; Tsunami Evaluation; Pakistan earthquake
M.A., International Development, The American University, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., 1994.

B.A., Political Science, The College of Wooster, Ohio, U.S.A., 1990, Departmental Honours,
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    Years of Experience:
    15-20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    English, Hindi, intermediate French
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