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Our Team Members

SHF is designed to be a lean and agile entity. Our team cover the core technical and professional functions needed to implement the SHF business model. It comprises of experts from varied backgrounds, including the private sector, impact investing, impact assessments, modeling and research, and both the WASH sector and the broader global development context. SHF has a presence in Geneva and its country portfolio team is based in Nairobi.


Meet Our Team

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Rucha Naware

Communications Specialist

Rucha Naware leads on communications for the SHF. Working in communications on humanitarian and development issues for 15 years across NGOs and the UN, Rucha is passionate about building compelling narratives to engage different audiences.

At the SHF, Rucha draws upon her experience with WWF, the UN World Food Programme and CRY - Child Rights & You to lead audience-focused media and digital efforts to mobilize awareness, action and impact on the global sanitation, hygiene and menstrual health crisis. 

Originally from India, Rucha has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Sciences Po, Paris and has lived and worked across India, France, Singapore and Belgium.


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Aline Sylvie Pawele

Country Fund Portfolio Manager

Aline works with the SHF Country Fund Portfolio team to advise and guide our financing strategy across our activities and projects in country. 

Aline joins the SHF with nearly two decades of experience in global health and international development, having worked in various organizations including the Global Fund, German Development Cooperation, WHO, UNAIDS, USAID, UN Women, UNFPA, and Oxfam GB. She has worked and led on supporting programs and policy implementation at local, national, and global levels.  


Originally from Rwanda and Togo, Aline holds a Master of Science in Project Management and speaks multiple languages including Kinyarwanda, English, French, and recently Kiswahili. She is excited to be a part of the SHF, an organisation where disruptive leadership is practiced, and boldness displayed, and hopes to contribute to a cleaner, safer and healthier environment, and future for all.
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Jacob Said

Governance Officer

Jacob has been serving the UN across the development, humanitarian and peacebuilding fields for over a decade, including UNDP, UNRWA and the UN Secretariat through its Special Political Mission in Guinea-Bissau.

Working closely with our Board, Jacob ensures that the SHF governance frameworks are robust, fully functional, and contributing towards the achievement of SHF’s mission, in compliance with our corporate policies.

As a Chevening scholar, Jacob holds a MSc in International Development from The University of Edinburgh. 

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