Arpita is responsible for managing and developing the ILDS’ operations. She works closely with the ILDS Board and Staff Team to ensure that the ILDS’ strategy is effectively implemented in order to fulfil its mission. Arpita joins the ILDS from the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), where she was the Chief Executive Officer. Her previous roles include Senior Account Manager at Kenes Asia (a regional division of a global conference management business) in Singapore, where she set up the company for the Asia-Pacific region, covering 28 countries, and led medical association management for a wide-ranging portfolio of clients. Earlier in her career, Arpita spent ten years at the Royal College Physicians in London as Membership Services Manager.
Somanah’s area of responsibility at the ILDS is the development and implementation of various ILDS strategies: fundraising and revenue development, partnerships and volunteer programme and he is also responsible for some of the internal policy development. He has been working in the nonprofit sector on various health programmes as well as the education and training sector.
Somanah works 3 days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).
Marissa supports the administrative functions of the ILDS and provides assistance with organising meetings and events and is responsible for various general administration tasks associated with membership and finance. Marissa has considerable experience working in the not-for-profit sector in London, for both national and international organisations. She also has experience working in charity governance and supporting the governing board.
Caroline supports two key areas of ILDS’ work; the World Congress of Dermatology and the Global Psoriasis Atlas. She has a background in health service management and membership charities.
Caroline works 3 days a week (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays).
Membership and Communications Manager
Sarah oversees the management of the ILDS Membership, as well as developing ILDS Communications, including the database, newsletter, website and our publications. She has a background working for health charities, community organisations and membership organisations, with an undergraduate degree in International Relations and a Masters in International Social Development.
Global Health Policy and Programmes Manager
Liz supports ILDS’ work with the WHO, developing health policy and managing relevant global health programmes. She has been working in public health and programmes for the past 15 years, primarily in infectious diseases. Her passion remains to develop effective and efficient policy and programmes, ensuring sustainability, equality, and equity throughout.
Claire oversees the International Foundation for Dermatology (IFD), and is responsible for ensuring its strategic objectives are delivered through global health dermatology grants, projects and partnerships. Claire has experience in international development and humanitarian relief, programme management and strategy development. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and Sociology, a Masters in Youth Justice and Criminology, and is current studying a Masters in Conflict and Development.
Claire works three days a week.
Project and Partnerships Officer
Safia works across multiple areas of work to support, maintain and develop IFD and ILDS projects and partnerships. Throughout her career, she has worked with multiple populations, including migrants, internally displaced people and other marginalised groups, where she undertook research and coordinated projects on human rights, development and gender. Safia holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London and a Master’s degree in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Emma van Rooijen
Head of Operations
Emma oversees the ILDS operations, supporting the Executive Director, and provides leadership in the areas of communication, events, education, projects, partnerships and other activities. She has over 6 years’ experience working with international organisations for veterinarians as Operations Manager and Policy Officer. Originally from the Netherlands, she has a bachelor in Veterinary Medicine from Utrecht University and master’s degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare from the University of Edinburgh. During her studies, she was President of the International Veterinary Students’ Association, during which she developed her passion for international NGOs and policy. Her mission is to make sure the work of the ILDS is carried out and seen in all continents around the world.