Our leadership group

Area heads

Aidan Timlin, Head of Global Technical Unit
Aidan joined HelpAge in 2017 to head up a newly-formed Global Technical Unit. The team is responsible for providing technical leadership and support across HelpAge International’s core thematic areas and for advancing the organisation’s agenda on programme quality, learning and evidence to strengthen programme improvement, resource development, and policy influencing across regional and country offices and with network members.Aidan has 25 years’ experience in international development, mostly with INGOs in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa, including management roles with CAFOD and Christian Aid, where he led a variety of programme and corporate support functions, including planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning, institutional funding, and organisational strategy, performance and accountability.

Baralee Meesukh, Head of Network Development, Asia Pacific
Baralee has been with HelpAge Asia Pacific Regional Office since 2015, and her role is to strengthen and expand the network in the region. She has over 15 years' experience in strategic communications and advocacy, which includes communications and political analysis at the Australian diplomatic mission in Thailand, news producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and communication consultant for various international agencies.

Bert Maerten, Head of Programmes, Asia-Pacific
Bert oversees HelpAge’s programmes and partnership in the Asia Pacific region, including Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal.Originally from Belgium, Bert has a background in international and development economics, and worked for 18 years in the development sector, mainly in Asia and the Pacific. He managed Oxfam's global climate change campaign in the run up to, during and after the UN climate summit in Copenhagen, managed campaigns in Southeast Asia and country programmes in Vietnam and the Pacific.

David Bush, Head of Operations

David leads operational functions at HelpAge; this includes HelpAge's partner and contract management, IT & systems, security and environment, and other risk and compliance areas. He has previously worked across operations, delivery and consulting; in international development, the private sector and government.

Desalegn Mirete Yilma, Head of Finance
Desalegn joined HelpAge International in 2010 and became Head of Finance in 2014, overseeing all finance functions. He worked with Save the Children and Menschen für Menschen in Ethiopia, following a stint in the audit firm. Desalegn is a chartered certified accountant.

Lina Alqurah, Head of Network Coordination and Development, Eurasia and Middle East
Lina joined HelpAge in 2017, and her role is to strengthen and expand the network in the EME region. She previously worked for Action Against Hunger as Regional Advocacy Manager, and before that worked for the Search for Common Ground, Freedom House Jordan, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network and the Sisterhood is Global Institute Jordan.Lina has a wide knowledge and lengthy experience in human rights, gender equality, human development and networks development and coordination.

Marcela Bustamante Torres, Regional Head of Network Coordination and Development, Latin America and Caribbean
Marcela is responsible for promoting the leadership of the network of members and strategic alliances in the region to achieve an impact on the lives of older people from a human rights approach. She is a Colombian lawyer with a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies of the Free University of Berlin. Before joining the HelpAge team, she was as head of international affairs at the Colombian Ombudsman's, in whose role she led several ombudsman networks in Latin America and the Andean region.

Patricia Conboy, Head of Global Ageing, Advocacy and Campaigning
Patricia’s role is to lead and manage the team and to extend the influencing reach and impact of the team’s work - to achieve progressive policy change and implementation on ageing and older people at global, regional and national levels through providing thought leadership, technical advice, advocacy and campaigning tools; and through including the voices of older people in our work.Patricia’s special interests are in translating research on ageing for policy purposes; developing evidence-informed advocacy and campaigning strategies and tools; gender and ageing; and learning about how Artificial Intelligence will influence ageing and later life.

Roseline Kihumba, Head of Network Coordination and Development, Africa

She has over 15 years’ experience in international development and exposed to in-depth international development and program/project issues within inter-disciplinary and multi-cultural contexts. Roseline has worked in a wide range of sectors including health, network development, social protection, rights, emergencies and advocacy with diverse vulnerable groups and a wide range of stakeholders such as member states, Africa Union, international NGOs and national and local organizations. Since 2012, she has actively engaged the Sustainable Development Goals, data revolution and rights of older persons at national, regional and international levels including providing technical capacity and facilitating the HelpAge network and older people participation. She holds a Master in Development Management, a Master in Communications studies, and a Bachelor degree in Agriculture and Home Economics.

Roseline Kihumba has also secured leadership role in key regional and international platforms engaging SDGs and Agenda 2063 processes. She is the Co-Chair of Stakeholder Group on Ageing - Africa (https://sgaafrica.org/); the Africa Focal Person for Stakeholder Group on Ageing - New York and the Global Older Person Representative for the Facilitation Group of Action for Sustainable Development (https://action4sd.org).

Twitter: @RoseKihumba


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