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Our People

Keith  Sonnet
Chief Executive

Keith is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Computer Aid’s work and for developing its business and strategic development.

He has along history of involvement in international development and solidarity intiatives, particularly through the trade union movement. He was, for 11 years, deputy general secretary of UNISON the largest public sector trade union in the UK.

Have been responsible for donor funded projects in Africa and elsewhere. He has been chair of the Global Network established by Solidar and IFWEA, a member of the General Council of the TUC and chaired the Labour Party’s Britain in the World Policy Commission. He has been particularly active around issues relating to Latin America and the Middle East.

He is a director of Union Solidarity International, which has been developing a social networking facility to increase awareness and participation in solidarity campaigns both internationally and domestically. 

Keith was formley a trustee of Computer Aid for 5 years.

Ludovic Gautier
Partnership Manager

Ludovic is responsible for administering and maintaining the system for assessing and processing all applications for computer donations in French, Spanish and English, getting quotes for shipping and sending proforma invoices. He is also responsible for developing our partnerships in South America.

Ludovic graduated from Paris II Assas with a degree in IT, he worked for three years as a web project manager in a communication agency in Paris. Passionate about languages and craving a foreign land, he travelled and worked around the world for five years.

Looking to invest his time in the non-profit sector Ludovic finally landed in London. He volunteered for six months administering the Activism e-communications programme for Amnesty International UK, before taking on a role at Computer Aid.

Sylvie  Joli
Partnership and Admin Officer

Sylvie is responsible for administering and maintaining the system for assessing and processing all applications for computer donations in French, Spanish and English, getting quotes for shipping and sending proforma invoices. She is also responsible for ensuring that all incoming communications are dealt with in the appropriate manner.

Prior to working with Computer Aid, Sylvie worked as an interpreter for asylum seekers. She also helped set up, and managed all administration for, PC Galore ltd.

Sylvie studied in France and England and spent time living in Brazil. She is a member of the Institute of Linguists and holds a diploma in Public Service Interpreting. She also speaks fluent Portuguese.

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Dalia Antonelli
Partnership and Fundraising Assistant

Dalia is assistant to the Partnership Manager. She is charged with administering and maintaining the system and database for processing the donations and applications for computers and ensuring a front line service for all incoming communication to Computer Aid. She is also supporting both the Fundraising and Production teams in their project management and resources allocation plans.

Computer Aid International and its mission to bridge the digital divide through the provision of ICT4D solutions represent the ideal environment where to apply her competences at the crossroad of information technology and sustainable economic development.

Dalia holds an MSc and BSc in Law and Economics from the University of Bologna (Italy). After a two-term scholarship at the University of Madison - Wisconsin (U.S.), she worked as Business Analyst for a Management Consulting Company in Italy. She then moved to England and graduated from the Manchester Business School with an Msc in Information Systems.

Christina  Constantino
Corporate and Events Officer

As Corporate and Events Officer, Christina is responsible for developing and managing Computer Aid’s events programme and corporate funding partnerships.

Before coming to Computer Aid Christina has worked as a Trusts Fundraiser and Major Grants for The Fred Hollows Foundation (UK), a charity dedicated to treating and preventing blindness across developing countries. 

 Prior to this she spent 3 years abroad, where she worked in an in an international PR agency as an Account Executive helping to coordinate client accounts across 24 markets. 

Christina graduated from the London School of Economics  and holds an LLB (Bachelor of Laws).   

Darren Taylor
PC Donations and Logistics Officer

Darren is responsible for coordinating the logistics of bringing in donations of computer equipment to Computer Aid’s London warehouse from donors across the UK. He provides a frontline service in dealing with the day-to-day IT equipment donation queries from individuals and large organisations interested in donating their unwanted IT equipment to Computer Aid. He is also responsible for ensuring that all equipment donated is barcoded and tracked, enabling us to provide feedback to our donors on exactly where their equipment is sent to.

Before joining Computer Aid, Darren completed his qualification as a certified CompTia A+ Technician. He also became an IT Practitioner Microsoft Certified, MCDST and MCA.

Darren has also worked as a Business Developer and Hub Supervisor at Benjy’s Ltd. He helped the enhancing of strategy and sourcing new-business for franchisees. He also helped to improve sales and customer service, and provided frontline support for all the franchisees.   

David Griffiths
General Production Manager

As General Production Manager, David is responsible for managing all aspects of production at Computer Aid's London workshop.  David manages the day to day running of the production facilities, which includes taking deliveries of PC donations, stock management, asset tracking, data wiping, refurbishing and upgrading, packaging and dispatch of Computer Aid's PCs and laptops to its projects overseas.

Before working at Computer Aid, David was a self-employed Analyst / Programmer, following 12 years working in the software industry. David initially worked as a volunteer at Computer Aid before being hired as a permanent member of staff in 2006.

Kinfe  Tekle
Workshop Production Manager

Ken is responsible for taking in PC donations from companies and processing and shipping them to recipients overseas. He initially worked as a volunteer for Computer Aid, before being employed full-time in 2005.

Joel Grundy
Warehouse Supervisor

Joel is responsible for supervising the day to day running of Computer Aids warehouse and its team of volunteers. His duties include; taking deliveries of PC donations, asset tracking, packaging and the loading of PC orders to overseas recipients.

He volunteered for Computer Aid for a couple of years before commencing employment in 2014.

Joel enjoys sailing, music, reading, and long walks in natural environments.

Hayri Zafer Korkmaz
Finance and Office Manager

Hayri manages Computer Aid’s finances. Prior to joining Computer Aid in September 2011 Hayri worked as the Finance Manager at a number of charities.

One of Hayri’s previous ventures included designing and managing a special Financial Management Project that provided training and work placements for volunteers and accounting services to charities. He says “it was the most enjoyable period of my career as I was able to train and work with 44 volunteers from various ethnic backgrounds and age groups.”

Hayri also spent many years as an Assistant Manager in one of Turkey's most prestigious banks. Hayri holds a BA Honours Degree in Accounting (UK), and a BA  Honours Degree in Radio and TV Journalism (Turkey).

Ruqayyah  Hussain
Finance and Administration Apprentice

Ruqayyah is responsible for assisting and providing support to the accounts department. This usually involves processing, updating and maintaining financial records; chasing and processing payments and assisting with other administrative tasks.

She enjoys reading fiction books and holds a special interest in learning about pharmaceutical products. 

Currently she is studying Level 3 AAT at College of North East London (CONEL) and aspires to become Chartered Certified Accountant one day.

Patron: Professor Denis Goldberg

Trustees: Mukesh Malhotra, Daniel Dearlove, Richard Litchfield, Miriam Mukasa, Susan Lacy, Ronald Janisz Heath, Susan Davidson and Simon William Furse

Volunteers: Arran Wiltshire, Lawrence Hassan, Akintoye Okiji, Albert Gjonaj, Aseres Abreham, Asghar Azari, Atilla Gaspar, Bahsa Maow, C. Majboura, Chris Salfarlie, Daniela Koynakova, David Chu, Furat Muhi Al-Din, Hillary Stewart, Hossein Shahbazi, Jae McCarthy, Jeffery Squires, Jie Volckart, Joseph Reynods, Josephene Amirthanayagam, Karim Gardom, Kevin Dharaj, Kitonsa Ali,  Major Brown, Marco Antonio Riccio, Mariame Bakayoko, Mashiul Majid, Mate Vajsz, Nazeer White, Peter Konovski, Philip Jones, Rasheed Rahiem, Stanley Giwa-Ugiabbe, Stephen Dhanraj, Szilard Daroczi, Taiye Abisogun Adeyinka,  Tarun Kumar Biswas, Terry M Scourires, Terry Palmer, Victor Johnson, Vladimir Kornidukhov, Yves Samuel Gnogouri, Isobel Foulsham, Hugh Franklin, Lara Pattison, Tom Falk, Lorna Lee-White, Hashim Ahmed, Sheila Atherton, Arian Bezati, Hamish Blair, Paul Haslam, Paul Herbert, Philip Jonez, Anthony Knight, Rufus Langsley, Patrick Lindley, Narges Marvasti, Tony Morgan, Roisin McCarthy, Claudio Serrao, Paul Stride, Garth Smith, Philip Waters.

An enormous thank you to the many other volunteers we have not mentioned who have contributed time, skills and experience to the office and workshop.

A volunteer technician testing PCs in Computer Aid's London workshop.

A volunteer technician testing PCs in Computer Aid's London workshop.