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NetHope announces new board members

Seasoned leaders bring invaluable experience at a time of strategic growth


For immediate release 

October 28, 2022 

NetHope Communications Team 

NetHope, a global consortium of over 65 of the world’s leading nonprofits, announced three new Board members elected at its annual Member meeting, along with one Board member elected to a second term.  

Sarah Angel-Johnson, Stephen Ciirah, and Esha van der Hulst-Haldar will join the NetHope Board. Karl Lowe, of Catholic Relief Services, returns for a second term. 

"As we embark on the development of a new strategic plan and build new Member-led programming within NetHope, the talents and perspectives of our three stellar new Board members, along with Karl's expertise and knowledge of the sector, will help us into the future,” said NetHope CEO, Lance Pierce. 

About our new Board members: 

Sarah Angel-Johnson is CIO at Save the Children. She has 20+ years of expertise in business transformation, digital innovation, and operational integration. Prior to joining Save the Children in 2020, Sarah served at IBM, where she was one of that organization’s youngest female executives; Girl Scouts International, where she launched the transformative digital cookies sales initiative; and Year Up, where she was recognized as CIO of the Year by InspireCIO for human-centered design and data-driven outcomes. During her career she has made a difference in over 100 million children’s lives per year in over 100 countries. 

Sarah is passionate about delivering social impact at scale and was honored with a U.S. Congressional Award for her work with underserved youth.  

Stephen Ciirah is Director of ICT at the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) International and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. He has more than 25 years of experience in the telecoms and humanitarian sectors, with honed experience in leadership, global operations, and digital business transformation. Prior to joining WWF, Steve served at World Vision International in various global leadership roles. His professional experience has taken him to nearly 50 countries, utilizing technology and digital solutions to enable health, education, and other development programs as well as supporting global emergency responses to help change the lives of those in need.  

Steve engaged directly and indirectly with NetHope throughout his 15-year tenure at World Vision International, one of the founding member agencies. He was a founding member of the NetHope Africa Chapter, where he served as the first Vice President. He also played a pivotal role in the establishment of NetHope Academy in Kenya.  

Esha van der Hulst-Haldar serves as Director of Shared Operations for War Child Holland.  For 20+ years Esha has been responsible for operational, change, information and data and financial management with several organizations, including Government (Dutch Ministry of Education) and large NGOs, such as COA and Oxfam. From 2008 to 2020, Esha worked for Oxfam in various leadership roles. As Global COO for Oxfam International, she led the execution of Oxfam’s 2020 strategy with the Oxfam International Management team and member organization management teams. This included the merger of country teams in over 50 program countries into one Oxfam, reaching over 25 million people.  

Esha joined War Child in 2020 to implement a multi-location shared platform. She also helped to scale the online education program, Can’t Wait to Learn, to children impacted by war in and outside Ukraine. 

NetHope Board members serve three-year terms, with the option of being re-elected for a second term. 


 About NetHope 
NetHope, a consortium of over 65 leading global nonprofits, unites technology companies and funding partners to design, fund, implement, adapt, and scale innovative approaches to solve development, humanitarian, and conservation challenges. Together, the NetHope community achieves positive change, building a shared platform for insight and action for those who receive aid, those who deliver it, and those who steward the environment for future generations. To learn more about NetHope, visit 

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