Meet our team of Livelihoods experts
Global Sector Lead
Richard Rumsey is the Livelihoods Global Sector Leader for World Vision International based in London, UK.
In this role he provides overall strategic leadership to World Vision’s (WV) work in Livelihoods globally providing oversight for a $200 Million portfolio of programmes across 66 countries. He is responsible for developing and implementing a global strategy for all economic inclusion work to build productive and resilient livelihoods for the most vulnerable and economically excluded families across WV’s operations.
In addition, he is responsible for the promotion of evidence-based practice and representing WV externally through partnerships and networks. His role also works in close collaboration with WV’s microfinance arm, VisionFund International (VFI) in the promotion of responsible financial services for the extreme poor.
Senior Advisor for Quality and Innovation
Colin Dyer is the Livelihoods Senior Advisor for Quality and Innovation and project manager for WV’s Ultra-Poor Graduation (UPG) project model.
He first started with World Vision in 2015 as the Economic Development Advisor for Pacific and Timor-Leste (PTL) and then worked within World Vision Australia (WVA) on new livelihoods developments. He also has experience in small and micro business development, especially in the areas of fiscal management and community-based savings and loan groups and ultra-poor graduation.
Colin comes from a substantial business background with previous roles in marketing and development for Australian-based enterprises. More recently he was based in the Pacific Islands as the founding managing director of a significant and sustainable social enterprise. He also worked with a local NGO in Myanmar as their programme manager in small business and micro finance.
Colin and his wife Joy are now based in Sydney, Australia.
Knowledge Management and Capability Manager
Cat-Dan Lai-Smith is the Livelihoods Knowledge Management and Capability Manager. She oversees the WV Livelihoods Community of Practice of 2,300 + practitioners and manages the sector’s knowledge management plan. Her main priorities include identifying capacity-building needs and enabling technical practitioners to develop and share their best practices to enhance programme quality.
Prior to this, Cat-Dan was part of Oxfam GB’s International Programme Quality Team where she supported technical programme advisors to develop and profile research publications promoting best practices. Cat-Dan also served as the chief consultant for a collaborative project with ECPAT International and Religions for Peace to equip faith leaders in protecting children from online sexual exploitation.
Cat-Dan holds a double major Honours BA in Political Science and Religious Studies from Western University, and is based in Nottinghamshire, UK.
Skype : catdanlaismith
Senior Advisor for External Engagement
Angeline Munzara is the Livelihoods Senior External Engagement Advisor and Savings for Transformation project model manager for World Vision International.
She has over 15 years of development experience working with non-governmental organisations at the national (Zimbabwe), regional (SADC) and international level (Geneva).
She was also recently elected as the Global Chair for the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture Compliance Committee (2019-2021).
Angeline holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree and a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe, and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
THRIVE Programme Director
Dr Joseph Toindepi is the THRIVE Programme Director with World Vision US and project model manager for Building Secure Livelihoods (BSL) project model with our Global Livelihoods Team. He has significant experience and expertise in development and social economics and holds a PhD in microfinance and economic empowerment subject areas.
Joseph started his journey with World Vision in October 2014 as a Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for World Vision UK. He then joined World Vision International in May 2017 supporting the development and implementation of BSL project model.
Joseph would love to hear any questions you may have concerning BSL.