Our Team

Our project coordinator, Dr Emua Ali, currently manages all aspects of the organisation including the recruitment and development of mentors, recruitment of mentees, matching and supervision.

Emua has worked with adult learners in Africa and Europe in higher education, management training and community education for many years. She has run mentoring projects for women in local communities. She has done research in to gender equality among Somali women refugees in London, and the educational needs of Somali refugee pupils in the London Borough of Camden. She has worked as a business coach for a European project in East London to help women set up their own businesses.

Our management committee provides strategic direction and guidance for the organisation.

Liz Baltesz is independent consultant working with professional service firms and not for profit organisations, developing senior leaders and their teams.  She is an experienced coach and has supported many clients in setting up their own businesses.  Liz has introduced mentoring schemes into organisations and trained people to become mentors.  She is currently researching gender inequality in professional partnerships.  Her passions include travel, music, cooking and knitting.

Amanda Couper is Senior Lawyer with 15 years experience practising both at a city firm, Clifford Chance and then in a number of multinational companies, specialising in corporate finance, intellectual property and general commercial contracts. She has been involved with several start up businesses and has held a number of managerial and director level positions. She has passion for travel and an interest in international development.

Anna Payton originally practiced as an infrastructure lawyer and then worked in energy infrastructure finance. She now works for the UK government, specializing in the commercial management and governance of public sector assets. Anna has a strong interest in the potential of women’s networks to support the vulnerable in our society, and was co-founder of a women’s networking and mentoring association in Switzerland. Anna’s other interests include mountain trekking, Italian culture, and foreign languages.

Anna Reisenberger is a freelance consultant mainly working with refugee groups in the UK and on migrant issues in Europe. Previously she was Director of Policy and Development at the Refugee Council. For many years she taught adult learners, becoming a Vice Principal, and then a researcher and programme manager at national level. She has been a mentor for community group leaders, teachers and other women in and out of work.

Charlene Wilson is our treasurer. She is a qualified chartered accountant with 6 years experience of working for accountancy firms, performing audits for not for profit entities. She is currently an auditor for BDO LLP.

Susie Parsons career spanned the voluntary and public sectors, local government and the health service. A former Chief Executive of the Commission for Racial Equality, London Lighthouse and the Campaign for Learning, she had run a successful consultancy business since 2005 and had recently launched a company to support the public and voluntary sectors through difficult times. Susie also had extensive experience as a chair, trustee, company secretary and non-executive director of a range of not-for-profit organisations.

With deep sadness we announce the untimely death, on 6 June 2015, of our beloved colleague and friend.

Susie was at the heart of Laamiga.  Her dynamism and legendary generosity empowered us during challenging times.  She touched so many women’s lives through Laamiga with her fundraising, mentoring and supervision support.

We will miss and never forget her.



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