Meet Our Team

Our team is made up of all our volunteer members and leaders representing over 25 nations. RNIs (volunteers come from over 25 countries, and) leaders are drawn from a wide range of backgrounds and possess a rich diversity of experiences and expertise encompassing law, medicine, education, finance, housing, business, social care, and other areas. 

  • Founder & Executive Director 

    Charles Gimoh

    Charles is the Founder of Refuge Network International. He is a Consultant in international human rights law, an author, and an expert on strategic migration. Having lived on three continents and with visits to over 30 countries, many of them poor, he has witnessed the ravages of poverty and has seen the devastating effects of social inequality in communities across the globe.  His passion for social justice, borne out of a vision to see the equitable distribution of humanity’s collective socio-economic and cultural patrimony to benefit the world’s poor and marginalised peoples, led to the founding of RNI. He holds a Master of Laws degree in human rights law, from Birkbeck Law School, University of London and is involved in PhD level research in Law. Charles coordinates the activities of RNI globally. 

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  • RNI Volunteers

    Volunteer Teams

    We work with groups of volunteers on all our projects. They are a vital part of our team and we would be unable to do anything significant without our dedicated volunteers in various countries where we work. We pride ourselves on being a collective that is inclusive. Though, a network of three distinct non-profits, we are a collectivity of dedicated volunteers from diverse backgrounds, with different skills, (inclusively working collaboratively as one big part of the human family to help in protecting and promoting the dignity with strong values and principles of inclusivity, working collaboratively to (protect the dignity of disadvantaged people and promote equality for all of humanity) protect the dignity we should all have and promote the humanity we all share. 

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  • Director Refuge Network UK

    Josephine Gimoh

    Born in Birmingham, England, to Nigerian parents, Josephine Gimoh spent her early years in the West Midlands before relocating to Africa where she completed her basic education. She is a trained teacher with years of experience teaching children and young people. Josephine has a Degree in Human Resource Management and Marketing from London metropolitan university, a Postgraduate Certificate in Integrated Practice in Childhood and Youth, Postgraduate Diploma in understanding Children's Development and Learning, and a Masters Degree in Childhood and Youth. She has participated in RNIs humanitarian missions to Africa and European countries including Greece and Italy. She is very involved in our homeless outreaches and was recently appointed as a Director of Refuge Network UK. 

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  • Associate Professor & Transformational Leader

    Derrick Samuels PhD

    Dr. Derrick C. Samuels is the ‘Voice against Stagnation’, addressing more than 150,000 people worldwide each year. As a highly passionate speaker, highly regarded business consultant, author, professor, and transformational leader, he embodies the skill, integrity, vision, and drive to become one of the most prominent inspiring thought leaders. 

    Dr. Derrick is a Certified Project Management Professional, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA in Management and; PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences and; has taught for DeVry University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, American Military University, Argosy University, and a host of other colleges and universities in the United States. 

    He is the founder and President of ‘Derrick Samuels Leadership Institute (DSLI)’, p4 Consulting Group, Inc., and the host of ‘Evening with Dr. Derrick’. 

    Derrick is on the global advisory board of Refuge Network International and advises us on a range of issues.

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  • Director of Housing & Environmental Programmes

    Giada Campigotto

    Giada Campigotto is our Housing and Environmental Programmes Director. In addition to heading Refuge Network's efforts to get homeless people into housing, she will use her expertise to coordinate our home improvement and slum transformation projects in deprived communities. Giada is an Italian architect and 3D artist who moved to London in early 2020 to start her dream job. Right after graduating in Architecture in 2018, Giada was prompted by a human rights-oriented non-profit organization and moved to her native Vietnam, motivated to make a difference in the local community. She had many international experiences during her studies, moving to China and the United States during her Master's program and working on an environmental project in Abu Dhabi, but Vietnam was what changed her the most. Volunteering for 7 months in a world so different from the one she grew up in made Giada take a different path when she moved to London. First she volunteered for a food organization and then she met Charles and joined his fight to support the homeless community. Giada knows no language or cultural barriers when volunteering, and this is something her experiences and career have taught her: inclusivity and participation are the foundation of a strong society, and only a strong society can change positively as the future progresses.

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  • Vice President City Bank Nigeria 

    Ike Iyasele

    Ike Iyasele is an ardent supporter of our cause, and one of our strategic advisers. Ike graduated top of his class, with honours in Banking and Finance from the University of Lagos, he holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and recently obtained a Master of Science in Financial Sector Management from SOAS, University of London.

    He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and an Associate of both the Nigerian Institute of Management (ANIM) and the Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria (ACPIN).

    Ike is actively involved in humanitarian work and spends most of his spare time doing voluntary work in prisons and juvenile centres with his wife Lauretta.

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  • Associate Professor & Transformational Leader

     Derrick Samuels PhD

    Jackie Martinez is a qualified health and social care practitioner with many years of experience in the British social care sector. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the United Kingdom and comes from a culturally rich background that spans 2 continents. She is a passionate activist on humanitarian issues and has spent time on the streets with us serving rough sleepers and homeless people in our homeless outreach project. 

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  • Director of Public and Business Engagement 

    Fabio Palanzer

     Fabio is a London-based professional of Italian extraction. He holds a Master’s Degree in Language and Management to China, from the prestigious University of Venice (ITA). After completing his studies, he decided to follow Marco Polo’s path towards Asia. His volunteering experience started in South-East Asia, where he volunteered with Oxford Omnia an international non-profit, in the small  Vietnamese village of Kinh Môn, in the Northern part of the country. There, he operated as an ESL Teacher in a community school, teaching the English language to local kids and teenagers. He also helped in reorganizing and managing the school, promoting its activities among local primary education institutes. From little Kinh Môn, Fabio moved to China to take up another position in the sprawling metropolitan city of Guangzhou, teaching Chinese students planning to leave the country to study in Italian Universities. He also delivered public lectures covering various international programmes. He currently works in Sales within the UK's highly respected Luxury industry. His main focus and passion consist in connecting people from different cultural backgrounds. 

    Like the great F. Nietzsche, Fabio believes that “what is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal”. 

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  • Homeless Soup Kitchen Support Officer

    Margaret Crossan

    On a typical Saturday afternoon, while people are trying to get some weekend rest or catch some weekend fun, you are likely to find Margaret Crossan heading towards Central London to serve homeless people in one of our outreach locations. Since she started volunteering with Refuge Network, she has never missed an event: a testament to her passion for the work, and devotion to the cause. For  Margaret, Refuge Network is like family. We rely on committed volunteer staff like her to keep our soup kitchens going.

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  • Director of Medical Outreach Projects - No Poverty Campaign

    Dr Lucky Agbontaen

    Dr Agbontaen Lucky  is a godly, humble, and upright professional, who brings an extra level of odedication to any task or assignment under his purview.

    He is a medical doctor by training. A A graduate of the University of Benin,Benin City, Nigeria, with a postgraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences.


    With strong cross-cultural experiences, he has worked locally in Nigeria his home country, and internationally, in the Americas, improving the medical, psychological, spiritual and physical well-being of diverse people.

    In his former role as a director of missions in Nigeria, he coordinated outreaches to rural communities and campuses of tertiary institutions bringing hope and providing material support to many. 

    Presently, he is a Lecturer at the prestigious University of Benin,where he is dedicated to imparting knowledge and mentorship the next generation of medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses and other categories of healthcare professionals at the medical school.

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  • Director of Documentaries & Strategy for North Africa

    Mourad Jaouat

    Mourad Jaouat is a documentary filmmaker, photojournalist,  and humanitarian activist from Berlin. Originally of North African extraction, he is fluent in German, Arabic, and English languages. He also communicates in French. Mourad is widely travelled and has devoted a significant chunk of his time working on refugee-related projects. 
    Since 2015, he has been documenting migration flows in Europe and Africa for various news agencies. From economic migrants fleeing poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, to refugees braving the treacherous waters of the Mediterranean; from stranded refugees in the Balkans to migrants trapped in the notorious Lesbos refugee camp in Greece, Mourad has captured their harrowing experiences with the lenses of his cameras. Today, he mainly advises photographers and videographers in Germany.

    He is the head of our documentary unit and coordinates our strategy for impact in North Africa.

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  • Director of Community Health & Youth Development Programmes - No Poverty Campaign

    Seliatu Rhoda Ohimor 

    Seliatu Rhoda Ohimor is a Pharmacist with versatile working experience spanning both the Public and Private Health Sectors.

    An avid learner with a knack for professional excellence, She has a string of degrees including Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm), Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD),  Master in Health Planning and  Management ( MHPM), Master in Public Health (MPH).

    She also holds a Certificate in Project Management in Global Health from the University of Washington, USA.

    An Addiction Prevention/Treatment Professional with trainings from the United States Colombo Plan DAP program, she is the Head Counsellor, Revamp Support Hub; a Counselling Outfit which provides Addiction Recovery and Mental/Emotional Health Counselling/Support services

    She is also the Lead Coach, Skilful Parenteen Hub (a Facebook group where parents of Preteens/teens are equipped with strategies to effectively reduce conflicts and improve communication and connection with their children)

    A member of various National and International professional associations including Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALPs), Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Association of Community Pharmacists Nigeria (ACPN) and International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP), she presently works as Community Pharmacist in Lagos, Nigeria

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  • Interim Co-Director for Senegal - No Poverty Campaign

    Mariame 

    Mairame Sow Hamo is our Interim Co-Director for Senegal. She embodies our cherished values of  passion, integrity, compassion and dedication that we expect volunteers to possess. Her first contact with our organisation was in 2018 when she volunteered to support our cause in Dakar, the Senegalese capital. From the onset, it became immediately obvious that she had a deep concern for social justice, as she not only attended our Socioeconomic rights conference that year, but  went on to recruit a team of dedicated volunteers for our NGO and also reached out to her local mayor to solicit support for our work in the  community. 

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  • Director of Legal Aid - No Poverty Campaign

    Timothy Odumosu

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  • Product Manager

    Alissa Rose

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  • Homeless Outreach Mediation Officer

    Dennis

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  • Youth Ambassador and Special Assistant to the Executive Director

    Alissa Rose

    Caprice Gimoh is a teenager currently studying at GCSE level in the UK. She has been involved in various programmes for gifted and talented children, including those of Mensa: the high IQ society. When she’s not doing academics, Caprice is volunteering with RNI to help make a better world for us all. She is our youth ambassador and also serves as special assistant to the executive director.

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  • Interim Co-Director for Senegal - No Poverty Campaign

    Arame

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  • Homeless Outreach Crowd Management Officer 

    Dirk

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  • Logistics Support Officer

    Brooklyn Gimoh

    Brooklyn was born in and is currently living in the UK. He is studying at college level after attaining 10 Distinction grades at Secondary Level. He was also amongst the top 5% of students with regards to his Lower school results.  He has a vivid passion for what he does. Brooklyn has travelled to more than 15 countries which enables him to specialise in the logistical operations department for the organisation.

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