Meet the Team

iguacu attracts bright individuals inspired by the iguacu mission. Our culture and approach reflects our rapidly moving and interconnected world with an emphasis on open collaboration, agility, flexibility and a solution-driven focus. Our team of researchers are all graduates of the LSE, trained in world class research skills including the critical capacity to determine the quality and reliability of sources. Together, we are dedicated to connecting people to the most effective humanitarian and development initiatives around the world.

Katherine Davies


CEO & Founder

Katherine has more than 25 years’ experience working in charities and INGOs, international banking, policy and parliamentary research, strategic communications and development. Prior to completing her MSc in International Relations from the LSE, she was a newspaper journalist and a researcher at the Parliament of Australia.

Dominykas Broga


Senior Advisor, iguacu Research, Sub Saharan Africa

Dominykas holds a Masters in Conflict Studies from the LSE. He formerly worked at Global Risk Insights and at Amsterdam Group, where he specialized in Nigeria and Kazakhstan after gaining work experience at the United Nations. Dominykas has lived in Egypt, Lithuania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom and contributes regularly to various online publications. He speaks Lithuanian and English.

Photo Credits (top to bottom): waterdotorg / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Sinan al-Hawat


Senior Advisor, Middle East 

A Chevening Scholar, Sinan holds two Masters degrees including a Masters in Development Management from the LSE. He has worked both in the public and NGO sector in Syria, specializing in the field of poverty alleviation, rural development and humanitarian aid. Sinan has published a number of articles on the civil war in Syria. He speaks Arabic, Persian, and English.

Tim Philips


Marketing Manager

Tim holds a BA Hons in Social Science from Durham University. He has an extensive background of international marketing and communications in Europe, Asia and Africa, working predominately on events and publications for education, agriculture, technology and healthcare. Tim has lived in the UK, New Zealand and South Africa.

Nadeesha Perera


HR & Business Services Manager 

Nadeesha holds an MBA specialising in microfinance. She formerly worked at the United Nations and Desjardins in Sri Lanka, and in the UK at the executive level with Hays Executives and local governments in Surrey. Nadeesha received Deans’ scholarship for her 2nd Masters in Human Resources Management at Kingston University. Nadeesha speaks Sinhala, Tamil, Hindi and English.

Blandine Sixdenier

Lead Researcher, Central African Republic and South Sudan

Blandine holds a Masters in Conflict Studies from the LSE and a BA in Political Science from Université Laval. She formerly worked at the French Ministry of Defense and at Advention Business Partners. She speaks French and English.

Dalia Majongwe


Lead researcher, Myanmar 

Dalia is an MPA Candidate at the London School of Economics. Her previous work experience includes advocacy, communications and research of humanitarian issues at Doctors without Borders. 

George Hudson

Communications Officer

George is a BSc Politics candidate at Brunel University. Previously, he has worked in communications with the EU Referendum campaign and as a freelance digital designer with M&C Saatchi World Services, Activate Sport and Chellaston Academy.

Mirko Zappacosta

Emergency Response Coordinator & Lead Researcher, Haiti

Mirko holds a Masters degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from Sciences Po, Paris and a BA in International Development in London. He has previously worked with Doctors without Borders and International Medical Corps in South Sudan, Ethiopia, Central African Republic, Greece and Haiti. Mirko speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Nathanael Chouraqui

Lead Researcher, Middle East

Prior to a Masters in International Relations at the LSE, Nathanael pursued a B.A. in Government at Sciences Po Aix. He has published several articles pertaining to International and Middle Eastern Affairs, and was awarded the LSE Research Festival Highly Commended Prize for his research comparing resilience strategies after terrorist attacks. He formerly worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nathanael speaks French and English.