Executive Committee (EXCO)

Andrew Cunningham is a Founder of Darien Analytics, a UK firm that advises clients on Corporate Governance and Risk Management. He is a Visiting Professor at the London Institute of Banking and Finance, and a non-Executive Director of ARC Ratings. He conducts Corporate Governance and Due Diligence Assessments for the International Finance Corporation’s Middle East Governance Programme and has worked with the United Nations and the Islamic Development Bank on projects related to Shari’ah-compliant finance. He is the Editor in Chief of the London-based Arab Bankers Association. Andrew joined the Executive Committee in 2022.

Mike Scott-Baumann is a graduate of Cambridge University and has an MA in Palestine Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He has thirty-five years’ experience as a history teacher and lecturer. He has written on the history of Israel/Palestine for students of GCSE and A Level and in 2021, ‘Palestinians and Israelis: A Short History of Conflict’, was published by The History Press.  He has travelled widely in the region and has worked in the Jordan Valley under the auspices of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions.

Sandra Hamrouni enjoyed a 30 year career with the British Council – as Country Director in Bahrain, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Cyprus and Algeria and as Teaching Centre Manager in Tunisia, Syria, Oman and Spain. After gaining a degree in Philosophy and Music Sandra worked as a VSO teacher in rural Kenya, in a language school in Mexico, and for the Birmingham Multicultural Support Unit before teaching in UAE and Egypt for the British Council. Whilst in oPT she led educational, arts and cultural relations programmes throughout Gaza, Jerusalem and the West Bank, and initiated and developed HESPAL (Higher Education Scholarships for Palestinians) now in its twelfth year, which has enabled over 200 Palestinian academics to follow Masters and PhD programmes at UK universities. Since returning to Yorkshire she has worked voluntarily for the Balfour Project and Fobzu (Friends of Birzeit University).

Tim Llewellyn is a former Chair of the Balfour Project Executive Committee and has been a Committee Member since 2018. Tim was BBC Middle East Correspondent from 1976 to 1980, based in Beirut, and from 1987 to 1992, in Nicosia. He is the author of Spirit of the Phoenix: Beirut and the Story of Lebanon, published by IB Tauris in 2010.

Martha Scott-Cracknell has worked for a number of organisations in the peace advocacy, interfaith and education sector. Martha was a Balfour Project Peace Advocacy Fellow 2020-21 and has worked as Programmes Officer since 2021. Amongst other roles, she works alongside Matan Rosenstrauch and John McHugo to coordinate the Fellowship programme. Martha obtained a BA in Religion, Politics and Society from the University of Leeds and a MSt in the Study of Religions from the University of Oxford where she specialised in Islamic and Jewish studies with a focus on women’s issues.

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