Our team

Our Board

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David Orr

Chair

David has over 30 years’ experience in Chief Executive roles, most recently at the National Housing Federation. He was previously President of Housing Europe. He is also Chair of ReSI Housing and has recently joined the boards of Clarion Housing Group and Clanmil HA.

David is an inspiring public speaker and is a well-regarded commentator. He has extensive expertise navigating the world of politics and government, and in 2018 was awarded a CBE.

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Kate Wareing

Kate is Chief Executive of Soha Housing. She has over 15 years’ experience working to address issues of poverty and social justice in the UK. This includes working for Cherwell Housing Trust, Oxfordshire County Council and more recently as Director of the UK Poverty Programme for Oxfam GB. Kate has also spent time consulting on strategy development, service redesign and organisational development.

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Steve Troop

Now retired, Steve worked for nearly four decades in international banking across Asia-Pacific, South America, Europe and the Middle East, a career that culminated in his role as Chief Executive Officer of Barwa Bank, an award-winning Islamic financial institution based in Qatar.

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Andrea Marmolejo

Andrea is the co-founder of Blue Topaz Capital, an advisory service that targets integrated nancial, environmental, and social performance markets, including financial markets in Africa and Asia.

She is a Board Member at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and Member of the Investment Committee at the Lankelly Chase Foundation.

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Letty Chiwara

Letty is the UN Women Representative to Ethiopia, the Africa Union Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. Previously she was UN Women Chief of Africa.

Letty has led Global Programmes spanning all regions including in, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean and East and Central Europe.

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Paul Hackett

Paul is currently the Chief Executive of Optivo, one of the largest housing associations in the UK. He is also Honorary Professor at UCL, Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management.

A former Board Member of Gallions Housing Association, Paul has over 20 years’ experience in the affordable housing sector in the UK, as well as in governance and organisational leadership.

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Diana Mitlin

Diana is Professor of Global Urbanism, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, and the Principal Researcher, Human Settlements Group, IIED.

A former Chair of Homeless International, and a current Trustee of the Inqolobane, she has extensive experience academically and strategically, as well as in governance roles, within the urban housing and development sector in the Global South.

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Shantanu Bhagwat

Shantanu is currently a Senior Advisor to the growth capital team at Department for International Trade in the UK. He has over 17 years of experience in venture capital & impact investing across sectors & geographies, and was previously a Venture Partner at Impact Ventures UK and at Nesta Impact Investments. Shantanu spent several years as a fast-track career diplomat in New Delhi and Tokyo.

Our Leadership

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Ian Shapiro

Chief Executive

Ian’s experiences in international development, urban policy, and the social enterprise sector are extensive and varied. He joined Reall in 2018 from Crown Agents, where he served as Chief Strategy Officer.

Ian has spent the bulk of his career working for the UK Department for International Development, initially as an Urban Advisor and later as Head of Private Sector Development.

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Michele Pietsch

Director of Finance

Michele is a CIMA-qualified accountant with extensive experience in financial planning and management, governance, change management and business partnering.

Having started her career at Safeway, she has held senior finance roles across a breadth of sectors including UK housebuilding, healthcare and retail.

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Patrick Domingos Tembwa

Director of Investment and Operations

Patrick is a CIMA qualified accountant with extensive experience in financial management, investment and international development.

He started his career in finance at British Telecom in 1998. Over the following decade, he worked for a real estate consultancy firm, in investment banking at JPMorgan and RBS. He also helped setup a micro finance bank in DR Congo in 2009.

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Emma Harrington

Director of Market Transformation

Having spent 15 years in the automotive industry, Emma’s core experience is
in product management and business development, both at a central corporate level and alongside prospective and current partners.

Emma has responsibility for a wide range of programmes including communications, investor relations and evidence. She is passionate about putting commercial principles to work for social impact.

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Mark Atterton

Director of Corporate Planning

Mark joined Reall from Oxfam where he held the positions of Head of Programme Portfolio Oversight and Development in their Oxford Offices and Country Director for Oxfam in Ethiopia.

Mark has extensive development and humanitarian experience across Africa having lived in Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Zambia and overseeing programmes and complex humanitarian responses in numerous countries across Africa.

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