Elise Ford

Elise joined Humanity United as a Director of Investments in 2013 and works on HU’s Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation portfolio.

Prior to joining HU, Elise held a number of senior policy and campaign positions in Oxfam in Europe, East Africa and West Africa. As the policy lead within Oxfam’s emergencies team, Elise developed policy analysis and campaigns on humanitarian crises and conflict. In that role, she gained extensive field experience by working in a large number of African countries, including Mali, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia. Elise has authored and co-authored a number of Oxfam reports, including reports on food security in East Africa and West Africa, international engagement in Somalia and the impact of social relations in Mali. Between 2009-2011, she was the Head of Oxfam’s European Advocacy Office – leading Oxfam’s European campaigns on development, climate change, humanitarian and conflict issues and acting as Oxfam’s Senior Representative to the European Union (EU) institutions.

Elise began her career as a Parliamentary Advisor in European Parliament, working on the Committees for International Development and Foreign Affairs. She has also previously worked for the EU and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe on election observation in Africa and the Balkans.

Elise holds a master’s degree in social and political science from Cambridge University and a master’s degree in public administration from the College of Europe. She speaks fluent English, French, and Italian.