Sally Smith, Executive Director

Sally founded The Nexus Fund in 2012 to build and strengthen the global community to end mass atrocities. She also serves as the inaugural co-chair of the Conflict and Atrocity Prevention Funders Working Group, a joint project of the Peace and Security Funders Group and the International Human Rights Funders Group. Prior to her work with The Nexus Fund, Sally managed the Sudan Now campaign, led by Humanity United and six other major anti-genocide and human rights organizations. She also worked on advocacy for Sudan and South Sudan through the Enough Project to End Genocide and Mass Atrocities at the Center for American Progress. Since 2003, Sally has worked for numerous campaigns, foundations and nonprofit organizations, including the Partnership for Public Service, Obama for America, Nick Lampson for U.S. Congress, Walmart Watch, EMILY’s List, and more. She has written pieces for the Washington Post and is an alumnus of EMILY’s List Campaign Corps. Originally from Texas, Sally graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rollins College and is currently pursuing a mid-career Masters in International Public Policy at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with a focus on Conflict Management.

KKT, Field Researcher – Myanmar

KKT joined The Nexus Fund as a field researcher in Rakhine State, Myanmar in February 2016. 

Michael Olufemi Sodipo, Field Researcher – Nigeria

Michael, based out of Kano, Kano State, conducts The Nexus Fund’s field research in Northwest region of Nigeria. Michael is Founder and Project Coordinator for the Peace Initiative Network (PIN), a Nigerian peace-building organization founded in 2004. PIN conducts a range of peace education, advocacy, and training activities in schools and through extracurricular programs in several northern Nigerian states. He has spoken widely on the role of civil society organizations in promoting peace among diverse youth populations, including at conferences in Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and the United States. Michael studied Political Science at the University of Abuja and International Relations at the University of Nigeria. He is an alumnus of INCORE University of Ulster, Derry Northern Ireland, and the prestigious U.S Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Prince Charles Dickson, Field Researcher – Nigeria

Prince Charles, based out of Jos, Plateau State, conducts The Nexus Fund’s field research in the middle belt region of Nigeria. Before joining the Nexus Fund, Prince Charles worked on projects for  UN Women, Search for Common Ground, and International Crisis Group on several, among others. He is an alumnus of the University of Jos and the prestigious Humanitarian Academy at Harvard and Knight Center For Journalism, University of Texas at Austin. Born in Lagos State (South West Nigeria), Prince Charles is proud of his Nigerian roots. He is a Henry Luce Fellow, Ford Foundation grantee and is proficient in English, French, Yoruba Ibo and Hausa.

Sadia Hameed, Advisor

Sadia is the Program Officer for Wellspring Advisor’s Atrocities Prevention and Response Program. This program supports the prevention of and response to large-scale, systematic violence against civilians by improving mechanisms for early warning and rapid response and by mobilizing these mechanisms to protect civilians from imminent or ongoing mass violence. Before joining Wellspring Advisors, Sadia most recently worked as the Director of the Atrocity Prevention team at Human Rights First where she led her team in mapping complex conflict supply chains to Syria and Sudan and led advocacy campaigns and capacity building efforts toward the U.S Government’s newly created Atrocities Prevention Board.

Since 2000, Sadia has worked for a diverse spectrum of organizations undertaking field research, advocacy and building civil society partnerships to advance human rights protections in South Asia, Central America, West Africa and Central Africa. She has worked for Amnesty International’s Secretariat, Oxfam America, Center for American Progress, Save the Children- UK, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and RAASTA Development Consultants. In these positions, amongst other duties, Sadia has led international advocacy campaigns to stop the practice of enforced disappearances, end the use of rape as a tactic of war and promote greater transparency and accountability in the global natural resource extraction industry. 

In addition to her fieldwork, Sadia has spent many years living and working overseas in the United Kingdom and Pakistan. Sadia earned an MA in International Development from American University’s School of International Service and her BA Honors in Political Science and Economic Development from Washington College. Sadia currently serves as an Advisor to the Nexus Fund and is an inaugural co-chair of the Conflict and Atrocity Prevention Funders Working Group which operates across the Peace and Security Funders Group and the International Human Rights Funders Group.

Arpitha Peteru, Director of Programs

Arpitha Peteru manages The Nexus Fund’s Civil Society Exchange Program and oversees various projects, programming, research and grant-making. Before joining The Nexus Fund, Arpitha helped develop a micro-enterprise initiative with Burmese-Karen refugees, and has worked as a staffer in the U.S. Congress. She has also worked on several leading issue-based, advocacy and corporate campaigns, strengthening policy and public affairs initiatives through grassroots coalition building. As an alumnus of Running Start and New Leaders Council, she is also deeply invested in the leadership of young women. Arpitha studied at Colgate University and the University of St. Andrews, specializing in the anthropology of human rights.

Maggie Louise, Country Director

Maggie Louise manages The Nexus Fund's fundraising globally and grantmaking in its countries of focus. Prior to joining The Nexus Fund, Maggie worked with several international human rights nonprofits including Malala Fund, where she focused securing funding opportunities for girls' education globally, and Invisible Children, where she partnered with a range of organizations and donors to combat the abuses perpetrated by the Lord's Resistance Army in central Africa. Maggie also has experience with the Clinton Global Initiative and AmeriCorps. Maggie attended New York University where she studied psychology and global issues focused in Africa. 

Zeitun Tifow, Program Assistant

Zeitun Tifow is the Program Assistant at the Nexus Fund and supports the management of the Nexus Fund’s Civil Society Exchange Program and grantmaking in its countries of focus. Before joining the Nexus Fund, Zeitun worked at the International Peace and Security institute where she developed a multilateral simulation focusing on women’s inclusion in the peace process, in addition to designing training modules for the Institute for Inclusive Security’s Monitoring and Evaluation guide for National Action Plans dedicated to UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security. As an intern for the peace and security department at UN Women in New York, she conducted research on a wide range of topics including women’s land rights post-conflict, countering violent extremism, IDP’s and refugees, and gender-sensitive policy development post-conflict. Zeitun is ethnically Somali, was born in the North Eastern province of Garissa, Kenya and speaks both Swahili and Somali. She completed her Bachelors at Towson University and received her Masters from New York University with a focus on Peacebuilding.