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Peter Slowe - Executive Chair Peter Slowe
Executive Chair

Before starting Projects Abroad in 1992, Peter Slowe was a distinguished geographer and author, specialising in political biography, political geography and military history, based at the University of Chichester. As Chair of the Labour Party's Finance and Industry Group, Peter was an economic advisor to Tony Blair and his government. Over the last two decades, as Projects Abroad has grown, it has taken up more of Peter's time. He is actively involved with all aspects of the business from setting up new destinations to supervising recruitment campaigns in the US and Continental Europe. Peter was born in 1953, and he and his wife Karen have one son.

Greg Thomson - Chief Executive Officer Greg Thomson
Chief Executive Officer

After graduating from a Politics degree at Edinburgh University, Greg volunteered with Projects Abroad as a Teaching volunteer in China. He then spent a year working in our India and Thailand offices before joining the UK office in 2001. Greg has done a variety of roles for Projects Abroad including Desk Officer, Operations Manager, Country Director for Ghana and Head of Global Operations. Greg was appointed CEO in August 2016. As CEO, he oversees and supervises all aspects of the company and is responsible for setting and delivering Projects Abroad’s strategic objectives. In his spare time he enjoys travelling, playing golf and tennis, going to gigs and walking his dog, McTavish.

Overseas Team

Role: The Overseas team are responsible for ensuring projects and offices overseas are running well. They also prepare volunteers before they leave and support them while they are away.

Jessi Warner - Chief Operating Officer Jessi Warner
Chief Operating Officer

Originally from Ireland, Jessi started with Projects Abroad as a Teaching volunteer in Costa Rica before moving to our Irish Recruitment Team. Since moving to Operations she has worked in 11 destinations and has experience as a Volunteer Coordinator, Operations Manager and Country Director. She joined the Head Office team in 2014 when she took on the role of Head of Programme Development, making sure every project has long term goals and that the impact of volunteers is being monitored. She has been Operations Director since August 2016.

David Flaschner - Chief Technology Officer David Flaschner
Chief Technology Officer

David graduated from Leeds University in 2007 with a degree in Classical Civilisation. He then spent a year volunteering at a Football Project with Projects Abroad in Ghana. He manages digital marketing and supervises our recruitment teams in the UK, France, Ireland and Spain.

David has visited Ghana, Sri Lanka, the Galapagos Islands, South Africa, and Cambodia.

Jenny Puyo - Head of Programme Development Jenny Puyo
Head of Programme Development

Half French, half British, and having moved around throughout her childhood, Jenny is not one to stay still. Having completed an MSc in International Business Management at the University of Manchester, she first indulged her sweet tooth working for a French patisserie. Jenny joined Projects Abroad in 2014 as a Volunteer Coordinator in Ghana and Togo. She joined the Cape Town office in 2015 and today enjoys sharing news of our staff and volunteers’ exciting achievements in her role as Head of Programme Development. Jenny has a passion for travel, is always willing to taste local dishes, and enjoys embarrassing herself learning new dance moves.

Somi Cho - Operations Director Somi Cho
Operations Director

Born and raised in South Korea, Somi graduated with a degree in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies and went on to complete an MA in social sciences from the American University of Beirut. She lived in the Middle East for nearly eight years (Syria, Lebanon, and the West Bank) volunteering and working with NGOs. She joined the Projects Abroad team in 2012 and enjoys working with people from all over the world.

Ligaya Basalo - Operations Manager Ligaya Basalo
Operations Manager

Ligaya, a native from the Philippines, joined Projects Abroad Sri Lanka in 2005 and worked as Desk Officer for 4 years before moving on to work as Alumni Manager till 2011. Ligaya joined the Operations Team in 2012 and now liaises with our overseas teams on a regular basis.

Mircea Samoila - Operations Manager Mircea Samoila
Operations Manager

Since he started working for Projects Abroad, Mircea has gained experience in the UK, Sri Lanka, Togo, Ghana, Ethiopia, Romania, Morocco, Argentina, Jamaica, Moldova and, not in the least, in his favourite country, India. A man of eclectic tastes, Mircea loves comparative literature and religion, riding motorcycles and playing tennis.

Jerylee Wong - Operations Manager Jerylee Wong
Operations Manager

Jerylee Wong was born in Guadalajara, and originally joined Projects Abroad in 2003 working in our Mexican office. She has also worked in a number of our other destinations including Ghana, Ethiopia, and was Country Director for Tanzania for over a year. Jerylee studied her masters in International Strategic Management in Sweden. She enjoys playing tennis, cooking and travelling.

Suzy Adams - Operations Manager Suzy Adams
Operations Manager

Before working for Projects Abroad, Suzy worked as an English teacher in Asia and the Middle East. In 2012, she joined Projects Abroad and worked in Ghana and Nepal before joining our Head Office in the UK in 2014. She took some time away from Projects Abroad to study a Master of Science, focusing on impact evaluation for international development, before returning to Projects Abroad in 2017. In her free time, Suzy enjoys travelling, hiking, and eating Korean food.

Guillermo Alejandro Cogorno - Personnel Director Guillermo Alejandro Cogorno
Personnel Director

Guillermo was born in Cordoba and studied Business Administration at Cordoba National University. He joined Projects Abroad in December 2009. Guillermo has a wide range of international and educational work experience including teaching economic policy at Cordoba University and a post as the National President of AIESEC Argentina (International Association for Student Exchanges). He has also arranged student exchange programmes in Japan, France and the USA.

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