Our Mission Statement and Team

A team of filmmakers, animators, photographers, writers and creatives united by a shared commitment to use their creativity as a force for change in the world.

David Gough

David is a filmmaker and journalist with a special expertise in humanitarian issues. Formerly East Africa Correspondent for The Guardian Newspaper, he established and ran an award-winning UN Film Unit in Africa before taking over the UN Film and Special Projects Unit in New York.

Katie Hudson

Katie is an active campaigner and advocate for the rights of disadvantaged communities and leads the Cooperative's drive to build new models for social entrepreneurship, enterprise, and investment.

Christian Abi Abboud

Christian is an award-winning Lebanese filmmaker. Since 2005 he has worked primarily with non-profits to create stories that inspire hope and education. He has also produced and directed several independent feature length documentaries that have been widely praised for their powerful storytelling techniques and stunning cinematography.

Warda Aljawahiry

Warda is an Iraqi-born filmmaker and journalist with over a decade experience working with major news outlets and the UN. She is a fluent Arabic speaker and a Middle East expert.

Thomas Maddens

Thomas is a cinematographer and editor with several years experience working as a DOP and editor for humanitarian organisations in headquarters and field posts. He has a film school degree from Narafi film school in Brussels.

Ellen Andries

Ellen is a Graphic Design artist who has worked for major media companies and production houses across Western Europe. She leads on motion design and animation and is an accomplished VR stitcher and image cleaner.

Jordi Matas

Jordi Matas is a photographer and former architect, who has been documenting humanitarian and social issues around the world for over 10 years for major international development organizations and media outlets, including UNHCR, UNICEF, Save the Children, and The Guardian.

Alessandro Pavone

Alessandro is a cameraman and producer who regularly works for PBS Newshour in the Middle East, Europe and Africa. He has over 13 years experience in current affairs and documentary programming covering major conflicts and humanitarian crises around the world.

Phil Hatcher-Moore

Phil is a documentary photographer whose work has appeared in the pages of the majority of the world’s major newspapers. His work has been recognised by several international awards and exhibitions.

Séverine Vanel

Séverine is a filmmaker and editor whose films have screened at major film festivals worldwide. She has worked extensively in Asia, the Middle East and South America and strives to make films that capture the humanity of her subjects.

Pierre-Julien Quiers

Pierre is a journalist, cameraman, press editor and writer with more than 20 years experience working throughout Asia, Africa and South America with a particular expertise in broadcast news and features.

Zoe Flood

Zoe Flood is a self-shooting producer and journalist reporting on conflict and humanitarian and development issues. She has contributed to most leading international media outlets.

Marta Anna Ledgard

An MBA with a passion for humanitarian affairs, Marta is a project and partnerships manager for virtual reality projects and technology start-ups with a background in TV broadcasting, film and events.

Mission Statement

At The Humanitarian Cooperative we believe that we all have a shared responsibility to address the world’s humanitarian crises, not just because we feel morally bound, but because we know that if we don’t, our failure to act will come back to haunt us.

Believing that in today’s interconnected and globalised world not much happens in isolation anymore, the days when we could afford to shrug our shoulders and say that it’s not our problem are long gone.

The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and war in Syria and the refugee crisis that it has sparked are just two example of this, and we think that with shared problems comes a shared responsibility to act. That’s why partnerships between the private and public sectors lie at the heart of what we do.

Running our company as a cooperative allows the most democratic, sustainable and mutually beneficial model for a business committed to strengthening both our members and the communities on whose behalf we advocate.

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