Sasha Kapadia

ODI’s Director of Global Advisory

Sasha is Director of Global Advisory at ODI, leading the organisation’s newly established consulting arm. In her role, she has oversight over the longstanding ODI Fellowship Scheme and Tandem. Previously, she spent almost a decade at Mastercard working with humanitarian and development organizations to develop programmes that advance social impact while remaining commercially sustainable. Notably, she conceptualized and led the Smart Communities Coalition, a public-private effort co-chaired by USAID that seeks to transform the delivery of essential services to the forcibly displaced and their host communities. Prior to Mastercard, Sasha held positions at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of Afghanistan Affairs and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She is a graduate of the Fletcher School, where she focused on fragile and failed state development, and New York University.

She lives in Paris with her husband and goofy two year-old son; she hopes they can learn how to ride a bicycle together.

Dani Skidmore

Tandem’s Senior Programme Manager

Dani joined ODI in December 2022 as Senior Programme Manager for Tandem. She is responsible for the implementation and financial management of the programme, including for partners, as well as ensuring internal and donor compliance. Dani has a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law and has spent just under a decade working in international development and humanitarian organisations, working on many large-scale humanitarian responses. Dani has spent time living and working in various countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo where she became conversational in Kiswahili and on returning to the UK, enrolled in lessons to become more fluent.

Dani enjoys karaoke, despite having a terrible singing voice, but what she lacks in talent she makes up for in enthusiasm.

Katie Robertson

Tandem’s Learning Manager

Katie joined the Tandem team in August 2023 as the Learning Manager. She is responsible for ensuring the high quality of all aspects of the programme from a learning and development perspective, and for the assessment and evaluation of learning. Katie has a Masters degree in Education, Power and Social Change, and more than ten years’ experience in humanitarian capacity strengthening. She has led learning and development programmes in direct response to major humanitarian crises including Nepal Earthauake 2015, the West Africa Ebola response, and Typhoon Haiyan, and has held the role of co-lead of the global inter-agency learning and development working group for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action for three years.

Katie loves street art and likes to search for interesting artworks when she visits a new place