Information on the project directors, assistants, and steering group.

Dr Ishbel McWha-Hermann, Project Director

Dr Ishbel McWha-Hermann is a senior lecturer in International Human Resource Management at the University of Edinburgh Business School. She studies social justice at work, particularly for workers from typically marginalised or vulnerable backgrounds. Ishbel is currently leading two research projects, one which examines fairness between staff in international aid and development contexts, the role of workplace policies and practices in that fairness, and the implications for poverty reduction initiatives. The other focuses on the psychological impact of living wages and decent work for workers, their families, organisations and society.

Working internationally, she has advocated for the role of work and organisational psychology in addressing global grand challenges, such as poverty reduction, through contributing to the United Nations’ Agenda for Sustainable Development. Ishbel leads the decent work strand of the EAWOP Impact Incubator, is a SIOP representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), and sat on the British Psychological Society’s Expert Reference Group on “poverty to flourishing”.

Ishbel McWha-Hermann

Julia Porter, Project Manager

Julia Porter is a Senior HR professional living in London. Her HR career has spanned three decades working in News and Media for the Guardian and Observer for 15 years and then for the UK and International Charity Sector in homelessness and animal welfare. She is a Fellow (CIPD) and gained CIPD Advanced Awards in Organisation Design and Development in 2014 and Reward Management in 2019.

Her interests have grown around international reward during this time and she became actively involved in Project Fair from 2019. She currently works as a Project Manager for Project Fair to help develop our INGO network. She has a Business Studies degree from the University of Greenwich specialising in HR and Industrial Relations.

Julia Porter

Elaf Basri, Research and Project Assistant

Elaf is a PhD researcher in Management and Organisation Studies at the University of Edinburgh and a lecturer at King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Saudi Arabia. His current research focuses on meaningful work and explores its mechanisms, dynamics, and outcomes. Other interests include positive and moral psychology, careers, NGOs, and grand challenges.

His involvement with Project Fair allowed him to combine many of these interests and contribute to its inspiring mission! Before shifting to academia, Elaf worked for over 8 years in diverse consulting and senior HR roles within IT, Oil and Gas, and Petrochemicals across the US, UK, South Korea, and Saudi. Elaf is a SHRM-SCP and holds an MBA from KFUPM, an MA in psychology from Saybrook, and a BS from Northeastern University in Boston.

Elaf Basri

Yazmin Morlet Corti, Data Expert/Consultant

Yazmin holds a PhD in Politics from the University of Edinburgh, and a Masters in Political Science with a speciality in electoral politics from the Central European University (CEU). Yazmin graduated with a BA from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico with Honours in Communication Sciences. She has worked on several projects focused on quantitative methods across different fields and organisations. In TestEd, the most recent project, she participated as a data and survey coordinator.

Yazmin Morlet Corti

Steering group

  • Maria Rolianda Aalders, Senior Specialist, Compensation and Benefits, WWF
  • Anja Drame, Deputy Head of the MSF Benchmarking Unit, Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Julia Porter, Project Manager, Project Fair
  • Gregor Loetsch, Head of Compensation and Benefits, SOS Children's Villages International
  • Philippe Francey, Global Head of Compensation and Benefits, ICRC
  • Saranga Sri Nammuni, Former Global Head of Reward, Save the Children International
  • Louise Sorrentino, HR Partner, Danish Refugee Council
  • Marianne Walker, Global Reward Manager, WaterAid