Group Chief Executive | Depaul International<br />
Since 2004 Mark has been Group Chief Executive of Depaul International, which coordinates the activities of a group of Depaul charities around the world, operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Slovakia, Ukraine, France and the United States of America. Depaul’s services provide help for homeless and disadvantaged people of all ages.
Mark joined Depaul in February 1990 as one of the first employees of the charity. In 1992 he became CEO of Depaul UK, which expanded in the next 10 years to become a national charity. At the invitation of the Irish Government, Depaul began work in the Republic of Ireland in 2002 and quickly expanded into working in the north of the country as well. Depaul International was established in 2004 to become the parent company of the Depaul group of charities, and Mark moved into the Group CEO role, overseeing its expansion into the other countries listed above.
Prior to Depaul, Mark was employed at other projects working with homeless people – The Cardinal Hume Centre in London in 1989 and The Passage Day Centre in London from 1987 to 1988.
Born in 1961, Mark’s education included Ushaw College, Durham where he trained for the priesthood 1980-85 (not ordained), followed by a degree at Durham University, 1984-87 and then a Post-graduate Certificate in Voluntary Sector Management at Hallam University. Until recently Mark was a trustee of CAFOD (10 years) and he is still on the board of Mary’s Meals. He provides pro bono consultancy to other voluntary sector organizations in the areas of corporate governance, strategic planning and fundraising.
In 2015 Mark was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles for his work with homeless people in the UK and abroad. He is an Honorary Fellow of Leeds Trinity University.
Project Development Manager
A native Haitian, Yasmine currently serves as the Project Development Manager for the Famvin Homeless Alliance.
From 2011 to 2016, Yasmine was a member of the Vincentian Family Collaboration Commission (VFCC), a team that coordinates a unique training experience designed by and for the Vincentian Family to learn together what strategies can be used to collaborate in the Vincentian struggle against poverty.
After contributing to the conception and launching of Zafen in 2009, the International Vincentian Family Project for the 350th Anniversary of the Deaths of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, she participated on the Board that helps coordinate the Vincentian efforts to alleviate poverty in Haiti. Later on, in April 2013, she worked for two years with the Vincentian Family Haiti Initiative (
A member of the Vincentian Marian Youth from 1995 to 2015, Yasmine became a full-time volunteer in 2003 and worked in the Association’s headquarters in Madrid (Spain) for eight years, putting her trilingual skills at the service of VMY. She served as the International President of this Branch of the Vincentian Family from 2005 to 2015. In this position, she participated in various international events, visited VMY groups in several countries and continents, and helped coordinate many Vincentian formation projects.
With seven years of teaching experience, Yasmine holds a bachelors degree in Education from Quisqueya University (Haiti) and a masters in Educational Leadership from DePaul University (Chicago, USA).
Digital and Communications Manager
Santi is a professional storyteller with over five years’ experience working in media and NGOs committed to making this world a better place.
Originally a scientific and environmental reporter in digital and print newspapers (including El País), covering energy, climate change and medical research in three different languages, he then moved to the non-profit sector.
Santi put his skills at the service of those fighting against fracking in the Irish border and the promotion of sustainable alternatives for the West of Ireland. He then joined Trócaire (the Irish Caritas) in Central America, producing content from the ground about women’s empowerment, access to resources, human rights and emergency response in Nicaragua, Guatemala and Honduras.
Santi holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Santiago de Compostela, where he was born and raised, and a Master’s in Scientific, Medical and Environmental Communications from the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona.
Natalie is a Vincentian since her elementary school education at the Colegio Sant Vicente de Paul in Panama, where she grew up. In 2004, she joined the headquarters of the International Association of Charities (AIC), as Head of the Projects Capacity-Building Service to coach and developed training tools for AIC volunteers in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. From 2009 to 2015 she served as Secretary General of that Branch of the Vincentian Family (VF). She too was a member of the VF Collaboration Commission (VFCC) from 2011 to 2015 and coordinated the deployment of the VF Collaborative Action training Program (VFCAP) to Spanish speaking countries.
In addition to her collaboration with the Vincentian Family, Natalie has worked in the international cooperation development sector. She served as Project Manager and Deputy National Coordinator of operations in Guatemala of an Italian non-governmental organization which ran several humanitarian assistance and development projects. Thanks to her field experience she has developed specific training material and guidelines on human rights and, in particular, those of women and girls.
More recently, as a consultant she has collaborated with international networks of Catholic charities (CIDSE and Caritas Internationalis), and other international civil society networks (CONCORD and FORUS). She has also contributed to programs funded by the European Union and the United Nations in Latin America and Africa respectively.
Natalie earned an International Relations degree from Brown University (U.S.A.), and a Public Policy Masters from Universidad Rafael Landívar (Guatemala). Additionally, she has completed diplomas on Civil Society Management and Monitoring & Evaluation with a Human Rights perspective. She speaks Spanish, English, French and Italian.
Over the past 18 years Anja has had a focus on working with the most vulnerable people in societies around the world. This included those experiencing poverty and homelessness; orphaned, traumatized children; elderly people in palliative care and adults with complex disabilities.
Since joining the Depaul Group over 5 years ago, Anja has moved from working frontline with young homeless people in London to taking the lead on supporting Depaul subsidiaries across the globe to develop new services, improve monitoring and evaluation systems and manage major trust and institutional grants. She has extensive experience in analyzing complex environments and has been instrumental in the expansion of the Depaul Group into new countries. In 2017, Anja was asked to join the Famvin Homeless Alliance in their efforts to end homelessness.
Internationally, Anja has trained staff working in Libyan refugee camps in case management and Psychological First Aid; established improved systems and processes in a children’s village in Cambodia; developed training for staff working in palliative care in Australia and worked as a research assistant on studies exploring the effects of mindfulness on cancer patients or those suffering from Fibromyalgia in Germany. She holds a German Diploma in Psychology (equivalent to MSc) with a focus on Work & Organisational Psychology, Pedagogic Psychology and Cultural Psychology and is a trained project manager.