Jeremy Wildeman has 15 years of experience in teaching and designing education projects, conducting research in international affairs, and running humanitarian and development aid projects in conflict and post-conflict regions. He has completed a PhD and extensive research into development aid effectiveness in the occupied Palestinian territories; co-founded our partner the Palestinian youth-education charity Project Hope in Nablus during the Second Intifada; and publishes regularly on development aid and international affairs. He is currenty a Research Associate analysing aid effectiveness in the OPT.
Once a Trustee, Jeremy stepped into the role of interim Director from June 2014 to December 2016 during his PhD studies to help guide Firefly through part of a multi-year growth plan to provide more support to greater numbers of community level organisations in conflict and post-conflict regions. This growth enables us to support even more youth with intrinsic developmental education and arts activities, while fostering intercultural links and understanding, all in the vision of Firefly’s founder Ellie Maxwell. Thus, we have expanded from working in Bosnia to high level work with Palestinians and Syrian refugees across the Middle East. Jeremy continues to be very actively involved volunteering time at a senior level helping to push Firefly’s growth further as Chair of a Firefly Working Group devoted to fundraising and project development.