HALO USA Trustees

Board members

Anastasia Staten the HALO Trust USA Board

Anastasia Staten


Anastasia joined the HALO Trust with nearly 20 years of experience spanning nonprofit management, fundraising, communications, and politics. She is currently serving as the Executive Director of the ESA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the video game industry. Previously, she served in leadership positions with distinguished organizations such as American Humane Association and Foundation Fighting Blindness. Prior to her career in nonprofit philanthropy, Anastasia worked in politics in her home state of Ohio.

Andrew Lyons HALO USA Trustee

Andrew Lyons

Andrew worked for HALO from 2003 to 2012. He was Program Finance Officer in Angola, Senior Operations Officer in Afghanistan, and Vice President of HALO USA, and he performed the initial fieldwork to establish HALO's program in Colombia. Andrew now lives in Washington, DC and works at the Department of Justice as a finance director. He has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MS in finance from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.

Nick Nobbs, HALO Trust

Nick Nobbs

Nick joined HALO in January 1994 initially for the Mozambique survey (northern provinces), then became Location Manager in Cambodia, Programme Manager in Angola from 1994-96, then initiating operations in Abkhazia and Chechnya 1997-98. He also assisted the Kosovo survey in 1999 and Afghanistan in 2000, becoming a Board member on leaving HALO. Previously a British Army officer for 15 years and then with the ICRC for 14 years in Africa, SE Asia, finally Washington DC until leaving in late 2014 to travel.

Amanda Pullinger HALO Trust

Amanda Pullinger

Amanda Pullinger is the Chief Executive Officer of 100 Women in Finance. Previously, Amanda was a Principal at Aquamarine Capital Management. She later set up her own management consultancy business, working primarily with not for profit organizations. Her clients included 100 Women in Hedge Funds, American Red Cross of Greater New York and Brasenose College, Oxford University. Amanda has an Honours degree in Modern History from Oxford and an MBA from La Salle University, Philadelphia.

Rexon Ryu

Rexon has nearly two decades of experience working in global diplomacy and national policymaking. He has worked at the highest levels of the U.S. government, including as chief of staff to secretary of defense Chuck Hagel, the deputy to U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, a director on the president’s National Security Council staff, and extensive experience at the U.S. State Department. Rexon is a currently partner at The Asia Group, a strategy and capital advisory group that works companies in markets across the trans-Pacific region, as well as a nonresident senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Brad Tirpak, Halo Trust USA

Brad Tirpak

Brad Tirpak is a managing director of Palm Ventures in charge of managing various investment partnerships. He has been a professional investor since 1996 with roles at Credit Suisse First Boston, Caxton Corporation and Sigma Capital Management. Prior to his investing career, he founded a telecommunications company based in Mexico City. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Full House Resorts and sits on the board of Flowgroup Plc. Brad has supported HALO’s mission since he first encountered the organization while travelling through Cambodia in 2001.

Nigel Robinson

Nigel spent his early career as an officer in the British Army and has since gone to lead a variety of ventures around the world. He joined HALO in 2002 as chief fundraiser based in New York and spent many months each year working on programmes in Afghanistan, Cambodia, South Sudan and Angola. He went on to work at the United Nations in a variety of roles including business development advisor for Africa at UNOPS and is now a management consultant. Nigel is a chartered engineer, has an MBA in strategic planning and lives with his family near Toronto, spending any spare time outdoors enjoying the Canadian countryside.