Stephen Tunstall


Stephen joined the British Asian Trust in 2018 to lead our growing portfolio of programmes in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Stephen also provides region-wide management support across our livelihoods, mental health, education, and anti-trafficking work, and he leads on strategic communications for British Asian Trust’s programmes.

Stephen has extensive experience managing programmes and partnerships in the development sector. Prior to joining the British Asian Trust, Stephen led Embrace the Middle East’s work in Palestine and Israel, managing programme development, monitoring and evaluation, and partner capacity building. He also led the human rights policy and advocacy work relating to the two countries, creating the organisation’s first advocacy strategy and leading its engagement with stakeholders across government and the third sector. Stephen also has experience in the refugee sector, having coordinated an education programme for unaccompanied minors at Refugee Support Network and leading a local Refugees Welcome team of volunteers. Stephen worked previously at Near Neighbours, where he coordinated a multi-million pound UK government grant fund to support multi-faith social action projects.

Stephen has a Master’s degree in Arab World Studies from Durham University, which included intensive Arabic language training in Cairo, and he received his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Aberystwyth University.  While a student, Stephen gained work experience in the UK parliament and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.