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Hotspot Consultants

Our Network of Consultants

Khaleda Akhter

Program Advisor

Khaleda Akhter joined the Freedom Fund in May 2021 as a Program Advisor in Bangladesh to set up a new hotspot working to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

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Immediately prior to joining the Freedom Fund, Khaleda worked for Save the Children International in Bangladesh as a Senior Manager under the Child Protection Sector where she led three projects specially focused on rescuing trafficked girls below 18 years old from the brothels in Dhaka. Advocacy with the different ministries, partnerships with different NGOs and provided technical support to them were also the major focuses of her work.

Débora Aranha

Senior Program Manager

Débora Aranha joined the Freedom Fund as Brazil Program Advisor in February 2020. She has been leading the development and implementation of the hotspot strategy in Brazil, managing grants with frontline organisations, and liaising with government, stakeholders and donors. Debora has almost 20 years' experience in managing, monitoring and evaluating community development and child protection programs for NGOs and international donors.

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Prior to joining the Freedom Fund, Debora has worked as a consultant at Ideario Consulting, conducting evaluations, studies, analysis/reports, trainings and assisting with project design for a number of national and international organizations, including the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, Oak Foundation, ActionAid, KNH, Ikea Foundation, Child Rights Now (a joint initiative of ChildFund International, SOS Children’s Villages, Plan International, Save the Children, Terres des Hommes and World Vision), and others. Previously, she was head of the Winrock International office in Brazil, where she led national programs to fight child sexual abuse and exploitation and human trafficking, helped to set-up the TIP Office and Committee in the State of Bahia, trained officers on child trafficking prevention, prosecution and victim assistance, provide input for policy makers and coordinated programs for at-risk children and youth. She has also assisted in monitoring and evaluating programs in 6 countries in Latin America, which benefitted 24,000 children. Debora is author of the first in-depth research focusing exclusively on child trafficking for CSEC in Brazil, and was co-founder and president of the Movement Against Trafficking in Persons, a network with over 100 organizations and leaders working on human rights in Brazil and abroad. At the Latinamerican Institute for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights, she coordinated a network of volunteers supporting survivors of Brazil’s largest case of sexual abuse in a religious setting.

Debora holds a BsC in Computer Science from the Federal University of Pernambuco and combines her technical background with entrepreneurial experience and training in trauma healing and integrative therapies. She has received the USAID/Brazil Award of Appreciation for her contribution to the program´s learning, monitoring and evaluation.

Ni Ni Aung

Program Manager

Ni Ni joined the Freedom Fund in November 2020 as a Program Manager for Thailand and Myanmar. Her role is to support the Freedom Fund partners working in the frontline to design and deliver quality programs, measure their impact, and support research and studies with the programs.

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Ni Ni has more than eight years of program management and designing experience in the field of migration and trafficking in persons. Before joining the Freedom Fund, she has worked for UN-IOM Migration Agency as a project officer for the migrant protection and assistance unit and has been based in both Thailand and Myanmar. Besides, she has substantial working experience with non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations in Thailand while at the National Catholic Commission on Migration (NCCM), Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Thailand as a program manager. She is a 2019 Asian Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS) awardee and recently completed her graduate study in International Law and Human Rights at the United Nations-mandated University for PEACE (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. She also holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Finance and Banking and a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations.

Cecília Cuentro

Program Advisor, Brazil

Ana Cecília Nascimento Cuentro is an anti-racist feminist, Brazilian and lives in Recife-PE. She is a social scientist, researcher, political articulation and social educator. She has been working for over 10 years with projects, social research and group facilitation in NGOs. Her political and professional focus is on issues of gender, race and the defense of the human's rights, especially women's and girl's rights.

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Cecília is doing a Doctorate degree at PPGS/UFPB on Political Sociology and Women’s Rights with focus in self-care and collective care among women human rights defenders. In parallel, she is studying the Specialization Course in Care Policies with a Gender perspective at CLACSO. 

Brahma Deo Ram

Program Advisor

Brahma Deo Ram joined the Freedom Fund in August 2021 as a Program Advisor for the south-eastern Nepal hotspot. He has more than 17 years of experience in various capacities with different international organisations. Brahma worked as a District Program Manager in World Vision International Nepal from August 2018 to March 2021 where he managed programs in the Sarlahi district in province 2.

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Brahma has worked as a Program Officer for Action Aid Nepal, as a Media and Peace Building Coordinator for Search for Common Ground, an Education Coordinator for Save the Children and a Deputy Program Manager for Oxfam GB at Nuwakot. He also played a role in District Lead Support Agencies (DLSA) where he was the focal person of all international organisations based in the Nuwakot district. Brahma has supported and managed several campaigns against child labour, modern slavery and caste-based discrimination in Nepal through local NGOs, activists and mobilising media personnel. Brahma holds an M. A in Sociology and M.Ed. in English.

Janaina Jatobá

Program Manager, Brazil

Janaina Jatobá joined the Freedom Fund in March 2022. Prior to this, she worked at Laudes Foundation, managing a programmatic team for socio-environmental changes in the apparel supply chain in Brazil and supporting the development of strategic philanthropy investments in the country.

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Previously, Janaina lead a national programme at Oxfam Great Britain for Civil Society Organizations development in Brazil. She joined Oxfam Brazil Deliberative Council for five years and is a Ford Fund Alumni Fellow since 2019.

Janaina also co-founded a transformative learning initiative working for profound individual and social transformation through live investigation, consciousness and social arts based named Livre Academy.

She is bachelor in Business Administration, holds a post-graduation in Reflective Social Practice by the Institute of Social Innovation at Alanus University (Germany) and a specialization in Social Arts by Presencing Institute – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (EUA).

Sachin Kumar

Program Manager

Sachin Kumar coordinates the new grassroots capacity enhancement initiative at the Freedom Fund, which works to support the Fund’s NGO partners around the world. Prior to this, Sachin worked as a consultant on the Freedom Fund’s northern India program.

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Sachin has over a decade of experience working in the development sector on human trafficking, bonded labour, livelihood security, education and gender in various parts of India. He has worked with different marginalised communities including landless farmers and salt pan workers to improve their livelihood and secure their rights. He also designed and managed multiple projects on anti-trafficking and has been part of the team which developed strategies for combating human and child trafficking in source areas.
Prior to working as a consultant for the Freedom Fund, he worked with BAIF Development Research Foundation, CARE, and Catholic Relief Services.

Sachin holds a Master’s Degree in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Social Service in India.

Polyanna Magalhães

Program Advisor

Polyanna joined the Freedom Fund in November 2021 as a Brazil Program Advisor. She holds a master's degree in education and has an international certification in social project management. She has worked for over 15 years in international organizations in defense and promotion of children's rights.

Hasriadi Masalam

Program Advisor

Hasriadi Masalam joined the Freedom Fund in July 2021 as a Program Advisor in in Indonesia to set up a new hotspot working to tackle forced labour in the seafood sector.

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Hasriadi has been working on issues of youth as changemakers, rural transformation, capacity building and knowledge management for almost two decades. He is the co-founder of ININNAWA, a federation of popular social action NGOs based in South Sulawesi, working on rural transformation, traditional market revitalization, literacy and education, and publication on local culture. He is also the co-founder and director of KITA, Indonesian Partnership for Humanity and Sustainability. Hasriadi has contributed to more than a dozen publications distributed in Indonesia, Europe and North America.

Hasriadi holds a Ph.D. in the sociology of adult education from the University of Alberta, Canada, and an M.A. in social justice in intercultural relations from SIT Graduate Institute, VT, USA.

Michelle Mendonca

Program Manager

Michelle serves as the Bangladesh hotspot’s Program Manager. Over 14 years in the non-profit sector, Michelle has worked on interventions related to trafficking and child sex abuse and specialises in program management, effective prosecutions, public policy, strategic litigation, and training of judges and prosecutors.

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Over 14 years in the non-profit sector, Michelle has worked on interventions related to trafficking and child sex abuse and specialises in program management, effective prosecutions, public policy, strategic litigation, and training of judges and prosecutors. Her articles have been published in leading journals.

Michelle has a Masters in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University and a Masters in Organisational Leadership from Eastern University.

Neeta Minz

Program Advisor

Neeta has been involved with the northern India hotspot since its inception. Prior to joining the Freedom Fund and Geneva Global, Neeta was involved in various client programs in South Asia, primarily in HIV/AIDs and maternal and child health.

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Before this, she worked for a decade with the government of an India-owned trading house handling international trade with Europe, Africa and Asia. Later, she joined the development sector where she designed and implemented programs to impact poor and marginalized women. Neeta holds a Management degree in Human Resource Development and Marketing.

Gomathi Palanikumar

Program Manager

Gomathi joined the Freedom Fund in November 2020 as Program Advisor for the Freedom Rising Initiative, which works to empower and connect anti-slavery leaders around the world. Prior to this, she worked as a Program Manager in WeWorld Onuls, managing programs in South India on preventing child trafficking, child migration and child marriage. She’s also had previous experience with various international organizations such as EveryChild UK, and with ActionAid on supporting grassroot NGOs and CBOs on ending bonded labor and manual scavenging in India.

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Gomathi has more than 10 years of experience in community development, program design and management, monitoring and evaluation for NGOs and CBOs working on child protection and child rights. She is a trainer and has assisted various field level research programs. She designed and developed various campaigns such as Beti Zindabad (Save girl child campaign) and abolition of manual scavenging in India.

She holds an M.A in Social Work with the specialization on social justice, equity and governance from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and she is currently working on her PhD with the same institute.

Jiyam Shrestha

Program Advisor

Jiyam Shrestha joined the Freedom Fund in June 2019 as a program advisor for the central Nepal hotspot. He has more than 22 years of experience in various capacities with different organisations. Jiyam worked as a child protection program coordinator at Terre des hommes Foundation Nepal from April 2015 to July 2018 and worked against the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children in the adult entertainment sector in Nepal and risky migration of children and youths. He also worked as a co-chair and chair of the AIN Child Protection Working Group (January 2017-July 2018).

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Prior to that, he worked as a program manager at Concern for Children and Environment Nepal (CONCERN Nepal) from 2003 to 2014 and Program Officer from 1996 to 2003 and implemented different projects targeting the worst forms of child labour in Nepal.
He has engaged in a number of campaigns against child labour and modern slavery in Nepal mobilising various network organisations. He worked as the chairperson of a network organisation consortium of organisations for child participation and worked for the development of a Child Friendly Constitution in Nepal. He also worked as a vice chairperson of the National Alliance of Organisations for Street Children (NAOSC) to contribute to the rehabilitation of street children in Kathmandu. He worked as a co-chair of the National Action and Coordination Group (NACG) for the South Asia Initiative to End Violence against Children (SAIEVAC), an Apex body of SAARC. Jiyam holds a Master's degree in Economics.

Roosa Sibarani

Program Manager

Roosa joined the Freedom Fund in 2022 as the Program Manager for Indonesia, supporting frontline partners to design and deliver quality programs, measure impact, and support research and capacity building. Previously, Roosa worked with an Indonesian NGO supporting coastal communities and ocean conservation and she coordinated Plan International programs addressing forced labour among Indonesian fishers and the commercial sexual exploitation of children in Indonesia.

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Roosa is passionate about child protection and combating child labor and the commercial sexual exploitation of children and has focused on these issues for more than 20 years. She also focuses on issues of human rights at sea, particularly in the wild catch fishery sector for the last five years.

In addition to Roosa’s experience working with the grass roots, CSOs, INGOs and networking with government multi stakeholders, she is also a part-time Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Development Program of a gold mining company based in Papua province, Indonesia. As part of her commitment to share knowledge and experience as a practitioner into education institutions, she has regularly lectured on sociology of criminology for master students at North Sumatera-based university. Roosa holds a master’s degree in International Humanitarian Development and a master’s degree in Criminology.

Roisai Wongsuban

Program Advisor

Roisai Wongsuban joined the Freedom Fund in January 2019 as Program Advisor for the Thailand hotspot. Over the past decade, Roisai has worked as a human rights and humanitarian advocate on behalf of migrants, refugees, displaced persons, asylum seekers and survivors of human trafficking. Roisai holds an M.A in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex, where she received a Chevening Scholarship, and another Master’s degree in International Development from Monash University. 

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Roisai’s passion for advocacy began during an internship at Project Respect, a community organisation assisting trafficked women in Melbourne, Australia. Roisai has used the strategic, deliberate and rational approach to building coalitions for policy reform and enforcement on litigation of trafficking cases, universal birth registration, education for all, immigration management and other policy initiatives. 
Prior to joining Freedom Fund, Roisai worked as Trafficking in Persons Adviser for Australia - Asia, which focused on strengthening law enforcement to prosecute offenders and protect victims of trafficking. She also held the position of Country Manager for iCare Benefit Thailand, which provides alternative welfare for blue collar workers. Roisai has also held positions as a Migration Expert for the International Organisation for Migration and Senior Advocacy Coordinator overseeing IRC’s entire Thailand portfolio. 
Roisai is a strong voice for women – both as a Thai woman operating in a patriarchal political space, but also in terms of ensuring that the specific issues facing migrant women are brought to the fore, and she continues to seize any opportunity to address rights violations and strive for long-term structural change.