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Nick Grono

Nick Grono

CEO

Nick is a board member of Girls Not Brides: the Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, and was previously the Chair of the Jo Cox Foundation.

Prior to the Freedom Fund, Nick was the inaugural CEO of the Walk Free Foundation, a leading international actor in the fight against modern slavery. And before Walk Free, Nick was the Deputy President and Chief Operating Officer of the International Crisis Group (ICG), the world’s leading conflict prevention NGO, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, with offices in over 20 countries.

Nick is a lawyer by background and, prior to ICG, he was Chief of Staff and National Security Adviser to the Australian Attorney-General. He has a law degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney and a Master’s in Public Policy from Princeton University.

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Pauline Aaron

Pauline Aaron

Senior Program Manager

Previously, Pauline was the Country Director for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Thailand, overseeing programs serving migrant workers, refugees and immigration detainees. She also spent three years with JRS in Malawi managing education and psychosocial programs in Dzaleka refugee camp.

Pauline holds a Master of Research in European Public Policy from Birkbeck, University of London. She has also worked in a number of UK based research and policy roles. As a Researcher in Middlesex Social Policy Research Centre she contributed to publications on migration policy and using community researchers to access hard to reach groups.

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Jannel Abellana

Jannel Abellana

Operations Finance Manager

Jannel graduated with a degree in Accounting in Finance from London South Bank University, awarded as the best student for two years for getting the highest grade overall. She is currently studying ACCA (Accounting Qualification) and expecting to finish her exams this year.

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Kumneger Addisu

Kumneger Addisu

Senior Program Officer

Kumneger has a multi-disciplinary role working with various sectors including private, humanitarian, NGO and government. Previously, Kumneger served in private sector for the Ethio-India FDI International Company in Ethiopia, where he served as senior level admininstrater and human resources manager. He also served as program coordinator at IP-Global International NGO for the World Bank national survey research project that conducted with MoH in Ethiopia.

Kumneger served as a program manager, program officer, training manager, training officer and labor migration management consultant at Agar Ethiopia Charitable Society, an NGO that works on combating human trafficking, returnee rehabilitation, reintegration, reunification, mental health programs in Addis Ababa. Kumneger was the Program Manager at Mission for Community Development Program Origination (MCDP, a local organization working on safer migration, education, livelihoods, women economic empowerment, health and agriculture. Kumneger served as a Head of Oversees Employment Service Provision Directorate at the Addis Ababa City Government Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs (BOLSA), where he led the overall program of the directorates like the prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships programs with multi-national and international organizations based in Ethiopia working on migration governance, youth focussed and gender-based violence programs.

Kumneger was also a high school teacher and school principal at MoE in Bishoftu and served as researcher for Jima University.

Kumneger holds MBA from Rift Valley University from Addis Ababa and MA in International Leadership from Vision International University of Ramona, CA, USA. He graduated from Dilla University with a BED in Chemistry.

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Michel Agbodjinou

Michel Agbodjinou

Head of Finance

At Vision Aid Overseas, he was lead on strategic financial planning for the NGO, as well as an adviser to the Chief Executive and Board on strategies to ensure that the NGO achieves its objectives within a realistic financial framework.

Before that, Michel worked for Shelter, the Salvation Army, the Fostering Network and Southwark Council in the UK.

Michel is a member of the Association of Chartered and Certified Accountants, with an extensive experience in the non-profit sector, helping organisations to improve their internal effectiveness so that they can successfully achieve their missions.

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Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson

Senior Research and Evaluation Manager

She was also a research fellow at the University of Arizona studying sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and the intersection of sexual violence and infectious disease epidemiology.

Dr. Anderson holds a PhD in Public Health and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Arizona. She began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, and as an AmeriCorps Volunteer assisting refugees and undocumented migrants in the U.S.-Mexico border region.

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Ginny Baumann

Ginny Baumann

Senior Program Manager

As a founding team member of Free the Slaves since 2000, Ginny has developed FTS’ country programs alongside community-based anti-slavery NGOs, especially in India, Nepal, Brazil and Ghana. She helped create its strategy for identifying, articulating and supporting locally-rooted solutions to slavery.

Before that, she worked for UK-based agencies Christian Aid, Shelter, and Quaker Social Action establishing, managing and evaluating programs of community-based development, housing, employment, conflict resolution and human rights. In the Mississippi Delta, she also carried out programs of peer mediation in schools, evaluation of after-school programs, and research on racial discrimination by banks. She taught courses on peacebuilding and on models of international development at University of Surrey, Roehampton, and University of Mississippi.

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Meseret Bayou

Meseret Bayou

Program Officer

Previously, Meseret worked as a program manager at the Forum on Sustainable Child Empowerment, a local NGO that works on child protection, where he managed personnel, finance and programs in the organisation’s Addis Ababa project office.

Before that, Meseret worked in a public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college as a career and vocational counsellor, by coordinating and conducting the need assessment and tracer study, guidance, and counselling and apprenticeship program.

Meseret has a background in psychology and a degree in counselling psychology from Addis Ababa University.

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Marta Bylica

Marta Bylica

Program Officer, Corporate Accountability

Before joining the Freedom Fund, Marta worked for the international legal action organization Reprieve, where she engaged in strategic litigation, investigative research, and corporate social responsibility advocacy to prevent the misuse of medicines in lethal injection executions. Prior to that, she helped research and write an Amnesty International report on the impact of gun violence on human rights in the United States. During her time in law school, Marta served as a student attorney in the Prisoner & Reentry Clinic, providing representation to incarcerated and vulnerable individuals. Marta also has experience in the private sector, where she conducted corporate due diligence and financial crime compliance research.

Marta has a BA in Psychology and Sociology from McGill University and a law degree from the George Washington University Law School. She is fluent in Polish, German, and English.

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Colleen Boselli

Colleen Boselli

Program Manager

Previously Colleen was a Senior Associate at Geneva Global, a philanthropy consultancy firm, where most recently she launched and managed the work in southern India on behalf of the Freedom Fund. In addition, she was involved in a variety of client initiatives including developing and launching a humanitarian effort to support community-based groups in West Africa during the Ebola Crisis, and managing a portfolio of grant programs focused on treating and preventing neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) across the developing world on behalf of the END Fund.

Colleen holds a Master’s degree of Public Health Degree from George Washington University with a focus on prevention and community health.

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Matilde Chora

Matilde Chora

Monitoring & Research Officer

While undergoing her LLM studies, Matilde worked as a Legal Caseworker and Researcher for the European Council on Refugees and Exiles, where she deepened her knowledge on European Asylum Law, focusing on vulnerable people’s transfer requests. During her LLM, Matilde also volunteered for the St. John’s Hospice, supporting the Trusts and Foundations team finding new funding opportunities fitting the Hospice’s bereavement work.

Matilde previously had an internship for the Portuguese Embassy in London during her undergraduate degree, alongside the Educational Department. Prior to this role, Matilde temporarily worked as a Legal Administrative Assistant for Jaime Roriz Lawyers’ Firm, in Portugal, where she also worked as a Legal Trainee.

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Laura Cuzzuol

Laura Cuzzuol

Safeguarding Manager

Laura has served in protection-related roles in several NGOs around the globe and in the UN Mission in South Sudan.

Laura is also an independent safeguarding consultant collaborating with Safer Edge and think-tanks like IPI.

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Tsion Degu

Tsion Degu

Program Officer

In addition, Tsion has worked on outreach community-based programs for the Freedom Fund safe migration project with the Freedom Fund partner Organization for Prevention and Rehabilitation and Integration of Female Street Children.

Tsion has seven years of work experience implementing programs and projects focused on violence against women and girls, working shelters for women and children, school and family-based childcare and safety programs.

Tsion worked as a junior counsellor for children experiencing and vulnerable to different types of abuse, as a shelter team leader, an area coordinator and as a program manager.

Tsion has a bachelor’s degree from Gondor University and Master’s degree in social work from Addis Ababa University.

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Nermina Delic

Nermina Delic

Compliance and Donor Reporting Accountant

At Article 19, she was supporting all financial aspects of budgeting, reporting, compliance and financial management of grants managed by the international office. Before that, Nermina worked at the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation as Finance Assistant.

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Hannah Elliot

Hannah Elliot

Program Manager

Previously, as a consultant for the Freedom Fund, Hannah assisted in setting up the Thailand hotspot and established partnerships with locally-based organisations focusing on combatting human trafficking within the seafood sector. In the same capacity, she oversaw the Ethiopia hotspot and helped push the strategy forward through initiatives focused on mental health, government engagement and strengthening local capacity. In addition to program management, Hannah worked on the development of Freedom Fund’s strategy for the Myanmar hotspot.

Applying an analytical eye to challenges, Hannah produces high quality hotspot reports, develops systems and processes for tracking and analysing data and facilitates meetings with various stakeholders. Her team has affectionately given her the nickname of “moderator” for her ability to convene different stakeholders and help others reach consensus on important issues.

Hannah’s previous experience includes work with both U.S. domestic and international nonprofit organisations. She previously worked with a U.S.-based grassroots organisation, assisting in the development of local leaders and supporting community advocacy initiatives. She has also provided technical assistance to an international microfinance organisation, where she supported a variety of projects related to client satisfaction and program impact. Most recently, Hannah worked as a Senior Associate for Geneva Global, a U.S.-based philanthropic consulting firm, where she led on strategy development, data analysis and grant management for projects focused on human rights, health, education and economic development.

Hannah has a Master’s degree in International Economic Development from Eastern University, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s in Cross-Cultural Sociology and Applied Psychology from Carson-Newman University.

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Claire Falconer

Claire Falconer

Head of Global Initiatives and Movement Building

Prior to joining the Freedom Fund, Claire was the Legal Director and co-founder of Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX), a London based NGO that advocates to prevent trafficking for labour exploitation. Claire has also worked as an expert consultant on projects for international organisations – including the ILO, UNODC, and OSCE – and provided training and capacity building assistance to criminal justice practitioners as part of AusAID’s Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons Project. A lawyer and former prosecutor, Claire holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (Honours) from the University of Adelaide, and a Masters in Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics.

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Varsha Gyawali

Varsha Gyawali

Research and Evaluation Manager

Varsha has over ten years of experience working on human rights, justice, gender and social inequalities, violence and exclusion, and armed conflict, mostly within the non-government and voluntary sector in the South Asian region, particularly Nepal and India. She has worked on various research, policy and advocacy-based projects with national, international and grassroots level organizations including the United Nations Development Programme, the Carter Center, Faith in Community Scotland and the Centre for Conflict Resolution & Human Security.

Varsha was awarded her doctorate in 2021 from the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, UK where her research critically examined victimhood and agency within the complex lived realities of the conflict victims in post-conflict Nepal.

Varsha is fluent in Nepali and Hindi and is based out of the Freedom Fund’s London office.

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Holly Harridence

Holly Harridence

Program Operations Manager

Previously, Holly was Digital Content and Communications Manager at the Legatum Institute, an international think tank. She also spent four years in the communications and engagement department of the UK’s public health website. Prior to that, she worked in the public affairs department of a membership body in Adelaide, South Australia.

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Louise Hemfrey

Louise Hemfrey

Program Manager (maternity cover)

Louise has seven years of experience in managing rights-based and partner-lead projects, particularly centering feminist approaches in her work. This has included everything from proposal co-design and background research, upskilling and tools design through to monitoring, donor reporting and evaluation.

A firm supporter of increasing the access to opportunities and alternative voices in international development, along with her day-job Louise has co-designed, and currently runs, a mentoring program. Working through the London International Development Network, the program pairs people in early
and mid-career roles in International Development with professionals with up to 30 years’ experience in the sector, with the overall goal of breaking down barriers to progression and leadership.

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Sophie Hicks

Sophie Hicks

Program Manager (Maternity Cover)

Prior to joining Freedom Fund, Sophie was based in Gulu, Uganda with African Revival, where she worked as a Communications and Fundraising Field Officer. Country experience also includes Tanzania and Togo, where she worked for eight months for grassroots NGO SADIL-TOGO. Before moving into International Development, Sophie worked for the British Council in Istanbul, Turkey as an English teacher.

Sophie holds a MSc with Distinction in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of African and Oriental Studies, and a BA in Philosophy from Durham University.

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Tom Hutchinson

Tom Hutchinson

Interim Head of Fundraising

He is responsible for supporting and developing relationships with donors, in particular developing funding bids and grant reports for a range of government agencies, institutional foundations and private sector donors.

Tom has a PgDip in European Journalism from the London College of Communications, a BA Hons from Manchester University in Comparative Religion and is currently part way through an MA in Strategic Studies at University College Cork.

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Janaina Jatobá

Janaina Jatobá

Program Manager, Brazil

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).

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Ruth Kimani

Ruth Kimani

Senior Program Manager

In her previous role as the Regional Roving Grant Coordinator, she managed and administered grants at Hivos, including an €86 million Voice Programme funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support marginalised groups in six countries in Africa towards more responsive and inclusive societies.

Ruth is highly proficient in setting up grant making structures and systems to enhance accountability and transparency for donor funded programmes. She has supported at least 200 grassroots organisations across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Niger and Mali to access financial and technical support. She is keen on mobilisation of grassroots organisation to promote community ownership in implementing projects that place the rights holders at the centre of programming.

Ruth has built robust alliances of development partners in Europe, North America and Africa to build a platform for shared learning and co creating innovative solutions to global development problems and social challenges. She thrives in facilitating thought processes in designing innovative programmes and projects for women, young people, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities. Ruth is highly skilled in the design and development of learning materials, facilitation guides and training manuals and toolkits in Behaviour Change Communication, Sexual Reproductive Health, partnership building, organisational development and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Ruth holds an MA in Project Planning and Management and a BA in Economics and Sociology.

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Jeannette Laouadi-Gilliver

Jeannette Laouadi-Gilliver

Partnerships and Events Manager

She facilitated worldwide capacity-building and training events, high-level ministerial meetings, press briefings and conferences in partnership with finance ministries, IMF/World Bank, UN agencies, international institutions and NGOs. She co-managed a network of finance ministers and experts from African Francophone low-income countries and assisted a team of experts in providing background data on labour rights and gender discrimination, as well as on rape and sexual harassment at work.

Before switching to the international development sector, Jeannette taught French and worked in the Africa department of an energy corporation. She is a trained linguist with an English Degree from Lille University and is a qualified French translator.

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Cecile Lim

Cecile Lim

Finance Officer

Cecile graduated with a degree in Business Management from Middlesex University with First Class Honours and is currently studying for AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) accreditation.

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Yuki Lo

Yuki Lo

Head of Research and Evaluation

Previously, Yuki was Manager of Evidence, Measurement and Evaluation at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, managing research and evaluations in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya and Tanzania. Prior to that, Yuki was at UN Women Cambodia assessing the impact of its ending violence against women and economic empowerment programmes.

Before switching to the international development sector, Yuki was in the finance industry and worked for Nomura, Lehman Brothers and Accenture. Yuki holds an MSc in Development Planning from University College London, and a BSc in Information Technology from the University of Technology, Sydney.

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Zoe Marshall

Zoe Marshall

Managing Director, Finance and Administration

Zoe graduated with a degree in Politics and Economics from Newcastle University before joining Deloitte to train as an accountant. After gaining her Chartered Accountancy qualification, Zoe transferred into Deloitte’s Charities Team, working with clients such as Christian Aid, Tearfund, Mencap, Samaritans and the Disasters Emergency Committee. She left Deloitte to join international development charity Concern Worldwide (UK) as Director of Finance and Operations where she worked for nine years in total – including spending one year on secondment in DR Congo.

Immediately prior to joining the Freedom Fund, Zoe worked for a medical research grant making charity called Fight for Sight as Director of Finance and Resources for two years.

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Sonia Martins

Sonia Martins

Senior Program Manager

Prior to joining the Freedom Fund, Sonia worked for 11 years with CARE International UK. She started at CARE as Latin America program officer, then moved to the Africa desk as program management coordinator, before taking a number of managerial roles as Deputy Head of the Africa Team and then the interim Head at the end of 2019.

Sonia has over 15 years of program management experience of large and complex contracts, working with fund managers and institutional donors.

She was project leader on a number of exciting programs focusing on women’s rights and gender-based violence.

This includes innovative interventions to reduce intimate partners violence in Rwanda as part of DFID’s flagship program What Works to prevent violence against women and girls. She also worked on domestic workers rights, supporting the work of feminist organisations in Latin America.

Prior to CARE, she worked on health programs in Latin America focusing on leprosy and communicable diseases, and before that, on trade development programs in China working for a private consultancy.

Sonia holds a Master’s degree in Governance and International Development from the Institute of Development Studies.

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Mahlet Mekbib

Mahlet Mekbib

Program Officer

Mahlet is an advocate for the rights of children, majorly girls, and women and is also a board member for the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

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Daniel Melese

Daniel Melese

Country Representative

Daniel serves as a Country Representative for the Freedom Fund in Ethiopia. In this capacity, Daniel provides leadership, advice, and support to the Ethiopia hotspot program, ensures effective grant management with frontline organizations, liaison with government for coordinated advocacy, and advocate for new policy formulations and for implementation of existing laws on migration, trafficking, and slavery.

Previously, Daniel helped set up the Ethiopia hotspot program through Geneva Global, provided leadership & support to ongoing national advocacy programs, identified and screen potential grantee partners, conducted due diligence ( grant qualification process) for new partners, designed monitoring and evaluation plans, provided financial oversight, support coordination of program level research’s, provide reporting and analysis, conducted organizational capacity assessment and support development of plans, contributed to the strategic plan development.

Daniel has a wide range of experience in international development and detailed local expertise. Daniel is passionate, creative, and problem solver. An advocate, team player, and dedicated to the work. Daniel workers in a team without confusing individual responsibilities.

Daniel previously worked for Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia, Geneva Global Inc, Trusted World Foundation, & worked as a consultant on projects from World Vision, Plan International, Sussex University, and more than 15 NGOs in Ethiopia.

Daniel has an MBA, Post Gradate Diploma in Biblical Studies, and MSC in physics.

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Sarah Mount

Sarah Mount

Senior Program Manager

Most recently, Sarah worked at Anti-Slavery International as the Asia Program Manager. In this role, Sarah worked in partnership with local civil society organisations on projects focused on addressing forced labour and promoting safe migration of migrant construction, agricultural, garment and domestic workers.

Sarah has also lived and worked in India and in Australia, working both in human rights and indigenous land rights. She holds a Bachelors degree in Law (Honours) and Arts from Monash University Australia as well as a Masters in Public and International Law (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

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Antonia Musunga

Antonia Musunga

Program Manager, Movement Building

Antonia has over six years of experience in policy work, programme management, research and advocacy specialist in programmes, strategy and movement building within gender equality, women’s rights, feminism, economic justice, and the Global South’s counter-trafficking spaces.
Before joining Freedom Fund, Antonia was the International Project Manager for the Young Urban Women Project at Action Aid International. Antonia is also-founder and Advisor on Strategy and Programmes at Azadi Kenya, an organisation in Kenya that focuses on building community and solidarity for survivors of human trafficking in Kenya. Antonia is also part of vibrant feminist collectives in Kenya and the East African region.

Antonia is an intersectional feminist passionate about protecting human rights, gender equality, social justice, inclusion, governance, and development. Her academic background is in Sociology, Gender and Development Studies.

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Paola Narracci

Paola Narracci

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Previously, she worked in a similar role at Anti-Slavery International. She started her professional path on institutional funding while working in a tiny community-based organisation in London in 2009, and she then perfected her skills over several international development assignments while being based in Kenya, Italy and Ethiopia.

She holds a Masters’ degree in International Cooperation and Development and a Masters’ degree in Economics and Management of Arts, Culture and Communication. She speaks Italian, English and Spanish fluently.

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Art Prapha

Art Prapha

Senior Program Manager, Corporate Accountability

Previously, Art spent eight years working at Oxfam America and Oxfam in Asia as Senior Advisor (Campaigns & Advocacy) and Private Sector Advisor. In his recent role, Art co-led Oxfam’s global Supermarket Campaign, Behind the Barcodes, to influence the world’s largest food retailers and companies to tackle inequality and human rights violations in their global supply chains. His policy expertise includes labour rights, gender justice, supply chain transparency and the adoption of human rights due diligence in corporate supply chains.

Art is a New Zealand-trained Chartered Accountant. He holds a master’s degree in international development from the London School of Economics (LSE). Currently, Art is pursuing an Executive MBA at Judge Business School, Cambridge University.

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Nicola Peckett

Nicola Peckett

Head of Communications

Nicola has worked in the charity sector for more than 25 years in a wide range of communications and external relations roles, including leading the communications function at the Disasters Emergency Committee and CARE International UK, as well as at UK domestic charities Samaritans and the Lullaby Trust. Also previously worked at ActionAid and was a VSO volunteer in Nigeria. She has a Master’s degree in International Development and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Erin Phelps

Erin Phelps

Senior Adviser to the CEO

Erin is a 2012 recipient of the Fulbright Student Research Grant to Nepal, where she conducted qualitative research with Nepali children and teens whose parents had migrated abroad for work. She has contributed to migration-related publications and projects through the Nepal Institute of Development Studies and IOM Nepal, guest lectured at Tribhuvan University and presented at the Nepal National Conference on Migration. She has also been a regular contributor to The Migrationist, a collaborative international migration blog.

Erin received her BA in Sociology from Pomona College in Claremont, California, and completed courses in Nepali studies and language with Pitzer College in Nepal.

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Amy Rahe

Amy Rahe

Managing Director, External Relations

Amy is a passionate advocate for sustained liberation pointing to the need for long term support to survivors and working to dismantle the root causes that allow modern day slavery to flourish. She is an activist, storyteller, catalyst and connector.

Prior to joining the Freedom Fund, Amy was the Managing Director of Survivor Alliance and prior to that worked at BlackRock as a Chief of Staff to the head of the Factor Based Strategies Team. She taught at UC Berkeley on Domestic Sex Trafficking in 2013 and continued volunteering through MISSSEY as a mentor while working in finance.

Amy is currently part of the Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST) Initiative’s Steering Group and previously sat on the Steering Committee of Code 8.7.

Amy has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Deepika Reddy Allana

Deepika Reddy Allana

Program Manager

Deepika has worked for several NGOs in Washington, D.C. as a public policy attorney, advocating on issues related to human trafficking, women’s reproductive health and gender.  She started her career practicing intellectual property law for six years at large corporate law firms. Deepika holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University in Psychology and Public Health, and a law degree from Boston University.

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Fiona Reidy

Fiona Reidy

Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager

Prior to this, Fiona worked with a range of local and international non profit organisations dedicated to supporting marginalised groups and vulnerable communities, including Womankind Worldwide and Options Consultancy Services.

She has an MSc in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam with a specialisation in Gender and Sexuality. She is also an experienced individual and couple psychodynamic counsellor and psychotherapist, with a special interest in the impact of trauma on mental health and relationships.

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Niamh Riddles

Niamh Riddles

Administration Officer

Niamh has previously worked in HR and Recruitment at Single Homeless Project. Prior to this role, Niamh has worked in Recruitment at the University of Oxford, supporting the various departments with their temporary recruitment requirements.

Niamh currently volunteers as a mentor at The Baytree Centre providing English and integration support and has previously volunteered as a Researcher for Oxfam, researching the theory of integrating social norms into international humanitarian law.

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Andrew Rizzardi

Andrew Rizzardi

Global Communications Manager

Prior to that, Andrew managed communications and technology at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University and provided program support and research for Freedom House.

Andrew holds a master’s degree in International Relations and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from American University’s School of International Service and School of Communications respectively.

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Shabnam Sadaat

Shabnam Sadaat

Finance Officer, Grants Management

Shabnam has a BSc in Finance and Accounting from Dunya University of Afghanistan and is an ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) finalist; expecting to become an ACCA member this year.

Shabnam speaks Dari, Pashto, English, Urdu, Hindi and Persian.

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Adrian Storey

Adrian Storey

Program Finance Manager

Prior to working with ActionAid, Adrian worked in the corporate sector in a variety of Finance roles. He became involved in International Development through volunteering assignments arranged through Accounting for International Development (AfID). The assignments were based in various countries, primarily in East Africa where Adrian helped local NGOs develop their finance processes and improve internal control frameworks to include donor requirements and relevant good practices.
Adrian is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has substantial experience of project accounting, internal audit and process/control development.

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Danielle Stouck

Danielle Stouck

Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager

Dani graduated from Barnard College and earned her Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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Cat Townley

Cat Townley

Business Operations Manager

Previously, Cat worked at a Technology firm as their Human Resources Manager and Corporate Social Responsibility advocate. Prior to that she worked in Los Angeles in a rehabilitation centre for survivors of human trafficking and also worked for a pregnancy crisis centre. She holds a Master’s Degree in Law.

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Rosie Urbanovich

Rosie Urbanovich

Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager

Over the last ten years Rosie has worked in both fundraising and communications roles within a diverse range of sectors including human rights, disability, healthcare, and sustainability. She has previously held positions at UK charities including War on Want, Royal College of Nursing Foundation, and Scope. More recently she has worked in a consulting capacity through Black Fox Philanthropy, where she developed funder-centric messaging and strategic fundraising assets for global NGO clients.

Rosie has an MA in Contemporary Global Ethics from King’s College London and a BA in Communications and English Literature from Chapman University in California. Alongside her fundraising and communications career, Rosie works as a lecturer and instructor of ethics and impact, applying ethical theory to global issues such as poverty, inequality, animal welfare, and the climate crisis.

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Dan Vexler

Dan Vexler

Managing Director, Programs

Dan joined the Freedom Fund as Director of Programs in June 2014. Dan oversees the Freedom Fund’s research and grant-making activities around the world, including its eleven hotspot programs in regions of high prevalence of slavery.

Dan was previously Head of Program Quality and Impact at CARE UK, an international NGO fighting global poverty and injustice. At CARE Dan oversaw programs aimed at increasing political participation and economic opportunities for people living in extreme poverty. Prior to joining CARE, Dan was based in Juba, South Sudan with the National Democratic Institute, where he managed an influential nation-wide public opinion research program. Before this, he was Director of Research at the International Crisis Group. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and McGill University.

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Hannah de Ville

Hannah de Ville

Senior Program Manager

Hannah brings a wide range of country experience, having been based in Nepal, Ethiopia and Sudan. She has worked for several INGOs – Plan International, Mercy Corps, International Alert and Human Rights Watch – on a large cross-section of issues, including protection of children, peacebuilding, civil society capacity building, humanitarian relief and international justice. Hannah holds a Masters degree in human security and conflict resolution from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a Bachelors degree in international politics from Barnard College at Columbia University.

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Havovi Wadia

Havovi Wadia

Director of Programs

Previously she was CEO of Vipla Foundation, an implementation organisation based out of Mumbai where she focused largely on organisation building. She was also previously the Director of Impact at Magic Bus where she was a key part of fundraising efforts both in-country and internationally, led on implementation of the organisation’s then largest successful grant for organisational development, and served as the Child Safeguarding Officer of the organisation for the duration of her tenure.

Havovi has an MPhil in English Literature and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Pune in India.

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Saba Zewdu

Saba Zewdu

Senior Program Officer

In her 7 years as a youth and community development specialist, Saba has successfully demonstrated the ability to design, implement, manage and evaluate moderate to complex programs. In her previous role at the YWCA, Saba oversaw and designed DC public schools first all girls in-school based leadership and mentorship development program including the first and only Social Emotional Learning Lab. Outside of her work, Saba enjoys volunteering with a number of women and youth shelters providing sports, recreation, self-empowerment, mindfulness and financial literacy workshops.

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