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Our Team

Nick Grono


Nick was appointed as the inaugural CEO of the Freedom Fund in January 2014. The Fund is an ambitious effort to mobilise the knowledge, capital and will needed to end modern slavery.

In its first seven years of operation the Freedom Fund has worked with over 130 frontline partners around the world to directly liberate 29,469 people from slavery and return over 82,000 at risk children back to school. Overall, its programs have positively impacted the lives of over one million of those most vulnerable to exploitation. And it is changing the systems that place many millions more at risk of slavery.

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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.

Pauline Aaron

Senior Program Manager

Pauline Aaron joined the Freedom Fund in August 2016 as Program Officer for our Central and South-Eastern Nepal hotspots. Prior to this, she worked for Progressio, managing a DFID funded youth volunteering programme in Africa and Central America.

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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.

Jannel Abellana

Operations Finance Manager

Jannel joined the Freedom Fund as Finance Officer in January 2019. Prior to this role she worked at a luxury retail fashion company based in London as an Assistant Management Accountant.

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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.

Michel Agbodjinou

Head of Finance

Michel Agbodjinou joined the Freedom Fund as Senior Finance Officer in December 2017. He was previously Director of Finance and Administration at Vision Aid Overseas, an international NGO fighting poverty through the development of services for uncorrected refractive error and primary eye health in poor and marginalized communities in Africa.

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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.

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.

She has more than 19 years of experience in working on a range of child protection and child rights focused programs with Save the Children International in Bangladesh. She has more than 10 years of experience in working on child sexual exploitation and trafficking, and has experience in working with vulnerable children, including those exploited in Dhaka's brothels, streets and the children of sex workers.

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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.

Khaleda holds a MSc in Economics from Jahangir Nagar University in Bangladesh. She Obtained a Certificate Programme on International Perspectives in Participatory Research from PRIA, International Academy, New Delhi. She was involved in research focused on child protection and contributed to publications on counteracting gender-based violence against children, women and men, organizational mapping –working with men and boys and the Disability Inclusive Children Resilience Manual (Psychosocial Support for Violence against Children).

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.

Chloé Bailey

Senior Program Manager, Corporate Accountability

Chloé Bailey joined the Freedom Fund as Program Officer in September 2017. Prior to this she worked at Global Partners Governance, a development consultancy specialising in political and institutional reform, where she managed the monitoring and evaluation of projects in the MENA region.

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In her previous role at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Chloé conducted research and analysis for the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, developing indicators to measure human rights, rule of law and political participation in African countries. She has also worked as a Research Assistant to an MP in the UK parliament and at human rights organisation Reprieve, where she assisted with research on the legal implications on the use of drones as part of the “war on terror”.

Chloé has a legal background, with an LLM in Public International Law from King’s College London and a double degree in English Law and French Law from King’s College London and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Ginny Baumann

Senior Program Manager

Ginny Baumann joined the Freedom Fund as Senior Program Officer in August 2014. She was previously Associate Director of Programs at Free the Slaves (FTS), an NGO that liberates people from slavery around the world, and enables governments, development agencies and businesses to take effective action.

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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.

Meseret Bayou

Program Officer

Meseret joined the Freedom Fund as a program advisor for the Ethiopia hotspot in July 2019.

Prior to this, Meseret worked for the Geneva Global Ethiopia Office, where he managed the promotion of the safer migration program in Amhara as a program coordinator. His role focused on overseeing Geneva Global’s local partner.

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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.

Colleen Boselli

Program Manager

Colleen joined the Freedom Fund in June 2018 as a Program Officer overseeing the southern India hotspot. She has a background in public health and over six years of experience managing international development programs.

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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.

Matilde Chora

Research and Evaluation Assistant

Matilde joined the Freedom Fund in April 2021. Matilde possesses an educational background in Public International Law, focusing primarily in International Refugee Law, International Criminal Law, Climate Change Law and Human Rights, which she developed during her LLM at Queen Mary University of London. Matilde also has an undergraduate degree in Law from NOVA School of Law.

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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.

Abhijit De

Program Advisor

Abhijit joined the Freedom Fund in August 2018. Before joining the Freedom Fund, he was Data Management Specialist at Family Health International 360, where he supported government and NGO partners on program management and monitoring and evaluation in eight north-eastern states of India.

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Abhijit is a development results-driven professional with more than ten years’ experience. He is proficient in designing and managing regional and national level programs, with expertise working with government and local communities. He has worked with various international organizations, including GIZ, CRS, FHI360, Freedom from Hunger and Futures Group. Abhijit has focused on health, livelihood and women & child protection with a strong niche in M&E, data management, and information and communications technologies for development. He has been successful working within a multicultural stakeholder environment towards addressing the issues and rights of women, children and marginalized communities.

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.

Nermina Delic

Compliance and Donor Reporting Accountant

Nermina joined the Freedom Fund as Compliance and Donor Reporting Accountant in December 2020. Prior to this role she worked as Finance Officer at Article 19, a British human rights organization with a specific mandate and focus on the defence and promotion of freedom of expression and freedom of information worldwide.

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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.

Hannah Elliot

Program Manager

Hannah Elliott joined the Freedom Fund as Program Officer in July 2018. As a Program Officer, Hannah focuses on amplifying the voices of local partners by providing grant management and strategic oversight to the Freedom Fund’s hotspots in Ethiopia and Thailand.

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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.   

Holly Harridence

Program Operations Manager

Holly Harridence joined the Freedom Fund in January 2017. She provides operational and logistical support to the program team, as well as assistance with events and communications.

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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.

Louise Hemfrey

Program Manager (maternity cover)

Louise joined the Freedom Fund in May 2021 as a maternity cover Program Manager for Ethiopia, managing two new programs, including the flagship ‘Reducing the prevalence of domestic servitude in Ethiopia’ funded by the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office) under the Program to End Modern Slavery (PEMS). Louise was inspired to join The Freedom Fund from her work on the intersections of women’s economic rights and violence against women and girls with Womankind Worldwide, themes
combined in modern slavery and human trafficking that disproportionately affect women and girls.

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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.

Claire Falconer

Head of Global Initiatives and Movement Building

Claire Falconer joined the Freedom Fund in May 2019 as Senior Program Officer for the Freedom Rising initiative, working to empower and connect anti-slavery leaders around the world. Claire has over ten years’ experience conducting research, advocacy and capacity building activities on slavery issues in South East Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Europe. 

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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. 

Maggie Gardner

Managing Director, Development and Partnerships

Maggie Gardner joined the Freedom Fund as Managing Director, Development and Partnerships, in August 2020. She is an expert in marketing, fundraising and organisational leadership. Immediately prior to joining the Freedom Fund she worked as a consultant with clients such as Islamic Aid, Sarwar Foundation, Think Consulting Solutions and Savitri Trust.

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Maggie developed and led the marketing, communications and fundraising team at Practical Action (INGO turnover £35million). While there she was proud to lead the European component of the UN global campaign on Energy Access for Poverty Reduction which resulted in greater awareness and significantly increased funding.

Other career highlights include roles as Executive Director at the Savitri Waney Charitable Trust, Vice Chair of BOND (network of UK INGOs), Governor of the University of Northampton where she helped establish the development committee and the launch of a £320million bond, and Director of ExtraCare Charitable Trust. Her early career was in multinational marketing, business development and international trade facilitation.

Maggie has travelled extensively for work and pleasure including spending time in a number of our hotspot countries.

She has a degree in English and Theology, and a postgraduate qualification in marketing. She is a mum, a grandmother and a passionate advocate of a more just and inclusive world.

Kevin Groome

Program Manager

Kevin Groome joined the Freedom Fund in February 2018 as Program Officer for the central and south-eastern Nepal hotspots.

Previously, Kevin worked at the British Asian Trust where he led the Trust’s Anti-Trafficking Program which specifically focused on tackling the trafficking of children into hazardous labour and commercial sexual exploitation. He oversaw the program portfolio in India as well as its expansion into other parts of South Asia including Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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Kevin has also worked in a number of other international development roles with UNITAR, Malaria Consortium and Gaia Education. He holds an MSc in International Politics from Trinity College Dublin.

Sophie Hicks

Program Manager (Maternity Cover)

Sophie Hicks joined the Freedom Fund in February 2018 as a Program Assistant. Previously, she worked as a Program Development Officer for African Revival in London.

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Prior to this, 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.

Tom Hutchinson

Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager

Tom joined the Freedom Fund in March 2019 as Senior Strategic Partnerships
Manager. He has over 15 years’ experience fundraising for various sectors including peacebuilding, humanitarian and environmental amongst others, mainly from
governments, multilaterals and foundations. Previously he has held roles at
ClientEarth, HelpAge International, Medical Aid for Palestinians and most recently
Conciliation Resources.

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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

Manisha Jani

Program Advisor

Manisha Jani, based in Jaipur, India, works as a consultant with Freedom Fund for the Rajasthan hotspot. With over 14 years of experience in the development sector, she has worked with Traidcraft Exchange-UK, Margdarshak Development Services - India, IFC and The World Bank in Rajasthan.

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She has supported the World Bank funded Rajasthan Grameen Ajeevika Vikas Parishad (RGAVP) project for the development of the non-farm sector. She has managed various multilateral donor funded projects in India and worked on CSR projects related to skill building, livelihoods, institution building and capacity building of SHGs. Manisha is a member of the Fair Trade Forum of India and is an empaneled auditor for the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) and European Fair Trade Association (EFTA). She completed her Masters in Social Policy & Social Development from the University of Manchester, UK and a Diploma in Rural Management from the Indian Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur.

Sachin Kumar

Program Advisor

Sachin Kumar has been working with Freedom Fund’s northern India hotspot program since July 2014. Sachin has been instrumental in devising the hotspot strategy and establishing the program in northern India. He coordinates with various grassroots civil society organisations, technical agencies, government departments and stakeholders to reduce the prevalence of trafficking and bonded labour.

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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 joining the northern India hotspot, 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.

Jeannette Laouadi-Gilliver

Partnerships and Events Manager

Jeannette joined the Freedom Fund in December 2018 as Partnerships and Events Manager. Prior to this, she worked at research, advisory and advocacy consultancy Development Finance International which advises developing countries on issues such as debt relief, aid, public sector financing, tax justice and inequality.

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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.

Cecile Lim

Finance Officer

Cecile joined the Freedom Fund in July 2020, providing support to our London finance team. Cecile previously worked in the same position for a luxury retail company and as a Payroll Administrator for a financial accounting firm.

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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.

Yuki Lo

Head of Research and Evaluation

Yuki joined the Freedom Fund in June 2016. She leads our work to measure the impact of our investments in countries with the highest incidence of slavery, and drives the Fund’s support for research, evaluation, and knowledge-sharing across the broader anti-slavery community.

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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.

Zoe Marshall

Managing Director, FInance and Administration

Zoe Marshall joined the Freedom Fund as Director of Finance and Administration in July 2018.  

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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. 

Sonia Martins

Senior Program Manager

Sonia joined the Freedom Fund in May 2020 as Senior Program Manager for the Ethiopia hotspot.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Mahlet Mekbib

Program Officer

Mahlet joined the Freedom Fund in January 2021 as a Program Officer. Mahlet has years of experience implementing programs and projects focused on children, youth and girls and women empowerment working for Save the Children, Institute of International Education and Compassion International in programs and projects implemented both within Ethiopia, the Eastern Africa region and beyond.

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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).

Daniel Melese

Country Representative

Daniel Melese transitioned from Geneva Global to Freedom Fund in July 2019.

Daniel has more than a decade of extensive experience in community development, program design and management, program Monitoring, Evaluation & learning, and Research. Besides, Daniel has a multi-disciplinary role in working with cross cultural organizations including organizations in the US, UK, West and East Africa.

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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.

Michelle Mendonca

Program Manager

Michelle currently serves as Program Manager at the Freedom Fund where she manages projects in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. She also teaches Advocacy, Human Rights and Public Policy at Eastern University.

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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 specializes 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 Organizational 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.

Yuri Mishra

Child Trafficking Prevention Advisor

Yuri comes with 15 years of experience. He has a Diploma in Rural Management from the Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur and has worked with organisations like BASIX microfinance and Childline as a district coordinator and ChildFund India as Project Manager on their Anti Child Trafficking Project.

Yuri has worked on microfinance, SHGs, child rights and child trafficking issues.
His most work has been in the difficult terrains of southern Rajasthan where tribal populations reside and these districts are very low on human development indices (HDI). Child trafficking issues are prominent due to poverty. He has worked on improving family income through sustainable farming and livelihood practices.

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Yuri has been an active member of the District Task Force against child labour in Rajasthan. He possesses hands on experience in working with the government officials and other stakeholders. He has also worked as a freelance child protection consultant for various organisations.

Paul Moon

Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager (Maternity Cover)

Paul joined the Freedom Fund in March 2021 as Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager. Prior to joining the Freedom Fund, Paul led a strategic program and donor engagement review for the BRAC Africa program and managed Plan Tanzania’s programme delivery and development team. From 2015 to 2019, Paul managed Plan International UK’s Programme Development Team, including time as acting Head of Longterm Programmes.

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Paul has over 16 years’ program management and development experience having led on large and complex contracts with a range of bilateral and multilateral agencies. Paul has extensive experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America and has worked for CARE International, VSO, International Alert and the Marine Stewardship Council.
Paul holds a degree in International Studies and Mathematics from the University of Sussex and postgraduate qualifications in Development Studies from Birkbeck University.

Sarah Mount

Senior Program Manager

Sarah joined the Freedom Fund in March 2018 as a Senior Program Manager. Sarah manages the Freedom Fund's work in seafood supply chains. Sarah has over ten years' experience in human rights and legal project management in Asia, Africa and Australia. 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.

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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.

Daniel Murphy

Senior Program Manager (Maternity Cover)

Daniel joined the Freedom Fund in February 2021 as a Senior Program Manager (maternity cover). Daniel manages the Freedom Fund's work in seafood supply chains. Most recently, Daniel worked as a Senior Consultant at Impactt, a business and human rights management consultancy. Prior to this he was an independent consultant specialising in forced labour in the fishing sector, working with civil society, media and government on a variety of interventions in Southeast Asia.

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Daniel has lived and worked in Thailand for 6 years and is professionally proficient in Thai. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of York, UK, and a Masters in Migration, Mobility and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK.

Bala Murugan

Program Advisor

Bala has more than 20 years of experience in various capacities with different organizations. Before joining the Freedom Fund and Geneva Global, Bala worked as a child protection consultant with UNICEF and supported the district administration for the implementation of the Integrated Child Protection Project in the Salem district of India. 

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Prior to that, he worked as a program coordinator with Save the Children, UK and Save the Children, India (Bal Raksha Bharat) and was involved in the Tsunami Rehabilitation Program. He supported NGO partners for effective employment of child-centric programs and served as a training coordinator for the entire southern region of India with the Regional Resource Centre, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and the government of India. Bala holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Law, and has several Master’s degrees, including Philosophy in Population Studies from Annamalai University, as well as Social Work, Women Studies, Human Resource Management, and Population Studies from various universities in Tamil Nadu. In October of 2016, Bala received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Gandhigram Rural Institute, Tamil Nadu.

Paola Narracci

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Paola joined the Freedom Fund in June 2019 as Strategic Partnerships Manager. She supports the management of contracts with institutional and private sector donors, the development of bid proposals and the improvement of internal management systems.

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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.

Gomathi Palanikumar

Program Advisor

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.

Nicola Peckett

Head of Communications

Nicola joined the Freedom Fund in August 2021 to oversee the development and delivery of the organisation’s global communications strategy. She manages media relations, brand, content creation and digital activity.

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.

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Nicola 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.

Krish Peru

Program Advisor

Krish has more than 22 years of experience in different positions with various national and regional child/human rights organizations. He has been engaged in mobilizing, organizing and facilitating collective actions and Building as well as nurturing People's Movement on core development issues. Before joining the Freedom Fund, Krish worked as Consultant for Child Rights Network, Human Rights Alliance, Food Security Consortium and State Lead of Development Support with Child Rights and You-CRY at national and regional level.

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Prior to this, he worked as Associate General Manager with Child Rights and You -CRY for around nine years engaged in Partnership Building, Campaign on Equity and Equality in Tsunami Relief and Rehabilitation,Tamil Nadu Alliance for Fundamental Rights to Education and Advocacy on Education and Livelihood Rights, Engaged in evolving People's Forest Bill Campaign with 1000 CSOs in India, Consultant for Food First International Action Network, Senior Programme Officer for Human Rights Alliance, and National Network Coordinator in EQUATIONS-locating impacts of tourism on local community, environment and economy, Consultant on Child Labour Research in SAVE, Tirupur, Coordinator for Human Rights in Legal Resources for Social Action-LRSA. Engaged in developing child rights programing with child-centricity, Participatory Evaluations in India and Sri Lanka on child protection programs for Cord Aid, Netherlands, CCFD-Terre Solidaire, France, Action Aid India, Entraide et Fraternite, Belgium, and German Doctors for Developing Countries- The German Doctors e.V Bonn, Germany for Education and Health projects in West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar and Tamil Nadu. Krish holds a Doctoral degree in Political Science and has co-authored books and written several articles in International newsletters, National and State leading newspapers and undergone an advanced training on Monitoring Economic, Social and Cultural Rights-ESCR from Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Switzerland.

Erin Phelps

Senior Adviser to the CEO

Erin Phelps is Senior Adviser to the CEO in the Freedom Fund’s New York office. She joined the Fund in May 2016. Previously, she served as Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager at the Freedom Fund from 2016-September 2021. Before the Freedom Fund, she was Strategic Initiatives Officer for GoodWeave International, a non-profit working to end child and forced labour in the carpet industry and other sectors. She has also worked with several U.S. organizations serving immigrant communities, including designing and organising Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service’s first Refugee Leadership Academy.

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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.

Ravi Prakash

Program Advisor

Ravi is a consultant for the Freedom Fund’s Rajasthan hotspot. He is a child rights specialist with more than 14 years of experience working on issues like child protection and right to education. He has headed the child right to education portfolio in the PACS (DFID) program and at Oxfam India.

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Ravi has worked with organisations including TATA Trusts (SDTT), Child Rights and You (CRY) and Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) in India.  He has exposure to working in many parts of the country and has hands-on experience on project implementation, liaison with government and policy engagement. Ravi holds Master’s Degrees in social work and human rights

Amy Rahe

Managing Director, North America

Amy joined the Freedom Fund in April 2020 as Director of North America.  In this role, she leads the New York office, represents the Freedom Fund at North American events and supports creating new partnerships.

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Previously, Amy acted as Managing Director of Survivor Alliance where she successfully managed and implemented key partnerships, programs, operations and organizational strategy within the US.  She also acted as a leading voice for survivors to be included in more meaningful ways within the anti-slavery movement through avenues such as employment and leadership.  Prior to Survivor Alliance, Amy worked at BlackRock as a Chief of Staff to the head of the Factor Based Strategies Team.  She previously taught a course at UC Berkeley on Domestic Sex Trafficking and acted as an advocate and mentor for youth in Oakland being commercially sexually exploited.  Amy graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies.

Deepika Reddy Allana

Program Manager

Deepika Reddy Allana oversees the Freedom Fund's Rajasthan hotspot. She has over 12 years of experience in law and policy, and leading social sector projects. Previously, Deepika worked at ICF International as the Anti-Human Trafficking Team Leader for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center. She oversaw, executed and monitored a multi-faceted capacity building program for anti-human trafficking NGOs.

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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.

Fiona Reidy

Senior Strategic Partnerships Manager

Fiona joined the Freedom Fund in June 2019 and supports the development of funding bids and grant reports for a range of government agencies, institutional foundations and private sector donors.

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She has over 15 years experience in business development, partnerships and grant management in the international development, women's rights, and education sectors. She has worked with public, private and third sector organisations and brings extensive knowledge of philanthropy, social change and marginalised communities.

Working with grass-roots and global partners in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America, most recently her work has focused on developing strategic partnerships to support the achievement of the global sustainable development goals, particularly for inclusive and equitable education, sexual reproductive health and gender equality. Prior to The Freedom Fund she worked with Womankind Worldwide and Options Consultancy Services where she co-designed high value technical and commercial proposals for multi-country programs including: ending female genital mutilation; improving maternal, neonatal and child health and strengthening civil society to deliver change for women and girls.

She has an MSc in Sociology from the University of Amsterdam with a specialisation in Gender and Sexuality.

Niamh Riddles

Administration Officer

Niamh joined the Freedom Fund in March 2021 as Administrative Officer. Niamh has an undergraduate degree in Geography with International Development from the University of East Anglia, focussing primarily on social anthropology and humanitarian crises.

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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.

Andrew Rizzardi

Global Communications Manager

Andrew joined the Freedom Fund as the Global Communications Manager, based in New York in November 2021.

Andrew was previously the Communications Officer for Trickle Up, a nonprofit dedicated to ending extreme poverty where he implemented multimedia communications channels and managed print and digital collateral production and outreach projects.

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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.

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.

Sharda Singh

Program Advisor

Sharda Singh joined the Freedom Fund in November 2019 as Program Advisor in the Rajasthan Hotspot. Sharda has over 12 years' experience in the development sector.

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Sharda is a Development Professional with experience working on women rights, the rights of people with disabilities, community development, and child rights and protection. She has hands-on experience on liaising with government departments, project implementation and partnership management.

Previously, Sharda was the Project Manager of Centre for Child Protection, Sardar Patel University of Police (CCP-SPUP), an academic institution working towards ensuring the protection of children through its academic courses dedicated to child protection and capacity building programs for police personnel and other government stakeholders.
Apart from working with CCP-SPUP as Project Manager, Sharda has worked with NEG-FIRE as Regional Program Coordinator and was responsible for handling three states in northern India. She has also worked with SPARC-INDIA, Voice of People, GNK-PLAN and Humsafar “Crisis Support Centre for Women”.
She holds an M.Phil degree in Social Sciences from the University of Lucknow, as well as a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Lucknow.

Rajeev Sinha

Program Advisor

Rajeev is a Program Advisor for the Freedom Fund’s North India Hotspot Program. He has 15 years of experience in Child Protection & Gender Based Violence and has specifically worked & managed large grants for the intervention on child labour & trafficking and Child marriage. Rajeev has played an instrumental role in the launching of the Integrated Child Protection Scheme in Bihar & Jharkhand and in Adolescent Empowerment Program for reducing child marriage & teenage pregnancy and increasing secondary enrollment.

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Rajeev is also a firm believer of Community-led approach to Child Protection where community holds the decision power with all-round participation of women, girls, boys & other vulnerable people. He helped lead the global “Interagency Participatory Action Research on Community-led Child Protection in Jharkhand, India” with support of CRA, PRAXIS, CINI, Chetna Vikas & Plan India. Rajeev has also presented the learnings of the action research at global platform of VOICE International Conference, 2018 in Bali, Indonesia.

Rajeev has worked with Plan India, UNICEF & other grass root organizations. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, India.

Adrian Storey

Program Finance Manager

Adrian Storey joined the Freedom Fund as Program Finance Manager in February 2019. He worked previously at ActionAid International, where he was a member of the international internal audit team that provided assurance on the operations of other members of the ActionAid Federation.

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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.

Tima Thiam

Programs Fellow

Tima joined the Freedom Fund in December of 2020 as a program fellow. Tima has years of experience as a care leaver chair, where she implemented programs focused on providing children and young people in care with suitcases when they are moving from foster care to semi-independence accommodation, training social workers and corporate parents to be more children and young people centered.

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Tima has worked with local elected officials like MPs, directors and assistant directors of children services to highlight what it means to be a care leaver and the role of corporate parent. Tima is an advocate for children in care and care leavers.

Thripu Thiyagarajan

Program Advisor

Thiripu joined the Freedom Fund from Geneva Global in July 2018. Thripu is a seasoned development professional with over two decades of experience working on child rights and human rights issues. She is a seasoned practitioner who has worked on multi-cultural teams with various national and international organizations, including UNICEF, Save the Children, and Railway Children.

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She comes to this role after more than six years with Railway Children UK where she most recently served as a Senior Programme Officer. In that role, she oversaw the work in Southern India to strengthen government systems and services for at-risk children. She holds a PhD with research focused on migrant and bonded child laborers in stone quarries. She also has experience working directly with vulnerable communities doing post-Tsunami recovery work in Tamil Nadu and managing programs for HIV positive individuals and their families. She has a passion for working to impact positive changes in the lives of vulnerable children and families.

Cat Townley

Business Operations Manager

Cat Townley joined the Freedom Fund as Team Assistant and Office Manager in April 2018, providing support to the Executive Assistant to the CEO and the programs team. In July 2019, she transitioned into Business Operations Management, supporting the CEO and the Director of Finance and Administration.

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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.

Dan Vexler

Managing Director, Programs

Dan Vexler 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 seven 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.

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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. Dan has led research on a range of issues on four continents. He holds degrees from McGill University and the London School of Economics.

Hannah de Ville

Senior Program Manager

Hannah de Ville joined the Freedom Fund in September 2017 and is currently overseeing our hotspot programs in Myanmar and northern India as well the Mental Health global initiative.

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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.

Havovi Wadia

Director of Programs

Havovi joined the Freedom Fund in October 2021 as Director of Programs.

Havovi has over two decades of experience working with vulnerable children, to ensure education, build life skills, particularly for girls, and improve protection systems.

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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.

Nuri Weitzman

Operations Manager

Nuri joined the Freedom Fund as the Operations Manager for the New York office in April 2019. She’s responsible for office and operations management and works in collaboration with the communications, fundraising, and programs teams on project management, budgeting, event planning, database management, research, and other tasks.

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Nuri has a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Columbia University and a Bachelor's degree in Modern Languages and Cultures with a concentration in Spanish, French and Arabic from Pace University. Previously she was the deputy director of a community based nonprofit and a political organiser. Nuri also has experience working with survivors of human trafficking from eastern Africa in Israel/Palestine, and teaching ESOL to new immigrants to the United States.

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.

Saba Zewdu

Senior Program Officer

Saba joined the Freedom Fund in December 2020 as the Senior Programs Officer for the Thrive Project in Ethiopia. She graduated from Morgan State University with a BA in Psychology and MA in International Development from Ohio University. Prior to her role with the Freedom Fund, Saba worked as an Interim Director/Youth Programs Manager for the YWCA National Capital area in Washington D.C., as well as other youth development NGOs in different capacities.

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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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