Mamoudou NdiayeSenegal (Org: Tostan)
Mamoudou Ndiaye is a trained lawyer. He holds a master’s degree in private law from the Faculty of Law and Political Science at Cheikh Anta Diop University. He has more than ten years of professional experience, seven of which he spent at Tostan. He worked successively as an in-house lawyer in a bailiff’s office, as a parliamentary assistant in the National Assembly of Senegal, as an expert partner in the EU-funded Support Project to Improve the Quality of Parliamentary Work (PAAQTP), and as a consulting partner in gender auditing. In 2013, he joined the NGO Tostan, first as an intern in the Human Resources Department, then as a Project Assistant in the Program Department, and finally as a Project Manager. Now he is a project manager in the Project and Grants Management team (GPS). Mamoudou Ndiaye also specializes in project management. He is well versed in peace and security issues (he is a trainer on these topics at Tostan), child protection (he wrote his master’s thesis on this, Treatment of Pedophilia and Related Crimes by the Senegalese Judiciary), and human rights in general.
Eleanor ParkesNew Zealand (Org: ECPAT New Zealand)
Eleanor Parkes lives in Auckland, New Zealand and has a background in human rights and community development. With a particular passion for children’s rights, Eleanor is currently the Director of ECPAT Child Alert, working to end child trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children in New Zealand. This includes advocating for an end to underage forced sex work, domestic trafficking and the proliferation of online sexual abuse material. She has been in this role for three years, previously serving on the organisation’s Governance Board. Previous jobs include working as a Project Specialist and Frontline Campaign Coordinator at Amnesty International NZ and as the Youth Mentor with the Aotearoa Youth Leadership Institute. Eleanor completed her undergraduate studies in Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland. She conducted research for her Masters thesis in Samoa in 2010, was awarded a BRCSS II Masters Field Research Award and graduated with a Master of Arts in Development Studies in 2011. Her research looking at disaster risk mitigation and comparing various development programmes in Pacific Island communities has since been published. Continuing to study part time, Eleanor completed a Certificate in Child Protection from Harvard by correspondence in 2019 and a Certificate in Tackling Human Trafficking from the International Centre for Parliamentary Studies.
Sarah-Jane SaltmarshAustralia (Org: BRAC)
Sarah-Jane Saltmarsh has sixteen years of experience in communications, specializing in global thought leadership, branding and storytelling, particularly in the areas of development and humanitarian aid. She began her career in Australia with a bachelor’s degree in Communications (Business) from Bond University, and worked with the Northern Territory Government and the Council for Aboriginal Alcohol Program Services. She spent ten years living in Bangladesh, visited more than 30 countries and worked with the International Labor Organization (UN) in Bangladesh and Thailand. Sarah-Jane now lives in Australia, managing program and corporate communications at BRAC – the world’s largest non-governmental development organization – and is studying for a doctorate in law at the University of Sydney. She is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper Alumni and an internationally published writer/ She is passionate about politics, indigenous affairs, the environment, and the arts.
Mary HodgsonUnited Kingdom (Org: St Christopher's Hospice)
Mary Hodgson is a researcher and community development worker with an interest in social action to address inequality. She has worked in the nonprofit sector to partner with communities to bring about change in the areas of homelessness, place complexity and social innovation, and end-of-life inequities. Mary holds a PhD in Anthropology, which focused on the ways citizens describe and respond to inequalities. This interest in understanding how people describe the need for change and articulate ways to do so runs throughout her work. She has published in a number of areas or topics, with the common theme being how inequality manifests in people’s lives and how it can be addressed. Mary also has experience teaching, facilitating, and building capacity in grassroots organizations. Mary lives in London, has two children, and in her spare time volunteers on the leadership team of a weekly local free running event for children.
Eamon PenneyUnited States (Org: Partners in Health)
Eamon Penney serves as a Project Lead with Partners In Health, where his work focuses on supporting health departments in the U.S. to implement data-driven, equity-first agendas as they rebuild following the emergency phase of the pandemic. Previously, he held a number of roles with MSF (Doctors Without Borders) including coordinating logistics in South Sudan, supporting the Board of Directors in New York, and most recently, leading advocacy and COVID-19 response efforts in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Eamon earned his master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University where he focused on epidemiological methods in complex humanitarian emergencies. He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont in Community and International Development. Eamon currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts but returns frequently to his home state of Vermont.\
Hugo Rodríguez GutiérrezMéxico (Org: Heifer International)
Hugo Rodríguez Gutiérrez has over six years of experience in the development sector. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla in Mexico. Hugo has worked for Heifer International for three years, growing his position from Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator to Regional Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Coordinator for a coffee value chain project. Hugo’s work focuses on facilitating cohesion in the three countries where the intervention is implemented. Prior to his experience at Heifer, he worked for Chemonics International and Heartland Alliance International on projects related to crime prevention and labor rights with a gender perspective. While working with these organizations, he advised five social enterprises in the development of theory of change, and currently, he is a volunteer in a civil society organization in Mexico as an advisor on topics of M&E. Hugo is passionate about economic empowerment and poverty alleviation.
Chimezie AnueyiaguNigeria (Host: American Red Cross)
Chimezie Anueyiagu has five years experience in the public health sector. While working as a health education/risk communication officer with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), He led the development of risk communications strategies/plans, messages; engagement of key stakeholders and communities; and supporting research around social and behavioural change communication. He played a key role in Nigeria’s COVID-19 response by coordinating public communications throughout the pandemic. He has played a similar role for Lassa fever response, working across the 36 States in Nigeria. Chimezie holds a degree in Education Economics and is a member of the West Africa Social Science Epidemic Response Network (WASSERN). He is also a fellow of the Social Science in Humanitarian Action Platform, and a member of the Institute for Humanitarian Studies and Social Development (IHSD). Chimezie has attended Public Health conferences and professional courses across Africa and Europe.
Host Organization: American Red Cross
Role at Host Organization: At American Red Cross, Chimezie will be serving as the Knowledge Management & Learning Fellow. Chimezie will be sitting with the Quality, Data and Learning team at ISD/ARC Headquarters and will be responsible for supporting the Knowledge Management and Learning efforts of the department. He will help facilitate access to, utilization of, and learning from existing data, evidence, and knowledge generated from past operations both within the American Red Cross and with the RCRC Movement Partners
Naura Nabila HaryantoIndonesia (Host: Advocates for Youth)
Naura Nabila Haryanto is an early-professional development practitioner, young advocate, and facilitator passionate about issues of equal and inclusive access to education, gender justice, and meaningful youth participation. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, she continued to empower young people to tackle harmful gender norms in Rutgers Indonesia by leading a gender-mainstreamed education program for high schoolers in 7 Indonesian provinces. Naura believes that young people should be meaningfully and inclusively involved in planning, implementing, and evaluating. As a young advocate, she used her first-hand experiences to develop a national module of gender-mainstreamed education for in and out-of-school and special-needs students with the Ministry of Education & Culture and Ministry of Health. Recognizing the need to expand the network among legislative policy-makers, she is now involved in the advocacy work of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) Indonesia Office. She coordinates with the Committee of Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation under House of Representative of Indonesia to support Indonesia’s diplomatic parliaments in maximizing Indonesia’s parliamentary diplomatic effort in advocating for humanitarian crisis response in Myanmar. Her work earned recognition from UNESCO as the Young Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) Advocates Team to reflect on the comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) Global Status Report. She was also granted with ARROW-RHRN Changemakers Seed, where she initiated a 2-months peer-mentorship program to train 11 sex education teachers as mentors to utilize digital platforms in responding to traditional learning disruption. Lastly, she also shared her policy initiative towards gender-mainstreamed education in Indonesia’s national curricula as the Favourite Finalist for Future Leaders Connect by British Council.
Host Organization: Advocates for Youth
Role at Host Organization: At Advocates for Youth, Naura will be serving as the AMAZE Global Partnerships Fellow. She will be assisting in efforts to support partnerships in Southeast Asia and facilitate youth engagement associated with Advocates’ AMAZE International work in the region. Throughout her fellowship, Naura will assist partners with the adaptation and dissemination of 9 AMAZE sexuality education videos and accompanying video discussion guides to meaningfully engage adolescents in Southeast Asia. She will also help with the documentation and monitoring of partnerships in the region through regular communication and collaboration with the AMAZE team.
Boluwatife Michael-BiyiNigeria (Host: Steelcase Inc.)
Boluwatife Michael-Biyi is an International Development Professional with over 7 years of experience working with nonprofits, local and international organizations such as the African Union, identifying and leveraging partnerships and contract opportunities, delivering sustained results, and managing projects from idea to impact. Bolu’ specializes in social innovation, a passion that is driven by his belief that business should be used as a force for good. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Covenant University, Nigeria where he also served as the President of the Student’ Union, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Swansea University in the United Kingdom. Bolu’ is passionate about Impact and Learning, he thrives on initiating conversations that change mindsets and open up new possibilities. He also enjoys focusing on the thematic areas of civic engagement, education, and public health.
Host Organization: Steelcase Inc.
Role at Host Organization: At Steelcase Inc, Bolu’ will be serving as the Steelcase Social Innovation Fellow with a focus on Global Learning Community management. He will accomplish several strategic outcomes, including: fast-tracking the process of uncovering previously hidden opportunities for the adoption of new practices across the community, increasing the number of total connections between previously disconnected partners, and strengthening the adaptive capacity of participating individuals and organizations to accelerate their personal and professional growth.
Aishani JaiswalIndia (American India Foundation Scholar)
Aishani Jaiswal is a New Delhi based research analyst. Having graduated from the University of Delhi with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, her areas of interest lie in gender, minority rights, and public health. She has previously worked in research and media spaces focusing on South Asian issues and tackling online hate speech. In addition to her professional goals, she is also passionate about mental health issues.
Debra NhokwaraZimbabwe (Host: The Global Hunger Project)
Debra Nhokwara is a media professional with four years of experience in communication and social development. Debra holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the National University of Science and Technology (ZW). She was awarded a Chevening Scholarship and completed her Masters in Gender and Media at the University of Sussex. During her tenure at Nhimbe Trust, she helped in developing and implementing COVID-19 Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) policy framework and a CCI portal to support artists and cultural professionals during the pandemic. She served as a Production Assistant for Bulawayo Arts Festival 2020 and the Amavuso Project. As aCommunication and Information Consultant at Transparency International-Zimbabwe (Bulawayo Region) she trained 30 citizen journalists new writing and investigative journalism skills. She was the editor of Hayibo S’khangele (We are Watching), a newsletter used as an advocacy tool to report corruption cases in Matabeleland, Zimbabwe. Debra is an experienced Public Relations Officer skilled in crisis management, project management, advertising, managing digital campaigns, planning digital marketing strategies, designing marketing material, and creating social media content. She is proud to have worked at Mike Hamilton Public Relations Consultants and at 143 Communications. Debra is passionate about women’s issues and she is part of project that manufactures reusable pads for disadvantaged women. Recently, she published a podcast called Shadow Pandemics Behind COVID-19 to raise awareness on child sexual harassment during the pandemic.
Host Organization: The Hunger Project
Role at Host Organization: At The Hunger Project, Debra will be serving as the Global Communications Fellow. Debra will work in partnership with fellow Hunger Project communicators to develop robust content and strategies that elevate the voices of individuals engaged in programs in Africa, South Asia and Latin America. The role will sit within the Global Communications team and work closely with members of the communications, program and fundraising teams to ensure The Hunger Project’s brand, messages and impact are compelling, understandable, accurate and widely accessible. Ultimately, this position drives toward the mission of ending hunger by equipping our global team with the resources needed to expand our global movement of partners, supporters, advocates and investors.
Yery M. GarciaCuba (Host: Transparency & Accountability Initiative)
Yery M García has been working as a researcher and practitioner in communication, development and social change for more than five years. She holds an M.A. in Media Practice for Development and Social Change from the University of Sussex in the UK and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Havana. She has worked as a communications consultant in several international cooperation agencies such as UNICEF, WFP and Oxfam. Since 2014 she has been working as a journalist in Cuban and international media outlets covering issues related to transparency, participation and accountability. She is also a non-formal educator and has been a member of several citizen capacity building projects using new information and communication technologies.
Host Organization: Transparency & Accountability Initiative
Role at Host Organization: At the Transparency & Accountability Initiative, Yery will serve as a Communications & Knowledge Sharing Fellow. She will focus on developing and implementing strategic and digital communications for TAI, managing all of its social media platforms, growing its digital presence, and providing innovative ways to communicate TAI’s unique role as a thought leader and knowledge resource for practitioners leading change around the transparency, civic participation, and accountability field.