Our team

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Our team is committed to getting aid and development right.

BrendanRigbyBrendan Rigby (@bjrigby)

Managing Director and Co-founder

Brendan is a education specialist currently completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Brendan is studying the literacy practices of out-of-school children in Ghana, using participatory photography to document their transition through a Complementary Basic Education program into formal schooling. He is also a consultant for Plan International, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority and UNICEF. Formerly, Brendan was an Education Officer with UNICEF in Ghana and Director of Venture Support for StartSomeGood. He is obsessed with American football, Chinese tea and running.

1371351_10151689502062654_2042726203_nJessica Meckler

Global Partnerships Coordinator

Jessica is a Master’s candidate at The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where she focuses on economic development and NGO management. She also currently works at the Akanksha Foundation as an American India Foundation William J. Clinton Fellow, assisting with impact assessments, curriculum design, and system creation in schools for children from low-income communities. Previously, she taught English in South Korea as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, and she has interned at multiple community development organisations in the USA, South Korea, and Bangladesh. Jessica is particularly interested in sustainable development, monitoring and evaluation, organisational learning, and education.

WhyDev_profilepicMichelle Ferns

Youth Engagement Coordinator & Colab m Project Manager 

Michelle is a vibrant and tenacious human rights advocate. Based in Melbourne, Michelle is currently working as a freelance consultant for the Refugee Council of Australia. After a whirlwind of internships stretching over the past 18 months Michelle has worked with Amnesty International New Zealand and the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) Secretariat in Bangkok. Michelle has also worked as a volunteer with Asylum Access Thailand and In Search of Sanuk working with Bangkok’s urban refugee population. Michelle is Graduate from the University of Auckland, New Zealand where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in International Relations and Human Rights.

10408039_10205825403369961_397662097062522419_nJordan Brown

Communications Coordinator

Jordan is an arts/business undergraduate student at Monash University. In pursuit of gaining firsthand experience in the development sector, she has spent the last 14 months interning and studying in both South Africa and Indonesia. So far, Jordan’s highlights have been working with one of Oxfam’s partners in South Africa and conquering the world’s highest abseil in Lesotho. Jordan is particularly interested in gender issues, both internationally and domestically, and is always keen to discuss dismantling social constructs. Currently, Jordan is a facilitator-in-training at the Reach Foundation and when she’s not challenging young people to live outside of their comfort zone, she can be discovered crafting, writing or dancing crazily in the kitchen.

headshot2Amanda Cave (@aecave)

Editor in Chief

Having recently completed her Masters degree in International Development at Sheffield University, Amanda is now pursuing a career in the sector and volunteering for various organisations. Amanda has worked in South Africa, Nepal and, most recently, Peru, where she conducted research into women’s experiences of intimate partner violence. She is a keen advocate of all things social justice, and is particularly interested in human rights, increasing young people’s participation in development, and combatting discrimination. As a feminist she is passionate about fighting gender inequality around the world as well as in the UK. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys reading novels, playing sports and baking cakes.

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Holly Asquith

Program Support

Holly is studying a Master of Law and International Development at the University of Sydney. She currently works at a Barristers Chambers where she assists in the daily running and administration of a busy floor of legal practitioners. Previously, she spent time as a research intern with RESULTS international, where she performed background research on key advocacy opportunities while reviewing information on funding priorities of the Australian Government in Aid and development practices. In her spare time, Holly loves running half-marathons, yoga and days at the beach. She is a confident and passionate individual, eager to make a meaningful impact in global social justice.

jc_colorJia Chee Lee

Web Developer

JC is a full stack web developer. She has recently completed her full time Web Development course in General Assembly and is starting her new job soon.  She has a range of IT related experience in various fields from web development, IT operations and support, graphic designs to Audio and Video Editing. JC has previously volunteered as a web developer for Ministry of Mines in Ethiopia. The experience in Ethiopia changed JC’s perspective in life. Since the trip to Ethiopia, JC has taken special interest in development country related issues and projects. She wants to be able to use her professional skills and help make a difference.


Founding members

Brendan Rigby, Weh Yeoh, Ellie Wong, Stuart Meney, Sam Porter, Rachel Szekely, Ross Wortham and Sally Crawshaw

Logo design

Stuart Meney

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