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 and development 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 & Myanmar, 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. Formally, Brendan was an Education Officer with UNICEF in Ghana and Director of Venture Support for StartSomeGood. He writes about literacy, globaldev and schooling at ill-literate and tracks down NFL jerseys in Ghana at jersey, sure.

EventWeh Yeoh (@wmyeoh)

Co-founder

Weh is a disability development worker currently leading efforts to train the first generation of Cambodian speech therapists.  He has both a BA in Physiotherapy and an MA in Development Studies from the University of NSW. He has volunteered in an orphanage and adult shelter for people with disabilities in Vietnam, interned in India, studied Mandarin in Beijing, and milked yaks in Mongolia. He is a barefoot running enthusiast, and has the finely shaped calves to prove it.

Rachel Kurzyp profile pictureRachel Kurzyp (@rachelkurzyp)

Communications Director

Rachel is a writer and communications consultant. Rachel combines her knowledge of storytelling and technology to help individuals and organisations in the social good space build their digital story. Over the last seven years she’s worked with international and local organisations across six continents. Her writing has been printed in numerous publications including The Big Issue, Dhaka Tribune and Maya. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Business and a Masters in International Development. She is also the Regional Ambassador for NetSquared, Co-founder of Nia Children’s Foundation, a speaker and mentor.

Jennifer Ambrose (@jeneambrose)

Editor-in-Chief

Jennifer currently works as an International Research Analyst at Mathematica Policy Research, contributing to research on international aid and evaluations of development interventions. She’s also a contributor at Development Intern, a blog for young professionals and aspiring aid workers. Previously, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda, where she taught English and helped implement projects in community health and financial inclusion. Jennifer is particularly interested in aid effectiveness, ethics in development, narratives of developing countries and African cultures. She recently earned an M.A. in International Development from The Fletcher School at Tufts University and is living in Boston.

Daniel Drake (@danieldrake)

Web Developer

Daniel is a recent graduate of Pacific Lutheran University with a major in Communication and concentration in Journalism. He worked through college in TV, print and online media, and then moved to Seattle to take on an internship with the World Affairs Council where he handled press relations, videography and social media. Daniel taught himself web development in high school and has more than five years experience creating websites and online tools. He currently serves as an intern with Global Washington in Seattle.

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.


Jennifer Fang_Photo (zoomed in)Jennifer Fang

Project Manager – Monash/WhyDev Mentoring Program

Jennifer currently works as a research assistant at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute, and is a regular tutor for the subject ‘Musics of the World’ at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. She has recently completed a Master of International Relations from the University of Melbourne, and wrote her thesis on Chinese soft power towards the ethnic Chinese in Indonesia. She is interested in international development efforts taking place in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as the customs, cultures and people of China and Indonesia. Jennifer currently volunteers for Save the Children’s African Reading Club. She was a participant of the Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program in 2012-13, helping to lead a community development project in Sermo Village, Yogyakarta. She speaks Mandarin and Indonesian, and enjoys Chinese tea, tai chi and piano.

Carly_LowRes_06_1Carly Stephan (@carlystephan)

MissionCreep host

Carly is an international aid and development practitioner, researcher and writer. She is currently Program Manager at the Centre for Social Change, working on developing community enterprises in partnership with cash poor communities in the Pacific region, using a strengths-based approach. Carly has managed international development projects in a range of fields over the last 10 years, including: sustainable livelihoods, local economic development, gender and governance, women’s empowerment, and community development. She has worked in the Pacific region, South East Asia and Eastern Africa.

 

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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