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.

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.

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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

Fellowship Coordinator

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.

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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