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Brendan Rigby (@bjrigby)
Director and Co-founder
Brendan is a education specialist with eight years of experience working as a teacher, researcher and programme officer. Most recently, Brendan was an Education Officer with UNICEF in Tamale, Ghana. This year, he is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Brendan is studying the literacy practices of out-of-school children in northern Ghana, focusing on Fulani girls as they transition through a Complementary Basic Education program into formal schooling. He is also a consultant for Plan Asia and Director of Venture Support at StartSomeGood. You can also check out whyeducate, which explores education and development and his photo essay on NFL jerseys in Ghana.
Weh Yeoh (@wmyeoh)
Business Development Manager and Co-founder
Weh is a disability development worker currently working as a consultant to disability NGOs in Cambodia. He is a professionally trained physiotherapist who has completed a MA in Development Studies at the University of NSW. He has a diverse background, having travelled through remote parts of Asia, volunteered in an orphanage and adult shelter for people with disabilities in Vietnam, interned in India, and studied Mandarin in Beijing. He has previous experience in the NGO sector both in Australia and internationally in China, through Handicap International.
Allison Smith (@asmithb)
Allison is a freelance writer and communications professional with broad experience in non-profit branding, content development and communications strategy. She is a contributor to Beacon, and her work has been published in Matador, Killing the Buddha, and In/Words Magazine & Press. She currently lives in Cambodia, where she drinks a lot of coconut water and even more iced coffee. For more Allison, visit her website.
Daniel Drake (@danieldrake)
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.
Laurie is a development worker currently based in Beijing, where he works as a technical consultant with ILO anti-trafficking projects. Laurie has also worked in public health and good governance development projects in China with the ILO and UNDP, and has a background in protection-related work in Australia. He has a Masters in International Relations, specialising in post-conflict studies.
Carly Stephan (@carlystephan)
Mission Creep 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.
Brendan Rigby, Weh Yeoh, Ellie Wong, Stuart Meney, Sam Porter, Rachel Szekely, Ross Wortham and Sally Crawshaw