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Brendan 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.
Weh Yeoh (@wmyeoh)
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 (@rachelkurzyp)
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)
Jennifer currently works as a research analyst at AidGrade, conducting meta-analyses of impact evaluations, with the goal of improving knowledge about what works in development. 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)
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.
Alysia is the founder of The Know More Project, a series of workshops and classes designed to help people understand current social issues in their own society and the world at large. Alysia studied Sociology at The University of Melbourne and has worked in public relations,community education, and management roles for several NGO’s in Australia, Kenya and Ghana. She is particularly passionate about finding ways to make complex issues easier to understand and the way evolving social media platforms can provide a source of education for those working in fields relating to aid and development.
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.
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