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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.
Weh Yeoh (@wmyeoh)
Business Development Manager and Co-founder
Weh is a disability development worker currently leading efforts to train the first generation of Cambodian Speech Therapists, by the year 2020. 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 Cambodia and China, through Handicap International.
Rachel Kurzyp (@rachelkurzyp)
Rachel is a writer and communications professional interested in the intersection of international development, storytelling and digital technologies. She has previously worked for Save the Children and World Vision, and most recently, was a Communications Officer for two local organisations in Bangladesh. She now manages online communications at Australian Volunteers International. Rachel is specialising in urban issues as a part of her Masters in International Development, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism and business. She is also a consultant, co-founder of Nia Foundation, a Melbourne NetSquared Organiser and freelance writer.
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.
Laurie is humanitarian analyst with a strong background in migration, assessment and evaluation. Laurie is currently an analyst employed with a social justice consulting firm in Melbourne. Prior to this, he worked on the Syria crisis from Turkey, analysing migration patterns and determining humanitarian needs of IDPs, and in Beijing and Bangkok with the ILO as a technical specialist on anti-trafficking and anti-child labour 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