Tricia Young, Director
Tricia is a child rights advocate committed to realising social justice and the rights of disenfranchised children here in the UK and worldwide. For the last decade, Tricia has worked for a range of social justice organisations in both paid and unpaid capacities. She established the Tutu Foundation UK’s first programme of work in the UK to support young people in or at risk of conflict. She was formerly Chair of Eaves for Women, an organisation at the forefront of challenging violence against women and girls. She set up an INGO that supports community based initiatives in South India intended to combat human trafficking and the commercial domestic and sexual exploitation of women and children. Prior to this, she spent a decade working in community development, urban regeneration and capacity development in the UK, supporting organisations and initiatives seeking to combat social exclusion of marginalised communities. As Director of Child to Child, she is developing the board of trustees, diversifying income and developing capacity to manage multiple and complex programmes. She is also working, in partnership with Gerison Lansdown, the Chair, to position Child to Child as the key focal agency for children’s participation globally. She has a Masters in Voluntary Sector Organisation from the London School of Economics.
Madeeha Ansari, Fundraising and Communications Officer
Madeeha has worked on programmes for vulnerable children since 2005, in both voluntary and professional capacities. Her professional experiences range from education research for the Malala Fund, to managing communications and everyday operations for a system of non-formal schools in the urban slums of Islamabad, Pakistan. This gave her the multi-tasking skills she hopes to bring to her two-pronged role at Child to Child. Madeeha has a particular interest in education for mobile communities, and continues to be involved in projects for street-connected children. She completed her Masters as a Fulbright scholar at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and earned her undergraduate degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Carolyn Conway, Project Manager, Hearing All Voices
Carolyn has been working to promote the rights and participation of children and young people since 2006 when her association with Child to Child began. She has been teaching and training teachers for over 25 years, writing teacher training manuals and designing courses for teachers in Europe and Asia, primarily in Laos and Bangladesh. She completed a Master’s degree in Education and International Development at the Institute of Education, University of London in 2006. She currently manages Child to Child’s Hearing All Voices programme which supports UK schools to improve the life chances of disadvantaged children and young people. She is writing professional development materials to introduce coaching techniques as a way for adults to enhance their support of young people’s participation and develop their social and emotional learning. She is especially committed to transforming working practices in schools to make them more participatory environments in which young people have a voice. See Carolyn’s Declaration of Interest Form.
With over 12 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, Alexia brings expertise in financial management and statutory compliance, project finance management and the development funding process. She advises the Board and senior management on all aspects of Child to Child’s financial planning and assists with strategic decision-making. Alexia has completed her Chartered Institute of Management Accountants exams, and is in the process of becoming a member. She also has a BA degree in Russian and Soviet Studies, and has lived in Russia, Turkey, Hungary and Germany. In a voluntary capacity, Alexia has acted as Treasurer of an anti human trafficking organisation, and worked for Amnesty International in Germany. See Alexia’s Declaration of Interest Form.
Annabel Trapp, Project & Network Manager
Annabel has been working to promote the rights of children since 2005, with particular focus supporting the application of child rights-based approaches in organisations working with children. She joined Child to Child in 2015 to manage a capacity building project suppporting over 60 organisations (based in East Africa and Eastern Europe) to operationalise child rights principles, and to facilitate the project’s emerging community of practice. She also represents Child to Child on the steering group of the INGO Children’s Participation Forum. Annabel has an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS, University of London and MA in Social Anthropology with Development from the University of Edinburgh. She lives near Amsterdam.
Celine’s responsibilities include developing a network of programmes throughout the Americas that incorporate Child-to-Child methodology and the promotion of rights-based participation of children in issues that affect them. Since first participating in a Child to Child trainers’ workshop in Nicaragua in 1982, she has developed Child to Child programmes in Nicaragua, Mexico, Haiti, and inner-city Chicago and Gary, Indiana. She has provided numerous workshops on Child-to-Child methodology and the creation of spaces and techniques to allow for children to express themselves and be heard. Celine lived and worked for 11 years in Latin America, including Honduras, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Mexico. In addition to Child-to-Child methodology, her other areas of expertise include the training of community health workers, immigrant and refugee health needs, popular education techniques, and Freirian methodology. She earned her MPH and DrPH from the University of Illinois School of Public Health.
Niru Shaathvegan, Project Officer
Niru is a dynamic and versatile young legal professional. Niru studied at Sri Lanka Law College (2009), gaining a First Class Honours degree in Law and was later awarded a scholarship to pursue a Master’s degree in Law (LL.M) at University of Wales. In addition, Niru also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, Sociology and Economics from the University of Colombo. Niru started her career as a Legal Officer for ChildLine, Sri Lanka and later worked as Project Officer for a community based Child Protection and Child Development project funded by GIZ, Sri Lanka. Having established her career goals in the field of children’s rights and child protection, Niru has since completed an MSc in Children and Young People from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. She first joined Child to Child as an intern on the Child Rights Capacity Development programme and now, as Project Officer, plays a key role in developing and implementing Child to Child’s work.
Grazyna Bonati has worked with Child to Child for over 20 years, in many regions of the world – as she can work in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. After working at Child to Child for over four years, she began freelancing and extended her range of training skills to cover Child Participation; Child Rights; Working with Children; Gender Issues; Advocacy; HIV/AIDS; Memory Books; Orphans and Vulnerable Children; Disaster Risk Reduction and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution. Grazyna trains people who work with children to do so in a participatory way, and involve them increasingly in community development, whether in terms of health education or more general themes. She has also been involved in project design, evaluating projects and particularly in looking for ways forward to improve project work. She has written several manuals and helped in the production of others.
Leila Billing is a child and youth rights professional. She has eight years’ experience of designing, developing and implementing programmes across a wide variety of thematic areas, including child protection, governance, HIV and AIDS, education, livelihoods and sexual and reproductive health. She has specific expertise in youth engagement and participation, conflict and post-conflict settings, fragile states and gender. She has a Masters Degree in Gender and Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies and has experience of working in many countries across sub-Saharan Africa, as well as Nepal, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Peter Dixon is an independent consultant and trainer on child rights and child rights programming. Through this role, he has provided support and advice to national and international NGOs, and UN Agencies in more than 25 countries for the last 12 years. He has facilitated many strategic planning processes, with thematic, country or regional scope, involving programme reviews, facilitation of child rights situations analyses, and the development of rights-based programming skills. Since 2008 he has been a regular instructor on Child Rights Programming and Child Protection courses for HREA (Human Rights Education Associates), INTRAC, and Kimmage Development Studies Centre. Peter has more than 30 years’ experience in International Development, including 14 as a country director with VSO (Uganda and Belize), Sight Savers (East and Southern Africa Region) and most recently Save the Children (Nepal and Sri Lanka). He has been a principle author in several publications, including Leave No Child Out, 2003; Child Rights Situation Analysis Guidelines, Save the Children, 2013; as well as a contributing author to a range of Save the Children Child Rights Programming and Child Rights Governance publications.
Violet Mugisa has a 30-year experience working with children in and out of schools using different methodologies of participatory development. She has experience in using the Child-to-Child approach to health or children’s rights and in integrating PRA, PLA, LFA, with Child-to-Child approach to come up with community-led projects for children. She has also worked in project design, implementation and monitoring; materials design and production; and project evaluation. Violet has facilitated workshops and training – with the use of Visualization in Participatory Programming – and child participation programmes. She has also supervised teachers’ teaching, trained teachers in participatory teaching methods and trained caregivers in pedagogy skills, i.e. Mediated learning experiences (MLE). She has worked extensively with Save the Children, Plan International, UNICEF, WHO, World Vision, Comic Relief etc. and is currently a freelancer.
Claire O’Kane has been an international child rights consultant since 2011, after working for Save the Children for many years. She is a qualified social worker with two decades of international experience in child rights, participation, protection, care and peace building work in development and emergency contexts, particularly in Asia and Africa. Claire has particular expertise in supporting child-led organisations, networks and partnerships with adults enabling children and young people to be recognised as active citizens. Her 50 publications include: Guidelines for children’s participation in humanitarian programming, Save the Children 2013; Children and Young People as Citizens: Partners for Social Change, Save the Children, 2003.
Sandy Ruxton is an independent policy advisor and researcher, based in Oxford, UK. For Child to Child, he recently managed the child-led strand of a European Commission funded study on child participation, led by Ecorys. He is currently advisor to an Open University ESRC research project ‘Beyond Male Role Models: Gender Identities and Work with Young Men’. Sandy has worked for over ten years as an independent consultant to a wide range of UK and international NGOs and public sector organisations. He has an established track record of policy-orientated research and writing along with extensive advocacy experience, both at UK and EU level. He has also worked in project management; capacity-building and strategy development; and has strong experience as an evaluator. Prior to becoming a consultant in 2007, he was Policy and Communications Manager with Oxfam’s UK Poverty Programme. Sandy’s publications include: The Involvement of Men in Gender Equality Initiatives in the European Union, European Institute for Gender Equality, 2012; Governance Fit for Children, Save the Children Sweden, 2011; Man Made: men, masculinities and equality in public policy, Coalition on Men and Boys, 2009; and What About Us? Children’s Rights in the European Union, Euronet, 2006.
Anise Waljee has conducted consultancies in various domains, including environmental and health education, early childhood education, inclusive education policy and practice, and organisational change and strategic planning in and for various NGOs in London, Lebanon and Pakistan. Born and brought up in Dar es Salaam, Anise worked in the British civil service on employment services for disabled people before being introduced to a career in education. Among her many roles over the years, she managed the Agha Khan Foundation education programme for Tajikistan, working with the government to reform the education system; her role as team manager included oversight of curriculum and materials development, educational management, community mobilisation, capacity building, facilitating decentralisation and school autonomy. Anise worked in East Africa, Canada, East Timor, Albania and Central Asia, and speaks fluent English, Urdu, Tajik and Kiswahili. Her personal interests include literature, music, theatre, photography and storytelling to name a few.
Sonal Zaveri, PhD, is an international advisor to Child to Child and to the feminist evaluators’ network. Based in India, she is an independent consultant and evaluator, founder member and secretary of the Community of Evaluators South Asia. She writes, trains and presents on issues of rights, participation, and gender and on the use of utilisation-focused evaluation, feminist evaluation and participatory, empowerment, and transformative approaches. Her sector expertise is varied – in early childhood development, school health, inclusive and participatory education, HIV, sexual and reproductive health, life skills, child safeguarding and social protection. Sonal’s work experience spans over twenty countries across Asia, East and West Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe with governmental, non-governmental organisations, INGOs, foundations, the UN and multilaterals.
Cristiana Montani Natalucci, is a leading Italian communication coordinator with more than 20 years experience managing communication projects for national and international organisations and communication agencies across various industries. With expert knowledge of traditional and digital media, Cristiana coordinate teams, multimedia divisions and communications departments focussing on technical, conceptual and content development with a thorough knowledge of national and international corporate, institutional and association decision making processes. Cristiana currently works with UK based International Fundraising Consultancy and Child to Child as Communications Coordinator alongside her role as Managing Director of Communication and Institutional projects in Cittadinanzattiva, a leading European Italian consumer organisation. Cristiana is keen to contribute towards Child to Child as an innovative worldwide non-profit organisation and spent one month training Child to Child’s intern communications team.
Jetske van Dijk, Communications and Fundraising Intern & Administration Officer
Jetske has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and International Organisation from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. During her undergraduate degree she focussed on development aid and human rights and is now currently completing her Master’s degree in International Relations, specialising in International Security. Jetske is also passionate about (counter-)terrorism and (de-)radicalisation and is in the process of writing her Master’s thesis on European-born Muslims and their reasons for radicalisation. Her work at the Dutch Refugee Council, teaching Dutch to refugees, sparked her interest in refugee issues and Jetske joined Child to Child as a research intern, focusing on unaccompanied refugee minors and their vulnerabilities during and after their journey to Europe and the UK. She has now joined the Communications and Fundraising team and hopes to continue learning about the work of Child to Child as a leading NGO within the non-profit field. Jetske is currently also employed as the Administration Officer at Child to Child.
Jess is doing a part-time Masters in Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights at the IOE, whilst holding down a job as a nanny. Her Bachelors was in English Literature and Creative Writing at Lancaster University. She has had extensive volunteering experience, both locally and internationally. She has spent time in Tanzania volunteering in an Early Years Education Programme and was involved long term for the charity Volunteer Matters, working with individual families that had child protection issues. Jess has accumulated a wide knowledge of children’s rights and and developed a passion for working in children’s charities. Jess has joined the Child to Child team as an Administrative Intern and is keen to contribute to the important work in child participation that they do and to learn more about the charity sector.
Macarena has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Engineering and Educational Computer Studies from Pontificia Universidad Católica in Chile. During her professional career, Macarena has worked at NGOs and as a researcher at Pontificia Universidad Católica. Over the last five years, she has been in charge of various research projects on early education and XXI Century Skills financed by the Ministry of Education of Chile. Macarena is currently completing her Master’s degree in Sociology of Childhood and Children’s Rights at the Institute of Education UCL, specialising in Children and Human’s Right Education in Early Childhood. Her experience has allowed Macarena to join Child to Child to provide support to the Director and to the BOND Child Rights Working Group.
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