Our people

Our Trustees and Leadership team bring together a diverse mix of expertise – in media, mobile, brand and international development. Like everyone at Girl Effect, they share a deep and energetic commitment to empowering girls to change their lives.

Leadership Team


Jessica Posner Odede

Jessica joined Girl Effect as CEO in 2019 and is an internationally recognised social entrepreneur and thought-leader. In 2009 she co-founded ...

Head of Product

Jonathan McKay

At Girl Effect, Jonathan leads a global team of art directors, scriptwriters, software developers, creative technologists and product designer...

Head of Impact

Jo Hemmings

Jo leads Girl Effect's evidence and insights, social and behaviour change communications (SBCC), gender and safeguarding teams. Jo arrived at ...

General Counsel

Tabatha Bruce

As our General Counsel, Tabatha is a trusted and key advisor to the Board, CEO and Executive Team and a guardian of Girl Effect, globally. Han...

Country Director, Ethiopia

Gayathri Butler

Since 2017, Gayathri has been leading Girl Effect's team in Ethiopia to build Yegna into a national, impact driven youth brand that creates la...

Country Director, Rwanda

Samantha Diouf

Samantha joined Girl Effect in November 2015, shortly after moving to Rwanda with her young family.Following the completion of an MA in Develo...

Country Director, Nigeria, and Global Gender Director

Hadeezah Haruna-Usie

Hadeezah joined Girl Effect in 2013 as a seasoned gender and international development expert working in roles from Gender Lead to Deputy Dire...

Product Director and India Lead

Kanishk Kabiraj

Kanishk was one of the founding members of Girl Effect's team in India, in 2017. Kanishk is a culture, media and brand specialist who brought ...

Head of Programmes

Nicky Davies

Nicky joined Girl Effect in January 2019 after working in international development for 20+ years. Nicky is a trained Anthropologist from the ...

Board Members

Chair of Girl Effect and Co-Chair of the NIKE Foundation

Maria Eitel

USA and UK Board Chair

Head of New Product Experimentation at Facebook

Ime Archibong

USA and UK Board Member

Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Erin Hohlfelder

USA and UK Board Member

The Times Group, India

Trishla Jain

USA and UK Board Member

Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, NIKE INC

Hilary Krane

USA and UK Board Member

Chairman of UKI Investments

Jacob Schimmel

USA and UK Board Member

Co Chair/ Board Member, The Moth

Deborah Dugan

USA Board Member

External and Corporate Relations (ECR) Manager for Infrastructure, World Bank Group

Edith Jibunoh

USA Board Member

Leader, Head of Spencer Stuart CEO practice

Jim Citrin

USA Board Member

Chairman of the Board of Condé Nast

Jonathan Newhouse

USA Board Member

General Partner at Canaan

Nina Kjellson

USA Board Member