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


Farah Ramzan Golant, CBE

Farah joined Girl Effect in 2015 to be the first CEO of the newly independent organisation.Under her leadership, Girl Effect has evolved as a ...


Claire Tavernier

A multiple award-winner for her TV and digital productions, Claire came to Girl Effect after 20 years working with large media conglomerates a...

Senior Director, Fund Mobilisation & MarComms

Amanda Horton Mastin

Amanda brings to Girl Effect more than 20 years of experience working with the major UK charity, Comic Relief, where she led and shaped both t...

Senior Director, Portfolio Integration

Matthew De Galan

Before joining Girl Effect in April 2016, Matthew spent seven years with the NIKE Foundation, most recently as Director of the $120 million In...

Director, TEGA

Laura Scanlon

Working in partnership with the Girl Effect Nigeria team, Laura created TEGA (Technology Enabled Brand Ambassadors). Following a first pilot i...

Director, Global Gender

Natalie Au

Natalie leads teams across Girl Effect’s five offices – in London, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Malawi – providing her gender expertise, comm...

Director, Media Portfolio

Matt Godfrey

Matt is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of Girl Effect’s media businesses across the globe, with a focus on production processes, ...

Director, Springster

Jonathan McKay

Jonathan is a leader, communicator and creative problem solver working at the intersection of social change and digital technologies. Jonathan...

Board of Trustees

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

Maria Eitel

As founder and Co-Chair of the NIKE Foundation, Maria was inspired to start Girl Effect because of her belief that adolescent girls have the p...

Managing Director at the Emerson Collective

Anne Marie Burgoyne

An expert on social enterprise and non-profit governance, Anne Marie is Managing Director, Social Innovation at the Emerson Collective, a US-b...

Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, NIKE INC

Hilary Krane

Hilary Krane brings global expertise in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, brand protection, and government affairs to her role as EVP, ...

Senior Director at Pivotal Ventures, Executive Office of Melinda Gates

Haven Ley

Haven is Senior Director of Program Strategy at Pivotal Ventures, a new philanthropic entity founded by Melinda Gates. In this role, Haven lea...

The Times Group, India

Trishla Jain

Trishla is a celebrated artist and conversationalist whose primary aim is to elevate human consciousness. She represents the next generation a...

Chairman of UKI Investments

Jacob Schimmel

Jacob Co-Chairs UKI Investments the Schimmel family’s investment arm. After graduating in law and philosophy from UCL and King’s College Londo...