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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

CEO

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...

Senior Director, Impact

Jo Hemmings

Jo arrived at Girl Effect after 15 years as a researcher and development professional specialising in sexual and reproductive health, strategy...

Head of Network and Content

Emma Roscoe

Emma joined Girl Effect in 2015, moving to Rwanda to head up the Ni Nyampinga youth brand. Emma subsequently became Rwanda’s Country Director ...

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, Malawi

Khanyiwe Shawa

Khanyiwe joined Girl Effect in 2016 and was a key part of the team that established Girl Effect's presence in Malawi, launching the Malawian y...

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

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 ...

Director, Partnerships

Nicky Davies

Nicky joined Girl Effect in January 2019 after working as a international development consultant for 15 years. Nicky is a trained Anthropologi...

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, Partnerships

Holly Wyld

Holly oversees the organisation’s Global Partnerships work, identifying and cultivating opportunities to leverage Girl Effects brands and digi...

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...

Head of New Product Experimentation at Facebook

Ime Archibong

Ime Archibong is Head of New Product Experimentation at Facebook. His organisation builds and manages global partnerships that support Faceboo...

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...

Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Erin Hohlfelder

Erin Hohlfelder is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, she helped build the foundation's first-ev...

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...

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, ...

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...