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 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 the Head of New Product Experimentation at Facebook. He is responsible forleading a portfolio of diverse entrepreneurial team...

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...