To ensure the Partnership operates as a strong global network, the collective work of the Girls Not Brides membership is supported by a secretariat with teams working in London, Delhi, Dakar, Nairobi and Mexico City. The secretariat is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Girls Not Brides.
To contact the Girls Not Brides team, please email info@GirlsNotBrides.org.
As Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell is responsible for catalysing the Girls Not Brides Partnership strategy and ensuring that the Secretariat is supportive and responsive to the broader movement for change. Faith is responsible for inspiring and developing a high-performing team to ensure that Girls Not Brides can fulfil its mission, live its values and deliver against its goals and targets.
Faith formerly served as Global Director for The Girl Generation, an initiative working to galvanize the Africa-led movement to end FGM. Faith is a public health expert and senior manager of complex public health programs in Africa with more than 20 years’ experience in leading, managing and implementing health programmes. Her experience includes working as the founding Executive Director of the African Palliative Care Association and supporting palliative care global advocacy and services development in over 20 African countries.
Faith holds a master’s degree in population policies and programs from Cardiff University, Wales, and a doctorate in women’s economic development and fertility behavior from the University of Exeter, England.
Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Heather was Senior Advocacy Adviser at the International Planned Parenthood Federation, where she led IPPF’s engagement with the UN system on behalf its member associations and collaborative partners. She has previously worked as the Head of Human Rights at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and as a Fellow at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She has also held positions at Maplecroft and the British Institute for Human Rights. Raised in Canada, Barclay holds a BA in Political Science from Carleton University and a BA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford.
As Director of Operations, Eleanor leads the operational areas at Girls Not Brides. This includes overseeing people management, organisational culture and planning, finance, legal compliance, risk management, technology and systems, safeguarding, and membership operations. The role contributes to broad organisational leadership and strategic development.
Eleanor has worked in the charity sector for 15 years. She was previously Chief Operating Officer at Redthread, a charity working to end youth violence in the UK. She has also worked as director of a programme supporting disadvantaged children in their education and as a consultant at Deloitte.
Eleanor has a History BA from the University of York and a Voluntary Sector Management MSc from Cass Business School.
Rachel has over 25 years of international development experience and has worked extensively in Africa and Asia to promote social justice and tackle inequalities, in particular those facing girls and women. Her doctoral thesis, based on research in Ghana, focused on literacy and women’s empowerment.
Yvette Kathurima Muhia is the Head of Africa Engagement at Girls Not Brides. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Yvette leads the secretariat’s engagement with African regional and sub-regional intergovernmental institutions working to address child marriage. Yvette also supports Girls Not Brides members in Africa to monitor policy developments relating to child marriage as well as holding governments accountable for their implementation.
Yvette has over 10 years’ experience in programming on women’s rights, advocacy, resource mobilisation, grant management, coordination of regional networks and meeting facilitation. At the global level, Yvette has worked to amplify the voices of African women at the United Nations through the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the Commission on Population and Development (CPD), and was instrumental in ensuring the voices of African women were included in the 2030 Agenda through the intergovernmental processes of the Open Working Group.
Yvette speaks English, Swahili and basic French.
Yaye Ramatoulaye Dieye is the Senior Officer for Africa Engagement, based in Senegal. She supports the secretariat’s strategic partnerships with key institutions within West and Central Africa and provides strategic and technical advice to members and other actors working to end child marriage.
Yaye has over 15 years’ experience in development programmes. Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, she was Senior Gender Coordination and Outreach Officer in the African Union Commission, where she was responsible for the development of the AU gender scorecard, a unique AU tool to measure the progress made in gender equality and women’s rights in the continent. She has also worked with UNICEF and the World Food Programme.
Yaye holds a Master’s degree in Project management and a first degree in Statistics. She is fluent in Wolof, French and English and has basic knowledge of Arabic.
As Senior Partnership Officer, Nerida works with the Africa team where she is responsible for building and providing critical support to strengthen Girls Not Brides National Partnerships and other national-level networks and alliances in Africa.
Nerida is a human rights defender from Kenya, with over fourteen years’ experience in the social justice and legal sectors in the East and Horn of Africa region. She holds a Master of Laws degree (in Public International Law) and was admitted to the Kenyan Bar as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 2006.
Nerida has a background and keen interest in the advancement of equality, non-discrimination and access to justice, with an emphasis on the protection of women and girls from harmful practices. She has consulted widely for civil society organisations and governments in Eastern Africa, and has helped design and draft policy and rights-based legislation that promote a culture of equality and non-discrimination. She has authored articles and publications on access to justice, prevention of sexual violence, forced migration in Africa, and peace and security in the East and Horn of Africa region.
Before joining Girls Not Brides, Nerida worked in legal and coordination roles at Legal Action Worldwide and the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project.
She lives in Nairobi, Kenya, and is fluent in both English and Kiswahili.
Noleen Sang is a development professional who has excelled in putting systems in place to ensure success and delivery of projects on budget and on time. She has worked at both operations and strategic levels. Noleen has over ten years’ experience in program administration and operations with a knack for reducing barriers.
She has previously served as a Management, Administration and Communications Officer at Akiba Uhaki Foundation, the Human Rights and Social Justice Fund working closely with the EAC. She also served at the Centre for Citizens Participation on the African Union (CCPAU) as a Programs Officer closely working with the AU and various regional bodies. Before joining CCPAU, she served as a Human Rights Advisor and Public Relations Officer at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Nairobi. During her tenure at the Embassy she worked closely with UNOCHA and contributed to the work of the committee of permanent representatives to both UNEP and UN-HABITAT.
She holds an MBA and a dual honours degree in Law and Business Administration from Keele University. She speaks fluent English and Swahili and has working knowledge of Spanish. In her free time she enjoys giving back to the community by mentoring and empowering women and girls to thrive and realize their full potential.
Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Mundia worked in Manchester on local and national strategies to tackle gender based violence, specifically FGM and child marriage as well as working on more comprehensive refugee resettlement programmes. She has also conducted extensive research with other organisations to bring social issues pertaining to women/girls and the youth to national attention. Mundia has been involved in the development of complex social/gender indices with the UN and AU, and used these to assist African governments to shape their national policies to balance gender inequalities in the economic, social and political spheres.
Mundia holds an MSc in Development Economics (with Gender Studies) from SOAS and is fluent in English and French.
As Head of Asia Engagement, Shipra is responsible for supporting membership engagement and national partnership development and the secretariat’s work on learning and impact assessment. She is also responsible for developing Girls Not Brides’ engagement strategy in South Asia.
Shipra has sixteen years of experience of working at the local, national as well as regional level in South Asia with grassroots groups, international organisations and the Government of India. With a background in designing programmatic interventions to promote gender equality, Shipra also has extensive experience of alliance building.
Before Girls Not Brides, Shipra worked at Oxfam GB developing a campaign aimed at reducing social acceptance of violence against women in South Asia. Most recently she was working with Room to Read, heading one of their largest state operations in India.
Shipra has a Master of Philosophy in International Law, a Master of Arts in International Relations and a Bachelor in Political Science. Shipra is fluent in Hindi/Urdu and English and has a working knowledge of several other South Asian languages.
Bimal Kumar Jha is an experienced administration specialist with a strong background in planning, implementation and management. He has nine years of experience in programme administration and office management at the local, national and international level with national as well as international organisations.
Before Girls Not Brides, Bimal worked at International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Inclen Trust International. Most recently he was working with Medecins sans Frontieres Holland (Doctors without Borders), an international humanitarian medical organisation as a Facility Administrator based in New Delhi, India.
Bimal has a Master in Business Administration from Institute of Management Technology. He speaks fluent English and Hindi.
Divya has thirteen years of experience working at the local, national and international level with grassroots groups and international organisations. While she has worked and led large scale projects on the themes of livelihoods and gender, child rights and youth development, the base of her work has been partnerships strengthening and coalition building.
Prior to Girls Not Brides, Divya has worked at Save the Children and Oxfam GB. Most recently she was working with Pravah, an Indian NGO that is a leading youth development organisation, heading their partnerships work. She has a Masters in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.
As Head of Latin America and the Caribbean Engagement, Eugenia is responsible for developing Girls Not Brides engagement strategy in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Eugenia has more than 25 years of experience of working in sexual and reproductive rights and health, gender, HIV, human rights and youth in Latin America with rural, indigenous and marginalised populations. Eugenia has extensive experience in advocacy and alliance building at the national and regional level.
Eugenia has a Masters in Political and Social Studies and a Bachelor in Sociology. Eugenia is based in Mexico.
Gabriela has more than ten years of experience working within the feminist movement on advocacy, research and strengthening leadership focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has experience in policy and budget advocacy, project coordination, and legal mapping related to gender equality, sexual and reproductive health, HIV and gender based violence in Latin America. She has worked with different groups of women including indigenous midwives, health promoters and women leaders with HIV.
Gabriela has a Master’s Degree in Public Policies and Gender and a Bachelor in Psychology.
As Head of Communications, Fiona is responsible for strategic communications for Girls Not Brides, including oversight of brand, media and digital. She leads the communications team, highlighting the work of the partnership and its members across the world.
Fiona has broad communications experience in the international development sector, including roles at Development Initiatives, Oxfam GB, People In Aid (now the CHS Alliance) and as a freelance consultant. She also has nearly a decade of experience in corporate PR and strategic communications for multinational technology clients.
Fiona has a BA (Hons) Modern Languages (French and Spanish) from the University of Oxford.
As Communications Officer, Bintu works closely with the Communications, Learning and Partnership Development, Membership Operations and Regional teams to highlight the work of the partnership and its members addressing child marriage around the world. She helps to ensure that Girls Not Brides member stories are shared and amplified across our social channels, providing learning between organisations by sharing Girls Not Brides resources. She also coordinates internal communication and is responsible for managing the website.
Before joining Girls Not Brides, Bintu worked in a variety of communication roles, including research and development at Frimley Health NHS Foundation, and internal engagement at Plan International. Bintu enjoys writing, and has voluntarily supported small-scale projects and campaigns in Sierra Leone – such as the Pujehun District Development Association – which is where she became passionate about girls’ rights.
Bintu has a joint BA (Hons) in Global Studies and Philosophy.
As Publications Officer, Emma works closely with the Communications and Learning and Partnership Development Teams to raise awareness of child marriage around the world. She helps to ensure that Girls Not Brides resources are available and useful to diverse audiences, promoting open discussion and learning between organisations. She coordinates the translation of resources between English, French and Spanish and is responsible for brand guardianship.
Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Emma worked on development and prevention of recruitment/exploitation programmes in Colombia and Somalia. In her research, communications and evaluation roles, she learned the value of two-way communication between community and inter/national actors, and promoted learning and responsiveness to local contexts. In working with communities affected by violent conflict, Emma also became passionate about human and Indigenous rights, and the ability of girls and women to fulfil their potential alongside boys and men.
Emma has an MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and a BA in Geography. She speaks English, French and Spanish.
As Head of Finance, Ally leads the financial direction of Girls Not Brides and oversees all aspects of its financial management. This includes strategic planning, budgeting and forecasting, financial risk management, ensuring effective financial controls, maintaining financial records and compliance with reporting requirements. Ally believes that a culture of strong financial management is key for Girls Not Brides to deliver against its goals and targets.
Ally qualified as an accountant at Ernst & Young and subsequently worked at BBC Worldwide and Nuffield Health. She has significant experience in financial control, management accounting and business partnering.
Ally has a History BA and is a Chartered Accountant.
Vimbai provides support to the Girls Not Brides team and to the Head of Finance and Operations in delivering high quality financial information for both internal and external entities.
Before joining Girls Not Brides, Vimbai worked in the finance department of Refugee Action since 2012. She speaks English and Shona.
As Senior Partnership and Safeguarding Officer, Dhanishtha is responsible for the development and implementation of all safeguarding and due diligence frameworks at Girls Not Brides. She ensures that relevant policies, processes and systems are operating effectively, and provides safeguarding and due diligence expertise to secretariat staff, member organisations and Girls Not Brides National & State Partnerships.
Previously, Dhanishtha held the position of Member Engagement Officer at Girls Not Brides, supporting the growth of the membership and providing ongoing capacity building opportunities and resources to 1000+ member organisations.
Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Dhanishtha worked at a European children’s rights network in Brussels and undertook educational and child participation projects in her home-country, Trinidad and Tobago. Dhanishtha holds a Master of Laws (LLM) in Human Rights from UCL and an MSc in Childhood Studies from the University of Edinburgh. She speaks English, French and Spanish.
As Member Engagement Associate at Girls Not Brides, Macarena supports the ongoing outreach and engagement with the partnership’s 1000+ member organisations, with a focus on the Latin American region.
Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Macarena worked in Israel to promote the rights of asylum seekers in the country. She also has experience working on membership engagement at the International Council for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims, a civil society coalition.
Macarena holds an MSc in International Relations and Development, with a specialisation on Global Refugee Studies. She speaks English, French and Spanish.
Lara leads the work of the Partnership team, which is responsible for all aspects of member engagement across the partnership. She also oversees the secretariat’s work to strengthen Girls Not Brides National Partnerships and other networks and alliances with which we work closely at national levels.
Prior to joining the Girls Not Brides team she worked as Senior Programme Officer Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at Simavi in The Netherlands, where she developed and managed different SRHR programmes and worked closely with an alliance of civil society organisations in Kenya.
Before that she worked as a Programme Officer at Mama Cash, a Women’s Fund based in Amsterdam. Lara holds a MSc in Cultural Anthropology and International Development Studies and has a background in HIV/Aids, Gender, Women’s Rights and SRHR. She worked and lived in Zambia and Zimbabwe for several years.
Arwyn supports the Learning Team by tracking child marriage trends globally, fact checking and analysing information on child marriage hot spots, and conducting desk-based research and evidence syntheses, particularly related to integrating solutions for ending child marriage into other sectors.
Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Arwyn worked for UNDP in Laos and for Marie Stopes International (MSI) in London. Most recently she worked in Ethiopia as a technical writer documenting MSI’s programme and research activities under SIFPO 2, a major USAID funded initiative to strengthen family planning programmes globally. Arwyn is particularly interested in how child marriage intersects with other aspects of development, such as sexual and reproductive health and education.
Arwyn holds an MSc in Population and Development and speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and basic German.
As Senior Research and Policy Officer, Elsa supports the Learning Team to better understand the issue of child marriage in humanitarian contexts. This includes linking practice and research, strengthening civil society networks, supporting their initiatives and promoting their action.
Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Elsa worked on several programmes addressing gender-based violence in humanitarian contexts – including in Lebanon, Syria, Chad and Haiti – with the UNHCR, UNFPA and various international NGOs. Most recently, she worked as a gender consultant and conducted research on gender mainstreaming and gender-based violence prevention, including how to engage with men and boys to prevent violence against women and girls. Elsa is particularly interested in the impact of displacement on social norms and power relations, and how it affects child marriage.
Elsa holds a Master’s degree in international cooperation and humanitarian and development actions and policies. She is fluent in Arabic, English and French. She is currently learning Spanish and has a basic knowledge of German.
Alexandra Newlands is Girls Not Brides‘ National Partnership Senior Officer and is based in London, UK. Alexandra provides critical support to French and English-speaking national partnerships and coalitions working on child marriage.
Prior to this position, Alexandra was the Africa Engagement Officer, supporting the implementation of Girls Not Brides’ strategic priorities in Africa and analysing policy and programmatic developments related to child marriage on the continent.
Alexandra brings her experience of working in the Development Cooperation DG of the European Commission. She also has over four years of experience with World Vision Brussels and World Vision International where she worked on advocacy for children’s rights at the European Union level, and supported national offices to develop their child health and nutrition advocacy. She also has field experience in Mexico and Malawi where she worked on child rights issues, child participation and related social accountability mechanisms.
Alexandra speaks fluent French, English and Spanish.
As Senior Officer for Partnership and Learning at Girls Not Brides, Emma works with regional teams to strengthen National Partnerships and Coalitions working on child marriage. She contributes to knowledge management processes, capturing and disseminating lessons learned and best practice, and facilitates effective learning between Girls Not Brides member organisations. Emma also leads on learning and the documentation of work to integrate child marriage in education sector policies and programmes.
Emma has over 20 years of experience in international development. Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, she worked in the international education team at ActionAid, focusing on participatory methods, gender equality and the right to education. She project managed a number of complex multi-country education projects and facilitated shared learning and capacity development for ActionAid and partner staff in over 25 countries.
Emma has an MA in Latin American Studies and a BA in Modern Languages. She speaks English, French, Spanish and some Portuguese.
As Gender Officer in the Learning and Partnership Development team, Jacky works closely with colleagues in Girls Not Brides’ Regional and Policy and Advocacy teams, and peers striving to put women’s and girls’ rights at the heart of the global movement to end child marriage.
With a focus on human rights and gender, Jacky supports member organisations’ learning and practice to ensure all women and girls have voice and choice. This means a strong focus on social norms and sexuality, and developing a shared understanding of how gender inequality – in all its shapes and forms – is both a cause and a consequence of child marriage.
Before joining Girls Not Brides, Jacky worked with Oxfam country teams around the world, supporting programme design and learning, with a focus on transformative women’s leadership and political participation. Before that, she spent 10 years accompanying Christian Aid partners in West Africa in designing and delivering integrated, community-based development programmes.
Jacky is particularly interested in the link between the personal and the political, and how to build confidence and self-esteem – or “agency” – at the individual level.
As Aide to the Executive, Marina supports Girls Not Brides’ Executive Director, Management Team and Board of Trustees to ensure the smooth running of secretariat’s activities, and manages distinct projects.
Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Marina worked at ActionAid, where she liaised closely with the senior leadership team to manage cross-organisational projects and ensure successful delivery of day-to-day activities. She has previously worked on child marriage programmes in Bangladesh with VSO International.
She holds a History BA from King’s College London and speaks fluent Polish and conversational Russian.
As Impact Delivery Manager, Jaspreet is responsible for the Girls Not Brides Monitoring and Evaluation processes, and the day-to-day management, coordination and implementation of the secretariat strategy. This includes the operational delivery of the strategic plan, work plan development and providing relevant expertise and support for Girls Not Brides staff and member organisations. Jaspreet has a keen interest in using collaborative and participatory methodologies to effectively support the organisation in demonstrating impact and change.
Jaspreet has broad experience in the NGO/charitable sector, including Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) roles at Plan International UK, ActionAid and Coram. Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, she worked at Plan International, providing MEL support for a girls’ education programme in Sierra Leone. Jaspreet has also held roles in law firms in the UK and New York.
Jaspreet holds a BA in Business and Law, and completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Law (PgDL) and the Legal Practice course. She speaks fluent Punjabi, and conversational Hindi and Urdu.
Charlotte provides day-to-day support for the secretariat; developing and managing relations with service providers and suppliers in addition to coordinating international travel and events for the global partnership.
Charlotte was involved in the organisation and logistical planning of the Girls Not Brides Global Member Meeting held in Casablanca in May 2015.
As Senior Operations Coordinator, Dave oversees the smooth running of all internal systems, tools and databases as well as developing our varied organisational policies and procedures.
He has over 8 years’ experience in providing operational support for International NGOs, primarily focused on mental health, education and economic development. Having field experience in Kenya, Uganda, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Dave holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Bristol.
Laia provides support in the overall planning, organization and logistics of meetings and external events.
Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, she worked on the organization of several arts-related events, both national and international. Laia holds a degree in International Business, and is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Catalan.
Michelle is the Donor Engagement Manager at Girls Not Brides. Michelle works with donors to increase international funding to end child marriage and with members to build their capacity to access available resources. Michelle’s work also supports Girls Not Brides’ own fundraising.
Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Michelle was a Senior Development Officer at Camfed International, developing and maintaining relationships with Camfed’s major donors and partners, and supporting programme management in order to multiply opportunities for girls and young women. Michelle holds an MPhil in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies from Cambridge University.
Chloe is the Donor Engagement Associate at Girls Not Brides, and works with external stakeholders to secure funding for the Girls Not Brides Secretariat. Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Chloe worked as a Development Officer at youth work charity Redthread, and as a Fundraising and Governance Officer at Mind. Chloe holds an MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities from the London School of Economics.
As Donor Engagement Officer at Girls Not Brides, Hannah works to identify and secure a diverse range of funding for the secretariat, to ensure the movement to end child marriage is increasingly well-supported and resourced.
Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Hannah worked in the programme funding team at Women for Women International, where she supported grant management on women’s social and economic empowerment projects and focused on developing donor communications. She has also worked as a youth volunteer focusing on youth empowerment and sexual and reproductive health projects with VSO in Nepal and Zambia. Hannah is passionate about women’s empowerment and creating meaningful change through powerful storytelling.
Hannah has a BA in Illustration.
As Senior Global Policy & Advocacy Officer at Girls Not Brides, Zoe develops global-level policy strategies, recommendations and initiatives, and supports the engagement and alignment of member organisations in global advocacy.
Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Zoe worked at Freedom United, designing and running international advocacy campaigns on the subject of modern slavery, which included campaigns around forced child marriage. Zoe also previously worked at the Commonwealth Secretariat in the Youth Policy Division and at Amnesty International, working on a range of different human rights campaigns. Zoe has a Masters in International Relations from Kings College London.
As Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer (National) at Girls Not Brides, Matilda tracks policy developments and formulates policy positions on child marriage at the national and regional levels, and is responsible for identifying international advocacy opportunities on ending child marriage, particularly around UN resolutions and implementation of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Matilda worked with CARE Australia on their Mekong portfolio, with UNICEF Nepal coordinating the development of Nepal’s national strategy to end child marriage, and with UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia on social policy. She has also worked with different grassroots organisations on women’s rights issues in Malaysia, Mozambique and Papua New Guinea. Matilda has an MA in Gender and Development and enjoys horse riding. She speaks fluent English and Spanish, and conversational Nepali.
As Member Engagement Manager, Megan works within the Partnership team to develop and lead on strategic engagement with all of Girls Not Brides members, and to ensure ongoing capacity building and empowerment of the global partnership.
Megan has extensive experience working within coalitions, across a range of sectors and issues, all primarily focused on the protection of human rights and the strengthening of civil society. Prior to joining the Girls Not Brides team, she has worked at End Water Poverty, the global coalition working to stop the water, sanitation and hygiene crisis, as well as for CIVICUS: World Alliance of Citizen Participation, as part of their Convening team. Megan has a Master’s Degree in Development Studies and Bachelor of Social Sciences in Politics and English.