Wedu | The Team
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Meet the Team

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Mario Ferro
Co-founder & Chief Empowerment Officer

Mario brings innovation and experience in social entrepreneurship. He is a former Senior Advisor for Energy Investments for Greenpeace and a former Senior Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Advisory as well as Acumen Fellow. Previously he worked on in the post-disaster relief effort after the earthquake on January 2010 in Haiti and trade promotion from small medium enterprises working in China. He holds a Master in Economics and Management from University La Sapienza and a MSc in Development Management, from the LSE. He has been studying and working in Italy, Finland, Ireland, United Kingdom, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Haiti, India, United States, Cambodia and Thailand.

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Vivian Lee
Chief Operating Officer

Vivian brings her combined experience in management consulting, operations and social entrepreneurship to help propel women’s leadership development and higher education in Asia through Wedu. Previously, Vivian worked as the Operations Director at Rags2Riches, a for-profit social enterprise in the Philippines, where she was also an LGT Venture Philanthropy impact catalyst fellow in 2011. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship as an approach to poverty alleviation, as well as the specific education, health and gender inequities related to development. Vivian graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.

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Alyssa Patterson
Partnership Development Associate

Alyssa holds an M.A. in Peace and Justice Studies, focusing her research on social entrepreneurship and international development. Passionate about women’s social development, she has diverse non-profit experience including working on an employment rehabilitation program for low-income and homeless women in San Diego, as well as other projects promoting women’s access to education and economic justice. With her past experience and education, Alyssa is dedicated to advancing female leadership and empowerment through Wedu.

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Daisy Khamphakdy
Senior Leadership Development Coordinator

Daisy holds a B.A. in Community Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. She has extensive experience in the non-profit sector in relation to youth development. She has worked on a number of initiatives including the provision of equitable, quality education, sexual education justice and increasing college access opportunities in the US, South Africa and Thailand. Daisy is a passionate advocate of social justice and women’s issues. At Wedu, she is committed to making a contribution towards advancing greater female leadership.

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Flora Brils
Leadership Development Associate

Flora brings experience coordinating an education program on inclusive finance and social entrepreneurship in the Netherlands, as well as formal training in coaching based on theme-centric interaction. She holds an M.A. in Social Policy and Social Interventions at Utrecht University, focusing her research on the gender dynamics and impact of welfare in South Africa. She is eager to devote her skills and training to Wedu’s social mission.

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Christian Aldana
Leadership Development Associate

Christian has experience in leadership development and student organizing with a focus on communities of color. She has designed and facilitated workshops at conferences with a focus on gender, identity, culture and race. Christian has lived and worked in Ohio, Washington DC, Saigon and now Thailand. She holds a degree in Political Science with a focus on International Relations from the Ohio State University. She is passionate about building the talent and capacity of young women all over Asia, and believes that working closely with your community is one of the best ways to bring about social change

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Tiffany Elizabeth Tan
Leadership Development Associate

Tiffany brings her experience in counselling, advocacy, and program development/evaluation to Wedu’s Leadership Development Team.  Tiffany’s work as a children’s advocate at a domestic violence shelter and counsellor at a youth mental and behavioural health residence informs her approach to engaging with diverse clients and supporting their self-empowerment and growth.  She previously worked on leadership and community development programs in Australia, Indonesia, and the United States.  Tiffany holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Hawai`i and a Master of Social Development from the University of New South Wales.

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Dipendra K C
Operations and Outreach Coordinator

Dipendra holds an M.A. in Rural Development Management, focusing his studies on internal governance of civil society organizations in Thailand. Before joining Wedu, he co-founded and ran an NPO called YUWA focused on youth empowerment, development and active citizenship in Nepal. He brings a lot passion, learnings and skills from that to Wedu. He will take the lead on building more regional partnerships and brings his operational and strategic experience to expand Wedu’s outreach, funding and selection capacities.

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Chanikarn Wanmalikphan
Operations Officer

Chanikarn holds B.A. in English with a minor in Political Science. She has worked as interpreter with the Environmental Management Project for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). She brings her experience in community development to Wedu; working in the development field continues to broaden her perspectives in the global context. Chanikarn is passionate in the sector of women’s empowerment and is committed to helping create a better society through her work.

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Bernadette Lindres
Communications and Marketing Manager

Bernadette holds a B.A. degree in Communication Arts at the Ateneo De Manila University. She has extensive experience in sales, marketing and brand management and previously worked for the for-profit social enterprise Rags2Riches. She is passionate about women empowerment and is committed to developing more female leaders through Wedu.

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Chakraphan Pridikunakorn
Admin Operations Coordinator

Chakraphan (Timmy) has been involved in the development of administration and operation management for multiple companies in Thailand in coordination with international entities and personnel. With experiences and connections in building and growing companies in Thailand, he designs, implements and facilitates Wedu’s ongoing administrative, accounting and support operations. Timmy holds an MSc in Computer and Engineering Management and a BBA in International Business Management from Assumption University.

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Long Zhao
Company Secretary

Long Zhao is a qualified lawyer who has experience advising both corporate and non-profit sector clients in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region. Long holds degrees in law and arts from the University of Melbourne, and a Masters in Development Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Cambridge.