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.
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.
Operations & Outreach Coordinator
Katie holds an M.A in International Relations, focusing her studies on human rights and social justice issues. Before joining Wedu, she had substantial work experience in the NGO field, working on community organizing, advocacy and awareness raising efforts on a multitude of issues. She is passionate about creating awareness on the importance of equality for all and the right to education. With her past work experience, Katie is dedicated on working towards the greater effort of perpetuating female leadership through Wedu.
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.
Communications and Innovations Associate
Being a Thai Youth Delegate to the United Nations, Pan has represented the Thai youth on social development at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly. Prior to joining Wedu, Pan led the national implementation of the MY World Campaign in Thailand, a global United Nations campaign on the post-2015 global development agenda, involving Thai universities and schools nationwide. A graduate of International Studies at Mahidol University International College, he is committed to working on providing equal opportunities for women.
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.
Leadership Development Strategist
Rebecca is a Shell Foundation Fellow at Wedu as a Leadership Development Strategist. Rebecca brings several years of commercial experience in advertising and marketing, working in the New York, Sydney and London. Passionate about women’s empowerment and development, she is thrilled to be able to combine her personal and professional interests at Wedu. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Oxford.
Operations Officer (Cambodia)
Rathana works on establishing outreach partnerships with local organisations and the selection of mentees. Concurrently, she is also working with Sipar, an NGO that promotes reading skills in Cambodia, where she helps youth club members on their personal and professional development. A graduate of Accounting from National University of Management, Rathana is about to complete a Master’s degree in General Management at Royal University of Law and Economics. Her dream is that “the Cambodian youth have high education and strong participation in social development activities”. With patience and a commitment to success, she believes she can play a part in reaching this goal. Rathana is also a Wedu Rising Star.
Community Architect (Consultant)
Kiran joins Wedu’s team from Vancouver, BC, Canada where she has worked for several years in the higher education field. Kiran’s work with Wedu focuses on community development – exploring and implementing strategies to support and engage Wedu’s growing global community. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia. She is passionate about women’s leadership development and has been involved with the Canadian Young Women in Business Society for 5 years.