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 leadership development and 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 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 Coordinator

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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Elizabeth Andrews
Leadership Development Manager

As the leadership Development Manager at Wedu, Elizabeth is responsible for developing and scaling Wedu’s leadership development program and impact evaluation systems. Previously, Elizabeth worked as the Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist for the VVLead Fellowship Program at Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO that provides leadership and technical training to women leaders around the globe. Elizabeth received her Master’s degree in International Economic Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC and has conducted and published research on global women’s leadership networks as well as women’s artisanal sectors in Rwanda and Colombia.

 

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Sumayah Hasan
Leadership Development Associate

Sumayah holds a BA-LLB in Law from Pakistan and brings with her experience in the program side of National Democratic Institute Pakistan where she was a Senior Program Assistant and worked with Political Political Workers from all across the country, training and facilitating them to further democratic practices within their parties. Prior to that, she worked at a corporate law firm, taught at her own high school and worked with a digital not-for-profit social enterprise in Pakistan as a Creative Director. She feels extremely passionate about women’s causes and is committed to making a difference towards women’s empowerment through her efforts at Wedu.

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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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Bettina Stuffer
Leadership Development Associate

Bettina brings her experience in counselling, coaching, mediation and program development to Wedu’s Leadership Development Team. She holds a Master’s degree in Studies of Social and Political Conflict and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Germany and is a trained mediator. She has diverse experience in the non-profit sector where she worked on youth development in an addiction prevention program and in a project focused on delinquent youth in Germany.
She has extensive research experience in Thailand in the refugee and migration context and has worked in a regional human rights organisation in Bangkok before joining Wedu. Bettina is extremely passionate to empower young women and aims to support gender equality across Asia through Wedu.
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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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Tchissole Carvalho
Corporate Partnership Manager

Tchissole brings experience in talent management, training and career development. In the last 11 years, she successfully collaborated in corporate HR in one of the world’s leading oil and gas companies, and later worked as an external consultant to the sector. She strongly believes social entrepreneurship is the key to solving most social issues and is particularly enthusiastic about advancing women’s and girl’s equality agenda. Tchissole is a true global citizen, having lived from a young age in China, Angola, England, Dubai and Malaysia. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Management and HR from University of Leicester and holds a B.A in Sociology from University of Gloucestershire.

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Charles Selestine
FISA Development Manager

Extending his experience in financial services to the social sector, Charles will lead the development of innovative higher-education financing solutions at Wedu. His keen interest in social finance led Charles to serve as a Kiva Fellow in Ukraine, in addition to other voluntary stints in Qatar and Myanmar. Most recently he worked as a Senior Product Manager at a Qatar based bank. Charles holds an MA in Islamic Banking, Finance & Management from the University of Gloucestershire, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Madras.

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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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Jeff Fraser
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Jeff has been surrounded by strong women leaders his whole life, so to him, Wedu’s mission is supporting women like his mother, his sisters, his mentors and his friends. He worked in Mongolia as a development volunteer and his journey over the years has been met with success in marketing, sales, branding, music, radio and TV (he has even performed and written speeches for TedX in Mongolia). He unites these diverse skill sets so that the world may hear Wedu’s mission and recognize the voices of its own mothers, sisters, friends, and mentors. Jeff graduated from Boston University with a degree in International Relations.

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Jidapa Suttipradit
Accounting Officer

Jidapa (Amy) is Wedu’s outgoing, positive, and driven accounting officer who defines her personal and professional lives by perseverance and overcoming challenges. With degrees in faculty accounting and French language from Bang-na Commercial College, Amy has lent her financial expertise to international and domestic companies throughout Thailand. The archetypal learner, Amy looks forward to expanding on her experiences while enabling opportunities for future generations of women leaders.