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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Jhakhraphan Pridakunakorn
Business Administrator

Jhakraphan (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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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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Tchissole Carvalho
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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Bettina Stuffer
Senior Leadership Development Advisor

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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Chanikarn Wanmalikphan
Outreach & Selection Coordinator

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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Lokesh Jetley
FISA & Operations Assistant Manager

Lokesh has always been passionate about education and is a strong believer that it is pivotal to sustainable development. He holds a BSc in Business Management from Imperial College London and brings seven years of experience in the fields of education, franchising, operations and training. In his previous role as an Area Manager at Kumon UK, Lokesh managed franchisees who ran their own Maths & English study centres, enabling them to grow their businesses whilst developing children’s potential. At Wedu he’s leading efforts to build strategic regional partnerships and growing Investments in Education by developing Asia’s first FISA fund. Besides Bangkok, Lokesh also calls Madrid, London and Mumbai home.

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Rajsekhar Choudhury
Systems Administrator

Raj brings over 15 years of experience in IT with international specialization, multi-domain and multi-technologies. He’s worked in multinational companies as well as start ups. He’s worked on and managed a number of diverse cross-functional teams to handle complex system implementations across different platforms, computing languages and countries. Raj is a dedicated advocate for change to identify, support and enhance value from concept to completion. He has two master degrees, one in Computer Applications and the other in Business Administration. Has done one international certification on project management under PMI, Pennsylvania.
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Kaylee Knowles
Mentorship Programme Coordinator

Kaylee is originally from Walla Walla, a small town in Washington State known for sweet onions and wine. She thrives at the forefront of change and is passionate about gender equality. Kaylee graduated with a B.S. in Community Health from Western Washington University.  She was awarded a Multidisciplinary International Research Training (MIRT) fellowship to conduct public health research in Peru.  Kaylee has worked with mother leaders to promote health in villages in the Andes Mountains, managed employees at a non-profit community health center, loaded barges full of wheat, and set SMART goals with patients who have chronic conditions.  Kaylee’s experience in needs assessment, project management, and program evaluation provide a strong foundation for her to coordinate and strengthen the Mentorship Program at Wedu.

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Chit Aein Thu
Leadership Development Advisor

Chit is an advocate for education, youth empowerment and gender equality. Chit earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and her graduate diploma in Systems Analysis from the National University of Singapore. Chit is now in Myanmar promoting education through technological means. She also volunteers as a speaker to the youth in Myanmar who may seek motivational life advice or counsel. Carrying the same passion over to Wedu, Chit strives to empower women and provide mentorship to young individuals everywhere so that they can make a difference in their communities.

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Jeyda Bicer
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Jeyda has been working as a digital communications designer and consultant for the past 7 years in Australia, Cambodia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and on the worldwide web. Her main focus has been supporting initiatives, projects and activities to achieve social goals and positive change in people’s lives. Jeyda holds a Bachelor’s degree in digital media and art from South Bank University, London, as well as having a proven record in the delivery of creative and innovative communication design solutions to organisations such as UNDP, BBC World, The International HIV/AIDs Alliance, USAID and The Global Fund.

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Mrinalini Venkatachalam
Partnership Manager

With experience spanning over a decade, Mrinalini has worked to bridge the gap between unmet social needs and service providers, giving large corporates, government agencies, community organizations and social enterprises the platform to create measurable social impact. She speaks regularly at schools, community events, corporates and conferences about the role that gender equality plays in achieving a more sustainable world for everyone. Mrinalini has been awarded the Singapore Women’s Weekly’s Great Women of Our Time award in the Public Service and Education category and has been nominated as one of Cleo Singapore’s 2016 top ten Changemakers.