Meet the Team

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Claire Naylor-Trein
Executive Director

Claire brings a decade of experience cultivating young women’s leadership in Asia, along with expertise in nonprofit management, resource mobilisation, and programme design and evaluation to Wedu. She has championed Wedu’s work since 2013 as a talent spotter and mentor and served as ED since 2021. Prior to running Wedu, Claire co-founded Women LEAD Nepal, and under her leadership, the organisation grew from a pilot project to an award-winning, girl-led, multi-national organisation. Claire earned an MSc in Impact Evaluation from the University of Sussex, a BSc in Gender and International Development from Georgetown University, and is a certified executive coach and divemaster. In partnership with the boards, Claire leads Wedu’s programmes, operations, and growth to usher in a world where half of all leaders are women.

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Mario Ferro
Co-Founder & Director of Innovation

Mario is an entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience and over eight years of experience in talent and leadership development, online mentorship, coaching and over ten years working and studying globally in Italy, USA, UK, Finland, Haiti, India, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Myanmar. He has a background in management consulting at PwC, social entrepreneurship with Acumen, and is a certified coach. He holds a Master in Economics and Management with honors from University La Sapienza, an MSc from the LSE, and is a SEP Stanford GSB graduate. As part of the leadership team, Mario ensures Wedu is future-ready and on track to achieve the goal of a world where half of all leaders are women.

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Juliana Shrestha
Community Engagement Coordinator

Juliana is a storyteller and facilitator, passionate about issues related to gender, education and travel. She brings rich experience of working in diverse fields related to women’s empowerment including research, communications, community engagement, entrepreneurship and management. She graduated from the University of Sheffield with MA Intercultural Communication and International Development in 2021, as a Chevening Scholar.

Drawing from personal experience of leadership development through travel, Juliana co-founded Duluwa Outdoors, an experiential learning curator that offers travel and outdoor experiences for Nepali womxn.

She joined Wedu as a Rising Star in 2020 and now leads Wedu’s Community Engagement to facilitate conversations and inspire collaborations within the community and beyond.

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Babita Karmacharya
Finance & Admin Officer

Babita brings over four years of experience specialising in international development finance in Nepal along with a firm belief that once equal opportunities are provided to women, every sector will start experiencing incomparable growth and development. Babita holds a BBA in Management from Pokhara University and is completing an MBA in Finance at Purbanchal University. She leads Wedu’s accounting and finance functions and oversees global operations.

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Rajsekhar Choudhury
Head of Systems

Raj brings over 17 years of techno-functional experience in IT with international specialization and multi-domain, multi-technologies problem solving. He is a dedicated advocate for change to identify, support, and enhance value from concept to completion. Raj has an excellent grip on technical skills ranging from the legacy Mainframe Systems to the state-of-the-art Open Systems, Web Technologies, and Cloud Computing. A PMP certified Project Manager. 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. He has two master’s degrees, one in Computer Applications and the other in Business Administration. Raj leads the strategic technical activities that make our virtual programming possible and allow us to reach scale.

Jo Badong
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Jo brings over three years of experience helping social enterprises and artists maximize their real-world impact through organic digital campaigns, market research, human-centered design, and community development. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman and is a certified digital marketer and impact analyst.

Believing in the power of digital and the arts to bring inclusive change, she is also an International Community Adviser for the INGO MakeSense, a volunteer teacher for displaced indigenous children, and a member of the first UNESCO Creative Economy cohort.

At Wedu, Jo leads marketing and communications to champion the organization’s work and inspire people to action.

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Nareth Chhoun
Cambodia Programme Manager

Nareth brings diverse experience in implementing programmes in the WASH sector, conducting research on local governance and decentralisation in Cambodia, and delivering leadership training to government officials at the national and subnational levels. She holds a Master of Arts in Asia-Pacific Studies from Thammasat University, Thailand, and has engaged in activities across the region- from peacebuilding activities in Malaysia to supporting research in Vietnam. Nareth is passionate about empowering the next generation of women by unlocking people’s potential and leads Wedu’s activities in Cambodia, managing programmes and partnerships

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Shaan Suhas Kumar
Leadership Development Programme Manager

Shaan is passionate about working on education, gender and environmental issues. A graduate in media studies, she started her career as a part of the prestigious Teach For India Fellowship where she served as a teacher and mentor to children from underserved communities. She then worked in roles encompassing leadership development training, communications and freelanced with organisations in the field of environment on various projects. She was the representative of India for Miss Earth in 2017 and has also collaborated with/served as an ambassador for international organisations like World Merit, WWF, Climate Reality, Climate Tracker, and the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary. Shaan oversees outreach and selection for Rising Stars and leads the Introduction to Leadership and Global Mentorship programmes.

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Rachael Abigail
YSEALI Programme Co-Coordinator

Abigail is a trained policy analyst, with experience in project management and strategic communications across different sectors and cultural settings. She obtained her master’s degree from University College London – School of Public Policy as a Chevening Scholar. In 2017, Abigail was chosen by the US State Department to study Civic Engagement at Northern Illinois University under the YSEALI Academic Fellowship program. A profound advocate for gender equality, she is also the Founder of Girls Can Lead, a social initiative established to catalyze the growth of leadership skills among young women. As UN Women-certified youth trainer, she developed the training curriculum and provide free leadership training for Indonesian young women, mainly in the eastern part of Indonesia such as Poso and Ambon. At WEDU, she serves as the Project Coordinator for YSEALI Women Leadership Academy.

Nadzatul Shima Binti Jaafar
YSEALI Programme Co-Coordinator

Shima has always been passionate about project management. Previously, she has worked with the U.S Embassy, MACC, Reckitt-Beckinser and various organizations to implement projects that serve as capacity building and youth engagement. Shima holds a Bachelor of English with Communication and was Malaysia’s Country Lead for the YSEALI Women’s Leadership Academy board in 2019 & 2020. She firmly believes that life is not always about competition, it’s also about co-existing. She is the Project Co-Coordinator for the YSEALI Women’s Leadership Academy, leading the project knowledge management.

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Naw Khine Thazin Ni Win (Dah)
Mentorship and FISA Coordinator

Dah brings three years of experience managing leadership programs for young women from diverse backgrounds in Myanmar to this role, along with lived experience as a refugee and a dedication to contributing to her community. She joined Wedu to embark on a rewarding journey of identifying young talent and supporting them to realize their full potential. Dah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human and Organizational Development and a minor in General Psychology from the Education University of Hong Kong and is passionate about personal growth and development, and organization development.

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Than Zin
Mentorship Associate

Than Zin, who has become a Wedu Rising Star in 2021, is a final year student pursuing Bachelors of Arts (Honors) in International Relations at the University of Yangon. Believing that youth’s participation is critical and has positive impacts on social change, Than Zin as a young changemaker has led various community development projects and youth-led initiatives that provide innovative solutions for social problems. The social issues she is passionate about are environmental protection, poverty reduction, human rights advocacy, and youth empowerment, and she has dedicated to working on those issues for almost 5 years. Those experiences allowed her to be equipped with leadership, strategic planning, project management, and interpersonal skills. With her strong enthusiasm for breaking down the gender stereotypes and for women empowerment, she will work together with Wedu in paving the path for more women to dream big.