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.


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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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.


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.


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.


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.

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WLA Programme Manager

Shagun has immense international experience as a consultant on social impact, environmental change, and development projects with national and international consultancies, policy think tanks, government bodies and non-profits. She has a Masters in Global Affairs from Columbia University, where she studied on a merit fellowship. Prior to that, she studied Political Science and Sociology at The University of Delhi.

Shagun serves as a Director For Global Leadership for One Shared World, and is on the Advisory Board of the Center for Career Development. Shagun is a passionate feminist, and has brought her expertise in research to Urban Design, and serves as a Research Fellow at Leading Cities, Boston USA. In 2018, Shagun started a non-profit initiative in India entitled ‘Be A Man’, which aims to provide original curricula on gender stereotypes and empower women with information. Shagun has been a featured speaker on many panels including for CNN International, NewsX, Doorsarshan and WARC where she shares her expertise on all things gender, inclusivity, environment, and development.

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.

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-centred 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 organisation’s work and inspire people to action.

Shannon Tyler Zebron
Marketing & Communications Associate

Shannon brings two years of experience in the creative and marketing industry as a storyteller, designer and brand ambassador. She holds a BBA in Management from Asia-Pacific International University and is passionate about women’s rights and policies centred around youth empowerment as well as diversity & inclusion.

As a blogger, she uses her platform to highlight the creative industry and social issues within her home country. As a strong believer that learning is a constant, she regards mentorship as a strong factor in being able to be where she is today.

At Wedu, Shannon works on the organisation’s social media platforms and makes sure that its presence tells a story and inspires action.


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.


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.