Meet the Team

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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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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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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. Timmy holds an MSc in Computer and Engineering Management and a BBA in International Business Management from Assumption University. With experiences and connections in building and growing companies in Thailand, he designs, implements, and facilitates Wedu’s ongoing administrative, accounting, and support operations.

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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.

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Tchissole Carvalho
Regional 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 the University of Gloucestershire. Tchissole leads the implementation of leadership programmes with a focus on Cambodia partnerships.

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Shaan Suhas Kumar
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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Suzana Salim
Community Manager

Suzana, a Rising Star since 2014, from Chittagong, Bangladesh. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a minor in Development Studies from the Asian University for Women. She specialises in International Relations and Gender Studies and has lead several projects, campaigns, and events on national and international levels to advocate for women’s empowerment, gender equality, and sustainable development goals. She currently oversees Marketing and Communications, FISA Operations, and Community Development at Wedu. She oversees Marketing and Communications, FISA Operations, and Community Development at Wedu.

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Sineang Seab
Cambodia Programme Coordinator

Sineang brings skills in project management to Wedu as she coordinates and supports programmes in Cambodia and ASEAN. Passionate about girls and women’s empowerment, Sineang strives to raise awareness of human and woman rights, and empower girls and women to be leaders, express their identities, and raise their voices. Before joining Wedu, Sineang strengthened the capacity of village-based social enterprises in marketing, communications, and hospitality as a project manager. She earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations.

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Chit Aein Thu
Project Coordinator

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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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.

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Rachael Abigail
YSEALI Programme 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.

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Nalindra Annalia Pelekai
WLA Programme Manager

Nalindra has extensive years of experience managing development programs for NGOs and International Organizations. She is passionate about connecting emerging leaders to opportunities and supports them to recognize their strengths to thrive. Nalindra was the Cultural Affairs Specialist at the U.S. Mission to ASEAN for over five years and contributed significantly in the development of the Public Affairs Unit, led and grew their substantial cultural program such as the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and Fulbright U.S. – ASEAN Visiting Scholars. Prior to that, Nalindra worked with the ASEAN Secretariat and several projects for ASEAN. As an Independent Consultant, Nalindra is working with different NGOs to conceptualize and implement youth development programs in Southeast Asia. Nalindra is a graduate from Universitas Parahyangan, Bandung, Indonesia, with a Bachelor of Economics.