Our People


Alice Ford

Programmes Officer

Alice joined AbleChildAfrica in August 2016 from Deaf Child UK where she previously worked as a Programmes Assistant supporting […]

Emily Hood

Fundraising and Communications Executive

Emily joined AbleChildAfrica  as Fundraising and Communications Executive in August 2017. She graduated from University College London in the same year with a BA First Class Hons Ancient World degree[…]

Jane Anthony

Executive Director

Jane Anthony joined AbleChildAfrica as Executive Director in 2011, bringing over 15 years of experience working with disabled children. […]

Jen Truman

Finance and Administration Officer

Jen joined AbleChildAfrica as Finance and Administration Officer in June 2017. She graduated with a BSc Hons in Psychology from Victoria University of Wellington […]

Lauren Watters

Programme and Partnerships Manager

Lauren Watters joined AbleChildAfrica as Programme and Partnership Manager in November 2014. After completing her MA in Development Studies at the University of East Anglia, Lauren […]

Patricia Balogun

Freelance Accountant

Patricia serves as a freelance Accountant for AbleChildAfrica, working 1 day a week to support organisational finance management, bookkeeping and preparation of annual accounts. […]

Richard Poole

Programmes Officer

Richard graduated from Manchester University in 2012 with a social science degree in Politics & International Relations, developing his interest and knowledge in the areas of development practice and global […]

Takyiwa Danso

Programmes Officer

Takyiwa joined AbleChildAfrica in November 2017 as a Programmes Officer, having previously worked as Senior Programmes Officer for Al-Khair Foundation, where she managed humanitarian, livelihoods and health projects across East Africa and South East Asia.


Anne Wafula Strike, MBE


Anne provides a personal example of courage, commitment and determination that challenges misconceptions about disability. Born and raised in Kenya, Anne was stuck by polio when she was two […]

Dame Evelyn Glennie, DBE


Awarded Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2007 Evelyn Glennie has carved her place in history as the first person to successfully create and sustain a fulltime career as a solo […]

Keith Nethercot


The Director of Wendover Investments for 23 years Keith was a long-time Chair of USDC and later AbleChildAfrica. Keith stepped down in 2008 and we were honoured he accepted our offer to […]


Abubakar Askira


Abubakar joined the Board of Trustees in January 2017. Abubakar is a qualified leadership coach and mentor. Born in Nigeria, Abubakar currently lives in Wales and has worked for over 14 years across […]

Bailey Grey


Bailey joined the Board of Trustees in July 2016 and brings 20 years of human rights research, monitoring, and advocacy. She has focused her work on developing and applying practical, rights-based […]

Bea James


Bea joined the Board of Trustees in January 2017 and brings eight years of fundraising experience to this role. Bea’s fundraising expertise includes corporate, special events, challenge events and community […]

Carrie Brownlee


Carrie qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in Edinburgh in 2010. Following a one month volunteer trip to Zambia, she left Edinburgh to join the Finance team at Save the […]

Claire Reichenbach


Claire has 15 years experience of working for international development and human rights, in particular at Amnesty International […]

Clare Adam


Clare joined AbleChildAfrica as a trustee in May 2013. Clare originally joined the HE / charity sector as Faculty Administrator at London Business School, where her role included […]

Clare Shaw


Clare has spent over ten years working in international development programme management, with a focus on health (TB and HIV) in Eastern and Southern Africa. During her career Clare has […]

James Moon


James joined the Board of Trustees in January 2017 bringing with him 10 years of experience in the not for profit and social sectors. James is currently an Advisory Manager at CAF, supporting charities to become more resilient, foundations to increase their impact by developing bold initiatives and […]

Kate Turner


Kate joined the Board of Trustees of AbleChildAfrica in July 2016 after returning from working in Rwanda for two and half years at the National Union of Disabilities’ Organisations of Rwanda (NUDOR) as a VSO volunteer. Kate worked to strengthen the advocacy capacity of NUDOR to better advocate for persons with disabilities and for full […]

Paul Harrison


Paul’s professional career spans almost twenty years in the global investment management business, leading teams of both investment managers as well as distribution professionals. He has also […]

Stuart Malcolm


Stuart is a development professional with over twenty years’ experience, both in the UK and overseas. He is currently the manager of an ebola vaccine trial at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prior to this […]

Toby Whinnett


Toby is a Director at Barclays where he runs Group-wide Transformation projects. He also leads the banks work on auditing culture. Toby spent four and a half years living and working […]

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Christine Semambo Sempebwa (Uganda)

Christine holds a Masters Arts degree in Development Studies and has a career that spans over twenty five years. Her career and training has taken her to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, the Philippines, Ethiopia and the United Kingdom.  Starting in the formal education sector, as a teacher in Uganda and Kenya, after ten years of teaching, […]

Edwin Sangara Oswunda (Kenya)

Edwin Sangara Osundwa has over 8 years’ experience of working in the disability sector. For the last 5 years, Edwin has worked at Sense International (Kenya) as the Country Representative. Edwin has been at the forefront in advocating for the rights of deafblind people and other disabilities. He has made presentations on disability nationally and […]

Ephraim Lemmy Nuwagaba (Uganda)

Ephraim Lemmy Nuwagaba (PhD) is a firm believer in social justice and an experienced education and development specialist with more than 25 years’ experience with NGOs, and 13 with University at both managerial and leadership levels. Ephraim has previously worked as a Programme Director of the National Adult Education Association of Uganda, Chairperson of a […]

Shikuku Obosi (Kenya)

Shikuku is a selfless and fearless activist; an accomplished mentor, policy adviser, and project leader in disability rights and has over the last 14 years facilitated the strengthening civil society […]

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Adanna Ehirim

Youth Council Member

Adanna is 24 and from London with West African heritage. She is studying an MSc in Development Management at LSE and has an International Politics undergraduate degree from KCL. She has worked as a graduate intern at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and as an ambassador on the British Council’s Study Abroad programme. Adanna is […]

Anthony Ford-Shubrook

Youth Ambassador

Anthony is the AbleChildAfrica Youth Ambassador a strong advocate for disability rights […..]

Edward McDonagh

Youth Council Member

Edward is 26 years old and lives in Oxfordshire and he is passionate about disability rights […]

Harry Chikasamba

Youth Council Member

Harry Chikasamba is 25 years old and from Malawi. Harry has a passion for disability research and advocacy, and since 2007 he has been volunteering with Malawi Union of the Blind (MUB) Mwanza chapter and the Mwanza District Disability Forum. Harry’s interest in disability stems from a domestic space as his biological father is visually […]

Lonae Sholade

Youth Council Member

Lonae is 22 years old and she recently graduated with a BA in International Development from the University of Sussex [……]

Mary Agbesanwa

Youth Council Member

Mary is 22 years old and works as a Management Consultant at PwC. Prior to this Mary studied Economics at the University of Birmingham and founded their Women in Finance Society

Naomi Worrall

Youth Council Member

Naomi is 22 years old and studying Primary Education with an Advanced Specialism in Inclusion at the University of Cumbria[…]

Sarah Njenga

Youth Council Member

Sarah is 21 years old and is currently studying Msc African Development at the London School of Economics [….]

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Jane Anthony


Jane joined AbleChildAfrica as Executive Director in 2011, bringing over 15 years of experience working with disabled children. While initially working in the USA as a special, and later inclusive, education teacher, she developed an expertise in autism […]

John Cavaliere


John graduated Tulane University 1986 with a BA in finance. He had a 20-year career in financial services working for several investment banks […]

Louis Mkanganwi


Mr. Mkanganwi is Director of Financial Reporting at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which is Gavi is an international organization that brings together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children […]

Rachele Tardi


Rachele Tardi was a Trustee of AbleChildAfrica from April 2012 until this year.Currently, she leads the Youth Exchange Unit at the Open Society Foundation. Rachele has worked… […]

Scott Sambur


Scott graduated Harvard University in 2003 and Harvard Law School in 2006. Scott is a partner specializing […]