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 […]

Anthony Ford-Shubrook

Programmes and Advocacy Assistant and Youth Ambassador

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

Dáre Soniran

Finance and Operations Executive

Dáre joined AbleChildAfrica as Finance and Operations Executive in June 2019. She has been a member of Rotaract and Rotary International since 2014 supporting both local charities and international organisations such as End Polio Now. She is passionate about global health, and in her spare time enjoys kickboxing, Korean cinema and brunch.

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[…]

Karl Hankinson

Chief Executive Officer

Karl joined AbleChildAfrica as CEO in April 2018. He has worked to develop creative and innovative solutions to some of the most difficult social problems faced by young people from disadvantaged communities throughout his career. […]  

Lauren Watters

Head of Programmes

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 […]

Cat Carter


Cat is Head of Humanitarian Child Safeguarding at Save the Children International, leading child safeguarding efforts in emergency responses around the world.

Chloé Chik


Chloé has been the Treasurer for AbleChildAfrica since January 2018 after undertaking the Chair of the Finance Committee role at a local charity in Bermondsey. Chloé qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and is currently a Senior Manager within the London’s Charities and Public Sector Audit team. Her role involves managing a large portfolio […]

Emily Bueno


Emily is a solicitor specialising in private wealth disputes as Mishcon de Reya LLP.

Heather Barr


Heather joined the Board of Trustees at the end of 2018.  Heather has almost 20 years of experience working within Human Resources in financial services.  She is a Chartered member of the CIPD.

Jim Sellars

Chair of Resources Sub-Committee

Jim joined the AbleChildAfrica Board of Trustees in 2018. Jim currently works for an investment fund based in London and has previously worked for a number of financial services firms investing in the UK and globally. He is also a qualified chartered accountant and holds an MBA from INSEAD.

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 […]

Martin Hill


Martin joined the Board of Trustees early in 2019. He is a Director at Barclays Private Bank and is part of their Global Growth Markets business, with responsibility for clients who are resident in Asia. He is an experienced Private Banker who has worked in a variety of Banking and Wealth Management roles in Africa, […]

Paul Harrison


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

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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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Alexandra Ngini

Youth Council Member

Alexandra is 19 and she was born and grew up in Nairobi, Kenya until she was 16 and moved to boarding school in the UK. She is currently studying her undergraduate degree in Government at the London School of Economics.

Anthony Ford-Shubrook

Programmes and Advocacy Assistant and Youth Ambassador

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

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Jane Anthony


Jane Anthony was Executive Director for AbleChildAfrica from 2011-2018, 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 and learning/intellectual impairments. Over time she developed a commitment to wanting to have a greater impact on […]

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 […]