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 […..]

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[…]

Jen Truman

Finance and Administration Executive

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

Jim Sellars


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 […]

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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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 […]

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 […..]

Jonathon Douglas

Youth Council Member

Jonathan lives in London and is a previous Programmes Intern for AbleChildAfrica. He graduated from Royal Holloway University of London with a degree in Human Geography.

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[…]

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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 […]