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Our Team

Increasingly diverse, virtual, and global-minded, AWID has staff working out of 19 different countries!

Faye Macheke

Co-Executive Director

Faye is a passionate Pan-African feminist, active in movements for women's rights, racial justice, migrant and labor rights, and environmental justice. Her activism builds on the legacy of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and the aftermath of the apartheid era in Zimbabwe.

In 2019, Faye joined AWID as the Director of Finance, Operations and Development, and strived to ensure that AWID upholds the feminist principles and values in all of its operations. She brings over 20 years of experience in feminist leadership, strategy, and all aspects of finance and organizational development.

Faye is a committed Board Member of UAF-Africa and other women's rights organizations. She previously held a Head of Finance and Operations roles at Paediatric Adolescent Treatment for Africa and JASS - Just Associates Inc. in Southern Africa. She also held Directorship roles for International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) in Central and Southern Africa. She holds a Bcompt in Accounting Science from University of South Africa and is a member of the Southern African Institute for Business Accountants.

Gopika Bashi

Director of Programs

Gopika is an Indian feminist activist & campaigner in the field of gender justice and human rights. Her experience is rooted in working with women & diverse young people on issues including access to justice, sexual & gender-based violence, gender & sexuality, resourcing feminist activism and labor rights. Gopika has played advisory roles on funding feminist movements, including at FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund and the Global Resilience Fund; and previously managed the Resourcing Feminist Movements program at AWID. She is passionate about the intersection of feminist activism & creative practice, and was an editor and Equitable Practices Lead for the 'Bystander Anthology' by South Asian graphic story-telling group Kadak Collective. She has recently discovered a deep love for climbing outdoors and continues to learn and grow through this journey. Gopika is based in Bangalore, India.

Christine Hayhurst

Director of Finance

With over 30 years of finance experience, Christine has devoted her career to furthering nonprofit missions on a global scale. Her contributions extend to serving as Treasurer on the Board of an NGO. Christine joined AWID in 2007 as Controller and in 2023 took on the role as Director of Finance. During her spare time she enjoys traveling, gardening and hiking.

Caroline Sin

Forum Deputy Director

Caroline has periodically been with AWID, previously organized the 2005 and 2008 forums in Bangkok and Cape Town, and served in other roles organizationally. Prior to joining AWID, she taught undergraduate English, then left Academia to run the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and work on other projects. Most recently, she served as Operations Lead at Spring Strategies. Outside of work, Caroline can usually be found in her garden, communing with her beloved plants, and making peace with the insects and visiting rodents.

Jemimah Naburri-Kaheru

Deputy Director of Human Resources

Jemimah Naburri-Kaheru is an accomplished international HR strategist with a profound impact within the Horn of Africa Region. Jemimah previously served as the Regional Human Resource and Office Manager at the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA). Her influence extends to HR leadership for over 70 regional staff, as the organization experienced rapid growth with a 40% increase in annual revenues. Throughout her career, Jemimah has orchestrated successful recruitment efforts, introduced merit-based performance systems, and overseen employee relations and HR policies.. She played a pivotal role in supporting global workforce strategies. With an academic background in Development Studies from Makerere University (Uganda) and an ongoing MBA in Human Resource Management, Jemimah's commitment to professional development is evident. Her contribution to high-performance workforces and international HR leadership positions her as an invaluable asset to any global enterprise.

Kamee Abrahamian

Forum Arts and Creative Expressions Manager

Kamee is an interdisciplinary artist, storyteller, producer, performer, organizer, caregiver, queerdo, and witch. Born into an Armenian family displaced from the SWANA region and grown in an immigrant suburb of Toronto, their work is steeped with relational and generative practices oriented towards ancestral reclamation, visionary fiction, and diasporic futurism. Kamee holds degrees in cinema, poli-sci, art therapy, and a PhD in community and liberation psychology. They have created, produced, toured, and presented a vast body of work that includes workshop facilitation, visual and media art, staged and immersive performances and exhibitions, magazines, anthologies, and films. Their projects have been supported by local and national funding bodies across Canada, USA and Armenia. Kamee is a Pushcart nominated writer and literary alumni at VONA and Banff Center for Arts, as well as a prize-winning theater maker whose plays were published in anthologies that received a Lambda award. The documentaries they've produced have been supported by Sundance, Visions du Réel, HotDocs, and Catapult. They currently live between Armenia and Canada.

Kasia Staszewska

Manager, Resourcing Feminist Movements

Kasia has been supporting the work of feminist and social justice movements for the last 15 years. Before joining AWID, Kasia used to lead policy and advocacy for ActionAid and Amnesty International while organizing with feminists and social justice groups in Poland for access to abortion and against violence on the European borders. Kasia is passionate about resourcing feminist organizing in all their boldness, richness and diversity. She shares her time between Warsaw and her DIY community village in the forest. She loves saunas and is crazy about her dog named Wooly.

Anissa Daboussi

Manager, Advancing Universal Rights and Justice

Manager, Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Anissa is a French-Tunisian feminist researcher and advocate, based in Marseille, France. She started her professional life in Cairo in January 2011 and has since then worked with human rights and feminist movements in the South West Asia and North Africa region. She previously worked for international NGOs and intergovernmental organizations such as IDEA, UNICEF and more recently FIDH, where she worked as a human rights researcher and advocate from 2017 until 2021. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Translation and Interpretation and a Master’s Degree in Political Sciences from Sciences Po Lille. Anissa is pa

Sanyu Awori

Manager, Building Feminist Economies

Sanyu is a Pan-African feminist based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has spent the last decade supporting labour, feminist and human rights movements advocating for corporate accountability, economic justice and gender justice. She has worked with the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, IWRAW Asia Pacific and the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. She has a Master’s of Laws in Human Rights Law and a Bachelor’s of Laws from the University of Nottingham. Her writing has been published in the Business and Human Rights Journal, Human Rights Law Review, Open Global Rights, Open Democracy and more. In her free time, she loves walking in the forest and chasing butterflies.

Simone Jagger

Executive Assistant

Simone has 20 years’ experience working in management support and administration in non-profit organizations, in particular post-graduate medical education and ICT training. She has qualifications in Management Support and Paralegal studies. She is based in South Africa, enjoys traveling and is an amateur Genealogist.

Michelle D'Cruz

Membership and constituency Engagement Coordinator

Michelle is a Southeast Asian feminist who enjoys conspiring to bring people together and spark conversations for social change and feminist knowledge sharing, through art, poetry, music and games. With a background in digital advocacy and communications strategy development, she has contributed to initiatives in digital rights, human rights research, and civil society coalition building throughout Southeast Asia. She has an LLB from National University of Singapore, enjoys following her feet down random city streets and likes coffee a little too much.

Maria Olivo

Digital Communications Coordinator

Maria is a graphic designer and visual communicator. Maria has worked with NGOs and Human Rights like Profamilia and OXFAM. As a woman of the Global South, she feels especially called to use her skills to work with organizations that help protect the wellbeing, as well the rights of millions of girls and women in Latin America.

Deya Bhattacharya

Movement Engagement Lead - Resourcing Feminist Movements Initiative

Deya is a queer nonbinary trans feminist movement organizer, human rights practitioner, and researcher, whose work is grounded in queer-feminist and participatory methods. They have worked within the feminist funding ecosystem for over seven years, and have been within feminist movement spaces for far longer - for over a decade now, and their work is situated at the intersection of money and movements. Before joining AWID, Deya was an independent consultant with Mama Cash, Kaleidoscope Trust, Comic Relief, Global Fund for Children and others, co-creating movements-centered processes, spaces and mechanisms for resourcing, programmes and research. Deya holds an LLM in International Justice and Human Rights from Central European University.

At AWID, Deya leads RFM’s Movement Support and Engagement Strategy, and supports the centering of key feminist movements in defining and driving feminist resourcing agendas. Outside of work, Deya is a masters swimmer, a lover of contemporary literary fiction, and a dog parent.

Jessica Whitbread

Membership and Constituency Engagement Lead

Jessica is a queer artist- activist from Toronto, Canada, but is currently based in Bulgaria. Jessica has over 15 years experience in the HIV response working at the intersections of gender and HIV with key populations (sex workers, women who use drugs, LGBTQI communities, incarcerated people and of course people living with HIV). Jessica loves movement building and thinking/taking/strategizing about arts-based interventions. One fun project she started in 2013 was LOVE POSITIVE WOMEN that engages over 125 community groups and organizations globally every February 1-14th to celebrate women living with HIV in their communities.

Alexandra Lamb Guevara

Resource Mobilization Lead

Alexandra is an anglo-colombian feminist with over 20 years of experience in local, national and international HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights programming. She has extensive experience in resource mobilization and donor relations with private philanthropic foundations and multilateral agencies on behalf of international, national and local NGOs, predominantly in Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to AWID, Alexandra worked at Fundación Si Mujer, a feminist abortion provider and educator in Colombia, RedTraSex and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Alexandra has a BA in International Relations and Development Studies from Sussex University and a MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In rare moments when she is not working or parenting, she loves to swim, eat and has recently begun to play Zelda: Breath of the Wild with her son.

Christine Ruguaru

Forum Logistics Lead

Christine is a Pan-African Feminist from Kenya with a background in Sociology, Economics and Public Policy. She has vast experience working in Administration, Grants and Programme Management and Logistics aligned to advancing women and girls rights. Prior to joining AWID she worked at Urgent Action Fund Africa (UAF-A), Hand in Hand Eastern Africa (HiHEA), NCBA Bank Kenya PLC and others in programmatic, administrative and logistics capacities. At UAF-A she was the Logistics Consultant for the second Feminist Republik Festival and Pan -African and Feminist Philanthropies Convenings one and two. She also organized Side Events in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and Generation Equality Forum(GEF). In addition, she worked in programmes on Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), Environmental and Climate Justice, Women Economic Empowerment and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) on the African continent. Her passion and strive is to see continuous improvement of women and girls rights in all aspects. This is especially for grassroot and indigenous women and girls through capacity enhancement and linkage with relevant stakeholders. She loves hiking and exploring nature, listening to music and journaling.

Lucy O.

Accounting Coordinator

With over ten years of finance experience, Lucy has devoted her career to for profit and furthering nonprofit missions. She also worked and volunteered at non-for-profit organizations. From the fast-paced world of Finance, Lucy has passion for staying tuned with tech skills in the finance field. Lucy joined AWID in 2014. During her spare time she enjoys music, traveling, and variety sports.

Inna Michaeli

Co-Executive Director

Inna is a feminist queer activist and sociologist with many years of deep engagement in feminist and LGBTQI+ struggles, political education and organizing by and for migrant women, and Palestine liberation and solidarity. She joined AWID in 2016 and served in different roles, most recently as Director of Programs. She is based in Berlin, Germany, grew up in Haifa, Palestine/Israel, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and carries these political geographies and resistance to colonial past and present into her feminism and transnational solidarity.

Inna is the author of “Women's Economic Empowerment: Feminism, Neoliberalism, and the State” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), based on the dissertation which earned her a doctoral degree from the Humboldt University of Berlin. As an academic, she taught courses on globalization, knowledge production, identity and belonging. Inna holds an MA in Cultural Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a Board Member of the Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East (Germany), and previously of +972 Advancement of Citizen Journalism. Previously Inna worked with the Coalition of Women for Peace and she is passionate about mobilizing resources for grassroots activism.

Priscilla Hon

Director of Operations and Funding Partnerships

Priscilla has nearly two decades of experience working in the non-profit sector with social justice organizations that worked on women and youth rights, conservation, peacebuilding and development. Her interests are in setting up progressive processes and systems that will help an organization live to their values and principles and thrive, and finding ways to support organizations and fundraisers to locate and secure the resourcing they need to do good work. . Priscilla joined AWID in 2018 as Resource Mobilization Manager and in July 2023, took on the role of Director of Operations and Funding Partnerships.

Priscilla holds an MSc in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), a growing pile of books she is still trying to find time to read, and sits on the Board of Hodan Somali Community, a London-based charity.

Joanne Kobuthi-Kuria

Manager, Membership and Constituency Engagement

Joanne is an African feminist who is passionate about dismantling gender inequalities on the African continent. Joanne has worked with a number of global organizations, media and think tanks including Amnesty International, Wrthy, Local Development Research Institute, BBC, East African Community (EAC) among others.She serves on a couple of boards including Freely in hope-an NGO based in Kenya and Zambia that seeks to equip survivors and advocates to lead in ending sexual violence and Msingi Trust-a movement of activists that meet at the confluence of faith and human rights. She has a Masters in Business Administration, Masters of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Laws. She is a book junkie with a penchant for fiction.


IT Manager

Ritu is a feminist technologist who brings her experience in the non-profit sector, driven by a passion for utilizing innovative approaches to finding feminist technological solutions. Holding a Master's in Technology in Computer Applications from the Indian Institute of Technology, her role at AWID encompasses a diverse range of responsibilities. From overseeing digital security and server management to database administration, capacity building, technology evaluation, software implementation and cloud solutions, Ritu ensures that AWID's IT infrastructure is resilient and effective. Prior to joining AWID, she played a pivotal role in advancing technological initiatives in the Health Promotion and Environment sectors, fueled by her dedication to leveraging technology for social good.

Stephanie Bracken

Operations Manager

Stephanie Bracken is a feminist who is dedicated to building and supporting strong systems that meet the needs of the moment and the people who interact with them, and serve principles of justice. She holds a Master of Human Rights from the University of Sydney and a BA in Gender Studies, History, and Philosophy from McGill University, and has experience working with feminist and social justice organizations on monitoring, evaluation & learning, strategic work planning, governance, project management, and building operational systems and processes. Stephanie is based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, where she enjoys singing with others, camping, fiber arts, and spending time with her kids and community.

Margarita Salas Guzmán

Special Projects Manager

Margarita is a feminist and LGBTIQA activist from Latin America; her passion is social transformation and collective wellbeing. She holds degrees in Psychology, Communications and Public Administration, as well as certificates in Public Policy, Leadership, Management & Decision Making. In her professional capacity, Margarita has had extensive experience with grassroots organizations, national and regional NGOs, universities and the public sector, developing facilitation, capacity building, political advocacy, communications & policy assessment.

Tshegofatso Senne

ICM Manager

Tshegofatso Senne is a Black, chronically-ill, genderqueer community worker and sangoma who does the most. They’re a hobby collector currently fixated on ceramics and a cat dad to Donkey and Ginji. Their community platform Hedone brings people together to explore and understand the power of trauma-awareness and pleasure in their daily lives. While much of their work is grounded in communications, facilitation, and healing, they enjoy working with young people across the continent, hosting workshops, and mentoring them around issues of pleasure and liberation, using creativity and storytelling as fractal solutions to social injustices. Their TEDx talk ‘Reimagining BDSM’ looks at the tenderness and love that reveals itself in a lifestyle often only seen through an extreme lens. Tshegofatso believes deeply in the individual and collective potential of regenerative and sustainable change, pleasure and care work.

Marta Musić

Building Feminist Economies Lead

Marta is a queer, transfeminist non-binary activist-researcher from ex-Yugoslavia, currently based in Barcelona. They work as a transnational movement organizer, a feminist economist and a weaver of systemic alternatives. They are the co-founder and one of the coordinators of the Global Tapestry of Alternatives, a global process that seeks to identify, document and connect alternatives on local, regional and global levels. Locally, they are engaged in anti-racist, transfeminist, queer, migrant organizing. They also hold a doctoral degree in Environmental Science and Technology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, dedicated to decolonial feminist perspectives of a pluriverse of systemic alternatives and the creation of feminist alternative systems based on care and the sustainability of life. During their free time, they enjoy boxing, playing the guitar and the drums as part of a samba band, photography, hiking, cooking for loved ones and spoiling their two cats.

Umyra Ahmad

Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Advocacy Lead

Umyra Ahmad is a Malaysian feminist with a background in international and regional advocacy, and human rights education. In AWID, she works on advancing rights related to gender and sexuality at the UN. Prior to joining, she was a programme officer at IWRAW Asia Pacific, where she supported regional, national and grassroots organizations in using UN treaty body mechanisms as a tool for state accountability and access to justice. In Malaysia, she works with queer and refugee collectives and supports coordination of various mutual aid initiatives.

Fatima Qureshi

Forum Communications Lead

A nomad of cultures, born in Hong Kong, rooted in Turkish-Pakistani heritage, Fatima’s love for narratives - both in reading and co-creating them - fueled her passion for communications activism. Supported by her education in journalism, Fatima has worked for 7 years in digital and media communications fields with NGOs that provide education opportunities and legal aid to refugee and asylum seekers, as well as with the Muslim feminist movement which applies feminist and rights-based lenses in understanding and searching for equality and justice within Muslim legal tradition. She is a regular op-ed writer on feminist issues in the Global South.

Through storytelling in this hyper-digital age of social media, Fatima continues to collaborate with community organizers and grassroots activists to create audiovisual content with the aim to cultivate bridges of understanding towards collective liberation and decolonization. On days when she’s not working, she intently watches independent feminist films coming from Iran, Morocco and Pakistan and on other days, she performs spoken word poetry with her comrades in Kuala Lumpur.

Valerie Awino Opiyo

Forum Hybrid Lead

Valerie has eight years of expertise in the areas of communications development, digital advocacy, and social research. Her responsibilities at AWID include orchestrating an innovative, engaging, and successful Forum Hybrid experience, which is a new component of the 15th AWID International Forum. Prior to joining AWID, she worked at Women Deliver as the Advisor Global Dialogue and Regional Convening Focal. Valerie has keen interest in digital and hybrid events, some of the global events she has brought to fruition are: Global Youth Summit, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Global Congress) and Plan International Deutschland (JF-CPiE Project Launch). Valerie is also the author of the book, Relationship Literacy: Wider lessons from young single mothers in Nairobi slums. A publication that seeks to amplify the voices and lived experiences of young single mothers. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Communication from Catholic University of Eastern Africa. She is currently based in the lake region of Western Kenya (Kisumu). She loves to read African literature, visit art galleries, and explore different cultures through food.

Isabel Marler

Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Lead

Isabel is a feminist from the United Kingdom with over a decade of experience in feminist responses to fascisms, fundamentalisms, and anti-rights trends. At AWID, her work centers on knowledge-building and has included leading the production of the Rights at Risk series in collaboration with the Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs). She holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and previously worked with Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML). She is passionate about cross-movement work, movement-centered knowledge-building, and the use of creative expression to disrupt systems of oppression. Outside of work, Isabel is active in various disability justice spaces for collective care, learning, and advocacy.

Marianne Mesfin Asfaw

Coordinator, Building Feminist Economies

Marianne Mesfin Asfaw is a Pan-African feminist who is dedicated to social justice and building community. She has a BA in Gender Studies and International Relations from the University of British Columbia (UBC), and an MA in Gender Studies and Law from SOAS University of London. She has previously worked in academic administration and international student support, and has worked as a researcher and facilitator in feminist and non-profit spaces. She has also worked and volunteered at non-governmental organizations including Plan International in administrative roles. Prior to taking up her current role she worked in logistics and administrative support at AWID. She is from Ethiopia, was raised in Rwanda and is currently based in Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. In the warmer months she can be found strolling around familiar neighborhoods in search of obscure cafés and bookstores to wander into.


IT Support Coordinator

Juhi is a tech enthusiast with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Gujarat Technological University and a postgraduate background in Wireless Telecommunications and Project Management from Humber College. With a passion for problem-solving and a love for staying ahead in the ever-evolving tech landscape, Juhi has found herself navigating through various industries as an IT Technician. to the nurturing environment of the School Board, Juhi has had the opportunity to apply her technical skills in diverse settings, always embracing new challenges with enthusiasm. Beyond the code and circuits, Juhi loves life's adventures. Exploring new places and cultures is like a breath of fresh air to her. Whether it's discovering hidden gems in the city, trying out exotic cuisines, or embarking on thrilling adventure sports, Juhi is always up for new experiences.

Patience Chabururuka

Human Resources Coordinator

Patience is a global human resources professional with over a decade of experience in human resources (HR) management in the not-for-profit sector. Patience previously worked at Mercy Corps as the Global HR Officer for Africa supporting the full employee life cycle for expatriates in the Eastern and Southern African region and provided HR technical guidance to Human Resources leaders in country offices within the African region. Before joining the global people team, she was the Country Human Resources and Safeguarding Focal Point, she was part of the senior management team leading on all human resources and safeguarding matters. Prior to Mercy Corps she led the HR and Operations department at SNV Netherlands Development Organization and was a member of the country management team. She also has HR Consultancy experience which she gained while she was still studying for her BSc Honors degree in Human Resource Management. She has a passion for HR, loves working with people and she takes wellbeing and safeguarding as her core values and in her professional work. As someone who loves sports, you can also find Patience at the basketball court, the tennis court or on the soccer field.