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Our Team

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

Hakima Abbas

Co-Executive Director

Hakima is an African feminist who has been active in social movements for two decades. Trained in international affairs, her work as a policy analyst, popular educator, advocate and strategist has focused on strengthening and supporting movements for transformation.

Hakima is author and co-editor of various articles and publications, including Africa’s Long Road to Rights; From Roots to Branches: the African Diaspora in the Union Government; Aid and Reparations: Power in Development Discourse; Queer African Reader; People-led Transformation: African futures; and the Pan-Africanism and Feminism issues of Feminist Africa.

She was on the editorial collective of The Feminist Wire and is a member of the Jang! collective that provides popular education tools, platforms and accompaniment to activists working for radical transformation. 

She has served as a board member to Greenpeace Africa, the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Eastern Africa, the African Sex Workers Alliance and the Center for Citizen Participation in the African Union, and in advisory roles to several donor initiatives including UHAI – the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative, the Heartland Alliance and The Other Foundation.

Stephanie Bracken

Executive & Organizational Systems Lead

Stephanie Bracken is a feminist from Canada who holds a Master of Human Rights from the University of Sydney and a BA in Women's Studies, History, and Philosophy from McGill University.  In the past she has worked with Gender at Work, the African Women's Millennium Initiative, and the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights, and is constantly thinking about how social (in)justice impacts our lives in a million huge and tiny ways.

Nuwan Rezel

Human Resources Manager

Nuwan has over 10 years of international experience in Human Resources Management and Organization Development in the non-profit sector. He holds a M.Sc. in International Management and a Bachelors Degree in International Business Management. Nuwan is a Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Mindy Lee

HR Coordinator

Mindy graduated with an HBA degree in Women and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto, completed a Human Resources Management Certificate from Ryerson University, and obtained a Certified Human Resources Professional Designation from HRPA (Ontario). She loves to travel.

Ritu S.

IT Manager

Ritu has worked as an IT professional in non-profit for over twenty years and loves her work to help non-profit organisations achieve their goals efficiently by using technology. Prior to working with AWID, she supported technological work in health promotion and environment sectors.

Having completed Masters in Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; she has handled a unique blend of projects in implementing IT infrastructure which includes web and software development, server and databases administration, technology evaluation and capacity building. 

Karen B.

Financial Analyst

Karen has built a career supporting the accounting and project work of financial service and not-for -profit organizations both in Canada and in her home country of Jamaica. Her drive to contribute to organizations that support a meaningful cause have led Karen to roles at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association Co-operative Credit Union as Finance Manager, the YWCA Toronto as Business Administrator for the REACH and LINC programs, YWCA Canada as Finance Coordinator/Manager and most recently to Peace Ranch (now part of Supportive Housing in the Province) as Bookkeeper/Consultant closing their books in preparation for merger.

She holds degrees in Business Administration from the University of the West Indies and Florida International University and recently completed a postgraduate certificate in Project management from Humber College, Canada. She continues to pursue the Certified Professional Accountant designation at the professional level. Her experience working with nonprofits in Canada spans over ten years.

Elisabetta Micaro

Monitoring and Evaluation Lead

Elisabetta (M.A. in International Studies and Credentialed Evaluator of the Canadian Evaluation Society) is a multilingual consultant and gender specialist with over ten years of professional M&E experience.

Her M&E work has focused on assessing the effectiveness of development interventions that have used capacity development and advocacy as the main strategies to promote the human rights of the most vulnerable social groups, including women who live with HIV, women and girls survivors of violence, women informal workers, persons with disabilities, and children. She has supported and led M&E assignments for a broad range of organizations, including UN agencies, multilateral development banks, INGOs, and governments.

Elisabetta has extensive work experience in South and Southeast Asia, South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. She is well versed in mixed methods research design, qualitative sampling, qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, and participatory techniques in evaluation. She has applied knowledge of results-based management and theory of change principles, and of human rights-based and gender equality approaches to evaluation.

Alejandra Sardá-Chandiramani

Director, AWID Forum and Co-creating Feminist Realities

Alejandra Sardá-Chandiramani is a Latin American feminist and sexual rights activist who has been active nationally in her country of origin, Argentina, regionally and internationally since the early 90s. She has pursued studies in psychology, gender and human rights.

Alejandra is also a profesional translator who considers translation to be a political tool that contributes to greater access to and equality within social movements. She has worked in that capacity for AWID during 10 years as well as for many organizations and funders worldwide.

Within the feminist and sexual rights movements Alejandra’s organizing work encompasses from starting a pioner out lesbian feminist group to co-coordinating sexual rights coalitions lobbying at the UN and the OAS. Alejandra worked 5 years for Mama Cash as developing the fund’s unique Women’s Funds programme which also gave her expertise in feminist philanthropy. She is currently a Board Member for Akahatá-Equipo de Sexualidades y Géneros and an Advisor to the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice.

Fenya Fischler

Co-Creating Feminist Realities Coordinator

Fenya is a feminist from Belgium and currently based in London. She is a graduate of Essex University, with a focus on law and human rights and holds an LLM in Law & Gender from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She was most recently working for the Issues Affecting Women Programme at Oak Foundation.

Apart from this, Fenya is involved in various grassroots solidarity groups focusing on areas such as migrant solidarity and anti-militarism. She is particularly interested in building communities of collective care and harm reduction

Isabel Marler

Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Coordinator

Isabel is a feminist from the United Kingdom, currently based in London. She holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Before AWID, Isabel worked with Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML), which was the start of a journey towards her current specialism in feminist responses to fascisms and fundamentalisms.  In 2019 she was appointed to the WLUML Council. 

She is passionate about knowledge-building, communications, and the use of creative expression to disrupt systems of oppression.

Felogene Anumo

Interim Co-Manager, Building Feminist Economies

Felogene is a passionate feminist activist with experience in advancing gender and economic justice through grassroots and online activism, research and capacity strengthening of young feminist led organising. Her roots in feminist movement building were planted at the University of Nairobi where she served as the Women Students’ Chairperson across 7 campuses. Felogene is currently working for the Association of Women’s Rights and Development (AWID) as the Building Feminist Economies (BFE) Coordinator. She was formerly Manager of the Young Feminist Activism Program at AWID. Prior to joining AWID, she worked with Women in Law and Development in Africa – Kenya Chapter (WiLDAF-K) and the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET).

Felogene has authored “Feminist Leadership and Development Curriculum for Adolescent Girls” and her written contributions have appeared in Open Democracy 50:50, Business and Human Rights Journal and Development – Society for International Development  (SID) flagship journal. She serves on the Boards of Moving The Goalposts (MTG) and Safe Abortion Action Fund (SAAF). Felogene is fluent in Swahili and English and is passionate about using her creativity, politics and intellect to strengthen feminist movements to build collective power. During her free time, Felogene loves to explore the world with and through the lens of her 5-year old daughter.

Tenzin Dolker

Resourcing Feminist Movements Coordinator

Tenzin Dolker works at AWID as the Resourcing Feminist Movement Coordinator. Tenzin is currently based in Pristina, Kosovo, where she has previously consulted as a Program Support/Development Officer at the UN Agency for Migration. She assisted in the designing, monitoring and implementation of projects on returns and reintegration, migration management, social inclusion, and preventing violent extremism.

Tenzin also worked as a human rights and governance analyst at the Ford Foundation based in New York, where she helped manage a $54M grant-making program for the internationalization of the human rights movement. Tenzin graduated with a master’s degree in East Asian History at Columbia University in New York; and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Affairs, and minors in Political Science, and Sociology and Anthropology from Lake Forest College. Tenzin also worked at Machik, a grassroots NGO supporting social innovation and quality education for girls, and rural and nomadic children in Tibet.

Margarita Salas Guzmán

Communications Manager and acting Director of Tactics

Margarita is a feminist and LGBT activist, and a founding member of several national and regional organizations and networks. Her passion is social transformation and collective welfare. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard University as well as a Master’s Degree in Communications and Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Universidad de Costa Rica. She has also earned certificates from the Harvard Kennedy School in Management and Public Policy, and in Management, Leadership and Decision Making.

In her professional capacity, Margarita has had an extensive experience in development organizations both at national and international levels, implementing various services, among which participatory appraisals, strategic planning, training, technical counselling, assessments, development of protocols and interinstitutional policies, political advocacy strategies, communicational strategies, and project implementation. Work with such a wide array of organizations has allowed her to learn about different issues within the framework of the development agenda: social economy, information and communication technologies, migration policies, housing and right to the city, gender and environment, population with HIV, and the rights of women and LGBTIQ people, among others.

Gabby De Cicco

Information, Communication and Media Coordinator

Gabby lives in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. They are a writer, journalist, photographer and a queer lesbian feminist artivist. Since 1993 they have been promoting LGBTIQ and women's human rights by producing related radio programs and writing articles. Since 2000 they have co-coordinated the Argentinian Women's Information Network. Gabby has also published 5 books of poetry.

You can check their blogs: Pont des Arts and Apuntes desde la buhardilla

Lejla Medanhodzic

Membership and Constituency Engagement Coordinator

Lejla holds an HBA degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master's Degree in East European Studies from the Free University of Berlin, Germany. She is originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina and has lived in numerous countries before moving to Canada and starting at AWID. Lejla is now based in Berlin.

Kamee Abrahamian

Arts & Creative Expression Lead

Kamee arrives in the world today as a queer and feminist diasporic-Armenian mother, interdisciplinary creative, scholar, producer, and facilitator. They hold a BFA/BA in film and political science (Concordia University), an MA in art therapy (European Graduate Institute), and soon to be PhD in community, liberation, indigenous and eco psychologies (Pacifica Graduate Institute).

Kamee's work is steeped in relational, generative, visionary and liberatory practices oriented towards ancestral reclamation, diasporic futurism, and radical imaginaries. They have published, organized, and presented their work internationally through Saboteur Productions and Kalik Arts, and continues to do so both independently and inside collaborative frameworks.

Cindy Clark

Co-Executive Director

Cindy is a US-based feminist with a passion for exploring how organizations can better embody feminist values and practice to build stronger movements. She has worked as a facilitator, researcher and strategist on diverse women’s rights and justice issues.

She joined AWID in 2007 as the Manager for the Where is the Money for Women’s Rights? Program, and has co-authored numerous AWID reports on funding trends impacting women’s rights organizing. In 2009 she became AWID’s Director of Operations & Programs and between 2014-2016 has been the Director of Organizational Learning and Strengthening.  

Prior to joining AWID, Cindy was one of the founding members of Just Associates, where she worked on a range of advocacy capacity and movement-building initiatives, drawing on methodologies of popular education and deep power analysis as the starting point for change strategies. Cindy has an M.A. in Human and Organizational Development, specializing in the study of change and learning processes in organizations.

Faye Macheke

Director of Finance, Operations and Development

With over 20 years of finance, strategy, operations and development experience, Faye joined AWID as Director of Strategic Operations and Development in April 2019. She is responsible for strategic oversight to the operations function, specifically ensuring that AWID upholds the feminist principles and values in its operations.

Faye previously held a Head of Finance and Operations at Paediatric Adolescent Treatment for Africa and Just Associates Inc. in Southern Africa. She also held Directorship roles for International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL) in Central and Southern Africa.

Faye is a board member for ICDL in South Africa, ICDL in Central and Southern Africa, World Links Trust as well as Urgent Africa Fund. She has also held advisory roles to different donor initiatives. 
She holds a Bcompt in Accounting Science from University of South Africa and is a member of the Southern African Institute for Business Accountants.

Marianne Mesfin Asfaw

Logistics and Administrative Coordinator

Marianne is an African feminist who is dedicated to social justice and community development.

She has a BA in Gender Studies and International Relations from the University of British Columbia, and an MA in Gender Studies and Law from SOAS University of London. She has worked and volunteered at various non-profit and non-governmental organizations, including Plan International and UN Women, in administrative support and resource mobilization roles.

Marianne also has experience working in academic administration and student services with a particular focus on international student development. She is from Ethiopia but was raised in Rwanda and calls both places home. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

Juhi Bhavsar

IT Support Coordinator

Juhi holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, and completed a post graduate in Wireless Telecommunications and Project Management from Humber College. She has experience working in multiple industries as an IT Technician from Finance to School Board.  Juhi loves listening to music, exploring new places and foods, and adventure sports. 


Lucy O.

Accounting Associate

Lucy holds a BComm degree in Finance, completed an accounting diploma from Centennial College. She has been working for different industries and volunteered in non-profit sector. She loves music and travel.

Anne Schoenstein

Project Manager 'Count Me In!'

Anne holds a MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in the UK and a German degree (Diplom-Betriebswirtin) in Business Studies with specialization in Market and Communications Research. Anne has studied at the Hiroshima University of Economics in Japan and the Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, where she also worked as program evaluator for INSIST, the Institute for Social Transformation. She completed a training course on Monitoring Economic, Social and Cultural Rights at the Graduate Institute Of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Prior to joining AWID, Anne worked at WOMNET Gender and Global Governance in Bonn, Germany.

Priscilla Hon

Resource Mobilization Manager

Priscilla has over 15 years of resource mobilization and project management experience and has fundraised for a wide range of medium-sized charities, and supported field-based technical teams to produce compelling proposals and reports for funders. Currently based in London, she has worked with women’s rights, youth, development and conservation organizations that support marginalized communities in the UK and globally.

Priscilla has an MSc in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and in her spare time, sings with a community choir.

Inna Michaeli

Director of Programs

Inna is a feminist activist and sociologist, based in Berlin, Germany, raised in Haifa, Israel/Palestine, and born in St. Petersburg, Russia. In the past 15 years she took part in LGBTQI and feminist struggles, political education and organizing by and for immigrant women, and the struggle to end the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

She holds MA in Cultural Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is completing a doctoral research on women’s economic empowerment at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She is a Board Member of +972 Magazine – independent commentary and news from Israel & Palestine. Previously Inna worked as a fundraiser in the Coalition of Women for Peace and she is passionate about mobilizing economic, social and political resources for grassroots activism and Women Human Rights Defenders.

Kimalee Phillip

Co-Creating Feminist Realities Coordinator

Kimalee Phillip is African-Grenadian women currently based out of Ottawa. She is an educator, organizer, consultant and writer who specializes in the fields of legal studies, workers' rights, gender-based and sexualized violence, anti-colonial, anti-racist pedagogies and organizational development. She has conducted qualitative and participatory research and has created and facilitated various workshops, curriculum and learning spaces across Canada, Ghana, Jamaica and Grenada. She holds an MA in Legal Studies from Carleton University and is completing a certificate in Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Management at Ryerson University. 

Camila Galdino

Co-Creating Feminist Realities Coordinator

Camila is a Brazilian communications specialist and passionate feminist. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Communications, majoring in Marketing and Publicity, from IESP in Brazil.

Camila is one of the co-founders of the Brazilian Network of Young Feminists and has worked in several non-profit organizations. She advocated for women’s rights in Brazilian and Latin American feminist movements for over a decade through public policy advocacy. She has also served as the Executive Producer of various events and coordinated communications for companies in both Brazil and Canada.

Umyra Ahmad

Advancing Universal Rights and Justice Coordinator

Umyra is a feminist from Malaysia with a background in international human rights law. She was most recently working with IWRAW Asia Pacific in advocating for feminist responses to gender-based violence in international and regional policy spaces. She also has experience in supporting national and grassroots advocacy strategies to challenge laws and policies that further marginalises young women and marginalised groups of women in South and Southeast Asia.  

Umyra is particularly interested in finding ways to mobilise against dominant narratives related to bodily autonomy and agency from a feminist and decolonial approach.

Ana Inés Abelenda

Interim Co-Manager, Building Feminist Economies

Ana Abelenda has been working in AWID for the past five years as Economic Justice Coordinator focusing on understanding the impact of macroeconomic policies on gender equality and women’s human rights. Through advocacy at the global level, production of analysis and knowledge building from a feminist perspective, she has been focusing on tax justice, critique to growth-based development models, and unveiling the power of corporations globally and their impact for the advancement on gender equality and human rights.

Kasia Staszewska

Resourcing Feminist Movements Interim Manager

Originally from Poland, 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 work on women’s human rights for ActionAid and Amnesty International, and prior to that, worked and consulted for a number of feminist organisations including WIDE Network , FEMNET or KARAT Coalition.

She is passionate and knowledgeable about, among other things, gender just economies, building resilient feminist movements and resourcing for women’s rights. After a decade abroad Kasia is now back to Warsaw, where she engages with the feminist struggles for sexual and reproductive rights and supports the work of the first Polish Feminist Fund.

Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah (on parental leave)

Director of Communications and Tactics

Nana Darkoa is an African feminist who lives and works in Ghana.  She is also a writer, and a blogger.

She co-founded the award-winning blog, Adventures from the Bedrooms of African Women, has written for The Guardian and Open Democracy, and been interviewed by Mehdi Hassan on Al Jazeera's UpFront. She was a member of the Black Feminism Forum Working Group which organised the historic first Black Feminist Forum in Bahia, Brazil.

Laila Malik

Information, Communication and Media Coordinator

Laila has led feminist communications, research and advocacy projects in Canada and the Middle East for 20 years. Her past projects and organizations include COCo Centre for Community Organizations, Canadian Women’s Health Network, and the Coalition for Women’s Equality (on the eve of the 2006 Canadian Federal election). Laila is also a board member for the Council of Canadians.

Her work has appeared in various online and offline publications, and she holds two Master's degrees in Gender and International Development, and Public Policy, Administration and Law.

Cécile Pillon-Hue

Digital Communications Coordinator

Cécile obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Web & Digital Communications from the University of Lyon, France. She developed a passion for social justice through volunteering and working with non-for-profit organizations in France and Canada mainly. In her previous roles, she successfully led different website redesign projects and participated in major fundraising campaigns. 

Now established in Sweden, Cécile aims at using her creativity and technical skills to reinforce the voice of feminists around the world.

Daniela Fonkatz

Knowledge Building Tactic Lead

Daniela is a feminist activist originally from Argentina. Since 2000, she has been working and engaging in activism for the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality through various channels, including the women’s and feminist movement, NGOs, municipal governments, and academic institutions. Along the way, she has worked in various countries in Mesoamerica (Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Mexico), Europe (France), and West Africa (Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau).

Daniela obtained her master’s degree in Gender, Society and Politics from PRIGEPP-FLACSO Argentina, a program with which she is still involved in a teaching capacity.