Our advisors help to increase our insight and expertise, also helping to ensure that we listen to the communities we work with and aim to help.
Botagoz Hopkinson is British of Kazakhstani heritage. Bota has over 20 years bilateral, public, government and private sector experience including at the World Bank, the UK Department for International Development and as a Research Fellow at the University of London, Analyst at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, Managing Director of Kazakh Gold Mining company (London), and Advisor of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Central Asia in the House of Lords. She holds a Master’s from the London School of Economics and Political Science and diploma of the CCF Impact and Institute of Leadership and Management in Geneva and speaks English, Kazakh, Russian, Uzbek, Kyrgyz and Tatar. Bota is a Founder and Chairwoman of the Eurasian Trade Forum; Founder of the CF Eurasia, Chairwoman of the China-Britain International Design Week, Patron of the Make the Difference Charity, Vice Chairwoman of the Westminster Conservative Women Group. She has a number publications.
Lucy is a lecturer in Hospitality Management at the Centre of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya. She was involved with the foundation of the centre in 2006 and has been lecturing there since it opened in 2008. From 1987 until 2006 she worked at Kibondeni College, a Diploma College in Catering and Institutional Management. There she became Deputy Principal, delivering and developing the training curriculum as well as programmes for the training-of-trainers, the management of industrial training for trainees, and mentoring. Additionally she developed income generation strategies. Whilst at Kibondeni she delivered and developed the college programmes, worked as an external examiner with the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) in hospitality units for middle level colleges and contributed to the development of curricula with the Kenya Institute of Education for Diploma and Certificate.
Belinda is the lead consultant for Human Capital Development Services at the W Hospitality Group. She received her BSc in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Lagos, a BSc in Hospitality Management from Manchester Metropolitan University, and an MA in Hospitality Management from the University of West London. She is currently a PhD student atthe Business School at University of Southampton, where she is researching the cultural implications of performance outcomes in quality assurance among international brand hotels.
Belinda is a well-respected professional with over 14 years’ experience as a lecturer and academic administrator at Wavecrest College of Hospitality, a leading hospitality institution and Wonder partner in Nigeria. Her experience with human capital development includes needs analysis, resource deployment and operations training for several organisations in the hotel, food service, not-for-profit and public sectors.
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (UK), and the Area Consultant (West Africa) of EuroCHRIE, the official federation for Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and Africa of the International Council for Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education.
Seday is a family law solicitor with a Master's in Children's Rights. Originally from Ethiopia, she has an understanding of the issues affecting women in developing countries. She has volunteered extensively; currently she mentors young women from disadvantaged backgrounds at our partner, the Baytree Centre, and is a volunteer legal adviser at a women’s charity in London in her spare time. Seday was previously Chair of Trustees at Wonder.
Suzy studied at the University of Sheffield before going on to work for several years with disadvantaged children and young people both in London and overseas. Determined to have a greater impact, she undertook a PGCE through TeachFirst at a primary school in East London. She now teaches at a school in south London.
Marion is a young professional working to transform the policy, infrastructure and culture of global decision-making in international co-operation and development. Her areas of expertise lie in human rights (youth rights and women's rights) where she has worked over the past five years across Africa, Asia and Europe. As part of her international development work, she has designed and co-created several capacity building public engagement efforts including art exhibitions, global campaigns, a national consultation, a national education curriculum resource, a global Summit and a multimedia platform with institutions and civil society movements including EuropeAid, British Council, British Youth Council, Action2015, UK Department for International Development and the Oxford University Migration Society. Coupled with academic training in 'Global Governance and Diplomacy' at the University of Oxford, she is committed to contributing her skills in development policy, practice and advocacy to build more accountable, responsive, inclusive institutions of governance at the global level. You can follow her on Twitter here or read her blog here.
Raphaella is a qualified solicitor at a city law firm after achieving a 1st at UCL in Ancient World Studies and a distinction in both the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School. Born into a family who left Sudan as refugees, Raphaella has volunteered in her local community since she was 14 and went on to volunteer in Kenya as a team leader with the VSO ICS program for three months as well as in Croatia and Uganda. She regularly takes part in Wonder events in London and supports a local shelter for homeless people.
Cristy is a teenage fundraiser with a lot of success under her belt and a passion for making a difference. As our schools champion and a secondary school student she helps us to make sure that our resources and engagement with young people is attractive and socially provocative.