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We have a wonderful office team, who are supported by some fantastic volunteers and interns.

Carmen Gonzalez - Director

Carmen Gonzalez has a wealth of experience in fundraising, training and youth work in the voluntary/ charitable/ NGO sector. She has run numerous youth and female empowerment programmes in the UK and overseas. Carmen brings enormous insight into inter-cultural partnership working, participatory development and project management. She has studied at Queen Mary University of London and at the LSE, and is a PRINCE2 Practitioner.

Follow Carmen on Twitter: @carmen4change

Olivia Darby - Director of Policy and Campaigns

Olivia studied Geography at UCL, where she focussed on overseas development. She has previously undertaken a range of policy and project management work for a number of civil society organisations and for a Member of the European Parliament. This has included working directly with disadvantaged children and families in Brixton, where she also set up the IntoSchool programme for recently arrived, unaccompanied minor and refugee girls. In Brussels she followed issues relating to health and the environment, including women’s health and reproductive health in developing countries, and agriculture. She worked on a range of policy and engagement issues with community groups and statutory partners in Haringey, including child protection and child poverty policy and awareness, access to healthcare and mental health. She has volunteered extensively, including setting up and leading projects for the benefit of women and young people in the UK and abroad, for example in Brussels and Kenya. She was a trustee of the African Women’s Welfare Group, which focussed on FGM awareness and prevention in the UK and Tanzania. She holds the APMP project management qualification.  

Follow Olivia on Twitter: @oadarby

Olive Ahmed - Youth Projects Manager

Olive Ahmed studied Ancient World Studies at UCL. During her time at university she mentored teenagers and developed and delivered Project RAISE which was desired to encourage girls in East London. After graduating she worked in TV and new media at a variety of organisations and is now the youth manager at the Baytree Centre, an organisation that supports disadvantaged women and girls. She brings a wealth of experience in front-line delivery and co-producing projects with young people.

Amina Khalid - Communications Manager

Amina is an English Language with Creative Writing graduate who has three years of experience working in marketing and communications within the charity and non-profit sector, with a focus on storytelling to build awareness across continents. Her passion for addressing the needs of BME communities is a driving force behind her commitment to community-based and youth-focused projects, including coordinating her own girls-only youth club and delivering outreach sessions aimed at empowering young women to achieve their potential.

Brigitta van Bilderbeek - Business Development Manager

Brigitta graduated from Southern Methodist University achieving a Bachelors of Fine Arts and has worked in several creatives fields, including the arts, fashion and beauty. All her work has been motivated by the desire to empower women and encourage them to be the best they can be. She is passionate about education, community and family, and hosts talks for young women with the aim of addressing issues and challenges while providing the tools and solutions to overcome them. She has spoken at The Laurels Girls secondary school and is also involved with PACT Educational Trust.

Francesca Colombo - Fundraising Manager

Francesca comes with a wealth of transferable skills gained after many years in a sales role in the financial services sector. In 2017, driven by her passion to empower girls and women through education, she made a career change and moved to the third sector. Initially fundraising for the Baytree Centre in Brixton, she has now joined the team at Wonder Foundation. She speaks fluently English, French, Italian and Spanish.