Skip to main content

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. 

Marta Ponikowska - Education, Policy & Central and Eastern Europe

Lawyer, graduate of law and political science from the University of Warsaw (Universiteit Maastricht, Erasmus scholarship), Expert at the Educational Research Institute, Poland and the Chair of the Working Group Education and AI within the Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs. She gained professional experience in the private and public sector both in Europe and the U.S., among others, in the law firms (Cottyn Warsaw Office, Stender Deuretsbacher Heher Vienna Office), the European Parliament and the Center for Civic Education. In 2013, she was a visiting researcher at the European Association for Education Law and Policy in Antwerp. Her academic interests focus on the international law and education law. In 2016-2017 she served as an expert on education law in the EU Twinning projects in Skopje, Macedonia.

Shefali Roy - Women and Technology

Raised in India and Australia, Shefali Roy is the Chief Operating Officer of TrueLayer. She is the former Chief Compliance Officer (Europe) and MLRO for Stripe. Prior to Stripe, she led compliance, business conduct and risk across Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa for Apple. She was the Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer for Christie’s worldwide, and was responsible for private wealth compliance for Goldman Sachs across Europe and the Middle East. She currently sits on the Boards of Adas List – a women’s in technology network – and Photoworks – a photography collective. She has undergraduate qualifications in law, economics and finance, and postgraduate qualifications in journalism and economic history, from RMIT, Oxford and LSE respectively; she has an EMBA from Oxford’s Saïd Business School, where she now also teaches. In 2016, Shefali was named on Innovate Finance’s Most Powerful Women in FinTech List, and in 2017, Shefali delivered her first TEDx talk, on ethics and business.

Dr Rick Adams - Health

Dr Adams undertook undergraduate medical training at Cambridge University and clinical medical training at University College London. He worked full-time as a medical and then psychiatric doctor from 2004-10, obtaining his MRCP and MRCPsych. From 2009-10 he did a part time MSc in the Philosophy of Mental Disorder at King's College London. From 2010-14, He did his PhD at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL. He is now an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry at UCL. Rick was a Wonder trustee from 2013-2016 and has also worked in Africa.

Dr Brenda Osieyo - Public Health/ Kenya

Born and raised in Kenya, Brenda moved to the UK in her teens and went on to study medicine. She has gained a range of experience in UK hospitals and worked in public health in South Africa. Brenda has volunteered with WONDER since 2010.

Dr Chisom Emecheta - Women's Health

British-Nigerian Chisom Emecheta is a medical doctor with a particular interest in women's health. She has gained a range of experience working in the UK, has worked in Somalia and Sierra Leone, and undertaken a range of community work on FGM awareness and prevention.

Manuela Balliet - Cote d'Ivoire/ Healthcare

Originally from Cote d'Ivoire, Manuela is an international health specialist with expertise in epidemiology and newborn health. She is currently based at the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has particular experience of working with remote communities in Ethiopia.


Botagoz Hopkinson - Kazakhstan Advisor

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.

Dr Lucy Nyaguthii Gikonyo - Kenya and Hospitality Management Advisor

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 Nwosu, FIH - Nigeria and Vocational Training Advisor

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 Hailu - Child Protection Advisor

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 Wood - Schools Advisor

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 Osieyo - Youth Active Citizenship Advisor

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 Gabrasadig - Diversity and Participation Advisor

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.

Cristina Cleary - Schools Engagement Advisor

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.