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We are led by a diverse Board made up of people working all around the world in our own communities, so we are informed by what truly matters to local people we support.

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Rekha Nathoo

Chair of the Board, South Africa

Rekha is a specialist in Community Development and Adult Education, with expertise in running networks and process facilitation. In her early career, she worked as a Training Specialist for the Provincial Department of Land Affairs, KwaZulu-Natal after which she lectured at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Centre for Adult Education. Later she moved to the iNdlovu Partnership for Lifelong Learning Network and then to our alliance member organisation, CINDI, where she was first Director and then CEO.

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Zeny Rosales

Vice Chair, Philippines

Zeny is a registered social worker, co founder and executive director of CPTCSA. Her areas of specialization are Individual, Group and Family Counseling.  She is currently the Chairperson of the Sub-Committee against Sexual Abuse and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children of the Council for the Welfare of Children whose major function is to formulate and evaluate policies, coordinate and monitor the enforcement of all laws and the implementation of programs for children. Zeny is also an active member of the Philippine Juvenile Justice Welfare Council, a policy-making, coordinating and monitoring body tasked with the implementation of Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of the Philippines through its member and coordinating agencies.

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Blessing Mutama

Trustee, Zimbabwe

Blessing is a seasoned development practitioner, with particular expertise in conducting Psychosocial Support training. Since 2002 he has advocated for the support of orphans and vulnerable children at provincial, national, regional and international forums. 

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Chaste Uwihoreye

Trustee, Rwanda
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Iván Zamora

Trustee, Chile
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Rita Panicker

Trustee, India

Rita Panicker is the founder director of Butterflies, a non-governmental organization in New Delhi, working to protect & empower street connected children since 1989. Rita earned her MSW from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and a Masters in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands. She was a faculty member in the Women’s Studies Unit, at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and from 1988-1992, served as the Director of the Board of ChildHope. She has published several papers on child rights issues and also co-authored a study on children in conflict with law.

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Stella Duque Cuesta

Trustee, Colombia

Stella founded Taller de Vida (Life Workshop) to transform the lives of children, young people, families and communities facing forced displacement, disappearance and armed conflict.  As a psychologist, Stella has developed innovative methodologies for psycho-social intervention from rights-based and differential approaches. In addition, she has developed peace education processes that contribute to her work as a human rights activist and promoter of peace-building in Colombia.

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Ian Hanham

Treasurer and Co-opted Trustee

Ian brings to our Board a strong knowledge on financial leadership and UK charity governance, and he sits on the Board of Family for Every Child New Zealand as well as the global Board. An accountant, Ian has worked in the not for profit sector since 2007 in a variety of finance and organisational management roles – he is currently the Director of Finance and Information Systems at the Nuffield Foundation. Ian is also the Chair of ECPAT UK, and is a trustee of Kindled Spirit.

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Patrick Obonyo

Co-opted Trustee

Patrick sits on the Board of Family Alliance, US as well as the global Board. Patrick is a talented professional with extensive experience in philanthropy, organisational assessment and development, strategy development and programme management and fundraising. Early in his career, Patrick established an educational leadership development programme in East Africa. He later moved into philanthropy with a role at Porticus Amsterdam to advise the board on social investments. At the IKEA Foundation, Patrick currently manages programmes on Employment and Entrepreneurship. Patrick sits on the steering committee of the International Education Funders’ Group (IEFG). 

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Cassandra Dickinson

Chair, Family for Every Child New Zealand

Cassandra studied international business and non profit management and has undertaken postgraduate research in international development. She is passionate about seeing communities and families thrive and has run community programmes for disadvantaged youth in Fiji and the USA, and has supported asylum seeker families and refugee children in Australia. Cassandra is currently based in New Zealand working as the Quality Assurance Manager on engineering projects in South East Asia.

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Fi McPhee

Trustee, Family for Every Child New Zealand

Fi is a fundraising and marketing specialist providing coaching, consulting & training to fundraisers and not-for-profit leaders. Having led Australia & New Zealand’s largest fundraising benchmarking program for over a decade Fi’s insight into the fundraising market and performance is unparalleled. Fiona brings to the party her love of data and the insights it provides to help drive the development of her speciality areas of fundraising strategy development, donor acquisition and retention, regular giving, bequests and integrated communications programs. 

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Selar Henderson

Trustee, Family for Every Child New Zealand

Selar is the Managing Director of Future Value Co., a social investment facilitation company, is a recognised social impact leader and knowledge expert, and has over 20 years’ experience servicing the For-Purpose sector in senior leadership, senior fundraising, governance and capital raising roles across Australia and New Zealand. Selar is an advocate and catalyst for transformational shifts to greater sustainability and a more democratic economy, believing in the generation of social impact benefits through the implementation of ESG accountability and re-direction of investment and fundraising to achieve social and environmental outcomes, alongside financial return, for long-term community wellbeing. 

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Danica Waiti

Trustee, Family for Every Child New Zealand

Danica Waiti is Maori (indigenous to Aotearoa New Zealand) and mother to two daughters. Her experience in indigenous development and international programming spans over 20 years. With a speciality in research, monitoring and evaluation she has provided technical advice to projects in the Pacific, South-East Asia and North Africa regions working alongside governments and civil society groups. Danica is experienced in programming that places children at the centre and seeks to address familial and societal challenges to improve the lives of these children.

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Tom Lent

President, Family Alliance, US 

A passionate advocate for the cause of children around the world, Tom Lent is an unrivaled expert in international development. He has over 40 years of experience in integrated development and advocacy in human rights, gender, disaster relief, and education-sector reform. Tom’s vast experience includes serving as an adviser to the Ministry of Education in Guatemala; running an international project for the Bernard Van Leer Foundation on early childhood development; founding the “Social Movement for Child Rights” In Guatemala, and forming “the circle of learning on child rights and municipalities” in Central America with UNICEF, Plan International and national-regional NGOs. He is currently a consultant and an Adjunct Professor at the American University.

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Charlotte Brandin

Trustee, Family Alliance, US

Charlotte Brandin has been active within the nonprofit & philanthropic sector for almost 30 years. She began her career at Planned Parenthood S.F, and co-founded the Welfare Made A Difference Campaign for which she lobbied in the U.S. Congress. She continues to promote children’s rights and protection issues as an advisor for BRYHello Future and volunteer COO at Global Health Promise. Charlotte served as Executive Director for Childhood USA for thirteen years, and as Board member and Executive Chairperson at Charity Rating. Previously Trustee and then Consultant for Family Alliance, she is currently Strategic Facilitator at Natural Creativity Center. Most recently she completed certification training as a Doula.  

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Sheela Bowler

Trustee, Family Alliance, US

Sheela Bowler, MPH, MEd, is a social entrepreneur working at the intersection of early childhood development (ECD), child health, and child protection – focusing her career on building child wellbeing systems that enable families to thrive together. Sheela was the founding COO of Kidogo, Senior Program Consultant for the African Early Childhood Network, and Senior Advisor for Programs Strategy at NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services. She is currently Foster America’s first Director of Strategic Initiatives and Innovation, where she co-designs reform projects alongside public child welfare agencies to create transformative change for children and families nationwide. 

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Sonya Soni

Trustee, Family Alliance, US

Sonya is a medical anthropologist and community organizer, working at the intersection between child health and child rights to decolonize child welfare systems in India and the United States, and helping build a movement to end the orphanage industrial complex globally. She is currently a fellow placed at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health through Foster America, a non-profit organization that aims to build more just, holistic local child welfare systems across the United States. She has worked in the U.S., South Asia, and East Africa for various child-focused community-based organizations, with a commitment to building partnerships between community-led organizations and governments, and institutionalizing community voice in systemic policy change. She also co-leads the Akhil Bharitya Mahila Ashram, a multi-generational girls’ and widows’ rights NGO in Dehra Dun, India.