HANNA NAIMA MCCLOSKEY is of Algerian-British heritage and the Founder & CEO of Fearless Futures. She has worked for the UN, NGOs and the Royal Bank of Scotland, across communications, research and finance roles; and has lived, studied and worked in Israel-Palestine, Italy, USA, Sudan, Syria and the UK. She has a BA in English from the University of Cambridge and an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with a specialism in Conflict Management. Hanna is an expert in inequality and leadership, having dedicated the last seven years to researching, living and exploring the literature and practice of creating socially just, empowered and inclusive communities and workplaces. Hanna also leads on our work to bring anti-discrimination and intersectionality to design, which she does in collaboration with our colleague Priya.
RACHAEL CURZONS is the COO of Fearless Futures. Her expertise lies in in evidence-based learning and development and organisational change management. Rachael’s work is constantly informed by her thinking, research and practice in issues of social justice and anti-discrimination. Originally from the north west, she is particularly interested in the intersection of regional identity and gender. Before joining Fearless Futures in 2016, Rachael was the Director of a national education charity, and before that worked as a leader in secondary education. She excels at developing and managing large scale and complex projects whilst simultaneously ensuring our internal systems and processes are highly effective and fit for purpose. She also works on organisational design, strategy, programme design, internal learning and development and external quality assurance. Alongside her BA in English and an MA in Education from King’s College London, Rachael has an MSt in Literature and History of Art from University of Oxford.
SARA SHAHVISI is Director of Programmes at Fearless Futures. She is a former teacher in inner-city state schools and her expertise lies in pedagogy, research, social policy and facilitation. Alongside programme leadership, she is responsible for ensuring high quality delivery from our facilitators. She is brilliant at facilitating complex concepts for groups of young people and adults alike and creating transformational learning experiences. Alongside her BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from University of Cambridge, she has an MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics.
ALEX FERGUSSON started out as a journalist and soon moved on to teaching, training, psychotherapy and facilitation. He has done community mediation with Camden council, facilitation with Roffey Park Institute and is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Alex currently works in the NHS, private practice and, relationship counselling charity, Relate. He also delivers workshops on gender and inequalities in the workplace, most recently at the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
AMELIA VINEY is the Founder and Director of The Advocacy Academy, a social enterprise that works with people from marginalised communities, unleashing their power to transform their world. Amelia's professional background is in politics where she has worked as a Parliamentary Researcher for John Mann MP, Member of the Treasury Select Committee. Prior to this, Amelia was a Legislative Assistant in Washington D.C., holding a diverse policy portfolio including LGBT rights, gun control, criminal justice, immigration and death penalty reform. Amelia read History at the University of Cambridge and is passionate about bringing together the worlds of social justice and education.
REBECCA COLLINS is the Executive Director at The GREAT Initiative and has a diverse background in charity management. Rebecca has breadth of experience in professional facilitation and training roles – ranging from working with men on complex and sensitive topics around privilege, masculinity, power and male mental health, through counselling women survivors of sexual violence, to designing and delivering training on European human rights and international trafficking law. Rebecca holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights from UCL and an undergraduate degree in English & Philosophy from the University of Leeds.
BEN HART is a Programme Manager and experienced facilitator with The Great Initiative. He leads on a transnational programme to support men and boys to challenge gender injustice across the UK, Netherlands and Sweden. His facilitation experience lies at the intersection of anti-sexist and anti-racist practice.
TAMANDA WALKER holds an MSc in Education, Power & Social Change from Birkbeck University of London. She has experience facilitating and leading change in the areas of faith and and its interconnections with gender, race and class. She has an extensive background working with professionals in the criminal justice system, compulsory and higher education, central and local government and the charitable and corporate sectors.
SELINA NWULU is an experienced facilitator, writer, social researcher and campaigner with a focus on social and environmental justice, education and global politics. Selina has worked in a number of social policy roles for not for profit organisations including UN Women, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Capacity Global (an environmental think tank) and the RSA. As a writer, she has written for outlets including The Guardian, Red Pepper, Sable Litmag and The Free Word Centre. She was Co-Editor for Women’s Views on News for a number of years until 2012. She regularly chairs events, and speaks on panels on the issues of education, identity politics and the role of art as a tool of activism.
PRIYA GHAI is a learning and development expert, gifted facilitator and lecturer in and advocate of Design Thinking. She helps organisations to implement Human Centered Design into their processes, thinking and mindsets and facilitates a variety of topics from leadership, creativity, team development and even the magic behind magic! Priya leads on our work bringing anti-discrimination and intersectionality to the design process.
LEWIS TURNER has held a variety of teaching, coaching and facilitation roles in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and North America. These include coaching a national debating team, teaching summer schools in politics, economics and international relations, training academic tutors, and working with refugee men on sexual and gender-based violence prevention. He holds a first class honours in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, and a Masters with distinction in Middle East Politics from the University of London.