FOUNDER & CEO
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.
ALIYAH HASINAH HOLDER is an in house facilitator at Fearless Futures and previously worked as a freelance trailblazer for school programmes in Birmingham. She currently delivers programmes and resources for Fearless Futures organisational work. Aliyah is also a curator, writer and filmmaker whose work focuses on decolonialty, plurality and radical love within arts and culture production, curation and strategy. She has worked prior with Apples and Snakes, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Channel 4 Random Acts, SBTV, Impact Hub Birmingham, TEDxBrum and so on. Aliyah is an avid fan of herbal teas and plantain.
CHIEF PROGRAMMES OFFICER
SARA SHAHVISI 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.
CORPORATE PROGRAMMES MANAGER
VANESSA CHRISTOPHERS leads on culture and operations. Prior to joining Fearless Futures, she worked at Facebook and held roles at the British Government, including at the Government Equalities Office, Government Digital Service and supporting ministers at the Department for Education. She has years of experience supporting survivors of abuse through East London Rape Crisis and has worked with various organisations to promote women and LGBTQIA+ identifying people of colour. She has a deep understanding of power, control, privilege and intersectionality and how these dynamics show up in the every day. Vanessa is founder of the University of Manchester’s Sri Lankan Society and holds a BA in Ancient History.
CORPORATE PROGRAMMES COORDINATOR
KAYALVELI SIVAKANTHAN is the Corporate Programmes Coordinator for Fearless Futures. Kaya joins Fearless Futures from an internship at Action Against Hunger. Kaya's interest in intersectional gender equity heightened after her completion of Fearless Futures’ Gender Equality Accelerator in 2015. She used this knowledge, combined with existing experiences to work alongside young people, coaching disadvantaged secondary school students to reach their full potential. Before joining Fearless Futures, Kaya also volunteered for a wide range of high profile NGOs alongside completing her BSc in Psychology at Brunel University London in 2017.
GIORGIA FRANCIS is the Team Assistant for Fearless Futures. Giorgia joins Fearless Futures having always had an interest in diversity. Since graduating from Broadcast Journalism, Giorgia has gone on to work at the BBC as well as volunteer within a diversity organisation to help young people find creative outlets and role models. Alongside this she is an avid writer maintaining her blog as well as recently starting an entertainment podcast.
CORPORATE TRAINING MANAGER
GEMMA CURTIS is the Corporate Training Manager at Fearless Futures. She spent over a decade teaching in primary and secondary schools across London and was a Lead Literacy teacher for Camden borough. Gemma led on the development and delivery of all training and education programmes whilst in role as Head of Education at the LGBTQ+ inclusion, anti-bullying charity Diversity Role Models. She has a wide range of experience having been a youth leader and mentor for a jewish education charity, a freelance facilitator for the organisation deep:black and a producer on a cultural heritage project for Jacksons Lane Theatre. She studied English Literature and Language at the University of Leeds and completed her PGCE training at the University of Roehampton.
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.
BEN HURST is the Head of Facilitation and Training at The Good Lad Initiative. With a passion for social justice and combating discrimination and disadvantage wherever they exist. In a world where many people theorise about inequalities, but do very little in practice to challenge systemic injustice, Ben feels his work gives him the perfect opportunity to grow in his own knowledge of a range of issues whilst utilising his skill sets in facilitation and training to affect change at the same time. As a public speaker, Ben has spoken at TEDx London Women, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Southbank Centre's Being a Man and Women of the World Festivals.
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.
ALEX LYONS is a facilitator, speaker coach, communications trainer and culture consultant. From communications for social change and responsible business, to facilitating workshops with organisations to find and articulate purpose and values, Alex has spent over ten years helping organisations understand who they are. He has worked with many including O2, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and professional services firm BWB to define their organisational cultures. He also designs and delivers training in interpersonal and empathetic communications to neighbourhood police officers, and coaches speakers for TEDxCoventGardenWomen – a London TEDx celebrating gender equity.
DEBBIE DANON is an expert facilitator, trainer and coach, specialising in leadership development and inclusion work. She designs and delivers programmes that enable people to discover new capacity for authentic leadership, courage, and collaboration towards social justice. She holds a BA in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge. Debbie volunteers with several charities, including youth campaigns organisation The Advocacy Academy, and KeshetUK, which works with and for LGBT+ people in the Jewish community.
BILAL HARRY KHAN began his career designing and delivering Social Justice workshops for an organisation working with young people. This propelled him into delivering action planning sessions with adults and setting up community based evenings for adults to explore the topic of Identity. When not delivering workshops, he can be found hosting Over The Bridge Podcast alongside 3 other black and mixed-race Cambridge graduates speaking about life from their lens as well as plotting a long-term dream to be a UK Garage DJ!
VANESSA FALOYE delivers Fearless Futures training across our Design for Inclusion, teacher training and school programmes. Vanessa Faloye helps changemaker organisations design and deliver social impact education that disrupts, interrupts, and transforms systems of oppression. As a trainer-facilitator, her passion and expertise can be found in intersectional anti-oppression; systems thinking; and social action. She develops and delivers curricula for a variety of stakeholders around the world including community groups, organisations, schools, and universities.
SAM GARDNER is expert facilitator of social justice work. He has an honest and interrogative facilitation approach and is particularly skilled in bringing to the fore complex class dynamics. Sam volunteers as a facilitator for Great Men, an organisation that facilitates discussion with young people about masculinity, misogyny and homophobia. He also volunteers for Help Refugee, Trussell Trust food banks and Big House theatre company who work with young adult care leavers.
MATT MALTBY is an experienced facilitator who has led workshops over the past decade across four continents, including up a mountain California, at a hot spring in Japan, and on an Argentine farm; he was thrilled to join the Fearless Futures team in late 2017. He has also has worked with the Great Men project for the last 4 years, leading workshops on masculinity, gender, inequality, consent, LGBTQIA* rights, mental health and violence. Outside of Fearless Futures, Matt can mainly be found in theatres, watching any sport available, and co-parenting a tiny puppy called Ruby.
TOM ROSS- WILLIAMS has over 10 years of experience in social justice work and is the Creative Director of The
Advocacy Academy. Their facilitation experience spans a variety of roles form working with Great
Men to challenge gender stereotypes, to developing community organising workshops with
Battersea Arts Centre and driving diversity & inclusion as an associate director of National Youth
Theatre. They are actively involved in LGBTQ+ and Gender Equality activism. They write and talk
about these issues in various settings, including as a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and
a frequent panellist at WOW Festival.
YARA RODRIGUES FOWLER has been a facilitator with Fearless Futures since 2016, starting in their schools programme. She has a BA in English from Oxford and an MA from UCL in Comparative Literature. Yara is trustee of Latin American Women’s Aid, an organisation that runs the only two refuges for and by Latin American women in Europe. Her writing on identity, politics and language has appeared on BBC Brasil, the New York Times, Vogue, among others. Yara's first novel, Stubborn Archivist, was published by Fleet (Little, Brown) in February 2019. She was chosen as one of the Observer’s most 'hotly tipped' novelists for 2019, receiving praise from Olivia Laing, Nikesh Shukla, Sophie Mackintosh, the Guardian, the TLS, Grazia, Elle, Stylist, the Independent, and more.