Who We Are

Hanna Naima McCloskey

FOUNDER & CEO

hanna@fearlessfutures.org 

 @Hnaima17

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 a passionate and skilled facilitator and educator, and education is the life blood of Fearless Futures.

                        ORGANISATIONAL  FACILITATOR

     aliyah@fearlessfutures.org

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.

 

Sara Shavisi

CHIEF PROGRAMMES OFFICER

sara@fearlessfutures.org

 @SaraSFearless

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@fearlessfutures.org

VANESSA CHRISTOPHERS leads on policy, 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.

 

US DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES

sable@fearlessfutures.org

Sable Lomax comes to Fearless Futures with over 10 years of experience in PK-12 education and program development. Her expertise lies in curriculum development, facilitation, pedagogy, and Black studies. She has wide-ranging experience in facilitation, including workplace effectiveness and diversity. Sable has done extensive research on the the long-term effects and overall effectiveness of oppression by way of criminalization of poor people of color, and the importance of Black feminism and the African aesthetic to resist various systems of oppression. She received her BA in African American Studies and French from Temple University and a MSEd in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Sable is also a community creator, focusing on building vast national networks for professional women of color in order to arm them with the necessary tools to show up full and whole, both personally and professionally, while eating large amounts of cookies.

Kaya Sivakanthan

CORPORATE PROGRAMMES COORDINATOR

kaya@fearlessfutures.org

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.

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM ASSISTANT

giorgia@fearlessfutures.org

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.

 

 

 

 

 

US CORPORATE PROGRAMMES COORDINATOR

cleo@fearlessfutures.org

Cleo Bergman is a proud New Yorker of Japanese, German, Irish and British descent, and is Fearless Future's Corporate Programme Coordinator of the U.S. branch. She has managed a variety of communities and spaces across the arts and hospitality industries, working alongside corporate, creative, and non-profit clientele to facilitate events and lead productive work environments. She joins Fearless Futures with the intention of challenging and changing workplace dynamics in the U.S. by bringing intersectionality and equity to the forefront of diversity initiatives. Cleo credits her commitment to empowerment and intersectionality to her alma mater, Smith College, where she earned her B.A. in Psychology and East Asian Studies.

 

 

 

 

 

  CORPORATE TRAINING MANAGER

 gemma@fearlessfutures.org

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.

 

 

 

  COMMUNITY COORDINATOR

 lorraine@fearlessfutures.org

LORRAINE PINTO  is the Community Coordinator at Fearless Futures. Lorraine uses her studies in Photographic Arts as a therapeutic tool to gain a better understanding on the inequities surrounding her upbringing. Her work with Black Girl Fest and gal-dem has allowed Lorraine to challenge womanhood, QTIPOC identities and mental health inequalities that are inflicted on us due to social conditioning, lack of access and much more.