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.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMES
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.
PROGRAMMES & TEAM ASSISTANT
KAYALVELI NORMA SIVAKANTHAN is the Programmes & Team Assistant for Fearless Futures. She is of Sri Lankan heritage. 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.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
ALI HENDY is the COO at Fearless Futures. Her expertise lies in delivering excellent programmes to young people, organisational change management and finding ways to make internal processes zip along at lightning speed. At the heart of her work is a journey in understanding issues of social justice and anti-discrimination, and to embed transnational, intersectional feminism thinking into everything she delivers. She has worked in the gender equality space for the last three years, and before that in youth work for a national charity. She is in her element when developing and managing large scale programmes, and ensuring that the Fearless Futures community have all the operational support they need. Alongside her BA in English from University of Birmingham, she has an M.St in English Literature, specialising in Humanitarian literature, from University of Oxford.
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.
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.
REBECCA COLLINS is the a freelance consultant in gender, masculinities and inclusion and the Head of Development at Good Lad. She was previously 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.
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.
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.