Who We Are
We are a team of inspiring, passionate, innovative and creative people committed to a gender equal future with all young women fearlessly leading in our world.
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.
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 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.
SCHOOLS PROGRAMME MANAGER
MITA DESAI is the Schools Programme Manager for Fearless Futures. Mita is responsible for expanding the schools programme and ensuring it's high quality so that more students have the opportunity to think critically, challenge the root causes of inequalities & lead change! She previously worked for The Challenge Network, DebateMate, Envision, The Fresh Air Fund and the Personal Skills Award to: design curriculum, develop partnerships, manage summer camps, mentor youth debating teams, facilitate youth social action and support personal development. With a BA in Social Policy from the University of Birmingham, Mita has also worked as a volunteer in a variety of roles including serving as Chair of the British Youth Council.