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.

Hanna Naima McCloskey

CEO and Founder

hanna@fearlessfutures.org

Rachael Curzons

COO

rachael@fearlessfutures.org

Sara Shahvisi

Director of Programmes

sara@fearlessfutures.org

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 gender 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.

Follow Hanna on Twitter: @Hnaima17

RACHAEL CURZONS is the COO of Fearless Futures. Originally from the North-West, Rachael has always been fascinated by gender, and the fundamental ways in which women experience the world differently to their male counterparts. As a northerner, she is particularly fascinated by the intersection of regional identity and gender. Having completed a BA in English at King’s College London, Rachael went on to train to be a teacher, working in schools in South London for six years whilst also studying for an MA in Education, and then an MSt Literature and History at University of Oxford, where she explored the gendered nature of travel in the nineteenth century, focusing on women’s railway use. She then went on to work for The Brilliant Club as Director of Teaching and Learning, a fair access charity where she oversaw the training of hundreds of PhD researchers to work with young people in school. Rachael joins Fearless Futures as an expert in training non-teachers to deliver in schools, in addition to which she brings an understanding of academic gender theory and an interest in feminist pedagogy.

Follow Rachael on Twitter: @rachael_c_edu

SARA SHAHVISI is the Director of Programmes of Fearless Futures, she is of Kurdish-British heritage and a former teacher in inner-city state schools. Sara’s expertise lies at the intersection of pedagogy, research and facilitation and alongside programme management, 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 on issues of inequality and oppression and creating transformational learning experiences. She is an experienced researcher on issues of social policy and 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.

Follow Sara on Twitter: SaraSFearless

Advisory board

Haroona Irshad-Franklin
Senior Responsible Owner, Innovation, Growth and Technology Directorate, Department of Health

Michael Slavinsky
Teaching and Learning Director, Researchers in Schools

Bethan Thomas
Deputy Head, Claremont High School

Terry Molloy
Headteacher, Claremont High School

Sophie Bennett
Co-Director, UK Feminista

 

Trailblazers

Our Trailblazers are the amazing women who run our in-school programmes.