Our people

Our Trustees and Leadership team bring together a diverse mix of expertise – in media, mobile, brand and international development. Like everyone at Girl Effect, they share a deep and energetic commitment to empowering girls to change their lives.



Jessica Posner Odede

Based in Nairobi

Chief Creative Officer

Jonathan McKay

Based in New York

Head of Impact

Jo Hemmings

Based in London 

General Counsel

Tabatha Bruce

Based in London 

Interim Chief Development Officer

Tisha Hyter

Based in Washington, DC

Country Lead, Ethiopia

Liya Haile

Based in Addis Ababa

Country Lead, Tanzania

Dolorosa Duncan

Based in Dar es Salaam

Country Director, Rwanda

Samantha Diouf

Based in Kigali

Country Lead, India

Kanishk Kabiraj

Based in Mumbai

Head of Programmes

Nicky Davies

Based in London

Director of Communications

Lucy Hopkins-Parkinson

Based in London

Director of Marketing

Lucia Hayes

Based in London

Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Bilal Amin

Based in Nairobi

Director of Executive Initiatives

Alex Hammer Ducas

Based in New York

Board Members

Chair of Girl Effect and Co-Chair of the NIKE Foundation

Maria Eitel

USA and UK Board Chair

Head of New Product Experimentation at Facebook

Ime Archibong

USA and UK Board Member

Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Erin Hohlfelder

USA and UK Board Member

The Times Group, India

Trishla Jain

USA and UK Board Member

Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, NIKE INC

Hilary Krane

USA and UK Board Member

Chairman of UKI Investments

Jacob Schimmel

USA and UK Board Member

Co Chair/ Board Member, The Moth

Deborah Dugan

USA Board Member

External and Corporate Relations (ECR) Manager for Infrastructure, World Bank Group

Edith Jibunoh

USA Board Member

Leader, Head of Spencer Stuart CEO practice

Jim Citrin

USA Board Member

Chairman of the Board of Condé Nast

Jonathan Newhouse

USA Board Member

General Partner at Canaan

Nina Kjellson

USA Board Member

Producer, director, actor and activist

Salma Hayek Pinault

USA Board Member