WONDER relies on our advisors to increase our insight and expertise, and to ensure we get input from a range of sectors and countries.
Cristina Cleary - Schools Engagement Advisor
Cristina is a teenage fundraiser with a lot of success under her belt and a passion for making a difference. As our schools champion this secondary school student helps us to make sure that our resources and engagement with young people is attractive and socially provocative.
Raphaella Gabrasadig - Diversity and Participation Advisor
Raphaella is a trainee solicitor at a City law firm after achieving a 1st at UCL in Ancient World Studies and a distinction in both the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School. Since the age of 14, Raphaella has been involved with the local community through volunteering with the Red Cross, the YMCA, organising senior citizen dinners and getting a group together to visit the elderly and sing carols at Christmas. At university, Raphaella became the senior transition mentor for the Classics department and enjoyed various roles in the annual Classics Play. In her second year, Raphaella managed an EU Youth in Action Initiative that received 8150 euros of funding. The project, named RAISE, involved running skills workshops and mentoring sessions at Bishop Challoner School in Tower Hamlets and was given the Annual Award of Distinction by Excellence in Education at a ceremony in the House of Lords. Raphaella also interned with Goldman Sachs and the Civil Service before settling on a career in law. Before beginning her training contract, she volunteered in Kenya as a team leader with the VSO ICS program for three months. Raphaella is very grateful for the networks she has, most notably through the Wonder Foundation and Rare recruitment, that have allowed her to develop so much through these experiences.
Raheal Gabrasadig - FGM and Women's Health Advisor
Raheal is a trainee Paediatrician born in Sudan. She has a particular interest in, and has received a Wonder Foundation grant to research, FGM. More here.
Marion Osieyo - Youth Active Citizenship Advisor
Marion is a young professional working to transform the policy, infrastructure and culture of global decision-making in international co-operation and development. Her areas of expertise lie in human rights (youth rights and women's rights) where she has worked over the past five years across Africa, Asia and Europe. As part of her international development work, she has designed and co-created several capacity building public engagement efforts including art exhibitions, global campaigns, a national consultation, a national education curriculum resource, a global Summit and a multimedia platform with institutions and civil society movements including EuropeAid, British Council, British Youth Council, Action2015, UK Department for International Development and the Oxford University Migration Society.Coupled with academic training in 'Global Governance and Diplomacy' at the University of Oxford, she is committed to contributing her skills in development policy, practice and advocacy to build more accountable, responsive, inclusive institutions of governance at the global level. You can follow her on Twitter here or read her blog here.
Suzy Wood - Schools Advisor
Suzy completed her undergraduate degree in French and Spanish at the university of Sheffield. After several years working with disadvantaged children and young people both in London and overseas, she went on to complete her PGCE through the TeachFirst training programme at a primary school in East London. She now teaches full time at a school in south London.
Seday Yegebriel - Child Protection Advisor
Seday Yegebriel is a family law solicitor with an Master's in Children's Rights. Originally from Ethiopia, she has an understanding of the issues affecting women in developing countries. She has volunteered extensively; she currently mentors young women from disadvantaged backgrounds and is a volunteer legal adviser at a women’s charity in London in her spare time and has supported women in crisis in the past. Seday was previously Chair of Trustees at Wonder Foundation.
Belinda Nwosu - Nigeria and Vocational Training Advisor
Belinda Nwosu FIH is the lead consultant for Human Capital Development Services at W Hospitality Group. She received her BSc in Mathematics and Statistics from University of Lagos, a BSc in Hospitality Management from Manchester Metropolitan University, and an MA in Hospitality Management from the University of West London. She is currently a doctoral student in the Business School at University of Southampton, where she is researching the cultural implications of performance outcomes in quality assurance among international brand hotels.
Belinda is a well-respected professional with over 14 years’ experience as a lecturer and academic administrator at Wavecrest College of Hospitality, a leading hospitality institution and WONDER partner in Nigeria. Her experience with human capital development includes needs analysis, resource deployment and operations training for several organisations in the hotel, foodservice, not-for-profit and public sectors.
She is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (UK), and the Area Consultant (West Africa) of EuroCHRIE, the official federation for Europe, the Mediterranean Basin and Africa of the International Council for Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education.
Dr Lucy Nyaguthii Gikonyo - Kenya and Hospitality Management Advisor
Dr Lucy Nyaguthii Gikonyo is a lecturer in Hospitality Management at the Centre of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya. She was invoved with the foundation of the Centre in 2006 and has been lecturing there since it opened in 2008. From 1987 until 2006 she worked at Kibondeni College, a Diploma College in Catering and Institutional Management. There she became Deputy Principal, delivering and developing the training curriculum as well as programmes for the training-of-trainers, the management of industrial training for trainees, and mentoring. Additionally she developed income generation strategies. Whilst at Kibondeni she delivered and developed the college programmes, worked as an external examiner with the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) in hospitality units for middle level colleges and contributed to the development of curricula with the Kenya Institute of Education for Diploma and Certificate.