• All
  • Learning and Influence
  • Leadership
  • Partnerships and Programmes
  • Capacity Development
  • Network Expansion and Network members
  • Technology
  • Evidence and Learning
  • Communications and Campaigns
  • Fundraising
  • Finance
  • HR and Office Management

  • Dianne Cornes

    Dianne heads the Network Members team, responsible for all aspects of membership of YBI, including membership structure, member relationship management, member programmes, quality assurance and accreditation, and the expansion of the YBI network to new countries. She works closely with members on strategy, programme design and resource raising. Prior to YBI, Dianne worked with two international NGOs following a 20 year career in investment banking.

  • Beatrice Njoroge

    Beatrice is a Finance Assistant and Office Manager and is responsible for the day to day smooth running of the office. She started her working life as a young entrepreneur selling goods to family and friends in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to joining YBI Beatrice worked in the private sector for a number of years and more recently has undertaken voluntary charity work in the UK.

  • Meagan Rees

    Meagan works in the Partnerships and Programmes team at YBI managing some of our key corporate partnerships, including Barclays and Accenture. Meagan’s previous experience includes being a news- and features journalist, political liaison, and a History and English teacher.

  • Chris Massey

    Chris is responsible for strengthening relationships and promoting exchange between YBI members around the world, as well as overseeing various aspects of YBI’s network membership. Prior to joining YBI, Chris worked for a number of charities and NGOs around the world in a training, education and skills-development capacity. He spent nine years living and working in East and Southeast Asia, holds an MA in Intercultural Communication, and speaks Japanese and German.

  • Chris Clark

    Chris is the Grant Finance, Planning & Performance Specialist at YBI ensuring our financial reporting of Grants and Partnership is donor compliant as well as strengthening planning and performance within YBI. Chris joined YBI from WWF where he was previously a Programmes Accounting Executive

  • Andrea Dalla Palma

    Andrea is responsible for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning of the Youth Entrepreneurship Program for Latin America and the Caribbean and he is based in Bogotá. Prior to joining YBI, Andrea was in charge for the monitoring and evaluation of the projects funded by Barrick Mining Company within its CSR strategy in Peru. Previously, he has worked for NGOs and private companies in Italy and other countries.

  • Alessandro Iaconi

    Alessandro's current role at YBI is to support existing members in the use of Salesforce and implement our OMS system for new Members. He has worked in the charity sector as a Salesforce administrator for the past 10 years and most recently at Barnardo’s, a leading UK children’s charity.

  • Fearchar MacLean

    Fearchar supports a variety of functions within the Network team, including Programme Delivery, Communications and Fundraising. Fearchar, previously worked in roles within the public sector and is an English Literature graduate from the University of East Anglia.

  • Carol Appel

    Carol is responsible for managing and developing YBI`s global training offering and facilitating knowledge sharing on training matters between YBI`s members around the world. Prior to joining YBI, Carol worked for Aliança Empreendedora, YBI`s member organisation in Brazil, for 10 years - supporting low income entrepreneurs in the field and developing and systemising entrepreneurship training methodologies. Carol holds an MBA in Business Management, an MBA in Group Dynamics, and speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish and German.

  • Kay Ali

    Kay is responsible for heading up the development of global partnerships at YBI, with new donors including institutions, corporates and leading foundations as part of the Fundraising and Communications team. Previously, Kay has gained extensive experience in developing and delivering successful funding partnerships, marketing and monitoring & evaluation across the charity, NGO and public sector for nearly 15 years. Kay holds a BA (Hons) degree in Politics and an MSc in Migration. She also undertakes a number of voluntary roles including with a food bank charity, local community group and advisory board membership at the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London. *Kay is currently on maternity leave.

  • Sophia Greeley

    Sophia is a member of the Evidence and Learning Team and supports our members to develop monitoring systems and conduct evaluations for their entrepreneurship programmes as well as building the evidence base of what works in youth entrepreneurship. Previously, Sophia has led fuzzy set analyses of WFP food assistance and international earthquake response and coordinated the first national perception survey of young people in Sierra Leone for UNDP. She speaks four languages and has an MSc in European Public Policy.

  • Christina Kappaz

    Christina leads YBI's regional Youth Entrepreneurship Programme in Latin America and the Caribbean. She brings 25 years of relevant experience to her role having worked in both the public and private sectors focusing on economic development, building the Latin American investment ecosystem, innovation and importantly entrepreneurship. Christina has contributed to several significant publications, serves on a number of Boards, and has an extensive track record in planning and organisational development, delivery of facilitation and training services, and undertaking of evaluation and feasibility studies.

  • Tatiana Herrera Rusinque

    Tatiana manages the Finances and Administration of YBI's regional Youth Entrepreneurship Programme in Latin America and the Caribbean. She comes from a family of entrepreneurs with more than 50 years in the Colombian market. Prior to joining YBI, Tatiana was the Procurement Specialist for a public program funded by the Interamerican Development Bank in Colombia. Previously, she has worked for the Multilateral Investment Fund, part of the Interamerican Development Bank group, for seven years.

  • Cathrin Sarll

    Cathrin heads the Programme Delivery Team and is responsible for overseeing programme strategy, development and delivery. Cathrin has over ten years of programme and senior leadership experience within the NGO sector, gained in the UK and overseas. She has previously worked in Sierra Leone as Country Director for Restless Development, in Burundi for Quaker Peace and Social Justice and most recently as the Head of Christin Aid in Wales. She speaks four languages and is currently studying part-time for a MA in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation. *Cathrin is currently on maternity leave.

  • Lucy Wray

    Lucy, part of the Network Expansion Team, conducts research and outreach to new partners across the world in order to expand the scope and scale of YBI’s valuable work. She has a background in youth work and international development, having previously worked for VSO, Y Care International and Muslim Aid.

  • Jo Gray

    Jo is Interim Director of Programme Delivery, leading the capacity development and programme management teams to support YBI members and help strengthen and deliver quality programmes in line with partnership objectives. Jo was previously Head of Mentoring at YBI and continues to be involved at a high level in line with her continued belief in the power of mentoring to affect change in individuals and society. Jo was formerly Principal Consultant at Clutterbuck Associates, a recognised thought leader in the mentoring space. She is particularly interested in mentoring as a tool for women’s development and volunteers with Kerning the Gap’s mentoring scheme for women in the design industry.

  • Joshua Robinson

    Josh is Network Members Officer; working within the Network Members Team. Josh works closely with both Chris on member knowledge & KPIs and with Katharina on YBI’s accreditation. With a background in analytical roles, Josh brings data collection & analysis skills and customer service experience to the Network Members team. Josh is an active volunteer at two London charities and also has a history of international development research through his Human Geography studies at Newcastle University.

  • Catalin Parascan

    Catalin is our Digital Communications Manager, working within the Fundraising and Communications Team. Catalin manages all of our digital communications channels, focusing on driving brand strengthening and securing firm positioning in the sector. Before joining YBI, Catalin has been working in the third sector with particular focus on youth development and social entrepreneurship delivering youth-focused campaigns and events. Previously, he co-founded two social enterprises and has worked in the private sector as an e-Learning consultant.

  • Charné Tromp-Ahmed

    Charné is YBI’s Digital Community Manager working across the Evidence & Learning and Technology teams to strengthen our online engagement with members. Charné manages the YBI Network Community, our online platform where members can connect, share and learn. Prior to joining YBI, Charné gained significant experience in the private sector working in South Africa and the UK, with particular focus on PR, communications and social responsibility.

  • Jessica Greenhalf

    Jessica is Director of Learning and Influence at YBI, overseeing the Evidence and Learning and Communications Teams. She is responsible for creating the culture, structures and capabilities to drive learning across the YBI network. She also leads on the network's engagement in global campaigns and advocacy. Jessica has over ten years’ experience in the non-profit sector in a variety of roles. She has worked for Restless Development as Country Director in Uganda, for Plan UK on their youth portfolio, and most recently for Bond in their Effectiveness team. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.

  • Hannah Leyro Diaz

    Hannah is Director of Finance and Operations at YBI, overseeing the Finance and People teams. She is ACA qualified having studied whilst working at Deloitte, before moving into the charity sector. Hannah has considerable experience in charity finance and operations, having worked at Amnesty International and Prostate Cancer UK. She is experienced in strategic financial planning, systems development, and people management. Hannah speaks Spanish, and holds a postgraduate certificate in Global Development Challenges from the University of Edinburgh.

  • Anita Tiessen

    Anita Tiessen is CEO of YBI, and leads the global network’s efforts to connect members, partners and young people to develop and scale new solutions that leverage the power of entrepreneurship to drive social and economic change. Anita has extensive experience in international development, human rights and leading global networks. Before joining YBI in 2018, Anita was CEO of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, a global movement of 150 country members, where she focused on growing the organisation’s reach and impact. Previously she was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF UK, and Head of Communications at Amnesty International’s global headquarters.

  • Paul Benson

    Paul is currently heading up the fundraising team developing partnerships with a variety of high-value donors to support and expand the work of YBI and its members. Paul has over 10 years’ experience of working in international development securing partnerships with corporate and multi-lateral institutions to support global livelihoods projects; before this Paul had a successful career as a corporate lawyer in the UK And USA – he has a doctorate in law and speaks French and Spanish.

  • Inga Simaite-Islam

    Inga works within our Finance and Operations team as YBI’s People and Administration Apprentice. With a long-time passion for Human Resources Management, Inga supports the team while studying and gaining on the job skills for a CIPD Foundation Certificate in HR Practice Level 3. Inga previously volunteered as Chair of the International Relations and Finance Committee for the not-for-profit ‘School of Success’ organisation in Lithuania, where focus included entrepreneurship training. More recently, Inga has worked in retail where she received a number of awards for her Customer Service skills.


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