Young Leaders and Mentors Round 3

meet the young leaders and mentors

Young Leader: Annah Nzilani (Kenya)
Annah, 25, is the Mrembo Programme Assistant Coordinator and a Master Coach at Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP), an organisation working in the slums of Nairobi. Annah joined VAP in 2011 as a volunteer. Annah works with adolescent girls around issues related to SRHR, peer pressure and other important life skills. She also facilitates capacity building workshops for peer educators and supports programme implementation as well as monitoring and evaluation work. 

Mentor: Rachel Wallace - Category Quality Manager, Nike European Headquarters, The Netherlands
"I’m forever grateful for the opportunities I’ve received in life, and the help and guidance I’ve had to enable me to get to where I am today. I hope by listening, coaching, and sharing my experiences I can help other women reach their full potential."

Young Leader: Kiran Butola (India)
Kiran, 20, is a Goal Coach with the Naz Foundation in Delhi, India. Kiran joined the Goal programme as a coach in April 2014 and is currently studying for a diploma in sports. Kiran is very passionate about giving girls more opportunities to reach their potential through netball and one day wants to work as a netball referee.

Mentor: Annie Francis - CSR Lawyer, The Netherlands
"In my professional life I have both been a mentor and received mentoring. I would like to use the memory and feeling of those experiences and knowledge of what powerful mentoring can achieve to give back to young women who are using sports as a tool for development, supporting them to develop their leadership potential in an authentic way. For me being a mentor is also an enormous privilege - it requires openness on both sides. In my experience, mentoring always leads to some self learning or realisation that is personally valuable. I always look forward to getting those self 'aha' moments - life is a continuous self learning process."

Young Leader: Bertha Bessy Phiri (Zambia)
Bertha, 24, is a Netball Coach with the National Organisation for Women in Sport Physical Activity and Recreation (NOWSPAR) in Lusaka, Zambia. Bertha joined NOWSPAR in 2009 as a volunteer and has since been coaching netball and football as well as delivering life skills sessions for the Girl Power programme. In 2013 she participated in a Youth Sport Exchange Programme, working alongside her Kenyan counterparts in Nairobi helping street kids through sport.

Mentor: Mandu Reid - Programme/Fund Manager - Mayor of London's Sports Legacy, UK
"I feel strongly that an essential ingredient to help an individual thrive, develop, and fulfill their potential is the chance to establish connections and build relationships with people who are willing and able to support, encourage, and potentially inspire them. Too often women and girls involved in sport encounter the exact opposite of support and encouragement; I am delighted and feel privileged to be part of a community that is committed to the mission of addressing this."

Young Leader: Manu Gurung (Nepal)
Manu Gurung, 26, is a part-time lead rock climber and a rock climbing senior guide employed by Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN). Manu is also a full-time employee of 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking. Manu has been a trekking guide since 2007. She hopes to pass on her knowledge of trekking to other young women in the community and is interested in helping her organisation grow and develop.  

Mentor: Megan Knight - Partnerships and Development Advisor, Lao Rugby Federation, Laos
“One of the greatest parts of my job is seeing the way the sport can offer a platform for exchanging cultures and ideas through the movement of players, coaches, and teams all around the world. Normally that is what I do for my organisation with the sport of rugby, but being a part of the leadership camp gave me the chance to see so many different sports and athletes from all backgrounds in action and it was fantastic. It was inspiring to meet such strong and passionate mentors and young leaders from around the world and I truly feel it’s by weaving these diverse threads together that we can create and ride a wave of change for women’s sports and leadership globally!”

Young Leader: Irine Mambo (Kenya)
Irene, 27, is a Health Officer with Moving the Goalposts (MTG) in Kilifi, Kenya. Irene joined MTG in 2003 as a football player and has since served as a volunteer, assistant health coordinator and now the Health Officer. She has been trained in peer education, counseling, leadership, governance and football refereeing. Currently, she helps train young girls and women on reproductive health issues.

Mentor: Joanne Ford - Retail Manager, Nike European Headquarters, The Netherlands
"I started to do sports when I started working at Nike to gain more confidence in myself. I went from a 5km beginner to running a marathon and being the head coach for the Ropa Run. I have a lot of energy and love to talk to people and learn about different cultures. Inspire. Empower and get the best out of people. I am helping others through my own skills and knowledge."

Young Leader: Carol Obisa (Kenya)
Carol, 22, is a peer educator and football coach with the Mrembo Programme at Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP), an organisation working in the slums of Nairobi. Carol joined VAP as a volunteer and is now a peer educator around issues related to SRHR as well as a coach of the Mrembo Girls football team. She is very passionate about football as a tool for social change and hopes that she will be able to help girls who have experienced sexual abuse to overcome their obstacles through sport.

Mentor: Christie O'Hara - Project Manager Organization Design, Philips, The Netherlands
“Sports have taught me so much, and given me so many valuable experiences. I welcome the opportunity to facilitate some of those lessons to more women. I have had many wonderful mentors along the way, so I recognize how valuable such a relationship is in a young woman's development. I am honored to have the opportunity to pass along some of the wisdom that has been passed to me by these other incredible women. The mentoring in this type of relationship flows both ways, and I know that I will also continue to learn and grow through the experience of working with a young leader."

Young Leader: Dipjaya Karki Chhetri (Nepal)
Dipjaya, 23, is a Goal facilitator and part-time employee of Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN). She is a full-time employee of 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking and manages the guest house. Dipjaya provides classes during the Basic Female Trekking Guide Training. She wants to help women and girls in Nepal face challenges and overcome obstacles and continue helping EWN grow as an organisation.

Mentor: Laurie Villarreal - House of Running, Founder, Owner & Coach, The Netherlands
"I believe having the support and guidance of a knowledgeable mentor can be critical in the development of a young leader. I'd love to be a part of this and to share what I've learned and what others have shared with me."


Young Leader: Daisy Isingoma (Uganda)
Daisy Isingoma, 21, is a Goal Facilitator at BRAC Uganda. She joined the organisation as a mentor in the ELA (Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents) programme. She was trained as a facilitator in different life skill topics such as gender, bride price, HIV/Aids, STIs and family planning. Daisy wants to teach more young women about the importance of sport and wants to become a role model.

Mentor: Nathalie Courouble - Senior project manager, Nike European Headquarters, The Netherlands
"I believe in women's equality and in women empowering other women. I also believe that sport is a tool to unlock women's potential. I wanted to become a mentor to make a difference in a girl/woman's life by sharing my knowledge, skills, and advising her based on my past experience: my success, failures, and by sharing what I wish I had known."


Young Leader: Peris Mwaka Anderson (Kenya)
Peris, 23, is an Assistant Health Coordinator with Moving the Goalposts (MTG) in Kilifi, Kenya. Peris joined MTG in 2010 as a football player and was quickly trained as a peer educator and counselor, sharing reproductive health information with her fellow teammates and participants. Currently, she helps coordinate tournaments and other events and coordinates peer education sessions in schools across Kilifi. She is also a level 2 referee.

Mentor: Jane Rowan - Mature Student, University of the West of Scotland, UK, former Learning & Development Consultant, Nike European Headquarters, The Netherlands
"Quite often during my younger years and early adulthood, I often wished for a mentor, for someone that cared enough to guide and support me to deal with my issues of low self esteem, shyness and a lack of self confidence. Consequently I wish to share my learning from this and to lend my strength to support young women in particular to become confident individuals, and to be the best that they can be through a positive mentoring process that is based upon self determination, empowerment and autonomy."

Young Leader: Sukaina Majeed (India)
Sukaina, 22, is a Training Officer with the Naz Foundation in Delhi, India. Sukaina has been working with the Naz Foundation for 1 year as a Training Officer and Child Protection Policy Monitor. She organizes trainings and workshop for Goal coaches and life skills facilitators and ensures that the programme is delivered with quality. Sukaina believes that getting girls out of their homes to play and learn will change their futures.

Mentor: Dr. Vanessa MacKinnon - Associate Professor, Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies and Professional Golf Management Program, California University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania, US
“I am fortunate to have worked under two strong, successful female head golf professionals who mentored me and enabled me to be a successful golf instructor and coach for several years. I would love to have the opportunity to share my experiences overcoming barriers in a male-dominated sport with young women from other parts of the world. I think it would be wonderful to work directly with a few young women and to watch them grow and make a contribution to their communities.”

Young Leader: Ekshana Karki Chhetri (Nepal)
Ekshana, 24, is a Goal facilitator and part-time employee of Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN) in Pokhora, Nepal. She is also the assistant manager and correspondence officer at 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking. Ekshana hopes to inspire other young women in Nepal to face their challenges and overcome their obstacles. 

Mentor: Jennifer Catino - Independent Consultant, Global Health and Adolescent Development, Spain
"It is incredibly rewarding to be part of the growth and development of others. The Women Win Leadership Camp with mentors and mentees from around the world gave us that opportunity. And the real power was in seeing that as they grow, we all grow."

Young Leader: Elizabeth Okinda (Kenya)
Elizabeth, 25, is the Mrembo Programme Officer at Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP) working in the slums of Nairobi. Elizabeth joined VAP as a volunteer and peer educator. As the Mrembo Programme Officer, she coaches soccer and leads life skill sessions with girls living in Nairobi and ensures that there are safe spaces for girls to play and discuss things going on in their lives. In the future, Elizabeth would like to advocate on behalf and start a shelter for women who are sexually abused.

Mentor: Saroja Coelho - Senior Producer and Radio Host, Deutsche Welle

"I have had wonderful mentors, who challenged me and believed in me. I am so glad to have the chance to pass that forward by supporting Liz, as she seeds new programming in her community. I expect that we will both learn a lot from each other as we work to create opportunities for girls and women in Nairobi."

Young Leader: Kisa Kasifa (Uganda)
Kisa, 20, is a GOAL facilitator at BRAC Uganda. Kisa joined BRAC in 2014 as a club mentor, trained in the facilitation of life skills and micro finance. Kisa would like to establish her own organisation one day to empower adolescent girls in her community through sport. She also loves reading and dreams of opening a library that is free and accessible to everyone. 

Mentor: Alice Lecocq - Civil Engineer and Project Manager
"I am interested in sharing my life experience and leadership skills with young women and accompany them in their personal and community projects. I had the chance to meet people who took on the role of mentors with me and greatly enjoyed and benefited from the experience."


Young Leader: Gum Maya Tilija (Nepal)
Gum Maya, 25, is a trekking guide with 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking Company, a social enterprise in Pokhara, Nepal. Gum Maya has been a trekking guide since 2011. She is a senior rock climbing guide and leads trainings for new guides. In addition to trekking, Gum Maya has taken various empowerment courses through Empowering Women of Nepal. Gum Maya would like to become a role model in her community and help young girls become leaders.

Mentor: Ariane Pearl Almeda Hoekstra - Trainer and Coach, The Netherlands
"I am passionate in making a difference by helping others grow and succeed. I love sharing my knowledge and skills while at the same time learning from others. I know that this will be a fulfilling experience for me."


Young Leader: Mercyann Akinyi (Kenya)
Mercyann, 25, is a Divisional Volunteer with Moving the Goalposts (MTG) in Kilifi, Kenya. Mercyann has been with MTG since 2009 as a volunteer, peer educator, coach, first aider, data collector, child safeguarder and has participated in leadership building and digital storytelling. In addition, Mercyann also coached the MTG football team in the East Africa Cup in 2013/14 and is interested in child rights.

Mentor: Regine Mulders - Independent Consultant, The Netherlands
"Sports helped me to build the confidence I needed to take on challenges in life. Everything I have achieved is the result of hard work and perseverance. I know what it is like to struggle with career choices and to climb the ladder in society. A good mentoring relationship delivers insights to the mentor and mentee, I expect that I will learn a lot from this experience, on a personal and a professional level."