Meet our team

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Dr. Ramatu Bangura

Executive Director

Dr. Ramatu Bangura has served as the executive director of the Children’s Rights Innovation Fund since its inception in 2020. A highly collaborative leader, she oversees all aspects of the fund’s design, global strategy, and...

Dr. Ramatu Bangura

Executive Director

Dr. Ramatu Bangura has served as the executive director of the Children’s Rights Innovation Fund since its inception in 2020. A highly collaborative leader, she oversees all aspects of the fund’s design, global strategy, and growth. As the inaugural executive director, Ramatu is building a community of advisors, partners, and allies to collectively realize CRIF’s promise to shift lasting power and resources to children and youth activists around the world.

Ramatu is a lifelong advocate for justice, bringing 25 years of experience working with and on behalf of adolescent girls and youth in New York City, Washington DC, and as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Costa Rica. Most recently, she served as a Program Officer for the NoVo Foundation’s Advancing Adolescent Girls’ Rights initiative, where she co-led strategy development and grantmaking to advance the largest portfolio in philanthropy dedicated to the rights, leadership, and well-being of adolescent girls in the United States and in the Global South. Across her career, she has engaged in organizing, advocacy and research on a host of issues impacting transnational girls, including early and forced marriage, sexual violence, trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, and educational access for English Language Learners.

Ramatu earned both a Masters of Education (EdM) and Doctorate of Education (EdD) in International & Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is deeply committed to decolonizing philanthropic practices to ensure that those most impacted by structural violence and oppression are afforded the tools to create a world where all are safe, seen, and celebrated.

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Gabrielle Bailey

Grantmaking Innovation Officer

Gabrielle joins the team as the Grantmaking Innovation Officer with multiple years of experience in the grantmaking space. She first started in local grassroots activism and later in grantmaking panelist roles for the “With and...

Gabrielle Bailey

Grantmaking Innovation Officer

Gabrielle joins the team as the Grantmaking Innovation Officer with multiple years of experience in the grantmaking space. She first started in local grassroots activism and later in grantmaking panelist roles for the “With and For Girls Collective”, and the “Global Resilience Fund”. She has represented her peers, organisation, Barbados’ youth and feminist movements globally, advocating for gender justice, LGBTQ+ rights, environmental sustainability, and youth development.  At CRIF, she is working to ensure that the grantmaking policies and actions truly place power and resources in the hands of youth activists in ways that uphold the organisation’s values and inspire change within the philanthropic community. 

Gabrielle is currently pursuing an MSc in Development Studies, with a concentration in Social Development Policy. She is passionate about mental health, and believes in a more equitable ‘tomorrow’ for us all, and is proud to hold hands with others to work toward that goal, through focused, determined and joyous resistance.

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Juhi Jha

Program Officer - Learning, Data and Storytelling

Juhi is CRIF’s  Program Officer – Learning, Data and Storytelling. She brings to the team her vast experience as a theatre maker, writer, researcher and director. Juhi uses narrative based research methods to make small, quiet...

Juhi Jha

Program Officer - Learning, Data and Storytelling

Juhi is CRIF’s  Program Officer – Learning, Data and Storytelling. She brings to the team her vast experience as a theatre maker, writer, researcher and director.
Juhi uses narrative based research methods to make small, quiet and sparkling in the dark theatre to promote reflexivity. She has a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Employment Relations and Human  Resource Management. She currently leads the development and management of CRIF’s learning community using innovative data and storytelling approach.
She founded the Project Motley in 2012, which she ran in Delhi for 7 years. As a part of this project, in 2016, she conceptualised and facilitated Trauma Lens – to help organisations think about and adopt trauma informed approach.
Recently, she conducted a narrative based research with artisanal fishers in Seychelles to develop recommendations for policy and management around sociocultural wellbeing. She is fond of creating imaginary worlds and characters with children in her neighbourhood in Seychelles most afternoon.

Theriyeh Koroma-Nenneh

As CRIF’s Communications Officer, Theriyeh comes to this role experienced in the blend of social and behavioural change communications, feminism activism, writing, digital content creation and management, and youth engagement in nonprofit organisations. She has...

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Theriyeh Koroma-Nenneh

As CRIF’s Communications Officer, Theriyeh comes to this role experienced in the blend of social and behavioural change communications, feminism activism, writing, digital content creation and management, and youth engagement in nonprofit organisations.

She has experience working with UN agencies, national and International NGOs as a Communications Associate/Manager.

She works to manage the wellbeing of CRIF’s overall communications strategy and digital presence. She is a writer and founder of the “Warrior Radicalo” blog where she has demonstrated passion to echo social justice issues for positive impact and call to action.

Theriyeh has a keen interest in radical activism, being the Founder and Team Leader of Feminists United Sierra Leone, a collective movement of young social change actors revolutionising the feminism agenda in Sierra Leone. 

She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Gender and Development Studies. She has a special interest in bringing to life voices and stories that are at the vulnerable edge of marginalisation and discrimination.

Advisory hub

Our work is guided by a dynamic advisory hub of innovators from across the field—and beyond. Each brings a wealth of perspective, experience, and integrity to our journey.

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John Kabia

Program Officer, Fund for Global Human Rights

John Kabia

John Kabia is Program Officer for Children and Youth Rights at the Fund for Global Human Rights. Until recently, he served as Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives overseeing work on corporate accountability and the enabling environment for human rights defenders. Prior to that he was Program Officer for West Africa responsible for programs in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. John holds a PhD in conflict, security and development from the University of Bradford, UK and has authored several research publications on human rights, conflict and peacebuilding.

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Ghazal Keshavarzian

Independent Consultant

Ghazal Keshavarzian

Ghazal Keshavarzian is an independent consultant with extensive experience working in the field of child rights and protection, maternal and infant health, conflict resolution and human rights in the United States, Africa, Asia, Middle East and the CEE/CIS region. Most recently, Ghazal was the Director of the Elevate Children Funders Group. Under Ghazal’s strategic direction and leadership, ECFG has become the primary thought leader and go-to partner for donor coordination around global child rights and protection.

Prior to joining ECFG, she was Senior Associate with Maestral International and provided technical and policy assistance to countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and Asia to improve knowledge, policy and programming in relation to child rights and protection. Prior to joining Maestral, she managed the Better Care Network and managed inclusive education, conflict resolution and maternal health programs with a number of NGOs in Azerbaijan and the Republic of Georgia. Ghazal holds a B.A. in Sociology/ Anthropology from Carleton College and Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

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Jody Myrum

Independent Consultant

Jody Myrum

Grounded in social work and a deep commitment to racial, gender and youth justice, Jody is an activist, strategist, researcher, and writer. She has over 20 years of experience working across regions, movements and sectors to advance social justice and human rights. Jody is currently working as an independent consultant on several strategy, research and creative projects. Prior to consulting, she spent 10 years leading the largest global grantmaking initiative focused on advancing the safety and dignity of adolescent girls at the NoVo Foundation.

Before entering philanthropy, she worked in a number of capacities to end violence against girls and women across multiple organizations and contexts globally, with roles ranging from working directly with girls who are survivors of sexual violence and the criminal justice system, to building community and girl centered strategies to end violence against girls and women, to organizing girl-centered social justice oriented convenings. Jody holds a B.S. from Colorado State University in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on adolescence and a M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University. She serves as the Board Chair of the Girls First Fund and was a founding Board Member of Purposeful.

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Perla Vazquez

Independent Consultant

Perla Vazquez

Perla is a Mexican Feminist activist and human rights defender. Her passion is focused on economic justice, the strengthening of social movements especially for children and youth, the defense and promotion of the Sexual Rights of girls and young people, Feminist coaching & healing, and popular education processes.

For the last 17 years, she has collaborated as a defender of Human Rights in Mexico in connection and alliance with the youth and feminist movements of Latin America.

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Anna Windsor

Program Officer, Global Children's Rights, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Anna Windsor

Anna leads a grantmaking portfolio on children’s rights field-building, innovation, and youth power-building with the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund Global Children’s Rights Program, and she has been a member of the team since 2014. She pursued studies at Georgetown University in sociology, with particular focuses on social justice analysis and entrepreneurship. She has additional training from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and General Assembly.

Anna is an active member with Elevate Children Funders Group, the Global Philanthropy Project, With and For Girls, and other field initiatives. Previously Anna has held positions with a project working to catalyze inclusive entrepreneurship and innovation in Washington, DC, with the Case Foundation, with the Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership, and with a children’s program in Baltimore.

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