GMC and our partners know that FGM ends when local level activists, influencers, medics, religious leaders and journalists take to the airwaves calling for the practice to stop.
Maggie O’Kane – Executive Director
Maggie is a co-founder of GMC, and is a former war correspondent with The Guardian newspaper. She left The Guardian to take up the FGM cause as a former British Journalist of the Year, Amnesty International Journalist of the Year and the Emmy award winning founder of Guardian Films. She is currently chair of the European Press Prize but is focussed on her mission to end FGM by 2030.
Naimah Hassan – Director of Programmes
Naimah also worked at The Guardian and was a member of the team that founded GMC. She is a women’s rights campaigner with 15 years experience in the international development space working in various leadership roles. She is a TED speaker, mentor, and a trainer with extensive experience in media campaigning for development. She has a MSc in International Development from the University of Birmingham. In her role as Programme Director, she oversees all programmes over all 8 countries GMC operates in.
Mano Manoharan – Director of Finance and Operations
Mano is an Ernst & Young Chartered Accountant by profession. He spent his early career in the film and music sectors. Moving from pure accounting roles within EMI Films to the marketing of EMI Musics International Stars on a global basis. He then moved to the SME sector where he started a number of businesses in the design and oral care sectors. Having joined GMC in November 2020, his brief covers fundraising, marketing and impact assessment – as well as finance.
Dee Lukic – Project Manager
Dee is one of the founding members of GMC and has a background in media production, working as a Production Manager on documentary films. She manages grant funds and projects over all countries for GMC.
Alice Roques – Programme Manager
Alice is a Programme Manager working with french-speaking activists in West Africa. She’s also a Gender Studies postgraduate at LSE, and writes oddly specific articles on reality TV, gender and sexuality in her free time. Prior to joining the team, Alice studied International Relations – until she understood that would not be enough to dismantle the patriarchy, and GMC seemed like a good place to start.
Caz Stuart – Filmmaker
For 25 years, Caz was a Producer/Director making award-winning documentaries for all the major UK & US primetime broadcasters. Her films ranged from international travel series like Lonely Planet and reality TV shows, to docs about women who kill, how to spot a liar, international art forgers and why drugs should be legalised. She became GMC’s principal film maker in 2019.
Jeremiah Kipainoi – Communications Director
Kipainoi is working with activists to effectively run their media campaigns to end FGM. He is an award-winning multimedia journalist covering women’s rights issues and has been published on the BBC, Deutsche Welle, The New York Times, among others. He produced the End FGM Podcast and hosted the End FGM Live, bringing together local and global stakeholders working at the End FGM campaign during the Covid-19 pandemic. He is also the person behind, and in control of, GMC’s ‘website Activist Hub’.
Our ‘Triple A’ Activists:
Triple A activists are GMC graduates and seasoned End FGM campaigners coordinating activities within their countries.
Kenya: Peter Kemei
Nigeria: Ayo Bello
Sierra Leone: Lucy Anne Ganda
The Gambia: Mam Lisa Camara
Somalia: Ifrah Ahmed
Ethiopia: Hassan Istillah
Mali: Oumou Toure
Guinea: Dr. Morissanda Kouyate
Sadia Isaack – Consultant on Impact Studies
Trustees and officers
Dexter Dias QC (Chair)
Human rights lawyer, Deputy High Court Judge, Special Advisor on Human Rights to Unicef UK, author
Dexter is a Barrister (Queen’s Counsel), he was Chair and a principal author of the report to the UK Parliament that changed the law on FGM to strengthen its protection of young women and girls.
Former Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian
Now Principal of Lady Margaret College, Oxford University and Chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. During his editorship at the Guardian, Alan supported the setting up of GMC – seeing FGM as an urgent human rights issues that demanded mainstream international media engagement
Musikilu is Editor-in-Chief at Nigeria’s Premium Times newspaper, which he co-founded. He is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and has reported extensively on corruption, human rights and human trafficking. A winner of several awards, Musikilu shared a Pulitzer for his team’s reporting on the Panama Papers
Change Management Group
Julia is a management consultant with over 20 years of experience supporting charities. She has built the internationally renowned charity, Consortium For Streetchildren, a global consumer consulting firm, with a team of 40 in Europe, the Middle East and the US. Julia is also a founding trustee for Everyone’s Invited.
Jeremy is a Chartered Accountant qualifying with Brebners who specialise in media and entertainment.
Philanthropist and Social Entrepreneur
Stephen is a former venture capitalist who holds an OBE for his services to philanthropy, and is one of the Global Media Campaign’s private funders.
Headmaster and Governor of Riverside School, Haringey, London
Martin has been involved in work for charities for many years: as chair of ‘Out and About’, a school-based charity funding residential trips for low-income families.
Virginia heads the Charities and Social Enterprise Team at Hewitsons LLP. Virginia has a keen interest in supporting charities to ensure they always aspire to good governance, which encompasses for example appropriate risk management, effective safeguarding and compliant practices and procedures. She is a Charity Commission Interim Manager, a role which enables interventions into charities which appear to be failing and works to identify and implement solutions.
Founder and CEO, Hello World
Katrin is an award-winning human rights expert whose work has spanned both political theatre, as well as grass-roots international development, for over two decades. Katrin started Hello World, a NGO that provides digital education, power, and connectivity, built by communities in Asia and Africa.
Deborah Botwood Smith
Deborah is a communications expert with a track record advising international private sector companies on corporate reputation, ESG issues, thought leadership and crisis management and has also worked in public policy, politics and regulation.