FGM and other forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV) ends when local level activists, influencers, medics, religious leaders and journalists take to the airwaves calling for the practice to stop. The GMC backroom team below supports grassroots activists with media training, both in-country and online, with our specially developed media masterclasses.
We train activists to run powerful anti-FGM campaigns where powerful influencers such as religious leaders and doctors speak out on the media, condemning the practice.
Our Triple-A Activists
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
Our background team
Maggie O’Kane – Executive Director
Maggie is a co-founder of GMC, former foreign correspondent with The Guardian, TV and Emmy, award-winning film producer.
Naimah Hassan – Director of Programmes
Naimah is a women’s rights campaigner and leader in international development. She is a TED speaker with extensive experience in media campaigning for development.
Jeremiah Kipainoi – Director of Communications
Kipainoi is a media specialist and award-winning multimedia journalist. He is also the creator and designer of GMC’s website, Masterclasses and Media Hub.
Mano Manoharan – Director of Finance and Operations
Mano is an Ernst & Young Chartered Accountant by profession, an entrepreneur with a lifetime of experience in the film and music sectors. At GMC, his brief covers fundraising, marketing and impact assessment – as well as finance.
Alice Roques – Programme Manager
Alice is GMC Programme Manager across West Africa. She has been the force behind GMC’s expansion across West Africa. Alice studied Gender and International Relations at LSE – until she understood that would not be enough to dismantle the patriarchy, GMC seemed like an excellent place to start.
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 overall countries for GMC.
Caz Stuart – Filmmaker
For 25 years, Caz was a Producer/Director making award-winning documentaries for all the major UK & US primetime broadcasters. She now creates and produces all of GMC’s film content.
Trustees and officers
Helen Mahy CBE (Chair)
Former Company Secretary and General Counsel of National Grid plc. Helen is a non executive director of SSE plc and Gowling WLG (UK) LLP and will be chair from Summer 2023 of NextEnergy Solar Fund. She was also an Equality and Human Rights Commissioner.
Former Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian and Chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, Alan now sits on Facebook’s global regulatory board. He is Principal of Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford University and also chairs the Reuters Institute there.
Musikilu is one of Nigeria’s most famous journalists as 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 won several awards, including a team 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 as her global consumer consulting firm.
Jeremy is a Chartered Accountant qualifying with Brebners who specialise in media and entertainment.
Virginia is a lawyer and heads the Charities and Social Enterprise Team at Hewitsons LLP. At GMC, she oversees risk management, effective safeguarding and compliant practices and procedures. She is also an interim manager at the Charity Commission
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
Nicola is an Employment Lawyer and Partner at Linklaters. She has a particular expertise and interest in diversity and inclusion, whistleblowing and workplace culture. Nicola is a CEDR accredited mediator.
Ayo Bello is an End FGM campaigner in Nigeria and founder of Ladies Circle, a feminists women’s rights organisation working on FGM. She ensures that the voices of the grassroots and triple-A activists are central at the Global Media Campaign board table.
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.
Hilary Burrage is a sociologist who has spent more than two decades investigating and seeking ways to make FGM history. She is author of the definitive textbook Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation: A UK Perspective (Routledge, 2015) and of Female Mutilation (New Holland, 2016) – both of these books offering a global overview of FGM – as well as many other papers, book chapters and reports (see www.hilaryburrage.com ). She is Adjunct Professor, Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics, Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University, Chicago (but normally resident in London), a Member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Global Woman P.E.A.C.E.Foundation #EndFGM Awardee 2016. Hilary was proud to be part of the team led by Maggie O’Kane from which the Global Media Campaign to EndFGM arose.