FGM 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
Dexter Dias QC (Chair)
Human rights lawyer, Deputy High Court Judge and Special Advisor on Human Rights to Unicef UK, Dexter is also an author and led on the parliamentary reporting that changed the law on FGM to strengthen its protection of young women and girls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Katrin McMillan.
Founder and CEO, Hello World
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.
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.