Mario Ferro, Co-Founder and Director, brings innovation and experience in social entrepreneurship. He is a former Senior Advisor for Energy Investments for Greenpeace and a former Senior Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Advisory as well as Acumen Fellow. Previously he worked on in the post-disaster relief effort after the earthquake on January 2010 in Haiti and trade promotion from small medium enterprises working in China. He holds a Master in Economics and Management from University La Sapienza and a MSc in Development Management, from the LSE. He has been studying and working in Italy, Finland, Ireland, United Kingdom, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Haiti, India, United States, Cambodia and Thailand.
Mari Sawai, Co-Founder, brings her passion in women’s issues, particularly education; experience working with disadvantaged youth in Peru and the U.K.; and a background in communications and partnership development. She holds a Masters from the LSE in Political Economy of Late Development and a BA in French and Hispanic Studies at the University of Bristol.
Desirée Cooper is Associate Consultant in Mentorship at Wedu and a dynamic freelance Consultant in Gender, Education & Social Development focusing on managing international development projects in emerging and transition economies. She recently quit her full-time Economic Consultant role to focus on more fulfilling and inspiring work with Wedu. Over the past decade has she worked not only for a large London-based international economic consulting firm, but also for smaller NGOs and innovative socially-centred charities in the US, UK, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa. Her main passion is innovating and utilising technology to improve and expand educational opportunities across the globe. She holds a MSc from the London School of Economics.
Katie Davos is an Operations Officer, working on the selection of Talent Spotters and mentees. She has previously worked with Amnesty International USA, and is also currently interning with ATMA SEVA. Her passions include human rights and social justice issues. She has worked and volunteered on matters such as community development, gender equality and education. Katie graduated with a Global Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University, getting the opportunity to study in five different countries, including Thailand.
Noor Teja joined the Wedu mentoring team from Vancouver, Canada. Previously she worked is the Network Assistant for the National Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering Network, as well as Program Coordinator for the MECH 2 Program at the University of British Columbia. Noor has been involved with various women groups in Canada since her undergraduate years studying mining engineering at UBC. Her goal is to make an impact in the development world. Noor is also an avid traveler and has backpacked though over 30 countries.
Long Zhao is Company Secretary of Wedu. He is a qualified lawyer who has experience advising both corporate and non-profit sector clients in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region. Long holds degrees in law and arts from the University of Melbourne, and a Masters in Development Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Cambridge.