MEET OUR EPIC TEAM

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Sarah

SARAH IRELAND

Sarah is One Girl’s CEO. She has over 10 years experience working across the humanitarian and development sectors. Sarah has worked on the frontlines of some of the worst humanitarian crises of recent years in the Philippines, Iraq, Syria and Myanmar. When she’s not overseeing all things One Girl, Sarah loves getting a regular dose of ‘vitamin sea’ and hanging out with her curious (and hilarious) two-year-old daughter.

JEZ HUNGHANFOO

Jez is our Chief Operating Officer. He looks after the business of keeping the lights on, supporting our amazing campaigns and programs and making sure One Girl is functioning as efficiently as possible. When he’s out of the office, Jez juggles postgrad studies, hunting down great food, and taking in Melbourne’s arts and cultural offerings.

Erica

ERICA BERTHELSEN

Erica is our Director of International Programs. It’s her job to make sure all the funds we raise are making a lasting difference to girls in Africa. She works alongside our partner organisations to design, co-ordinate, and monitor our programs to ensure they have the impact that they should. Erica grew up in the Yarra Valley, which has instilled in her a life-long love of trees, animals, and cheese.

MÉABH FRIEL

Méabh is our Communications Director. It’s her role to devise all of our communication strategies and policies — and to make sure we’re giving a voice to the girls we work with, telling their stories and reporting back on where the money goes. On weekends she can be found playing gigs, trawling the live music scene, and trying not to buy more indoor plants.

ELLA DANN-LIMON

Ella is our Communications Coordinator. She is our strategic social manager who co-creates inspiring content for our website and emails, as well as working with the Fundraising team to share incredible stories of all things One Girl. She is a music lover, with a particular fondness for community radio, and a BIG tea enthusiast who will take the time to convert any coffee drinker.

Lili

LILI NISHIYAMA

Lili is our Campaign and Fundraising Coordinator. She spends her time chatting with our amazing donors, making sure they have all their One Girl questions answered. She also works with the fundraising team to create new strategies for our awesome fundraising campaigns. When not putting the ‘fun’ in fundraising, Lili spends her time napping with her cat Fleur and binge watching new TV series.

LOUISE ATKINS

Louise is our International Programs Coordinator. It’s up to Louise to make sure our programs in Sierra Leone and Uganda are running smoothly! She spends her days collecting data from the field and finding new opportunities to grow our programs. When she’s not making sure our programs are the best they can be, Louise loves exploring nature, learning new skills (currently swing dancing), and testing recipes on family and friends.

Bec

BEC YANDELL

Bec is our Community Engagement Manager. She is responsible for running our Ambassador program for Do It In A Dress, as well as our schools and speakers programs, and spends her days thinking of new ways to inspire people to become change makers. When she’s not busy hanging at the local dog park with her fur-babies Reggie and Lola, Bec loves settling in with a big cup of tea, a good book, and a chocolate biscuit (or two).

KARA GIBBONS

Kara is our Fundraising & Relationships Manager. She looks after our Business Partner program and Graduation donors, establishing ongoing partnerships & collaborations that will help One Girl to grow. Kara had been a volunteer with One Girl since 2013 (amazing right?!) and is super passionate about girls’ education. She’s also quite passionate about brunch and boybands, the latter of which she has travelled across the globe to see.

OUR SIERRA LEONE TEAM

Emmanuel

EMMANUEL KAMARA

Emmanuel started as volunteer for One Girl Sierra Leone in 2013, before coming on as our full-time Country Director in 2014. He oversees our Scholarships and LaunchPad projects in Sierra Leone, monitors projects and works closely with our implementing partners, and works tirelessly to build exceptional relationships with our project communities and stakeholders. His favourite thing to do is be with only daughter Emmanuella and help her with her studies, as well as settling in to read a good book.

Zainab

ZAINAB KALLON

Zainab began as a volunteer assistant on One Girl’s Scholarships Program in 2015 and since 2016 has become our LaunchPad and Alumni Project Officer. She plays a crucial role in supporting LaunchPad communities and schools across Sierra Leone, as well as coordinating and monitoring new LaunchPad and Alumni activities. When Zainab’s not working, she loves reading to her son.

Christiana

CHRISTIANA KAMARA

Christiana began as a volunteer assistant for One Girl’s Scholarship Program in 2016 and in 2017 was brought on as a full-time Scholarships Officer. She establishes close relationships with One Girl scholars and their families, keeps an eye on their progress through school, and plays a leading role in the selection of new scholars. When she’s not working with our scholars, her favourite thing to do is spend time with her son and help him with his school work.

CHRISTIANA BECKLEY

Our second Christiana, affectionately named ‘Beckley’, is the key organiser of the programs team in Sierra Leone. She juggles many different tasks to make sure everything in the office is running efficiently and effectively. Beckley oversees all finance and daily administration and when she’s not monitoring our programs, her favourite thing to do is go through her son’s school work and help him with this studies.

OUR CO-FOUNDERS

CHANTELLE BAXTER

During a life-changing trip to Sierra Leone, Chantelle was struck by the challenges that women and girls face everywhere and committed herself to doing something about it, co-founding One Girl in 2009. As Chief Inspiration Officer, Chantelle inspired our community to get off their ass and start making a difference – sparking the grassroots movement that allowed us to grow, and crafting the passionate, real, and fiery voice that One Girl has become known for.

DaveDixon

DAVE DIXON

After traveling through Africa and meeting just some of the 130 million girls around the world out of school, Dave knew he wanted to do something about it. So he co-founded One Girl in 2009, and helped set up the structures that have allowed us to grow rapidly as an organisation. Dave was also the creative brain behind much of our videos and photography, bringing to life the authentic and compelling storytelling that has become our signature.