The Ecosystem is governed and shaped by its community stakeholders, through a Strategic Steering Board…

Formally established in March 2019, the Board exists to provide both the strategic support, and stakeholder oversight required for the Ecosystem to flourish and meet all of its social impact objectives.

Chair

Jay Baughan

Jay has over 30 years experience of designing and leading the establishment of complex commercial and social impact solutions within Europe, Africa and Asia. He is the Founding Executive Chairman of the SESA Ecosystem, leading the international scale-up through this Strategic Steering Board. He is passionate about enabling a culture and practice of stakeholder involvement, oversight and governance to ensure the Ecosystem is fit for purpose as an organic social impact environment.

Sustainability

Jon Kinnell

With 15-years of specialist knowledge across the international charity sector and trends, Jon brings proven expertise in how to identify and build alliances with Charities and Social Enterprises, guiding the development of Ethical and Social Financing and Philanthropy partnerships. His international career has seen him work with some of the most entrepreneurial and passionate individuals, families, companies and their advisors.

Kristina Touzenis

With 20 years of demonstrated experience creating and promoting rights-based approaches to advocacy, policy making and negotiations internationally, Kristina is a recognized advocate and leader on promoting effective implementation of international standards, including Human Rights. She brings extensive experience in communicating what international standards mean and managing promotion of international sustainability.

Amy Blackwell

With extensive experience working with High Net Worth and Ultra-High Network Worth individuals and family offices, Amy enjoys a reputation for creating bespoke philanthropic and impact investment strategies that are personally rewarding using impact assets. She specialises in helping families engage in their impact journey, to use their wealth purposefully, and build bridges that open opportunities for succession planning to be meaningful.

Communities

Kimberly Lovegrove

An accomplished senior executive with over 20-years experience of leading organisations through periods of transformation and rapid growth, Kimberly is passionate about identifying solutions to optimise the learning experience and drive effective relationships between a variety of stakeholders. She brings an in-depth, holistic understanding of the learning journey, matched with skills in building cultures of high performance.

Abubakr Abdalla

For 12-years Abubakr has played key roles in professionalising youth work in the Middle East and North Africa region. Founder of the youth development enterprise Matsh, Abubakr also sits on a number of youth councils and federations in the region, and advises governments. He brings us a passion for capacity building and for establishing youth worker best practice that helps tackle the core issues affecting youth populations today.

Kennedy Ezirim

Founder of Yagazie Foundation Kennedy is a champion for the voiceless and underprivileged living in underserved and unreached communities. A Diplomatic Fellow of the Federation of International Gender Human Rights (FIGHR) on Gender Based Violence, Maternal Health Care, Human Rights Advocacy and Cultural Diversity and Inclusion, he is also a member of Youth for Human Rights International (YHRI).

Jim Sporleder

Jim dedicated the next chapter of his life to assisting educators and youth workers to navigate toxic stress within trauma informed activity. After 33 years as an educator and ultimately principal of Lincoln High School in Washington USA, he led pioneering work which was documented in the movie Paper Tigers. He is an author and US national trainer, providing a step-by-step guide that creates a trauma-informed provision.

David Levine

Founder of the US non-profit the Teaching Empathy Institute, David is an educator, writer, musician, and a Social Emotional Learning pioneer with over 30 years experience in a multitude of educational settings, as a teacher and systems change specialist. He has consulted extensively for school districts focusing on creating cultures where social and emotional learning & emotional intelligence are foundational practices.

Nurudeen Abatemi-Usman

A former member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, member of the Pan African Parliament (PAP), and elected Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Nurudeen is an expert in influencing regeneration projects and stimulating industrialization through legislation. His involvement with the Ecosystem dates back to 2012, when he was Vice Chairman of Senate Committee on Niger Delta Women’s Affairs & Youth Development.

Learning & Development

Paul Davies

For over 30 years Paul has designed and led large-scaled learning & development programmes across the globe. 18 years in senior military roles and 18 years in civilian senior consulting roles within Europe and the Middle East. As an Executive Director of SEDi, the Ecosystem’s learning & development partner internationally, he specifically leads on capability building and quality control across both digital and Learning Outreach activities.

Aled Owen

Serving in the British Army for 22 years and being commended twice, Aled attained the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2 before retirement. Spending 12 years working private security in hostile and dangerous environments, he is an Executive Director of SEDi, the Ecosystem’s learning & development partner internationally, leads on the development of oversees Learning Outreach activities deep within countries with partners.

Rebecca Sprenger

Having operated within UK local authorities, Rebecca joined Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance as International Director based in the UAE growing the compliance business and positioning the brand as a GCC market leader in levels of quality in professional qualifications. A highly respected education entrepreneur within the MENA region, she often sits on standards and qualifications regulatory panels.

Research

Dr. Andrew Holliman

Andrew is a chartered psychologist, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS.), a fellow of the higher education academy (FHEA). He has presented his research at a number of prestigious conferences including the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, the British Dyslexia Association, the European Conference on Developmental Psychology, and the British Psychological Society Developmental Section.

Dr. Martyn Newman

Martyn is a consulting psychologist and expert in emotional intelligence (EQ), an advisor to senior executives at leading Fortune 500 companies, acclaimed author and the co-creator of the world acclaimed Emotional Capital Report. He is visiting Fellow in Leadership at Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University and a consultant to the European Union and the Bulgarian Government’s Ministry of Finance.