10 years of development, collaborative partnerships and cutting-edge technology has created a unique infrastructure for The SESA Community.

The SEDi learning, development and research infrastructure evolved between 2008 and 2018, building specific professional, youth and adult capability within THREE continents of the world.

Today, this uniquely collaborative infrastructure boasts expert partner organisations and resources, qualifications and the technology to uniquely support the SESA Community’s THREE dedicated learning & development communities.
The SEDi learning, development and research infrastructure underpin the SESA Community. A collaborative, technology driven approach helps establish new educational and youth development capability, and connect thousands of adults and young people into a unique learning zone environment that spans THREE continents of the world.

Aled Owen

Director of Operations and Logistics

Aled leads operations and logistics which support outreach teams on-the-ground and SESA memberships across the 3 learning & development communities.

Aled previously served in the British Army for 22 years in which he attained the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2. Upon retirement, he spent 12 years working private security in hostile and dangerous environments.


Paul Davies

Director of Learning & Development

Paul leads the learning & development operations for SESA in collaboration with partners, plus oversees qualifications, assessments and quality assurance.

Paul spent over three decades in the field of military and then civilian learning & development across the world; holding senior military leadership and special advisory roles, before moving to civilian consulting roles within governments in the Middle East.


Sanjana Bhardwaj

Director of Child Safety & Development (Africa & Asia)

Sanjana leads on SESA Community child safety and development for Africa and Asia; specifically at governmental and agency levels – building relationships and alliances.

For three decades Sanjana has been providing technical advisory services to policy makers and strategic planners in government, non-government and UN agencies on child protection, disability inclusion and gender based violence.


PluggedIN Team

Since 2012, PluggedIN has provided a dedicated international operation which is responsible for sustaining the SESA Community initiative.

The team has TWO focus areas: Forging community alliances within public and non-profit sectors to support professional capability building within education and youth development; building partnerships globally which connect Philanthropy and Social Marketing into the SESA Community.

International Expert Partners

Teaching Empathy Institute – Social Emotional Learning

TEI began collaborating with SEDi in 2015, their Founder and CEO David Levine aligning their vision with SEDi for a seamless and immersive professional development support to transform how educators develop resilient children across the globe.

David and his team partnered with SEDi to create the foundation certification pathway within #sesaEducation; providing their School of Belonging learning model and a host of digital and printed resources for learners to utilise.

TEI is a Tides Foundation funded non-profit organisation dedicated to schools transformation within the USA. It brings 35-years of field-tested expertise and methodology to the US education community, through a unique blend of localised and digital training for education staff and leaders.

RocheMartin Group – Leadership, Emotional Intelligence & Mindfulness

RocheMartin began collaborating with SEDi in 2012, their Founders Dr Martyn Newman and Judy Purse personally aligning with the SEDi vision for the empowerment of young people through greater self-awareness and building the social emotional competencies of Emotional Resilience.

Martyn and Judy have provided invaluable support, resources and expertise as the SESA Community has evolved over the years. In 2017, they partnered to capture data and create a ground-breaking youth-version of their acclaimed ECR; enabling SEDi to globally establish the most robust assessment of evolving adolescent and youth Emotional Resilience.

Jim Sporleder Consulting – ACEs, Developmental Trauma & Toxic Stress

Jim Sporleder joined-forces with SEDi to bring expertise into the learning zones provided to youth workers, as well as educators and parents within the SESA Community. He has consulted extensively on the curriculum within the #sesaYOUTH professional development pathway; providing a learning model for trauma-informed youth work.

Jim retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA – the trauma informed school which gained national US attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and the number of students going on to post-secondary education. Jim is an in-demand expert, speaker, trainer, published author and teamed-up with Sundance Festival film-maker James Redford, in creating the acclaimed film documentary, Paper Tigers.

Compass for Life Foundation – Leadership & Personal Resilience

Compass for Life Foundation joined-forces with SEDi in 2019, bringing their Compass For Life™ model into the qualification curriculum to support youth workers in practically building youth resilience through a proven methodology within the #sesaYOUTH community.

Created by Floyd Woodrow MBE MBC DCM LL.B, Compass For Life™ is a unique approach that brings together the best aspects of leadership training currently available into a simple, concise, and effective framework. It complements all current leadership methodology by aligning them with each cardinal so that everyone can have a compass for life that works for them as an individual, family, team or organisation.

The Beyond Consequences Institute – Trauma-Informed Development

Beyond Consequences Institute joined-forces with SEDi in 2019, bringing their range of resources and specific trauma-informed approach to support youth workers, educators and parents in practically establishing emotionally safe environments within which to repair the damage of early years trauma.

Created by Heather Forbes, BCI is a US organisation which offers a groundbreaking approach to help even the most difficult children find the stability they need to thrive. Based on neuro-scientific research on emotions and behavior, their model provides a simple yet powerful way to help children with severe behavior issues—both at home and in the classroom – shown over and over to transform families after years of “trying everything and nothing worked.”

Learning, Development & Qualifications Body Partners

Institute of Training & Occupational Learning 

SEDi joined-forces with the The Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL) in 2018, to provide SESA Community members with the full rigor of quality assured and accredited learning & development. ITOL collaborated in designing quality assurance and providing accreditation within far-reaching continuing professional development (CPD) resources.

ITOL is the UK’s elite professional body for coaches, trainers and L&D Professionals. In the year 2000 the UK government granted ‘Institute’ status and since that time ITOL has become recognised globally as the premier organisation for everyone involved in the world of learning and education. Internationally, their expertise and research provides support for L&D professionals, educators and agencies to establish robust and tangible approaches to skills development.

Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) 

In 2018, TQUK partnered with SEDi to create TWO regulated and exclusive qualifications for international deployment. This gave the SESA Community professional and regulated qualifications to offer to individuals and employers across the world; changing the game for community youth work, and mental wellbeing in the workplace.

TQUK is the fastest growing Awarding Organisation across the world, providing qualifications through over 400 Centres worldwide to over 100,000 Learners, across 50 countries. Through the HHG partnership, SEDi works with TQUK for additional endorsements and resources which enable SESA Community members to enjoy high-quality learning & development experiences.