Oliver Brendon

Oliver is a Co founder of the ATD Foundation and has been the vision and energy behind its mission.  He is also Founder & CEO of the successful e-commerce company Attraction Tickets Direct.  Oliver has been progressively more involved in the support of charity projects across Zambia. With a heart-warming ambition for improving the quality of Zambian children’s lives through water, sanitation and football projects, he is channelling his passion to change lives.

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Joe Thompson

Joe is a qualified chartered accountant, training with KPMG before pursuing a career in Corporate Finance. He worked at a number of blue-chip Investment Banks including Dresdner Kleinwort, Lloyds and Investec providing strategic and financial advice to UK and International companies. During his career Joe has acted on corporate transactions worth over £45 billion. He is now an independent Corporate Finance consultant advising companies on capital raisings and strategy.

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Sasha Brendon

Sasha has had a passion for travel and exploring new and fascinating destinations since her first trip abroad in the 1980’s. With over 20 years’ experience in the travel industry which included writing travel brochures and negotiating supplier contracts, she was able to indulge her wanderlust as well as  developing a strong eye for detail and building firm relationships. Since having children, Sasha has become more concerned with children’s welfare and education and for several years has been involved with school PTA’s and raising money for children’s charities. She is an advocate for gender equality and is particularly inspired by the success of the girls’ team programme at the Livingstone Youth Football Academy.

Pete Edwards

Pete has worked in the media and marketing industry for more than 25 years.  His experience includes leadership roles with media agency Starcom and founding his own consultancy business, EGS in 2005.  After selling to the Engine group (one of the UK's largest advertising and media services group) in 2009, he enjoyed a range of roles including Chief Strategy Officer, Chairman of their data business, and ultimately CEO of their media division with responsibility for launching three ad-tech platforms in Europe and the far east.  Currently Pete is a non exec director for B2B business services group Crimtan and a consultant at the french advertising and media network, Publicis.  Outside of work, Pete enjoys playing golf badly, running adequately and appreciating wine, extensively.

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Chibwe Henry

Chibwe is an experienced and innovative NGO and International Development management professional with a strong track record of working for and building local, national and international charities and grant-makers. She is Partnership Manager for the Department for International Development (DFID) at Comic Relief, a major grant making charity based in the UK which strives to create a just world free from poverty. Chibwe leads a complex £25m plus portfolio of grants, All In, All Learning!, across nine African countries that is jointly funded by Comic Relief and DFID. The programme aims to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for the poorest and most disadvantaged, whilst building stronger and more inclusive education systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Comic Relief, Chibwe founded and led an African Diaspora-led INGO based in the UK, Diaspora for African Development (DfAD). Outside of work, Chibwe enjoys listening to audiobooks, reconnecting with nature and learning about new cultures around the world.

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Kanya Manoj

Kanya began her career in investment banking with Morgan Stanley and has since worked extensively in international development and healthcare sectors as a strategy consultant with Booz Alllen Hamilton and subsequently, as a program manager for Clinton Health Access Initiative. Through these roles, she has worked across a range of projects at the national and international policy levels including organizational transformation for the US Military Health System, roll-out of National Health Insurance in South Africa, and strategic planning for the newly launched ATScale, a global partnership aimed at reaching 500 million people worldwide with life-changing assistive technologies by 2030. Having lived and worked in four continents, Kanya has always been deeply invested in international development issues and is passionate about finding ways to support vulnerable populations through meaningful and sustained social change.

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Jake Criswick
Charity Manager

Jake is our Charity Manager who ensures the smooth day-to-day running of the ATD Foundation. He first started working as a Logistician for Raleigh International in Tanzania and then for Coopération Internationale in Malawi. He then went on to Project Manage a  World Food Programme funded project in Nigeria coordinating the distribution of essential emergency aid to internationally displaced people. Jake holds a degree in Sport & Exercise Science and has coached athletes in schools and clubs in the UK and internationally. As a strong advocate for using sport for social change, Jake has been involved in the development of the Livingstone Youth Football Academy in Zambia and works closely with all other partners of the ATD Foundation. A keen athlete himself, he keeps fit by competing in triathlons and playing football.