Who We Are

Core team and Board

Sabeena Akhtar (she/her) Senior Programmer

Colette Bailey (she/her) Incoming Executive Director

Riah Charles (she/her) Programming and General Assistant

Cathryn Fenton (she/her) Projects Assistant

Jude Kelly CBE (she/her) CEO and Founder

Charlie Marshall (she/her) Head of Communications and Marketing

Cordelia Milward (she/her) Development Manager

Kate Pakenham (she/her) Interim Executive Director

Domino Pateman (she/her) Director of Festivals and Programmes

Shereen Perera (she/her) Senior Producer

Laura Schofield (she/her) Executive and Operations Manager

Laura White (she/her) Trusts and Foundations Manager

The WOW Foundation proudly works with WOW Festival curators and partners from across the globe. We also work with brilliant freelancers on projects across the year, without whom our work couldn't be possible.


Sandie Okoro (she/her)


Richard Collier-Keywood

Nusrath Hassan

Shevaun Haviland

Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala

Vanessa Ogden

Barbara Reeves

About the Board


Sandie Okoro (she/her) - Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the World Bank Group, and Vice President for Compliance at the World Bank

As the first British national and the first black woman to hold this role, Sandie is the principal advisor and spokesperson on all legal matters for the world’s leading development finance institution. She heads the Legal Vice Presidency Unit where international development legal experts provide legal services essential to World Bank
activities and operations. Sandie also heads the Compliance Vice Presidency that is responsible for developing and overseeing the World Bank data privacy framework that is based on the World Bank Group Policy on Personal Data Privacy. The two Vice Presidencies are separate and distinct.


Richard Collier-Keywood
is the Chair of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, the Chair of Fair4All Finance (the new UK financial inclusion organisation funded by dormant assets), the Chair of Humentum (an NGO based in Washington DC focussed on supporting Operational Excellence in the NGO sector), the Chair of New Forest Care (a company that provides bespoke care and education to children with complex needs) and is a Partner in YGroup (a strategy consultancy). He is also on the Board of CoGo a social enterprise based in New Zealand, WoW, a UK charity focused on diversity and equality, the Marshall Institute at the LSE and St George’s House in Windsor. Previously Richard was Global Vice-Chairman of PwC from November 2011 to February 2017 and served as Managing Partner of PwC UK from 2008 to
2011. Richard is a barrister and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Nusrath Hassan is a Business Development Manager at the Inspired Leaders Network, working on building new commercial ventures and involved in scaling up and providing critical data analysis for current projects. Nusrath is also a girls’ education activist and keynote speaker on the empowerment of women and girls. She was formerly the Coordinator of Enriched Learning at Mulberry School for Girls, focusing on both Global and Women’s Education. Alongside this, Nusrath is a Governor at Mulberry Academy Shoreditch and Trustee at The WOW (Women of the World) Foundation. For her efforts, Nusrath has been awarded ‘Young Star’ at the national Women of the Future Awards, is featured on the
British-Bangladeshi Power 100 List and has received numerous public accolades by high-profile figures such as Former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Shevaun Haviland

Bio to come

Jayanthi Kuru-Utumpala
is a women's rights activist with 15 years of experience in the field of women's rights and gender equality. She holds a Master’s Degree in Gender Studies from the University of Sussex in UK. In 2016, she became the first Sri Lankan person to summit Mount Everest. In recognition of this achievement, from 2016-2019 she was appointed the Goodwill Ambassador for Women's Rights by the Ministry of Women's Affairs in Sri Lanka. In 2017, she was also included in the BBC’s list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world. As an independent consultant, she is currently co-creating ‘Delete Nothing’ – an online platform aimed at addressing technology related violence in Sri Lanka. Through her work with Chrysalis, she is also co-leading a global outcome on the prevention of gender based violence on behalf of CARE International.

Vanessa Ogden
is the CEO of Mulberry Schools Trust, a Multi Academy Trust in London, UK. The family of secondary schools within the Trust is committed to raising standards in challenging contexts and includes Mulberry School for Girls as the founding school, Mulberry Academy Shoreditch, Mulberry University Technical College, Mulberry Academy London Dock due to open in 2022. Under her leadership, Mulberry has been judged ‘Outstanding’ in two successive Ofsted inspections. Vanessa is designated a ‘National Leader in Education’ and undertakes ‘School to School Support’. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education and she has a doctorate specialising in education policy and school improvement.

Barbara Reeves
is a Partner and Head of the firm's Family department. She is an accredited specialist in all aspects of divorce and family law, having led cases involving substantial wealth, complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and trust issues. She is renowned for her handling of the financial fall-out from divorce, with significant experience in cases with an element of non disclosure and enforcement issues. She is also adept in dealing with the wider issues affecting families, such as separation; property disputes; injunctions; marital agreements; cohabitation and all private children arrangements, including residence and contact arrangements, overseas relocation, surrogacy and adoption. Barbara has acted in a number of high profile cases in relation to divorce, matrimonial finance, and financial provision for the children of unmarried parents. Her clients include high net worth and international clients from a wide range of backgrounds, including entrepreneurs, owners of family businesses, City professionals and the independently wealthy. Barbara is a qualified mediator and is a member of the ADR Group, which is recognised for its cross disciplinary depth in the fields of family, civil, and commercial mediation. She is a member also of the Advisory Panel of Insuring Women's Futures, a programme established by the Chartered Insurance Institute, aimed at promoting and enhancing the insurance and financial planning profession’s role in relation to women and risk. She is a member of the Development Board of the Young Vic and a trustee of The WOW Foundation.

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