Our Team

The Global Secretariat supports the running of MenEngage Alliance as a membership-based network. The team aims to empower the membership and networks, and to facilitate joint actions. The Global Secretariat team comes from 12 countries and is currently based across 4 continents and 5 timezones.

Alexander Watt, Advocacy Intern

Alexander is in his first year of a joint master’s degree programme, Peace and Conflict Studies, with the University of Kent (England) and the University of Marburg (Germany). He has engaged with how masculinities impact post-conflict transformations and the means through which militarized masculinities form in armed conflicts. He has a research interest in the framing of gender-based violence and how this is impacted by male bonding practices in conflict situations. He wants to explore through his research how institutions can be transformed so that they no longer embody patriarchal modes of oppression. He likes to write, go bouldering and have long conversations with his friends. Alexander is based in Canterbury, Kent. 

Alvin Findlay, Accounting Specialist

Alvin has worked 20 years in the accounting and finance industry for all size organizations. His passion revolves around helping small businesses and non-profit organizations with their financial needs. He believes by focusing on smaller organizations, he can help employees and management concentrate on their mission, while knowing their finances are taken care of. He believes in working with organizations who promote equity, diversity and inclusion for all people in everything that they do. Alvin is of Trinadadian descent and based in Washington, DC, USA. 

Bianca Marks, Membership Engagement Coordinator

Bianca is a social impact professional with more than 15 years experience across global program management,  and community engagement. Bianca is passionate about creating transformational change at both the individual and community level and has worked as an educator, activist, and project consultant. She holds a BA in International Relations and a MA in Transformative Business Leadership.  Bianca is from South Africa and  based in Washington, D.C, USA. 

Caterina Lisi, Communications Intern

Caterina is an Italian graduate student in Gender Studies. She holds a joint Master’s degree from the University of York (England) and the Alma Mater Studiorum (Italy). Previously, she graduated in Philosophy from the University of Florence (Italy). Her research delves into the intersection of transfeminism and non-human animal rights, unraveling the nuanced dynamics within diverse systems of oppression. Along her academic journey, Caterina has cultivated a keen interest in communications, propelling her involvement in grassroots initiatives. Caterina is based in York, England. 

Evens Daudier, Finance and Grants Officer

Evens has been supporting non-profits with financial management and financial analytics since 2010. With an interest in applying accounting and finance skills to important global justice issues, he has worked with projects supporting the environment, sanitation, human rights, gender based violence prevention, people with disability, child protection, and public health. Evens holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and has managed significant donor funds for international organizations. Originally from Haiti, Evens moved to the USA in February 2019. 

Jennifer Rodriguez Bruno, Advocacy Manager

Jennifer has worked in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, refugee rights and environmental rights. A native of Spain, she gained her professional field experience through living and working in Latin America for five years, including working with UN Women Paraguay to advance advocacy and national initiatives on men and masculinities.

Jennifer holds a Bachelors Degree in International Development Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with regional specializations in Latin America and Africa. She also holds a Master Degree in Social Innovation for Human and Environment Rights for the Kroc School of Peace Studies from the University of San Diego.  

 

Joni van de Sand, Co-Director

Joni is a driven women’s rights & gender justice advocate, with a passion for challenging injustices through feminist systems transformation. She has been working in international development and human-rights based advocacy for more than 15 years in networks of women’s rights, LGBTIQ rights, and gender justice. Before joining MenEngage Alliance in 2014, she worked as Senior Policy Officer with WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform, where she coordinated the network’s international lobby & advocacy work (since 2010), and gained critical leadership experience working with civil society network members and policy makers at the national level and the United Nations. Prior to that she worked as an independent researcher and consultant providing technical expertise to INGOs and academia on women’s empowerment, transnational feminist networks, transforming patriarchal masculinities & engaging men and boys (since 2009). She also worked as Gender focal point and South Asia Officer with Dutch NGO ICCO. Since her late teens she has been active in various local women’s rights and empowerment organizations in The Netherlands, India and Spain. Joni holds an Advanced Masters in International Development from Radboud University, and a Masters in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Amsterdam (with honors). She is committed to ongoing learning about intersectional feminist approaches, decolonization, anti-racism, and countering backlash through movement-building approaches. 

Laxman Belbase, Co-Director

Laxman, a social worker and gender justice activist originally from Nepal, brings two decades of expertise in organizational management, strategic and program development, implementation, technical support, monitoring and evaluation, accountability, and advocacy for gender and social justice. Laxman’s work includes engaging men and boys in gender equality, advocating for LGBTIQ rights, climate justice and social justice, and promoting child rights. Recognized as an expert in the field, Laxman has provided technical assistance to various Human Rights I/NGOs, UN Agencies, and governments across South Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and North America. Prior to MenEngage Alliance, Laxman served as the Global Gender & Health Advisor with Save the Children Sweden during which played a crucial role in the development of the Gender Equality Policy, program guidance toolkit and building capacity of country and regional offices of Save the Children International.  

With over 15 years of experience in establishing, coordinating, and strengthening networks and coalition building models in Gender Equality and Child Rights, Laxman played a pivotal role as a founding core group member to establish and strengthen MenEngage Alliance in Nepal as well as served as the coordinator for MenEngage Alliance in South Asia from 2009 to 2013. Laxman actively contributes to various initiatives, serving voluntarily as a member of the Leadership Council of the Global Women’s Institute, a member of the UN Spotlight Initiative’s Global Civil Society Global Reference Group (GRG), and a member of the Advisory Council of the Society of Gender Professionals. Beyond several advocacy and leadership roles, Laxman also serves as a part-time faculty member at the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA, teaching a course on “Masculinities in International Affairs.”

Magaly Marques, Senior Advisor

Magaly is a feminist and gender justice activist and professional  with extensive experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Magaly is originally from Brazil where she completed her graduate studies in Philosophy at the Catholic University of São Paulo, and lectured for several  years. She has been involved in the Latin American SRHR and feminist movements, and has worked in technical and leadership roles in international organizations, networks and agencies. Magaly is based in Portugal. 

Muhammad Khurram, Communications Intern

Khurram is a poet. As an artist-academic he enjoys working in community-focused projects and, through his affiliation with the Embodied Theory Assembly for 3 years and counting, seeks to bring in art and movement based practices within university spaces. Pedagogically speaking, he is an Earmus Munds Scholar who graduated with a Dual Masters of Arts in Gender Studies from University of Łódź, Poland, and Utrecht University, Netherlands. Khurram’s research interests lie at the intersection of disability studies, environmentalism, and decolonial practices. He has a deep-seated fondness for sweets and is based in Karachi, Pakistan. 

Nyasha Phanisa Sithole, Program Officer

Nyasha from Zimbabwe ,is a feminist and public health specialist with a special interest on the intersections of sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and gender equality. Nyasha holds a Masters Degree in Public Health specialized track in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Prior to this Nyasha has an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology and Gender Development Studies. Nyasha seeks to bridge her academic experience and her professional experience to ensure young people and marginalized women’s voices are brought from the margins to the centre.

Nyasha brings along over 10 years of experience working on youth leadership and engagement through previous roles with regional and global networks including ATHENA, AFRIYAN Eastern and Southern Africa and DAWA. 

Oswaldo Montoya, Networks Associate

Oswaldo is a Nicaraguan psychologist. He is one of the founders of the Men’s Group Against Violence in Managua, which was the first men’s group of this kind in Central America. A former Fulbright grantee, he holds a Master’s degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology from Boston College. For over twenty years he has served as an educator, activist, program officer, researcher, consultant and counselor engaging men and boys in the effort to build a more gender-equitable society free from violence and discrimination.

Oswaldo has previously worked with Puntos de Encuentro, a feminist organization, and with Save the Children, promoting children’s rights. He is the author of several publications and educational manuals, and has contributed to successful educational campaigns, advocacy and alliances to work with boys and men. Oswaldo is based in Washington, DC, USA. 

Tom Hornbrook, Communications Manager

Tom combines experience in communications with an academic background in gender related issues. He holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies from Utrecht University and a postgraduate certificate in International Development from the University of Edinburgh. He has been working in communications since 2010 and has extensive experience facilitating workshops on masculinities with boys and young men. Tom is based in London, UK.