Mario Ferro, Co-Founder and CEO, brings innovation and experience in social entrepreneurship. He is a former Senior Advisor for Energy Investments for Greenpeace and a former Senior Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Advisory as well as Acumen Fellow. Previously he worked on in the post-disaster relief effort after the earthquake on January 2010 in Haiti and trade promotion from small medium enterprises working in China. He holds a Master in Economics and Management from University La Sapienza and a MSc in Development Management, from the LSE. He has been studying and working in Italy, Finland, Ireland, United Kingdom, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Haiti, India, United States, Cambodia and Thailand.
Vivian Lee is the COO at Wedu and brings her combined experience in management consulting, operations and social entrepreneurship to help propel women’s leadership development and higher education in Asia through Wedu. Previously, Vivian worked as the Operations Director at Rags2Riches, a for-profit social enterprise in the Philippines, where she was also an LGT Venture Philanthropy impact catalyst fellow in 2011. She is passionate about social entrepreneurship as an approach to poverty alleviation, as well as the specific education, health and gender inequities related to development. Vivian graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.
Katie Davos is an Operations Officer, working on the selection of Talent Spotters and mentees. She has previously worked with Amnesty International USA, and is also currently interning with ATMA SEVA. Her passions include human rights and social justice issues. She has worked and volunteered on matters such as community development, gender equality and education. Katie graduated with a Global Master of Arts in International Relations from Webster University, getting the opportunity to study in five different countries, including Thailand.
Rathana Phoeurk is the Operations Officer based in Cambodia, working on establishing outreach partnerships with local organisations and the selection of mentees. Concurrently, she is also working with Sipar, an NGO that promotes reading skills in Cambodia, where she helps youth club members on their personal and professional development. A graduate of Accounting from National University of Management, Rathana is about to pursue a Master’s degree in General Management at Royal University of Law and Economics. Her dream is that “the Cambodian youth have high education and strong participation in social development activities”. With patience and a commitment to success, she believes she can play a part in reaching this goal. Rathana is also a Wedu Rising Star.
Daisy Khamphakdy is the Mentorship Coordinator at Wedu. Holder of a B.A. in Community Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz, she has extensive experience in the non-profit sector in relation to youth development. She has worked on a number of initiatives including the provision of equitable, quality education, sexual education justice and increasing college access opportunities in the US, South Africa and Thailand. Daisy is a passionate advocate of social justice and women’s issues. At Wedu, she is committed to making a contribution towards advancing greater female leadership.
Panyarak Roque is the Communications and Innovations Associate at Wedu. Being a Thai Youth Delegate to the United Nations, he has represented the Thai youth on social development at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly. Prior to joining Wedu, Pan led the national implementation of the MY World Campaign in Thailand, a global United Nations campaign on the post-2015 global development agenda, involving Thai universities and schools nationwide. A graduate of International Studies at Mahidol University International College, he is committed to working on providing equal opportunities for women.
Long Zhao is Company Secretary of Wedu. He is a qualified lawyer who has experience advising both corporate and non-profit sector clients in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region. Long holds degrees in law and arts from the University of Melbourne, and a Masters in Development Studies (with Distinction) from the University of Cambridge.
Mari Sawai, Co-Founder, acts as an adviser to Wedu. Mari brings her passion in women’s issues, particularly education; experience working with disadvantaged youth in Peru and the U.K.; and a background in communications and partnership development. She holds a Masters from the LSE in Political Economy of Late Development and a BA in French and Hispanic Studies at the University of Bristol.