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Our team consists of over 60 active men and women, working on a voluntary basis alongside full time jobs and studies. We represent sixteen different European, North American, Asian and African nationalities and we are based all over the world: Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Germany, Norway, Nigeria, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Sudan, Switzerland and Denmark. We are proud to be a diverse team with a broad set of viewpoints and fields of expertise.

Our Board

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Marianne Tellier

Co-founder / Executive Director

Marianne is currently working full-time on WoMena’s activities in Uganda including developing a strong official presence in Kampala, building strategic partnerships and new projects.

Previously, Marianne worked as a Senior Program Officer at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria on TB and malaria grants of the Nigeria portfolio, where she analyzed programmatic progress, processed multi-million dollar disbursements, liaised with fund recipients and partners and managed budgets.

She has a strong passion for improving conditions for people in low-income settings including social business development and enjoys motivating others, connecting research with policy and finding solutions.

Marianne is a Public Health professional from the University of Copenhagen combined with Health Finance and Policy from the London School of Hygiene and London School of Economics.

Marianne has done research and published in the areas of Family Planning and Menstrual Management, as well as student politics and arms disinvestment campaigns. Her work experience from Benin, China/Tibet, Tanzania & Uganda has given her solid skills in grant management, health policy & analysis, health insurance for rural populations, and maternal & child health.

Maria Hyttel

Maria Hyttel

Co-founder / Deputy Executive Director
 
Maria’s focus area in WoMena includes research and programme management as well as ensuring smooth organizational operations and providing technical assistance in communication, fundraising and advocacy.
 
Maria has previously worked more than three years as Programme Analyst and consultant at UNFPA in Burundi, Tanzania and Niger Country Offices, where she worked with youth empowerment, gender based violence coordination, human rights, sexual and reproductive health and as well as response to humanitarian and refugee crisis.
 
Maria is a Public Health professional from University of Copenhagen with a holistic view on health and strong dedication to improve the lives of the most vulnerable. She has conducted research and published in the areas of Family Planning and Menstrual Management and strives in her work to link research to impact-oriented health programmes.
 
Her work experiences with NGO partnerships, research and development assistance in Tanzania, Niger, Uganda, and Benin has provided her strong competencies in project implementation, monitoring & evaluation, trainings, advocacy, programme analysis, youth policy, HIV/AIDS and health insurance for rural populations. She has previously worked for the Red Cross, the Danish AIDS Foundation, the Danish Family Planning Association, DANIDA and the Child Fund.

Our Uganda Team

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Nakalema Shamirah, 26, Master trainer

nakalemashamirah(at)gmail.com

Hello, Shamirah! Nice to meet you! Where are you based, and what is your profession and role with WoMena?
I am based in Uganda, Wakiso District, Nansana Town Council. I am an adult-and community educator. I work as the master trainer at WoMena, where I coordinate all of the training. I have been working with WoMena for one year now.

What about the work or the mission attracted you to WoMena?

What WoMena does and how the organization works attracted me. How we implement our work to the communities and the way the communities respond to our work through the trainings are so impressive.

What are some of your priorities in your work right now?
Helping young girls who can’t afford to manage their menstrual health through the Menstrual Health Management Trainings and Menstrual Cup Distribution.

For you, what is the most rewarding part of working with WoMena?
Helping young girls who can’t afford expensive menstrual management products by giving them a more sustainable method and that is the Menstrual Cup.

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Jimmy, 27, Fulltime Volunteer

kilamajimmycan(at)gmail.com

Hello, Jimmy! Nice to meet you! Where are you based, and what is your profession and role at WoMena?
I have been with WoMena for 2,5 months now. I am based in our office in Kampala, and I work as a volunteer mainly with administration. I am a graduate in programme planning and entrepreneurship.

What about the work or the mission attracted you to WoMena?
I got attracted to WoMena as they do research and training in areas I find interesting. So my passion is to work with the community – and that’s why I chose to work for WoMena.

What are some of your priorities in your work right now?
I want to engage myself in training – do research and also some administrative duties.

For you, what is the most rewarding part of working with WoMena?
People are so sweet in the office – we are like one big family! I feel very integrated here and people get along so well!

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Karisa Wiston, 25, Administrative Accountant

Hello, Wiston! Nice to meet you! Where are you based, and what is your profession and role at WoMena?
I have been working for WoMena since August 2015 as the organization’s administrative accountant and I heard about WoMena trough a friend.

What about the work or the mission attracted you to WoMena?
I like the mission of WoMena! It was a new thing for me and I realised that working with women would empower me with knowledge only few men in Uganda knows about. I further saw it as an opportunity to improve my financial skills.

What are some of your priorities in your work right now?
As I am working under the finance team, I am dealing with women, day to day accounting for both administration and projects.

For you, what is the most rewarding part of working with WoMena?
I have greatly improved my accounting skills. I have been able to obtain knowledge on menstrual hygiene management and been able to work with a great team and meet amazing people who are passionate about menstruation.

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