Cristina is the Editor-in-Chief of The Lead. She has created, commissioned and managed multi-platform content for a number of publications and websites at Condé Nast, BBC Worldwide and John Brown Media. She grew up surrounded by very strong women, who became her role models and encouraged her to be aware of, speak up and act against any injustice and rights abuse, especially those directed at women. She firmly believes that we can all do something every day to effect a change.
Monica is the Digital Engagement Manager for The Lead, covering social and paid media. She completed her MA in Marketing and Market Research at the University of Pisa, and she has lived and worked in Rome and London. She has worked in the digital space for the past 6 years with experience in the education and technology sectors. She has also volunteered for several NGOs in defence of women’s rights and now, promoting The Lead, she will support those with unheard voices across the web.
Jennifer is the Web Coordinator, she is is an experienced digital and web production manager with more than ten years working in corporate communications in Australia. Jennifer has a Masters in communication and a BA in journalism. A key focus area during her corporate career has been the equality of women in the corporate world, this area sparked a greater interest in women’s rights globally. By helping The Lead share information, Jennifer hopes to be part of a movement that will highlight human rights abuse around the world – particularly that of women and children.
Marine is a communication professional with a three-continent wide experience across public, private and civil society sectors. Her experiences include work for diverse personalities such a former French Minister of State, diplomats and Tibetan officials in exile. Passionate about human rights and politics, Marine spent one year as a volunteer working with the Tibetan refugee community. Marine has always felt very strongly about women’s rights. Today, she resides in India where she frequently collaborates with NGOs on the subject.
Martina is a journalist who earned her Bachelor in International Relations and European Institutions at the University of Milan. As time passed by, she developed a strong passion for human rights, and particularly for women’s rights. She has focused her research on violence against women and discriminatory legislation. In this area, her main goal is to analyse and find effective strategies to put pressure on states, enhancing their compliance with international human rights law.
Neha is a writer, illustrator and human rights graduate from Australia. Besides writing for The Lead, she is passionate about volunteering, and has worked in projects supporting young refugees and women living with HIV in London. She is interested in smashing the patriarchy and exposing the underlying causes of gender discrimination and violence.
Sofía is a journalist with a passion for telling untold stories. She trained in journalism both in Barcelona, Spain and Ghent, Belgium and now lives in London. Sofía started engaging in humanitarian action and human rights at a young age. She also started collaborating with different initiatives focused on women’s rights and empowerment, including TEDxBarcelonaWomen. She believes that a story has the power to get people engaged in improving women’s lives and words can change the world.
Nikole is a writer with a particular interest in books and films that have an inherent political motivation behind them. She has learned that basic, human rights can be translated creatively into fiction in order to change the status quo. After completing her MA in Literature and Culture at the University of Amsterdam, she went to work for an earthquake recovery programme in Kathmandu, Nepal, where she is currently helping with gender-related initiatives to help women recover mentally, sustainably and actively after the earthquake. Women’s rights, human rights and the politics of aesthetics have therefore a deep impact on her writing.
Kyla is a passionate humanitarian and storyteller. She began her career studying a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of International Studies in Australia and over the past 10 years she has lived and worked for non-government organisations in over 15 countries, mainly supporting refugees, asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking. Through this work, she has witnessed firsthand the particular impacts of conflict and forced migration on women and girls. Kyla furthered her interest in international relations, global humanitarian issues and human rights by completing a Master of Public & International Law in 2006. She is currently a registered delegate with the Red Cross and when not on an active deployment, she leads social activism programs (www.changeshapers.org), consults on various projects and works as an academic for a Global Business School.
Priyanka has a background in linguistics and is currently studying towards an MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies from the School of Advanced Studies, University of London. She has previously assisted refugee and women’s rights organisations in India, Myanmar, and the UK. By working with IWI and The Lead, she hopes to advocate for women's rights and continue her work with refugee and marginalised women. She enjoys reading literature from around the world, in particular, literature from Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East.
Kate graduated in 2017 from Durham University with a degree in Spanish and Arabic. She has been working in a pub and tutoring GCSE Spanish while searching for her dream job. I love to travel, and spent time in Jordan, Spain and Lebanon in her year abroad from university.