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About us

We believe that any school, anywhere, should be making the most out of their alumni. Former students can have a transformational impact on the learning experience of students, and their ability to make a smooth transition from education into employment.

Future First Global is a new charity looking to transform the school to work transition for millions of young people worldwide over the next decade. The charity was launched based on the findings of a nine-country research study that covered countries in Asia, East and West Africa, Latin America, North America, Europe and the Middle East, sponsored by the Open Society Foundations.

The study unearthed a vast resource that is the latent will of former students to re-engage with their former schools as relatable role models, mentors, work experience providers and trusted advisers. While only 2% of adults polled had engaged with or gone back to their former high schools to date, 52% of those we asked said they would be willing to do so. 

Future First Global’s mission is to help schools leverage that will to give back, at an international scale. Find out more about our approach.

Meet the Team

Abi – Research and Programme Manager
Abigail Nokes

Abi joined Future First Global in August 2015, before which she was working for sister charity, Future First UK. During this time Abi led a team of officers working directly with schools across the UK to advise and support them to build alumni networks, as well as managing the South West region of the country herself. Abi also led external partnerships with the Brightside Trust and SGOSS to create programmes for alumni to support their old schools as mentors and governors. She has a BA Hons in English Literature and Spanish from the University of Manchester, and is now based in Singapore.

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Pauline - Kenya Programme Manager
Pauline Wanja
Kenya Programme and Advocacy Manager

Based in Nairobi, Pauline has been leading our work in Kenya since 2012. Previously she designed and implemented youth programs for ActionAid International, the World Bank Institute, World Youth Alliance and Ashoka Youth Venture Program. She is an Acumen Fellow and sits on the boards of CIVICUS World Assemblies and Africa Social Entrepreneurs Network (ASEN). Pauline holds an apologetic law degree and has a special interest in designing Inclusive Education Programs.

Hannah White
Programme Officer

Hannah joined Future First Global in April 2017, having previously worked delivering employability programmes in schools in the UK. She has a Masters in Conflict and Development, for which she undertook research into informal education and support networks in Palestinian refugee camps. She is currently based in London.

Wangari Munene is Kenya Programme Officer
Wangari Munene
Kenya Programme Officer

Wangari is an accomplished marketer with extensive experience in event management and marketing. She holds BSc and MSc degrees in International Business Administration from the United States International University (USIU-Africa). She is the alumni special projects and mentorship coordinator at her former school, South Tetu Girls. She is a member of both the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) and Event Managers Association of Kenya (EMAK).

Sally Buchanan
Finance Manager

Sally has a real passion for both global education and charity. On top of that, she is a qualified chartered accountant with over a decade of experience in finance roles in the charity and not for profit sector. For a time Sally worked for both Future First UK and Future First Global, until recently retiring from Future First UK. Sally has been with Future First Global since the beginning and, as well as being a finance guru, is expert at managing through rapid growth.

Jake Hayman is Future First Global's Founder
Jake Hayman

In 2009 Jake founded Future First in the UK and served as part time CEO for 5 years until 2014. Before that, in 2007, Jake founded philanthropy consultancy The Social Investment Consultancy (TSIC). In 2010, Jake was awarded a scholarship to study social enterprise on Columbia Business School¹s intensive executive education programme. Jake also sits on the trustee boards of the Lankelly Chase Foundation and Early Intervention Foundation.

Our Board of Trustees

Dr Sarabajaya Kumar (Chair)
Academic and Professional Development Adviser, London School of Economics and Political Science and Fellow in Voluntary Sector Policy, School of Public Policy, University College London

Dr Sarabajaya Kumar is an academic with extensive experience of higher education and expertise in academic development and public policy, specifically charities, social enterprise and the voluntary sector. Sarabajaya currently holds appointments in the PhD Academy, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the School of Public Policy in University College London (UCL). Previously, she held a Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford and a Lectureship at LSE.

Sarabajaya’s values include a strong commitment to social justice and addressing social mobility issues in particular, and to this end she has, over the past two decades, worked with a range of voluntary and statutory organisations, to enact change for the collective good, through various advisory and governance roles. She currently mentors young social entrepreneurs, and advises several national and international not-for- profit organisations including the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR). She was a founding Trustee of Future First in the UK.

Katie McCrory
Consultant, Social Impact and Strategic Communications

Katie became a trustee for Future First Global in February 2015, bringing with her a decade of experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Katie is a social impact and strategic communications consultant, and was previously a Business Innovation Director at Virgin Group leading on the development of impact strategies for a number of Virgin brands including Virgin Active, Virgin Mobile and Virgin Care. She has also held senior roles at public service provider A4e, global PR firm Brunswick Group, and change communications consultancy Forster. She is the co-founder of a women’s enlightenment salon called Big Blonde, and a Fellow of the RSA. She has a First Class MA (Hons) in History from Edinburgh.

Anthony Davis
Children's Rights Policy Advisor, Plan International

Anthony joined the Board of Trustees in February 2015 and brings a range of experience in policy, advocacy, campaigns and research. In his current role as a policy advisor at Plan International, he specialises in the right to education and youth engagement in governance and accountability. He has authored a number of reports in these areas, including with the Overseas Development Institute and the Global Campaign for Education. Prior to joining Plan, Anthony has worked as a senior policy advisor at Save the Children, a political campaigner at Oxfam GB, and as a human rights researcher for Maplecroft, a non-financial risk consultancy. Anthony has a BA in Philosophy and Politics from Exeter University, and an MA in Human Rights from University College London.

Hannah-May Wilson
Program Manager, 'People's Action for Learning Network' (PAL Network) Secretariat

Based in Nairobi, Hannah-May is the Program Manager for the ‘People’s Action for Learning Network’ (PAL Network) Secretariat, responsible for amplifying the voice and raising the profile of the nine-country network globally. Prior to joining the PAL Network Secretariat, Hannah-May worked as a Senior Program Officer in Communications for Uwezo East Africa. Hannah-May started her career as a researcher for the British Red Cross and the UK Cabinet Office before moving to Canada where she worked as an Analyst for the Government of Ontario. Hannah-May holds an MSc in Social Policy Research from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Amanda Feldman
Director, Impact+, Bridges Ventures

Amanda Feldman has focused her career on shaping social innovation and investment strategy with corporates and entrepreneurs. Previously, as a Director at Volans, her strategy work with multinationals and research on corporate venture capital. With the Bridges Impact+ team, Amanda leads on external advisory work to promote the growth of the sustainable and impact investment sector. She brings experience in social enterprise and public health policy across North America, Europe and Asia, and started a youth-led movement in the USA that launches service projects around health, poverty and education. She holds a B.A. in English and Spanish literature from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from the London School of Economics.

Kathy Edersheim
Senior Director of Alumni Relations, Yale University

Kathy Edersheim is Senior Director of International Alumni Relations and Travel at the Association of Yale Alumni. Her role encompasses responsibility for programs that take alumni, family and friends on educational, service and mission trips around the world. She is also part of the management team of the AYA. She is the founding Chairperson of YaleGALE and produced five of the YaleGALE trips prior to joining Yale. Within the YaleGALE program, Kathy speaks about volunteer engagement, leadership development and strategic planning as well as specific alumni initiatives. Kathy served on the AYA Board of Governors for four years. Kathy was the first woman President of the Yale Club of New York City ‑ the largest college club in the world with a 22 story building located in the heart of mid-town Manhattan ‑ and continues to serve on the Board of the Club and as Chair of the Human Resources Committee. Kathy won the AYA Volunteer of the Year award in 2008. In 2011, Kathy was awarded the Yale Medal, Yale’s highest award presented by the AYA, conferred solely to honor outstanding individual service to the University. Prior to joining AYA, she worked as a Financial Advisor and marketing professional. Kathy received an MBA from the Stern School of Business.

We would like to thank the Open Society Foundations for their partnership and financial support.
We would also like to thank our other partners and supporters: