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Our Team

Our small core team works with our fantastic broad network of skilled part-time and volunteer members on the ground whose dedication to our cause is crucial to our operations across 5 countries to deliver vital projects to women, youth, and whole communities in rural African communities.

Our members work in media, programmes and marketing departments to bring Ripples Foundation projects to life for those in need.

Anne Toba CEO

What made you establish Ripples Foundation?
Ripples Foundation started life as BME Concern, which I began to help women who had come to the UK from overseas, who were suffering from violence and didn’t know their rights. I would offer them support by referring them to the support services, but I knew that I would eventually take my charity to Africa, having experienced the impact of culture on women there myself. If I, being a Postgraduate with a good job, could suffer, then what chance did the average African village woman stand?
What is the best thing about working at ripples?
The feeling that you get when you see how your programme has directly improved the lives of someone. You can actually feel the change in people and see the person behind the suffering; there is nothing more exhilarating and it re-energises me.
Interesting fact about myself:
When I was a child I used to play competitive sports (basketball and volleyball) and absolutely hated to lose!
Top of my bucket list:
When my sons were young they promised to let me test drive my favourite car, a Porsche 911, when they grow up. I’m still waiting...
 

"You can actually feel and see the change in people, because I visit regularly, I can see the person behind the suffering; there is nothing more Exhilarating; this re-energises me each time."

 

Jellen Olivares Blanco

Programmes

What is the best thing about working at ripples?
Feels like doing a bit of social justice everyday. It’s challenging but feels great!
Interesting fact about myself:
I love musical theater and can (badly) sing Les Miserables and Wicked soundtracks completely from start to finish.
Top of my bucket list:
Travel anywhere and everywhere.

FlOra Guitton

Programmes

What is the best thing about working at ripples?
Working within a dynamic team which share the same goal.
Interesting fact about myself:
I used to play piano, djembe and sing.
Top of my bucket list:
Help Ryan catching all the Pokemons

Daniel Crittenden

Media

What is the best thing about working at ripples?
The best thing about working at Ripples is the freedom to be creative and put my own stamp on the work that we do.
Interesting fact about myself:
I am a DJ.
Top of my bucket list:
To jump out of a plane and skydive.

Ryan Santana

Media

What is the best thing about working at ripples?
Help empowering women and the improvement of their cultural, social, economic and health status.
Interesting fact about myself:
I used to have a collection of magazines in Brazil. The oldest edition that I managed to get was the first edition of the Esquire from 1933.
Top of my bucket list:
Catch all the Pokemons

Stephanie Phillips

Media

What is the best thing about working at ripples?
I would say the best thing about working at ripple, is knowing that the work we do is making someone, somewhere smile.
Interesting fact about myself:
I love watching anime.
Top of my bucket list:
Travel the world.

THE TEAM IN Africa

Team Africa

Funke Owonubi

Programmes

What is the best thing about working at ripples?
I love working at Ripples because Ripples Team’s approach to challenges makes them less daunting by breaking them down into simple processes, no matter how big the project.
Interesting fact about myself:
I am generally a very calm person, nothing phases me.
Top of my bucket list:
To go on a wildlife safari trip.

Gloria Razafimahazo

Programmes

What is the best thing about working at ripples?
The best thing about working in Ripples is beeing part of a great project to touch lives of people concern and make change happen.
Interesting fact about myself:
I am fun, caring and serious person who likes to be in touch with people
Top of my bucket list:
To be on a roller coaster with my kids.

Dr Abdurrahman Nasir

Media

What is the best thing about working at ripples?
I like the flexibility and adaptability of Ripples’ Programmes. Their working model is different from most other organizations. One has the freedom to do what you do best and yet be able to make a difference. The team is very great with virtually no limitations except the extent of our abilities. That is very great!
Interesting fact about myself:
Interesting facts about myself I love challenges (the bigger the better) and I’m always in when it comes to learning something new.
Top of my bucket list:
Help establish a first class center of learning Visit the Faroe Islands Learn to play the Piano

Dr Maryam Nasir Aliyu

Medical

What is the best thing about working at ripples?
I love working with Ripples because it has given me the opportunity to touch more lives. It’s also wonderful because it doesn’t feel like work, it feels like family.
Interesting fact about myself:
I love cooking and knitting and I’m relatively good at both.
Top of my bucket list:
To learn Spanish.

Dr AnthOny OJO

Medical

What is the best thing about working at ripples?
Ripples has helped to restore hope to very many less privileged African women endowed with potentials. That fulfilment you have when you see a woman empowered.
Interesting fact about myself:
Life is about living for others. Dream Big, With optimism & strong will, nothing is impossible
Top of my bucket list:
Holidays in Paris