Wycliffe was born on April 19, 1982 in Vihiga county ,Western Kenya where he grew up. He attended Kaptis Primary School, Emusire High School and then Kenya Polytechnic and Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE), respectively. He has worked in the area of disability for the last 10 years as a teacher and as an advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities in various schools and organization; both local and international. Wycliffe is married to a visually impaired lady and they are blessed with two children. This has driven him to work with passion towards advocating for the right of persons with disability.
Wycliffe is currently the Disability Mainstreaming Officer in a community based rehabilitation project with Handicap International in Dadaab, a position he has held since 2014.Before joining Handicap International, he had taught in Braeburn school as a shadow teacher, Gradeville school, Acorn tutorial school and Kenya Community Centre for Learning. He has also worked with United Disable Empowerment of Kenya(UDEK) and as a volunteer coach with Special Olympics of Kenya.
Sharon is a Project Officer- Age and Disability Inclusion, with 9 years’ experience in development and humanitarian work in Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and the Horn and Southern African Region. She has worked with several organizations including Christian Aid, World Vision, Save the Children and Help Age International. She holds a BSc Environmental Health degree and is currently pursuing MPH at Moi University. She has been involved in humanitarian response work such as the Horn of Africa drought 2010-2012, South Sudan Conflict 2013 and Flood response in Mozambique 2014.
Sudipta currently works with HelpAge International as their Regional Head of Programme and works on a range of issues affecting the older people especially Health and Care, Nutrition, Social protection and Livelihood. He has over 20 years’ experience in development and humanitarian work with specific experience in handling socially marginalized and excluded people.
Gordon is the Emergency Communications Coordinator for CBM. Originally from the UK, Gordon has been living in Belgium for more than 10 years. He graduated with Honours in Plant Molecular
Biology and Ecology from the University of Glasgow in the 1990s.
He spent several years working as an overland driver in Africa. In 1998, he was involved in a a diving accident which resulted in quadriplegia. The following ten years saw him return to work in the field of adventure, and travel writing. He authored Africa’s first safari guide for people with disabilities, visiting and rating more than 300 camps, lodges and hotels for accessibility. A course in web development in 2009 gave Gordon a means to enter the world of global development, and after almost four years managing the international website for CBM, he moved into the organisation’s Emergency Response Unit. Gordon is passionate about inclusion and accessibility, from the built environment to communication and information technology.
Glynnis is a Technical Inclusion Advisor at HelpAge International in Sierra Leone. She holds a BSc International Relations & Politics, and an MSc Children, Youth and International Development from Birkbeck University of London. For almost a decade, Glynnis has committed her professional career to addressing the needs of older people around the world with HelpAge International. She has held a number of roles throughout her years at the organisation but most recently took up the role of Technical Inclusion Advisor in Sierra Leone in response to the Ebola crisis. With a background in advocacy, communications and policy influencing, she has quickly established relations with key stakeholders and sought better inclusion in recovery programmes.
Fredrick is the Executive Director of Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY). ANDY is a national disabled people’s organization run by and for young people with disabilities. ANDY carries out capacity building and advocacy activities to ensure that young disabled people both know and demand their rights and also seeks to help improve their socio-economic status, as many of them are living in severe poverty. He also serves on the Disability Rights Fund Global Advisory Panel.
Daniel has over 8 years working experience with Plan International Malawi. Having worked at different dockets, his duties and responsibilities are of different scopes but all centred at promoting childrens’ rights. With Bachelors in Environmental Health, he has been engaged in different field work related activities managing Program Areas, training within Program Area and managing projects in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. In Program Management, Mr. Kapatuka is well conversant with program cycle management along the areas of planning from program design, implementation to its monitoring and evaluation. Daniel has practical experience in making evidence based decision making which has given him a cutting edge sense in ensuring responsibility, responsiveness and accountability in managing donor funded programs. Currently, Mr. Kapatuka works are Program Area Manager for Plan International Malawi in Mulanje District.
Herbert is an experienced rural development expert working for Plan International Malawi. His qualifications include an MSc in Strategic Management, MA in Leadership and Management and a BSc Rural Development. His vast working experience accumulated over a period of 15 years (8 years in managerial positions) in the NGO sector has equipped him with knowledge and expertise in managing donor funded projects.
Between 2002 and 2014, Herbert has worked extensively in the area of Child Rights through implementation of programmes and projects that support the growth and development of children. The programmes and projects he has been very much involved in include Water and Sanitation. He also contributed significantly in the development of (2011-2016 and 2017-2021) Country Strategic Plan for Plan International Malawi and in 2012 he was a consultant in the development of a Strategic Plan and sponsorship model for Inner City Mission of Christ Embassy in Nigeria. Currently, Herbert is working as Programme Area Manager for Plan International Malawi. He is also the organisation’s a focal person for Advocacy, Youth and governance.
Shafqat was born in Lakki Marwat KP Pakistan and studied at NWFP Agriculture University Peshawar where he got M.Sc (Hons) in Agriculture Plant breeding and genetics. He started his professional career with the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP) in 2002 and has worked for renowned organizations to date, having almost 14 years professional and diversified experience in all different sectors especially Agriculture, (High Efficiency Irrigation System (HEIS), Agronomy of all crops, vegetable and fruits, Agri-farm management, seed production, organic, climate smart and conservation agriculture. He is a certified Permaculturist in Pakistan. He has ample experience working in hardship areas in Pakistan and South Sudan. He has developed several technical guidelines, papers regarding sustainable, resilient Agriculture and gender equality. Being a humanitarian Aid worker, he has expertise in Gender and inclusion of Age and Disability in humanitarian responses. He is a focal point for Gender and Equality at Concern Worldwide Pakistan. He currently performs different roles (e.g. proposal writer, monitoring and evaluation, contextual analysis, capacity building of humanitarian workers on Gender, age and disability in humanitarian situation. Besides his job, he enjoys playing cricket, football, table tennis, hiking, and doing landscape photography.
Anwar was born in Kel Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He specialized in inclusive CBDRM/DRR with MSc in Environmental Sciences including global warming and climate changes as major subjects, from University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. He also has a Diploma in Disasters Risk Management from Preston University in Islamabad, Pakistan. He started his career as community monitoring officer from Merlin International-UK in Pakistan. He joined HelpAge International in Pakistan as campaigns coordinator where he laid the foundation for Age Demands Action-ADA campaign which lead to the first social protection policy for older people in Pakistan. While working here, he served at different positions like DRR Officer, DRR Coordinator and ADCAP Coordinator. He technically supported in country consortiums for including older people and PWDs in humanitarian response. He also served as focal person on behalf of HelpAge in different South Asia regional projects and learning exchange forums. He also has strong working relationships with Pakistan authorities i.e. National Disaster Management Authority-NDMA and National Institute on Disaster Risk Management-NIDM on inclusive CBDRM by giving the input on their tools and conducting sessions on inclusive CBDRM in their workshops. He enjoys poetry and cricket.
Farooq was born in Hallway, a sub district of Punjab province, Pakistan. He is a humanitarian and development professional holding a degree in Business Administration from Lawrence Institute of Management Sciences in Lahore. He works as the Age & Disability Inclusion Coordinator/Advisor with IR Pakistan in ADCAP program Pakistan. His main role is to technically support the organization in mainstreaming Age and Disability Inclusion in humanitarian response. He has around 15 years of experience in humanitarian and development programming with national and international humanitarian organizations mainly, Islamic Relief, Handicap International, Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, Japan Emergency NGO, Tear fund UK and IRM. He has designed and implemented different projects in humanitarian actions of 2001 Islamabad/Rawalpindi, 2005 earthquake, 2007-08 Baluchistan cyclones, 2010 supper floods, 2011, 2014, 2015 floods, 2009 & 2015 IDP crises and conflict management and 2016 earthquake. Besides this, he has implemented various development and DRR projects across Pakistan. He enjoys sports mainly cricket, hockey, reading books and fishing. He also loves to travel and meet people of different cultures.
Harun was born in 1978 in Dandu, Mandera County. He is the son of one of the most renowned and prolific Quran teacher of Mandera County, Maalim Hassan.
On 23rd of March, 2007 Harun was involved in a horrific road accident that almost took his life. For a year, he spent his time staring at hospitals’ ceilings and another long year completely confined in bed in his rural home. Doctors told him he would never walk again. Recovery and adjusting to a wheelchair lifestyle was tough and very frustrating. He gradually emerged overcoming his trauma to become a major advocate in Kenya for the inclusion rights of persons with disabilities in Northern Kenya, in particular. Harun is also an Award winner of the ‘2013 Malaika Trust Award’, courtesy of Malaika Trust Initiatives, an award to celebrate persons who have overcome all odds and contributing in our society to better life of others in Kenya.