The Team

Rushanara AliRushanara Ali

Rushanara is Associate Director at the Young Foundation and initiated the UpRising leadership programme.

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Will Norman

Will oversees the work of the UpRising team. He’s the man that makes sure what needs to be done, gets done….and on time! (in a fun way of course!)

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Omar Salem

Omar leads the UpRising leadership programme, working to make things happen on the ground and ensure participants are getting what they should from Uprising throughout the year. Omar also keeps the UpRising team in check (or not)!

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LouiseLouise Pulford

Louise has been involved in UpRising since its inception, and works on content and programme development. Louise also runs the Young Foundation’s international network and facilitates connections between the UpRising programme and the rest of the world!!

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Adiva Kestenbaum

Adiva works on the delivery of UpRising. If you want to find out more about learning sessions, include anything in our newsletter or talk about leadership opportunities she is the person you’ll want to contact.

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Mary Abdo

Mary is the Programme Leader for Youth Leadership at the Young Foundation and advises UpRising on strategy. Her prior experience includes management consulting as well as extensive experience in the non-profit sector. Mary has a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and was a Fulbright Fellow in Belgium in 2002.

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Neil Reeder

Neil is a programme leader, advising on the strategic direction of community leadership and the development of UpRising.

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