World Child Cancer is comprised of a dedicated team of staff, trustees, patrons and programme committee.
Play Therapist, Malawi
Aida Nkhoma joined World Child Cancer in November 2021 at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital as a Play Therapist in Malawi. She provides emotional support to children during their various procedures by engaging them with various play activities to dispel their fears as well as to cope with the pains.
Before joining the team, Aida had four years of work experience providing psychosocial support to children, and has a degree in Social Sciences from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College.
Aida loves following current affairs, listening to music and travelling to appreciate nature.
Individual, Community and Challenge Event Fundraising Executive
Anna joined World Child Cancer in April 2021 as Individual, Community and Challenge Event Fundraising Executive. Her work consists of supporting, communicating with and building lasting relationships with our wonderful supporters. Anna has worked in fundraising for the past seven years and most recently worked at The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as a Challenge Events Manager. Anna has a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and spent two years working in Mexico before moving to London.
Anna is excited to be part of the World Child Cancer team, and to play her role in helping to save the lives of children with cancer.
Child Life Specialist, Ghana
Augusta is a Child Life Specialist and she joined World Child Cancer in September 2019 at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. She helps children cope at the hospital by engaging in fun activities and preparing them for various procedures so their fears are alleviated.
Augusta has worked with children over the years including assessing their behaviour in different environments to provide appropriate support to children. She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana.
Augusta loves to read, listen to music, and finds joy interacting with children.
Marketing and Communications Assistant
Ayaanle joined World Child Cancer in March 2022. He has a upper second class degree honour in International Business BA, graduating from University of Westminster in 2020.
His work experience involves customer service, stewardship and social housing. Ayaanle is excited to work for World Child Cancer and further his career in marketing.
During his spare time, Ayaanle enjoys gaming, reading and watching football with family and friends.
Programme Manager, Asia
Dipika joined World Child Cancer in July 2021. She has extensive experience in international development, including maternal and child health, water and sanitation, housing, and community development. She has been involved in various development projects in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, with expertise in project design, grant management, and monitoring and evaluation.
As a public health professional with a medical background, Dipika has a strong interest in health promotion and healthcare delivery in developing countries. Dipika has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Sheffield and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery.
During her spare time, Dipika loves reading, cycling, and hiking with friends and family.
Head of Trusts and Statutory Funding
Domitille De La Gorce
Domitille joined World Child Cancer in 2020 as Head of Trusts and Statutory Funding. Domitille has extensive experience in this field, having raised more than £5 million for the Red Cross in the past, for international and UK projects, from partners such as the European Commission, Comic Relief and the National Lottery. At the Red Cross, Domitille was passionate about supporting refugees and asylum seekers, and in particular helping reunite refugee families. At World Child Cancer, she is eager to use her skills to help children with cancer in under-resourced countries improve their chances to survive and thrive.
Outside of work, Domitille loves being a mum, walking in the countryside and travelling.
Programme Coordinator for Cameroon
Dr Glenn Mbah
Dr Glenn Mbah has worked as a children’s cancer nurse in Cameroon since 2010. He is a nurse trainer and leads the education and research committee of the Cameroon Nurses’ Association. Glenn is an active member of several committees within the International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP).
Glenn has undertaken advanced training in civic leadership and strengthening health systems and capacities and has a PhD in paediatrics with focus on paediatric oncology nurse training and advocacy. He found common interest in World Child Cancer’s mission to improve access to curative and palliative care for all children with cancer. One whose essence he can testify to, after 11 years of practice in paediatric oncology care delivery and service improvement in Cameroon, which is supported by World Child Cancer.
Outside of work, Glenn plays volleyball and football, and is a die-hard Arsenal FC fan.
Regional Director for Mexico
Dr. Lilia García-Rodríguez
Dr. Lilia García-Rodríguez (Lily) completed her training in pediatric oncology at Hospital Infantil de México Federico Gomez. She is Regional Director for World Child Cancer Mexico , Clinical Coordinator and Professor of Paediatrics and Oncology at University of Monterrey in Mexico, International Director of Paediatric Oncology Research at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Paediatric oncologist in private practice. Member of Children’s Oncology Group, American Society of Pediatrics Hematology – Oncology, Sociedad Latinoamericana de Oncología Pediatrica, Delegate of Latin America in Young Investigators in SIOP, Member of the Women Board in the Sociedad Mexicana de Oncología, and member of the Asociación Mexicana de Oncología Pediatrica.
Lily´s mission and passion is to improve survival rates for children in Mexico and Latin America and to empower women.
Data Manager, Ghana
Emmanuel joined World Child Cancer as Project Administrator in 2014 during the refurbishment of the Paediatric Oncology Day Care at the Department of Child Health, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
At present Emmanuel is the Data Manager for World Child Cancer, Ghana. He generates data that is used in planning for improved service delivery for the Paediatric Oncology Unit. Emmanuel also provides data management support to the local team lead and other medical staff on specific study projects.
Emmanuel graduated from the University of Cape Coast with a BSc in Psychology. With this background, he is also able to provide some psychosocial support to some of the caregivers who visit the daycare centre. He does this voluntarily knowing that hope is also an essential aspect of the continuation of cancer treatment. Emmanuel has an MA in Monitoring and Evaluation from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). In his spare time, Emmanuel enjoys watching and playing football as well as keeping up-to-date on local and international politics.
Regional Coordinator for Sub Saharan Africa
Emmanuel Ayire Adongo
Emmanuel Ayire Adongo is Ghanaian Public Health Expert who worked with Ghana Health Service from 2000 to 2018 rising from the lower ranks at the Sub-district level to the national level as a Programme Manager for Child Health. In 2018, he joined WHO in Ghana as National Professional Officer (NPO) for Quality of care for Maternal and Newborn Health. He also consulted for several organisation including jhpiego, USAID and UNCEF.
He joined World Child Cancer as Regional Coordinator for Sub-Saharan Africa in October 2019.
Finance and Operations Officer, Ghana
Eugene Kojo Asagba
Eugene graduated from the University for Development studies, Wa in Ghana where he obtained a first-class degree in Integrated Business Studies. Eugene also has experience in field research through taking part in Field Practical Progammes which seek to ascertain the challenges faced by rural communities (health, education and access to basic needs) and recommend solutions.
Eugene enjoys field work and getting results through hard work. He is passionate about working hard to put smile on faces. “One of the secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others” – Lewis Carroll.
FINANCE AND OPERATIONS OFFICER, MALAWI
Glyn graduated in 2015 from The Polytechnic University of Malawi with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree. He has worked with numerous health organisations in a finance management and advisory role. He enjoys being proactive to see progress and make an impact. He has brought a diverse range of skills to World Child Cancer and he is keen to implement finance systems that will boost confidence for stakeholders and achieve financial integrity. He is driven by the quote that states “the worst I can do for myself is give up”.
PROGRAMME OFFICER, GHANA
Heymanora Kutu joined World Child Cancer in April 2022 as an intern in the Ghana office. At present, Heymanora is the Programme Officer where she assists in the organisation of Childhood Cancer related programmes and trainings.
Heymanora enjoys working for the charity, helping children with cancer survive and thrive.
During her spare time, she enjoys reading novels, listening to music, and watching movies.
Programme Coordinator for Bangladesh
Jewel Ahmed joined World Child Cancer in March 2020 as the Programme Coordinator for Bangladesh. He is a development professional with over eight years of experience in stakeholder capacity development, monitoring work plans and budgets and project design. Jewel has also been involved in implementing Gender Based Violence (GBV) programmes, HIV/AIDS work, gender, social inclusion and humanitarian assistance projects. He has vast experience working in major organisations including BRAC, Action Aid Bangladesh, UNFPA, The European Commission and The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Jewel also has experience working across different government departments and agencies including work with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Bangladesh Police, HIV key populations, sex workers and their children, rural communities, refugees and school children and teachers.
Jewel is delighted to be a part of the World Child Cancer team, and to perform his role in helping to save the lives of children with cancer living in the developing world. When not hard at work, Jewel loves to cook and play with his children.
Jon joined World Child Cancer as Chief executive in 2015. Before that Jon spent five months in Nepal organising a post-earthquake emergency response for VSO, placing a number of volunteer health teams into affected district hospitals; building temporary learning centres to replace damaged schools; and placing expert volunteers as emergency coordinators in the worst affected districts
In the past Jon has worked for Save the Children, managing its merger with Merlin, and was UK Director of VSO, managing UK fundraising, recruiting volunteers and the UK Advocacy and parliamentary liaison functions. He was also VSO Interim Country Director in Sierra Leone.
Jon had an earlier career in UK charities and was Chief Executive of two housing associations. He also has extensive experience as a trustee.
He has one grown up daughter.
Programme Coordinator for Nepal
Laxman joined World Child Cancer in May 2022. Before that, Laxman spent 7 years with Ipas Nepal and PSI Nepal advocating to enhance sexual and reproductive health and rights in Nepal. He has extensive experience in program leadership, project design, partnership management, monitoring, and evaluation. Laxman holds Master’s degree in Public Health and has strong interest in public health promotion.
When not working, Laxman loves cooking and hiking.
Psychosocial Support Advisor
Megan Cruise joined World Child Cancer as Psychosocial Support Advisor in 2018 after spending a year volunteering in programmes across Ghana, Malawi and Myanmar. Megan is a trained counsellor with extensive experience and a passion for counselling young people who have cancer and their families. She spent ten years at the UK’s largest children’s cancer charity, CLIC Sargent.
Having spent a significant amount of time directly supporting families who have a child with cancer in low-income countries, Megan has seen the enormous impact childhood cancer has on every aspect of family life. Whilst working at World Child Cancer she aims to increase families’ access to the emotional, practical and social support they so desperately need and deserve. She feels passionately about families receiving holistic care and about support for healthcare professionals who work with families, often doing highly stressful and emotionally challenging jobs.
Outside of work Megan enjoys travel, exploring new areas of London with friends, swimming and sewing.
Finance and Administration Manager, Bangladesh
Najimur Rahman has a Masters in Business Administrative (MBA) in Finance. He joined World Child Cancer with over three years’ experience in the development sector. He started his career working with CACTS Limited, a software firm as business development and marketing executive and then in Eastern bank limited in retail banking section. After that, he started working with a national NGO called Mukto Akash as a Finance & Admin Officer, responsible for Project Chetona which was focused in Child protection, funded by Save the Children International (SCI). He received different types of training on financial management, child protection, child abuse, child safeguarding policy. His work within child protection included conducting different programmatic and financial auditing situational analysis in the southern area and capital of Bangladesh.
Najimur is leading several childhood cancer awareness and advocacy initiatives in Bangladesh that bring together stakeholders from the public and private sectors and is particularly interested in research work for children with cancer. He hopes his education and work experience will allow him to make a meaningful contribution to improving public health in Bangladesh.
Najimur loves to sing, playing cricket and spend quality time with friends and family.
Director of Programmes
Piera first joined the team at World Child Cancer to take on the position of Statutory Grant Manager, with over ten years experience in the International Development sector. During the eight years spent working in China, Mongolia, Kosovo, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Vietnam she has managed a number of donor funded interventions – European Commission, USAID, UN and foundations, developing an expertise in programme management, monitoring, evaluation and learning, gender and social inclusion.
Piera is very passionate about adult education and skills transfer and has gained an MA in Education and International Development at the University of East Anglia in 2011. She has therefore a particular interest to contribute to World Child Cancer’s efforts to find sustainable solutions to improve the skills of healthcare staff in the developing word. As Statutory Grant Manager she managed World Child Cancer’s current statutory relationship and DfID grants in Myanmar, Ghana and Bangladesh. When not working Piera loves cooking, reading and spending her time with her family. Piera moved into the role of Director of Programmes in September 2017.
Country Coordinator, Ghana
Pinamang Boateng Desu
Pinamang is a self-motivated and results driven development worker and public health practitioner, with over a decade experience working on Public Health Projects. She has a lot of experience working with the government agencies, local and international non-profit organizations. In these roles, she has contributed to improving health outcomes among underserved populations in rural and urban settings.
She is very passionate about issues relating to Public Health, specifically in maternal and child health. She possesses organizational management skills, which has helped her lead teams, and work collaboratively with people from multi-disciplinary backgrounds and to meet deadlines consistently.
She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
In her free time, Pinamang loves to spend time with her family and read. She is also a fan of Arsenal football club.
Rebecca has a long history with the charity, having worked with the charity since 2008. Rebecca is a chartered accountant and prior to joining World Child Cancer, worked for PwC, Deloitte and for an international travel company.
Rebecca is responsible for overseeing the financial management of the charity and ensures that all statutory and legal requirements are met. As well as looking after finance, Rebecca is also responsible for HR and Company Secretarial matters.
Rebecca is very motivated by the work of World Child Cancer having been personally affected by cancer. As such, she is thrilled to be working for an organisation making such a difference to the lives of children with cancer.
Programme Coordinator for Malawi
Richard Peter Sabawo joined World Child Cancer in March 2020. A high school teacher by profession, Richard’s expertise lies in project planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and grants management. He is also experienced in community engagement and training.
Richard is currently pursuing a Master’s in Global Health Implementation and is passionate about using his skills to empower the vulnerable and marginalized – in particular children and young adults. He shares World Child Cancer’s belief that every child with cancer, wherever they live in the world, should have equal access to the best possible treatment and care.
Programme Manager, Ghana
Roberta joined WCC in May 2021 with nearly four years’ experience in Programme Management in International Development and the not-for-profit sector. She has worked with programmes funded by FCDO, EU, DCMS and foundations, focusing on delivering health campaigns, education programmes and towards inclusive political environments. Roberta is very passionate about redressing global inequalities and she has a particular interest in contributing towards sustainable childhood cancer care in Ghana and other low and middle-income countries.
Finance Manager, Ghana
Saviour Senanu Bruce
Saviour joined World Child Cancer as a finance manager, Ghana in March 2019 with over nine years’ experience of managing UKAID, USAID, GAVI and SIMAVI funded projects. Prior joining World Child Cancer, Saviour was a finance officer for USAID Partnership for Education/Learning project. USAID flagship Learning project in Ghana is to support early grade reading and literacy improvement.
Besides, Saviour worked as project accountant for Behaviour Change Communication project on Malaria and Ebola funded by UKAID, Immunization Project funded by GAVI Alliance and Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Project funded by SIMAVI.
Saviour has expertise in project financial management and reporting, internal and external audit and reviews, budgeting & budgetary controls, procurement and grant management.
Saviour is very passionate about his work and the contribution by World Child Cancer in the lives of children with cancer.
Head of Fundraising and Communications
Zoe joined World Child Cancer in September 2019 and has over twenty years fundraising experience.
Most recently Zoe has been Global Head of Fundraising at ActionAid International. She has experience of cancer charities through her time at Marie Curie and Bloodwise and also led the Major Gifts and Special Events team at Terrence Higgins Trust.
Zoe is excited to be leading a talented team of fundraisers and marketeers, who are working to raise the organisation’s profile and increase income to enable World Child Cancer to reach 16,000 children a year with cancer across the globe by 2025.