Director

Sean Coughlan
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A senior leader in the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors, Sean’s experience includes tackling child sexual abuse and harmful practices as Executive Director of the Human Dignity Foundation, managing Ireland’s largest indigenous internet forum as Chief Executive of Boards.ie and co-founding and running Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, a sector leading social entrepreneurship fund. Seán has also served on a number of not-for-profit and academic boards and working groups including the End Violence Against Children Safe Online Working Group, the Advisory Board of INTERPOL’s Fight Against Child Sexual Exploitation Initiative, the Board of the European Venture Philanthropy Association, the Enterprise Advisory Board of Dublin City University, the Board of Trustees of Airfield Estate farm and sustainable food hub, and the Leonardo Group of Science Gallery Dublin. Seán earned a degree in Theoretical Physics from Trinity College Dublin and is a graduate of Harvard Business School, INSEAD and the Irish Management Institute executive education programmes.

Champions Group

Lucie Cluver
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Lucie Cluver is a Professor at Oxford University and at the University of Cape Town. She works closely with a superb team of partners and students. Together, they collaborate with the South African government, UNICEF, World Food Programme, UNAIDS, USAID-PEPFAR and CDC, UNDP, IAS, the World Health Organisation and Global Fund, with End Violence and other international NGOs, to provide evidence that can improve the lives of children and adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Cluver co-leads the COVID-19 emergency child abuse prevention response, which has reached over 210 million people in 198 countries with parenting support during the pandemic www.covid19parenting.com. She is determined to build the evidence-base that includes effective sexual violence prevention into wider national policies, and integrates it into programmes that are reaching tens of millions of families globally.

Dr. Daniela Ligiero
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Dr. Daniela Ligiero is the CEO of Together for Girls (TfG), a global partnership working to end violence against children and adolescents, particularly sexual violence against girls. She also co-founded the Brave Movement, a global survivor-led advocacy movement working to end childhood sexual violence. Before TfG, she was the VP of Girls and Women’s Strategy at the UN Foundation. She also worked at the U.S. Department of State, where she led the integration of gender issues into all foreign policy and investments in global health. She helped develop the first-ever International U.S. Government Strategy to End Gender-Based Violence. Dr. Ligiero had leadership roles at UNICEF, the World Bank, and the US Senate and has worked directly with survivors of sexual assault. As a survivor of sexual violence, she has spoken publicly about it for the last decade. She earned her doctoral degree in counseling psychology from the University of Maryland.

Soma Sara
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Soma Sara is a multi-award winning activist, author, speaker and CEO of ‘Everyone’s Invited’ a charity providing an anonymous space for survivors to share their stories and delivering specialist education designed to empower school communities to promote healthy relationships, sexual well-being and to tackle rape culture. Soma has been included in British Vogue’s 2021 Vogue 25, won the 2021 Harper’s Bazaar activist of the year award, the 2022 Stylist Magazine activist of the year award, Glamour UK Magazine’s 2022 activist of the year award, was included in the BBC 100 global list of inspiring and influential women of 2021 and was recognised by the Prime Minister as the 1844th ‘Point of Light’. She has also written for publications including the Times, the Telegraph and Harper’s Bazaar. In September 2022, Soma published her first book under the same name ‘Everyone’s Invited’, a collection of essays that grapple with the modern sexual landscape and the root causes of a culture that enables sexual harassment, abuse and violence to prevail.

Pooja Taparia
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Pooja Taparia is Founder and Chief Executive of Arpan, a globally-recognized, award-winning non-profit working towards the elimination of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in India. Based in Mumbai, Arpan is India’s largest NGO providing CSA Prevention and Intervention services for both children and adults. As a leader, Pooja embodies the spirit of the modern-day social entrepreneur and has grown Arpan from a 3 person start-up into a global thought leader in the CSA space, with innovative impact models that work with a range of stakeholders, from children and parents to state bodies and teachers. Arpan is a leading voice in the space of CSA Prevention and Intervention in India, and uses advocacy and research to push for policy and systemic change at the local, state and national levels. Since 2006, Arpan has impacted over 3 million children and adults, and has received 6 National and 2 International Awards, including the WISE Award and the C. Henry Kempe Award.

Cornelius Williams
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Cornelius Williams is a distinguished expert in child protection with more than 35 years of experience working worldwide with organisations such as UNICEF and Save the Children. As former Global Director for Child Protection at UNICEF, Cornelius led humanitarian and developmental programmes in various child protection thematic areas. He is highly respected in his field and has served on multiple Advisory Boards, including WeProtect Global Alliance to End Child Sexual Exploitation Online, ID4Africa, CPC Learning Network, and Changing the Way We Care. Cornelius has also served on various UN Steering Committees, including the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme Female Genital Mutilation and Global Programme to End Child Marriage and the UN Legal Identity Taskforce. He earned a master’s degree in International Child Welfare from the University of East Anglia in Britain and is a national of Sierra Leone.

Dalia Hashad
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Dalia Hashad is an attorney and a campaign strategist, leading initiatives on human rights and social justice issues. She founded and oversees an initiative to transform the state of children’s online safety at the US’s largest parent education and advocacy organization, ParentsTogether. She’s worked on the Civil Rights Audit of Facebook commissioned by Sheryl Sandberg and has successfully negotiated with some of the world’s largest social media companies to secure significant product and policy changes to protect children. At the global social advocacy organization, Avaaz, Dalia directed and won campaigns on a broad range of issues from climate justice to worker’s rights. She was Director of the USA Program for Amnesty International and founded and led a national racial justice initiative at the ACLU. Dalia received her BA in Environmental Policy from University of California at Berkeley and her JD from New York University School of Law.

Dr. Faith Mwangi-Powell
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As Chief Executive Officer at Girls Not Brides, Faith is responsible for supporting and motivating the implementation of the Girls Not Brides Partnership Strategy, and for ensuring the secretariat is responsive to the broader movement to end child marriage. She is responsible for inspiring and developing a high-performing team to ensure that Girls Not Brides can fulfil its mission, live its values and deliver against its goals and targets: a world without child marriage where girls and women enjoy equal status with boys and men, and can achieve their full potential. Before joining Girls Not Brides, Faith served as Global Director for The Girl Generation, an initiative working to galvanize the Africa-led movement to end female genital mutilation/cutting. Faith is a public health expert with more than 20 years’ experience in leading, managing and implementing complex public health programmes in Africa. Her experience includes working as the founding Executive Director of the African Palliative Care Association and supporting palliative care global advocacy and services development in over 20 African countries. Faith holds a Master’s degree in Population Policies and Programmes and a Doctorate in Women’s Economic Development and Fertility Behaviour.

Naja Carina Steenholdt
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Naja Carina Steenholdt is a researcher at the Centre for Public Health in Greenland. In her work Naja investigates how authorities respond to and prevent child sexual abuse in Greenland. Naja Carina has for over a decade volunteered in working for better living conditions for socially vulnerable Greenlandic children and families in Denmark and in Greenland. Being a survivor herself, she is dedicated to raising awareness and accountability of child neglect, child sexual abuse and mental health support for youth and adult survivors.

Implementation Team

Dr. Tabitha Mpamira
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Tabitha Mpamira is a psychologist, an executive director and founder of Mutera Global Healing an organization providing trauma healing and self-care workshops, free medical, legal, and mental health services to survivors of sexual assault in East Africa. Tabitha is a respected trauma expert, facilitator, and speaker on mental health, sexual and gender-based violence, and survivor resilience. Tabitha brings a long working history in the mental healthcare industry, community organizing, and policy reform. Tabitha’s work has been widely recognized and vividly depicted by her TEDx Talk, Now This and in the documentary Victors: Singing to the Lions, which has been screened globally, including at the United Nations Association – New York City. Tabitha was recognized by Global Citizen in 2018 when she won the People’s Choice Waislitz Award and won Champion Advocate award by Female Founders Alliance. She has also been nominated for the Global Young Leaders of the World Economic Forum. Her speaking engagements have been across the globe; recent examples include  speeches at the Vatican about the urgency of working to end sexual violence, Harvard University, and Master Card Foundation. Tabitha’s presentations leverage her years of experience working as a mental health therapist, speaker, activist, survivor and consultant.

Graham Leicester
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Graham Leicester is founding Director of International Futures Forum, an organisation established in Scotland in 2001 to restore the capacity for effective, humane and responsible action in a complex world. IFF now sits at the heart of a wide international network of persons “making a difference in the face of all that stands in the way of making a difference”, mostly in the public, government, social and community sectors. Graham’s interests include education – developing 21st century competencies; governance – organising for legitimacy, integrity and future-conscious action; and transformative innovation – otherwise known as practical hope. His latest publications are Transformative Innovation: a guide to practice and policy for system transition and Spaces for Growth: learning our way out of a crisis (with Maureen O’Hara).

Kathleen Cravero
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Kathleen Cravero has dedicated the last four decades to ending violence against women and children. She now serves as a strategic adviser on these issues, focusing on the design and implementation of strategies to end sexual violence against children. Dr. Cravero is also a Distinguised Lecturer at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and a Director of CUNY’s Center for Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health. Before joining CUNY, Dr. Cravero worked for many years in international development and philanthropy. She served as President of Oak Foundation from 2009-2019 and, prior to that, in several posts of increasing responsibility with UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNDP and WHO. Her last three assignments with the United Nations included Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery with the United Nations Development Programme, Deputy Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Burundi. Dr Cravero holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (Fordham University), and a Masters in Public Health (Columbia University).

Tanya Beer
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Tanya Beer is an independent consultant with close to 25 years of experience evaluating and facilitating real-time learning for complex multistakeholder systems change initiatives, as well as designing and facilitating collaborative strategy development efforts. Her work has covered a range of topics, from early childhood and health systems change, to advancing gender equity in Europe, to addressing the decline of American democracy, to facilitating communities of practice strategizing to scale agroecological transformation in the Andes and Africa. Previously, Tanya served for a decade as the Associate Director of the Center for Evaluation Innovation, a Washington DC-based nonprofit that works with foundation leaders and other evaluators to advance the practice of evaluation and learning for social change efforts characterized by high levels of uncertainty, where conventional MEL approaches are not a good fit. Tanya co-directed the Center’s work with the US Evaluation Roundtable, which supports evaluation and learning leaders in over 100 foundations across the US and in Canada.

Amanda Pierz
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Amanda Pierz is a social epidemiologist, global health educator-researcher and consultant focused on maternal, child, sexual and reproductive health issues. In 2022, Amanda became a full-time adjunct faculty member between two universities within the City University of New York (CUNY) system. She is currently instructing courses such as sexuality education, qualitative research methodology and public health fieldwork. Additionally, Amanda serves as a Research Fellow at the Center for Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health at CUNY Graduate School of Public Health, and is pursuing a doctorate in community health and health policy focused on the role of political prioritization in ending childhood sexual violence.

Bella Eames-Matthews
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Bella Eames-Matthews is a Creative Producer working with International Futures Forum to connect individuals, communities and systems. She is particularly interested in exploring the power of collaboration and developing supportive ecosystems for Entrepreneurs around the world. She previously managed the British Council’s Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies programme, which looked at building economies through a Cultural Relations lens and also coordinated the Global Social Enterprise programme working with ecosystem players in 31 countries to support the Social Enterprise Movement.  Prior to the British Council, Bella worked in public service delivery as Operations Manager at Newham Hospital, later being selected for the Future Leaders programme to develop insight with leaders from other sectors.  Bella has an undergraduate degree in International Development and International Relations and is currently completing a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths University.

Implementation Partners

Oak Foundation
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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social, and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. Through their grant-making, they support others to make the world a safer, fairer, and more sustainable place to live through grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide. To Zero is possible thanks to their support.

Panorama Global
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Panorama Global is a social impact non-profit that empowers changemakers through radical collaboration. They partner with experts, advocates, and other leaders to maximise social impact in civil society, philanthropy, international coordination, national governments, research institutes, and the private sector. Panorama Global is To Zero’s fiscal sponsor.

International Futures Forum
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International Futures Forum is supporting To Zero with the process of cultural change and system transition.   IFF is a registered charity with a mission to enable people, communities and organisations to flourish in powerful times.  They address complex, messy, seemingly intractable issues – local, global and all levels in between – with a particular focus on the human system, generating agency, hope and an expanded sense of what’s possible.

CUNY SPH Center for Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health
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The mission of the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health (CUNY SPH) and Health Policy is to engage in teaching, research, and service to create and sustain a healthier New York and promote equitable, efficient, and evidence-based solutions to health problems facing urban populations around the world. The Center for Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health (CIRGH) at CUNY SPH promotes the convergence of practice and learning across disciplines required to understand and build capacities to work across sectors and levels of organization in this globalizing context. Child Protection is considered one of six focus areas of CIRGH’s work with expertise specific to violence prevention and child safeguarding. CIRGH has previously worked with a broad range of partners, including Together for Girls (TfG), the USG, UNICEF, and host governments, to provide direct support to country efforts to act on Violence Against Children and Youth Survey (VACS) data through strengthened policy and program efforts, with a focus on connecting learning across country experiences