A close-knit team of professionals, some of which have been working within the organisation since the beginning, powers Mowgli’s work. Our diversified mix of industry, cultural and professional backgrounds coupled with our deep passion for empowerment, entrepreneurship, mentoring and social development, enables us to continuously grow Mowgli from strength to strength.

Meet the members of our team.

Kathleen Bury > Chief Executive Officer

Kathleen Bury is Mowgli Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer and holds a BA Hons Business degree from the Nottingham Trent Business School, UK. She has undertaken a number of Executive Education programs in Columbia Business School, NYU, Wharton University and INSEAD Business School and trained as a Coach through Coaches Training Institute (CTI). 

Having worked in the UK, Middle East, North Africa, Asia and East Africa, Kathleen has over 15 years of experience spanning profit and not for profit management, strategy development, project management, business development, consulting, research/market analysis, marketing/communications, knowledge management, process design, family business and start up/entrepreneurship. She is also an author of leadership and entrepreneurship focused articles within leading international magazines and online communities.  

During her time working within and at the helm of Mowgli, Kathleen has led the team to double in size within, win 3 major awards for employment generation (impact), mentoring program quality and mentor network in the Arab Region, as well as expand into 8 new countries; enabling Mowgli to considerably increase its reach, impact and sustainability.

Prior to joining Mowgli, Kathleen rose from a Research Consultant to Director of Market Analysis with Contax Partners, a niche oil and gas consulting and business development company based in the UAE.

Kathleen is a founding member and Board Member of the Entrepreneur Organisation (EO) Kenya chapter, a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle, a public speaker, a mentor and mentee and a proud foster mom of 5 elephants through the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya.


Amanda Edwards > Chief Operating Officer

Amanda Edwards is the Chief Operating Officer at Mowgli Mentoring. Amanda joined the Mowgli team after more than a decade in the corporate sector with Lloyds Banking Group where she gained commercial, project and operational experience across many leadership roles. During this time she led numerous strategic pieces of work for the bank. This included leading on the commercial aspects of the launch of a new online comparison site, an unusually entrepreneurial venture for the organisation, where she negotiated contract and commercial deals with 52 insurers. She was also pivotal in the smooth transition of the merging of several functions during the Lloyds acquisition of HBOS group, leading on the restructuring of the sales and marketing functions within the group's insurance business, transitioning over 450 colleagues through a restructuring process. She is an experienced leader, mentor and coach, having led large operational areas, smaller specialist teams, cross location teams and multi-cultural teams. Within Mowgli, she has most recently led on the development of a strategy and design model for the replication of Mowgli's program and impact through the creation of a franchising network, a project critical to Mowgli's sustainability and scalability.


Thana’a Al Khasawneh > MENA Fundraising Director

Thanaa is a goal-oriented business executive and professional with solid and diverse work experience in retail business, planning, banking and diplomacy. She holds a higher diploma degree in diplomacy and foreign services from the Institute of Diplomacy in Jordan and a Bachelor degree in Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Jordan. During the course of her business career, Thana’a has developed extensive experience in several fields as a negotiator with diplomatic and collaborative team building skills; a comprehensive and strategic understanding of training; program management and organisational change; development, execution and business expansion.

With her strong leadership and talent for outstanding communication and public-speaking, Thana’a has held several leading positions in management and marketing, in the Sultan Center Food Product Company KSC – SAFEWAY and Egyptian Arab Land Bank, Treasury & Investment Department. Currently, Thana’a acts as Mowgli Mentoring's MENA Fundraising Director well as a business consultant, a professional trainer/facilitator and mentor, mainly in marketing, business management, business development and mentorship.

Thanaa believes that being part of other people’s development is extremely rewarding and she thoroughly enjoys inspiring and motivating others using the art of leadership that combines the soul and mind. Thana’a believes that Jordanian prosperity depends on the creation of new opportunities in which entrepreneurs should be supported to succeed.


Alicja Turner > Program & Operations Manager

Alicja Turner has been with Mowgli Mentoring since February 2009, making her one of the organisation's longest serving team members. Prior to joining Mowgli, she worked as a campaign researcher for a London based international NGO called Global Witness as well as Article XIX Freedom of Expression. Within both of these roles her research contributed to the publication of 2 reports; ‘Heads in the Sand: Governments Ignore the Oil Supply Crunch and Threaten the Climate in 2009″ and “Burma Anthology”. Additionally, Alicja has worked for a PR company Kinross and Render as an Intern and Junior Account Assistant which enabled her to develop a better understanding of marketing and communications as well as an Events Manager in the City. In 2008, she travelled to India and Nepal where she volunteered with a local girls-only orphanage, providing support with music related activities.

Alicja is originally from the south of Poland where from an early age she competed as a skier and studied languages. In 1999, she relocated to Kassel, Germany where she worked and studied for a year and then she moved to London where she took a PCE in English at Westminster University. Between 2003 -2006 she studied International Relations at the Tischner European University in Cracow Poland. Alicja is now married and has settled in Bristol, UK. She enjoys traveling, taiji, music and a photography hobby often leads her to spend many hours exploring the back woods of the British countryside.

Within the Mowgli team, Alicja is responsible for the operations and administration of the all aspects of the unique Mowgli Mentoring Experience (MME) programmes as well as supporting the members of the Mowgli Family Network (alumni). To consolidate her Mowgli project management experience she obtained an industry standard Prince 2 Certificate in Project Management in 2013.


Sarah Abjeg > Outreach and Fundraising Officer

Sarah joined the Mowgli Mentoring team in December 2014 and currently holds the position of Outreach and Fundraising Officer. Prior to joining Mowgli, Sarah was introduced to Mowgli’s unique mentoring programs while working as outreach officer for Adam Smith International on the Forsa project in North Africa, as well as supporting the delivery of conferences and assisting with communication as the project manager within CJD Morocco.

After gaining a political science diploma  and a master degree in Marketing and Trade in 2012, Sarah was able to gain experience and satisfy her passion for travel while working for Anil international in India as marketing executive officer. Now based in Casablanca, Morocco, Sarah is responsible for assisting Mowgli’s Operations team to deliver Mowgli’s North Africa programs, as well as supporting Business Development in the region.

In her free time Sarah enjoys immersing herself in her favourite pursuits which include, travel, geopolitics and photography. In her work life, Sarah is dedicated to contributing to the future of the region and strongly believes in the untapped growing potential of the Middle East and North Africa.


Eva Waweru > Communications and Fundraising Executive

Eva Waweru joined the Mowgli Mentoring team in December 2016 as the Communications and Fundraising Executive. She is based in Kenya where she is supporting Mowgli's strategy to expand its reach and impact in Africa. She has a diverse communication and marketing background ranging from writing to production as well as experience with program management.

Eva is passionate about entrepreneurship, economic empowerment, poverty alleviation, civil and political rights and farming.

Eva is a global citizen at heart and plans to explore remote parts of the world, learning different cultures before she can finally settle down in a farm with her family. 

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