#Grant Advisors
Paul Talliard

Paul Talliard

Paul Talliard is founder of Hands of Honour, a Social Enterprise based in Cape Town, South Africa. Hands of Honour creates jobs for people who have experience hardship by up-cycling goods for sale. The program also has an environmental element - corporations act as...

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Jane Wafula

Jane Wafula

Jane Wafula,  lives in Eldoret with her nuclear family.  She is passionate about education topics in Kenya and has a Bachelor of Science and also did post graduate diploma in Education. She has worked as teacher, education officer, community development officer and an...

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David Omondi

David Omondi

David graduated with a BSc. Medical Biochemistry Degree of the University of Nairobi and returned to his community of Obunga Slum where he founded Riley Orton Foundation Org (ROF), Kenyan nonprofit supporting underprivileged girls to break the cycle of poverty by...

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Ajayi Oluwole Olakunle

Ajayi Oluwole Olakunle

Kunle is the co-founder of THE EDUCATE AFRICA PROJECT, a social enterprise that makes learning the STEM subjects’ fun in Nigeria and Africa. He recently launched a Mathematics fun club for more than 60 pupils in government underfunded and underserved communities in...

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Alisha Golden

Alisha Golden

Alisha Golden is the founder of Do Something Epic Agency. A lifestyle, brand strategy, marketing, and management firm for conscious people, brands, and organizations. Alisha's passion for people, combined with her keen marketing sense and love for business, has...

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Amy Doff

Amy Doff

Amy is a social justice advocate. She strives to be a locavore and delights in climbing coconut trees and sharing food from her garden. Amy is continually inspired by TPP applicants and is honored to collaborate with the Matungu Community Development Charity, in rural...

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Anna Farquhar

Anna Farquhar

Anna Farquhar has worked as an Elementary teacher for the last 23 years. During this time she has taught a variety of subjects including French and Science. Five years ago, she moved to a new school named after Lt. General Roméo Dallaire and was fortunate enough to...

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Anne Udoh

Anne Udoh

Anne holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies with extensive working experience in the non profit sector. She has worked in multicultural environments in Africa and South America. She is the Founder of a Nigerian based non-governmental...

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Batale Fred

Batale Fred

Batale Fred graduated as a visual artist from university, where he acquired various knowledge, skills and experience in working with different creative methods. His artistic practices deals with themes of disability empowerment, rights, and advocacy. Given the...

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Beth Koigi

Beth Koigi

I was born in Kiambu, Kirenga village in a family of 5 children: 3 brothers and 1 sister. Both of my parents were, and still are, farmers. Even if we didn't have a lot, my parents believed that education is very important to everyone. After attending a local primary...

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Catherine Perry

Catherine Perry

An ethical vegan, Catherine Perry teaches French and Francophone literatures, cultures, and film at the University of Notre Dame, where she also serves as advisor to the fledgling student club VegND, created in 2015. Passionate about social justice, human rights,...

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Clement Awanfe Ngueto

Clement Awanfe Ngueto

Clement is the Founder-President of Global Compassion, a non-profit based organization in Douala, Cameroon. Global Compassion has worked with an international and local team of volunteers/interns (including visitors from UK, Cameroon and USA) to create and develop...

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Derek Young

Derek Young

Derek Young is a veteran CSR/Sustainability and communications professional with nearly 17 years of experience. He is recognized as a thought leader capable of working across industries, analyzing and determining needs and opportunities for value creation and building...

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Desire Johnson

Desire Johnson

Desire Johnson-Forte is an Oakland native who received her B.A in English from Mills College (Creative Writing) and minor in Ethnic Studies. Between her full time work and passion oriented consulting: she uses shared narrative to transform the possibilities society...

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Doom Ikyaator

Doom Ikyaator

Doom Mavis Ikyaator is a graduate of BSc. Chemistry and also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management and in Education. She works to promote the rights and empowerment of the girl child. She is currently the Executive Director of Global Initiative for...

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Dorcas Apoore

Dorcas Apoore

Dorcas Apoore dream to contribute towards the agenda for youth and women empowerment pushed her to form a Non-Governmental Organization known as Advocacy for Social Inclusion and Girls Education (ASIGE) with a vision to break the cycle of poverty through sustainable...

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Elle Morgan

Elle Morgan

Elle Morgan's diverse experience ranges from being a counselor at a youth wilderness center, a teacher at an inner city arts/career learning center and a newspaper and magazine writer. As a freelance writer she covers topics on health and wellness, spirituality, and...

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Elli Weisbaum

Elli Weisbaum

Elli Weisbaum grew up in the world of education and mindfulness, attending her first mindfulness retreat at the age of 10. In high-school she began creating and co-facilitating workshops with her mother for parents and at-risk youth that used mindfulness as a basis...

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Felipe Spath

Felipe Spath

Felipe is an anthropologist with wide experience in the hospitality industry managing companies in Colombia, Ecuador and United States. After many years in this industry, he left to find fulfillment in Asia, as he felt life was more than a supposedly successful...

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Fred Batale

Fred Batale

Fred Batale graduated as a visual artist from Makerere University, where he acquired knowledge, skills and experience in working with different creative methods. His artistic practices deal with themes of disability empowerment, rights, and advocacy. Given the...

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George Freeman

George Freeman

George Reginald Freeman is a dedicated sexual health educator, feminist, researcher, circular transformation agent, and human rights defender for people marginalized and discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression. He...

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Hana ElSafoury

Hana ElSafoury

Hana is a proud Egyptian currently finishing up her B.A at Wesleyan University in CT. Her curiosity about people around her and their stories led her to Anthropology. Nothing brings her more joy than overthinking and endlessly questioning the motivations behind the...

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Happy Arnold

Happy Arnold

Happy Arnold has newly been appointed as The Pollination Project (TPP) Grant Advisor. Arnold holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Cultural Studies from the University of Malawi and Diploma in Journalism from The Polytechnic. He has been working with different...

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Hayu Patria

Hayu Patria

Hayu is a founder of Mantasa, an NGO that works on creating food and nutrition sovereignty by utilization of plant biodiversity in Indonesia. Hayu has been working in the field of edible wild plants since 2002 when her thesis on mangrove for food was rejected several...

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Ijeoma Nmeregini

Ijeoma Nmeregini

Ijeoma Nmeregini popularly known as Aijay Desmond is a Nigerian-born award-winning singer, a song writer, and a licensed Medical Laboratory Scientist with over a decade of experience in Laboratory Medicine. Ijeoma runs a non-profit in Nigeria known as Be-In-Health...

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Iweka Kingsley

Iweka Kingsley

Iweka Kingsley is the Author of DAPPLED THINGS and the Founder of Africa-OnTheRise, an online media platform that monitors, analyses and publishes ONLY positive and progressive content on Africa, for which he received a Pollination Project grant. He believes that...

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Jacqueline Way

Jacqueline Way

Jacqueline has dedicated herself to social good projects both personally and professionally for over two decades, but it was Motherhood that inspired her to make a world of difference. Jacqueline is the mother of three boys (3, 4, and 7 yrs). In 2010 she made a...

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Jenna Bardroff

Jenna Bardroff

TPP Grant Recipient Jenna is an event coordinator, humane educator, and solutionary (a solution-oriented individual who consistently endeavors to create healthy, compassionate, and regenerative communities). Making the decision to be vegetarian at the age of 5, Jenna...

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Jenny Nuccio

Jenny Nuccio

TPP Grant Recipient Jenny Nuccio is the Founder and President of Imani Collective—a non-profit woman-empowerment program focused on defeating generational poverty through education and employment opportunities in Mombasa, Kenya and surrounding communities. The...

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Jimmy Amone

Jimmy Amone

TPP Grant Recipient In 1994, when I was about 7 years old, my parents left the village to settle in the City due to the civil war unrest in Northern Uganda. From that time until 2010 when I returned home, I lived away from my home. While away, I earned a Bachelor’s...

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Jude Thaddues Njikem

Jude Thaddues Njikem

TPP Grant Recipient Jude Thaddues is a youth leader with over half a decade of experience on issues of Human Rights, Gender and Youth Participation. While in secondary school, Jude started an initiative called Youth for Equality: a student initiative that raised...

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Kahlida Nicole Lloyd

Kahlida Nicole Lloyd

TPP Grant Recipient Kahlida Nicole Lloyd is a believer, attorney, teacher; but most importantly a reconciler. As the founder of Mission Reconcile, Kahlida has a love for people and a love for bringing people together. Through the vision of Mission Reconcile, Kahlida...

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Leslie Mestman

Leslie Mestman

TPP Grant Recipient     Leslie brings more than 16 years of innovative program development and management in non-profits, education, government and the private sector. Specializing in new program development, she has extensive experience in...

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Liz Buechele

Liz Buechele

TPP Grant Recipient Liz Buechele is the Founder and Executive Director of The Smile Project. In 2011, Liz Buechele started writing down what made her happy. One "Happiness is" at a time. This practice of daily joy grew into The Smile Project. She has worked for...

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Maria Maneos

Maria Maneos

TPP Grant Recipient Maria Maneos earned her Bachelor's of Fine Art Degree from Arcadia University located in Glenside, Pa and accomplished her Masters of Fine Art Degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts located in Philadelphia, PA. Her paintings have...

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Maria de La Soledad Saburido Alvarez

Maria de La Soledad Saburido Alvarez

TPP Grant Recipient Sole has been working at SOMOS Semilla since 2015, with a big mission: spread to the community the love for seeds and the importance of seed saving for biodiversity preservation. SOMOS Semilla brings education and food sovereignty to the community,...

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Matthew Kaplan

Matthew Kaplan

TPP Grant Recipient Matthew is dedicated to ending middle school bullying one student at a time. When his younger brother was bullied at their middle school, Mathew wanted ‘somebody’ to do ‘something’ about it. The summer of his 8th grade year, he created The Be ONE...

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Mary-Justine Todd

Mary-Justine Todd

TPP Grant Recipient Mary-Justine Todd, an international humanitarian expert consultant, with more than ten years of experience, has a Master's Degree in International Public Health, from New York University, as well as a Master's of Arts in International Studies, from...

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Maulid Mwinyikai

Maulid Mwinyikai

TPP Grant Recipient Maulidi Hamisi Mwinyikai is from Mtongwe, Mombasa and has professional experience as a trained Environmental Activist, a renowned art and development practitioner in community development, health care, and team building. In 2000 Maulidi was trained...

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Mbusa Bahweribugha Eric

Mbusa Bahweribugha Eric

TPP Grant Recipient Mbusa Bahweribugha Eric is the Founder and Programs Director of MUB – Home Foundation. MUB – Home Foundation is a Community Based Organization for women working to improve the living conditions of the under privileged community members who in their...

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Miriam Wambui

Miriam Wambui

TPP Grant Recipient Miriam is passionate about empowering unprivileged youth, especially girls from the informal settlements through information and computer technology, "ICT". She believes that we are all equals but we don’t get the same opportunities. She says, “I...

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Nathan Georgette

Nathan Georgette

TPP Grant Recipient Nathan is currently a resident in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Chicago. He has experience partnering with clinics in South Africa to use text messaging to help people living with HIV or Tuberculosis stay healthy. More broadly, he is...

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Olympia Auset

Olympia Auset

TPP Grant Recipient Living and learning through the awakening experiences of Vippassana Meditation, Inippi ceremony, and many other transformational, synchronistic events in her journey, Olympia Auset has became steadfast in her commitment to creating infrastructure...

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Sara Trail

Sara Trail

TPP Grant Recipient Sara Trail learned to sew at the young age of 4, and is now a successful author, sewing teacher, and pattern and fabric designer. At age 13, she wrote a nationally published book, “Sew with Sara” that teaches teens and tweens how to sew cute...

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Sarah Yooyoung Cho

Sarah Yooyoung Cho

TPP Grant Recipient Highly motivated, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented professional with over 11 years of combined experience in the non-profit and government sectors. I am familiar with cultural diversity, human rights violations, and organizing various programs for...

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Selassie Tay

Selassie Tay

TPP Grant Recipient Selassie Tay is a professional with vast experience in business management and development, operations management, microfinance, and social entrepreneurship in Ghana. He also has experience in training and providing access to venture capital to...

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Shenika Jackson

Shenika Jackson

TPP Grant Recipient Dr. Shenika Jackson, born and raised in Chicago’s Englewood Community, is an advocate for minority high school students and working adults. In 2016, Dr. Jackson created a college-readiness project called: My College Going Self, a project designed...

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Simeon Oyando Ogonda

Simeon Oyando Ogonda

Simeon has 9 years experience in working with NGOs and early stage start-ups. He has, in various capacities; assisted organizations develop strategic plans, marketing strategies, training manuals, and conference moderation and facilitation. His work is driven by the...

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Sophia Hanson

Sophia Hanson

TPP Grant Recipient Sophia Hanson is co-founder of the National Youth Foundation (NYF). A 2017 Pollination Grant recipient, NYF works with players from the NBA and NFL to promote kindness, inclusion and gender equity through student literary projects. NYF also created...

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Stephanie Klempner

Stephanie Klempner

Stephanie has always had a great love for animals, participating as a foster parent for stray dogs and volunteering with various programs aimed to help the welfare of pets. After connecting her love for animals with her food choices, she began to open her heart to...

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Steve Barr

Steve Barr

TPP Grant Recipient Steve Barr is a professional cartoonist and the author of the "1-2-3 Draw Cartoon" series from Peel Productions. He also wrote and illustrated "Draw Crazy Creatures" and "Draw Awesome Animals" for Impact Books. Steve is a Pollination Project...

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Susan Silber

Susan Silber

TPP Grant Recipient Susan Silber grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and Orange County, interspersed with healthy doses of nature through frequent trips all over the United States, and graduated with a B.A. in History from U.C. Santa Cruz. She merged her twin...

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Suzan Joy

Suzan Joy

TPP Grant Recipient Suzan is a native of Lango Region, Northern Uganda, where she has worked in the fields of Social Change and Community Development over the years. After working for some NGOs, Suzan co-founded Solidarity Uganda and has worked internationally...

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Tara Gardner

Tara Gardner

Tara is an ethical vegan who advocates for the animals and all beings and is a voice for those who can’t speak. She is a proud facilitator for The World Peace Diet as taught by Dr. Will Tuttle. She is honored to be a part of anything that connects people to light and...

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Thomas Ponce

Thomas Ponce

TPP Grant Recipient Thomas Ponce is a young animal rights advocate and a citizen lobbyist  form Casselberry, FL. Thomas is the founder of  Lobby For Animals,  the Coordinator for Fin Free FL, and director of Harley’s Home www.HarleysHome.org. Thomas became a...

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Tony Joy

Tony Joy

TPP Grant Recipient Tony Joy is a social entrepreneur and a creative by passion. She has 5 years of experience in the non-profit sector working majorly with adolescents, youths, children, women in underserved communities and marginalized groups. She is the founder of...

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Ulfat Kazemi

Ulfat Kazemi

TPP Grant Recipient Ulfat Kazemi is an experienced team player, leader and social entrepreneur who is passionate to make big positive impacts with a demonstrated history of working in the community. Furthermore, Ulfat is skilled in proposal writing, project...

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Victor Sjodin

Victor Sjodin

TPP Grant Recipient Victor Sjodin was raised in the New York area, and got his start as a community organizer in Philadelphia, working campaigns such as: Book through Bars, Critical Mass bike rides, and Food Not Bombs; fundraising for political prisoners; Humane...

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Vincent Atitwa

Vincent Atitwa

TPP Grant Recipient I was born into an amazing family and life with little resources and constrained life opportunities that left me wanting. Safety, food, education: these have always been absent to me. It was in my studies of social problems in Kenya and my...

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Yaminah Childress

Yaminah Childress

TPP Grant Recipient Yaminah Childress is the Founder and Executive Director of the DREAM It Forward Foundation, a nonprofit who’s mission is to help build a foundation of knowledge, life skills, and cultural awareness to youth in under-served communities through...

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