Organizational Learning Team

Gioel - Recrear International

Gioel Gioacchino

Gioel is in continual pursuit of connection with others. She spends a lot of time thinking about deepening relationships across cultures and sectors. In 2010 she co-founded Recrear. Recrear’s projects have taken Gioel to learn from young people and practitioners from Ecuador to Bangladesh, to Malawi and beyond.

In 2012-2013, Gioel had the opportunity to join the Jeanne Sauve Public Leadership Program as a Fellow. Since then she went on to do a PhD at the Institute of Development Studies, studying Colombian youth organizations and how they relate to different funding models and organizational culture. Currently Gioel acts as the Director of Research at Recrear. Her latest work has her collaborating with CIVICUS to research how grassroots youth organizations and movements around the world are resourced.

Superpowers

She can and will likely melt you with her hugs

Fiammetta Wegner

Fiammetta is a Participatory Action Researcher and development practitioner with over six years of working experience in the UK and overseas. She is passionate about participatory processes, organizational learning, accountability, research and youth work. She focuses on the creation of spaces for the meaningful participation of disadvantaged groups, such as women and young people, in development and political processes. She has designed and coordinated a number of projects concerning youth-led social accountability and youth-led research as well as action research projects concerning organizational learning and accountability. During her masters in Participation, Power and Social Change – Fia was invited to a training by Recrear. Since then she has continued to work alongside the organization wherever the wind takes her.

Superpowers

In her free time she dances, and dreams of the volcanic island where she grew up.

Khuyen Bui

Khuyen is currently acting his new roles as a guide, life coach, facilitator and writer based in Hanoi, Vietnam. He loves people enough to coax himself to outgrow his introverted nerdy geeky self. Kinda like the Hulk, except for the size and green.

Khuyen is (still) a bachelor from Tufts University, USA in Computer Science and Philosophy. He has been serving on the board of South East Asia Service Leadership Network (SEALNet), a nonprofit with a mission to cultivate young service leaders in SEA region. SEALNet broke open his heart and made it more whole, so talk with him about it.

For the last quarter of century, he has left hopefully memorable footprints in Hanoi, Singapore, Boston and the web (try searching). He likes to be put in boxes and make new boxes for others. A trickster by gene, Khuyen loves surprises and marvels in serendipity.

Superpowers

Khuyen knows all the latest platforms to connect and all the coolest communities to get inspired.

María Gabriela Biscardi

Gaby is a spirited and deeply reflective Venezuelan who is passionate about exploring group dynamics and psychodrama. A trained facilitator and psychologist, Gaby has dedicated her life to helping groups and individuals reach their greatest potential. She joined Recrear in 2016 for a training conference on action research and ever since has taken up the role of resident life coach at Recrear.

Superpowers

Gaby is the best listener in the game

Research and Community Engagement Team

Liv Kaya Aabye

Liv Kaya is a connector, communicator and creative mind. She combines a care for a social-ecological transformation and a passion for the arts, especially theatre and dance. She is fascinated by group processes and how they can stimulate both personal inner growth and actionable steps leading to a common goal. Liv completed her masters in Peace and Conflict Transformation in Tromso, Norway. There, she co-founded Improlab Tromso, an NGO organizing contact dance, improvisation theatre and storytelling events. She is also active in diverse transnational civil society projects on human rights and democratic youth participation. In this way she uses her background in International Relations and non-formal education to bridge the local and the transnational. Liv joined Recrear in 2017 and found with PAR a la Recrear a magical approach to mix her experience in group facilitation, intercultural communication and artistic practices for designing creative community-led research processes.

Superpower

To see the best in people and encourage them to bring it out.

Kirsten Williams

Kirsten works at the nexus between youth-led development, participatory action research and nonprofit management. Through co-founding Recrear, she has been working to blend experiential education with creative research. She co-designed Recrear’s youth-led Participatory Action Research methodology and has implemented it in various contexts. Kirsten grew up traipsing around the world with her mixed up Canadian/Peruvian roots. Today she is happy to call Medellin, Colombia home.

In her research work, she’s explored topics from youth participation among Afro-Ecuadorians, to socio-economic inclusion of young people in Bolivia, to the program evaluation practices of INGOs in London. Her research around civil society building and nonprofit management has also led to the design of Recrear’s short courses for organizations and universities. Currently she’s working with the FRIDA Young Feminist Fund to research the impact their participatory grant making model has had over grantee partners across the world.

Complete salsa queen and ocasional witch

Liam O'Doherty

As Director of Digital Youth Engagement Programmes with TakingITGlobal, Liam designs and implements initiatives to inspire, inform and involve young people in making a difference in their communities. With a background in sustainable development, communications and theatrical improvisation, he has extensive experience advancing youth rights, gender equality and climate change initiatives through a range of contexts, from grassroots mobilizations to international policy processes. In 2015 he was recognized as a 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leader by Corporate Knights and as a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations intercultural Fellow.

He has led several international youth delegations to the United Nations conferences, from COP15 to COP21 and is currently advising the UNFPA on youth engagement strategies for the Post2015 Sustainable development agenda. When he isn't bridging movements for accelerated social change, you can find him riding his bicycle, swimming or drinking copious volumes of tea.

Trainers

Kirsten Williams

Kirsten is the Director of Community Engagement at Recrear.

Kirsten is a nomadic soul who enjoys culturally enriching experiences and out-of-the-box living. At Recrear she’s the resident community care-taker, looking after members as if they were her very own 47 cats.

As one of Recrear’s co-founders she’s been at the heart of Recrear’s journey: piloting projects, co-creating our research model and taking names. She’s also got a healthy appetite for research, having explored topics from youth participation to NGO collaboration and program evaluation. Currently she's got her eyes set on the stars as she sets up partnerships around Recrear's short course.

Superpowers

She's got some magic ability to pick up just about any kind of dance. Her latest obsession is salsa.

Fia

Fia can be described as a gentle leader. She believes there is something unique and magical in each one of us. She loves to connect with people on a deeper level and find that magic. She is a great listener and loves to reflect, explore and learn with others. Fia is passionate about participatory processes and research, organizational learning, social accountability and youth work. She focuses on the creation of spaces for the meaningful participation of young people in organisational and development processes.

Fia has practiced with PAR in a number of projects and loves to bring creative techniques such as theatre, storytelling and movement into her work. She is also a dancer and has a deep fascination and endless energy when it comes to literally any style of dance.

Superpowers

A dancer of life

Board of Directors

Liam O'Doherty

Liam is the Global Partnerships and Development Expert in our board.

As Director of Digital Youth Engagement Programmes with TakingITGlobal, Liam designs and implements initiatives to inspire, inform and involve young people in making a difference in their communities. With a background in sustainable development, communications and theatrical improvisation, he has extensive experience advancing youth rights, gender equality and climate change initiatives through a range of contexts, from grassroots mobilizations to international policy processes. In 2015 he was recognized as a 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leader by Corporate Knights and as a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations intercultural Fellow. He has led several international youth delegations to the United Nations conferences, from COP15 to COP21 and is currently advising the UNFPA on youth engagement strategies for the Post2015 Sustainable development agenda.

Superpower

When he isn't bridging movements for accelerated social change, you can find him riding his bicycle, swimming or drinking copious volumes of tea.

Christy Zinn

Christy's work is rooted in grassroots activism for social justice. In more recent years she's been invested in addressing women's rights, especially in Southern Africa. She brings to the table a strong passion for thinking about Recrear's work in the context of communities and the world, and how our work can impact our immediate environment and the world around us for meaningful, sustainable, deep-rooted good. She also uses the body as a source of knowledge in all her work and research. She is a believer in the magic of physical movement as a tool to unlock inner power, deeper knowledge, and meaningful inquiry into the people and places around us.

Superpower

A disciple of Epicurus, Valérie is always just one conversation away from sharing her passion for cooking, travelling, cinema and much more, and to showcase her ability to talk endlessly about dogs.

Hans Christian Johansen

Hans Christian have been engaged in educational development in Africa for the last 3 years, focusing on community development & civil society empowerment, in order to create sustainable development projects. Currently engaged in Sierra Leone with Street Child, a British NGO, Hans Christian works on developing remote & rural communities, through schools & community groups such as SMCs (School Management Committees). Hans Christian has a Masters in International Development Studies, with a focus in organizational development, and the link between business & development.

Superpower

Hans Christian can “sing”, although with a bad voice the entire lyrics to Backstreet Boys “The Call”. Furthermore, he can cook so delicous food, that it could get the most fierce opponents to enjoy a dinner together with smiles.

George Stanley Njoroge

Stanley is a versatile young Kenyan researcher based in Nairobi. He has served in Tofauti on the Move, a Youth NGO based in Nairobi (2011); chaired of the UNESCO Youth Forum, Kenya (2012-2013) and the Commonwealth Students’ Association (2012-2015). He has also served on UNESCO’s Expert Working Group on the Global Convention on the Recognition of Studies, Diplomas and Degrees (2014-2015), the Learning Metrics Taskforce 2.0 Working Group on Global Citizenship Education (2014-2015) and was a key team member in the establishment of the African Women’s Studies Center at the University of Nairobi (2009). He is also a key member of the Afrika Youth Movement and currently works as a Research Officer at the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO.
At Recrear, he is responsible for seeking out opportunities to partner on or bid for projects, assist with grant proposals, sharing Recrear’s work with relevant networks and organizations around the world, especially those sharing an interest in youth work, civil society building and research.

Superpowers

When he’s not making waves in the youth sector, he’s penning mystique poetry, singing and writing.

Maria Gabriela Biscardi

Gaby is Recrear's Member Representative to the board.
Venezuelan and very proud of it. She's passionate about helping others reach their greatest potential. As a trained psychologist, facilitator and coach, she has worked with several consultancy groups in Venezuela and as a professor at Universidad de Carabobo. She's all about experiential learning, psychodrama and groups dynamics. Right now she is building her own organization, CreaPsique, aimed at supporting and expanding other consultancy groups' coaching and facilitation services.

Superpowers

She always finds the good in every situation. That also means she has the mystique ability to build good relationships with even the hardest-to-handle personalities.