CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Elisha is an expert in start-ups, technology for social change, campaigning, international development and communications.
As the Founding Director of the Global Poverty Project in the UK, Elisha led the creation and implementation of the advocacy and fundraising campaign, Live Below the Line, which has raised more than £10M globally. She also established the Global Poverty Ambassadors initiative, in partnership with The Co-operative, launched with Bill Gates and Hans Rosling, before going on to create and lead Zero Poverty 2030 worldwide.
Elisha has a Masters in Development Management from the London School of Economics, and is undertaking a Global Executive MBA from TRIUM (LSE London, HEC Paris and NYC Stern), the world’s leading Executive MBA. She has extensive experience in international development consulting and citizen/consumer engagement using innovative technology platforms as a tool for change, having worked in the UK, USA, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, Pakistan, Australia and with the World Bank in Washington DC. She is also a current Advisory Council Member for the Anglican Alliance.
In addition to this, Elisha has extensive experience in working between the non-profit sector and private sector, having managed corporate partnerships and philanthropy for various organisations including the Sydney Opera House, Make Poverty History, the Oaktree Foundation and Global Citizen / Global Poverty Project.
When not working, Elisha loves cooking for as many people as can possibly fit into her NYC apartment, training for half marathons, and has a really cute puppy called Tika. Elisha is based in New York City and London.
Kate Harrison Brennan
Kate studied international development at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and was placed first in the M.Phil overall, graduating with distinction. She spent the last year of her doctoral studies in politics at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, on a visiting fellowship.
During her undergraduate studies in Arts and Law, Kate was Assistant Director of the Oaktree Foundation in Australia, and founded a program with the UN in South East Asia and Africa. Kate was Young Australian of the Year for NSW in 2006, following her work founding a swimming and public health program in Arnhem Land. She was Executive Producer of a short film series in East Timor, and advised the film producer Richard Curtis on development policy.
In 2014, Kate returned home to Australia from New York, where she was working in media and strategic communications, to be Advisor to former Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, for whom she had worked previously in the portfolio of Social Inclusion.
Kate's edited volume, Making Global Institutions Work, was published by Routledge in 2014. She has been a guest lecturer and speaker in the UK, US, and Australia on international development, communications, technology, politics, and global public health. Kate is based in Sydney.
Tabea Soriano Hughes
Director, Global & Smart Agency
Tabea is an expert in all things sustainable product and start-up life.
Throughout her career, she has focused on fashion product development and supply chain operations with an emphasis on domestic manufacturing. In her previous role as Head of Product at Reformation, she led product development and R&D on sustainable fabrics, and helped shape its DNA across multiple channels in the early start-up stages.
She also likes to flex her creative muscles and currently advises several lifestyle brands on product design and content creation. She authored a consumer-facing series on sustainable fashion called “Ethical Style” for the online platform, Good Magazine, which covered topics from the lifecycle of a cotton T-shirt to Angelina Jolie’s diamond engagement ring.
Tabea has a Bachelors of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, with a concentration in culture and political studies. While there, she learned draping techniques in Florence, and also worked for the Davis Performing Arts Center costume department where she learned the ins and outs of garment construction. She speaks German, French, and Italian.
The rest of the time, Tabea is all about work-life balance. She likes to do yoga, try new recipes, and cultivate meaningful relationships. She also likes to think that she walks her dog, Juniper, much more than her husband does. Tabea is based in Los Angeles.
Louise is currently studying towards a BSc in Geography from Loughborough University and has chosen to take a year out to work with Global and Smart, before returning for final year.
Throughout recent years, Louise has shown a passion for working in the non-profit sector and willingness to help others. In 2012 she volunteered in Malawi for four weeks to help build schools and teach pupils and since then she has participated in multiple fundraising events through school and university. Most recently, Louise has personally raised £3000 for the Epilepsy Society to help find a cure for epilepsy.
As well as this, Louise loves travelling to new parts of the world and dressing up in humorous costumes to take part in university dance shows and competitions. Louise is based in London.