Our People

Hong Kong Board Directors

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Alex Misseri, Chairperson

Alex has been devoted to building digital businesses and experiences for the past 13 years. First in Shanghai, where he founded an eCommerce startup, grew the online revenues of a female fashion group and built the omnichannel commerce practice of a global digital agency. He then moved to Hong Kong to head up the digital transformation of Bluebell, a distributor of premium and luxury brands in Asia. In this role, Alex designed the digital strategy of the group and supported its local business units in the development of the skills and ecosystem required to increase the online presence and sales of their brands.

Alex was looking for an opportunity to put his experience at the service of a cause and an organisation he cared about. Being a father of three, Alex is moved by the stories of all the domestic workers, including his, whose children are raised by their parents back at home. So when he met Marie (Uplifters’ Founder), they instantly saw the opportunity to put his digital skills at the service of Uplifters’ growth.

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Sujata Ramakrishna, Treasurer

Having personally benefited from access to both education and career opportunities, Sujata believes ‘access’ to be a powerful game-changer in someone’s life. She was drawn to Uplifters given its ability to provide access to education and life skills through fit for purpose, scalable programs that enable disadvantaged women the opportunity to impact their lives positively.

Sujata has held senior positions in Marketing, General Management and Inclusive Business for over 10 years and has successfully led teams through integration, the financial crisis and through organizational change. Sujata sat on the APAC Leadership Team for both the Chemicals – Polyurethanes and Consumer HealthCare businesses at a Fortune 500 company.

She is passionate about working in and supporting purpose-driven businesses in both the profit and not for profit sectors and in providing thought leadership in the area of Diversity & Inclusion.

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Romain Di Meglio, Director

Romain is the regional CEO of APRIL for Asia-Pacific. With over 3,800 staff in 28 countries, APRIL is the largest wholesale insurance broker in the world. Romain has more than 10 years experience in mergers and acquisitions, finance and negotiations.

He got involved with Uplifters as it was the only way to have a conversation with Marie (Uplifters Founder and Romain’s wife) over dinner. Coming from a family where education and equity are critical, the project quickly grew on him. He is now supporting Uplifters on strategy and finance.

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St. John Flaherty, Director

St. John is an English and Hong Kong solicitor.  He has spent most of his working life in Asia, principally in Hong Kong.  He retired as a partner in Slaughter and May in 2007.  From then until 2022, he was an adviser to the Swire group in Hong Kong.  He is a director of the Hong Kong Club’s charitable foundation, through which he got to know and admire the work of Uplifters. 

SINGAPORE Board Directors

The two Directors of Uplifters Singapore Limited, Sujata Ramakrishna and St. John Flaherty, also serve as Board Directors of our Hong Kong-registered charity, Uplifters Limited. Uplifters Singapore Limited was registered in Singapore as a company limited by guarantee on April 15, 2024, with the same charitable mission as Uplifters Limited in Hong Kong.

our core team

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Marie Kretz Di Meglio, Founder 

Marie has extensive experience in education. Prior to founding Uplifters, she ran an online learning centre in France and worked at Aidha in Singapore, an NGO providing financial education to domestic workers. Uplifters is based on her knowledge of domestic workers’ issues and the best techniques to teach online. She created Uplifters because she found it unfair that despite their sacrifices, most domestic workers go back home in the same situation or worse off than when they arrived abroad. She believes this is a solvable issue thanks to online tools combined with the power of community support.

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Asnah Subian, Senior Programmes Manager

Asnah is experienced working in the nonprofit and IGO sectors in Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. She is familiar with the issues that are faced by migrant workers in Hong Kong through her experience at Fair Employment Agency where she was part of a team involved in providing ethical employment for migrant workers coming to Hong Kong. Asnah joined Uplifters as she believes education is a crucial tool in being able to empower marginalised communities. She believes that given the right tools and an amazing community, migration can be made very successful.

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Risma Farhanah, Assistant Programmes Manager

Risma is a qualified Indonesian Language Teacher who moved to Hong Kong in 2023. She is very sensitive to the challenges faced by Migrant Domestic Workers. She joined Uplifters as she believes she can make a difference in her community.

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Felice Halse, Programmes Content Volunteer

Felice has over 16 years’ experience working for The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and government departments in Australia, as a social worker and lawyer. She has experience working with victims’ of trafficking and slavery-like conditions, asylum seekers and refugee families, migrants being held in immigration detention centres and migrants from war zones.  These roles have made her sensitive to the challenges and hardships that many migrants face. 

Felice is committed to empowering migrant women through education, giving them tools and knowledge to meet the challenges they face and create a brighter future. 

To guarantee the impact and scalability of our programmes, our community is at the center of all we do. Beneficiaries can volunteer to take an active role in the community and participate in programme design, outreach, and delivery. Our most experienced beneficiaries volunteer as ‘Mentors’ and join our ‘Core Team’ along with our staff and other ongoing volunteers. Core Team Members have one monthly meeting to discuss Uplifters’ progress and decide on new initiatives. They also review the content of every new course we release.

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Herlyn Gargavite Banaban, Mentor

 

 

Mentor SG_Nelie Bautista

Nelie Bautista, Mentor

 

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Mary Anne Casamina, Mentor

 

Mentor HK_Aljen dela Cruz

Aljen Dela Cruz, Mentor

 

Mentor SG_Yulia Endang

Yulia Endang, Mentor

 

Mentor HK_Lizz Natividad

Liz Natividad, Mentor

 

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Evelyn Obillo, Mentor

 

Diamond Team Leader SG_Syarifitriyah Rahmani

Syarifitriyah Rahmani, Mentor

Mentor HK_Ailenemae Ramos

Ailenmae Ramos, Mentor

 

Mentor HK_Charo Sidon

Charo Sidon, Mentor

 

Mentor SG_Janelyn Vergara cr

Janelyn Vergara, Mentor

 

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Melanie Villar, Mentor

 

our other community volunteers

Team Leaders

Team Leaders are Uplifters’ alumni volunteering their time to support new students.

  • Gold Team Leaders have facilitated at least 5 sessions of our online courses.
  • Diamond Team Leaders have facilitated at least 10 sessions of our online courses.

Here is the list of our active Team Leaders as of January 2024.

 

Hong Kong

Diamond Team Leaders

  • Divina Dela Rosa
  • Melnora Larios

Gold Team Leaders

  • Arlene Madayag Cortel
  • Eliza Gacad
  • Lienary Murillo
  • Lorna Datario
  • Maria Nemy Lou Rocio
  • Ruqyah Mahmood
  • Nancy Merillies

Team Leaders

  • Ivy Calagday
  • Jannel Basing-at
  • Ludeliet Tariga
  • Mary Rose Rusco Alcalde
  • Rosemarie Molato
  • Rosinne Redoblado
  • Shiela Sarzona
  • Divina Orpilla

Singapore

Diamond Team Leaders

  • Ayu Candi Sari
  • Cecilia Butaya
  • Cristina Belingon V.
  • Elsie Calumpiano
  • Julie Ann Tabigne
  • Marie Joy Pugrad
  • Mary Grace Basilia
  • Maylene Maylas
  • Mercha Garcia Ramirez
  • Nimfa Encio
  • Rema Tablac
  • Rhealyn Nudalo Luchar
  • Stephanie Raciles
  • Supinah Mulyono

Gold Team Leaders

  • Agnes Bargo
  • Gerilita Garciso
  • Jocelyn Rosario
  • Mercedes De Jesus
  • Recca B. Sumogat
  • Rushell Bosmeon

Team Leaders

  • Angelina Yatar Cuaresma
  • Irene P. Terrado
  • Jenelyn Leyble
  • Joenita Tamo
  • Mary Joy Gapan
  • Rosemarie Espanola

 Alumni Social Media Correspondents

They are alumni who have also volunteered as moderators and content creators for our Facebook Group Uplift Your Life.

  • Ailenemae Ramos
  • Angelina Yatar Cuaresma
  • Rushell Bosmeon
  • Aljen Dela Cruz
  • Julie Ann Tabigne
  • Arlene Madayag Cortel
  • Jenelyn Leyble
  • Charo Sidon
  • Melnora P. Lario
  • Syarifitriyah Rahmani
  • Yulia Endang
  • Supinah Mulyono
  • Elly Safitri
  • Sarinah

Uplifters Clubs Organising committee members

Uplifters Clubs community-led neighborhood groups led by Uplifters Team Leaders. They build our participants together, foster a stronger sense of community and deepen the online course experience through in-person activities.

 

Angels of Singapore Uplifters Club- Charo Sidon, Nimfa Encio, Cristina Belingo, Rushell Bosmeon, Evelyn Obilio

Power Vision Uplifters Club- Melnora Larios, Ruqyah Mamood, Aljen Dela Cruz, Melanie Villar 

The Dream Chasers Uplifters Club- Jenelyn Leyble, Ayu Candi Sari, Julie Ann Tabigne, Cecilia Butaya, Janelyn Dupingay 

Golden Eagles Uplifters Club- Arlene Madayag Cortel, Nancy Merilles, Eliza Gacad, Ailenemae Ramos

Happy Hearts Uplifters Club- Maria Nemy Lou Rocio, Melnora Larios, Divina Molina, Anne Marie Casamina

 

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