Marie Kretz Di Meglio. Founder & CEO
Marie has extensive experience in education, including 5 years running an online learning centre. Prior to founding Uplifters, she 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.
Camille Bethoux. Head of Programs
Camille is a human rights advocate with over 10 years of experience in supporting and leading human rights campaigns and community empowerment programs in various multicultural working environments. Having worked for two years at Resolve Foundation in Hong Kong, she witnessed how challenging it is for women from marginalised backgrounds – including Migrant Domestic Workers – to access resources and opportunities to lift themselves up. Camille joined Uplifters because she firmly believes that when women support each other, incredible things happen.
Hélène Ricordeau. Student Success Officer
Hélène has more than 10 years experience in France as Head of Medical Social entities dedicated to people facing difficulties at work due to their medical conditions. Her expertise lies in promoting safety and wellbeing in the workplace, project management and in the field problem-solving in diverse work environments. Hélène joined Uplifters because she believes in the power of education as an enabler, the benefit of sharing experiences across wide communities and because she is convinced that people can accomplish a lot, when working together, as long it’s for a worthy cause. At Uplifters, she’s in charge of enrolling students, working together with our Team Leaders, alumni supporting new students in their online courses. She supports students throughout the courses, helping them overcome technical issues or discouragement, and ensuring a successful learning journey.
Janet Yip. Finance and Administration Manager
Janet is a qualified accountant and has over 10 years of experience in the FMCG and professional services industries in Australia and Hong Kong. She is passionate about supporting underprivileged minority groups by participating in community volunteer programs. She joined Uplifters because it helps disadvantaged women to achieve their full potential through personal development.
Jenely San Juan. Community Building Officer
Jenely has more than 8 years of experience in sales and marketing. She joined Uplifters because she is a big believer in education as a key driver of social change and wants to support other women in their journey towards self-empowerment.
Hannah Weldon Thiriet. Communications & Development Volunteer
Hannah has been a music educator for eleven years and plays in an orchestra as a string bassist. She has a masters degree in international tourism and convention management and loves organizing events.
Hannah began volunteering at Uplifters because she is inspired by the dedication and sacrifices that domestic workers make. She believes education is the key to further ourselves and society.
Nisha Bates. Communications & Development Volunteer
Nisha moved to Hong Kong from London. Previously working in banking, she left to raise her family. Nisha believes education is the key to opening doors and leading a grounded and fulfilled life. She, herself, had the privilege of a happy childhood and a good education from immigrant parents, and this is something she can now afford to her daughters. Joining Uplifters is a small way in which she can help those women who want and deserve the same.
Anne Granger Bruyere. Student Support Volunteer
Anne brings her expertise to Uplifters as a social counsellor and private mentor. She joined Uplifters because, for her, education is key to grow, fulfil yourself, become independent and give yourself opportunities in life.
She did herself a professional online training a few years ago, and she knows how hard it is to stay motivated and reach ones’ goals. So she wants to support our courageous students in their learning journey!
Delphine Gallais Maury. HR & Admin Volunteer
Delphine has more than 20 years of experience in human resources. She is a certified life and business coach. She decided to join Uplifters because she is convinced that education must be made accessible to all and is inspired by Mother Teresa’s words “Life is a dream, make it into a reality.” Delphine’s core belief is that people working together with a common goal can achieve amazing things.
Nathalie Lugagne. Course Design Volunteer
Nathalie has moved to Hong Kong after 8 years in France working in higher education and executive development. Before that, she has been working for a Japanese university and co-founded a professional women network in Tokyo. She started her professional experience in financial control and auditing. She then decided to move to higher education and has remained in this industry since. She loves working in international teams and is passionate about providing people with opportunities to grow and learn. She firmly believes in the power of education as a key driver for change and empowerment.
Joelle Dang. Finance, Governance & Policies Volunteer
Joelle has lived in Hong Kong for the last 19 years and has spent all her career in the private sector and the finance industry in Asia. Joelle has always invested time and been involved with non-profit organisations, focusing mainly on mentoring and smart training. She works with community of volunteers to empower women and girls to create opportunities and a sustainable future for themselves. Joelle is a firm believer in role model and in the power of leading by example.
Board of Directors
As a qualified lawyer in Hong Kong and Malaysia, Janice dedicates her practice to her biggest passion: empowering others in business through the expertise she gained by starting her own business. She also integrates her broad experience as in-house counsel for top manufacturers, anti-corruption compliance investigator and is a specialist in legal intelligence.
Janice draws upon her network of professional expertise in Southeast Asia to offer bespoke and pragmatic legal solutions for clients across business scales, particularly cross-border consultancy, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory compliance for listed and licensed corporations. She advises industry leaders in telecommunications, smart mobility, property development and asset management. She also assists venture capital funds in investment by KYC discovery, and stewards the growth of cutting-edge technology startups in virtual assets, stock information social media, mobile financing and digital marketing.
Janice is supportive of mission-driven businesses and initiatives for social impact. Living with her house stewardess Alona in her family, Janice is delighted to see the close community Uplifters grows and is grateful to be part of it.
Romain Di Meglio.
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.
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 marketing skills at the service of Uplifters’ growth.
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 opportunities, fit for purpose, for disadvantaged women – giving them 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.
Back from a break from work, she is now taking on new challenges with assignments in Digital Technology and has most recently co-led the establishment of the Asia Pacific Robotic Process Automation Centre of Excellence at a Fortune 500 biotech 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.
Strategic Advisory Committee
The Strategic Advisory Committee works closely with the Board of Directors.
Holly Carlos Allan. As the former Executive Director of HELP, Holly led the organisation to become one of the top NGOs in Hong Kong in the field of human rights advocacy, facilitating access to justice and empowering thousands of migrant domestic workers. She has co-authored a handbook, produced literature and developed online content on the rights of domestic workers. Holly has also worked with other NGOs in various capacities including as a board member of Enrich during its infancy, lecturer at EmpowerU, and Access to Justice Consultant for PathFinders.
Holly joined Uplifters because she believes that education can be a great equalizer. She believes Uplifters is well placed to be an agent of change by helping underprivileged workers achieve greater potential through personal development.
And Uplifters could not exist without…
…Our 60+ team leaders, wonderful alumni students working as domestic workers and volunteering to empower fellow community members!
We are also grateful for the support of current and past ad-hoc project volunteers who contributed to Uplifters since the start.
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