Eradicating poverty on a global scale requires collective action. Oshun is a new type of organisation built for an age of outcomes.

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"The Oshun team bring technical knowledge, organisational expertise and excellent networks to everything they devote themselves to"

WHO WE ARE

The Oshun team is made up of practical optimists expert in a variety of areas - each with a passion for changing the world and solving complex challenges. Each associate has a wealth of experience in policy, politics, communications, strategy and delivering impact.  We believe in the power of ideas, grounded in evidence and insights, to help transform the world around us. 

SARAH BEECHING, FRSA, FRGS, MSc

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SARAH BEECHING, FRSA, FRGS, MSc

Executive Director

Sarah is an economist, strategist, and operational policy maker. She is passionate about tackling injustice and poverty through creating and delivering effective campaign and advocacy strategies. Sarah has led many international policy negotiations including delivering three replenishment campaigns for the Global Partnership for Education, the Commonwealth Malaria Summit in London, leading the G8 Nutrition for Growth Summit and the development negotiations for the G20 London Summit.  She has generated strategies for many campaigns on One Health, rabies elimination, Sanitation and Water for All, Every Woman, Every Child, Gavi, G8 and peace negotiations.  Her portfolio includes work on civil society mobilisation (Project Everyone and the World’s Largest Lesson); private sector engagement, including innovative finance solutions for health, education, water and sanitation. She has worked for DFID, Cabinet Office, World Bank, and a host of UN agencies, foundations, CSOs and private sector organisations. Sarah is a member of the Fellowship Council (Advisory Board) for the Royal Society of Arts, a Governor for The Tiffin Girls' School, and UK Council member for United Against Inhumanity.  She has lived and worked in over 70 countries and remains ever curious to learn about new peoples and places.

SARAH BEECHING, FRSA, FRGS, MSc

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KATY CRONIN

Senior Communications Associate 

Katy works at the forefront of international strategic communications and has sound knowledge of international relations, global development, human rights and conflict issues.  She has extensive experience working with high profile individuals from the non-profit, public and private sectors and has held communications leadership roles with The Elders, the ONE campaign and International Crisis Group. She has advised a range of clients across the international development sector including Malala Fund, the Global Partnership for Education, Water Unite and Global Witness. An astute strategist and polished writer, Katy helps NGOs, international institutions and individuals to develop effective organizational messages, narratives and communications strategies. Based in the UK with a global outlook, she has lived and worked in many countries and has implemented communications plans reaching audiences in Europe, the United States, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. 

SARAH BEECHING, FRSA, FRGS, MSc

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MARY O'HAGAN

Executive Producer

Mary is a creative powerhouse with 30 years of successful theatrical and conference production. Mary has produced events all over the world, including working at the United Nations headquarters and in Senegal for the Global Partnership for Education with President Macron and Rihanna, at the World Education Forum in Korea and Women Deliver in Vancouver. Mary is always finding more creative or interesting ways to do things. She is committed and meticulous in delivering the best result, on time and on budget. Making things look more expensive than they are is her goal and her motto is ‘nothing is too much trouble’. Mary is seen by her clients as their creative partner. She gets to know them and their businesses and helps them to develop, quite simply, the most effective methodology for getting the message across. Clients include: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Partnership for Education, Credit Agricole, Gartner, Juniper Networks, Malaria No More, Project Everyone, Conde Nast International, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Quadient, Hitachi and Barceló hotels. Mary has worked in the Africa, South Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and the US.  

SARAH BEECHING, FRSA, FRGS, MSc

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OLYA MAKAROVA

Policy Analyst

Olya is a recent graduate of Oxford University, where she completed a BA in English literature. Her dissertation focused on the environmentalism of working class writers, focusing on the outsider artist Henry Darger. During her studies Olya was an editor at the Oxford Review of Books, as well as helping with artistic design and marketing for several student drama productions. She now hopes to study law, with a particular interest in sustainability and corporate responsibility. In her free time Olya is an avid vegan chef, fantasy novel reader, and folk music enjoyer.

 

SARAH BEECHING, FRSA, FRGS, MSc

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JO AYRE

Communications Associate

Jo is a communications specialist with a passion for international development. After leaving university with a first-class degree in Public Relations, she travelled to the island nation of St. Kitts-Nevis to create and implement the government’s social media strategy. Since her return she has worked on a number of communications projects across a variety of sectors; including Glass Digital Media, Social Media Leadership Forum and Out of the Box. Jo also donates some of her time as a Social Media Strategist to the volunteer-run communications agency Bright One. She loves to travel and is a keen photographer.