Panel: Mentoring for society

The panel will be chaired by Dr Lise Lewis and will be made up of 4-5 people. The following panellists are now confirmed:

      • Dr Patricia Castanheira – University of Brighton
      • Allison Kahn – Cherie Blair Foundation
      • Alan Lefebvre – Médecins Sans Frontières
      • Becci Martin – Boo Coaching and Consulting

Details of panel membership are still being finalised and more information will appear here as we have more details.


Panel Topics

  • How can we ensure the quality of mentoring programmes when budgets are limited?
  • How can we make mentoring work with mentees who have multiple needs?
  • What are the challenges of mentoring in less developed economies and how do you overcome them?
  • What’s the role of new technology in mentoring?


Panel Bios

Dr Lise Lewis integrated coaching with mentoring following a career in human resources and loves the learning and transformation that working with others achieves. Lise was International President of EMCC for six years from 2011-2017 and became an EMCC International Special Ambassador when her presidency ended in November 2017. Combining joyful family time with walking Charlie a winsome Cavachon, Lise also relishes fun with friends and keeps active – physically as opposed to busy! – with tap dancing, cycling and samba drumming – when she’s ‘in town”!

Dr Patricia Castanheira is a Research Fellow at the Education Research Centre at the University of Brighton (UK). She has over 13 years of experience as a researcher working internationally across different sectors of education. Patricia’s most recent research focuses on professional learning and career development of newly qualified teachers and trainee teachers, but also of higher education staff. Her most recent projects research mentoring, initial teacher training, school leadership and school effectiveness. Her research interests also address issues such as equity, freedom of choice and social justice. She has several publications, including peer-reviewed book chapters and articles, and she is a reviewer for several journals. Patricia is also a Co-Convenor for Network 11 of the European Educational Research Association. She is a member of the university’s research and enterprise centre of excellence, the Centre of Resilience for Social Justice

Allison Kahn is the Mentoring Women in Business Programme Director at the Cherie Blair Foundation. Allison joined the Foundation in 2011. She has scaled their pioneering mentoring model to reach thousands of women, mentors, and partners in over 100 countries, developed web applications to support participants and enable knowledge-sharing, and ensured the programme impacts the women entrepreneurs they support. Allison brings over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector, with expertise in strategy, M&E, partnership development, communications, volunteer engagement, and project management. She holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Macalester College (UK).

Alan Lefebvre was born as a French citizen and worked as a field worker for different Humanitarian organisations, and especially Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières from 2006 to 2011, being deployed in more than 20 humanitarian crisis (natural disasters, disease outbreaks, war zones). He has lived in Oslo, Norway, since May 2010. Alan is now running the Mentoring and Coaching Hub for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières with eight amazing colleagues dedicated to make mentoring and coaching more accessible to their 40,000+ employees.
Since 2012 he has also been a mentor himselg for 30+ mentees. He loves both, mentoring and coaching. The organisation is accredited at Gold level with the EMCCs ISMCP accreditation.

Becci Martin is an experienced coach and mentor, with a background in healthcare leadership, twice shortlisted for the EMCC International Award for Coaching. She is the Director of Coaching and Mentoring at Boo Coaching and Consulting, established in the UK in 2012. Becci led one of the first public sector mentoring schemes in the UK where her team grew a mentoring community to over 3,000 participants at its height. She now mentors many leaders in the corporate and community space and has grown a company with a strong focus on creating social value through all they do. Becci believes passionately that we can all create positive ripples in our communities which can have a greater impact on society.

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