Dr Animama’s wonderful team of volunteers give their time freely to help as many mothers in developing countries as possible.
Want to join us? 
Email admin (at) animama.org.

Guy (Hagai) Avisar – Melbourne, Australia

Project Founder and Director

Guy (in Hebrew Hagai) is an Israeli born psychologist who currently live in Melbourne, Australia.

Guy founded Animama as an expression of his passion to help families and children at risk. Guy sees education of parents as most powerful tool for primary prevention in the field of children at risk. Over the past 20 years he has initiated and supported various programs that focus on primary prevention in this field.

Guy has been working as a psychologist and family therapist since 1988. During his career he has specialised in supporting families, empowering parents and strengthening relationships.

In 2015, with the help of seed money from LITAI fund, Guy embarked on the journey to develop Animama.

Fionn Skiotis – Melbourne, Australia


Fionn Skiotis is the Executive Director of International Social Service Australia, an organisation that provides intercountry social and legal services to children and families.

Fionn has a background in human rights, advocacy and community development and 30 years experience in the not-for-profit sector in Australia and internationally. He is also a documentary filmmaker.

Fionn is currently a Member of the Mental Health Tribunal Victoria, Chair of Community Housing Ltd and a Director of the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre.

Fionn hosted and supported Animama in the first years of establishement and he continues to provide us with guidance.

Stacey Gleeson – Queensland, Australia

Volunteers Coordinator

Stacey is a leader and entrepreneur in the field of recruitment. She has worked for both the corporate and NGOs in capacities of recruitment, managing volunteers and fundraising.
 With her extensive experience she brings to our team wisdom and resourcefulness.  Her knowledge of the internet tools and resources is a true asset for Animama.
Stacy is a mother of two young kids and she is passionate about making a tangible difference in the lives of mothers and children across the world.

Shayla Smith – New York City

Curriculum Coordinator

Shayla works as a Clinical Database Manager at the children hospital Lenox Hill in New York City.

Shayla holds a master degree in Public Health. Her studies concentrated on Epidemiology and Child Health.

Before moving to the area of Public Health, Shayla studied Environmental Engineering in Stanford University. Upon graduation, she spent two years working in Panama as a Program Manager in the Peace Corps. She facilitated health education workshops and oversaw the completion of programs in the fields of environmental health, maternal health and family planning. Through her involvement in that program she discovered her interest in public health and developed the passion to support mothers and families in the developing world.
She has over five years of experience in research, monitoring and evaluation, grant writing, program development and data analysis.

Baneen Karachiwala – Bangalore, India

Project Consultant -Bangalore, India

Baneen is a Public Health Researcher providing support to health projects across India, and globally since 2005. Her focus is in areas of knowledge management, implementation research, photojournalism and documentation.

Baneen is passionate about human rights and maternal and child health and she dedicates much of her time to making a difference in these areas. She is affiliated with the Ramalingaswami Centre of Equity and Social Determinants of Health, which is part of the Public Health Foundation of India, Delhi. She also is a Senior Advisor to a human rights and community media organisation, Video Volunteers based in Goa.

With a Masters degree in Medical and Psychiatric Social Work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, she is working towards a PhD in a specialised area of public health.

In her spare time, she is occupied with design and collaborates with artisans across India to help in the process of revival of dying art.

Evah M. Gachanja – Kenia

Administration Support

Evah works as a freelance Virtual Assistant / Project Coordinator. She is passionate about promoting health and awareness among mothers and her love for the field has seen her volunteering with many organisations that support families and advocate for children’s rights.
As a mother of two young kids she is familiar with many of the issues mothers in Africa are coping with.

She has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical & Electronics Engineering with over five years handling Logistics (Imports/Exports) and administration within the oil and gas sector.

Evah brings knowledge of the field in her country, enthusiasm and much practical support to Animama.

Shaun Carroll – Brisbane, Australia

Website support

Shaun is a full stack and very busy web developer who kindly agreed to come to the rescue with all of our website issues. His passion to put the users first when building websites will surely serve our users all around the globe.

He holds various diplomas in a number of different languages with over five years experience working both for himself and other people.

 Shaun is experienced in creating and maintaining excellent user experiences and web functionality. He is now creating SAAS products for SMEs.
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