Vanna joined the Bakhita Centre in January 2021 as the project coordinator for the Horizons Summer School (HSS), an educational programme developed by the Centre for survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking.
Vanna is also the community development lead for the charity Rahab, a London-based charity working at the intersection of violence against women and girls (VAWG), modern slavery, and off-street prostitution, a predominant form of prostitution in the UK.
Prior to joining the Centre, Vanna worked in the voluntary sector in the criminal justice system and addiction fields. For the past 15 years she has held management and senior management roles and devised educational projects for minoritised groups including women from the Roma community.
Vanna is interested in education as a powerful and positive tool for change and will contribute to the Centre’s research and delivery of educational programmes for survivors of modern slavery and human trafficking.
Vanna is a UCL alumni. She holds an MSc Child Development, Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology, MA Comparative Literature and Translation Theories, and a BA in Linguistics.
She is a Clore Social Leadership programme alumni.