Executive team

WeProtect Global Alliance is led by a small, dedicated team of professionals. We work to ensure our members’ commitment has maximum impact. 

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Iain Drennan

Executive Director

Iain has been the Executive Director of WeProtect Global Alliance since its launch as an independent international institution in April 2020.

Previously, he led the UK Home Office’s international response to child sexual abuse. Under Iain’s leadership, the UK was assessed top out of 60 countries in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Out of the Shadows Index on response to child sexual abuse and ratified the Council of Europe’s Lanzarote Convention against child sexual abuse.

Prior to this, Iain worked in national security, foreign policy and counter terrorism roles in the UK civil service and diplomatic service, including a posting in Kabul where he managed the UK’s multi-million dollar counter terrorism and anti-corruption justice programme.

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Paul Ghent

Chief Operating Officer

Paul has been Chief Operating Officer of WeProtect Global Alliance since its independence in April 2020. 

Previously, he headed up the WeProtect Global Alliance Secretariat while the initiative was hosted within the UK Home Office. 

Prior to this, Paul gained 18 years’ experience in the UK civil service and diplomatic service, holding senior roles in public policy, change management, operations management and international policy.  He has worked in the UK, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Beijing and has a passion for protecting children around the world through cross-sector working and collaborative problem solving.

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Chloe Setter

Head of Policy

Chloe has a strong track record in working on child’s rights policy. She was formerly Head of Anti-Trafficking for Lumos, JK Rowling’s international children’s charity, developing the charity’s modern slavery strategy and launching the successful #HelpingNotHelping global campaign on orphanage tourism.

Prior to this, she spent seven years at the specialist anti-child exploitation charity ECPAT UK serving as Deputy CEO and Head of Advocacy, Policy & Campaigns.

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Jess Lishak

Head of Communications and Engagement

Jess has worked in communications, public affairs and policy-influencing roles throughout her career, with a particular focus on equalities, education and human rights.

Before joining WeProtect Global Alliance, Jess was the Communications and External Affairs Manager at the UK’s Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse. She also currently serves on the Trustee Board for Against Violence and Abuse and is a qualified Independent Sexual Violence Advisor.

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Alessandra Tranquilli

Research and Frameworks Manager

Alessandra is an International Development professional with more than 10 years of working experience in Africa, Asia and Europe in child protection, gender and education. She has strong skills in programme development and management, multi-country research management and evaluation. 

Before joining We Protect Global Alliance, she worked for both international NGOs, such as Plan International Asia, and membership-based organisations, such as Girls Not Brides.

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Stephanie Quintao

Membership Engagement Manager

Stephanie has worked in international relations and wider advocacy focusing on membership management as well as facilitating stakeholder outreach.

Before joining WeProtect Global Alliance, Stephanie was the Senior Member Relations Adviser at the American Chamber of Commerce to the European Union (AmCham EU) where she was responsible for overall membership engagement, including retention and recruitment strategies.

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Stefano Spadaro

Communications and Content Officer

Stefano has worked in communications focusing especially on children’s rights, humanitarian aid and development.

Before joining WeProtect Global Alliance, Stefano was the Communications and Campaigns Assistant at the Plan International EU Office in Brussels, where he was contributing to shaping the organisation’s campaigns and overall content production.