Bryan Cox - Executive Director
Bryan has 18 years of international development experience and has lived and worked in Africa, Central and South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Bryan earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of Wales and a MA in Governance and Development from the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex. He has had the opportunity to lead a diverse cross section of complex development, post conflict and humanitarian programs. After 14 successive years of working with children and youth affected by poverty, conflict and natural disasters, Bryan joined Youth Challenge International as Executive Director in August 2008. Prior to YCI, Bryan served as a Country Director for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) for eight years, implementing large-scale post conflict multilateral programs in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Azerbaijan and Indonesia. Bryan's last international placement before joining YCI in Toronto, was Director for the Consortium for Assistance and Recovery toward Development in Indonesia (CARDI) based in Jakarta.
Kristy Vanderplas – Program Development Lead
Kristy joined YCI in 2013 to support program development. She grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, spent many years working and living in different places around the world and now resides in Parkdale. Prior to YCI, Kristy worked with Street Kids International for several years as a Programme Manager in Youth Livelihoods. She holds a HBSc in Bio-Medical Sciences from the University of Guelph, and completed her Post-Graduate Diploma in International Project Management at Humber College in 2006. In her spare time Kristy enjoys teaching yoga and growing organic veggies.
Amanda Armstrong - Operations Lead
Amanda first became involved with YCI in 2011 in Guyana as the Women's Entrepreneurship Project Officer where she launched a new women's networking initiative to train and support over 50 female entrepreneurs. A graduate of The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario, Amanda specialized in entrepreneurship and has a passion for international development, youth livelihoods, sport and using business for social good. She has experience working with entrepreneurs and youth in Kenya, Guyana, Trinidad, Jamaica, Tanzania, and Ghana. She also managed a national youth HIV/AIDS program at the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). In 2012, Amanda joined YCI as the Volunteer Program Coordinator responsible for managing, training, and providing support to all volunteers on YCI's international projects. Her role has expanded to include the management of all public engagement initiatives, events, and campaigns. Amanda enjoys working with young people, learning about new cultures, and playing soccer everywhere she goes.
Razili Datta - Programs Lead
Razili supports program design and development, working closely with YCI's international teams, and oversees monitoring and reporting for YCI's international programs. She has previously managed governance programs in the Middle East and Central Asia and has successfully led proposal development for numerous donor-funded international projects. Razili has a BA in Economics and Government from Smith College (Massachusetts) and an MA in International Affairs from George Washington University (Washington, DC), where she specialized in Conflict Resolution. A native of northern California who has also lived in India, Razili now resides in Toronto's Leslieville. She joined YCI in 2014.
Joshua Layton - Marketing & Communications
Josh specializes in brand messaging, storytelling and the design of compelling visual identities, and campaigns. After studying at the University of Waterloo, Josh co-founded LOOP: Design for Social Good which has enabled him to work on branding and design projects for socially conscious companies and social enterprises. Since 2010 Josh has spent significant amounts of in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania, coordinating projects related to politics, design and human rights with local youth leaders.
Ryan Felix - Marketing & Communications
Ryan is a talented web designer with keen intuition and insight in the development of projects. He keeps a critical eye to the latest trends and innovations in design and technology to help him build beautiful and seamless websites. After studying Urban Planning at the University of Waterloo, Ryan has spent time working in the design for social good and social enterprise sphere, and he was worked on design projects in East Africa and the Philippines. Ryan is also the Co-founder of LOOP: Design for Social Good, a design firm specializing in branding and digital solutions for socially conscious organizations.
Adrienne Knowlton - Finance Manager Adrienne Knowlton has been YCI's Finance Manager since 1998 and has kept the organization's finances running smoothly. She works as well for a number of other Toronto based non-profits and has extensive experience in financial management for the non-profit sector.