Meet the Team

Ambassadors

Laura Mvula
“Becoming an ambassador for MTV Staying Alive is a great honour for me. It’s so important that we work harder than ever to increase awareness about HIV among young people."
First and foremost girls and young women should have access to information and know that they can make their own choices and part of why I’m involved with MTV Staying Alive is because they’re getting the message out to a very wide audience. Girls are disproportionately affected by HIV, with nearly two thirds of all new infections among young people being girls, so I hope that in my role as Ambassador I'll be able to encourage them.

Tinie Tempah
"I want to use my position to raise more awareness, and tell people what they can do to prevent HIV turning into something even more life threatening."
In his first duty as ambassador, Tinie is set to headline MTV Staying Alive’s exclusive funding raising event, Found in London on May 14, 2015, as well as getting stuck into Staying Alive’s activities throughout the year.

Becca Dudley
“I believe strongly in helping end the negative stigma associated with HIV through education and conversation – even if I can impact just one person, it counts.”
In 2012, Becca was signed up as one of the new faces of MTV UK. As well as presenting the daily news, she reports from movie premieres and red carpet events such as the EMA’s, the Brit Awards and the Mercury Awards; she has even co-presented an MTV show alongside superstar Ne-Yo! If she isn’t at MTV HQ, you will find Becca dj-ing reggae, dancehall and hip hop at major venues across London.

The Board

  • Chair
    Bill Roedy
    Chair
    Bill Roedy
    Chair of the Staying Alive Foundation Board, Bill is a dedicated internationalist and music lover. As Chairman and Chief Executive of MTV Networks International, he oversaw its growing range of international channels and multimedia business operations. He has been active in a wide range of corporate social responsibility issues, most notably global health, leading MTV’s global efforts to promote HIV/AIDS education. In 1998 he was named Ambassador for UNAIDS, and was the General Assembly keynote speaker at the 2010 Model UN, with Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
  • Board member
    Dr Purnima Mane
    Board member
    Dr Purnima Mane
    Dr Purnima Mane is President & CEO of Pathfinder which develops ground-breaking programs on sexual and reproductive health in 20 countries and leads global advocacy on sexual and reproductive health policies and rights. Prior to that she served as Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA and also held senior leadership positions at UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Population Council and the World Health Organization.
  • Board member
    Carl Folta
    Board member
    Carl Folta
    Carl Folta is Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations at Viacom, lnc. where he manages the company's public affairs, corporate philanthropy and corporate events. He launched KNOW HIV/AIDS, Viacom's cross-platform public education campaign to eradicate ignorance about HIV and AIDS.
  • Board member
    Mallah Talbot
    Board member
    Mallah Talbot
    A women's rights advocate, blogger and writer, Mallah is an ex Staying Alive Foundation Grantee from Cameroon. Leading a team of young people, her organisation has delivered HIV/AIDS initiatives in partnership with unconventional institutions such as the church and traditional authorities. Mallah also serves as mentor to a current SAF grantee in her home country.
  • Board member
    Dr Arletty Pinel
    Board member
    Dr Arletty Pinel
    Dr Pinel is Director of SurGlobal, a special programme on health and sustainable development, hosted by the International Center for Sustainable Development (CIDES). She previously headed up the Reproductive Health Branch of the UN Population Fund. Before serving in that role, Dr Pinel worked for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
  • Board member
    Garrett English
    Board member
    Garrett English
    Garrett English is Senior Vice President of Production, MTV Music Specials and Events, where he is responsible for special programs such as the MTV Movie Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards. Prior to this, Mr. English worked at MTV Networks International and co-executive produced the Staying Alive Campaign from 2000 to 2004.
  • Board Member
    John Levene
    Board Member
    John Levene
    John Levene is a Managing Director in the Securities division of Goldman Sachs, New York. He’s an active participant in Goldman Sachs Gives, a donor advised fund for senior employees. John has been an active fund raiser for the Foundation leveraging his relationships within the finance sector. He’s taken a particularly keen interest in the Foundation’s social enterprise program, helping to develop its core mission and visiting grantees in Rwanda and Uganda.
  • Board member
    Mustafa Jakupov
    Board member
    Mustafa Jakupov
    Mustafa is a former Staying Alive grantee whose organisation - RROMA - raises awareness of HIV/AIDS among the Roma community in Macedonia. RROMA was the first Roma youth-led organisation supported by MTV Staying Alive. Working on youth empowerment and mobilisation using creative campaigning methods, Mustafa believes that youth can become part of the decisions of today. Under the motto "Nothing for us, without us!", he is currently working on Roma youth participation on the national and international level.
  • Board member
    Baron Peter Piot
    Board member
    Baron Peter Piot
    Baron Peter Piot, MD, PhD, is Director of the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Peter was previously Associate Director of the WHO’s Global Programme on AIDS, Under Secretary-General of the UN from 1995-2008, and founding Executive Director of UNAIDS. Under his leadership, UNAIDS spearheaded UN reform by bringing together ten UN system organizations in the global AIDS response.
  • Board member
    Henry Luyombya
    Board member
    Henry Luyombya
    Born in Uganda, Henry is a passionate HIV community activist with a long history of front-line service and research experiences with young people, immigrants and refugees living with HIV. He is a life-long learner, mentor and mentee through his Research Coordinator position at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) and Committee for Accessible AIDS Treatment (CAAT) in Ontario, Canada. His research initiatives are geared towards HIV-stigma reduction. He loves music and soccer (Arsenal in England).
  • Board member
    Tim Rosta
    Board member
    Tim Rosta
    Tim Rosta is the founder and former Executive Director of LIFEbeat, a national non-profit organization dedicated to reaching America's youth with HIV prevention messages. Previously, Tim was the Senior Vice President of Integrated Marketing at MTV US.
  • Board member
    Shawn Decker
    Board member
    Shawn Decker
    Shawn is a renowned writer who began his career aged 20, after breaking his silence about living with HIV. Infected as a child through contaminated blood products used to treat his haemophilia, he released his memoir in 2006. He now travels with his wife Gwenn, educating college students on maintaining a healthy and positive lifestyle.
  • Board member
    Michael Madnick
    Board member
    Michael Madnick
    Michael is Senior Vice President of Global Philanthropy at CCS Fundraising. He most recently served as the Deputy Executive Director for the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition. Before that he was Deputy Director for Global Health Policy and Advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He speaks regularly on the subject of global philanthropy and partnerships.

The Team

  • Executive Director and Founder
    Georgia Arnold
    Executive Director and Founder
    Georgia Arnold
    Georgia is the Foundation's Executive Director, and is responsible for leading the entire team and driving all elements of the Foundation's operations, including content production, grant giving, fundraising and partnerships. She is also Senior Vice President of Social Responsibility for MTV Networks International, where she develops and implements social initiatives across MTV's broad range of channels.
  • Deputy Executive Director
    Sara Piot
    Deputy Executive Director
    Sara Piot
    Sara’s been working with the MTV Staying Alive Foundation since 2003. She’s responsible for our grant-giving programme, overseeing everything from selecting grantees to managing and fulfilling our grants. She also works closely on all the legal, financial and governance aspects of the Foundation.
  • Director of Fundraising
    Sara Bowcutt
    Director of Fundraising
    Sara Bowcutt
    Sara oversees MTV Staying Alive Foundation’s fundraising strategy, which includes working with companies and individuals a range of events, public fundraising initiatives and brand partnerships. Since 2003 she has specialised in fundraising, working for both small and large UK and international charities including War Child, Age UK and the MicroLoan Foundation.
  • Trust & Foundations Manager
    Alistair Chase
    Trust & Foundations Manager
    Alistair Chase
    Alistair is responsible for raising income from charitable trusts and foundations, to support MTV Staying Alive Foundation’s grant-giving programme. Since 2007, he has worked in fundraising for a range of charities and higher education institutes, including Street Child, MicroLoan Foundation, and the University of Roehampton
  • Grants Manager
    Wouter Van Dongen
    Grants Manager
    Wouter Van Dongen
    Wouter joined the team in 2013 and is responsible for managing the projects the foundation supports. He is involved in the selection of new grants, provides on-going support to projects and helps to communicate their impact to the broader audience.
  • Fundraising & Events Manager
    Laura Neale
    Fundraising & Events Manager
    Laura Neale
    Laura manages the Foundation’s portfolio of fundraising initiatives and events, working closely with the team, our corporate partners and supporters to develop new ideas to raise money. Before joining the team in 2015, Laura worked on international advertising campaigns and later in corporate fundraising at a national employment charity.

Shuga

  • Project Director
    Richard Warburton
    Project Director
    Richard Warburton
    Richard is the MTV Shuga Project Director and is ultimately responsible for the delivery of all aspects of the multi award winning MTV Shuga Campaign. He has fourteen years experience working on award winning HIV/AIDS programming, events and training for the Staying Alive Foundation, UNAIDS and others. Richard also brings with him an excellent network of contacts from the continents creative communities.
  • Producer
    Octavia Landy
    Producer
    Octavia Landy
    Line Producer - Shuga Campaign. 20 years experience including the BBC, CH4 and MTV. Including Live Music, One Born Every Minute and Made in Chelsea. Brings the campaign in on time and on budget . Paperwork Overlord, luckily loves a spreadsheet.
  • Social Media and Digital Manager
    Esther Kissiedu
    Social Media and Digital Manager
    Esther Kissiedu
    Esther joined the team in 2013, from the FT, she currently manages all social media and digital elements for the MTV Shuga campaign. Producing a content strategy that elevates the core campaign messages across all social platforms and the Shuga website.
  • Marketing and partnerships Manager
    Emmanuel Kalu Uduma
    Marketing and partnerships Manager
    Emmanuel Kalu Uduma
    Emmanuel Kalu Uduma, Marketing and partnerships Manger on the MTV Shuga campaign is a Events and Media content expert with years of experience creating and producing multimedia outputs for TV, Radio and Film

Supported By Viacom

Viacom supports the Staying Alive Foundation by donating employees' time
  • Creative Director
    Julie Allen
    Creative Director
    Julie Allen
    Julie joined us in 2006 from the BBC, where she looked after a variety of interactive dramas and entertainment projects. At the Staying Alive Foundation she leads all things creative – from show concepts, to creative fundraising initiatives and creative media partnerships.
  • Director
    Beth Garrod
    Director
    Beth Garrod
    Beth joined the team in 2013, bringing a background of over ten years producing youth TV, online and radio content for global brands. As a teen author with a passion for pro-social, she helps strategically steer and oversee international campaigns and content.
  • Marketing and Programming Manager
    Jack Okell
    Marketing and Programming Manager
    Jack Okell
    Jack joined us in 2012, and he’s now responsible for marketing and distribution, making sure that the great content our team makes gets seen by people all around the world. This work includes programming, blogs and promotional spots.
  • Intern
    Henry Boon
    Intern
    Henry Boon
    Henry’s the team intern so gets involved with various things going on across the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. He writes for Staying Alive’s blog on everything ranging from Syphilis to budget Valentine’s Day ideas. He also dips into the fundraising side of things.