Grants Team


educate.‘s Grants Team is one of our core fundraising teams. We work to secure the necessary funding to make educate.’s projects a reality. We are a team of dedicated and creative writers looking for the best ways to attract funding for educate.‘s work.

Andrea Torrens: Grants Team Manager

Originally from Spain, Andrea has a background in International Relations and has conducted fieldwork in Colombia. She moved to Amsterdam to study for her Master’s and is currently working there while collaborating with educate.

Ian McCallum: Grant Writer

Originally from Canada, Ian spent four years working and travelling in South and Southeast Asia. Witnessing social inequalities while abroad sparked his passion for international development. This led him to take on a role volunteering with an NGO in rural India and to continue his education. He has now moved to The Netherlands and is doing an MSc in International Development Studies.

Alessandra di Giacomo: Grant Writer

Alessandra is from Brazil and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration. With a background in both the private and non-profit sectors, she is passionate about different cultures and strongly motivated to improve lives of individuals through education.

Matilde Ferretti: Grant Writer

Growing up between Brussels and Rome, Matilde moved to Amsterdam in 2019 to pursue her studies. She recently completed her Bachelors in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, and is now working as an intern in the fair trade sector. She is passionate about human rights and driving sustainable development through local leadership!