CFFP UK Leadership
Marissa Conway | Co-Founder and UK Director | London
The idea for CFFP initially came about as Marissa worked on her MA in Gender Studies from 2015 - 2016. Eager to engage with feminist analysis to better understand international relations, she began to seek out a conversation which uses feminism as a theoretical tool to analyze politics and power. Much of her personal feminism stems directly from the example of Cynthia Enloe's encouragement of a feminist curiosity, one which takes women's lives seriously.
Originally from Silicon Valley in California, Marissa moved to London to pursue her MA in Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London. She also holds a BA in Political Science and a BA in Music from Chapman University in Orange County, California. She currently works as a photographer and branding consultant and often publishes pieces on feminist foreign policy and related topics. In the past she has worked with the Action on Smoking and Health, international clean water charity Living Water, and California-based anti-trafficking initiatives.
Her areas of interest and research include: feminist foreign policy, nuclear nonproliferation, US foreign policy, UK immigration, masculinity, and feminist IR theory.
Vix Anderton | Deputy Director | London
Vix is an independent inclusive leadership and gender specialist with expertise in women, peace and security. A former Royal Air Force Intelligence officer, she has an inside understanding of gender and diversity in the military and conflict-affected states. She was part of the evaluation team for the UK National Action Plan and now advises MoD and other organisations on equality, diversity and inclusion and gender mainstreaming. She has been published in several peer-reviewed journals on the UK’s internal women, peace and security programming and policy.
Having spent two years working in international development, she is now building a portfolio career, working with individuals and organisations to achieve meaningful change in empowering women. Alongside her work on gender issues, she is a yoga teacher, a life coach and the founder of The Practical Balance.
CFFP UK Volunteers
Emily Webster | Events Coordinator | LondoN
Emily Webster currently holds the position of Events Coordinator at LSE Generate, where she works to build Generate’s network of entrepreneurs throughout the world. She has assisted in organising panels, talks and festivals all focusing on enterprise, with a particular interest in social impact and innovation. She previously graduated from King’s College London with an MA in Conflict, Security and Development (with Distinction) in 2017. Apart from her roles with CFFP and LSE Generate, she volunteers for the LSE LGBT+ staff network in their communications team and also for the Young Funding Network, who run multiple crowdfunding events for social enterprises throughout the year.