I have over 15 years’ experience working in the voluntary sector, championing the causes of children, the elderly and victims of crime, homelessness and poverty, around the world – most recently working in a national role for The Salvation Army across the UK and Ireland. Before that I gained my PhD in International Relations from the University of Exeter; focusing on global social movements .
In my spare time I volunteer to support victims of human trafficking and sing with a London-based choir. I enjoy baking and following most sports and love walking in this amazing city, having recently completed the Capital Ring Walk around London.
Maija has a wide range of experience in the field of public policy and working in the third sector. She has a particular interest in restorative justice and in evidence-based research and policymaking in the UK. Before joining Sculpt, Maija was working as a policy research assistant for her local MP and she gained experience in the areas of international affairs, economy, health and social care, education, environment, and rights and equalities. She has also worked in a multicultural centre supporting cultural identities and promoting integration. She is currently conducting user- and victim-led research. At Sculpt Maija wishes to contribute to the transparent debate on the rightful treatment of disadvantaged individuals in the field of human rights and policy.
Maija holds a BA degree in International Migration and Ethnic Relations by Malmö University, Sweden, and a MA degree in Public Policy and Practice by the University of Greenwich, UK. She is a native Finnish speaker and is fluent in both English and Swedish.
She has proven to be a purposeful, passionate and innovative manager within the non-profit sector, with a passion for helping people in need. With an MA in Conflict, Development and Security from Lancaster University, she has impressive experience of working within the charitable sector. Working physically within both the UK and the Middle East, she has worked across both programmes and partnership development. With a background in international relations research, and work within development NGOS, her expertise lies in strategic partnerships, particularly in the area of donor coordination and project management.
She has always worked at the grassroots level, believing in the true value of dialogue and understanding. Not only can her work on this be found published, but she has demonstrated this in all her professional roles – engaging with beneficiaries globally to understand true needs and demand. This is what attracted her to Sculpt. She is keen to ensure this value is reflected through both her role and work, particularly within the new Sculpt fundraising strategy.
Having previously seen first-hand the positive impact of her work, she is continually striving to achieve much more and now make a difference in more lives under the umbrella of Sculpt.