Nileema Yesmin - iOi at Home Programme Manager (Newham)
Nileema has been working across arts and culture, in Heritage, Research and Film and TV. She loves engaging diverse audiences and bringing them together for shared learning experiences and knowledge exchange that supports creative learning and growth. She is excited to contribute towards Newham’s evolution as a hub of diversity, creativity and innovation. As a native and local, she is delighted to bring her experiences and imagination Home to Newham.
Savena Surana - Marketing and Community Outreach Manager
Savena has previous worked for kids media start-up Bright Little Labs, who make stories to inspire the next generation of coders. Now, she joins us the iOi to continue her work championing diversity, accessibility and the power of imagination! Savena is also the co-founder of creative studio Identity 2.0, which empowers people to explore their digital identity and understand their online rights. She’s been named a Web Champion by Tim Berners Lee and been named a Creative Equals One to Watch 2021.
Stephanie Dittmer - Co-Director
Stephanie has worked across the arts in London since she arrived from the US in 2007, and joins the iOi after almost a decade in the leadership team at the Donmar Warehouse. Bringing with her a passion for the power of philanthropy coupled with a deep and abiding belief in the value of creativity and collaboration in sustaining a healthy society, she is thrilled to be with the iOi as it looks to its exciting future. In her spare time, Stephanie is a musician, a mum, and serves on the Boards of AKT and Company Wayne McGregor.
Tanisha Reid - Bookkeeper (Freelance)
Tanisha has worked in finance teams across different industries over the past 10 years. Recently, she has been working within the creative industries with emerging businesses and is now supporting the iOi delivery team and Finance Director. She is originally from Newham and is excited to be a part of a team dedicated to contributing to the evolution of the future of Newham.
Tom Doust - Co-Director
A social innovator, Tom Doust has spent his 23 year career designing and delivering creative multi-stakeholder programmes with children, young people, families, schools and communities across the education, design and cultural sectors. He is founder of the social action charity Envision and led a national education programme with the Sorrell Foundation. In 2013 he was a Clore Fellow with Nesta. In 2015 he was winner of the Knee High Design Challenge supported by Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Innovation Charity, working with the Design Council. Tom is passionate about the power of imagination and creativity, something he spoke on in his 2018 TEDx talk titled ‘The Art of Mind-Wandering’.
Yvonne Abban - Team Administrator
Born and raised in London, Yvonne has always been inspired by the city life by seeing different forms of art around her. This led her to pursue a course in Performing Arts, through which she gained a Higher National Diploma in Acting and Musical Theatre studies in 2010. Over the past 6 years Yvonne has worked for various charity arts organisations, most recently at Jacksons Lane and at The Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Tottenham, where her passion to progress, learn and support developed. Yvonne believes there is an enrichment to creativity and aspires to learn about creating and devising her own screenplays in the future.