Brita Fernandez Schmidt serves as the Executive Director of Women for Women International UK. She is responsible for the operation and management of Women for Women International in the UK and Europe.

Before joining Women for Women International Ms. Fernandez Schmidt led the programmes and policy work of Womankind Worldwide, an international woman’s human rights and development organisation based in the UK. She was the Chair of the Gender & Development Network and was elected as Trustee to BOND, a British network of development organisations, and contributed to its strategic development. She also sits on the Management Board of Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) and she has advised numerous other organisations and institutions, including DFID, on gender, women’s rights and development.

Ms. Fernandez Schmidt holds a Masters from Sussex University, UK. Originally from Germany, Brita went to school in Venezuela and now lives in the UK with her husband and two daughters.