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Meet The Team

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Shanah Khan

Lead Operations Coordinator

Shanah is a Scottish-Pakistani who has been part of Intersect Madrid since 2019, when she moved to Madrid. Her experience in teaching and academic background in International Relations fuels her passion for social justice from the local to global level. Her research and writing ranges from post-colonialism, human rights, and experiences of second-generation immigrants.  


When she's not teaching, she's likely writing her newsletter about intersectional feminism or co-hosting her podcast Maneuvering about her lived experience as a South-Asian women navigating the personal and political.



Cristina Castillo

Educational Content Coordinator


Cristina joined Intersect Madrid in 2019 after teaching at various schools in Madrid for several years. Cristina boasts colorful roots as she was born in Guatemala where her father is from, and shares Puerto Rican heritage from her mother. She graduated with an Elementary Education degree in Florida and moved to Madrid in 2015. Cristina loves teaching and aims to educate each and every one of her students to become kind, feminist-thinking, little humans. Her passion is to continue teaching children about the world around them.


Genevieve Peattie


Founder & Strategic Advisor

Genevieve is the founder of Intersect Madrid and started developing the initiative in 2017. Genevieve spent four years working in Madrid in bilingual education and set up the organisation to connect and empower educators to make positive changes in schools, with the aim of creating spaces where we could problem solve and think collectively about how to transform classrooms into sites of learning that were free from oppression. Genevieve is a proud Londoner with British and Jamaican heritage and currently works as a project officer in local government. Her work in the sector so far has ranged from street homelessness and exploitation to youth engagement and public health. She continues to advocate for social justice and intersectional approaches to public service in her daily practice, as well as volunteering virtually in the Intersect Madrid organising committee.

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Farah Elemara

Research and Content Coordinator


Farah is a Londoner of Iraqi heritage. She has over 6 years of classroom teaching experience having worked as a secondary Mathematics teacher across schools of varying socio-economic contexts both within the UK and internationally. She is currently completing a part-time MA in Social Justice and Education at UCL, specialising in research around education policy and the experience of minorities, migrants and refugees in national education systems. Her experiences professionally, academically and personally have all bolstered her interests in making schools happier, safer and more inspiring spaces. With Intersect, she develops CPD and resources for schools as well as participating in the delivery of training sessions. In her spare time she enjoys creating digital art and getting involved with animal rescue.

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