Project Description

Rania Marandos, CEO


Rania is passionate about young people’s role in creating positive change across society. She believes in the power of unusual partnerships to create lasting change. When these partnerships include young people and the wider community, anything is possible.

 As part of the founding team at Step Up To Serve, Rania has worked with partners and young people to evolve the #iwill campaign’s collective impact strategy using insights from data and practice.  She enjoys working with organisations across sectors to embed high quality youth social action in key systems with a focus on narrowing the socioeconomic gap in participation.

Rania began her social action journey at an early age, supported by Girlguiding and later the International Baccalaureate, and continued to be an active volunteer through university working mainly in schools, the criminal justice system and mental health settings. She pursued her interest in criminal justice through her PhD research with the London Probation Service.

Following her studies, Rania joined McKinsey & Company focusing on large-scale transformation and capability building programmes across a range of industries. Rania then spent four years at Teach First as Head of Strategy during which time she led on the development of the charity’s next ten-year strategy with multi-stakeholder involvement. Rania has a BSc and PhD in Psychology from the University of York. She enjoys walking at a pace across London and spending time at sea.

“My social action journey as a young person offered me extraordinary experiences and opportunities I would never have imagined possible. It has been an honour to be involved in the campaign from the early stages and see it take shape over the last year thanks to the leadership of so many incredible partners. Young people across the country are already making a difference in their communities and beyond. It is important we recognize this across society and find ways to ensure that every young person has the opportunity to take an active part.”