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Our Team


Dr. Amel Karboul

Chief Executive Officer


Former Minister of Tourism, Tunisia

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Max McCabe

Chief Operating Officer


Formerly at Teach First, Rising Academy Network and Diageo PLC

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Raphaëlle Errera

Chief of Staff to the CEO

Former Lecturer at the University of Oxford; International Development at Casino Group.

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Adriana Balducci


Former Senior Programs Manager at FCDO and WISE-Qatar Foundation, Special Education Consultant at UNESCO and Brazilian Government

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Diana Duran


Former Senior Associate, Instiglio, and Consultant, IFC

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Meera Saujani

Head of Communications

Former Head of Communications at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in China


Oana Malcica

Operations Specialist

Former Business Analyst and Field Support Specialist with UNICEF

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Jemima Morrow​​


Former Senior Programme Manager at Education Partnerships Group, and previously Education Adviser with Cambridge Education


Jared Lee

Senior Expert in Residence

Formerly with UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investment, Bain & Company, Clinton Health Access Initiative and Goldman Sachs

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Miléna Castellnou

Chief Programs Officer

Former Associate Partner at Instiglio

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Tinacho Chitongo


Former Director of Development at African Leadership Academy

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Juanita Bodmer


Former Advisor at Colombian Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, National Planning Department and the World Bank

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Stephen Chandler


Former Investment Analyst at a London-based hedge fund and Treasury

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Mahri Nicholson

Operations Senior Associate

Former Administrator and Operations Officer at Ark and the Scottish Government

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Özsel Beleli​

Head of Learning & Engagement

Former Senior Consultant at UNESCO-IIEP and UNICEF, Former Lecturer at SAIS; JHU and SPIA; Princeton

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Former Education Economist Consultant for the World Bank and ODI Fellow with MOF Malawi

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Mayra Gramani


Former Research Assistant at the Government Outcomes Lab, University of Oxford

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Walt Hetzel​


Former Educator with Peace Corps Guinea, Senior Program Coordinator with Boys and Girls Clubs

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Louise Albertyn​

Learning & Engagement Associate ​

Former Education Innovations Project Manager at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Bobbi Quincey-Jones​

Executive Assistant​

Former Director of Production and Operations at In Place of War

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Rachel Leonard

Team Assistant 

Formerly with the Wohl Legacy Group of Foundations, ActionAid and the British Civil Service

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Elsiemae Buckle

Technical Program Lead


Former Project Lead on the School Leader Support Programme with Rising Academy Network

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Louise Dessendier​​


Former Grant Management Intern, Reporting Lead at Education Cannot Wait

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Juanita Penuela​​


Former Associate at Instiglio


Camila Munõz Medina


Former Associate at Instiglio, International Development and Innovative Finance Expert

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Jane Brandon

Administrative Assistant ​

Former Buyer for Tesco and Programme Operations Manager at Ambition Institute

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Joanna Rainey

Administrative Assistant​

Formerly Assistant Buyer at Selfridges and Harrods

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Foday Karimu

Sierra Leone Operations and Team Assistant


Former Business Operational Risk Manager at Standard Chartered Bank Sierra Leone, Former Auditor at KPMG Sierra Leone

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Cory Richardson



Former Research Assistant, UNESCO FLI; Fulbright Scholar Estonia

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