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Our Team


Dr. Amel Karboul

Chief Executive Officer


Commissioner of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (Education Commission); former Minister of Tourism, Tunisia

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Max McCabe

Chief Operating Officer


Formerly at Teach First,

Rising Academy Network

& Diageo PLC

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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 World Bank

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Mahri Nicholson

Operations Senior Associate

Former Administrator and Operations Officer at Ark and the Scottish Government

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Madiana Samba​

Program Leader​

Former Founder and Team Leader at Community Action to Restore Lives

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Özsel Beleli​

Head of Global Ecosystem Development​

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


Jared Lee

Chief Programs Officer

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

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Miléna Castellnou

Chief Programs Officer

Former Associate Partner at Instiglio

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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


Oana Malcica

Operations Specialist

Former Business Analyst and Field Support Specialist with UNICEF

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Stephen Chandler


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

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Jemima Morrow​​


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

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Emmanuel Block


Former Consultant at Nova Escola; Investment analyst at Omidyar Network

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Jane Brandon

Administrative Assistant


Former Buyer for Tesco and Programme Operations Manager at Ambition Institute

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Juanita Penuela​​


Former Associate at Instiglio

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Louise Albertyn​

Global Ecosystem Development Associate ​

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


Sara Bonetti


Former Director of Early Years at Education Policy Institute

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Michael Marah​​

Operations Specialist

Former district Program Officer with the SSEIP project in the ministry of education

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Cory Richardson



Former research assistant, UNESCO FLI; Fulbright scholar Estonia.

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Christopher Burningham


Former Education Economist Consultant for the WB 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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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

Team Assistant


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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