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Our Team


Dr. Amel Karboul

Chief Executive Officer


Former Minister of Tourism, Tunisia

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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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Diana Duran


Former Senior Associate, Instiglio, and Consultant, IFC

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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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Jemima Morrow​​


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

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Juanita Penuela


Former Associate at Instiglio

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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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Stephen Chandler


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


Oana Malcica

Operations Specialist

Former Business Analyst and Field Support Specialist with UNICEF

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Paul Atfield

Senior Financial Associate

Formerly Managing Director at Jefferies; Previously JP Morgan and Deutsche Bank

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

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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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Elsiemae Buckle

Technical Program Lead


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

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Jane Brandon

Administrative Assistant ​

Former Buyer for Tesco and Programme Operations Manager at Ambition Institute

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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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Louise Dessendier​​


Former Grant Management Intern, Reporting Lead at Education Cannot Wait

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