The Forum is governed by two bodies. The first is the Board of Trustees which has the accountability for ensuring effective governance on behalf of the Members. The Executive Committee is entrusted to work at the direction of the Board of Trustees to deliver UKFIET’s portfolio of activities.


An annual general meeting (AGM) is held once a year. The AGM is held at the Biennial Conference or at the BAICE Conference. The Board of Trustees meet twice a year and the Executive Committee meets on a quarterly basis.

Board of Trustees

The following people serve as the current Board of Trustees.

 Keith LewinProfessor Keith Lewin  – Chair of Trustees

Professor Keith Lewin is the Professor of International Education and Development at the University of Sussex and alumnus of the Institute of Development Studies.

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He founded the International Masters programme in education at Sussex and has directed the Centre for International Education for 17 years. He is a specialist in educational planning, economics and financing, teacher education, and science and technology education policy. He has experience of education systems in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and South East Asia, and China, and has published 18 books, over 150 scholarly articles papers, and has supervised 45 doctoral students. He has worked extensively with DFID, the World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO, AusAID, the Open Society Foundations, and many national governments. He was a co-convenor of roundtables on financing education at both the Jomtien (1990) and Dakar (2000) World Conferences and was senior advisor on educational financing for expanded secondary education to the World Bank Secondary Education in Africa programme, and for Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan in India. He co-directed the collaborative Multisite Teacher Education Research Project (MUSTER) across a range of Africa countries. From 2005 to 2012 he directed the DFID supported multi-country Consortium for Research on Educational Access, Transitions and Equity (CREATE) (see He is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and a Chartered Physicist.

   Dr Peter Colenso

Peter is an independent consultant working on international education and on early childhood development.

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Before working as an independent consultant, Peter worked for the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) as Executive Director – Education. Prior to working at CIFF, Peter worked for the UK Department for International Development for 11 years. Among other roles, he was Head of Profession – Education and Head of the Human Development Department in DFID’s Policy Division, leading UK government policy on international Education, Health, HIV/AIDS and Nutrition. Peter has also worked as an education specialist for the World Bank and for non-governmental organisations in Africa, Asia and the Balkans. He has served three terms on the Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education, representing first the UK government and latterly the Private Sector & Private Foundations. He holds degrees from Oxford University, the London School of Economics & Political Science and Sussex University. Peter joined the UKFIET Board of Trustees with a view to maximising the contribution of a rich and vibrant UK international education community to furthering education goals worldwide.

Steve Packer for webSteve Packer

Independent consultant for education sector planning and analysis and evaluation of education aid programmes.

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Former posts include: Deputy Director of UNESCO’s EFA Global Monitoring Report, Head of Education Policy at DFID and education adviser to the Commonwealth Secretariat . Chair of the Forum’s Executive Committee (2013-2015); previously Deputy Chair (2011-2013).

Anna for websiteProfessor Anna Robinson-Pant

Anna Robinson-Pant is Professor of Education at the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, University of East Anglia, and will hold the UNESCO Chair for Adult literacy and learning for social transformation (from 2016).

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Before joining UEA, she was based for several years in Nepal, working with a range of NGOs including VSO, ActionAid and Save the Children US. Her research focuses on literacy, gender and development, children’s decision making in education and the internationalisation of higher education. She has been actively involved in promoting international education through UKFIET and BAICE over many years, including as Editor of Compare and is currently on the editorial board for the International Journal of Educational Development.

Kwame for webProfessor Kwame Akyeampong – Treasurer

Kwame Akyeampong is Professor of International Education and Development at the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, UK.

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Kwame began his academic career in Ghana at the University of Cape Coast. Until his appointment at the University of Sussex in 2004, he served as the Director of the Institute of Education at the University of Cape Coast. He has published widely in international journals on education and development. His research interests covers the areas of teacher education in development context, evaluation of large scale education programmes, policy and practice of pre-tertiary education in Ghana and its implications beyond that context. He has particular interest in the political economy of education systems in low-income countries and how it impacts education innovation in that context. His research has aimed to offer alternative viewpoints on educational policy and practice based on critical perspectives and experiences of policy makers, school leaders, teachers and students in African education environments. Kwame has worked on numerous international research and evaluation projects with organisations such as UNESCO, JICA, DFID and the World Bank. In 2001 he was appointed a visiting Professor at the Centre for International Cooperation in Education (CICE) in Hiroshima University. In 2002 he was appointed a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Georgia State University, USA where he carried out comparative studies on international teacher education policy and practice. From 2011 to 2013, Kwame served as a senior policy analyst with the Education for All Global Monitoring Report team at UNESCO in Paris.


Simon McGrath is Professor in International Education and Development in the Centre for International Education Research at the University of Nottingham.

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He has published on a number of aspects of education – development links, especially at the post-school level. He has engaged in policy advice and evaluation research for a range of national and international organisations and is currently most active in work for the South African Department of Higher Education and Training and UNESCO. As a graduate student in Edinburgh in the early 1990s he became involved in UKFIET in its early days and has been active since in a variety of roles including as IJED Editor-in-Chief and a strand convenor for the conference, the latter resulting in six co-edited journal special issues.

Susy NdaruhutseSusy Ndaruhutse

Susy is responsible for the Education Development Trust’s global work supporting education system reform.

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She also leads their consultancy and research to support education reform in developing countries. Her expertise lies in education policy, strategy and finance and she has worked with a range of developing country governments, donors and NGOs in a capacity building context on short and long-term assignments. She has significant expertise on evidence-based support for education in fragile and conflict-affected states, having led a DFID-funded research programme exploring the links between service delivery, state-building and peace-building and having played a significant role in the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility

Professor Angela Little

Angela W Little is Professor Emerita at the University College London Institute of Education where she held the Chair of Education and International Development between 1987 and 2010 and was previously a Fellow of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

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Throughout her career she has combined academic and professional work through collaborations with universities, bi-lateral and multi-national agencies, national education ministries and non-governmental organisations.

She is the author and/or editor of ten books, seven special issues of journals, and book chapters, journal articles and reports on the themes of Education for All, Pedagogy, Multigrade Teaching, Assessment and Qualifications, Globalisation and Education and the Political Economy of Education Reform. She has directed twelve comparative research projects in countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, supervised thirty four research students to successful completion of their doctorates and written and directed two films. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a former President of the British Comparative and International Education Society (1987-88) and of the British Association of International and Comparative Education (2002-2003). She was a founding member of the London International Development Centre and of the UKFIET Board of Trustees, Chair and member of the Young Lives Research International Advisory Board (2009-2017), a member of the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission (1988-1996) and of Council of the Overseas Development Institute (1987-2000). She continues to be actively engaged in the field of Education and International Development through research, teaching and practice ( ).


 David ArcherDavid Archer

David Archer is Head of Participation and Public Services with ActionAid, having been Head of Education for many years.

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In the 1980s David worked on literacy programmes across Latin America inspired by Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (“Literacy and Power: the Latin American Battleground” Earthscan 1990). In the 1990s he developed the Reflect approach to adult learning and social change, an approach now used in over 100 countries by 500 organisations and which has won 5 UN International Prizes since 2003. Since the late 1990s David has worked with ActionAid on human rights-based approaches to development and the building of civil society coalitions on education across Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has written extensively on the financing of education, on understanding a human rights based approach, on HIV, gender and education and on the role of civil society organisations. He is the chair of the Board of the Right to Education Initiative (, is a co-founder and board member of the Global Campaign for Education ( and a long time board member of the Global Partnership for Education (, now serving on its Finance and Risk Committee.

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Andy Brock

Andy has worked in education development for the nearly 30 years – all of it with Cambridge Education as it has grown from about 20 staff to nearly 400. Over those years Andy has played a succession of roles – firstly technical, latterly managerial, now as Managing Director.

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In that role he is responsible for all of Cambridge Education’s International business – spanning about 20 countries and about 45+ live projects at any one time.His early career was as an education planner and economist working in East Africa initially, then in Nepal and Sri Lanka. Between 2000 and 2011 he led two major DFID funded projects in China. He still keeps actively engaged in projects through current work in Pakistan. He has an interest in helping bridge research and the application of research in practice in education projects, in thinking and working politically in developing country contexts and in the use of data to influence decision makers.

Aside from his interest in education he is a Sinophile, enjoys squash for oldies and collects salt cellars. 


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Professor Freda Wolfenden

Freda Wolfenden is Professor of Education and International Development at the Open University, UK

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where she has held a number of management positions including Associate Dean for the Faculty of Education and Language Studies. Freda is currently Academic Director for TESS-India, a large scale innovative teacher development project across several states in India (  Freda is engaged in a number of research activities in Sub Saharan Africa and India focused on pedagogy, new technologies and open practices in teacher education at institution and system level, and is also leading work on new routes into teaching for women in rural Sierra Leone.




Dr Don Taylor

Don Taylor is an independent consultant in education policy, planning and finance.

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He was an Education Adviser with DFID, working in Nigeria, Ghana and Malawi, then in the UK with oversight of education in Montserrat and St Helena. Previously, he was a Senior Lecturer in International Education at the University of Manchester, where he directed the M.Ed. course in Education Policy and Planning related to national development. Earlier in his career, he worked as a secondary school teacher in Ghana, Botswana, and the UK, as a Lecturer in Education at the National University of Lesotho, and as a Planning Officer in the Ministry of Education in Botswana.

Executive Committee

The following people serve as the Executive Committee.

Dr Caine Rolleston (Chair)

Caine Rolleston is a Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development at UCL, UK.

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His research interests, experience and expertise focus on analysis of education systems in low and middle income countries, including school quality and effectiveness and educational access and equity.His research includes a focus on skills metrics and on longitudinal studies (including learning trajectories), primarily employing large scale survey data in quantitative analyses, but also including mixed methods and qualitative approaches. Caine is currently engaged in three major funded research projects (i) ESRC-funded Critical Thinking in Higher Education in Africa, (ii) DFID-funded Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) and (iii) as the Lead Education Researcher for the Young Lives international comparative study based at the University of Oxford.


Dr Sharon Tao

Dr Sharon Tao is an Education Adviser at Cambridge Education and has been a Key Adviser for technical areas that include Teacher Development, Gender and M&E/Research on large-scale DFID-funded programmes in Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and India.

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She has also worked at the grassroots level as a researcher and teacher in government primary schools in Tanzania and Rwanda. This extensive experience has underpinned her recently published book, ‘Transforming Teacher Quality in the Global South’, which discusses an innovative Capability Approach/Critical Realist framework that Sharon has used to design interventions and research aiming to improve female teacher deployment to rural schools, reduce corporal punishment, strengthen teacher morale and enhance social justice in and through education.


Mario Novelli

Professor Mario Novelli

Centre for International Education, University of Sussex

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Mario Novelli is Professor of the Political Economy of Education and Director of the Centre for International Education (CIE) at the University of Sussex. His research explores the relationship between education, globalisation and international development, with a specific focus on education and knowledge production in conflict affected contexts. He worked on a series of research projects related to the role of education in peacebuilding with UNICEF between 2010 and 2016. He is now leading an ESRC funded four country study on learning and knowledge production in social movements in conflict affected contexts. He has carried out research projects for a range of bi-lateral and international organizations including DFID, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNICEF, and UNESCO.



Catherine JereDr Catherine Jere (joint Deputy Chair)

Catherine Jere is Lecturer in Education and Development at the University of East Anglia

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Cutting across research, teaching and practice, her interests centre on exploring how institutional and social barriers to education are challenged and disrupted. Her research focuses on gender issues – including school violence – non-formal approaches to youth literacy and skills development, and working with children, schools and communities to understand the impact, social drivers and mitigation of HIV/AIDS. She was a member of the EFA Global Monitoring Report research team at UNESCO, specialising in policy analysis, and worked for almost a decade at the University of Malawi. In Malawi, she coordinated policy-related research and innovation for several government and donor programmes (DFID, UNICEF, USAID and GIZ). Catherine is a member of the Global Working Group to End School-related Gender-based Violence.


Dr Ruth Naylor

Ruth is a senior international consultant at Education Development Trust.

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Her main areas of expertise are education and conflict, girls’ education, teaching and learning. She works in research and provides technical support to donor and NGO programmes, particularly in monitoring, evaluation and results reporting. She and has worked on a range of knowledge products, translating research evidence into guidance, including a DFID topic guide on education for refugees and IDPs and guidance for UNICEF on gender equality in secondary and alternative education. She has been a member of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) working group on Education and Fragility/ Policy since 2012. Prior to working for EDT, Ruth worked with a range of NGOs and led a global evaluation of the impact of Save the Children’s Rewrite the Future programme.



Yvette Hutchinson (joint Deputy Chair)

Yvette spent the first years of her career teaching English.. She has since lectured in Teacher Training and trained teacher trainers , most recently in central Asia.

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Yvette has worked for Local Authorities as a Schools Officer, Widening Participation Adviser and as an Adviser for Newly Qualified Teacher induction and early career leadership.

Yvette is  the Quality Assurance and Teacher Training Adviser for the British Council  and leads on the educational content for the  International School Award .She leads policy dialogues with education ministries and leads study visits for overseas policy makers and senior leaders.



Padmini Iyer

Padmini Iyer is a Senior Researcher on the Children and Families team at NatCen Social Research.

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She previously worked on the RISE Ethiopia programme at the REAL Centre, University of Cambridge; on school effectiveness in Vietnam with Young Lives, University of Oxford; and on gender, sexuality and education in India as part of an ESRC-funded doctoral studentship at the University of Sussex. Padmini’s research interests include the political economy of education; school effectiveness, equity and quality; 21st century skills; gender and adolescence; sexuality education; and employing quantitative, qualitative and ethnographic research methods.



Shrochis Karki

Dr Shrochis Karki leads Education Systems at Oxford Policy Management.

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He has extensive experience of working on mixed methods research studies and evaluations with government counterparts, donors, bilateral and multilateral organisations, and non-government organisations across the policy cycle in Asia and Africa. He is particularly interested in the political economy of education and development. He is also the Executive Director of Samaanta Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation which provides comprehensive higher education scholarships to meritorious needy students from rural communities in Nepal.




Sébastien Hine

Sébastien Hine is an education and international development consultant with particular interests in education for marginalised groups, education in emergencies and protracted crises, gender, and non-state actors.

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He was lead author of the Forced Displacement chapter of the 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report on Migration and previously worked for Save the Children and the Overseas Development Institute.



Liz ChamberlainDr Liz Chamberlain

Liz Chamberlain is a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies (Primary) at the Open University and Co-Director of the Children’s Research Centre.

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She is a member of the OU’s International Teacher Education Development team, contributing to the award-winning TESSA initiative through project delivery and OU literacy policy development. She has worked across a range of settings in the UK, including two years teaching in Asia and has spent time based in Ethiopia on a libraries and literacy project. She is Academic Director for the DfID-funded Leave No Girl Behind programme in Zimbabwe, working with PLAN International. She has published journal articles and academic books on primary literacy, and is an invited speaker at national and international events. As Chair of the International Sub-Committee for the United Kingdom Literacy Association, she worked with international colleagues on literacy priorities and policy issues.


Katie Godfrey

Early Career Professional Rep.

Katie is a Senior Impact Officer at CAMFED International, a role which is the realisation of a long-held interest in international education and development.

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She supports CAMFED Zimbabwe’s Impact team in their monitoring and evaluation activities. Across the organisation, she takes a particular interest in ensuring that research activities are inclusive of people with disabilities and supported CAMFED’s national offices during the introduction of the Washington Group questions as a method of capturing disability data for clients. 


Sandra BaxterSandra Baxter

Sandra Baxter is the Engagement Fellow for The Education Development Forum (UKFIET).  She is a Knowledge and Learning Management consultant, and previously worked at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Department for International Development (DFID) and UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP).

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Sandra worked at IDS for nearly 20 years, specialising in communicating research findings and enhancing knowledge flows between different stakeholders and networks for improved evidence-informed decision-making and learning outcomes. She designed and managed knowledge and learning support programmes (K4D, HEART) for various international donor agencies – DFID, DFAT, EC, Norad. She spent periods of secondment with DFID’s education cadre and UNESCO’s IIEP, and more recently as Knowledge Management Specialist for the DFAT (previously AusAID) Education Resource Facility. Prior to this she was teaching English in Peru.


 PIC BY STEWART 334771Sarah Jeffery

Sarah is UKFIET’s Programme Manager

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she is a freelance conference manager and project co-ordinator, having previously worked with CfBT Education Trust (now Education Development Trust). Sarah has a wealth of experience as she has managed the past eleven UKFIET biennial conferences.