The Conference Committee for 2019 brings together the co-convenors for each sub-theme with four colleagues to lead and support in specific areas. Membership of the conference committee is drawn from a range of member organisations and institutions and includes colleagues with much experience of the conference and those new to the role.

Kwame Akyeampong – Conference Chair


Kwame is Professor of International Education and Development at the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, UK. Kwame began his academic career in Ghana at the University of Cape Coast.

Ruth Naylor – Conference Vice-Chair

Dr Ruth Naylor is a principal international consultant at Education Development Trust. Her main areas of expertise are education and conflict, girls’ education, and teacher performance. She works in research and provides technical support to donor and NGO programmes, particularly in monitoring, evaluation and results reporting.

Sarah JefferySarah Jeffery – Conference Manager


Sarah is a freelance conference manager and project co-ordinator. Sarah has a wealth of experience as she has managed the past ten UKFIET biennial conferences. She is also UKFIET’s Programme Manager looking after the day to day running of the organisation.

Sandra BaxterSandra Baxter – Engagement Fellow


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).

Ricardo Sabates


Dr Ricardo Sabates is a trained economist, with a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the Faculty of Education where he devotes his time researching educational inequalities in access and learning primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

Shrochis Karki

Dr. Shrochis Karki is a Consultant at Oxford Policy Management (OPM), a research based policy institute, where he leads their Education Systems work. He is particularly interested in the quality, purpose, and relevance of education, especially as they affect socio-economic mobility for people from poor and marginalised communities.

Moses Oketch


Moses Oketch is Professor of International Education Policy and Development at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Education and Co-Director of its Centre for Education and and International Development (CEID), has published widely on the connection between the theory of human capital and

Bronwen Magrath


Bronwen’s research interests surround the role of non-state actors in global educational governance and financing. She is particularly interested in discursive trends and norm dynamics within the education and development fields, for example the rise of human rights and equity discourse in education governance.

Patrick Montjourides

Patrick Montjouridès is a PhD candidate with the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. He worked for ten years as Education Program Specialist at UNESCO; six years at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and four years at UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report team in Paris.

Kate Radford


Kate has over twenty years’ experience, working internationally in rights-based development cooperation, change management, programme management and evaluation and business development in the development, humanitarian and private sectors.

Elizabeth Walton


Elizabeth Walton is an associate professor in special and inclusive education in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. She teaches MA courses in Special and Inclusive Education as well as supervising postgraduate research in aspects of inclusive education.

Amy Parker

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Amy Parker works as the Portfolio Lead for the DFID-funded Leave No Girl Behind programme, which aims to support interventions for highly marginalised, adolescent girls who are out of school – either because they have never attended school or have dropped out without gaining a basic education.

Lizzi O. Milligan


Lizzi is a Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development at the University of Bath. Her research and teaching focuses on the disjuncture between education policy and practice and the impact this has on inequalities in experiences and outcomes for teachers and learners in school and community settings.

Sharon Tao


Dr Sharon Tao is a Senior Education and Gender Adviser at Cambridge Education. She has worked as a technical adviser for Teacher Development, Gender and Inclusion and M&E/Research components within large-scale DFID education programmes in Uganda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria, India and the Eastern Caribbean.

Tejendra Pherali


Dr Tejendra Pherali is Associate Professor in Education and International Development at UCL Institute of Education. His research focuses on education, conflict and international development in various conflict-affected contexts including, Afghanistan, Nepal, Lebanon and Somaliland/ Somalia.

Susan Nicholai


Currently Head of ODI’s Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme, Susan Nicolai is a political economist with a technical specialty in education and international development. Her research focuses on the SDG’s and its commitment to leave no one behind.

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