The Conference Committee for 2021 brings together the co-convenors for each sub-theme with six 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.

Ruth Naylor, Vice Conference Chair - UKFIET Conference 2019
Dr. Ruth Naylor
Conference Chair

Ruth is a senior international consultant at Education Development Trust. 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.
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Moses Oketch closing plenary 2019
Moses Oketch
Deputy Conference Chair

Moses Oketch, 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 implementation of policies in the areas of economics of education, education policy analysis, and impact evaluation. Read More

Yvette Hutchinson
Yvette Hutchinson
Diversity & Inclusion Officer

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. 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. Read More

Sarah Jeffery
Sarah Jeffery
Conference Manager

Sarah is UKFIET’s Programme Manager. 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.

Sandra Baxter
Sandra Baxter

Sandra Baxter is the Engagement Fellow for The Education Development Forum (UKFIET) and is also a Research Associate (Research Uptake) at the REAL Centre at the University of Cambridge. She 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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Alison Buckler
Alison Buckler
BAICE Representative

Dr. Alison Buckler is a Senior Research Fellow at The Open University where she is convenor of the International Education research group. She is also the Vice-Chair of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE). Read More

Malanie Ehren
Melanie Ehren
Theme Convenor: Governance, power and planning

Melanie Ehren is a Professor in Educational Governance at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, director of research institute LEARN! and honorary professor at University College, Institute of Education. Her academic work focuses on the effectiveness of accountability and evaluation systems and aims to contribute to a greater understanding of the interplay between accountability and the broader education system in tackling inequality and improving student outcomes. Read More

Khadijah Fancy
Khadijah Fancy
Theme Convenor: Education for resilience, protection and wellbeing

Khadijah has over 20 years of working experience in gender and education. Since 2019, she has been a Senior Education Advisor at Cambridge Education, and Safeguarding Technical Lead for the company. Read More

Katie Godwin
Katie Godwin
Theme Convenor: Rethinking the Education Workforce

Katie Godwin is  Head Research Associate at the Education Workforce Initiative, Education Commission. Katie is from the United States and currently based in Madrid, Spain, working as a consultant in global education research and policy. As Head Research Associate, she oversees the Education Workforce Initiative’s research agenda and activities.

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Claire Hedges
Claire Hedges
Theme Convenor: Rethinking the Education Workforce

Claire Hedges is Senior Programmes Manager – Teacher and Community Education – at the International Development Office of The Open University.  Claire has over 15 years of international teacher development and programme management experience.

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Bronwen Magrath
Bronwen Magrath
Theme Convenor: Research Methods: Building back better in international education and development research

Bronwen is a Global Programme Manager at Aga Khan Foundation, where she leads the Schools2030 initiative  – a participatory action research and learning improvement programme operating in government schools across ten countries. Read More

Divya Nambiar
Divya Nambiar
Theme Convenor: Education for resilience, protection and wellbeing

Dr Divya Nambiar is Senior Consultant at Oxford Policy Management’s (OPM’s) education portfolio, with 15 years of experience in the development sector. She leads OPM’s global work in the areas of skills development, technical vocational education and training (TVET), and livelihoods.Read More

Yulia Nestarova
Yulia Nesterova
Theme Convenor: Reimagining Learning Spaces

Yulia Nesterova, Ph.D. is a research fellow in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow. Her research focuses on education, peace, and development, and she is particularly interested in exploring how inequalities and injustices are reproduced and how local, community-driven approaches and partnerships can address and redress them.Read More

Amy Parker
Amy Parker
Theme Convenor: Towards building back equitably

Amy Parker is Portfolio Lead, Leave No Girl Behind which is part of FCDO’s flagship Girls’ Education Challenge programme. She drives the management and quality assurance of 14 projects which aim to reach up to 230,000 of the most marginalised, out-of-school girls and young women across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Read More

Sally Rosscornes
Sally Rosscornes
Theme Convenor: Governance, power and planning

Sally Rosscornes is an independent consultant focussed on education system change in resource poor contexts, currently contributing to Education Cannot Wait multi-year resilience planning in West Africa. Read More

Becky Telford
Becky Telford
Theme Convenor: Reimagining Learning Spaces

Dr Becky Telford is the Chief of Education at UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.  She is an education specialist with twenty years’ experience in supporting children whose lives are affected by crisis and conflict.  Read More

Dawit Tibebu Tiruneh
Dawit Tibebu Tiruneh
Theme Convenor: Towards building back equitably

Dawit Tibebu Tiruneh is a Research Associate at the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre, University of Cambridge. He is a member of the RISE Ethiopia research program. Read More

Elizabeth Walton
Elizabeth Walton
Theme Convenor: Research Methods: Building back better in international education and development research

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.  Read More