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 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.
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
He has also contributed to and supported research capacity strengthening in Africa through his involvement with the African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC) as a Senior Research Scientist and Director of Research. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), and Associate Editor of International Journal of Educational Development. Professor Oketch is currently a member of the Ethiopia research team on the Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE); and Higher Education and the public good in Africa.
Professor Oketch was educated in Kenya and the United States. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
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
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 organises policy dialogues with education ministries and leads study visits for overseas policy makers and senior leaders. Yvette is a Panel Member for the Economic and Social Research Council and a contributor to the CIES African Diaspora Special Interest Group.
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 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).
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
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
Some of her key projects are:
ESRC funded study on ‘Accountability, capacity and trust to improve learning outcomes in South Africa
EU Erasmus+/KA2 comparative study on polycentric inspections of networks of schools across four countries.
EU-funded comparative study on the impact of school inspections in six European countries.
Nuffield funded project on the Nature, Prevalence and Effectiveness of Strategies used to Prepare Pupils for Key Stage 2 Maths Tests.
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 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.Read More
She led development of EWI’s flagship report, Transforming the Education Workforce, and also supports EWI’s in-country work to develop education workforce reform options with Ghana, Sierra Leone and Vietnam. Previously, Katie worked in Nashville, Tennessee leading and supporting immigrant and refugee education services with non-governmental organizations.
Katie graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Russian. She holds a Masters of Education degree in International Education Research and Policy from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and completed Columbia Law School’s graduate program at the Center for Public Research and Leadership.
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.Read More
Claire is a founder member of the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) network and co-led The Open University’s component of English in Action (EIA), a national school-based teacher development programme in Bangladesh. Claire currently co-leads large scale teacher and community education programmes in Zimbabwe to improve the teaching and learning of foundational literacy and numeracy. Claire is playing a leading role in The Open University’s Covid-19 response to continue learning in low-income communities.
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
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
At OPM, Divya has built a new strand of work on the theme of skills development, which applies a multidimensional skills framework to address development challenges in diverse areas. This includes: early childhood development, adolescent development, training of frontline health workers, child labour, youth employability, and livelihoods. She leads and manages several international projects focused on skills, labour and youth, both within the education portfolio, and across global portfolios including health, public sector governance, and climate change and energy.
Prior to joining OPM, Divya was Senior Consultant at the Office of the Union Secretary, in the Government of India’s newly established Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) for three years. At the Ministry, she was tasked with providing evidence-based policy advisory support to the Ministry’s Union Secretary; formulating and designing national policy and programme initiatives on skills development (including India’s National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, 2015 and the National Skill Development Mission, 2015); managing the Indian government’s bilateral and multilateral skill development partnerships; designing and coordinating key strategic partnerships across government ministries and industry established Sector Skills Councils.
Divya has previously consulted for the World Bank, international think-tanks, development research centres, and the private sector, on themes including poverty reduction, livelihoods, gender and collective action, and skills development. She has also taught politics and area studies at Oxford University.
Divya holds Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degrees in Development Studies from Oxford University and a Master of Arts (MA) in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her doctoral thesis entitled ‘Skill Development and Youth Aspirations in India’, was based on 16 months of ethnographic research in south India. It examined the changing aspirations and skills requirements of youth – particularly young women, as they enter new industrial workplaces for the first time. Her thesis also provides insights into the changing role of the Indian state and documented the complex relationship between the state and private sector, as the two actors collaborate to deliver skills training programmes to India’s rural poor. She has been selected to contribute a background paper on the regulation public private partnerships in the area of skills development in India, to the upcoming Global Education Monitoring Report 2021/2022.
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
Yulia is currently involved in research into educational inequalities in Bangladesh, China, India, Rwanda, the Philippines, South Africa, and Tanzania as part of the Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods. She is also leading a project on community-driven peacebuilding and reconciliation through education in conflict and post-conflict areas. Before Glasgow, Yulia was with UNESCO MGIEP and Asia-Pacific offices working on peacebuilding, sustainable development, and youth engagement, and worked closely with a range of other international actors.
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
Amy brings 15-years’ experience as an education specialist providing leadership, support and guidance on girls’ education and empowerment, teacher professional development, school readiness, Education in Emergencies, refugee education and safer learning environments. Before joining the Girls’ Education Challenge, Amy worked with multiple international non-governmental organisations in programme management and global adviser capacities across the humanitarian-development spectrum, with a major focus on fragile and conflict affected settings.
Amy has a post graduate certificate in Education, specialising in languages, and began her career as a classroom teacher for 11-18 year olds before she transitioned into the international development sector to design and deliver learner-centred pedagogy training for primary and lower secondary teachers in Rwanda. Amy has since taken up various leadership roles in a variety of UK and global education networks, including the INEE Standards and Practice Working Group and co-chairing the Teachers’ in Crisis Contexts Collaborative.
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
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 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 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