Professor Gita Steiner-Khamsi joined NORRAG as the Director in February 2017, with the aim of expanding NORRAG’s research capacities and outreach.
She has been seconded by Columbia University, where she is a Professor of Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, to strengthen the field of international education at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She is holding a dual academic affiliation as a full professor, splitting her time between the two institutions. A past president of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), she is actively engaged in the professionalization of international and comparative education. She published several books and journal articles in globalization studies, comparative policy studies (policy borrowing and lending), and development work. She is series editor of the World Yearbook of Education (Routledge) and International Perspectives on Education Reform (Teachers College Press). Her applied policy work is in the areas of strategic planning, evaluation, school reform and teacher policy in developing countries with a special focus on Central Asia and Mongolia.
Dr Moira V. Faul joined NORRAG as Executive Director in April 2020. She previously worked as Deputy Director of the Public-Private Partnership Center at the University of Geneva, and was also Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute (IHEID) in 2019. Originally from Zimbabwe, Moira brings substantial expertise in education and international cooperation, as well as in organizational development and management in the private and voluntary sectors in China, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.
She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and a teaching qualification from the University of Oxford. Previously, she held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and successfully led a UK Research Councils-funded programme on knowledge exchange between research and policy at the University of Cambridge. Before embarking on her PhD, Moira was a senior manager in private sector adult education in Spain and China, then Head of Education and Youth Policy (UK) at Oxfam GB.
She has published widely on education and international cooperation. In addition, she has produced many important studies for international organizations, including the Global Partnership for Education, the UK government, UNESCO, UNHCR, and ActionAid.
Arushi Terway holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from Harvard. She brings 12 years of professional experience working in developing countries (India, Rwanda, South Sudan) and doing analytical work on education sector reform and youth education. Her previous work includes USAID funded education policy research and program implementation, serving as co-evaluator in the assessment of SDC’s Performance in Basic Education, conducting background research on innovative finance and global aid architecture for the Learning Generation Report and more recently on education planning and finance for the Global Partnership for Education.
As Senior Lead Research Associate, Arushi Terway will direct NORRAG’s portfolio on Private Sector Engagement in Education which includes innovative financing, philanthropy and education, public-private partnerships, and private sector support for the Right to Education movement, with a focus on good giving and socially responsible private sector engagement in education.
José Luís Canêlhas joined NORRAG as KIX EAP Hub Manager in July 2020. José Luis has significant experience in management consulting and international development roles. José Luis worked in the financial services private sector before his career evolved to international consultancy at school and systems-level education planning and M&E roles in Africa and Southeast Asia. He also served on the Global Partnership for Education committee on Governance, Ethics, Risk and Finance. Prior to joining NORRAG, José Luis worked with Oxford Policy Management and co-authored a multi-country research – led by the University College London Institute of Education– on private education and its compliance with the right to education. José Luis holds an MA in Education Planning and Economics from the University College London Institute of Education.
Patrick Montjouridès holds an M.A. in Economics Education from the University of Burgundy in Dijon. He worked for ten years in economics of education, education statistics, monitoring and evaluation, indicator research, and visualization of data. He has been Education Program Specialist at the UNESCO Institute of Statistics in Montreal between 2011 and 2016. Prior to this, he worked for four years as Research Officer at UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report team in Paris, and two years at the Institute for Research in the Sociology and Economics of Education (IREDU) of the University of Burgundy. He has been actively involved in working groups that deal with the operationalization as well as global monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals.
As Senior Research Associate Patrick Montjouridès will build new initiatives that support the development of locally-led educational research and policy planning. He will also support NORRAG’s activities in francophone countries.
Anna Numa Hopkins is an engagement expert and researcher focused on the intersections between research, policy and practice. Her professional experience spans collaborative and multi-disciplinary working, policy research, and research practice and method in the social sciences. Anna has published reports and academic papers on how research is made and used for/in policy contexts, and has worked with practitioners, researchers and funders to facilitate knowledge production and policy engagement. Anna has an MA in Social Research and is a PhD student at the University of Warwick, where she is studying knowledge equity and anti-racism in UK education research. As Policy Engagement Lead, Anna is responsible for running and developing NORRAG’s Policy Dialogues.
Daniel is a researcher and practitioner working at the intersection of public policy, comparative education, and sociology. His work deploys evidence-informed approaches to improve educational programs, policies, and systems for marginalized learners, especially in contexts of displacement and stability. He has previously conducted research and consulting in dozens of countries with the World Bank, UNODC, ILO, OECD, Oxfam, FHI360, Aflatoun International, Nudge Lebanon, and the United States government. He completed his MSc. in Evidence Based Social Intervention at the University of Oxford and is currently conducting his Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Marina Dreux Frotté holds a MA in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and a BA in International Relations from PUC-Rio. She has previously worked for Terre des Hommes Switzerland, the UNESCO International Bureau of Education and in education projects in Brazil and Peru. Marina Dreux Frotté holds extensive expertise in designing and managing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning frameworks, as well as in conducting research and applied policy research in the topics of innovative financing for education, inclusion and equity in education, globalization of education and curriculum reforms.
Anouk Pasquier Di Dio holds a Bachelor degree in Political Economy from the University of Geneva as well as Diploma in Graphic Design from Design et Formations. Over her career Anouk has developed her skills in programme and event coordination, communications and graphic design, for both national and multi-national organizations. Anouk also has extensive experience of working in international Geneva having undertaken roles at the Green Cross International and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She is currently responsible for NORRAG’s administrative management ensuring that everything is running in a smooth and efficient manner and also works on the production and layout of some of our publications. But as she only works part-time for NORRAG she also undertakes work as a freelance graphic designer.
Paul Gerhard holds an MA in Communications and Journalism from the University of Burgundy and has since developed his career as a communications expert in both Europe and Asia. Paul has extensive experience in ICT in education gained whilst working as a Digital Media Specialist for European Schoolnet in Brussels, as an ICT Specialist for the Qatar Foundation in Doha and as a web editor for the European Journalism Centre in Maastricht. Paul is in charge of the communication and outreach strategy for NORRAG and the KIX EAP project.
Sylwia Lacz joined NORRAG as Administrative Coordinator in October 2020. She has over four years of international experience handling confidential tasks and making daily administration as efficient as possible. Sylwia graduated in Business Administration at International University of Geneva and holds Swiss Human Resources diploma. She has a solid knowledge of office procedures, financial administration and HR processes. Sylwia is currently responsible for NORRAG’s administrative management supporting projects, staff and consultants.
Ji Liu is professor of Comparative Education and Economics of Education at the Tin Ka Ping School of Education, Shaanxi Normal University. His research interests situate at the intersection of teachers, learners, skills, and the economy; his research has been published on academic journals such as Oxford Review of Education, COMPARE, China Economics of Education Review, Comparative Education Review (Beijing), Global Education (Shanghai), etc., and featured in book series such as Oxford Studies in Comparative Education (Symposium Books, 2015) and Education, Equity, Economy (Springer-Nature, 2018). He brings with him professional expertise working as consultant on the core team producing the World Bank Group’s first flagship publication on education World Development Report 2018, and on education development projects for UNICEF, Asian Development Bank, and Education Development Trust. He co-authored the biography Kuo Ping Wen: Scholar, Statesman, Reformer (San Francisco: Long River Press, 2016), and co-edited the special volume of Economics of Education in China (New York: Columbia University, 2017). He also writes for World Bank Blogs, China Education Daily, The Observer, and Caixin News. He earned his PhD degree in Comparative Education and Economics at Columbia University, New York, and holds adjunct academic appointment as Assistant Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, where he teaches a graduate-level research methodology course.
Alexandra Draxler is an education specialist. She spent many years at UNESCO and continues to work as an independent consultant for public and private entities. She was the Executive Secretary of UNESCO’s Delors Commission (1993-1996). She has written about technologies in education, public-private partnerships, and education policies and strategies for development. She is a member of several professional associations and is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Educational Development.
Michel Carton holds a PhD in Education from Geneva University, where he worked at the Psychology and Education Faculty up to 2002. He completed his academic career at the Graduate Institute of Development Studies in Geneva, of which he was director from 2005 to 2007 before being appointed vice-director of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies until his retirement in 2010. His research and field related studies focus in particular on international technical and vocational skills development policies in Western and Southern Africa, as well as in South and South-East Asia. He has been involved with NORRAG since the early 1990s.
Lara Patil joined NORRAG as an advisor in July 2018. Her aim is to expand NORRAG’s research and capacity in the area of technology and educational development. Lara spent 10 years as an Education Strategist for Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group. In this role she was responsible for the strategic design, development, implementation and reporting of education policy and research initiatives. She represented Intel in multi-stakeholder partnerships for education. She also served as coordinator of the Private Sector and Foundations Constituency and member of the Country Grants and Performance Committee for the Global Partnership for Education. Lara holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She lives in southern France with her husband and their three beautiful children.
Marina Avelar is a research associate working with innovative financing in education. She has professional and academic experience in the field of education, and worked with project management and evaluation with public and private institutions in Brazil. She holds a PhD in education by the UCL Institute of Education, funded by the CAPES Foundation and UCL, and was visiting researcher at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain). Her research is focused on privatisation and globalisation, with interest on the participation of new actors in education policy-making and governance. She has written pieces to academic journals and books, and her thesis was the winner of the Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Education Studies. Prior to the PhD, she completed her bachelors and masters degrees in education in Brazil, with visiting periods at Lund University (Sweden) and University of London.
Wajeeha Bajwa holds a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York and a Bachelor of Arts from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany. She possesses over 8 years of experience in research, monitoring and evaluation and in the management of gender-equitable international development programs spanning South Asia, Africa and Latin America. She has worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the United Nations Capital Development Fund. Her current analytical focus is on results-based financing, development bonds and other new financing mechanisms and their impact on equity, particularly on gender, minority and vulnerable communities.
Anaka Harish Ganesh recently graduated from The Australian National University, Canberra with a Masters degree in Political Science (Advanced). Prior to this she secured her BA in Economics from the University of Mumbai. She has experience working as a data analyst research assistant for over a year in academia and policy. Anaka has always been passionate about spreading the power of education. She worked as a fundraiser for two years at an NGO in India that provides school equipment to children in orphanages and has also taught English speaking skills to Tibetan refugees.
Daniela Andonova is in her final year of her Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and geography at McGill University. Following her graduation, she hopes to complete a Master’s Degree in education and to pursue a career in the field of education. Her interests include the study of ethics within the fields of education, politics, and law, as well as the ethics and impacts of urbanization and development. Daniela has most recently worked as a language specialist for the YMCA of Canada, in a program aimed to develop children’s English language skills. She has also previously worked with UNICEF on the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, as well as with the IUCN, where she provided data research on coral reef destruction and ocean pollution.
Georgia Thorne is a student at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) pursing her MA in Development Studies. Prior to this, she studied her BA degree in Human Geography and French at Lancaster University (UK). Georgia has volunteer experience in Kenya, facilitating sessions on IT and employability skills to local youths. Her main research interests lie in the fields of education, urbanisation and global inequalities.
Nemhoilhing (Hoi) Kipgen is studying her MA in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International studies and Development. Prior to this, she worked as a youth in development specialist at Peace Corps, Thailand where she collaborated with the local sub-district administration, community health centers and primary schools. She was also an AmeriCorps member at City Year Tulsa, Oklahoma where she served in inner city schools, mentoring, co-teaching, and coordinating community events. Her interests lie in the realm of education as a peacebuilding tool in post-conflict societies, international education and policy reforms. Her past experiences include advocacy, national service, teaching, research, gender and positive youth development.
Veronika Mosolova is studying for an MA in Standardization, Social Regulation, and Sustainable Development at the University of Geneva.
Her research interests are inclusive education as well as education as a tool for poverty eradication and development. She has prior experience with both profit and non-profit sectors and is also engaged with several NGOs in Russia in the field of curative pedagogics and assistance to children with disabilities.
NORRAG backstopping for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Lisa joined NORRAG’s SDC Backstopping team in April 2020 as Education Officer to lead SDC’s Education Network community management, outreach and member engagement and to provide overall operational and thematic assistance to the Backstopping mandate. She holds a master in International Relations and a multidisciplinary master in Asian Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva. She recently completed a certificate in strategic management of development projects at the Graduate Institute. Lisa has over over 12 years of experience in project management, coordination, partners’ engagement and communication in the international cooperation, humanitarian coordination and education in emergencies sectors. She has previously worked for Soroptimist International of Europe, the Gender Unit at IOM, and most recently for Save the Children International as Programme and Communication Officer for the Global Education Cluster.
Vivien Stringer is a first year Masters student studying International Affairs at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. She specializes in Global Security and Global Health with a regional focus on the Asia-Pacific. Previously, she has worked in Alaska, at a school in Cambodia, at the Swiss Embassy in New Zealand, for a think tank in Zurich, and at ITU in Geneva. Vivien is very passionate about education and communication. In her new role she will be supporting NORRAG as a Communications Assistant for the backstopping mandate with SDC.