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.
Joost Monks is the Executive Director of NORRAG. He is in charge of NORRAG’s overall management as well as its international development and partnerships.
His areas of expertise and interests include global governance, philanthropy in education, development studies, quality assurance in higher education and M&E. He also serves as secretary of the International Accreditation Council for Development Studies (IAC) of the European Association of Development Institutes (EADI). Previously he served as project director for the Rector of the University of Geneva and worked as strategy consultant in a wide range of national and international public and non-profit organizations. He holds a Bachelor and a Master Degree in international relations from the Graduate Institute and obtained his PhD in political economics from the University of Geneva.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emeline Brylinski is a PhD candidate in Education Sciences at the University of Geneva supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Her research interests are intergovernmental cooperation in education, political stakes and power dynamics which influence the conceptualisation and institutionalization of school democratization and peace education within the global agenda. Emeline Brylinski was previously an Associate Project Officer at the UNESCO International Bureau of Education (Geneva), she also worked as a Research Consultant for the 2015 Global Monitoring Report at UNESCO (Paris), and Amnesty International on Human Rights Education. She holds a M.A. in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University (New York) with a background in Education Sciences.
Ji Liu earned his PhD degree in Comparative Education and Economics at Columbia University, New York, and holds academic appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, where he teaches a graduate-level research methodology course. 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.
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 Dreux Frotté holds a BA in International Relations from PUC-Rio. She completed her MA in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in 2018 under the specialization track of Human and Social Development. Marina has previously worked for Terre des Hommes Suisse, for the International Bureau of Education at UNESCO, and in grass-roots education-related projects in Brazil and Peru. She brings with her extensive experience in research and project management and a deep interest in the topics of globalization of education, curriculum reforms, diversity in education, and educational inequalities.
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 undertakes work as a freelance graphic designer.
Paul Gerhard holds a degree in Communication 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 for European Schoolnet in Brussels as a Digital Media Specialist, the Qatar Foundation in Doha as an ICT Specialist and the European Journalism Centre in Maastricht as a web editor. Paul is in charge of the communication and outreach strategy at NORRAG, specifically with regards to the new visual identity, website and networking tools, to help members of the NORRAG network connect and learn from each other. Paul is also involved in the preparation, dissemination and promotion of NORRAG’s materials and publications.
Silvan Oberholzer holds a BA in International Affairs from the University of St.Gallen and a Certificate in Latin American Studies from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez (Chile). He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies with a focus on humanitarian action, migration, and education and development. Silvan has previously worked at the Department for International Cooperation at the Swiss Red Cross and gained experience in primary education as a teaching assistant in Colombia and Chile. He has strong interests in private sector involvement and multi-stakeholder partnerships in education and education in emergencies.
NORRAG backstopping for the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Barbara holds a BA in Regional Studies Asia/Africa & Social Sciences and an MA in Education and International Development from the Institute of Education, University College London. In more than ten years of professional experience in international development and humanitarian aid from grassroots and NGO to national policy and UN level, Barbara has managed multi-donor projects and gained expertise in programme design, monitoring & evaluation, data analysis, and capacity building. She has worked on refugee protection as well as post-conflict reconstruction and returnee integration in South and Southeast Asia as well as East and Central Africa and published her academic work on issues around forced migration and education. Most recently, she worked as Education Specialist with UNHCR in Geneva where she led refugee education data and information management and provided strategic guidance and technical support to field operations. She is currently completing a doctorate at the University of Oxford.
Laetitia holds a Master’s Degree in Translation from the University of Geneva, as well as in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. After serving for 3 years as a Communication Officer for NORRAG, she was in charge of the SDC Education Network Backstopping for over a year. She then worked for the Sector-wide Policy and Planning Cluster at UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar, and joined the backstopping Team in the role of Communication and Outreach Coordinator just after her return to Geneva in May 2018.
Michèle holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Southampton, UK. She is currently pursuing a master degree in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and her main interest is in the Education and Skills Development sector.
Her research studies focus in particular in education in emergencies and out-of-school children in Africa and in the Middle-East.