Photo: Emmanuel Afolabi

I am a researcher and sustainable development practitioner with nearly twenty years of experience working in inclusive education, capacity development, and systems strengthening among marginalised communities in low-, medium-, and high-income countries. My work is committed to equity and justice, grounded in an appreciation for diversity in all its forms.

I am a research consultant at the World Bank and Research for Equitable Access in Learning (REAL) Centre, consultant with the RISE (Research to Improve Systems of Education) Programme, an external consultant in inclusive education at A.I.S.E. Consulting, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and paid advisor to KIOO Project, an organisation using photography to transform gender relations among youth around the world.  I spent four years teaching and facilitating graduate and executive students addressing issues of sustainability and development in communities across six continents with Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and UPenn’s Center for Social Impact Strategy. 

I recently completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, where my research interests linked early childhood health inequities with cognitive development and learning needs among primary school students in northern Ghana. I earned my Master’s in Public Administration in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and my Bachelor’s of Arts magna cum laude in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from California State University, Long Beach.