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Work History

2014-

CEO, Founder Kiddify

The Audio-Visual Wikipedia for kids, by kids: video platform for children under the age of 18 designed to connect to their peers and share their knowledge with each other globally. Provides infrastructures for schools to connect to other schools globally, hosts youth/Kid "conferences" and clubs, creates concepts for media/shows.
2015-2016

Writer, Education Consultant/Edu-tech Specialist

Focus: Global Citizenship Education: clients include the Italian Ministry of Education in preparation for the G7 summit in 2017, The Varkeys Foundation UK. Project manager in Edutech. (the Founder's Institute).
20092013

Research Consultant and Project Manager

CreativeMinds, Germany

Founded CreativeMinds, Germany to assist schools, NGOs and other agencies in their educational reform efforts.

Hired a team of 12 researchers and consultants

Built professional relationships with teams across organisations in different cultural contexts.

Created and implemented Ethnographic Research projects

Created Curricula with a Focus on the Arts  for emerging Schools globally for k-12 schools

Created/founded Summer Camps for disadvantaged youth across Germany and the UK

Created out of school learning communities for schools with a focus on Creativity and Digital Media

Secured partnerships with NGOs, Governments, Multilateral institutions and Private sector businesses. 

Evaluated already-existing research by client organisations 

Clients included: DFID, Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk, Arts and Youth, K-12 schools

20082009

Senior Educational Consultant

Commonwealth Secretariat

Reviewed the level of implementation of the Commonwealth Teacher Recruitment Protocol (CTRP, 2004) by Commonwealth member countries, civil society and the Commonwealth Secretariat

Assessed the extent to which it has been adopted and its standards complied with by participating countries and individual teachers.

Conducted a thematic evaluation of the implementation of the CTRP across Commonwealth regions

Assessed and determined the quality and extent of implementation of the CTRP

19952005

English, Piano and Creative Writing Teacher

Private English Music and Arts Studio

Taught Creative Writing, English and music in schools in London, Germany and in the USA to children under 18.

Jan 2002Jan 2003

Junior Research Consultant

Worldbank

Tasks included:

Designed and implemented series of studies on education and development in order to identify knowledge gaps in youth and education research.

Reviewed field studies, research and assessment projects related to curricular reform, teacher training, and school reform.

Created recommendations for further research and development.

May 1995Jul 1997

Youth General Manager

Detmolder Kammerorchestra

Created the programs for the Orchestra (87 members)
Organised performances around the world
Recruited of orchestral members
Created/founded arts-based programmes for schools

Established and secured  partnerships to schools and arts organisations globally

Education

20042005

PhD

University of London

Focus: The Pupil voice and Effective Learning Environments

20002004

MPHil

University of Cambridge

MPHil in Education

19992000

MSc

University of Oxford

MSc Comparative and International Education

Skills and Expertise

  • Creative Writing
  • Project Management
  • Ethnographic Research
  • Interviews/journaling/story-telling
  • Video based learning
  • Project-based Learning
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Curriculum design
  • Fundraising

Social Project Initiatives 

1996-1999: Established Creative Camps (Arts-based Discovery) throughout Germany for children under 18, which ran for four years

1997-1999: Established the World Orchestra; a youth-led 80-member orchestra created to raise funds, perform and work with underprivileged children and youth around the world.

2009-2011: Founded Laurel's Bakery/Pappillon: A cookie company designed to improve the lives of underprivileged women in Germany.