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Summary

I am driven by a strong desire to make a positive contribution to the world. My concern is inequity, which I believe can be largely addressed through education. As an researcher in Education, Social entrepreneur, Edtech founder and mentor, I am passionate about empowering individuals and organisations to leverage their skills and resources towards creating good in society.  

Areas of focus: Education, Arts and Media, Youth, Social Impact

Work experience

20162017

Freelance Educational Researcher and Design Thinking Facilitator 

Varkey Foundation, UK 
  • Led and designed research on Global Citizenship Education for Ministers of Education Summit 2017
  • Completed survey of the literature on Global Citizenship Education
  • Prepared background briefing papers for the G7 meeting 2017
  • Facilitated Design Thinking Workshops around Educational Innovation
20142016

Social Entrepreneur, CEO

Kiddify, Germany
  • Founded the Social Enterprise with the mission of connecting children around the world
  • Designed the educational concept for an audio-visual Wikipedia for kids by kids
  • Raised €280,000 to create the pilot, which reached 6 countries and generated a user base of over 2,000 within 10 months
  • Developed and managed the partnerships strategy
  • Restructured the organisation to create a non-for-profit entity and offered the platform to schools and foundations worldwide
20092013

Head of CSR, Research and Development 

CreativeMinds, Germany

Founded CreativeMinds, Germany to assist schools, NGOs and corporations in their educational reform efforts, training programmes and CSR strategies.

Clients included: DFID, Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk, Arts and Youth Council UK, K-12 schools in England and Germany

  • Designed Curricula for private and public schools in Germany, England, Uganda
  • Developed CSR agenda
  • Created Digital Media Training Programmes for teachers and educational professionals
  • Evaluated already-existing research by client organisations 
  • Led large-scale ethnographic studies
  • Led nonprofit partnerships to connect the underserved communities to economic opportunity (refugees, youth, unemployed women)
  • Identified and managed  strategic corporate partnerships to integrate trainings 
  • Developed and managed the partnerships strategy
20082009

Senior Educational Consultant

The Commonwealth Secretariat, UK
  • Led the thematic evaluation of the implementation of the Commonwealth Teacher Recruitment Protocol.
  • Reviewed and assessed the level of implementation of the Commonwealth Teacher Recruitment Protocol (CTRP, 2004) by Commonwealth member countries, civil society and the Commonwealth Secretariat
20002005

Freelance Intercultural Trainer and Workshop Facilitator

Clients included. West LB, Germany, Deutsche Bank, Germany
  • Designed and facilitated intercultural workshops and training to companies
Jan 2002Jan 2003

Educational Research Consultant

Worldbank, USA
  • Designed and implemented qualitative studies on education and development
  • 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

General Manager/ Head of Outreach for Social Initiatives 

Detmolder Kammerorchestra, Germany
  • Developed Arts Education programmes
  • Created the programs for the Orchestra (87 members)
  • Recruited of orchestral members
    Developed arts-based programmes for schools
  • Designed and implemented the CSR strategy
  • Created sustainable partnerships to corporations, foundations and investors

Education

20042005

PhD

University of London

Focus: Education: Ethnographic research, youth studies, music education 

"Secondary school pupils' conceptions of school : conforming or conflicting meanings: An ethnographic study"

20002004

MPHil

University of Cambridge

MPHil in Education: Creativity, Ethnographic research, Youth studies, Innovation and Reform

19992000

MSc

University of Oxford

MSc Comparative and International Education

Social Project Initiatives 

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

1998: Artpals: Travelling art gallery of art from children around the Globe

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.

Skills

Skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Good and solid Communication Skills

Fundraising

CSR

Design Thinking facilitation

Creativity, Innovation

Cross-cultural understanding