Education.org's Executive Team is made up of individuals with a wide range of education, evidence and national policymaking experience, expertise and knowledge. With a global reach spanning Switzerland, the United States, Kenya and the United Kingdom, our team is committed to advancing evidence for every learner.
Randa Grob-Zakhary, M.D., PhD, is the Founder and CEO of Education.org (EO). Motivated by training in medicine and neuroscience, she moved into global education to contribute to reducing the gap between knowledge and practice and has worked closely with ministries of education and other education leaders. She is a former Board Member with the Global Partnership for Education, and the former Chair of its Strategy and Impact Committee. Prior roles include: CEO, LEGO Foundation; Global Head of Education, Porticus; High-Level Working Group OECD Education 2030; Senior Fellow, Brookings Institute; Management Consultant, McKinsey. She holds an M.D. and PhD in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University (USA).
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Mark serves as the Senior Advisor to Education.org, supporting development and implementation of key projects, and providing guidance to its operational teams to realise Education.org’s ambitious strategic plans. An experienced leader of international health, development and humanitarian organisations, between 2012-2021 as CEO Mark led the global transformation and growth of Cochrane, the world’s leading producer of synthesised healthcare evidence and an inspirational model for Education.org. Previously, he was a member of the leadership team of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Executive Director of Panos. He holds Masters degrees in Politics, Soviet & East European Studies, Journalism, and Management; and is a member of the UK's Royal Institute of International Affairs, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.
Suzanne is Chair of Education Science and Policy of Education.org. She provides strategic and technical guidance into global and country programme design and implementation, helps to build critical partnerships and participates in further building of EO’s technical team. She has extensive experience in improving educational opportunities in the developing world, particularly in education policy and planning in Africa. Prior roles include: Director of the International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP-UNESCO), co-founder of the International Education Funders Group (IEFG), Director of the Partnership for Higher Education in Africa and Harvard University faculty member (1997-2006). Dr Grant Lewis pursued graduate studies at the Kenyatta University (Kenya) and holds a PhD in International Development Education from Stanford University (USA).
Graham is Chief Product Officer of Education.org, responsible for the strategy and execution of the product vision, product development, and building a product organisation for all our communities. Graham's experiences span across the consumer insights industry covering general management, product leadership, operations and investment management in both multinationals and start-ups organisations. He has worked in Kenya, South Africa, the East African region and the UK. Prior roles include UK Director, Crowdtech; Partner, Ask’d; African Investment Lead, Managing Director Sub Sahara Africa, Nielsen. Graham holds a BA Honours in Business Studies from The Nottingham Trent University (UK).
Kilemi is Education.org's Managing Director, Africa. He supports the growth of our Africa team in identifying, designing, and implementing initiatives developed with country partners to improve the enabling institutional and policy environments for heightening evidence use in education at the government level in Sub-Saharan Africa. He served as Kenya’s Assistant Minister for Education, was an elected member of parliament and Senior Education Advisor to Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta. Previously, he was a university lecturer and researcher (Kenyatta University, Kenya and the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa); development consultant; member of the Bureau of Education Ministers, Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA); Board member of UNESCO's Institute for Lifelong Learning; and Chairman of Kenya's National Qualifications Authority. Dr Mwiria holds a doctorate degree in international education from Stanford University, a master’s degree in comparative education from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nairobi.
Evelyn is a Senior Education Officer of Education.org. She works closely with the Chair for Education Science & Policy and the Managing Director for Africa, helping to build on our early impact and accelerate progress by driving the development of best-in-class technical leadership to the organisation's partners and collaborators. Her role involves identifying, designing, and implementing initiatives developed with country partners to improve the enabling institutional and policy environments for promoting evidence use in education at the government level in Sub-Saharan Africa. Evelyn is currently the Executive Secretary for Education Evidence for Action in Kenya, and has previously worked as: Regional Education Advisor, World University Service of Canada; Senior Education Specialist, RTI-International; and, Senior Assistant Director, Curriculum and Research, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development. She holds a PhD in education management and policy studies from Moi University Kenya, where she also earned a bachelor’s degree in education; and a master’s degree in education research from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.
Erin is an Education Officer with Education.org. She is responsible for contributing to analyses and research related to Education.org’s projects and partnerships and provides technical leadership in the development of core portfolio activities. Erin also contributed extensively to Education.org's Evidence Synthesis. She has experience working on various global education research projects, resettling refugees with the International Rescue Committee, and teaching as a university instructor. Erin holds an MA in Folklore Studies from Utah State University and a PhD in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland.
Jonas is a Programme Associate at Education.org. He is at the intersection between technical and operational processes, responsible for grant management and establishing relationships with partners internationally and throughout Switzerland. His professional experience from the corporate world spans from international IT projects to compliance. Jonas holds a BA in Economics & Politics and an MA in Non-Profit and Public Sector Management from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Switzerland.
Carmen is originally from the USA and has lived in the Zurich area for more than 20 years. Her administrative experience comes from time spent working and volunteering in both local and international educational organizations in the USA, England, Italy and Switzerland. Carmen holds a BA in Spanish Literature from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.