Dr Randa Grob-Zakhary, M.D., PhD, is the Founding Partner and CEO of Insights for Education. 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 system leaders. She is a 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, and, McKinsey Management Consultant in Health Care. Dr Randa Grob-Zakhary holds a M.D. and PhD in medicine & neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University (USA).
Dr Suzanne Grant Lewis is Chair of Education Science and Policy of Insights for Education. 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 IfE’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).
Domitille Harb is Chief of Staff and Communications of Insights for Education, responsible for supporting the CEO across strategic priorities and projects, while leading our engagement and branding strategies, overseeing communication operations, and engaging in public and media relations. Domitille's experiences span across the corporate communications and strategy consulting fields with expertise in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Prior roles include Director, Brunswick; Senior consultant, Tilder; Associate, Kearney. Domitille holds a Master in Management degree and an Inclusive Business certificate from HEC Paris (France), and a CEMS Master in International Management degree from LSE (UK).
Dr Evangeline N. Nderu is a Programme Director, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She is responsible for the overall implementation of IfE’s first country programmes in close collaboration with partners and contributes to shaping global IfE initiatives. She is building a Kenya-based, globally-active technical hub and provides leadership in the design, delivery and evaluation of programmes to increase accessibility and inclusiveness of evidence and to enhance capacity for evidence in decision-making and implementation at leadership levels. Dr Nderu brings profound experience in education research, programme management, technical guidance, capacity-building and Monitoring and Evaluation and has worked in South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, UK, and USA. Prior roles include Programme Manager, Porticus; Chief of Party, Tayari ECD Programme, RTI International; Regional Education Advisor, Sub-Saharan Africa, Family Health International. Dr Nderu holds a MSc in Education from Western Illinois University and a PhD in Education Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota (US).
Dr Aleesha Taylor, Ed.D. is Independent Senior Adviser of Insights for Education. From July 2020 to April 2021, she was Interim Chief Technical Officer, and as such played a key role in building Insights for Education’s new and growing programme portfolio, overseeing the development of country-level teams and activities, establishing strategic partnerships, and guiding the adaptation of data categorisation frameworks and analysis for the education sector. Dr Taylor brings a wealth of experience as a technical leader and strategist for global foundations and networks. Dr Taylor holds a MA in Psychology and completed her doctoral studies in Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College (USA), where she has served as Lecturer and Adjunct Associate Professor.
Andrew is the Founder and Managing Director of viaEd, a consultancy that supports grant-giving foundations globally, working in education and early childhood development. Andrew's career developed in the management of large education systems and through leadership roles in IT, communications, finance, operations, research and learning. He has held senior roles with the International Baccalaureate, University of London, and the LEGO Foundation. Andrew holds an MBA in Strategy from Henley Business School (UK).
Working within national and global education sectors for more than fourteen years, Eileen is an independent consultant currently working with private education foundations providing advisory, management, analysis and strategy development support. She has held roles with Porticus, the Institute of International Education New York, and the Irish Higher Education Authority. Eileen holds a MA in Management from University College Dubin (Ireland).
Working within education and development sectors for the past twenty years, Beau is an independent consultant with extensive experience with foundations that focus on education, specifically in systemic program design, strategic portfolio development, management, plus monitoring and evaluation protocols. Beau has held senior roles with Vitol Foundation and Dubai Cares, and he has served as a country director on multiple US government funded programs in Africa and Eastern Europe. Beau holds a MA in Geography from Oxford University and an MSc in Economics from Imperial College, University of London (UK).