Patrick Fine, Chief Executive Officer, FHI 360
Patrick Fine is the Chief Executive Officer of FHI 360, a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Before joining FHI 360 in 2013, Patrick served as the Vice President for Compact Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where he helped to shape nontraditional approaches to U.S. bilateral assistance through his oversight of large-scale investments in low-income countries. As a career member of the Foreign Service at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Fine served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Africa Bureau and Mission Director in Afghanistan, where he led the rapid expansion of U.S. assistance for reconstruction and development.
Patrick is a frequent speaker on development and host of the podcast A Deeper Look, in which he examines critical human development issues with journalists, technical experts, business leaders, policymakers and courageous citizens around the world.
Richard Lui, Journalist and Anchor for MSNBC and NBC News
Before joining MSNBC as the dayside anchor in September 2010, Richard spent five years at CNN Worldwide, most recently with CNN Headline News as the solo anchor of the Morning Express. He is also a columnist who contributes to publications including USA Today, Politico, The Seattle Times, Detroit Free Press, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Richard's enterprise reporting has focused on humanitarian issues, including gender equality, human trafficking and affordable housing. His charity work in the same fields has led him to work with Plan International USA as a global ambassador for the Because I am a Girl campaign. He also is an ambassador for the Epilepsy Foundation and sits on the president's council for the largest food source to the poor in the United States: Food Bank for New York City. His work and reporting on humanitarian issues spans 30 years and six continents. He has spoken at some 200 events in the last several years.
Rahmatullah Arman, Malala Fund Gulmakai Champion and Chief Executive Officer, Teach for Afghanistan
As Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rahmatullah has grown Teach for Afghanistan into that country’s largest youth-led organization. The organization places university graduates as full-time teachers in low-income communities, where they mentor children to attain lifelong skills and improve learning levels, critical thinking and love for education.
Before founding Teach for Afghanistan, Rahmatullah served in leading positions in a variety of fields within Afghan’s government and private-sector organizations and was selected as an inaugural member of the Malala Fund’s Gulmakai Network of Champions for girls’ education. He is a Global Youth Ambassador, university teacher at Danish University and a director of the Peace Rehabilitation Development Organization. Rahmatullah is also an inspirational speaker who gives lectures and seminars on positive thinking, educational management and leadership at universities and institutes inside and outside of Afghanistan.
Deema Hiram, Malala Fund Gulmakai Champion and Program Implementation Manager, Afghan Women’s Educational Center
As a child, Deema Hiram fled Afghanistan with her family to continue her education in neighboring Pakistan. Now, as the Program Implementation Manager at Afghan Women’s Educational Center (AWEC), she is working to re-enroll girls who were out of school because of the Taliban’s ban on education.
Deema is an education champion in Kabul and a Malala Fund Gulmakai Champion. She holds meetings with parents, teachers, government officials and community leaders to address the barriers that girls face and hopes to change long-held cultural beliefs that prevent girls from reaching their full potential. Deema works with the Afghan Ministry of Education to recruit more female teachers. She trains girls to become advocates and encourage their peers to stay in school.
Bo Stjerne Thomsen, Global Head of Research, LEGO Foundation
Bo is the Head of Research at the LEGO Foundation. His work aims to empower children to create a better future for themselves and their societies by ensuring that the value of play is understood, embraced and acted upon. As part of the LEGO Foundation Leadership Team, Bo is responsible for research partnerships, projects and networks to build the long-term impact of learning through play on children’s creativity, engagement and lifelong learning.
Bo is also the Head of the LEGO Foundation’s Centre for Creativity, Play and Learning, which oversees research on children’s play and learning across the LEGO entities. He collaborates with leading researchers and institutions to build and share evidence of creativity, play and learning, and he communicates and implements this across nongovernmental organizations, educators, and public and private partners.
Manos Antoninis, Director, The Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO
Manos joined the Global Education Monitoring Report team in 2011, coming from Oxford Policy Management, a development policy consultancy. He has worked as a monitoring and evaluation expert in education, including a public expenditure tracking and service delivery survey of secondary education provision in Bangladesh; the evaluation of a basic education project in the western provinces of China; the mid-term evaluation of the Education For All Fast Track Initiative; the annual reporting of progress in the implementation of the Second Primary Education Development Project in Bangladesh; a basic education capacity-building program in six states in Nigeria; the evaluation of an in-service, cluster-based teacher training program in Pakistan; and the country study of the Out of School Children Global Initiative in Indonesia.
Kathleen Denny, Technical Officer, Education in Emergencies, FHI 360
Kathleen has a decade of experience in U.S. and international education, including four years of teaching at the early childhood, primary and secondary levels. She has supported programs in Afghanistan, India, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Sudan, Syria and Turkey by working on curriculum development, teacher professional development, program design and implementation, budget management, and monitoring and evaluation. Her specific interests include teacher mentoring, emergency response and social-emotional learning.
Kathleen is an active member of the Teachers in Crisis Contexts Working Group and is one of the lead writers of the Teachers in Crisis Contexts training and coaching packs. She is also a member of the Psychosocial Support and Social and Emotional Learning Collaborative at the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies.
Paul Frisoli, Associate Director, Education in Emergencies, FHI 360
Paul has many years of experience in education access and quality, with a focus on education in conflict, crisis and vulnerable settings. His extensive international and U.S. experience in producing and implementing curricula and training relies on impact research and implementation science to incorporate social-emotional skills for children affected by extreme adversity. As the Associate Director for Education in Emergencies at FHI 360, Paul integrates programs throughout the organization to establish evidence-based, conflict-sensitive interventions to create equitable access to quality education.
Paul publishes in peer-reviewed journals and presents at international conferences. He is Co-chair of the Education Policy Working Group of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies, is a steering group member of the Education in Conflict and Crisis Network funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and participates in the Teachers in Crisis Contexts and the Psychosocial Support and Social and Emotional Learning Collaborative at the Inter-agency Network for Education in Emergencies.