Promoting access to quality, safe, and relevant education for all persons affected by crisis

Who We Are

Click on the groups below or scroll down this page to see more information. 

1. Members

2. Secretariat Staff
3. Language Community Facilitators

4. Interns and Consultants

5. Steering Group Members


**************************************************************

1. INEE Members

INEE is a network of more than 14,000 individual members and 130 partner organizations in 190 countries. INEE members are practitioners working for national and international NGOs and UN agencies, ministry of education and other government personnel, donors, students, teachers, and researchers who voluntarily join in the work related to education in emergencies. INEE exists for and because of its members. Find out more about INEE members by visiting the Member Database and the Member Map. (Free login required for both.)

For more details about the INEE membership, click to view the INEE Membership Snapshot. If you are already an INEE member, be sure to keep your online profile up-to-date, so our snapshots are as accurate as possible. Click here for tips on how to update your profile. Thank you!

 

2. Secretariat Staff

INEE maintains a core staff team that represents the network, leads and supports network activities, and coordinates network processes, systems and projects. INEE Secretariat staff are hosted by INEE Steering Group member agencies, which not only helps to ensure promotion and institutionalization of education in emergencies within those agencies but is also cost-efficient.

 

 

Dean Brooks

Director

Contact: dean.brooks [at] ineesite.org

Dean Brooks has over two decades of international education experience working in complex emergencies, conflict, disaster and development contexts. Initially, he worked as an international educator (primary, middle-school, and special education). For the past 17 years, he has focused his work on Education in Emergencies (EiE) and child protection, in a number of settings, including East and West Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Before joining INEE, he last worked as a Special Advisor on Education for the Norwegian Refugee Council, providing support to country programs in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and West Africa. Dean has been an active member of INEE since 2001. He is based at the International Rescue Committee in New York, USA. 

 

 

Peter Hyll-Larsen

Coordinator, Advocacy

Contact: peter.hyll-larsen [at] ineesite.org

Peter is responsible for supporting and coordinating advocacy efforts of the INEE members, chiefly through the Advocacy Working Group, contributing to INEE‘s position as a thought leader in the education in emergency community. He has worked with education rights, especially the right to education in emergencies, for many different agencies across the world. He has supported legal reform, programming and advocacy, and helped raise awareness of international human rights and humanitarian legal standards in conflict settings. He sees human rights not as ends in themselves, but as political means to achieve a life in dignity - and nowhere is this more essential than in emergencies and few rights are more central to this than education. Peter has worked for UNESCO, ActionAid International, The Right to Education Initiative, Finn Church Aid, and as a consultant for many other UN and NGO agencies, he holds a MA in Comparative Literature and a MSc in Human Rights. Peter is based in Paris at UNESCO-IIEP.

   

Laura Davison

Senior Coordinator, Policy & Partnerships

Contact: laura.davison [at] ineesite.org

Laura is responsible for building upon and strengthening strategic partnerships for the network. She also oversees INEE’s work related to Policy and Evidence and serves as the focal point for INEE’s partnership with UNHCR and the Global Education Cluster supported by Education Cannot Wait, which seeks to identify a framework for strengthened planning, response and coordination of education in emergency and crisis-affected contexts. Laura has spent the past 8 years in international humanitarian work, predominantly with the INEE and UNHCR. In her previous role with INEE, she supported the INEE Education Policy Working Group, providing technical expertise and fostering inter-agency collaboration between 25 working group member organizations. She has coordinated multiple initiatives to support evidence-building and to influence policies on education in crisis-affected contexts, particularly in the areas of Psychosocial Support & Social-Emotional Learning, Preventing Violent Extremism, and Conflict-Sensitive Education. To date, Laura has focused on humanitarian crises and protracted situations in sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, and the Middle East, as well as on education policies for forcibly displaced populations globally. Laura received her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a Fulbright scholar from Switzerland, and holds an M.A. in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge. She is based at the RET International offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

   

Natalie Brackett

Coordinator, Standards and Practice 

Contact: natalie.brackett [at] ineesite.org

Natalie manages and coordinates the activities of the INEE Standards and Practice Working Group and provides technical assistance on the INEE Minimum Standards, while promoting the resources, network tools, and other work generated by the Standards & Practice Working Group and sub-Working Group activities. Natalie received her M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management from Vanderbilt University's Peabody College in May 2017, and she holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Religious Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Natalie has four years of experience as an educator, researcher, and practitioner supporting humanitarian and international development organizations, including prior experience with the International Rescue Committee, Lutheran World Relief, and community based NGOs across South and Southeast Asia. Natalie is based out of the New York offices of the International Rescue Commitee.

   

Emily Varni

Interim Coordinator, Education Policy

Contact: emily.varni [at] ineesite.org

Emily is currently an International Educational Development M.A. student at Teachers' College, Columbia University, with focus on international Humanitarian Issues, studying with Mary Mendenhall. Her previous work experience includes Impact Manager and Grant Writer at Pencils of Promise, New York, where she was responsible for managing relationships with foundation partners, country programme teams, authored grant proposals, programme budgets and log frames, and managed prospective donor pipelines. Emily also has teaching experience having been an ESL Teacher, Language and Cultural Assistant in Spain. Emily is based at the International Rescue Commitee in New York.

   

Sonja Anderson
Coordinator, Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed) 

Contact: sonja.anderson [at] ineesite.org

Sonja is responsible for INEE's work on curating and strengthening the EiE evidence base. She manages the E-Cubed Research Fund, coordinating the call for proposals, the designation of eligibility and criteria, and the proposal review process. She also oversees and contributes to the various evidence work streams under the Education Policy Working Group. Sonja received her M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in International Education Policy and holds a BA in International Relations from the University of San Francisco. She has four years of experience in the field of EiE, with work primarily focused on alternative and non-formal education in the Middle East. She is based in Seattle, USA.

   

Bente Sandal-Aasen

INEE Minimum Standards

Contact: bente.sandal-aasen [at] ineesite.org

Bente Sandal-Aasen is an INEE and EiE capacity development specialist with Plan International Norway, currently seconded to the INEE Secretariat to focus on the INEE MS. She has a long world-wide background in EiE responses and in training, with a particular expertise in psychosocial support and teaching and learning.

   

Lindsey Fraser

Administration Officer

Contact: lindsey.fraser [at] ineesite.org

As INEE’s Administration Officer, Lindsey contributes to the effective functioning of the INEE Secretariat by ensuring excellent budget and financial management, tools production and distribution, and administrative/logistical functioning. Lindsey has over 25 years of financial and operations experience in not-for-profits. Prior to joining INEE in May 2012, Lindsey was the Director of Operations for HiTOPS, Inc. an organization working to promote adolescent health and well-being. She is based in the New York offices of the International Rescue Committee.

   

Peter Transburg

Senior Coordinator, Communications

Contact: peter.transburg [at] ineesite.org

Peter is responsible for all aspects of communications, membership, and developing ways to increase opportunities for engagement, partnerships, and building awareness about INEE and its impact. He also oversees the activities of the INEE Language Communities and Task Teams. Peter joined INEE in 2011, following six years of managing food assistance programs for the World Food Programme in DR Congo and Mozambique. Peter has a Masters degree in information management and speaks French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Lingala. He is based in San Francisco, USA.

 

 

3.  Language Community Facilitators

 
   

مجتمع اللغة العربيه (ALC)

Mai Abu Moghli, Facilitator

Contact: arabic [at] ineesite.org

Mai Abu Moghli is a Human Rights Education specialist, her work focuses on the MENA region. Mai holds a PhD in Human Rights Education from the Institute of Education - University College London (UCL) and an MA in human rights theory and practice from the University of Essex.  Mai is interested in issues related to right to education, refugee education and social change. Mai has worked extensively in the fields of human rights and education in the MENA region. Mai speaks English and Arabic and currently lives between the UK and Palestine.

   

Communauté de langue française

Emeline Marchois, Facilitator

Contact: francais [at] ineesite.org

Emeline’s interests are in child protection, inclusive education and disability in emergencies and fragile states. She’s a qualified modern foreign languages’ teacher from Cambridge University, UK, with six years of experience teaching in Europe and the Caribbean. She also worked as a tutor and psycho-social assistant for local NGOs in Colombia and most recently as an education program manager/coordinator (nutrition, adult training) for international NGOs in Haiti (Caritas, Save the Children, WFP). Her research for the NOHA master’s in humanitarian action addressed education in Colombia where she also worked with the Ministry of Education on inclusive education projects.

   

Comunidade de Língua Portuguesa

Andreia Soares, Facilitator

Contact: portugues [at] ineesite.org

Andreia is INEE Portuguese Language Community facilitator based in Portugal. She has a degree in Leisure and Social Pedagogy focused on Local Development approaches and has been working since 2004 in Development and Cooperation Programs in Angola, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau. Being a trainer in Human Rights, Gender, Youth and Volunteering she works mainly with non-formal education methodologies and as a teacher she has been working in vocational education.

   

Comunidad Hispana

Claudio Osorio, Facilitator

Contact: espanol [at] ineesite.org

Claudio provides support to Spanish-speaking INEE members, and facilitates INEE´s activities and initiatives in the Spanish-speaking world, working with Ministries of Education, NGOs and UN Agencies to gather resources and build collaborative initiatives on disaster risk reduction in the education sector. He has more than 14 years of experience in disaster risk reduction (DRR) in essential facilities (water and sanitation, health facilities and education sector) in Latin America and Caribbean countries, contributing to define sectorial priorities and strategies at regional and country level to increase disaster resilience of essential services and vulnerable communities.

 

 

4. Interns and Consultants

 

   

Sarah Montgomery  
Standards & Practice Intern

Contact: sarah.montgomery [at] ineesite.org

Sarah is a Master of Public Administration in Development Practice candidate at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a focus on education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from Santa Clara University. Prior to joining INEE, Sarah worked in Kenya at Daraja Academy, a free, all-girls secondary school. During her time at Daraja, Sarah worked with the girls’ empowerment class and peer support program in addition to conducting outreach with local families and organizations. She is currently working on a research project with Indian girls’ education NGO, Educate Girls, researching the motivation of and potential incentives for their community education volunteers. Sarah is interested in the practical application of contextualized education in emergencies standards as well as the inclusion of life skills and empowerment courses, specifically for girls.

   

Teresa Wolverton
Standards & Practice Intern 

Contact: teresa.wolverton [at] ineesite.org

Teresa is a Master in Public Affairs candidate at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs focused on international development and humanitarian response. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics & Economics from Middlebury College. Before joining INEE, Teresa worked on projects promoting access to education for minorities with the U.S. Department of State and conducted research on education policies affecting child immigrants in Western Europe. Teresa speaks Arabic, French, and Chinese, and spent four years in international advertising, leading localization projects in over 100 markets around the world. She is interested in education in emergencies in ongoing and post-conflict settings as well as standards and best practices for the integration of child refugees in host country educational systems.

   

 

 
   

Brittany Brown

Communications Intern

Contact: brittany.brown [at] ineesite.org

Brittany is a Master of Arts in International Relations candidate at New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science with a focus on the Middle East. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, with a certificate in Victim Advocacy and concentration in Middle Eastern studies. Prior to interning with INEE, she worked as an academic mentor for at-risk student athletes at her undergraduate university, as well as interning with Teach For America, where she spread awareness about educational inequality in the United States and helped to recruit future teachers to join the corps. Brittany is interested in aiding refugee populations through both the creation of effective policy and hands-on involvement.

   

Lyndsay Bird
Strategic Plan Review Consultant
 

Lyndsay Bird has worked for more than twenty-five years in international education in a variety of contexts, including those affected by conflict and emergencies. Lyndsay coordinated the UNICEF support to education across 10 refugee camps in Tanzania for many years. She helped Save the Children define its position on assistance to fragile states. She was an active participant on the FTI (now GPE) fragile states task team and on the INEE Working Group on Education and Fragility. As an education adviser, Lyndsay has provided professional support to many country programmes including Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, and Colombia. Lyndsay’s role at UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning entailed supporting ministries of education in the formulation of crisis-sensitive education sector plans. Since leaving UNESCO in 2016, Lyndsay has undertaken a range of consultancies focused on education in crisis situations. She has a PhD in education and conflict.

   

Alison Joyner
Knowledge Management Consultant

 

With over 25 years’ experience in international teaching, education and training, Alison started as an English teacher in Sudan, then managed education and related programmes for UNICEF, Save the Children and Oxfam GB in southern Sudan, Tibet and Sierra Leone. During five years as Sphere Project Manager, Alison led the process whereby the INEE Minimum Standards became companion standards to Sphere, subsequently working with INEE to support the 2010 update of the Minimum Standards, and their contextualization for Vietnam. For the past 6 years she was responsible for monitoring, evaluation, research and learning for Education programmes of the Aga Khan Foundation, leading MERL support to 16 country units in Africa, Asia and Europe. She initiated research and programme development for the teacher-led support and assessment of children’s social and emotional learning. This is now the focus of her doctoral research (EdD) in Kenya, with University College London Institute of Education.

   

5. Steering Group Members

Dubai Cares
Annina Mattsson
Director of Programs

Annina Mattsson is an international development and humanitarian professional with more than 12 years of experience in education, humanitarian assistance, disaster risk-reduction, conflict prevention, and peace-building. She joined Dubai Cares in February 2016 and has since been responsible for leading the Programs department. Prior to joining Dubai Cares, Annina worked as an independent international development consultant with special focus on monitoring and evaluation. A national of Finland, and a mother of two, she received her Master of Science in Violence, Conflict, and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
 
 

Finn Church Aid
Jouni Hemberg
Executive Director

Jouni Hemberg has almost 30 years’ experience both in field of humanitarian assistance and in the education sector. His previous tasks in International Red Cross movement, UN and, Save the Children leadership and field work have taken him to work in many countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Currently, Jouni leads Finn Church Aid (FCA) the largest development NGO in Finland with focus on Education in Emergencies in its humanitarian work. FCA also focusses on youth and vocational education, as well as teacher education and education sector development. Before his humanitarian career, Jouni was a teacher and a popular rock musician in Finland.  
 
 

International Rescue Committee

Jennifer Sklar (Co-Chair)
Deputy Director, Education

Jennifer Sklar has more than 17 years of experience working in the field of international education as a practitioner and technical advisor, focused on the provision of education in areas of conflict. Jennifer is responsible for the development of IRC’s global technical priorities in education and leading a team of technical advisors to improve the overall quality of IRC education programs. Her specific technical expertise is in social and emotional learning, impact evaluation, and strategies to improve girls’ learning outcomes. Jennifer has lived in several countries and implemented a variety of programs, including years of work in Ethiopia as IRC’s Education Coordinator, overseeing education programs in six refugee camps. She has a Masters degree from Columbia University School of International Affairs and Public Administration.

 
 

NORAD
Randi Gramshaug
Senior Adviser

Randi Gramshaug works as a senior adviser in the education section of Norad. Her main responsibilities are education in crisis and conflict as well as follow-up of Norway’s support to education in Palestine, Madagascar and Haiti. Randi has been a member of INEE since 2011, and is currently a member of the Steering Group. Before joining Norad, she has worked within the field of education for Unicef in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Sudan, and for UNHCR in Kenya/Dadaab. Randi has also worked as a teacher in Norway and in the Republic of Congo. Randi has a master's in social anthropology.

 
 

Norwegian Refugee Council
Annelies Ollieuz (Co-Chair)
Global Education Manager

Annelies Ollieuz is Global Education Manager with the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). She has more than 11 years’ experience from the education sector, in development and humanitarian contexts, and in Norway. In her current role, she leads the education core competency and the team consisting of global and regional education advisors. Her responsibilities include education policy and strategies, technical development, and representation. Her field experience includes the humanitarian responses in Iraq, South Sudan and Syria (conflict), Haiti and Nepal (earthquake), Ethiopia and Niger (drought), and Liberia (Ebola). Annelies is a trained social worker and has a PhD in social anthropology.

 
 

Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
Sabina Handschin
Senior Education Policy Advisor

Bio forthcoming

 
 

UNESCO
Kerstin Holst
Education Officer

Bio forthcoming

 
 

UNHCR

Ita Sheehy
Senior Education Officer

Bio forthcoming

 
 

UNICEF

Linda Jones
Senior Advisor, Education in Emergencies 

Linda has over 15 years of experience in education, nine of which was as a Chief of Education for UNICEF in Nepal, Sierra Leone and Somalia.  Linda started her career in the field of Education as a teacher in the UK before joining the curriculum development unit within the Ministry of Education in Guyana.  Linda then worked with both Concern Worldwide and the Norwegian Refugee Council prior to joining UNICEF.  During her career she has covered education in conflict, post conflict, protracted crises and responding to natural disasters. Linda has led various in country sector working groups and overseen country level coordination.  Linda worked closely with the Ministries of Education in Nepal, Sierra Leone and Somalia to develop education sector plans and education contingency plans as well as supporting the development of various education emergency response plans in all the Countries she has worked.  Linda has facilitated trainings with Government, civil society and NGO partners on education in emergencies including the INEE minimum standards for Education in Emergencies.  She brings experience of working closely with humanitarian partners as well as with development partners through Sector Wide Approaches.   Over her career Linda has worked on ECD, Primary, Secondary, non-formal, early grade learning, technical and vocational education and systems building within the education sector.

 
 

World Vision International
Jonathan B. Miller
Sr. Education Advisor - Strategic Engagement

Jonathan Miller is currently the Sr. Education Advisor - Strategic Engagement at World Vision International. His association with INEE goes back to the launch of INEE in 2000. He served previously on the INEE Steering Group from 2009 – 2011, as well as on various working and advisory groups. He has more than twenty-five years of experience as a classroom educator and senior leader of education and youth development programs for IRC, CARE, Room to Read, ROTA, and UNICEF. He has worked to improve the quality of education in crisis, post-crisis, and development contexts for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. Technically, his experience spans the globe, including long-term postings in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Bangladesh, Vietnam, and Qatar, with field support provided to education programs in 22 additional countries.