EXECUTIVE TEAM

Polly Akhurst     Co-founder and Co-Executive Director   Polly is driven by a passion for creating education systems that equip young people to make positive change in the world. She previously worked for UWC International in alumni and community engagement and outreach, and she is a contributor to the OECD’s Education 2030 project. She is also the Co-founder of Talk to me.

Polly Akhurst

Co-founder and Co-Executive Director

Polly is driven by a passion for creating education systems that equip young people to make positive change in the world. She previously worked for UWC International in alumni and community engagement and outreach, and she is a contributor to the OECD’s Education 2030 project. She is also the Co-founder of Talk to me.


Mia Eskelund Pedersen     Co-founder and Co-Executive Director   Sky School brings together Mia’s desire to work with refugees and her belief that education is the most powerful way to create social change. Mia previously worked for UWC International in programme management. Mia studied Arabic living in Syria from 2010-2011, where she co-founded the UWC Syria National Committee. She is also the co-founder of Danish Students abroad.

Mia Eskelund Pedersen

Co-founder and Co-Executive Director

Sky School brings together Mia’s desire to work with refugees and her belief that education is the most powerful way to create social change. Mia previously worked for UWC International in programme management. Mia studied Arabic living in Syria from 2010-2011, where she co-founded the UWC Syria National Committee. She is also the co-founder of Danish Students abroad.


Stuart MacAlpine     Director of Education   Stuart is the Director of Teaching and Learning at UWC South East Asia in Singapore. He is a learning programme designer and school leader with a passion for the humanist tradition and internationalism, and is a life-long fan of Kurt Hahn and UWC. At Sky School, he oversees and coordinates the curriculum development process.   .

Stuart MacAlpine

Director of Education

Stuart is the Director of Teaching and Learning at UWC South East Asia in Singapore. He is a learning programme designer and school leader with a passion for the humanist tradition and internationalism, and is a life-long fan of Kurt Hahn and UWC. At Sky School, he oversees and coordinates the curriculum development process.


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Theresa Forbes     Head of Recognition and Progression Pathways   Theresa Forbes is an international educator whose previous roles include Director of The International Primary Curriculum, Senior advisor for the English National Curriculum and Head of Regional Development for Africa, Europe and the Middle East for the International Baccalaureate.

Theresa Forbes

Head of Recognition and Progression Pathways

Theresa Forbes is an international educator whose previous roles include Director of The International Primary Curriculum, Senior advisor for the English National Curriculum and Head of Regional Development for Africa, Europe and the Middle East for the International Baccalaureate.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Colin Habgood    Colin´s background is in finance, having trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. He has served as Finance Director of several companies. He is co-founder and co-funder of GoMakeaDifference and Treasurer of the UWC International Board.

Colin Habgood

Colin´s background is in finance, having trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen. He has served as Finance Director of several companies. He is co-founder and co-funder of GoMakeaDifference and Treasurer of the UWC International Board.


Keith Clark (Chair)    Keith spent 17 years with UWC International as Executive Director. Keith continues to work with schools and international organisations, focusing on governance, management, organisational development, strategy, structure and leadership recruitment.

Keith Clark (Chair)

Keith spent 17 years with UWC International as Executive Director. Keith continues to work with schools and international organisations, focusing on governance, management, organisational development, strategy, structure and leadership recruitment.

Sara Heinrich    Sara is a coach at Teach for Sweden, supporting leaders in the classroom to ensure that children can design their own future. She previously managed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s work with schools and colleges and has worked as an English teacher.

Sara Heinrich

Sara is a coach at Teach for Sweden, supporting leaders in the classroom to ensure that children can design their own future. She previously managed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s work with schools and colleges and has worked as an English teacher.


COURSE LEADERS

Dasha Lis    Art, Identity and Culture   Dasha Lis is a World Arts and Cultures teacher and coordinator of Theory of Knowledge at UWC Maastricht. She has also taught in the Philippines. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree.

Dasha Lis

Art, Identity and Culture

Dasha Lis is a World Arts and Cultures teacher and coordinator of Theory of Knowledge at UWC Maastricht. She has also taught in the Philippines. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree.

Debbie Aldred     English for Changemakers   Debbie is a Chemistry teacher and leader of EAL (English as an Additional Language) professional learning at UWCSEA. She also facilitates the Sky School student group at UWCSEA and provides English language support to Sky School.

Debbie Aldred

English for Changemakers

Debbie is a Chemistry teacher and leader of EAL (English as an Additional Language) professional learning at UWCSEA. She also facilitates the Sky School student group at UWCSEA and provides English language support to Sky School.

Emma Raaflaub     STEM and the Sustainable Development Goals   Emma works at UWC Changshu where she teaches environmental systems and society and develops curriculum for STEM, Circular Economy and Sustainability within the UWC CSC. Emma is passionate about providing autonomy and motivation for all learners to seek change.

Emma Raaflaub

STEM and the Sustainable Development Goals

Emma works at UWC Changshu where she teaches environmental systems and society and develops curriculum for STEM, Circular Economy and Sustainability within the UWC CSC. Emma is passionate about providing autonomy and motivation for all learners to seek change.

Jordan Ashwood     Designing a Social Project   Jordan is pursuing an MSc in International Social and Public Policy at LSE. Previously, she was Senior Manager of Educational Programming for Education First. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English and pursue research on race and education in Brazil.

Jordan Ashwood

Designing a Social Project

Jordan is pursuing an MSc in International Social and Public Policy at LSE. Previously, she was Senior Manager of Educational Programming for Education First. She received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English and pursue research on race and education in Brazil.

Louie Barnett     Peace-building   Louie is passionate about peace education and the importance of access to education for all learners. He is an experienced chemistry teacher and has also helped facilitate the Initiative for Peace programme at UWCSEA for several years.

Louie Barnett

Peace-building

Louie is passionate about peace education and the importance of access to education for all learners. He is an experienced chemistry teacher and has also helped facilitate the Initiative for Peace programme at UWCSEA for several years.

Nicola Coles     Maths for Change   Nicola has worked as a Maths Teacher at UWC South East Asia and is a Teach First Ambassador. Committed to reducing educational disadvantage, Nicola has founded 1000 days of differences, which uses service learning to connect students to local communities.

Nicola Coles

Maths for Change

Nicola has worked as a Maths Teacher at UWC South East Asia and is a Teach First Ambassador. Committed to reducing educational disadvantage, Nicola has founded 1000 days of differences, which uses service learning to connect students to local communities.

Niki Cooper     English for Changemakers   Niki is the ELL (English Language Learning) Coordinator at UWC Maastricht. She’s an avid supporter of teaching language through service orientated experiences, with a strong emphasis on the social & emotional well-being of the students.

Niki Cooper

English for Changemakers

Niki is the ELL (English Language Learning) Coordinator at UWC Maastricht. She’s an avid supporter of teaching language through service orientated experiences, with a strong emphasis on the social & emotional well-being of the students.

Rich Davies       Designing a social project   Richard is Head of Sixth Form, and Maths and Economics teacher, at King Edward's School Witley. Previously at UWCSEA, he combined his passion for Education and International Development as a staff facilitator for Initiative for Peace.

Rich Davies

Designing a social project

Richard is Head of Sixth Form, and Maths and Economics teacher, at King Edward's School Witley. Previously at UWCSEA, he combined his passion for Education and International Development as a staff facilitator for Initiative for Peace.

Shilpa Patel    Economies, Ethics and Decision-making   Shilpa is an Economics Teacher at UWC South East Asia and a Teach First Ambassador. As a child growing up in a British-Asian subculture, Shilpa feels deeply passionate about internationalism and education being accessible for all.

Shilpa Patel

Economies, Ethics and Decision-making

Shilpa is an Economics Teacher at UWC South East Asia and a Teach First Ambassador. As a child growing up in a British-Asian subculture, Shilpa feels deeply passionate about internationalism and education being accessible for all.

Therese Andrews     Global Politics and Place   Therese is Head of the International Curriculum at Fieldwork Education. She has worked in schools in London, Boston and Shanghai. Therese has a Master’s in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Therese Andrews

Global Politics and Place

Therese is Head of the International Curriculum at Fieldwork Education. She has worked in schools in London, Boston and Shanghai. Therese has a Master’s in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 
 

FACILITATORS

Claire Pritchard    Amman, Jordan

Claire Pritchard

Amman, Jordan

Pascal Zigashane     Kakuma Camp, Kenya

Pascal Zigashane

Kakuma Camp, Kenya

Elissavet Karamichail     Athens, Greece

Elissavet Karamichail

Athens, Greece

Tuleen Awaad     Amman, Jordan

Tuleen Awaad

Amman, Jordan

Jesse Martz    Athens, Greece

Jesse Martz

Athens, Greece

Kylie Hamwendy     Amman, Jordan

Kylie Hamwendy

Amman, Jordan

PARTNERSHIPS

Niki Dinsdale

Niki Dinsdale

Patrick Desbarats

Patrick Desbarats

Ruth Lucas

Ruth Lucas

ADVISORS

VOLUNTEERS

Rhiannon Fuller     Communications

Rhiannon Fuller

Communications

Sreeya Mukherjee     Communications

Sreeya Mukherjee

Communications

Kacie LeCompte Renfro    Communications

Kacie LeCompte Renfro

Communications

Tanya Murphy     Monitoring and Evaluation

Tanya Murphy

Monitoring and Evaluation

Leila Denniston     Monitoring and Evaluation

Leila Denniston

Monitoring and Evaluation

Victoria Throen Longhi     Events and Campaigns

Victoria Throen Longhi

Events and Campaigns