Commission Team Leadership
Director of Programs and Transition
Senior Director, International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd)
Previously, Pedro was the Vice President Budget, Performance Review and Strategic Planning of the World Bank and was in that capacity responsible for budget and strategic planning for the World Bank, as well as the General Services Department reporting directly to the Group CFO. Most important management responsibilities included overall oversight of the World Bank budget of about US$ 3.8 billion, and the formulation and supervision of the annual strategic planning process for the World Bank. Pedro was also a member of senior management committees of the World Bank including the Senior Management Team (that advised the President on all key corporate decisions) and the finance and risk committee (that advised the CFO on all financial decisions). As Vice President, Pedro was responsible for key reform initiatives such as the design and implementation of a new strategic planning and budgetary process, the reform of the resource management function in the World Bank, and a significant 8 percent cut to the Group budget.
Prior to this position, Pedro has served in a variety of positions in the World Bank, including as Country Director in the Russian Federation, in the Southern Cone of Latin America, and in several fragile states in Africa. Pedro has a PhD in Applied Economics from Cornell University, has published both academic and policy reports on financial integration and macroeconomic policy, and has lectured in universities in Spain, USA, and Russia.
Chris Greenwood, PhD
Head of Development
Chris is a specialist in the financing of non-profit organizations and socially-focused businesses. He originated and developed the ICRC’s Humanitarian Impact Bond and has generated financing for numerous organizations in places as various as Brazil, Lebanon, Kenya, Greece, Norway, Switzerland, India and Singapore (amongst others). He is particularly interested in financial services and investment responses to persistent social challenges.
Chris was educated at King’s College, London and Trinity College, Cambridge and is also a Kennedy Scholar from Harvard University. He lives in Geneva with his partner and two teenaged children.
Head of Finance and Operations
Betsy has also provided pro bono services to DC nonprofits through Compass DC and served on the Board of Center City Public Charter Schools from 2013-2022, the final two years as Chair. A graduate of The College of William and Mary with a BA in Philosophy, Betsy holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Nonprofit Management Certificate from Georgetown University.
Born in Ghana, Theo Sowa has lived and worked in many countries in Africa, Europe, and North America. Her work includes advisory roles to African and other international women rights, children’s rights and justice activists and leaders, as well as policy development and advocacy in a range of national and international organisations and agencies.
Currently she is Co-Chair of the Equality Fund; member of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s African Advisory Board; Patron of Evidence for Development; and board member of the UBS Optimus Foundation; the Graça Machel Trust; and OSIWA (Open Society Initiative for West Africa).
See her Tedx talk: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfIQgPb7pQs
Kevin is currently a visiting Professor of Practice at the London School of Economics. He was CEO of Save the Children UK from 2016 to 2021, having previously led the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Kevin worked for seven years in the United Nations, first as lead head of UNDP’s Human Development Report Office, where he was lead author of flagship reports on climate change, water and sanitation, and inequality, and then as Director of UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report. Prior to working at the UN Kevin worked at Oxfam GB, where he was head of research. He has authored a number of books, reports, and articles on development issues, including education, international trade, and public health, and is a regular commentator in the media. Kevin has held visiting positions at the Washington-based Brookings Institution and the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford University. He holds a D.Phil in modern Indian history from Oxford University.
Experts and Staff
Senior Advisor, DeliverEd
Prior to joining the Education Commission, Kate was an associate fellow at the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution where her leadership on the Learning Metrics Task Force contributed to the inclusion of learning indicators in the Sustainable Development Goals. Earlier in her career, she designed, implemented, and evaluated training programs for teachers and early childhood providers in the US and Pakistan. She has published numerous reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, and has been interviewed on BBC World News. Ms. Anderson holds a M.P.P. in International Policy and Development from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Psychology from Pepperdine University.
Sam Awuku, Ph.D.
Head of Country Engagement, Education Workforce
Sam is the Board President for the Ghana Society for Education Technology and a government nominee on the Council of the the University of Cape Coast. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, UK. Sam holds a teachers’ certificate (mathematics teaching) with distinction and BA (Hons) in Social Science (Economics and Sociology) from the University of Cape Coast; MA in Inclusive Education from the University of Reading; MBA from Trinity College; MA in Education Programme with mathematics focus from London South Bank University; and Ph.D. in Education Technology and Development Policy from the UCL Institute of Education.
Research Associate, Education Workforce
Manager, What Works Hub
Previously, she worked at the Brookings Institution, where she did research into financing for development and oversaw the Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty. She has also worked at the National Association of Independent Schools and the Social Progress Imperative. Madelyn has a B.A. in Economics and International Relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.A. in International Trade and Investment Policy from George Washington University.
Project Manager, Communications and Advocacy
Katie has extensive experience working with high-level government departments on strategy, communications, and events. Prior to joining the Commission, she was a senior project manager working with the Prime Minister of Dubai’s Office and their Food Security Initiative, Smart Dubai and the city’s digital transformation, and Expo 2020 Dubai.
Manager, Innovative Finance
Research Lead, Education Workforce
Katie graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Russian. She holds a Masters of Education degree in International Education Policy and Management from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee and completed Columbia Law School’s graduate program at the Center for Public Research and Leadership.
Project Lead, DeliverEd
Prior to joining the Education Commission, Abril worked as an Education Specialist for 10 years at the World Bank where she provided policy advice and strategic guidance in education related-issues to middle- and low-income countries, mainly in Latin America and the Caribbean. She also has firsthand experience as a teacher in Mexico and the UK. Her main professional interests are related to effective education policy delivery in developing countries, school autonomy and accountability, teacher education, and multicultural and bilingual education. Abril holds a B.Ed. from the Universidad Panamericana and an MSc. in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oxford.
Senior Advisor, DeliverEd
Manager, School Health and Nutrition
Prior to joining the Education Commission, Katherine worked as an Early Childhood Specialist at Briya Public Charter School in Washington, DC, a two-generation education model serving recent immigrants that embraces a comprehensive approach to care to enact social change. She most recently worked in the office of the Ambassador at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates helping to lead local and international foundation relations. She is a proud alumna of AmeriCorps and passionately believes that local service can have global impact.
Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Skidmore College and earned a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.
Project Analyst, Delivery and Education Workforce
Manager, Global HTHT Consortium
Rose is a global-thinking human and proudly Filipino, graduating with honors from the University of the Philippines and Harvard University for international education policy and education innovation. She serves as the Co-Chair of Harvard Alumni for Education- San Francisco Bay Area chapter.
Strategic and Partnerships Lead, Sustainable Financing Initiative, School Meals Coalition
Véronique has more than 30 years of experience in the development field. She worked for 10 years at the OECD Development Centre before joining the Agence Française de Developpement where she successively managed the knowledge management team and the economic and social research teams. She then joined the education technical team where she oversaw education and TVET program design and financing in Mauritania, Senegal, South Africa, and Vietnam before becoming the team manager. In parallel she has lectured on development issues and project management at the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Paris I, and Paris V University, among others. She currently serves on the Board of France Education International and Montpellier Supagro.
Véronique holds a Bachelor’s in Contemporary and Medieval History, a Master’s in Political Sciences from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, and a Master’s in Urban Development and Town Planning in developing countries from the Institut d’Urbanisme de Paris.
Head of Innovative Finance
Nina brings over 15 years of strategy, finance, and delivery experience in emerging markets spanning both the private and public sectors. Her prior experience includes investing in the private education sector in Africa as an Investment Officer for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), serving as the Country Head and Deputy Country Head for the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative in Malawi and Rwanda respectively, and working as an Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs of Palestine. She has also got her hands dirty with several social sector start-ups.
Nina has lived and worked in India, Kenya, Rwanda, Malawi, and Palestine, and loves to explore unfamiliar corners of the globe.
Nina earned her BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPAID/ID) from Harvard University.
IFFed Project Coordinator
Special Advisor on Innovative Finance
Education Commission Asia
Ye Rin Lim