R4D welcomes two new senior fellows for education

August 15, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Results for Development (R4D) has welcomed two new senior fellows: Karen Mundy, Ph.D., a professor of comparative and international education at the University of Toronto, and Robin Horn, Ph.D., an international education policy specialist and education economist. Drs. Mundy and Horn will advise R4D’s education practice, including on topics such as early childhood development, literacy, education technology, education financing, innovation and evaluation and learning.

“We are excited to welcome Karen and Robin as our newest fellows ” said Mark Roland, education program director at Results for Development. “Since R4D’s founding, we have looked to our fellows — recognized experts in their fields — for their advice on how to support country change agents to build strong, sustainable education systems. I’m confident Karen and Robin will prove to be valuable thought partners, and I look forward to collaborating with and learning from them.”

Dr. Mundy was the chief technical officer at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), where she led the development of GPE’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020, its Gender Equality Strategy, its Results FrameworkMonitoring and Evaluation Strategy (2015-2020), and the publication of GPE’s first two Results Reports. Before that, she worked at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto — as a Canada Research Chair (2002-2012), and as the associate dean of research and innovation (2012-2014) and director of the  Comparative, International and Development Education Centre (CIDEC) at OISE. She began her professional career as a teacher in rural Zimbabwe, and became an assistant professor, international and comparative education at Stanford University prior to joining OISE. Her published research has focused on the global politics of “education for all” programs and policies; educational policy and reform in sub-Saharan Africa; and the role of civil society organizations in educational change.

Dr. Horn has worked in international development for more than 30 years, 20 of which were spent at the World Bank, where he worked as an education sector manager. His expertise includes project and policy design and execution, system reform, and quantitative analysis for low- and middle-income countries. He has worked with governments and led strategic and operational work in international development on issues that include education quality, system diagnostics, assessment of learning, data systems and system-wide reform.

Both join an accomplish team of senior fellows supporting R4D’s education practice, including:

  • Nicholas Burnett, a renowned economist focused on education, who previously led R4D’s education portfolio.
  • Maureen Samms-Vaughan, a professor of child health, child development and behavior at the University of the West Indies, a development consultant and behavioral pediatrician. She was also the first chair of Jamaica’s Early Childhood Commission.
  • Michelle Neuman, a highly-regarded early childhood development expert and former R4D program director.
  • Birger Fredriksen, a leading expert on the development of education in developing countries and former director for human development at the World Bank.

For a full list of R4D fellows, click here.

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