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Our team members are dedicated to advancing Girls' Fundamental Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa since the creation of Emerge For Africa Ltd in 2012.

Key People

Committed to the Cause

Stephanie Soria

Programme Manager

Holder of a BA (Hons) in International Development & International Relations (London Metropolitan University) and a MA in Education, Gender and International Development (UCL Institute of Education, University of London).

Areas of Expertise: Social Research; Data Collection & Analysis; Education Project Planning and Management; Gender Mainstreaming in Development Initiatives; Gender-responsive Programming and Operations; Capacity Building; Mentoring Strategies for Girls' Education; Quality Assurance; Workshop Facilitator; Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights; Violence Against Girls and Women (VAWG); Early Pregnancy; Women's rights and Gender Equality in Sub-Saharan Africa; Process and Impact Evaluation; Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL); Participatory and collaborative approaches to Planning, Teaching and Learning.

Jedidah M. Kaheeru

Programme Coordinator, Uganda

Holder of Post Grad Dip in Distance Education (University of London) and a MA in Open Learning & Distance Education (UCL Institute of Education, University of London).

Areas of Expertise: Secondary School Teacher; Primary Teacher Training; Policy Formulation, Education Quality Control, Curriculum Development; Education Consultancy; Community Mobilisation; Research, Analysis and Reporting; Impact Evaluation (including at the Ministry of Education's Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour in Primary Education in Kenya); Literacy: Open and Distance Learning; Violence against Girls and Women (VAWG) in East Africa.

Christopher Yates

External Education Advisor

Holder of a Bachelor of Education and a MA in Education in Developing Countries.


Lecturer in Education and International development at the University of London, UCL Institute of Education; extensive experience of working in low and middle income countries on education and development projects having worked for international agencies, development banks and bilateral development agencies in over 40 countries; specialist in distance and open learning and particularly interested in teacher education and curriculum development.

Bethany Schowengerdt

Content Strategist

Holder of a BA (Hons) in Global Studies and French Studies (University of Minnesota, USA); Certificate in TESL (University of Minnesota, USA); Completion certificate Great Lakes Politics and Policy course (Rift Valley Institute); MA in Education and International Development (UCL Institute of Education, London); currently pursuing a PhD in Comparative and International Development Education (University of Minnesota, USA)


Areas of expertise: educational institution partnerships, TESOL pedagogy and assessment, familiarity with the context of education in the Great Lakes region of Africa, preparing low-income students for university studies, higher education research and report writing.

Vandana Singh

Curriculum & Teaching Strategy Advisor

Holder of a Bachelor of Arts (Sophia College, India), a Bachelor of Education (Isabella Thoburn College, India), a PG Diploma in Fashion Designing (International Institute of Fashion Technology, India), a MA in Education and International Development (UCL Institute of Education, University of London) and currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Education at the University of Bath (UK).


Chairperson and Founder of Pehla Kadam Foundation, India (www.pehlakadamfoundation.com).


Areas of expertise: Strategy & Roadmap; Center of Excellence; School Pedagogy; Curriculum Design; Course Architecture; Education Performance Management; Institution Governance; Learning Solutions & Outcome; School Staff Management; Policies and Procedures; Virtual Collaboration; Integrated Education Planning; Coaching and Development; Charity & Fundraising; Programme Management; Monitoring and Evalution; Workshop Facilitator.

Dimitra Rapti

Curriculum Development Advisor

Holder of a BA in Sciences of Primary Education (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Primary Education) and an MA in Comparative Education (UCL Institute of Education, University of London).


Areas of expertise: Primary School Teacher; Special Education - Autism; Support to children with difficulties in reading & writing; Curriculum Design; School Pedagogy; Teaching and Learning Methodologies & Practices.

Geeta Ghambir

Curriculum Development Advisor

Holder of a BSc (Hons) in Psychology (University of Surrey), Qualified Teacher Status (PGCE) in secondary education with a specialism in Psychology (St Mary's University College, London), and currently completing a MA in Education, Health Promotion and International Development (UCL Institute of Education, University of London)


Areas of expertise: Psychology Teacher and Examiner; age 14 – 19 vocational teaching; Pedagogical Practice, including Lesson Planning, Teaching/Learning Strategies and Metacognition; Reporting and Managing Student Data. Experience in supporting Primary School children with Literacy and Numeracy; age 11 – 14 Life Skills Teaching.

Eirini Aravani

Curriculum Development Advisor

Holder of a BA in Sciences of Primary Education (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens), an MA in Education, Gender and International Development (UCL Institute of Education), and currently completing a Doctoral student in Education, Practice and Society (UCL Institute of Education).


Areas of Expertise: Classroom practices; Lesson Planning; Child Protection; Education in Emergencies; Gender; Children Formerly Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups (CAAFAGs); Gender-based Violence (GbV); Intersecting Needs; Capabilities; Economics and Politics of Education.

Shanti Sarkar

Curriculum Development Advisor

Holder of an MA in Development Education and Global Learning  (UCL Institute of Education, University of London). 


Areas of expertise: Primary/Secondary School Learning Support; Supporting children with a variety of SEN; Literacy & Numeracy support for KS1/2/3/4. 

Alessandro Profeta

Curriculum Development Advisor

Holder of a High School Diploma in Science (Pescara, Italy), a Research Degree in Biology (University of Perugia, Italy), an Accredited Biologist Status in Italy (University of Perugia, Italy), a Qualified Teacher Status in Science (Kingston University, UK) and currently completing a MA in Education, Health Promotion and International Development (UCL Institute of Education, University of London)


Areas of expertise: Science Teacher; School Pedagogy; Curriculum Development; Teaching Strategies; Lesson Planning; Embedding Assessment For Learning; Environmental Education; Effective practical approaches in Science;  Participatory Planning, Teaching and Learning; Exotic Diseases; Nutrition; Health Promotion.