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James Tooley

James is Co-Founder and Chairman of Omega Schools. He is a professor of education policy at Newcastle University, where he directs the E. G. West Centre. For his ground-breaking research on private education for the poor in India, China and Africa, Professor Tooley was awarded gold prize in the first International Finance Corporation/Financial Times Private Sector Development Competition in September 2006. For two years, he was President of The Education Fund, Orient Global, living in Hyderabad, India.

Prior to joining Newcastle University, Professor Tooley previously taught and researched at the Universities of Oxford and Manchester, England; Simon Fraser University, Canada; and University of the Western Cape, South Africa. His PhD is from the Institute of Education, University of London. His first job was as a mathematics high school teacher in Zimbabwe, which he took up after graduating with a degree in mathematics and philosophy from Sussex University. His work has been featured in documentaries for the BBC and PBS: for the latter it was profiled alongside the work of Nobel Laureate Mohammed Yunus and Grameen Bank.

 

Ken Donkoh
Ken Donkoh is the co-Founder and CEO of Omega Schools. He has led and managed the start-up company from zero to 20,000 students and 700 staff in four years.  He developed the Omega Schools business model (as his dissertation) while studying for his M.B.A. at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration . Prior to that, Ken founded and was the Team Leader of Oguaa Business Incubator, Cape Coast, a combined GTZ/Dutch Government funded youth enterprise development project. Previously, he was project administrator for USAID’s POLICY Project and Health Policy Initiatives in Accra (2004 –2006). He previously worked for Oxfam GB, (West African Sub-Regional Office, Accra) and the Savanna Resource Management Project (SRMP), Tamale, a world bank sponsored project for the management of natural resources in the  three northern regions of Ghana. Ken has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Cape Coast (July 2001).

 

Fathima Dada
Fathima Dada is currently the President of Pearson's Schools International Business Unit across the globe. She has held almost every level of job in Pearson from trainee editor, to publishing, to production and design, to running sales and sales strategy, to MD, ending in CEO and Chairman.

She has worked with many governments in Africa and the world on curriculum, assessment, qualifications and policy implementation. Fathima has served on several ministerial committees and overseen education policy development in South Africa and several other countries in Africa, including working for UNESCO to help overhaul some education systems issues in Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. She remains a Council Member on the South Africa Government’s  Schools and Vocational Quality Assurance Body, and participates in standardization processes of high stakes assessment.

Mrs. Dada has been a teacher, lecturer, university external examiner, children's book author (books she has written have sold almost 500 000 copies), textbook author including for math, English and Life Skills (books she has written have sold over 1 000 000 copies).

 

Katelyn Donnelly
Katelyn Donnelly is an executive director at Pearson where she leads the Affordable Learning Fund, a venture fund that invests in early-stage companies serving schools and learners in the developing world. Katelyn is also an active advisor of Pearson’s global strategy, research and innovation agenda as well as a consultant to governments on education systems transformation and delivery. Katelyn is the co-author of two recent publications: Oceans of Innovations and An Avalanche is Coming. She serves as a non-executive director and strategic advisor for several start-up companies across Europe, Asia and Africa. Previously, Katelyn was a consultant at McKinsey and Company.

 

Philip Liverpool
Philip Liverpool is a Commercial Director at Kosmos Energy Ghana HC. He is also a non-executive director and shareholder at Ennoviga Solar Ltd. He is also a non-executive director at SOVEC, a Netherlands registered investment fund organisation. Previously, he worked at Shell International Exploration and Production, Europe, and at Petroleum Development, Oman. He was once an offshore drilling engineer at Shell UK Exploration and Production, and marine geophysicist at Schlumberger in London and Stavanger (Norway). He has technical and commercial experience in oil and gas and renewable energy, and investment experience in private equity. Philip Liverpool has a degree in Geophysics from Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft University of Technology), Netherlands.

 

 



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