Founders and Team

Founders

Dr Caroline Varin

Director and Co-founder of Professors Without Borders

Caroline holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and an M.Sc. in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, an LL.M. in International Law from the Universita di Bologna, Italy and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked as a lecturer, a mentor and a tutor in Europe, the UK, the United States and in Central America. Caroline is passionate about education and finding new ways to stimulate and encourage students.

In addition to pursuing her dreams of making education more accessible to all, Caroline has experience managing projects, organizing conferences and developing communication strategies for a variety of clients and sectors in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. She has also written a number of articles on international security issues and has published three books.

Caroline develops the programs, recruits and trains the lecturers and builds the pedagogical material for the summer schools. In the next five years, she will lead PROWIBO’s expansion to reach out to students from all over the world to help them achieve their potential for both themselves and their country.

Majeks Walker

Director and Co-founder of Professors Without Borders


Majeks has taught and practiced law since 2004. He has an LL.M. from UCL (Banking Law, Conflict of Law, Corporate Law and Law of Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies), and a Certificate in Law Teaching. He was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 2006 and is a qualified SPP Mediator.

Majeks is passionate about education and has taught law at Kaplan and the University of Greenwich. He has also taught Criminology and Psychology at Royal Holloway University of London. He currently lectures law at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Westminster and Regent’s University London.

He is a seasoned corporate trainer, and provides advice and training to many multinational companies and sovereign states on various legal issues. Majeks also does a range of philanthropic work, including helping to give a voice to those that cannot afford legal representation. He  teaches legal skills in the Sierra Leone Summer School.

Tessy de Nassau

Director and Co-founder of Professors Without Borders


Tessy de Nassau holds an M.Sc. in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS and is a fellow at the center for Global Health Security at Chatham House. She has extensive experience in informal and formal diplomacy as well as public representation. Tessy has worked as an ambassador for UNAIDS (Global Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls) and has been appointed patron to UNA-UK. Tessy spent five years in the military, during which she was deployed in Kosovo as a peacekeeper and detached to the Luxembourg Commission and Embassy both in Geneva and London.

Tessy actively promotes a number of issues, including global health and women’s rights. She is passionate about development and has committed her time and energy to furthering the work of organizations in which she believes. Moreover, she is actively committed to strengthening basic human rights for all and empowering young women and adolescent girls around the world. She received the Woman of the Decade award from the Women Economic Forum in January 2017 and the Humanities medal for spreading humanistic ideas worldwide.

Tessy leads our marketing campaigns. She also contributes to the development of partnerships with schools and organizations and has taught a class in Diplomacy and International Organizations in the Sierra Leone Summer School.

Our Team

Richard Adams

Head of Communications

Richard is an artist, technologist, educator and thinker. He has managed parallel careers in education and enterprise tech.

In his tech roles he was part of a team pioneering interactive TV in the 90’s, became senior management in digital agencies across entertainment, games and marketing. He produced many interactive TV programmes and games. For the last decade he has been a consultant enterprise digital architect and manager in digital transformation at companies such the BBC, BSkyB, Aviva Plc, Proximus (Brussels), Microsft Studios (Xbox) and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He is currently at TalkTalk.

In education he was a school head of department, founded a university digital arts department, directly creating two under and two post graduate degrees, he has taught at the London College of Fashion and more recently Birkbeck College London. He held a visiting professorship at the University of Salford and is currently a Senior Fellow at the University of Lincoln (one of the UK’s fastest growing new universities). He also worked with Marc Lewis to get the School of Communication Arts off the ground, a radically modelled, work-focussed college of creativity in London and now the UK’s most successful new advertising school. He has taught at and designed curriculum for every phase of education from 7 to 70 years of age.

He is a published author and has spoken at many conferences around the world. Richard is a member of the Society of Authors, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a BAFTA member. He is also a working and exhibiting computer artist and musician, having had one solo show of work this year and released four albums of electronic classical music over the last four years. He writes for create-hub.com and co-produces their TECHnique podcasts and events (podcasts on itunes), which are conversations about practice with working computer artists, performers and designers.

Utterly committed to lifelong learning, he currently helps Professors Without Borders and is currently thinking about a model for art and design education that would be valid mid and late 21st century.

Rachel Godin

Think Tank Manager

Rachel Godin is passionate about meeting niche education needs so that no student or dreamer is overlooked. She is passionate about contributing to programmes that give students the tools they need to solve major problems facing their respective cities and countries.

She holds an MA in International Politics and Human Rights from City University of London and a BSc in Broadcast Journalism from Kent State University. Her background consists of print and broadcast journalism, public relations, digital communications and advocacy leadership positions. As Operations Manager, Rachel focuses on information management, internal and external communications, organisation of expansion projects,  assisting with research, and compiling reports for the PROWIBO education think tank.

Beyond her work in operations management with PROWIBO, she is passionate about transparency and accountable governance, comprehensive data protection, and actively promotes acceptance of LGBT+ and gender-nonconforming visibility worldwide. Rachel’s recent MA research analysed the current cyber governance regime, looking at the possibility of providing increased protection to human rights online in light of government and corporate corruption on all sides.

Yanoh Jalloh

Project Coordinator – SL

Yanoh was our Professor on Community Health and Model United Nations in Sierra Leone in summer 2017. She lives in New York City where she teaches at the New York Institute of Technology on community health. She has connections to Sierra Leone having worked for Helen Keller International in Freetown, Sustainable Development in Koinadugu, and research on ebola in the region. She holds a Master of Public Health from Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. She is working with us on further developing our Sierra Leone program and creating opportunities for students.

Monique Varin

International Programs Manager

Monique holds a BA in Hotel Management from Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne, in Switzerland. She has worked around the world opening hotels and managing the PR strategy for large institutions and prominent individuals.An entrepreneur, Monique opened a restaurant and art gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. She is currently working with Professors Without Borders developing projects with key partners in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Ena Vukovic

Project Manager and Team Leader – Uganda

Ena has been working as Project Manager for PROWIBO since January 2017. She holds an MA in Events Management from Ashdown Academic and an MLitt in International Security Studies from the University of St Andrews as well as a BA in Public Relations and International Relations from Regent’s University London. She has work experience in events management, public relations, social media, academic research as well as NGO experience in Ghana.

In 2017, Ena led the team in Uganda where she also lectured in Global Politics. She is adept at managing an international team in difficult working environments. Currently, Ena is responsible for managing the teams in Uganda and India and leads several  media campaigns for PROWIBO.

Colin White

Social Media Coordinator and Program Manager – Sierra Leone

Colin White is pursuing an M.A. in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and holds a B.A. in International Studies from American University in Washington, DC. Colin currently lives in New York.

Colin was the first intern with Professors Without Borders and has remained an important part of the team managing marketing on social media, coordinating the logistics of our program in Sierra Leone and working with the directors on the growth of the organization.

Sipim Sornbanlang

Asia Representative and Programs Coordinator

Sipim Sornbanlang received her Ph.D. and M.P.S. in International Relations from Chulalongkorn University, while earlier obtaining a B.A. in English from Chiang Mai University. She has extensive experience working in the public and private sector, with companies and government agencies, and more recently has entered academia as a lecturer at Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok .

Over the past couple of years Sipim has served as a guest lecturer and moderator at many workshops and seminars dealing with migration, security issues for migrant workers, human trafficking, and globalization and its effects on countries and people living in Thailand and other southeast Asian countries. Sipim grew up in a rural community in northern Thailand and this experience has helped foster a deep commitment to improving human rights and human security issues; by promoting the political rights of women and migrant works.  One of Sipim’s goals is to help reduce or hopefully eliminate poverty in Thailand and in other parts of the world. Much of Sipim’s work revolves on finding practical ways to improve the standard of life for people, especially for underrepresented minorities. Currently, Sipim is working to expand Prowibo’s presence in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia to bring quality educational experiences to students in rural areas.

Dr. Noor Khan

India Coordinator

Dr. Noor Khan has a Masters in English from Lucknow University, Lucknow. She started her career as a lecturer in the English Department of Karamat Husain Muslim Girls’ Post Graduate College. During her initial years of teaching, she completed her Ph.D in English from the same University. Thereafter she was promoted as an Associate Professor and later as the Head of the Department of English. In 2016 she became a Professor and Principal of the College. She retired from the job in June 2018.

Noor Khan has been on the examination/ selection/ interview panels of various academic institutions & universities, Banking services recruitment boards, the Ford Foundation Scholarship Programmes. She has also served in an honorary capacity on the advisory boards of government bodies such as Indian Railways & Indian Telecom Department.

She has also been involved extensively in social work for underprivileged girls’ education and empowerment. For the past decade she has been a core team member of Sanatkada, a weaves and crafts outlet in Lucknow which promotes craft work from women’s groups, works for gender justice, social equality and upliftment of girls and women from marginalized communities.

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