Founders and Team

Founders

Dr Caroline Varin

Co-founder of Professors Without Borders and Programs Director

Caroline Varin holds a PhD in International Relations and an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, an LLM in International Law from the Universita di Bologna, Italy, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

She has worked as a lecturer, a mentor and a tutor in Europe and the UK, the United States and in Central America. Caroline is passionate about education and finding new ways to stimulate and encourage students.

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 wide variety of articles on international security issues, has three books in print and regularly consults with governments and academic institutions. Caroline has lectured at Regent’s University London, Richmond University, and the London School of Economics among others.

 

Tessy de Nassau

Co-founder of Professors Without Borders and Director of Logistics

Tessy de Nassau holds an MSc in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS and is Director of VICE Impact and Special Projects for the whole EMEA (MENA) regions.

She has extensive experience in informal and formal diplomacy as well as public representation.

Tessy is 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 where 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.

Majeks Walker

Co-founder of Professors Without Borders and Director of Operations

Majeks Walker has taught and practiced law since 2004. He has an LLM 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 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 undergraduate and postgraduate level at University of Westminster, and at 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.

 

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.

Ellie Danak

Career Development Manager

An experienced Learning and Development Advisor, Ellie has a broad knowledge of best practice in skills development and experience of using digital platforms to make learning more accessible.

She believes in the transformative impact of education on individuals and communities, is a fan of taking an innovative approach to running leadership and employability programmes and, throughout her career, has used Lego, board games and balloon towers to make learning more fun and engaging!

Her first postgraduate degree was in Swedish Language and Literature, specialising in Nordic crime novels. She is presently studying English Language with the Open University, with a view to use her skills and knowledge to support those who need access to educational resources, both students and academic staff. Her research interests include student engagement, social justice in education, skills and employability development, and applied linguistics.

An incurable bookworm and language geek, her personal focus is creativity in language and using storytelling as a vehicle for deeper understanding and re-framing teaching and learning processes, while bringing expertise from various disciplines, from arts and philosophy to neuroscience.

She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a mentor to academic staff who want to develop more effective teaching practice and who work towards their Fellowship of the HEA.

Ellie’s key posts and experience include organisations within the private, charitable and higher education sectors.

Mary Sullivan

Think Tank Projects Manager

Mary is a final year B.A. Development Studies student at Richmond, the American International University in London. She joined the PROWIBO team as an intern in the summer of 2018. In addition to her studies, Mary is an active member of Richmond’s Women in Leadership Society and will serve as society president in the upcoming term. Throughout her life, Mary has believed that accessing education and learning opportunities is a fundamental human right. As ThinkTank Projects Manager, Mary develops programs to advance the organisation’s mission of sharing learning on education and development.

Ena Vukovic

Project Manager

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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