Founders and Team

Everyone working for Professors Without Borders is a volunteer and receives no salary for their work. This includes Directors, Staff and Volunteers. Thank you to everyone for your contributions!


Dr Caroline Varin

Co-founder of Professors Without Borders and CEO

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 is a Social Entrepreneur, Business Woman, Philanthropist, UNAids Ambassador, Public Speaker, Activist, and Mother.

Tessy is founder and partner of the Global consultancy ‘ ending Butterflies’. Some of her clients’ projects include the new global partnership with the Montessori St. Nicholas Group in the UK and Vodaphone global. Tessy is also the newly appointed associate at LSEideas at the London School of Economics.

Her commitments to education can also be seen in her Foundation, Professors Without Borders – that brings top-level educators and global experts to the doorsteps of students worldwide, in order to develop talent.

Moreover, Tessy is an ambassador for UNAIDS (Global Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls) and is the patron to UNA-UK. In the past, She spent five years in the Luxembourg military, during which she was deployed in Kosovo as a peacekeeper and only woman of her draft.

Tessy actively promotes a number of issues, including global health and women’s rights. She is passionate about pushing her different agendas to benefit the Sustainable Development Goals and has committed her time and energy to further the work of organisations in which she believes in. 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, the Humanities medal for spreading humanistic ideas worldwide and the Global Empowerment Award for her work in Africa.

Tessy holds an MSc in International Studies and Diplomacy. Currently, Tessy lives in London with her two sons but is often travelling for her various work projects.

Majeks Walker

Co-founder of Professors Without Borders and Director of Operations

Majeks Walker has taught and practised 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 the Royal Holloway University of London. He currently lectures law at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the 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

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 the English Language with the Open University, with a view to using 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 received her BA in Development Studies from Richmond, the American International University in London. She joined the PROWIBO team as an intern in the summer of 2018.  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. Starting in the autumn of 2019, Mary will be pursuing her MsC in Global Health at the University of Glasgow.

Mariam Radi

Associate Reseacher

Mariam Radi is currently pursuing an M.A in International Relations at Richmond, the American International University in London and holds a B.A in Criminology and Sociology from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. She joined the PROWIBO team as an intern in the summer of 2019. Mariam believes that providing equal access to education in developing countries is essential to our growing global society. As an Associate Researcher at Thinktank Without Borders, Mariam conducts research in higher education and composes progress reports.

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 MA in International Relations from Richmond, The American International University in London and holds a BA 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 an MA in 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 PhD 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 PhD and MPS. in International Relations from Chulalongkorn University, while earlier obtaining a BA 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.